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Red Cross Responds to Lane County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/12/16 9:23 PM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to a single family fire that occurred in the 300 block of 26th Street in Springfield, Oregon.

The Red Cross provided assistance with basic immediate needs and information regarding disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Linn Deputies Investigate Suspicious Fire (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/12/16 6:04 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on February 12, 2016, at approximately 1:01 p.m., the Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received several calls reporting a fire at the Fairview Mennonite School located at 35100 Goltra Road, Albany. Dispatchers learned that school was still in session and children were being safely evacuated.

Fire personnel from Albany Fire Department were dispatched to the school and were able to contain the fire to one downstairs classroom. No injuries were reported and at this time, there is no estimate of damage to the building.

Albany Fire Department personnel requested a deputy to investigate the fire, believing it was suspicious.

At the time of this release, deputies are still on scene conducting their investigation.


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FBI Update on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Feb. 12, 2016
FBI - Oregon - 02/12/16 5:12 PM
Today, the FBI began to process the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a crime scene.

This morning, a team of FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians, detectives with the Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Unit, and bomb technicians from the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon Air National Guard conducted an initial sweep of the property. A full sweep is ongoing and will continue until the entire area is deemed safe for law enforcement to operate.

Currently, the FBI's Evidence Response Teams (ERT) has entered areas of the refuge and has begun to document and collect evidence related to potential crimes committed during the occupation.

The FBI's Art Crime Team has deployed to work on the refuge. These agents are specially-trained in cultural property investigations, and they will be responsible for working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Burns Paiute Tribe to identify and document damage to the tribe's artifacts and sacred burial grounds.

All of this work will likely take a number of weeks to complete. As the FBI works through each of these investigative processes, we will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as to how and when we will be able to return control of the refuge to that agency.

Harney County Joint Information Center Update:

The Harney County Joint Information Center (JIC) will continue to be staffed through Sunday, February 14, 2016. Further details will be forthcoming regarding contact information once the JIC ceases to operate.
DEQ and OHA: Portland glass companies to suspend use of chromium, cadmium
Oregon Health Authority - 02/12/16 4:45 PM
EDITORS: A media availability with representatives from DEQ and OHA is set for 4:45-5 p.m. TODAY in Room 1-D (ninth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. It will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98yWpo2CDGE.

February 12, 2016

Two Portland glass companies have agreed to stop using all chromium, cadmium and arsenic in their manufacturing processes in response to a request by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The two companies are Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland and Uroboros in North Portland.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, DEQ requested both companies to voluntarily cease their use of all chromium compounds until further notice. Bullseye Glass Co. has agreed to suspend use of hexavalent chromium, and further agreed to stop using cadmium and arsenic; Uroboros agreed to suspend their use of all chromium compounds and cadmium, and does not use arsenic.

DEQ is working with each company to formalize agreements as soon as possible.

"DEQ appreciates the willingness of these companies to eliminate the use of all chromium compounds, cadmium and arsenic," DEQ Director Dick Pedersen said today.

To guide DEQ's metals sampling, the agency requested Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from each company regarding the use of all metal compounds in their operations the week of Feb. 8, 2016. A preliminary analysis of the MSDS sheets indicated both companies were using compounds containing hexavalent chromium as a raw ingredient. Based on DEQ's knowledge of the emission levels of cadmium and arsenic, it was determined there were likely to be other metals emissions.

While there is uncertainty about the chromium compound emissions, DEQ approached both companies about immediately suspending their use of all chromium compounds. DEQ has begun additional air monitoring and has initiated soil sampling in Southeast Portland. DEQ is preparing similar monitoring plans for North Portland, which will be available within the next week on the DEQ website at www.deq.state.or.us/nwr/metalsemissions.htm.

There are two types of chromium: chromium 3 (trivalent chromium) and chromium 6 (hexavalent chromium). Chromium 3 is the most common form and is an essential nutrient found in our bodies (and urine). Chromium 6 is less common but much more toxic. Inhaling chromium 6 at very high levels can cause acute respiratory and skin irritation. Chronic, low-level exposure to chromium 6 can increase the risk of certain lung cancers. DEQ does not yet have data regarding the levels of chromium 6 in this case.

A urine test is available, but cannot distinguish types of chromium, and cannot be used to predict health risks or diagnose disease. There is no benchmark for chromium levels in urine. Urine tests for chromium are difficult to interpret.

DEQ is compiling the list of facilities in Oregon permitted to emit chromium compounds. DEQ is researching other facilities that may be using chromium compounds that are not otherwise regulated for use.

For more information on the effects of chromium 6, visit the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) webpage at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=10&po=10

OHA has set up a phone line for residents concerned about the health effects of metals emissions: 971-673-0185, and an email address, EHAP.Info@state.or.us.

The Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Public Schools will host a second community open house with DEQ and OHA at Tubman Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5-9 p.m.

For more information about the investigation and to get updates, visit www.deq.state.or.us/nwr/metalsemissions.htm (DEQ) and www.healthoregon.org/metalsemissions (OHA); and www.multco.us (Multnomah County).

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HB 4040 Asks All Wolf Plan Stakeholders to Honor Their Word (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 02/12/16 3:44 PM
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Salem, Ore., (02/12/16)--Today, during the 10:30 session when Oregon's House of Representatives convened, house bill 4040 was brought forward and passed. The bill proposes that the Oregon legislature support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's decision to delist the wolf. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's decision was made in accordance with an agreement called the Oregon Wolf Plan, a plan previously approved by multiple stakeholders.

Representative Greg Barreto of Cove was the bill's sponsor. He said the Oregon Cattlemen's Association was influential in his decision to put the bill together. Rep. Barreto believes the bill will help to affirm the decision made by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Commission in the fall of 2015. He said the bill will "tell one group that the legislature is behind the Commission."

Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, expressed the association's thoughts on the bill passing the House today. "We are grateful to see this bill continue to move forward." He also said the group realizes there will be a challenge in getting the bill to pass the Senate. He hopes the legislators will see the important affirmation this bill will bring to a plan multiple stakeholders promised to follow.

"HB 4040 will help the Oregon Wolf Plan to continue to move forward into future phases as promised," Rosa said. "It will solidify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's scientific findings behind the delisting decision."

The plan is working. Rep. Barreto sees HB 4040 as a bill that will allow the Oregon Wolf Plan to continue to progress. "It will help the (Oregon Wolf) Plan to work the way it was intended," He said.

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

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NEWS RELEASE: Corps seeks comments on draft environmental assessment
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/12/16 2:13 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No. 16-009

Contact:

Michelle Helms
503-808-4517
Michelle.r.helms@usace.army.mil

For Release: Feb. 12, 2016

Corps seeks comments on draft environmental assessment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on the draft Environmental Assessment for the Western Snowy Plover Site Management Plan in Coos County, Oregon.

The Corps proposes to implement appropriate land management actions, without sacrificing its navigation mission and mandate to maintain the Coos Bay north jetty. The proposed site management plan describes the existing activities and proposes updated activities that provide appropriate management of the federally threatened Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover and their habitat on Corps lands.

The draft EA is available for review on the Corps website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Media/Announcements.aspx. Questions or comments regarding the draft document should be directed to Patricia Clinton, (503) 808-4771 or Patricia.L.Clinton@usace.army.mil. Comments can also be mailed to:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Patricia Clinton
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

Mailed comments must be postmarked by March 14, 2016. Please reference public notice CENWP-PM-E-16-01, draft Environmental Assessment for Western Snowy Plover Site Management Plan title in all written correspondence.
Lebanon Man Arrested for Drugs
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/12/16 9:54 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on February 11, 2016, at 8:23 p.m., detectives arrested Michael Allyn Jung, 36, of Lebanon as a result of a narcotics investigation.

Detectives conducted a traffic stop on Jung in his 2007 Nissan Titan, in the 800 block of South 10th St, Lebanon. A search warrant was obtained and served on Jung and his vehicle.

Among the items seized from Jung's vehicle was over one half ounce of methamphetamine, $1,267 U.S. Currency, an operational digital scale, packaging material, ammunition, and a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic 9mm pistol.

As a result of the investigation, Jung was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Jung's two passengers, Joey Eugene Tackitt, 34, a transient of Sweet Home, and Brenda Michelle Baarsch, 32, a resident of Lebanon, were arrested on outstanding warrants.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Linn Drug Task Force.
Land Board Appoints Jim Paul as State Lands Director (Photo)
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Salem -- At their Feb. 9 public meeting, the State Land Board appointed Jim Paul director of the Department of State Lands (DSL). Paul has served as one of the agency's three assistant directors for nearly six years. He replaces interim director Stephanie Hallock and the previous director, Mary Abrams.

"Jim brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the needs of the Department of State Lands to this position," said Governor Kate Brown, chair of the Land Board. "The members of the Land Board are unanimous in support of his appointment, and I am pleased to promote a well-qualified individual from within state government to lead the agency into the future."

Paul's career in public service began in 1996 with the Oregon Department of Forestry's forest practices monitoring program. He went on to serve in various capacities at ODF, including State Forests Division Chief and Private Forests Division Chief.

Paul came to DSL in 2010 to oversee the Land Management Division. Since an agency-wide reorganization in 2014, Jim has been the assistant director of the Common School Fund Property Program.

During his tenure at DSL, Paul has overseen a number of agency initiatives, including the 2012 Real Estate Asset Management Plan, the Remediation Rules Advisory Committee for state-owned waterways, the Filled Lands Advisory Group, the remodeling of the DSL headquarters office, and the Elliott State Forest project.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Washington.

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

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A Much Needed Conversation
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 02/12/16 9:05 AM
SALEM, Ore., (02/11/2016) -- After months of stress, confusion and heartache, the refuge takeover appears to have ended. The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has repeatedly made clear that it does not endorse illegal activity against the government. That being said, Oregon Cattlemen's Association does believe it is important that a proper conversation is started between ranchers and government stakeholders to address some of the problems that have been brought to light.

The association is thankful that the occupation has ended without further loss of life. "We are glad that the standoff was concluded without further bloodshed," John O'Keeffe, president of the association, said. "We are hopeful the community of Burns will be able to start to heal."

Jerome Rosa, executive director of the association, said he feels the situation in Burns has brought exposure to the issue of government overreach. "OCA has continued discussions on a legislative level and is working with legal counsel regarding the unjust sentencing recently handed out to Dwight and Steven Hammond."

He believes that now is the time for a discussion to take place between all involved stakeholders. "Sincere and constructive conversations between government agencies and Oregon Cattlemen's Association will continue."

O'Keeffe emphasized the association wants issues to be approached in "a productive and peaceful way." He believes that is the best way to help mend the urban-rural divide.

The association is confident that positive change can occur. Rosa pointed out that the Oregon Cattlemen's Association has "a positive history working with government agencies on both a state and federal level. These trusted relationships are what will allow positive and productive change to occur."

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

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Heavy congestion expected on North Coast today
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 02/12/16 7:08 AM
Travelers heading to the North Coast today are reminded that there will be heavy congestion on U.S. 101 before and after a public memorial for fallen Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.

Prior to the 1 p.m. service at the Seaside Convention Center, a law enforcement procession will travel from Camp Rilea south on U.S. 101 to Seaside. The procession will be leaving Camp Rilea at around 10:45 a.m., effectively closing the southbound lane for over two hours.

While the northbound lane will remain open, northbound lanes could also see delays. All travelers should use extreme caution during the procession.

Delays on U.S. 101 should also be expected today after the service as mourners leave Seaside.

If you are expected to drive in this area between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you are encouraged to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Sgt. Goodding was shot and killed in downtown Seaside Feb. 5.
Media Availability on Friday, February 12
FBI - Oregon - 02/12/16 1:00 AM
The FBI is offering credentialed media the opportunity to take an escorted visit close to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, February 12th. Each media outlet will be permitted a maximum of 2 people. You will have the opportunity to move closer to the refuge (but not into the refuge) to take photos/videos. For safety, there will be restrictions in terms of where and how you can move through the visit. No live streams or uplinks will be permitted during the course of the visit, and no interviews will be given during the visit.

Meet:
The Narrows
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Thu. 02/11/16
NB U.S. 101 traffic moved from detour back onto the Oregon Coast Highway (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/11/16 10:22 PM
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One lane of traffic was restored in each direction on U.S. 101 south of Brookings. Northbound traffic moved back to the Oregon Coast Highway from a temporary detour shortly before 10 p.m. Southbound traffic moved back on Feb. 3. An emergency repair project is underway to replace failed culverts, rebuild Shopping Center Road and refill a large sinkhole. Expect minimal delays as the repair work continues.


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Critical Injury Crash Highway 126W-Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 7:06 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings critical injury crash on Highway 126W in Lane County.

On February 11, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a critical injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 126W west of Veneta. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1997 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James Swain, age 49, from Florence, was eastbound and for unknown reasons lost control and side-swiped the guardrail on the eastbound side of the highway. SWAIN'S pickup continued eastbound and crossed the centerline and into the path of a westbound ODOT pickup, operated by Dominic Luebbers, age 19, from Salem.

SWAIN and his passenger Timothy Driver, age 26, from Florence were both transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. SWAIN is being treated for critical injuries and DRIVER is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. LUEBBERS was also transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for precautionary reasons.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for several hours while troopers investigated the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Rural Fire and Eugene/Springfield Fire.

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Instructions for media parking at the Goodding memorial (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/11/16 5:30 PM
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The memorial service for Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held tomorrow, February 12, at the Seaside Convention Center, located at 415 First Avenue in the City of Seaside. For media attending the event, a designated assembly area has been established. If you wish to park in this area, your vehicle MUST be in place no later than 10 a.m.

SATELLITE TRUCKS

Media satellite trucks will be restricted to the south side side of the convention center on the north side of Oceanway Street (Along the curb next to the building), beginning at the stop sign at Edgewood Street and Oceanway. Spaces can be used up to the west side of the generator area, but not between the generator and the garbage compactor.

ALL OTHER VEHICLES

Non satellite trucks and vehicles can park in the parking lots immediately south of the convention center in the area designated on the attached map. There are two lots reserved for media in this location, immediately adjacent to Pizza Harbor Restaurant.


Reminder: All media attending with a vehicle MUST be in place no later than 10 a.m.

Please see the attached map


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Riparian Rulemaking Committee sets meetings
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/11/16 2:11 PM
News Release

Release date: Feb. 11, 2016

Contact:
Angie Lane, Project Manager, 503-945-7387, angie.g.lane@oregon.gov


The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet on Feb. 19 and March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State St. A public comment period is scheduled at the beginning of each meeting, and complete meeting agendas will be available seven days in advance of the meetings on the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RiparianRuleTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee.aspx.
The Oregon Board of Forestry appointed the committee to collaboratively discuss and provide feedback on draft rule language to implement the Board's Nov. 15 decision relating to riparian areas for small- and medium-sized fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.

Meeting details:
Topics for the Feb. 19 meeting include providing input on the draft committee charter and operating principles, reviewing the Board's decision and direction from the Nov. 15 meeting, the timeline for the rulemaking process, identifying policy issues that need clarification, and deciding on alternatives for identifying streams where salmon, steelhead, and / or bull trout are present.
Topics for the March 22 meeting include formally adopting the committee charter and operating principles, identifying the extent of any possible fiscal impact(s) created by the draft rules, and beginning to formulate draft rule language.
Meeting agendas may be subject to change based on the extent of committee discussions and decisions.

In November 2015, the Oregon Board of Forestry adopted streamside shade buffers to protect cold water in western Oregon fish-bearing streams. Specifically, the decision applies to small- and medium-sized streams bearing salmon, steelhead, and / or bull trout that are located in the Coast Range, south coast, interior, and western Cascades geographic regions (as defined in the Oregon Forest Practices Act).

The 13-member Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from affected agencies, regional forest practices committees, small woodland owners, the conservation community, and industrial forestland owners.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meetings. The location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meetings. For more information about attending the meetings, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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City of Albany partners with RAIN to offer start-up program
City of Albany - 02/11/16 2:10 PM
RAIN is taking on a new meaning for entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The City of Albany, in collaboration with the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), will host the Startup Albany Meet-up from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Brick & Mortar Café, 222 First Avenue W. Attendees will meet other individuals who are starting companies and/or helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. The meet-up is free to attend; and coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, including registration, visit: http://bit.ly/Albany-RAIN-Meetup1.
"Cultivating our entrepreneurs is essential to a strong regional economy," said Kate Porsche, Albany Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director. "We are thrilled to partner with Oregon RAIN on this initiative because we have seen this program act as a catalyst for entrepreneurs in communities very similar to ours."
"We've had a lot of success introducing the RAIN model in other areas of the state, and Albany certainly has the infrastructure to support and sustain that energy," said Caroline Cummings, Venture Catalyst for RAIN. "There's commercial industry, it's a short drive from an outstanding accelerator program in Corvallis, and there's new excitement for Downtown Albany living and commerce."
Two more collaborative events are scheduled: a call of interest on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, where people will learn how to launch a new venture in Albany and how to engage the city's startup activities; and a startup seminar on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
"This program is part of our larger economic development efforts in Albany," Porsche said. "I am excited about this new focus on entrepreneurs and their emerging businesses. The goal is to bring together all the necessary pieces of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem which includes entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, government, and elected officials."

About Oregon RAIN

RAIN is a state and regionally funded consortium of government, higher education, and business communities in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. It helps to advance entrepreneurship through programs that lead to innovation, mentorship, and investment in high-growth companies.

In coordination with the Cities of Corvallis and Eugene and communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two business accelerators to create a collaborative environment to assist entrepreneurs in establishing viable companies that generate jobs, wealth, and opportunities for the region. RAIN Corvallis is served by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator. The RAIN Eugene Accelerator is a partnership between the University of Oregon and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about RAIN, visit www.oregonrain.org.
Statement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing on the Situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 2:02 PM
This morning the FBI took into custody the four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge without incident and without shots fired. Rev. Franklin Graham and Michele Fiore were at the checkpoint to meet the occupiers as they left their encampment.

As we have said since day one, our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peacefully, and we are grateful that we were able to do so today. I want to make it very clear that we will continue to enforce the law with respect to the refuge and other federal properties. Anyone who chooses to travel to Oregon with the intent of engaging in illegal activity will be arrested. Saying that, I want to reassure those Harney County residents who simply visited the refuge or provided food to the occupiers -- we are not looking into those events. We are concerned about those who have criminal, violent intent.

While the occupation is over, there is still quite a bit of work that needs to happen before the refuge can re-open to the public. I want to run through some of that with you now.

Next Steps

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge remains closed, and it will remain closed for some number of weeks. During this time, law enforcement will continue to man checkpoints at the edge of the refuge to maintain the security of this crime scene.

Most immediately, FBI agents are inspecting and securing the buildings and any other areas of concern on the refuge to ensure that no one else is hiding. This process will take some number of hours.

Following that tactical clearing of the refuge, a team of FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians, detectives with the Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Unit, and bomb technicians from the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon Air National Guard will methodically work their way through the property to locate and mitigate any explosive-related hazards. This process could take several days.

Once the refuge is cleared of any hazards, the FBI's Evidence Response Teams (ERT) will enter to document and collect evidence related to potential crimes committed during the occupation. In addition, FBI forensic examiners from the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory will work to recover and process computers and electronic devices. It will likely be several weeks before the evidence teams complete their work on the refuge, and it will likely be a number of months before the forensic examiners complete their analysis.

At the same time, the FBI is deploying experts with its Art Crime Team to work on the refuge. These agents are specially-trained in cultural property investigations. They will be responsible for working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Burns Paiute Tribe to identify and document damage to the tribe's artifacts and sacred burial grounds.

They will start with an archeological field assessment to determine any potential violations of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) and the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). This work will likely take a number of weeks to complete.

As the FBI works through each of these investigative processes, we will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as to how and when we will be able to return control of the refuge to that agency.

Closing Thoughts

Over the course of the last month, the people of Harney County have lived through an experience that is both highly emotional and physically exhausting. We have seen the occupiers and their outside supporters try to drive deep divisions between those who live and work here. We have seen some residents leave their homes, fearing violence against their families. We have seen the confusion, concern and trouble that the occupiers' actions have caused for this community.

This series of events has been beyond difficult for Harney County families. But, in the time I have been here, I have also seen the deep love that you have for this place you call home... love for the people, the land, and the way of life that makes Harney County so special. This passion for everything good about Harney County is what will help heal the community after this incident.

This is your community, and the FBI, along with our other law enforcement partners from across the state, are honored that we could be of service to you. We still have work we need to do -- and we continue to ask for your patience as we complete these necessary last tasks. We will do everything we can to return the refuge to its normal operations as soon as possible.

In particular, we know that the people of the Burns Paiute Tribe have specific concerns about the potential desecration of their ancestral lands and artifacts dating back thousands of years. As we complete the necessary safety checks and process the crime scene, we will work with the tribal members to ensure that our work remains sensitive to their historical and cultural concerns.

In closing, I want to thank Sheriff Ward for all of his hard work. I have never met a man who cares more about the people he serves... who cares more for the community in which he lives. No matter how you feel about the Hammonds or the situation at the refuge or the role that we have played here, Sheriff Ward has done exactly what he has promised to do since this all started back in November. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the people he serves are safe, that they are heard, and that they can find a path back to normalcy.

Thank you.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are Asking for the Public's Assistance with a Poaching Case in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 1:50 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of a large bodied mule deer buck found deceased with the head removed near Frenchglen in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The buck is believed to have been shot on or about November 20, 2015. A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Sergeant Cyr with the Oregon State Police at 541-523-5867 ext. 4170

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BPA Chief Operating Officer announces retirement
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/11/16 12:34 PM
PR 07 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

BPA Chief Operating Officer announces retirement

Portland, Ore. -- Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews announced earlier this week that she will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration on Sept. 30.

Andrews, who was appointed chief operating officer in February of 2014, is responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services and Information Technology.

"I am deeply appreciative of Claudia's talent and leadership on so many levels -- from the managerial courage she displays as we navigate BPA through tough issues at the core of our highly complex business, to her thoughtful and caring approach in interacting with our workforce," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She will be missed."

Before serving as chief operating officer, Andrews was BPA's executive vice president and chief financial officer, overseeing capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting. Between 2006 and 2012, she served as BPA's treasurer, acting chief risk officer and acting chief financial officer. Previously, she held a variety of management and staff positions in the Finance, Power Services and Supply Chain organizations. She has worked at BPA since 1990.

"Culminating my career at BPA as chief operating officer has provided me with an even greater opportunity to work with -- and appreciate -- the tremendously gifted and dedicated people at BPA," Andrews said. "I am very proud of the things we have accomplished during our time together."

Andrews added that staying focused on BPA is what is most important to her and she has many things to accomplish during her remaining months, including assuring a seamless transition to a new chief operating officer. Waiting until the end of September should allow enough time to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before her departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next chief operating officer, a Senior Executive Service position.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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FBI Press Conference Advisory
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 11:40 AM
The FBI will hold a press conference at approximately 2:00 pm (Pacific) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, to discuss the next steps for law enforcement at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 1:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720

Speaker:
FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing

There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.
Celebrate Oregon's 157th Birthday this Sunday with Thomas Lauderdale and the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/11/16 11:23 AM
Oregon's 64th Birthday, 1923, OHS Research Library, Oregonian Collection, NegNo009818
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Portland, OR -- Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine's Day--what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Sunday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale for the singing of "Happy Birthday," along with former Oregon Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts and Senator Ron Wyden. Feast on free cake from Gerry Frank's Konditorei and meet Gerry himself as he signs copies of the latest edition of Gerry Frank's Oregon.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (11am -- 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society's museum! February 14 is the final day to see the compelling exhibit The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II.

The Oregon Historical Society is also proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display. For more information and a list of current exhibitions, visit www.ohs.org.






About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: Oregon's 64th Birthday, 1923, OHS Research Library, Oregonian Collection, NegNo009818
FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 11:21 AM
At approximately 9:40 am on Thursday, February 11, 2016, the FBI brought three of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers into custody without incident. At approximately 11:00 am, agents brought the fourth into custody without incident.

Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio

No one was injured, and no shots were fired. Thursday marks day 41 of the occupation of the refuge.

Agents arrested the remaining four occupiers as they walked out of the refuge to the FBI checkpoint. Those arrested will face arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland on Friday, February 12, 2016.

At times, there were dozens of highly armed militants occupying, visiting and supplying the refuge. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted 16 people:

Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah
Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon
David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio
Kenneth Medenbach, age 62, of Crescent, Oregon
Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, Peoria, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Each subject faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

"The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

"Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation."

The FBI will release more information about the law enforcement work that still remains to be done at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge later in the day.

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Hiring an unlicensed tax preparer can be risky
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/11/16 10:40 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The income tax filing deadline, April 18 this year, is quickly approaching and you may be like many Oregonians: looking for someone to prepare your tax return. If so, make sure that person is properly licensed in Oregon. It's not only a legal requirement for filing returns, but it helps ensure the accuracy of your return and avoid errors that could end up costing you money.

JoAnn Martin, administrator of the Department of Revenue's Personal Tax and Compliance Division, recommends checking the credentials of anyone you're considering hiring to do your taxes. In Oregon, anyone you pay to prepare your tax returns must be licensed as a tax practitioner or certified public accountant (CPA).

"If you hire an unlicensed preparer, there's a real risk that they'll make potentially costly mistakes on your return," Martin said.

No matter who does your taxes, even if they're a properly licensed tax professional, you should check your return thoroughly before it's submitted.

"Ultimately, you're responsible for the accuracy of your return. It's up to you to check what's on it before it's sent."

In Oregon, anyone getting paid to prepare and file tax returns must have an active tax preparer or CPA license. Visit these websites to find out if the person you want to hire has an active license:

www.oregon.gov/OBTP for tax preparers.
www.oregon.gov/BOA for Oregon CPAs.
www.cpaverify.org for out-of-state CPAs.

You can report unlicensed tax preparers to the Board of Tax Practitioners.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
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OFBF releases Information on Authorized Donation Sites
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/11/16 10:40 AM
The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation ("OFBF") is a 501(c)(3) organization that responds statewide to Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths. OFBF organizes, finances and conducts Law Enforcement Line of Duty Death Memorial Services and provides direct financial support to the family of fallen law enforcement officers.

OFBF's Line of Duty Death Response Team was activated at the request of the Seaside Police Department to handle the memorial service for Sgt. Jason Goodding. OFBF also established a fund for the Goodding Family. OFBF is the only organization approved by the Goodding family and the Seaside Police Department to provide this support.

On February 10, 2016, information became available that a California based organization was soliciting donations, ostensibly, for the benefit of Sgt. Goodding's family. This organization has not been authorized by the Goodding family to solicit donations on its behalf nor has it been invited to assist in any way by the Seaside Police Department. A request was made to this organization to cease its efforts and that request was refused. OFBF will not name this organization.

OFBF strongly urges members of the public to scrutinize any organization seeking donations in support of Sgt. Goodding's family. Donations can be made at any US Bank to the Goodding family in a fiduciary account established by OFBF. Donors are asked to tell their US Bank branch that your donation is for The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation for the Benefit of the Jason Goodding family. If you have any information, please contact Dan Thenell, Attorney at Law or Sgt. David Thompson at the listed numbers.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/5485/91847/Letter_from_Attorney.pdf
Update-Fatal Crash Highway 221 in Polk County-Names Released
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 10:03 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this afternoons investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 221 in Polk County.

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 221 near milepost 14 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1999 Dodge Durango, operated by Deborah Wall, age 55, from McMinnville, was southbound when it left the roadway and collided into a telephone pole on the southbound shoulder. The right front passenger, Shari Smith, age 50, from McMinnville, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. WALL was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers are looking into the possibility that WALL swerved in an attempt to miss a vehicle that was in her lane. Troopers and other Law Enforcement searched the area for the other involved vehicle without success.

OSP troopers from both the Salem and McMinnville Area Commands are continuing the investigation. OSP encourages any witnesses to the crash contact Recruit Trooper Jason Robb of the Salem Area Command at 503-378-3387. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation. Detours were set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Portland General Electric and Polk County Fire.

No photographs for release.

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Pair of Klamath Falls Residents Plead Guilty to Archaeology Charges / Drugs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 9:28 AM
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On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division concluded an investigation into the unlawful take, possession and sale of Native American artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTELLESE, age 47, from Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary and sacred items. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia.

On January 6, 2016, JENNIFER DANIELS, age 42, from Klamath Falls, pled guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine and was sentenced to;
30 days in Jail
$2000.00 in Fines
24 month Probation

On January 13, 2016, DOUGLAS COTELLESE, pled guilty to Abuse of Indian Graves (2 counts), which is a "C" Felony, and sentenced to;
20 DAYS IN Jail
$1020.00 in Fines
24 month Probation
20 Hours Community Service

The seized artifacts will be forfeited.

OSP was assisted during this investigation by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Justice, the State Historical Preservation Office, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. OSP and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our State.

To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Media parking at Sodhouse and Hwy 205- Burns
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 7:59 AM
There are reports of several media vehicles at the checkpoint intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. Please remember vehicles must be off the travel portion of the roadway.
Wed. 02/10/16
Cliven Bundy Arrested
FBI - Oregon - 02/10/16 11:41 PM
Cliven Bundy was taken into federal custody on the evening of Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Portland. Further information on the charges is expected to be available on Thursday morning. All media inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas at (702) 388-6508.
Fatal Crash Highway 221 in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 02/10/16 7:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this afternoons investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 221 in Polk County. Names of those involved will be provided in an updated release once next of kin notifications are made.

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 221 near milepost 14 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Sport Utility Vehicle, operated by an adult female, was southbound when it left the roadway and collided into a telephone pole on the southbound shoulder. The right front passenger in the Sport Utility Vehicle, also an adult female, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female operator was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers are looking into the possibility that the operator of the Sport Utility Vehicle swerved in an attempt to miss a vehicle that was in its lane. Troopers and other Law Enforcement searched the area for the other involved vehicle without success.

OSP troopers from both the Salem and McMinnville Area Commands are continuing the investigation. OSP encourages any witnesses to the crash contact Recruit Trooper Jason Robb of the Salem Area Command at 503-378-3387. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation. Detours were set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Portland General Electric and Polk County Fire.

No photographs for release.

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FBI Surrounds Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/10/16 6:18 PM
At approximately 4:30 pm (Pacific) on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. FBI Agents attempted to approach the driver, and he returned to the encampment at the refuge at a high rate of speed.

At this time, the FBI has moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind the area where the occupiers are camping. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI continue. No shots have been fired.

"It has never been the FBI's desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully. However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Wednesday marks day 40 of the occupation of the refuge.

Further updates will be released as appropriate.

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Additional Venue Information for the public announced for Sergeant Jason Goodding Memorial Service (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 6:07 PM
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Due to the anticipation of a large response of police officers and firefighters from around the nation attending Sergeant Jason Goodding's memorial, it is expected that the family of Sgt. Goodding and uniformed emergency personnel will fill the Seaside Convention Center to capacity. Two additional viewing locations in Seaside have been established for the public to attend. Seaside High School and North Coast Family Fellowship.

Seaside High School is located at 1901 N. Holladay with access on Highway 101. It is on the procession route and parking will be open after the procession. The service will be viewed in the main gymnasium. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. There is available seating for approximately 800 people, students will be seated separately in the cafeteria. Parking is available on Highway 101 and on side streets around the high school. The high school is wheelchair accessible. Due to road closures throughout the area, this will be the best alternative location for the memorial for those traveling Southbound on Highway 101.

North Coast Family Fellowship is located at 2245 N. Wahanna and will also open its doors at 11:45 a.m. The main chapel and youth room seat approximately 725 people. Parking is available for 600 vehicles. There will be reserved handicapped parking available and the building is fully handicapped accessible. This venue is on the detour route and for those heading northbound through Seaside, this will be the best alternative venue.

Additionally, several local businesses and venues are offering to stream the memorial live. The list includes the following locations:

Astoria
Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Dr., Astoria
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary 576 12th St., Astoria

Gearhart
Gearhart Bowling Alley 3518 Highway 101, Gearhart

Seaside
Seaside Cinemas Movie Theater 1026 12th Ave., Seaside
Seaside Fultanos/Arcade 215 Broadway St., Seaside
Seaside Brewing 851 Broadway St., Seaside
Dundees 414 Broadway St., Seaside
Twisted Fish 311 Broadway, Seaside
Pig and Pancake 323 Broadway, Seaside

Cannon Beach
Coaster Theater 108 N. Hemlock Cannon Beach

ODOT signs will be posted throughout the area. Locals and visitors traveling through the area should anticipate delays due to the funeral procession.

For those wishing to stream the memorial service, use the following link: http://bit.ly/GooddingMemorial.


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Human Remains Found
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/10/16 4:58 PM
The Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains that were located on the beach about 2.6 miles north of the North Umpqua Jetty in Gardiner. The remains were located this morning at about 9:30 a.m., by a man who was riding his ATV on the beach.

At this time we are unable to positively identify the remains. They will be transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office, who will assist with the identification, as well as the cause and manner of death.
Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice awarded to Sgt. Jason Goodding
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 4:54 PM
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The Oregon Governor's Office announced today that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Governor Kate Brown will present the medal to Sgt. Goodding's wife at the memorial service being held at the Seaside Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

Donations for the Goodding family are continuing to be accepted at the two following donation points:

-Through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally. The memo line should read "for the Goodding family" and checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

-Through the Oregon Fallen Badge website at oregonfallenbadge.com

100% of donations will be contributed directly to the family.

Background Information:

The Governor may award the medal in the name of the State to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.

The governor's commission has now issued the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice five times since the medal was established in 2012. Those honored include:

Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.
Oregon City Officer Robert A. Libke.
Eugene Police Officer Christopher Kilcullen.
Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.
Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Herron.

Details of the memorial and procession can be found at the Oregon Fallen Bade Foundation "oregonfallenbadge.com"


Attached Media Files: Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice awarded to Sgt. Jason Goodding (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 4:43 PM
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The Oregon Governor's Office announced today that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Governor Kate Brown will present the medal to Sgt. Goodding's wife at the memorial service being held at the Seaside Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

Donations for the Goodding family are continuing to be accepted at the two following donation points:

-Through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally. The memo line should read "for the Goodding family" and checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

-Through the Oregon Fallen Badge website at oregonfallenbadge.com

100% of donations will be contributed directly to the family.

Background Information:

The Governor may award the medal in the name of the State to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.

The governor's commission has now issued the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice five times since the medal was established in 2012. Those honored include:

Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.
Oregon City Officer Robert A. Libke.
Eugene Police Officer Christopher Kilcullen.
Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.
Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Herron.

Details of the memorial and procession can be found at the Oregon Fallen Bade Foundation "oregonfallenbadge.com"


Attached Media Files: Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Update: Procession Map. Please note a Change made from Cottage Ave to Marion Ave on the route
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 3:25 PM
A motorcade procession involving family and public safety/emergency response vehicles, in honor of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding, is scheduled to begin Friday, February 12, 2016, at 10:45 am. The public will not be allowed to ride in the procession, but is encouraged to show their support by lining the streets along the route. Southbound Highway 101 will be closed from Patriot Way at Camp Rilea to Broadway Street in Seaside for the duration of the procession. The public should expect long delays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hwy. 101 north bound will remain open, but will be partially detoured around downtown Seaside at Avenue S to Wahanna Road.

The procession route is expected to include hundreds of public safety vehicles. The following link shows the procession route, starting from Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center (33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR) and ending at the Seaside Convention Center (415 1st Ave, Seaside, OR.)

The following is the exact route of the procession from Camp Rilea to the Seaside Civic & Convention Center:

From Patriot Way turn right on Hwy 101 to go southbound.
Proceed on Hwy 101 to Gearhart Lane.
Turn right on Gearhart Loop westbound to N Marion Ave.
Continue on N Marion Ave southbound to N Pacific Way.
Turn left on N Pacific Way and proceed past Gearhart School to Hwy 101.
Turn right on Hwy 101 southbound thru Seaside to Broadway St.
Turn right on Broadway St to N Columbia St.
Turn right on N Columbia St northbound to 1st Ave.
Turn right on 1st Ave. eastbound.
Arrive at Seaside Convention Center on the right hand side.

Members of the public who wish to view the procession from along the route should be in position by 10:45 am. Please do not park on any of the streets that the procession will travel through.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for traffic congestion and delays along HWY 101 and on Seaside, Gearhart, and Warrenton streets. The Oregon Department of Transportation will post temporary signs advising motorists of closures, delays, and detours for non-processional traffic.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended. Members of the public attending the event are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Parking will be extremely limited.

Maps of the procession are attached.


Attached Media Files: Maps of Procession
354th Basic Police Class to Graduate From Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/10/16 2:32 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 354th Basic Police Class.

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

Basic Police Class 354 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the graduation.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP354 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following

Police Officer Florian Aarts
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Heather Ashwill
Central Point Police Department

Police Officer David Baker
Portland State University DPS

Police Officer Steven Biehler
Cottage Grove Police Department

Police Officer Derek Brown
Central Point Police Department

Police Officer Kevin Bunday
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Tyler Caldwell
The Dalles Police Department

Police Officer Jamin Coy
St. Helens Police Department

Police Officer Jessica Dedrick
Medford Police Department

Police Officer Lane Doggett
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Michael Draper
Hillsboro Police Department

Trooper Thomas Erhard
Oregon State Police

Trooper Brian Fahrenthold
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Orson Frates
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Daniel Garrett
Oregon City Police Department

Police Officer Dylan Gaston
St. Helens Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kimberly Graves
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Jentzsch
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Melissa Jorgensen
Springfield Police Department

Trooper Matthew Journey
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Adam Kraushaar
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Cody Mann
Douglas County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Anthony Martinez-Flores
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Sean McCauley
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Alexandra McDonald
Sweet Home Police Department

Police Officer Jamie McMahon
Springfield Police Department

Police Officer James McQueen
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Derreck Moore
Central point Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jessica Plummer
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Isabel Ponce-Lara
Bend Police Department

Police Officer Kurtis Ramsay
Corvallis Police Department

Police Officer Travis Ray
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Jordan Robeson
Umatilla Police Department

Police Officer Steven Schutz
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Christopher Sells
Baker city Police Department

Police Officer Eric Tipler
Reedsport Police Department

Trooper Jimmy Tran
Oregon State Police


Police Officer Ernest Young
Hillsboro Police Department

Trooper Joseph Zimmerman
Oregon State Police


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Oregon National Guard pilots to conduct high-altitude flights in Deschutes area (Photo)
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Oregon Army National Guard aviators with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, are scheduled to conduct high-altitude survey flights with HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters near the summits of Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Mountain and Kwohl Butte on February 11, 2016. The purpose of the flight is to conduct reconnaissance of some potential landing zones for future high-altitude training.

The Oregon National Guard is working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to identify possible locations in Oregon between 6,000 and 9,000 feet for Blackhawk pilots to conduct training in support of the search and rescue program. Reconnaissance flights in other high-altitude locations throughout the state will take place later this spring and will be announced when scheduled.

Oregon Army Guard pilots currently use an approved training area that only has terrain up to approximately 3,500 feet. Pilots must travel to training sites in Colorado in order to receive the flight certification required to perform high-altitude search and rescue missions.

Working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish high-altitude helicopter training sites in Oregon will enable the Oregon National Guard to reduce the overall training cost, allowing more pilots to be certified and ready to rescue their fellow Oregonians.

This exercise should have minimal impact on recreation users. If anyone should encounter a helicopter landing in these areas, be advised to stay clear of the area as rotor wash will be strong with blowing snow and possible debris.


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet February 23-24 in Portland
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/10/16 12:01 PM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Feb. 10, 2016

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590


Portland OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year February 23-24 in Portland, Oregon.

On February 23, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to participate in workshops and a panel discussion with local park agencies at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will attend a reception at the same location that evening at 4 p.m.

On February 24, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

+ Award park grants to Oregon counties through the County Opportunity Grant Program, funded by a share of revenue from the Oregon recreational vehicle registration fees.

+ Designate the Painted Hills State Scenic Bikeway in Wheeler County, and recognize the South Shore Phillips Lake Trail in Baker County as a State Designated Scenic Trail.

+ Review and act on staff recommendations stemming from an external request to amend rules on the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway.

+ Adopt an updated Statewide Trails Plan.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/february2016agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Friday, February 12. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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

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State confirms first travel-associated Zika case of 2016
Oregon Health Authority - 02/10/16 11:16 AM
EDITORS: Oregon Public Health has scheduled a media availability with Richard Leman, MD, from 1 to 2 p.m. TODAY in Room 918 (ninth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

February 10, 2016

State confirms first travel-associated Zika case of 2016
Travelers should take precautions when visiting affected countries

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is confirming that a person in Oregon has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika virus infection. The adult woman contracted the virus in an affected country outside the U.S. and has recovered. There is no danger to the public.

This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika in Oregon in 2016. Before this, three Oregonians have had travel-associated Zika confirmed since 2014.

Zika is spread by certain types of mosquitoes that bite an infected person, then bite an uninfected person. Sexual transmission of the disease also has been reported, though this appears to be rare. Zika symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes, are mild, and serious illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon. However, Zika may endanger pregnancies, so women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should be particularly careful to avoid the disease.

"We have been informing physicians whom to test for Zika and sharing information on how travelers can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes," says Richard Leman, MD, an OHA public health physician. "We want to help Oregonians protect themselves."

The Oregon Health Authority is in regular contact with health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is partnering with the World Health Organization and other global health organizations to ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about the Zika outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.

Helpful links:
OHA, www.healthoregon.org, for updates on Zika in Oregon.
CDC, www.cdc.gov/zika/, for updates on national Zika outbreak.
Call 2-1-1 for general Zika information in Oregon.
Tue. 02/09/16
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for February
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/09/16 6:52 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Updated -- Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session- February 10 at 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. The executive session is based on ORS192.660(2)(e) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 1 & 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-4459.

Updated -- Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting --February 17 at 5:30 PM. at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda will be posted at the following link by February 12: http://facilities.cbd9.net/. A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board. For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-266-8581.

Special Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. Agenda will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by February 19th.

Contact Peggy Ahlgrim at peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us for more information.
Deputies Asking For Help Finding Suspect With Outstanding Warrant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 4:30 PM
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Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Leah Carlson, age 24, of Salem. Ms. Carlson is accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase $360 worth of items at a Salem Walmart on January 8th. The credit card was taken from a wallet that was left inside of a vehicle stolen from the Salem area the same day the card was used.

Ms. Carlson has a felony warrant for her arrest for Parole Violation and she may be traveling associated with a gray, 2004, Cadillac CTS with Oregon plate 084FJB. If you know where Ms. Carlson is or see her please, call our non-emergency number at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.


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Friends and Family Say Goodbye to K9 (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 3:50 PM
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Friends, family and co-workers from all over Marion County gathered yesterday to stand alongside Senior Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger as he said goodbye to his best friend and K9 partner Yo. Yo, an, 11 year old Belgian Malinois came to the Sheriff's Office some 9 years ago and is credited with over 150 captures. After each capture Deputy Wollenschlaeger and Yo had a special routine where they would drive through and buy a cheeseburger to be enjoyed by Yo for his hard day's work.

In just one example of Yo's bravery, Senior Deputy Wollenschlaeger was patrolling when a male, high on mushrooms, jumped through the open window of his patrol car and began attacking Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo was released from the back of the patrol car and came to the aid if Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo seized the male which distracted him long enough that Deputy Wollenschlaeger could gain control of his attacker. In 2014, Yo successfully tracked and found a female threatening suicide. For his actions in this instance Yo was given the lifesaving award.

Yo was a regular and crowd favorite at K9 presentations, school events and a face you always loved to see running around the Sheriff's Office. Tragically after a recent medical procedure Yo was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer and had to be put to rest. Yo is gone but he will never be forgotten. To learn more about our K9 unit check out our webpage at http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Enforcement/Pages/SpecialTeams.aspx


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Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.**UPDATE (Photo)
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Update 2/9/2016

Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified by family that the passenger in the Cadillac, Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond, has passed away from her injuries sustained in the February 1, 2016 crash. Darlene McGown passed away on February 5, 2016 and had been receiving treatment at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise since the crash.

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Previous Release

Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.
On February 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM OSP troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on US Hwy 20 near Burns. Both drivers died as a result of their injuries.

Witness information reported a red 2015 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by Mr. Robert L. Heath, age 65, from Christmas Valley, Oregon, was traveling eastbound on US Hwy 20. Mr. Heath attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle when it struck a westbound 2000 white Cadillac driven by Mr. Milton J. Kowalski Jr., age 71, from Redmond. The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest blocking highway 20.

Mr. Kowalski Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger of the Cadillac, Ms. Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond and Mr. Heath were air-lifted to St. Alphonsus in Boise with critical injures. Mr. Heath died at the hospital a few hours after the crash.

The highway was completely closed for two hours and partially for another two hours. OSP was assisted by Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.


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Fatal Crash Highway 350 in Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 02/09/16 1:06 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evenings fatal crash on Highway 350 in Wallowa County.

On February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:33 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle injury crash on Highway 350 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1999 Toyota Camry, operated by Kenneth Allen, age 80, from Imnaha, was eastbound on Highway 350 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and collided with a rock wall. Mr. Allen's vehicle continued and came to an uncontrolled rest in Sheep Creek.

Kenneth Allen and his passenger Carolyn Allen, age 76, from Imnaha, were both transported by Life Flight Network to Providence Saint Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Once at the medical center Kenneth Allen was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash. Carolyn Allen is being treated for serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Enterprise Work Site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Fire Department and Enterprise Ambulance.

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New Salem Health Rehabilitation Center inspires healing (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/09/16 12:55 PM
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Salem Health officially opened its new Rehabilitation Center at 755 Mission St., Building M in Salem. The two-story, 35,000 square foot space is designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of the community--and tailored for specialized and collaborative care.

The new building features:
An innovative overhead system designed to provide a safe and real-world experience for patients focused on gait, balance and fall risk
A larger warm water aquatic therapy pool
Multiple spaces for pediatric therapists to offer suspended vestibular equipment as part of therapy
Larger gyms for adult therapy and Work Injury Management

Visitors will discover the center's convenient location on the hospital campus with easy parking near the building.

"Our patients will love this fresh, new, natural environment for their therapy," says Phil Haworth, rehabilitation services manager. "They will experience more natural light, state-of-the-art equipment and inspired specialists with space to do their best work. It's really exciting."

Haworth says about 45 therapists and psychologists with Salem Health Rehabilitation Services see more than 7,300 new patients every year. Salem Health exceeded 50,000 patient visits in 2015.

People who need rehabilitation services can ask their provider for a referral to Salem Health Rehabilitation Center. Find more details about the center online at www.salemhealth.org/rehab.

Construction continues onsite of the new therapy and community play area--Salem's first outdoor play area for people of all abilities. People interested in making a donation can find more information online at www.salemhealth.org/tcpa or call 503-561-5576.


Salem Health--an OHSU Partner--offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals--placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Accepting Applications for the 2016 Citizen Police Academy
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 10:27 AM
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2016 Citizen Police Academy class.

The Citizen Police Academy is for Douglas County residents who want to learn more about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department. This hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is offered FREE of charge and allows citizens the opportunity to gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, what their mandated functions consist of, as well as improving the understanding of the challenges law enforcement face serving and protecting our community.

The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings starting on March 31 through June 9, 2016 from 6 -- 9 PM. This is an 11-week commitment from the participants. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.

The goal of the program is to provide information to Douglas County residents so they can make informed judgments about the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Open discussion and better understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.

The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, crime scene investigations, narcotics investigations, use of force tactics, crime prevention, canine program, and much more. Participants will be involved in activities such as touring the communications center, jail and police department, using police equipment, and participating in a simulated shoot/don't shoot scenario.

Each applicant must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to approval and admission. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony convictions, have no pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and have no outstanding warrants for arrest.

The instructional courses will be held at the Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Anyone wishing to apply for the Citizen's Police Academy may do so by visiting www.dcso.com, www.cityofroseburg.org, or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Questions regarding the Citizen's Police Academy can be directed to : Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6760.
Pilot Butte Canal Historic District (Cooley Road -- Yeoman Road Segment) Listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/09/16 9:36 AM
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A segment of the Pilot Butte Canal between Cooley Road and Yeoman Road in Bend and unincorporated Deschutes County is Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

The construction of the Pilot Butte Canal was a result of the vision of east-coast real-estate investor Alexander McClurg Drake. Drake sought to irrigate the lands surrounding the Deschutes River under the provisions of the federal Carey Desert Lands Act, which encouraged the establishment of irrigated farms in the arid West.

Construction on the canal began in 1903. The critical Cooley Road to Yeoman Road Segment connected the already-constructed flume from the Deschutes River and traversed the basalt bedrock on its way north. However, the section was particularly difficult due to the terrain, and resources were concentrated here. Laborers using horse-drawn Fresno Scrapers and steam-powered drills finished this portion of the canal on February 10, 1905.

The canal's completion spurred rapid growth and development of central Oregon, including the establishment of Bend, Redmond, and other communities. It also provided an economic boost to the entire state with the growth of the agriculture and timber industries. The basalt floor and sides of the Cooley Road -- Yeoman Road Segment of the Pilot Butte Canal still show the tooling marks left by the scrapers and the steam drills, and its rough, unfinished nature reflects both the difficulty in digging the canal and the importance of finishing the project quickly.

The National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
listed the Pilot Butte Canal segment in the National Register after an extensive public process beginning in December 2014. The review process included comments from the Central Oregon Irrigation Company, residents, advocacy groups, and local, state, and federal agencies. NPS' decision is based only on the National Register criteria, which considers the degree to which the property retains its historic appearance and its historic importance.

More information about the National Register and the Pilot Butte Canal Historic District, including a description of the nomination process and a full copy of the nomination document is available online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page and then Pilot Butte Canal Historic District, Deschutes County).


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Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for February, 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/08/16 9:23 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Updated - Special School Board Meeting -- February 10 at 5:30 PM. The agenda will be selecting the Superintendent Search organization.
Updated - Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting -- February 9 at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-9040.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information contact Adrian DeLeon at 541-404-4459.
Special School Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 19: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.
For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
US Bank Now Accepting Donations for Sgt. Goodding's Family
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/08/16 5:19 PM
Citizens interested in helping support the Family of Sgt. Goodding in their time of loss
with monetary contributions may do so in one of two ways:

1. Donate through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally.
Checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and the memo line should read: for the Goodding family. 100% of all donations will be contributed directly to the family. Cash, checks, and transfers are all accepted. Please make sure to mention the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and the Goodding family when donating.

2. Donations can also be made through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at
oregonfallenbadge.com and follow the link marked "Donate to
OFBF". When making your donation, after entering your payment information
and going to the next page, click on the "Add special instructions for
recipient" and type "for the Goodding Family" before submitting your
payment.
Nominations for 2016 Outstanding Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 02/08/16 5:13 PM
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year Award.
This distinct award recognizes three woman veterans who exemplify service as a veteran and as an outstanding member of the Oregon community. Selection criteria focus is on the nominee's achievements in support of veterans, her commitment to women veterans' issues, and as a citizen in service of her hometown, the State of Oregon, and the United States of America.
Submissions from both the veteran and non-veteran community are encouraged. The nomination form must be submitted online or in writing by March 4, 2016. The awards will be presented and recognized at the 2016 Oregon Women Veterans Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Nomination forms are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVCNomination or by contacting ODVA's Women Veterans Coordinator.
This year's Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas on March 18 & 19, 2016. Women veterans throughout the state are invited to attend this biennial conference free of charge. Lunch and coffee are provided both days with a variety of workshops on topics including veteran's benefits/entitlements, women veterans health, coping with trauma, employment information, veteran and woman owned business information, and much more.
Registration is required to attend. Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016WVCRegistration.
For more information about the conference please contact the Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator, Elizabeth Estabrooks at (503) 373-2188 or elizabeth.estabrooks@state.or.us.

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Highway 20 Crash Takes Life of Ogden Utah Man - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/08/16 4:24 PM
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On February 8, 2016 at about 7:52 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle roll-over crash on Highway 20 at milepost 55 (near Brothers).

Preliminary information reveals a 2001 Ford Windstar van was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and rolled over. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they discovered the driver, Mr. Anthony Mychael VANOUDHEUSDEN, age 27, of Ogden Utah, who was ejected from the vehicle and later died from his injuries. Passenger, Ms. Destinni Aleah MARTINEZ, age 24, of Ogden Utah and child passengers (ages - 10 months, 3 year old and 6 year old) were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where they were treated for their injuries.

Evidence on scene indicates VANOUDHEUSDEN was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire, FBI, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 20 was closed for one hour to allow the investigation to occur. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


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Governor's Commission to Review Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice for Sgt. Jason Goodding Seaside PD
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/08/16 2:08 PM
The Governor's Medal of Honor Commission will hold an emergency telephonic meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Please dial: 877-873-8017
Access code: 8191185

The Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor will hold an emergency telephonic meeting to review a request to present the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to the family of fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding's (DPSST# 43017). Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. 183 law enforcement officers across Oregon including city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation agencies have died in the line of duty. A complete list of these officers can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

The criteria for this award is as follows:

Oregon Revised Statute 176.267 - Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(1) The Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice is established. Upon nomination by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor established under ORS 176.262, the Governor or the Governor's designee may award the medal in the name of the state to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

(2) The medal shall be bronze and consist of a police shield overlaid by a sheriff's star with the seal of the State of Oregon in the center and the words "Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice" within the design. The medal shall be suspended from a ring that is attached to a gold ribbon with a blue edge. The reverse side of the medal shall be inscribed with the words "Awarded by a grateful state for the ultimate sacrifice by a law enforcement family." [2011 c.434 ??1/21]


Background Information

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.


Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Members

Dave Dryden-- Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)
John Bishop -- Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA)
Heidi Moawad -- Public Safety Policy Advisor for Governor Kate Brown
Craig Halupowski -- Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA)
Rick Igou -- Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA)
Linsay Hale -- Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
Bill Lyons -- Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
Moda agreement ensures no changes to coverage for consumers
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/08/16 1:02 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a consent order today that outlines a plan for Moda Health Plan, Inc. (MHP) to stabilize its financial position and continue to serve its customers. As a result, the department has lifted the Jan. 27 order of supervision and MHP will resume selling and renewing policies to both individual and group customers in Oregon and Alaska.

The steps outlined in the order will generate more than $170 million for MHP, providing sufficient capital and surplus to continue operations. That means all MHP policyholders -- including those who have individual, group, Medicaid, and Medicare supplement plans -- will be able to keep their plans. All premiums, cost-sharing, networks, and benefits will remain the same.

DCBS worked in close partnership with the Alaska Division of Insurance and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner to achieve this outcome.

"This course of action is the best option for consumers because it will not disrupt their current policies," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "These steps will provide a financial cushion so the company can make good on the commitments it has made to Oregonians."

The requirements in the order include:
Providing coverage and service to its individual policyholders in Oregon and Alaska through Dec. 31, 2016.
Establishing a bank deposit for the benefit of Alaska policyholders.
Selling a portion of money owed to MHP by the federal government.
Providing additional, more frequent reporting to DCBS and the Alaska Division of Insurance.
Selling a combination of assets, including some held by Moda, Inc., and making all proceeds available to MHP. These transactions, several involving third parties, will bring new capital to MHP.
Obtaining DCBS approval from before awarding executive salary increases or bonuses.
Obtaining surplus notes, which are debt instruments considered capital and surplus.

If Moda does not complete all the requirements as scheduled, the department retains the ability to take swift action.

"While we expect Moda to comply with the order, we will have the ability to take further steps, if needed," Allen said. "Our utmost concern is protecting Oregon policyholders."

Today's announcement follows last month's order of supervision issued by DCBS to MHP because of concerns over its financial condition. The department issued the order because of MHP's excessive operating losses and inadequate capital and surplus. The supervision order (http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-001.pdf) prohibited MHP from issuing new policies, required it to raise adequate capital, and placed a state representative on site to oversee financial transactions. The order also required MHP to submit a business plan and secure sufficient capital.

"Initially, we thought it might be prudent for MHP to exit the individual market, but the steps outlined in the consent order instead will allow consumers to continue their health coverage with no changes;" Allen said.

For all MHP policyholders, there should be no disruption of services and consumers do not need to take action. If consumers have any problems or questions, they can call the department's consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free). Frequently asked questions are available on its website: http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx.

The consent order is available at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-002.pdf.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to hold Emergency Meeting - Sgt. Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) Seaside Police
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/08/16 12:57 PM
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD / MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release / February 8, 2016

Contact Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting


The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 3:30 p.m. on February 9, 2016 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon. Participation via conference call has been established.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for April 27, 2015 / Approve minutes

2. GOODDING, Jason - M-1 Applications for Benefits for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - April 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board

Reason for emergency meeting is to discuss providing assistance as allowed within Oregon Revised Statute 243.950 to the family of Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) of the Seaside Police Department who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed Public Safety Memorial Fund Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.

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Look out for fraud, identity theft this tax season
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/08/16 9:00 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax filing season has begun and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers to file early, file electronically, and immediately report suspected identity theft. Oregon, other states, and the IRS have seen significant increases in the filing of fraudulent tax returns, often using stolen identities and fictitious W-2s as a way to try and claim refunds.

"We know tax fraud is on the rise," explained Kris Kautz, the department's interim director. "Our goal is to avoid paying on fraudulent claims to protect Oregon's tax dollars from misappropriation and protect our taxpayers from fraud."

How big is the problem?
In 2014, we saw 4,700 fake returns trying to claim a total of nearly $8 million in refunds.
We stopped all but 159 of those fake refunds from being issued, preventing nearly $7.8 million from getting into the hands of fraudsters.
Through mid-November 2015, we saw nearly 4,000 fake returns, claiming more than $7 million in refunds.
What is Revenue doing?
We're providing easier reporting options through our website and dedicated identity theft phone line. To report potentially fraudulent activities or to flag your account for possible fraud, go to our website at www.oregon.gov/dor and click on "Report Fraud or Identity Theft" under "Get Help" at the bottom of the homepage. You can also call (503) 947-2000.
Our online services use two-factor authentication and require taxpayers to validate specific tax information before they can access their Revenue Online accounts.
We're following up on suspicious returns. If we think someone is using your personal information to file a fraudulent return, we'll send you a letter asking you to verify your identity. You can verify you identity by mail, by phone, or by taking our new online identity verification quiz.
The Legislature funded our plan to incorporate commercial data analytics and real-time withholding matching to help us catch more fraudulent tax activity.
We're participating in the IRS Security Summit with other states, the tax industry, and the IRS to identify additional safeguards to protect taxpayers' federal and state tax accounts from identity thieves.
"These added security measures may add a bit more time to your filing but it's to protect you as an individual and our state's funds," Kautz said.

How can you protect yourself?
E-file as early as you can. If we get your real return first, we can better stop fraudsters from using your information.
If you think or know your identity was stolen, notify us immediately using the reporting feature on our website. You can also call (503) 947-2000. We can flag your account and watch for potentially fraudulent returns and help you get your real return processed correctly. You should also flag your account with the IRS by calling 1 (800) 908-4490.
For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you're a victim of identity theft, visit:
o https://www.irs.gov
o http://www.consumer.ftc.gov
o https://www.identitytheft.gov

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Oregon Lottery introduces Year of the Monkey Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 02/08/16 8:47 AM
According to the Chinese Zodiac, February 8, 2016 marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. To help celebrate, the Oregon Lottery has launched the Year of the Monkey Scratch-it ticket.

"The Year of the Monkey Scratch-it seemed like a natural step for us after launching a very successful Loteria Scratch-it in May 2015," said Oregon Lottery Traditional Product Manager Art Kiuttu. "The Asian and Hispanic populations in Oregon are important and we have had numerous requests to expand our games to include games that have special appeal to our diverse audiences. Due to the great success with our Loteria Scratch-it we will be introducing a new Loteria Scratch-it this year and we hope to have the same success with our Chinese New Year Scratch-it, Year of the Monkey."

In Chinese culture, the number '8' is considered a lucky number. So it's only fitting that the $1 Year of the Monkey Scratch-it offers players a top prize of $888. The game has over $1 million in prizes and offers players a 1:4.06 overall odds of winning a prize. The Year of the Monkey Scratch-it is available in most Oregon Lottery retail locations.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Sun. 02/07/16
Memorial Service set for Sgt. Jason Goodding Announced
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/07/16 7:27 PM
The memorial service for Seaside Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held this Friday, February 12, at the Seaside Convention Center located at 415 First Avenue in the City of Seaside. The start time is 1:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Additional venues will be be identified in case the convention center reaches capacity. In that case, the event will be simulcast for the public at those additional venues.

The service will be preceded by a law enforcement procession that will wind through the streets of Seaside ending at the convention center. The public is encouraged to stand on the route to show their support for Sgt. Goodding's family, who will be riding in the procession.

Details of the route will be announced later this week, along with potential overflow venues where the service will be broadcasted. Media will be given detailed instructions on where to park and a schedule of the planned events. Because of the limited seating in the main venue, Media will be requested to establish a pool camera to video the event.
We are requesting that all media reports include a link to the site where all donations to the Goodding family should be directed. There have been several donation sites passed around, but there is only one site that has been vetted and guarantees 100% of the donations go to the family. That site is "OregonFallenBadge.com"

A media phone number (503-433-3447) has been established expressly for questions regarding the memorial service and activities surrounding the family of Sgt. Goodding. Any questions about the investigation should be directed to The Oregon State Police.
Remains of Sgt. Goodding returning to Seaside
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/07/16 12:23 PM
The Oregon Medical Examiner has released the remains of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding. He is being escorted by a number of law enforcement agencies back to Seaside at this time.
*UPDATE* Lebanon Fire District Responds To House Fire (New Photos) (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 02/07/16 11:40 AM
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The Lebanon Fire Investigation Team has concluded that the 2-Alarm fire from early Sunday morning was caused by a failure in the components of the hot tub on the back patio. The fire was deemed to be accidental and not suspicious in nature. Damage estimates not available.


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Salem Police Investigating a Homicide in Southeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 02/07/16 9:34 AM
Salem Police detectives are currently investigating a homicide that occurred on the afternoon of February 6.

Salem Police officers were called to a residence in the 1700 block of Warbler Ct SE at approximately 2:16 pm on a report of a disturbance. When officers arrived they found 45-year old Maria Roldan-DeManzur deceased in the residence. Officers were able to immediately detain 21-year old Jose Manzur-Roldan for questioning in the case, and he has since been arrested on charges of Murder and has been transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility. Jose Manzur-Roldan is the son of victim Maria Roldan-DeManzur.

There were two young children in the residence at the time of the incident. Both of those children are safe and have been released to relatives.

The investigation is continuing and all further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen, 503-588-5222.
Red Cross Assisting After Linn County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/07/16 8:34 AM
Disaster Action Team responders from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting four adults and two children displaced by a single-family residential fire Feb. 7 in the 600 block of Vaughn Avenue in Lebanon, Linn County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Sat. 02/06/16
Westview High School wins third-straight berth in the National Science Bowl (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/06/16 6:18 PM
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PR 06-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

Students flex brainpower at 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Westview High School wins berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Three-time champion Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., proved unstoppable Saturday afternoon in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl at the University of Portland. In the 25th anniversary event, Westview overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Lincoln High School of Portland.

Catlin Gabel School Team 1 of Portland finished third, and Sunset High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., was fourth among 59 teams of math and science whizzes from schools across western Oregon and western Washington.

The nation's largest regional science bowl highlighted the intellectual and competitive energy of more than 250 high school students vying for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

"The final round was definitely nerve-racking, but that's what makes Science Bowl great," said Bryan Lee of Westview's Team 1.

"A lot of it depends on speed," said his teammate, Anthony Zheng. "That makes it more exciting than just sitting at a desk."

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest offered members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Amid the fast-paced scoring, wins and losses, the day also had its entertaining moments.

"It's really fun," said Beaverton High team captain Cole Cavanaugh. "My favorite part might have been sharing looks of despair -- or maybe just acceptance -- when the really random, weird or obscure questions came up. At one point, someone from another team guessed, 'The Beatles?'"

Ming Liu, the captain of Team 1 from Mountain View High School of Vancouver, said, "This is my last year at science bowl. It's been a great journey, and I am honored that I got to compete against so many talented teams this year. It has also been great getting to know the smart people on other teams competing here."

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities took place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allowed teams that had not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge was to construct a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

"Bonneville has sponsored the Science Bowl each year for a quarter century to support these incredible students in their love of math and science," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "As I watched them compete today, I was amazed and inspired by these kids. They are the energy innovators of the future, and we hope today's experience provides another step toward that important goal."

The hundreds of students in the competition, including last weekend's middle school event, come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

"We're just doing this for fun, just to have a great time," said Alison Bowden of Beaverton High School. "We've had a lot of really close rounds, and it's really fun to cheer on our teammates. It's a good bonding experience for us."

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL ALL STARS
BPA recognized the following students who answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds:
Ashwin Sah, Jesuit High School Team 1
Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School Team 1
Ming Liu, Mountain View High School Team 1
Kevin Shen, Sunset High School Team 1
Chandler Watson, Oregon Episcopal High School Team
Anders Olsen, Lincoln High School Team
Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego High School Team
Akshay Pulavarty, Westview High School Team 1

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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OSP Continuing Death Investigation at Baker Beach near Heceta Head - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 5:08 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and Lane County Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation into a deceased male found at Baker Beach, seven miles north of Florence.

According to Sergeant Michael Berland, on February 6, 2016 at 1:56 p.m., a body was reported washed ashore at the Baker Beach. Lane County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to scene.

The Lane County Medical Examiner's office was notified and assisted the Oregon State Police in the recovery of the body along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing into an attempt to identify the deceased male found on the beach and also to determine cause and manner of death.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Springfield Office at (541) 726-2536 with any information on this investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Officer involved shooting in Seaside *** Update 4*** (Photo)
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Update 4
The Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team has located the fourth person present during the officer involved shooting.

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Update 3 Photo Included

On February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. FERRY was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place FERRY under arrest for the felony assault warrant. FERRY resisted arrest and the other officer deployed less lethal force (taser). FERRY fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot FERRY.

Both Sergeant Goodding and FERRY were transported to local hospitals. Sergeant Goodding and FERRY died at the hospitals due to their injuries.

Sergeant Goodding was 39 years of age and lived in the Seaside Community. He is survived by his wife and school aged children. Sergeant Goodding graduated from Sherwood High-School and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Sergeant Goodding was hired with Seaside Police Department in April of 2003. During his tenure he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and a patrol sergeant. Sergeant Gooding also dedicated time to his community by coaching several different sports teams within the Seaside area.

Senate Bill (SB) 111 establishes protocols when an agency is involved in an officer involved shooting investigation. SB 111 mandates a separate agency lead the investigation. The Oregon State Police has been asked to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team. The Major Crime Team is comprised of officers from Seaside Police Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach, Warrenton Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.

There will be no additional information regarding the officer involved shooting until the investigation is completed.

The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation will assist with the funeral of Sgt. Goodding the date and time will be posted to flashalert as soon as possible.

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Update 2
Press conference scheduled for 10:00 AM on February 6, 2016 at the Seaside City Hall at 989 Broadway, Seaside.
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Update
The officer involved shooting was a result of a contact with the suspect and officers on Broadway. OSP is requesting any witnesses to call 1(800)452-7888. At this time Broadway is closed due to the investigation.
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On February 5, 2016 at approximately 9:20 pm a Seaside police officer was shot and transported to a local Clatsop County hospital. A Suspect was also shot and transported to a local hospital.

The Oregon State Police, Clatsop County District Attorney's office and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team are conducting the investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will not confirm the condition of the police officer or the suspect at this time.

We are aware of social media and news reports regarding the event. We ask for respect and consideration for the families and for Seaside Police Department.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office anticipates holding a press conference, in Seaside, on the morning of February 6th. The press conference time and location will sent out through Flash Alert.

Law enforcement does not believe there is any threat to citizens in the Seaside area.

All media inquiries should be directed to osppio@state.or.us

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Update: (Photos Added) Multi-agency investigation results in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County (Photo)
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The following is being released on behalf of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team:

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County late Thursday. Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, US currency, marijuana, heroin, firearms, a significant explosive device and other items of evidentiary value. ROYAL KRUESI, age 41, from Murphy, was arrested on a federal warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and state warrants for ID Theft and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

On February 4, 2016, KRUESI was arrested on Highway 238 in Josephine County after a short elude on a motorcycle and foot pursuit by the Oregon State Police. KRUESI had a large amount of US currency on his person along with a methamphetamine pipe. A search of his Harley Davidson motorcycle revealed approximately 1 ?1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $30,000 dollars in US currency, three handguns (two which were loaded), scales, packaging material and other evidence.

Law enforcement officers subsequently returned to KRUESI'S residence in the 12000 block of Water Gap Road near Murphy with a search warrant, which Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) SWAT executed. Seized from the search warrant and a consent search of an adjacent residence were two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of tar heroin, three firearms (including an semi-auto AK 47 rifle), 10 pounds of marijuana, packaging material, scales, a money counter, approximately ten thousand rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest and other items of evidence.

Various items were discovered on the property stemming from a 2013 Jackson County Burglary report. The items recovered included a Honda Quad, plasma cutter, motorcycle riding gear and sand paddle tires.

Investigators also located a sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the search of KRUESI'S residence.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team partnered with many law enforcement agencies to assist with this investigation after receiving repeated information regarding KRUESI illegally distributing narcotics. Participating agencies included members from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT, Oregon State Police (OSP), United States Marshal Service (USMS) and Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from Boise, Portland and Eugene. "Collaboration between a multitude of state and federal law enforcement agencies, the tireless pursuit of those who assisted in this operation, and excellent investigative work to apprehend this sought after fugitive was paramount in the case's success," said Johnson. RADE initiated the investigation last year after determining KRUESI was rumored to be linked to violent encounters and may have used intimidation to propel his methamphetamine distribution organization in Josephine County.

Additional crimes against KRUESI will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office and to the United States Attorney's Office for review. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Special thanks to Josephine County Sheriff Daniels for his support, the Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Assistant United States Assistant Attorney's office in Medford for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.

The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.

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Fri. 02/05/16
Red Cross Assisting Family of Five After Linn County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/05/16 8:49 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for two adults and three children displaced by a single-family fire Feb. 5 in the 1300 block of Clark Mill Road, Sweet Home, Linn County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, health services and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Dragon Dance & Parade from Chinatown to SW Portland this Sunday, February 7 at 11am
Oregon Historical Society - 02/05/16 5:18 PM
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society (OHS), in partnership with local dragon and lion dance teams, will host a mile long parade this Sunday, February 7. The parade begins at 11am on the corner of NW 4th Avenue and Davis in Chinatown, will continue along 3rd Avenue and up SW Jefferson, finishing at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave.). The celebration continues at the OHS, where admission is free all day to the museum (11am -- 5pm).

The dragon, owned by the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, has not been used in a public parade for at least ten years, though some members of the community say it has not been in a public performance for nearly twenty years. It takes twenty-one people to carry the 60-foot dragon, and the parade team will be comprised of members of Lee Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team (led by Terry Lee), N.W. Dragon & Lion Dance Association (led by Wally Chow), International Lion Dance (led by Michael Choi), as well as volunteers recruited by the Oregon Historical Society who are new to this important tradition in the Chinese American community. There will also be lions dancing throughout the parade, and additional performances will take place at the Oregon Historical Society when the parade arrives at approximately noon. Sweet treats and tea will be provided.

Press Photos: http://bit.ly/207m9bS

The parade marks the start of Chinese New Year, which is Monday, February 8, 2016, as well as the opening of two exhibitions at the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

About Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion

America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.




About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
**UPDATE** Fatal Shooting Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 4:22 PM
UPDATED INFORMATION
This information is being sent in cooperation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 3000 Block of Rice Valley Road was presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses which included Ryan Scevers' wife and Mr. Frank Hendrickson. They also heard from witnesses who reported the initial theft of the four wheeler and from the officers and Detectives who investigated the incident.

At the conclusion of the testimony, the Grand Jury voted unanimously that Mr. Frank Hendrickson was justified in his use of force and that no criminal charges would be returned against Mr. Hendrickson.

Contact Information: Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan -- (541)-440-4388
END UPDATE

PREVIOUS RELEASE
On 01-30-16, at about 0845 hours Douglas County Communications received a report of a theft of a four wheeler from a barn located in the 800 Block of Thurman Road, in the Rice Valley area.

The stolen four wheeler was observed by responding Deputies, as well as by Oregon State Police Troopers. The operator of the four wheeler had a dog on the four wheeler with him at the time. Responding law enforcement officers were unable to pursue the vehicle due to the terrain where the four wheeler was seen. 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who lives on Thurman Road was identified as a possible suspect.

On 01-30-16, at about 1010 hours Douglas County Communications received a report from a resident in the 3000 Block of Rice Hill Road that they had just shot a subject after a confrontation with the subject at their residence. Responding Deputies and Troopers contacted 65 year old Frank Hendrickson and his wife, 62 year old Delilah Knight, at the residence. They also located the same subject they had seen earlier in the day riding on the stolen four wheeler, the stolen four wheeler, and the dog that had been with the subject. The subject was determined to be 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who was declared deceased at the scene.

Deputies learned Hendrickson and Knight had been at home when they heard a commotion outside. Hendrickson found a dog had come onto his property and was chasing his animals. Hendrickson shot the dog, which died at the scene. A short time later, Ryan Scevers rode into Hendrickson's driveway on the stolen four wheeler. Ryan Scevers entered into Hendrickson's pick-up truck, took a rifle from inside of it, and began to shoot at Hendrickson and Knight. One of the rounds fired by Ryan Scevers struck a window of the Hendrickson's residence, which knocked Knight to the ground. Knight was not struck by the bullet. Another round fired by Ryan Scevers struck Hendrickson's dog, which died at the scene. Hendrickson then returned fire and struck Scevers. Knight was transported to River bend Medical Center, where she was treated for a suspected broken hip. Hendrickson was not injured during the shoot-out.

Along with the Oregon State Police, the Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin Police Department, the Roseburg Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made, and the case will likely be presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. Scevers next of kin has been notified.

No further information will be available until Monday morning.
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for February
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 3:17 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Regular School Board Meeting -- February 8 at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet have been posted at the following link: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.
Updated - Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting -- February 9 at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-9040.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 1 & 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information contact Adrian DeLeon at 541-404-4459.
Special School Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 19: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.
For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
FBI Phone Scam Warning
FBI - Oregon - 02/05/16 1:43 PM
The FBI is warning Oregonians to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs the FBI's telephone number on the victim's caller ID. In at least a couple of recent incidents, a caller has claimed that the targeted person has an unpaid ticket or otherwise owes money. The caller claims the person will be arrested if a fine is not paid.

The originating telephone number used by the scammer is "spoofed" -- meaning that it appears as if the call is being made from one of the FBI's Oregon offices.

The FBI reminds the public that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. There are a number of ways people with criminal intentions can obtain your name, phone number, or e-mail address. The FBI reminds you to limit the information you freely provide online, including on social media sites. Phone scammers typically use fear, intimidation, and threats to get a victim to send money.

To protect against fraud:
?-–? Never give out personal information to someone you did not initiate contact with.
?-–? Before signing up for a contest or e-mail distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information or sell it to a third party.
?-–? Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with who asks for payment using a third party such as MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid cards.
?-–? Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive.

Individuals receiving such calls or needing to report any Internet related crime can file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Corps to lower Cougar Reservoir for temperature control tower repairs
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/05/16 12:07 PM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No: PA 16-007
Contact: Scott Clemans, (503) 808-4513
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2016

Look for this news release at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/media/newsreleases.aspx


CORPS TO LOWER COUGAR RESERVOIR FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL TOWER REPAIRS

EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lower Cougar Reservoir to about 80 feet below its usual winter elevation by the end of March to allow for urgent debris removal and repairs in Cougar Dam's temperature control tower.

Cougar Dam and Reservoir are on the South Fork McKenzie River about 40 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The Corps normally begins filling the reservoir on Feb. 1 each year, with the goal of reaching its maximum summer elevation by early May.

Recent inspections found three trash rack panels -- 2 feet by 5 feet sections of heavy-duty grating that prevent debris from entering the dam's water intake -- were dislodged and lying on the floor of the temperature control tower.

Inspections also found a large amount of debris in the penstock that feeds water to the dam's two hydropower turbine units, and in the units themselves.

Removal of the debris and repairs to the temperature control tower's trash rack must be accomplished as soon as possible. The debris affects the dam's ability to accomplish several of its authorized missions.

The Corps has shut down both generating units, and cannot accomplish the dam's hydropower generation mission. Generation flows are also essential to attracting endangered spring Chinook to the adult fish collection facility immediately downstream of the powerhouse, which is a key part of the dam's fish and wildlife mission.

"To minimize impacts to the project's missions -- particularly our fish and wildlife mission -- we really want to have this work complete by April 1, before the spring Chinook migration gets underway in the McKenzie Basin," said Greg Taylor, supervisory fish biologist for the Corps' Willamette Valley Project.

The debris could affect operation of the dam's regulating outlets -- the alternate route for passing water through the dam -- which are important to the dam's flood control mission.

"This is an operational emergency, in that our ability to accomplish some of our missions has been impacted," said Willamette Valley Project operations manager Erik Petersen. "However, this is not a dam safety emergency; there is no risk to the structure or to lives or property downstream."

The repair work will delay refill of Cougar Reservoir and may result in lower than usual summer elevations.

"If we are able to start refilling the reservoir in early April and have a fairly average water year, we will be able to refill the reservoir to about 1,640 feet -- 50 feet below the maximum summer elevation," said Tina Teed, Willamette Valley Projects reservoir regulator.

That would seriously curtail availability of the reservoir's two boat ramps, but the Corps should be able to meet its downstream flow and water temperature targets for the summer and fall, Teed added.

In comparison, the reservoir did not fill above 1,605 feet during the 2015 drought.

Cougar is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette River drainage system. Each project contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood damage reduction, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and navigation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries. For more information, visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/WillametteValley.aspx.

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Oak Hill Debate Team Wins Big at Logan Will Tournament
Oak Hill School - 02/05/16 9:09 AM
Oak Hill Debate Team Wins Big at Logan Will Tournament

(Eugene, OR)-
For the second consecutive year, the Oak Hill School Debate team found dramatic and decisive success at Grants Pass High School's annual Logan Will Ultimate Challenge Speech and Debate tournament. Oak Hill senior Laurel Eddins captured the Ultimate Challenge award by winning Parliamentary Debate (with Conrad Sproul as her partner) and Expository Speaking, and finishing second in Oral Interpretation, Radio Commentary, and Impromptu Speaking. Laurel also made the finals in Dramatic Interpretation and reached the semifinal round in Poetry Reading. Her combined performance in these seven events earned Laurel the individual Logan Will championship, which honors the memory of a national-caliber Willamette University debater (and Grants Pass alumnus) who died in a traffic accident in 2006.

Oak Hill junior Conrad Sproul (winner of last year's Logan Will Ultimate Challenge) captured 2nd place overall this year by winning Parliamentary Debate (with Laurel), Duo Interpretation (with OHS senior Emma Rosander), and Radio Commentary, and also finishing second in Original Oratory. Conrad also reached the finals in Impromptu Speaking.

This tournament is designed to test high school debaters' skills not only in those events in which they've been competing all season, but also in additional events well outside their comfort zones. Some debaters find themselves competing in events in which they have never before competed. At most high school tournaments, debaters participate in one to three events. At the Ultimate Challenge, competitors participated in five to seven events, a true test of stamina and endurance that marks their versatility and commitment to high school forensics.

Held over the course of two days (January 29 and 30), the Ultimate Challenge required 27 [I ADDED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND TOOK OUT THAT THEY WERE FROM 17 HIGH SCHOOLS BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THERE WERE 17 HS REPRESENTED AT LOGAN WILL, NOT ALL THE 27 PARTICIPANTS IN THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE WERE FROM ALL THOSE 17 HS, SO THAT WOULD BE INACCURATE TO SAY] participants to compete in one form of Debate (Parliamentary, Public Forum, or Lincoln-Douglas), one Memorized Dramatic Interpretation, one memorized 8-10 minute Platform Speech, and an additional two to four individual events (e.g., Impromptu, Expository, Radio Commentary).

Oak Hill's performance represents a powerful and loud statement as the Eugene independent school has a high school population of 52 students and the OHS Debate Team has existed only since 2013. In addition to their successes at Logan Will, this year's Oak Hill debaters have won multiple tournaments in the disciplines of Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking.

In this, just the 3rd year of the team, Oak Hill students have earned multiple pre-qualifications to the 2016 state championships. Emma Rosander and junior Beau Taylor-Ladd are pre-qualified in Policy Debate. Laurel Eddins has pre-qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking. In addition, at the University of Puget Sound's January 8-9, 2016, tournament in Tacoma, WA, Laurel earned an invitation to the 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Extemporaneous Speaking. A national high school tournament held each spring at the University of Kentucky, the TOC is among the most prestigious tournaments in the country.

Since its debut, the OHS debate team hit the ground in a sprint. It has already caught up to many of the more established state teams. There is a feeling, though, among the teammates, that things are only getting started. Last year, Oak Hill finished second in the state of Oregon among 4A/3A/2A/1A schools. And the previous two years saw OHS send four entrants to the National Speech and Debate Association's National Championships. These are quite prestigious accomplishments for such a small and young school.

Oak Hill School is a K-12 independent school in Eugene that provides a rigorous college-preparatory program for motivated students, challenging each student to develop his or her intellectual and creative abilities. For more information, please contact Joshua Melton, Oak Hill's Upper School Head, at jmelton@oakhillschool.net or 541-744-0954. Ext 226.
Oak Hill School Announces 5 Year Contract Extension for Head Bob Sarkisian
Oak Hill School - 02/05/16 8:57 AM
Eugene's only K-12 college preparatory independent school, Oak Hill, is pleased to announce that the OHS Board of Trustees has voted to extend veteran head of school Bob Sarkisian's contract until June, 2020.

In a letter to the Oak Hill School community, board chair Terry Niegel stated the following:

Five years ago, Oak Hill School was facing a different climate than the one we enjoy now. Our budgets weren't balanced, we'd been through a litany of short-term headmasters (seven to be exact), and we were concerned about the future of our high school, amongst other issues. When we began the head search to replace our former head, we had a lot of needs to meet. We needed a head with extensive experience in independent school leadership to help grow our school, our vision and our mission. We found all of that in Bob Sarkisian.

During Bob's tenure, we have welcomed radical, wide-reaching improvements including:
Stabilization of our finances and a balanced budget.
Expansion of our campus to include a new lower school building, a new high school building, a new art studio and barn renovation, a beautiful new garden wall, walkways, and upgrades to almost all of our classroom and community spaces.
Significant growth in contributions of both volunteer hours and donations by our families to strengthen OHS.
Major strategic changes in faculty/staff positions, resulting in the appointment of upper and lower school directors, a new development director, a new facilities director, a new "green" director, and new community service director. The positions give emphasis to major parts of our operations and allow for more focused attention to becoming "the best."
New community partnerships forged with the Eugene Springfield NAACP, Downtown Rotary Club, Fox TV Eugene, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Eugene Emeralds, Confucius Institute, UO Center for Youth Enrichment/Gifted and Talented Programs, and many more.
Strengthening of admissions standards, growing our outstanding student body 67%, from 123 to 205 students, with a 2016-2017 student body population projection of over 210.

With all of this in mind and in the spirit of continued growth and striving for excellence, it is my great pleasure to announce that the board of trustees has voted to extend Bob's contract for five more years, through June 2020. We are delighted that he has accepted.

Thank you for all that you do to support our wonderful school. I wish you all a wonderful start to the New Year.

Best,
Terry Niegel
Chair, Oak Hill School Board of Trustees
Thu. 02/04/16
BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA) (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 02/04/16 4:49 PM
Willamette Humane Society 50th Anniversary Logo
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BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA)

BJ Andersen has achieved the highest level professional designation for animal welfare professionals, having earned the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA(TM)) credential. This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice as an animal welfare or animal control executive.

The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise.

CAWA candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience and successfully pass a rigorous exam, developed to meet the highest competency standards.

The exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development, and animal management.

Jim Tedford, SAWA President & CEO, commented, "the CAWA certification program is a demonstration of the highest standards of leadership and management among nonprofit organizations, and we congratulate BJ Andersen, CAWA, for achieving this distinction."





About The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators



The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations.

SAWA provides the practical knowledge, resources, and solutions members need to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations, and, collectively, advance the animal welfare profession.



About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people (16% of the local population). WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet overpopulation through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 55 member staff, and 1,100+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org

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North Bend School District Public Meetings -- February 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 02/04/16 3:37 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for February:

February 8, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

The Board will meet in executive session to review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i).

February 22, 2016
Special Meeting -- Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
More than 147,000 sign up for health insurance in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 1:39 PM
Salem -- More than 147,000 Oregonians signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31.

Enrollment for 2016 is about 31 percent higher than last year, when about 112,000 people signed up. Oregon had the largest rate of increase in enrollment of any state that uses HealthCare.gov. Seven out of 10 of those who enrolled this year are receiving tax credits averaging $256 per month to help pay for premiums.

"We are encouraged that so many Oregonians were able to sign up and take advantage of financial help. Signing up is an important first step toward getting the care you need," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). "As a next step, consumers should familiarize themselves with their plans. If you have questions about what doctors, services, and drugs are covered, you can always call your insurer."

It's also important to report any life changes to HealthCare.gov as soon as possible. Changes in income, number of family members covered, or getting other coverage can affect the coverage or financial help you're eligible for.

Those who missed open enrollment may still be able to get covered. If they experience a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage, they can apply for a special enrollment period through HealthCare.gov.

Many low-income Oregonians are also eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program. You can apply for the Oregon Health Plan at any time.

If you're not sure if you qualify for a special enrollment period or the Oregon Health Plan, you can find out by answering a few questions online at https://www.healthcare.gov/screener/.

Those without coverage could have to pay a penalty when they file their federal income tax return. The penalty for going without coverage in 2016 is the higher of 2.5 percent of yearly household income or $695 for every adult in your family plus $347.50 for every child under 18.

In early 2016, most Oregonians will receive one or more tax forms -- IRS Form 1095 -- about the health care coverage they had in 2015. These tax forms verify that consumers had the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.

"If you received tax credits to help you pay for your insurance during 2015, you will need to file a federal income tax return," Allen said. "You need to reconcile the amount of tax credits you qualified for with what you received. Otherwise you could have to pay back those tax credits back to the federal government."

Some Oregonians may qualify for a health coverage exemption to avoid paying the fee for not having coverage. Exemptions are based on a number of things, such as certain hardships, life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. For more information, visit irs.gov.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.
Linn Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Public Test
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:46 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on March 12, 2016. The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany. The test message will go out at 2 p.m. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

If you would like to register your cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, please go to our website, www.linnsheriff.org, and sign up.
Deputies Asking For Assistance in Identifying Suspected Car Thief (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:40 AM
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On January 20th, at about 10:00 p.m., an unknown male jumped over a locked gate belonging to the Monitor Phone Company, located at 15265 Woodburn Monitor Road NE. While inside the gate the male entered an unlocked service truck belonging to a contractor associated to the phone company.

The male was able to start the truck and drive away using the keys that were left inside of the ignition. Leaving the facility the suspect drove through the locked gate damaging the fence, it is believed the suspect was being followed by the black car in the associated pictures. On January 29th, the van was recovered at the Pilot Truck Stop by the Oregon State Police.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to identify the male and the vehicle believed to be involved in the theft. Note: The silver van pictured is believed to be unrelated to any events that took place on January 20th. The Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483


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State warns against using company engaged in mortgage fraud
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 11:08 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is warning consumers not to seek loan modification services from Liberty One Mortgage, a California-based unlicensed and unregistered company that has engaged in mortgage fraud.

The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, has issued two orders requiring Liberty One Mortgage to stop all unlawful activity in Oregon and assessed $30,000 in civil penalties against the company. Liberty One Mortgage induced consumers to send money to the company for loan modification services without providing the services.

"We urge people to not use Liberty One Mortgage for a loan modification because the company will take your money and do nothing for you," said Laura Cali, division administrator. "Loan modification companies must be licensed to offer those services in Oregon. Check with the Division of Financial Regulation first before choosing a company from which to get loan modification help."

On Aug. 20, 2014, the division issued a final order by default against the California-based company for unlicensed activity with a civil penalty of 5,000. Oregon homeowners worked with Justin Williams of Liberty for loan modification services. After the homeowners sent the company $1,500, they had a difficult time reaching the company. Eventually, Liberty stopped all communication with the homeowners, who never received the loan modification.

During the ensuing investigation, the division reached out to its California counterpart, the California Bureau of Real Estate. The California bureau discovered the Studio City, Calif., address the company provided on documentation to the Oregon homeowners was the location of an Indian restaurant. Restaurant employees said they had no knowledge of Liberty. Liberty One Mortgage did not respond to repeated inquiries from the Division of Financial Regulation.

On April 17, 2015, the division received a second complaint involving Liberty. The Oregon homeowners received a solicitation phone call from Liberty in December 2014 and worked with Williams to get a loan modification. After the couple sent more than $8,000 to Liberty, the company stopped all communications. The homeowners contacted the holders of their first and second mortgages, who said Liberty or Williams never contacted them.

Liberty One maintains an active website at www.LibertyOneMortgage.com. The website asks for consumer information, yet provides no contact information for the company.

To check if a company or individual is licensed to do business in Oregon, call the Division of Financial Regulation at 866-814-9710 (toll-free) or 503-378-4140. You can also look up a license at www.dfcs.oregon.gov.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfcs.oregon.gov.
Fish tests delay Foster Reservoir spring refill
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/04/16 9:48 AM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No: PA 16-004
Contact: Scott Clemans, (503) 808-4513
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2016

Look for this news release at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/media/newsreleases.aspx

FISH TESTS DELAY FOSTER RESERVOIR SPRING REFILL

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alerts boaters and other users of Foster Reservoir near Sweet Home, Oregon, that the reservoir will refill on a different schedule again this year to accommodate fish passage research.

The Corps usually refills the reservoir from Feb. 1 to May 10, but this spring will instead maintain an elevation of 613 feet above sea level through April 15, and then refill to 635 feet -- about two feet below the usual summer elevation -- by the beginning of May. The Corps plans to hold the reservoir at 635 feet until at least June 10, then complete refill to 637 feet.

The Corps has modified Foster Reservoir's spring refill for three consecutive years to conduct fish passage research. The adjusted water levels help attract migrating juvenile fish to a fish weir located in one of Foster Dam's spillway bays.

The fish weir operations are part of ongoing research to determine how to best operate Foster Dam to improve the survival of spring Chinook salmon, winter steelhead and other fish species in the South Santiam River Basin.

The research has revealed new details about run timing, distribution of fish in the reservoir, and preferred passage routes through the dam. The Corps is continuing research this year to get more specific information to help with decisions on long term operations for fish passage.

Results of the previous year's research will be presented at the Corps' Willamette Fisheries Science Review at Oregon State University in Corvallis on Feb. 8-9. The event is open to the public; please RSVP at http://ezregister.com/events/15329/.

For more information about the Corps' efforts to increase survival of endangered Willamette Basin fish species, please visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environment/Fish/WVPBiOP.aspx.

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Indictment Returned in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation
FBI - Oregon - 02/04/16 9:17 AM
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 16 individuals in relation to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Attached please find the unsealed indictment. Neither the U.S. Attorney's Office nor the FBI can comment further give the on-going legal process.

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Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 02/04/16 9:10 AM
Sheriffs in all 36 Oregon counties have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oregon, and the laws thereof. Our oath is our pledge to you, to be conservators of the peace for our citizens, while being respectful of the rights afforded to all of us under the Constitution.

What a great state and nation we live in that allows everyone to express their opinion, hold a sign in protest, lobby for change and live free without fear of retaliation from the government. Our founding fathers created a system of government consisting of three branches: legislative, judicial and executive.

Sheriffs and Sheriff's Offices are part of the executive branch, charged with enforcement of laws as directed by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. Under our system of government, the judicial branch is given the authority to interpret the Constitutionality of our laws. We are a nation of laws, and the executive branch cannot override the laws passed by the legislative branch, nor can we ignore the clear guidance of the judicial branch. There is a process for changing the laws of our great nation and for amending our Constitution, and that process does not involve the armed takeover of government facilities and disruption of an entire community. We fully support the expression of political opinions, and advocating for change within the legal system -- that is what sets our country apart from developing countries where the government is changed by an armed takeover.

Recently, men and women have broken the law and encouraged others to take up arms against our local and federal governments. These individuals have used firearms and their interpretation of the Constitution to justify their criminal behavior. These militia men and women have broken into publicly owned buildings, disrespected Native American heritage and intimidated and harassed local residents and officials.

These men and women are asking for change, and we support their right to challenge our government to make change. However, we do not agree with or support any citizen or elected official who would advocate for change in a manner that includes illegal action, threats of violence, or violence against any citizen of the United States.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1230/91658/OSSA_release_Final.doc
Corps seeks comments on Curry County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/04/16 9:05 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Roguejets, Inc., for a proposed project in Curry County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2006-808-3 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Wed. 02/03/16
Fatal Crash Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls reveals medical emergency as possible cause
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 8:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this afternoons single vehicle fatal crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.

On February 3, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 near milepost 247. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1987 Peterbilt Tractor and semi-trailer, operated by KENNETH WAGNON, age 65, from Oakridge, was northbound on Highway 97 when he drove off of the roadway onto the northbound shoulder causing the truck to roll onto its side. WAGNON was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. An OSP trooper that also serves as a Deputy State Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is looking into the possibility that WAGNON suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Seat belt usage is undetermined. Highway 97 was closed for approximately one (1) hour. The commercial motor vehicle is owned by Ron Bowers, Inc., from Eugene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chiloquin-Agency Lake Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/03/16 4:32 PM
At approximately 4:02 p.m. on February 2, Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate Ronald Ruffin, 54, died unexpectedly in the infirmary. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, Oregon State Police and the Marion County Medical Examiner responded to investigate.

Ruffin entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 21, 1988, on one count of murder out of Multnomah County; he was sentenced to life in prison.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, 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, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Consumers alerted to potential scams
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/03/16 2:30 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) urges consumers to protect themselves from potential scams in light of the uncertainty caused by the financial troubles of Moda Health Plan Inc.

DCBS is aware of multiple incidents in which consumers worried about the status of their insurance with Moda receive calls from people who claim to be able to help them. The incidents involve callers who ask for personal information, including Social Security numbers, and who threaten to cut off consumers' coverage if they do not act immediately.

Consumers who receive any such calls about Moda should not provide any of their personal information. It likely is a scam. Decisions have not been made about whether Moda customers will need to find new plans. Communications about such decisions will come from either Moda or the State of Oregon.

To protect consumers and ensure claims are paid, DCBS has assumed control of Moda's financial decisions. The department is working with Moda on a plan to improve its financial condition. Once the plan is finalized, more information will be released.

In the meantime, Moda customers can continue to access services and get their claims paid.

Oregonians who believe they have been a victim of a scam about Moda should contact the Oregon Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Hotline at 503-378-4320 or http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/hotline.aspx, or visit OregonConsumer.gov. Frequently asked questions about Moda health plans are available on the DCBS, Division of Financial Regulation's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx. Consumers are encouraged to regularly check for updates. Consumers may also contact the department's consumer advocates by phone at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email at cp.ins@oregon.gov.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Josephine County Woman Arrested for Multiple Crimes in Connection with a Stabbing (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 2:09 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday mornings stabbing in Josephine County.

On February 3rd, 2016 at approximately 7:10 a.m. OSP troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 380 Murphy Creek Rd, Grants Pass, Josephine County. Upon their arrival they located one female victim who sustained a knife wound to her left torso and blunt force injuries to her hand and foot. The female victim was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. The victim will not be identified at this time as this is an on-going investigation.

The OSP Criminal Investigation Division assumed the investigation and subsequently arrested, TRACY BENET, age 51, listed as a transient. BENET was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the following crimes:

-Attempted Murder
-Burglary I,
-Unlawful Use of Weapon (x2)
-Assault II.

No further information for release.

Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/03/16 1:21 PM
PR 06 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

More work remains before a decision is made on how to address transmission congestion in southwestern Washington, northwestern Oregon

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing its final environmental impact statement on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project after more than six years of analysis and robust public involvement.

The final EIS is a significant milestone in BPA's National Environmental Policy Act review for the siting of a potential 500-kilovolt transmission line from the Castle Rock, Wash., area to Troutdale, Ore.

The final EIS documents the completed analysis of potential impacts to a wide spectrum of human and natural environments from various potential routes that total more than 300 miles in length. BPA addressed nearly 10,000 comments during the EIS process and worked with landowners and others to obtain input for the analysis.

While the final EIS includes a thorough environmental analysis and identifies a preferred route, the final EIS is not a decision document. It does not include a decision on whether to construct the line.

"Before we make a decision, Bonneville will continue to evaluate the circumstances around the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to ensure we're making the right investments at the right time," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer, who will ultimately make the decision to build or not.

Mainzer added he does not anticipate reaching a decision before late 2016.

BPA proposed the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to address a growing transmission congestion problem in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. While there is enough power generation in the region to meet energy demands, the existing transmission lines that deliver the power from other parts of the Northwest are becoming increasingly constrained in their ability to move that power during periods of high electricity use.

As a result of this congestion, the possibility of brownouts or power outages in this area from transmission constraints is increasing. BPA's studies currently show that if electric demand, or load, continues to grow without any additional physical or operational changes, that scenario might occur as early as 2021.

In addition to considering whether to build the proposed line, for the past several years BPA has been actively exploring possible "non-wire" solutions -- measures that do not involve building a new transmission line -- that may address the congestion issue as part of its mission to deliver power reliably and at low cost to the Northwest.

Some solutions have been found that have allowed the need for the project to be deferred until 2021. However, to date, BPA has been unable to identify any combination of non-wire measures that would address congestion and maintain transmission reliability in this corridor for a longer term and that would be operationally, commercially and economically feasible.

Even so, non-wire technologies are regularly evolving, and BPA is continuing to explore these measures and their ability to meet reliability needs, whether in the short or long term -- or indefinitely, if possible.

BPA has assembled a team of highly skilled engineers and other subject matter experts to continue exploring non-wire solutions. BPA is evaluating whether some combination of these measures would be sufficient to maintain reliable electric service by offsetting projected increases in power flow across southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. Some of those options might include:

Generation redispatch: Refers to changing which large generation sources serve the load. This may alleviate congestion by reducing the amount of generation and power being transmitted along a path to more closely match the load or anticipated need.

Demand response: Refers to managing the power consumption at the end user. This may alleviate congestion by reducing power consumption and pairing it with generation reduction in a location to reduce flows along the transmission path.

Distributed standby generation: Refers to using small diesel generators or solar power generators near the source of the load.

Other distributed energy resources: This includes battery storage and solar generation. Large-scale batteries near the load can be used during times of high power demand. Similarly, during times of high generation, the batteries can be used to store surplus generation that can later be returned to the power system during periods of high demand. Solar generation converts sunlight to electricity and can be scalable from residential rooftops to industrial acreage scale.

Energy efficiency: Refers to increasing efficiency of existing buildings or appliances to reduce electricity use.

Jeff Cook, BPA's vice president of Transmission Planning and Asset Management, emphasized that it is unlikely a single solution exists among the non-wire solutions.

"It's important to also remember that any solution we arrive at will have a cost associated with it, and not all solutions are equal in terms of the benefit that they provide to our customers and constituents," Cook said. "Part of the ongoing analysis is whether one of these options, or a combination of them, might help address the congestion problem and what potential trade-offs BPA and the region would face as a result."

In the meantime, Mainzer will continue to review the merits of the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project along with any emerging information on non-wire solutions.

"This line would provide a long-term transmission solution, and so far, we haven't found any other feasible and cost-effective options," said Mainzer. "We recognize the impact and uncertainty that this potential line has on the affected communities in the I-5 corridor. But I want to be sure every potentially feasible option has been explored before I make a decision of this size and scope."

For more information on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, visit www.bpa.gov/goto/I5.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Oregon Cultural Trust's Statewide 'Conversations with Funders' set for Feb.9-March 3 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 11:43 AM
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
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Salem, Ore. -- Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Trust's Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office -- February 9 through March 3 for "Conversations with Funders," a 12-stop state tour encouraging cultural nonprofits to apply for close to $5 million in collective grant funds.

Representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council also will attend some events.

Organizations encouraged to attend "Conversations with Funders" include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support them."

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2017 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website (http://www.culturaltrust.org/grants/development-grants)
for an application deadline of April 22 (see details below).

"Conversations with Funders" begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.

The schedule is:

Oregon Coast -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 9, Columbia Hall, Clatsop Community College
(1651 Lexington Ave.)
Lincoln City: Wednesday, Feb. 10, Lincoln City Cultural Center
(540 NE Highway 101)
Florence: Thursday, Feb. 11, Florence Event Center (715 Quince St.)



Southern, mid-Valley & Central Oregon -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Medford: Tuesday, Feb. 16, Medford Library (205 South Central Ave.)
Eugene: Wednesday, Feb. 17, Maude Kerns Art Center (1910 E 15th Ave.)
Bend: Thursday, Feb. 18, Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library
(601 NW Wall St.)

Willamette Valley and Portland -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Salem: Tuesday, Feb, 23, Green Room, Center for Community Innovation
(1255 Broadway St. NE, #110)
Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 24, Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society
(1200 SW Park Ave.)
Hillsboro: Thursday, Feb. 25, The Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 East Main St.)

Eastern Oregon and the Gorge -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Baker City: Tuesday, March 1, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (2020 Auburn Ave.)
Pendleton: Wednesday, March 2, Heritage Station Museum (108 SW Frazer Ave.)
Hood River: Thursday, March 3, Hood River Library (502 State St.)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.

2015 was a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust. A record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $2.6 million. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners -- to support their projects and respective grant programs -- and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2017 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2016 and July 30, 2017.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

For more information contact Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or by calling 503-986-0089.
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Attached Media Files: Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Libby Unthank Tower elected Arts Commission Chair; Christopher Acebo named Vice Chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 10:57 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- Libby Unthank Tower, a Eugene graphic design and marketing professional in her second term on the Oregon Arts Commission, succeeded Julie Vigeland as Commission Chair on
Jan. 1. Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is now Vice Chair and Vigeland serves as Immediate Past Chair. Elections took place at the Dec. 4, 2015, Commission meeting in Portland.

Tower's career spans public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently with Eugene's Asbury Design, she previously managed marketing and public relations for the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, overseeing institutional marketing and public relations for the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Community Events and the Public Art programs Tower earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1977. She studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, and attended the Yoshida Hanga Academy studying under Japanese Master Artist Toshi Yoshida.

"I am full of gratitude and pride," said Tower. "We have a newly completed strategic plan to provide guidance and move us forward with work and initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians. Our future is bright." Tower's term expires on Dec. 8, 2017.

Acebo's work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival includes collaborating on season planning, creative team selection, casting, strategic planning and producing the festival productions. He is a set and costume designer who designed the world premiere production of "All the Way" by Robert Shenkkhan, as well as its Broadway production that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2014. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego and his bachelor's in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His first term on the Commission expires on March 19, 2018.

Vigeland, who led the Commission for three years, called being chair the capstone of her volunteer career in the arts. "Nothing can compare to the view from a statewide perspective," she says. "What an amazing array of arts organizations we have in every corner of our expansive state. I only wish that each and every Oregonian had the opportunity to learn about the richness of art throughout the state. It is breathtaking!

"We are so fortunate to have Libby Tower as our new chair," Vigeland added. "She is experienced and ready to lead us to the next level. The Arts Commission is in great hands!" Vigeland's second term expires July 26, 2017.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Julie Vigeland , Christopher Acebo , Libby Unthank Tower
Get immunizations up-to-date before School Exclusion Day February 17
Oregon Health Authority - 02/03/16 8:00 AM
February 3, 2016

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children's vaccine records

February 17 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting that day if their records on file show missing immunizations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

"Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "It keeps schools and the entire community safe and healthy."

Information for parents about updated vaccine requirements:

-- The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through seventh grade.

-- Parents of children with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation. If the child has received the vaccines, the parent needs to turn in the immunization dates to the school. If the parent wants a nonmedical exemption, the parent needs to turn in a Vaccine Education Certificate showing that they've received education about vaccines, either from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module. The parent also needs to sign a new Certificate of Immunization Status. More information about exemptions can be found at the division's vaccine exemption website at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption.

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2015, local health departments sent 29,234 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 4,666 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before Feb. 3.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info--just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Pharmacists can immunize children 7 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

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Red Cross Teams Doing Disaster Relief in Multnomah, Douglas and Pacific Counties
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/02/16 6:52 PM
Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance for disaster clients on local disaster responses in Multnomah and Douglas County, Oregon and in Pacific County, Washington.

A single-family residential fire Feb. 2 in Winston, Douglas County displaced two adults and their pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A disaster client in the 200 block of Skees Road in Raymond, Pacific County is receiving Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A single-family fire Feb. 2 in the 800 block of SE Alder Street in Portland, Multnomah County displaced one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call 503-528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion Exhibition on Display at Oregon Historical Society through June 1, 2016 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/02/16 4:59 PM
Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se
Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se
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Portland, OR -- America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

OHS will kick off the exhibition and Chinese New Year with a fabulous mile-long parade and dragon dance through Portland this Sunday, February 7. The Dragon Dance will begin at 11am on the corner of NW Davis & 4th Ave., continuing through Chinatown, down 3rd Ave., and up SW Jefferson (click here for detailed map). The celebration continues at OHS (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) when the parade arrives around noon, where admission will be free, sweet treats and tea will be served, and all are welcome to enjoy special performances by local Lion Dance teams!

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

For additional reading on Chinese Americans in Oregon, visit The Oregon Encyclopedia website at http://bit.ly/1W05bvt.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se , Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” New-York Historical Society , Empress of China Fan, ca. 1784, Courtesy of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection , During WWII, Chinese Americans and their supporters petitioned Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Their campaign was successful—the 60-year statute was overturned in 1943. However, Chinese immigration remained subject to severe quotas. Septembe , The majestic “Moo Lung” appeared in parades and celebrations nationwide, including the July 4th, 1911 “Parade of Nations” in New York City, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B2-2302-15 , Anna May Wong Certificate of Identity, National Archives of San Francisco, 54099
Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 4:30 PM
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A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Josephine County Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 2:29 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Josephine County Man for multiple crimes in connection with an on-going Sex Abuse investigation.

On January 26th, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female. The female was interviewed on January 29th, 2016 and disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by her then step-father, WILLIAM CARLOS SELLERS, age 37, from Grants Pass. On February 1st, 2016, SELLERS was interviewed in regards to the allegation. SELLERS was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

Sex Abuse I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release. OSP detectives are requesting anyone that may have information pertaining to SELLERS to contact Sergeant Annie Harris at the Central Point Area Command at 541-618-7967.

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Harney County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 1:24 PM
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was asked by the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting on January 26, 2016 in Harney County.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reached out to agencies on the Tri-County Major Incident Team. Resources from The Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police provided resources for the Major Incident Team investigation (all are agencies from within Deschutes County).

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has received a number of requests for information and or release of evidence. At this time, we will not release any further information on the investigation.

"Our office continues to lead the Major Incident Team on the Harney county officer-involved shooting investigation. This is an on-going investigation and in order to maintain its integrity, no further information will be released until a thorough investigation and review is completed by Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris," stated Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris stated, "All pertinent reports will be released to the public when the investigation is complete." These investigations take a considerable amount of time. It is expected to be at least 4 to 6 weeks before this information is likely to be released. Any updates or release of information will be released through www.flashalertbend.net.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices and District Attorneys; the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Black Butte Ranch, Sunriver and Warm Spring Police Departments and the Oregon State Police. The purpose of the Tri-County Major Incident Team is to allow agencies access to additional investigative resources during major incidents.
Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 1:18 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

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Missing Elderly Person Found by Search and Rescue Volunteers
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 11:18 AM
On February 1, 2016, Douglas County Communications received a call at 6:58 PM from a family member of VIRGINIA NASH (age 76) to report that she was missing. The caller stated that his mother had left the residence at 1028 Tanglewood Lane, Roseburg to go for a walk at about 2 PM, but she had not returned by the time it was getting dark. Family members searched for her and were not able to locate her.

Douglas County Search and Rescue responded with 20 volunteers to the scene and located NASH about 750 feet from the residence at 9:28 PM. She was transported by Douglas County Fire District #2 ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.
Marine Board to Convene Abandoned/Derelict Vessel Task Force
Oregon Marine Board - 02/02/16 10:55 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a kick off meeting in Newport on February 9, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting is open to the public, however; public comments will not be accepted.

This is an information-gathering meeting to identify potential members for an Abandoned and Derelict Fishing Vessel Prevention Task Force, to discuss ideas to prevent abandoned and derelict fishing vessels along the coast and to develop a process for measurable outcomes through coordinated efforts.

Future meetings will be held in areas that are impacted by abandoned and derelict vessels, and in locations close to participating members.

To view the meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Living in the Shadow of High Bank Fees? Join a Not-for-Profit Credit Union
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/16 10:41 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- Punxsutawney Phil's forecast notwithstanding, consumers can step out of the shadow of high bank fees and interest rates by joining a local, not-for-profit cooperative credit union.

Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions don't pay Wall Street stockholders. Instead, they generate value for their members by charging lower fees and offering better loan rates.

A comparison of bank and credit union fees and rates shows Oregonians who belonged to credit unions last year, saved a collective $115 million--a minimum of $141 per household. The more financial services a member gets from the credit union, the greater the savings. Credit unions offer you lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards, 15-year mortgages and home equity loans; and pay you higher rates on savings products such as money market accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts. Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).

Not a member? Visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org to find a local, not-for-profit credit union near you. Membership makes sense, and saves big $.
Source: Informa Research Service, NCUA, and CUNA, for 12 months ending Sept, 2015.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest credit unions returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Oregonians reminded to claim their kickers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/02/16 9:01 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax return filing season is open and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind you to claim your tax surplus credit, or "kicker," on your 2015 personal income tax returns.

The credit is how the state is returning a more than $402 million tax surplus to eligible Oregon taxpayers. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there have been in the past.
We've launched What's My Kicker, a new online tool that calculates your credit amount based on information from the 2014 Oregon tax return you filed. All you need to enter is your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), last name, and filing statuses for 2014 and 2015. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor and click on the "What's My Kicker" link. You can only use this tool if your 2014 and 2015 filing statuses are the same.

If your filing statuses are different, you can calculate the amount of your credit by multiplying your 2014 tax liability before any credits, except credits for taxes paid to other states, by 5.6 percent.

You're eligible to claim the credit if you filed a 2014 Oregon tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2015, you still have to file a 2015 Oregon tax return to claim your credit. The state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt, such as taxes due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

For more information on claiming your credit or how to donate it to the Oregon State School Fund, see the instructions for Oregon Form 40 (full-year Oregon residents), Form 40P (part-year residents), and Form 40N (nonresidents). All forms are available on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms. Those using tax preparation software will be presented with options to determine their eligibility and credit amount.

Remember to file as early as possible to limit the potential for people to file fraudulent returns using your information. Filing early can also expedite processing by getting your return into the system sooner. We also recommend that you:
File electronically, using one of the many free options listed on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.
Have your bank routing numbers ready when you file so you can use direct deposit for your refund. You can get your refund in 7--10 days by e-filing and using direct deposit, versus up to 10 weeks if you file a paper return and request a paper check.
Complete your federal return first. You'll need information from it for your state return, and you must submit a copy of your federal return with your state return.
Ensure you have your W-2 included with your return. Filing a return without a copy of your W-2 can delay the processing of your return and refund.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call 1-800-886-7204.
Traffic Safety Team to Add Extra Patrols Through Super Bowl Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 8:50 AM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols over the Super Bowl weekend extending through February 21st. Over the weekend Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers. Beyond the weekend Traffic Safety Team members will switch their focus to ensure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;

In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child's own driver who was drunk.
Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren't buckled up at the time of the crash.

Let's make this Super Bowl weekend one to remember and not one you wish you could forget. If you are going to drink or smoke, please don't drive.


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Land Board to consider easements, receive forestry report and announce agency director
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/02/16 8:19 AM
Salem -- At their meeting on Feb. 9, the State Land Board will be asked to approve four permanent easements: a bridge easement in Tillamook County; road easements in Wallowa and Klamath counties; and a sewer line crossing in Malheur County.

The board also will receive the Oregon Department of Forestry's annual report on the management of Common School Forest Lands, and appoint a new director of the Department of State Lands.

The meeting will be held:

Feb. 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 871-4323 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202016/slb_agenda_feb2016.aspx

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

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Sheriff's Office & Public Works Collaborate to Improve Your Marion County Park Experience (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 2:41 PM
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Mid January the Marion County Sheriff's Office Code Enforcement Division collaborated with our partners at Public Works to begin a large scale project to remove trash and clear brush from over grown trails and recreating areas in some of our Marion County Parks. The crew consisted of a Code Enforcement Officer who managed a crew of inmate workers from our Transition Center.

The crew worked in all weather conditions as they fought through mounds of berry vines and poison oak. Code Enforcement Officer Art Stinson stated, "It was fun working in the parks, especially Minto where we uncovered three picnic sites that were overgrown with vegetation and unusable." The crew paid special attention to removing invasive species while not affecting the natural landscapes of these wilderness areas. In all the crew visited 5 parks, Minto, Niagara, North Fork, Pack Saddle and Spongs Landing where they completed over 120 hours of work.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners at Public Works for providing the tools used to get our job done. In addition special thanks must be made to those inmates who made a positive contribution to their community and its visitors.


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Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting (CORRECTED)
City of Albany - 02/01/16 1:12 PM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Florence Police request assistance in locating missing 85 year old male (Photo) UPDATE
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 11:01 AM
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UDPATE: Mr. Schug has been located

This release is being sent on behalf of Florence Police Department.

On February 1, 2016 at 125 AM Florence PD was called to investigate a missing person from the 1900 block of 21st Street. The center reported one of their patients, Mr. Donald E. Schug , age 85, from Florence had broken a screen and left the facility.

The area has been searched and Mr. Schug has not been located. Mr. Schug was last seen wearing blue short-sleeved flannel pajamas and brown shoes. It is reported Mr. Schug has mild dementia. Mr. Schug is described as being 5'6", 155bs,brown eyes and balding grey hair. His photo is attached to this release.

Florence PD is requesting anyone who sees anyone matching Mr. Schug's description or has any information regarding Mr. Schug's location please call them at (541) 997-3515.


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Corvallis Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Robbery after Crime Spree
Corvallis Police - 02/01/16 10:44 AM
On January 31, 2016, 20 year old Trenton Huber of Corvallis was arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after a series of crimes at several locations.

The series of incidents began with a 911 call in the 3100 block of NW Foxtail Plc. The caller, who was in his vehicle with his family in front of their residence, reported Huber approached their car and told them "I'm not going to hurt your family." Huber then tried to open the doors of the vehicle but was unable to get inside because they were locked.

Huber walked away from the initial caller's vehicle and encountered a father and 11 year old son on the bike path near the south end of NW Shooting Start Dr. Huber approached the father and son and told them he wanted to know where their car keys and house were. Huber then grabbed the 11 year old boy; put him in a headlock, almost choking him out while walking him down the bike path. The boy's father responded by striking Huber in the back until he released the boy. Huber then threatened to kill the father and son, before they fled to their residence. Huber did not follow them.

As the father and son victims were calling 911, Huber encountered his next victim at NW Shooting Star Dr. and NW Morning Glory Dr. Huber approached woman in her 20's who was in her vehicle at the intersection. Huber knocked on the driver's window and told the victim he needed help. When the victim rolled her window down to see what kind of help Huber needed, he pointed a handgun at her face and got into the back seat of her vehicle. Huber then kidnapped the woman and forced her to drive him from the area. She drove him away from the area while he held the gun to her head.

During the kidnapping, Huber told the female victim she was going to party with him and his friends. Huber took the victim's cell phone and struck her multiple times when he thought she drove too fast, or too slow, keeping the gun pointed at her at the same time. Huber also fondled the victim while she was driving. At one point during the drive, Huber became enraged with the victim and kicked out a rear window of her vehicle. During the drive, the victim tried to convince Huber to release her. When she stopped at the intersection of NW 27th St. and NW Van Buren Ave., the victim convinced Huber to let her out of the car. The female victim got out of the car and fled to a business on NW Monroe Ave. Huber stole the victim's car and drove away.

Huber took the victim's car and drove to the 900 block of NW 25th St. He parked the car in the driveway of a residence and got out of the car, leaving the handgun behind in the vehicle. Huber walked away from the stolen car, and after about a half block, he encountered another victim. Huber approached a male walking in the area, pulled out a knife, and confronted the man, telling him he was coming with Huber. Huber slapped the male victim, and handed him the keys to the stolen car. The male victim did not go with Huber, but fled to another location and called 911.

Huber fled from the confrontation with the male victim to a nearby residence in the 2500 block of NW Lincoln Ave. He kicked open the back gate to the residence and entered the back yard. As responding Corvallis Police officers began to arrive, Huber jumped the fence into an adjacent yard in the 2500 block of NW Coolidge and entered the residence through an unlocked door.

Inside the NW Coolidge Way location, Huber was confronted by a male resident. Huber grabbed hold of the resident, but did not further harm him. Huber was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Officers as he exited the NW Coolidge Way residence. As he was being taken into custody, Huber told officers he had not hurt anyone, and asked to get a citation for MIP so he could leave.

Huber's entire crime spree lasted 29 minutes.

Huber was charged with the following crimes:

Robbery in the 1st Degree Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Kidnapping in the 1st Degree Attempted Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts) Coercion (3 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Vehicle Menacing (3 counts)
Harassment (2 counts) Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree
Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree
Assault in the 4th Degree Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Attempted Unlawful Entry t Motor Vehicle Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree
Pointing a Firearm at Another

Huber is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is set at $868,500. Huber's initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for February 1, 2016, at 1:20pm

A mug-shot is available at the following link:

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1600000176
Oregon State Police Arrests a semi truck driver for DUII Hwy 97
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 10:18 AM
On January 31st, 2016 at 7:43 PM the Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a hit and run crash on US Hwy 97 near milepost (MP) 172. The crash occurred at the scene of another crash where tow trucks were removing vehicles. A semi-tractor/trailer stuck one of the tow trucks and caused substantial damage. The driver of the tow truck sustained a leg injury.

The semi driver, Mr. Stewart A. Maze, age 40, from Boise, Idaho fled the scene. OSP troopers located the vehicle and Mr. Stewart approximately 8 miles from the crash. Based on the investigation Mr. Stewart was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for DUII, reckless Driving, Reckless endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault IV, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

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Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting
City of Albany - 02/01/16 9:00 AM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Sun. 01/31/16
Man dies while attempting to chain-up near North Powder (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/31/16 1:27 PM
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On January 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM a fatal crash occurred on I-84 Westbound near milepost (MP) 281 near North Powder.

The preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Igor S. Nikolaychuk, age 50, and from Vancouver, Washington was outside his semi-tractor/trailer in the process of chaining up near the left rear axle of the trailer. Ms. Mckenna Hamilton, age 21, from Star, Idaho was operating a 2007 Cadillac westbound when the vehicle began to slide sideways on the highway. The driver's side front bumper struck Mr. Nikolaychuk, pushed him underneath the trailer, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the crash, the roads were icy and it was foggy. The visibility had been reduced to ?1/4 of a mile due to the fog. Ms. Hamilton was wearing her safety belt and the driver's side air bag deployed. The highway was reduced to one lane but remained open for travel.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Union County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and North Powder Rural Fire.


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Ashland man dies while swimming in Pacific Ocean- Whaleshead Beach State Park in Curry County
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 8:26 PM
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two (2) other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders.

An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the hospital.

OSP learned that HOWELL attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and is originally from Vista, California. HOWELL and SMITH were part of a group that traveled over from the Ashland area to visit the south coast.

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Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/30/16 6:05 PM
PR 05-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl

56 teams from across western Washington and Oregon competed for a chance to advance to the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Evergreen Junior High Team 1 of Redmond, Wash., proved unstoppable in the 25th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Evergreen overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Shahala Middle School Team 1 of Vancouver, Wash.

Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., came in third with Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, also of Beaverton, taking fourth.

Some 56 teams of middle school students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland. They were part of more than 700 students participating this weekend and next in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Evergreen Junior High Team 1 earned that honor and will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Earlier in the day, eight students were recognized as All Stars -- those students who had answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds.

BPA Regional Science Bowl All Stars
Rupert Li, Cedar Park Middle School Team 1
Fahmid Raman, Shahala Middle School Team 1
Alvin Meng, Rosemont Ridge Middle School Team 1
Arpit Ranasaria, Evergreen Junior High Team 1
Justin Yang, Stoller Middle School
Nathaniel Eddleman-Hunley, Access Academy Team 2
Aditi Subramanyam, Inglewood Middle School

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's high school competition is set for next Saturday, Feb. 6. Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, the high school teams are competing for more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at 17 regional universities and colleges.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.

The students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.
More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Fatal Crash Highway 95- Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 5:45 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59 in Malheur County.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle. FRANCISCA HERRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California.

JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt.

OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, local ems and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Red Cross Helps Family in Drain Affected by Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/30/16 3:36 PM
On January 30, 2016 the American Red Cross volunteers met with a family of 2 adults and 3 children who had been affected by a multifamily fire on January 28, 2016 in the 3900 block of Hardscrabble Rd in Drain, Ore. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic disaster related needs, information about how to recover from a disaster and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free "Prepare! Resource Guide" published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fatal Crash near Warm Springs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 2:17 PM
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On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene.

The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety
restraints were utilized and airbags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, Warm Springs Fire, and ODOT.


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Giant Tree down onto Delight Valley Head Start (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 01/30/16 11:00 AM
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High wind and rain storm caused a giant fir tree to come down onto the Delight Valley Head Start School. There will be no classes for students on Monday, 2/1 during clean-up. Staff report to work.


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BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Hold Quartely Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:24 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 10, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 10, 2015 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit and Compliance Program
Presented by Theresa King

3. 2015 Parole & Probation Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Jason Holton DPSST # 48099 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Department Update

6. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:22 AM
Cancellation Notice of Regular Meeting

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training canceled their regular meeting that was scheduled on February 24, 2016 because of lack of agenda items.

The next meeting is scheduled May 25, 2016.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Police Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:20 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.


Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 19, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 19, 2015 Police Policy Committee meeting.

2. Changes to Basic Police Curriculum
Presented by Ryan Keck

3. David Toll, DPSST #51790 - Nyssa Police Department
Presented by Kristin Hibberds

4. Samuel Wolfe, DPSST #33680 - Basic Police Certification
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Homero Reynaga, DPSST # 29551 - Portland Police Bureau
Presented by Leon Colas

6. David Fuller, DPSST # 16332 - Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Presented by Leon Colas

7. Department Update


8. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - May 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:18 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 17, 2015 - Approve the minutes of the November 17, 2015 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

2. OAR 259-060-0010, Organized Event and Premises Definitions, Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

3. OAR 259-060-0130-Private Security Executive Manager and Supervisory Manager Licensure and Responsibilities - Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

4. OAR 259-00-0015, OAR 259-060-0025, OAR 259-060-0030; Proposed Rule Changes - Private Security Provider Responsibilities, Application for Certification and Licensure, and Temporary Assignments
Presented by Sharon Huck

5. Johnathan Skinner PSID #22911, Civil Penalty
Presented by Karen Evans

6. Subcommittee Updates
Alarm Monitor - Jimmie Edmonds, Chair
Armed - Donovan Beard, Chair
Event Security/Hospitality, Randall Scott, Chair
Unarmed - Mark Rauch, Chair
Private Investigator, Ron Miller, Chair

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Fri. 01/29/16
Depoe Bay Firefighters rescue people and dog with Jaws of Life
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 01/29/16 7:47 PM
for video and photos use link below.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3G9GHIz8cOOd3ltbU9KcElLNms&usp=sharing


At 3:45 PM on Friday January 29th Depoe Bay Firefighters were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on HWY 101 at Cape Foulweather. The initial report was of two vehicles multiple injuries, with one vehicle down a 30 foot embankment. Once on scene it was confirmed the initial report was accurate. Additional resources from Newport Fire Department and Pacific West ambulance were requested to the scene.

Firefighters use ladders and ropes to gain access to the victims trapped in the vehicle down the embankment. The jaws of life was used to extricate the patient out of thew car while addition firefighters, police and medical personnel were used to hoist the victims back up to the highway. A total of three patients were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

When all human patients were safely under medical care and transported, Depoe Bay Firefighters turned to the final victim traded in the second car up on the highway. According to Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams "a large breed dog was wedged under the passenger seat of a vehicle, the dogs head was in the front foot area, and the rear paws were in the back" "The entire length to the dog was trapped under the seat and unable to be freed.

This is when Depoe Bay Firefighters used the same too that had just freed the people involved in the accident, the "jaws of Life" The seat was taken apart as much as possible, and hydraulic spreaders and cutters were used. Within about 10 minutes the dog was freed. The dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic and is in the care of the Lincoln County Animal shelter.

" We do not know the extent o the injuries of the dog, but it looked like he/she was doing OK" stated Chief Williams. This serves as a good lesson that even our four legged friends should have restraints when traveling down the road.

Depoe Bay Fire was assisted by Newport Fire Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff and ODOT
Livestock killing in Umatilla County results in arrest of two men
Oregon State Police - 01/29/16 6:10 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. The report indicated a cow belonging to a local landowner had been shot and butchered sometime the previous night. At the scene, troopers located the remains of an animal that had been partially butchered and left to waste.

After receiving tips from community members OSP troopers arrested ANTHONY HAIGH, age 21, from Stanfield, for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse, Interfering with Agricultural Operations and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. HAIGH was already in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on unrelated charges. TJ KESTLER, age 20, from Hermiston, was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse and Interfering with Agricultural Operations. Another adult male, from Stanfield, was not taken into custody but charges of Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1 and Criminal Trespassing II will be referred to the district attorney's office.

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Press Release: University of Oregon and Oak Hill School to Partner to Deliver SEP 2016 for Grades 6-12
Oak Hill School - 01/29/16 6:06 PM
Letter released today by the UO

Dear SEP Community,

We are pleased to let you know that the residential Summer Enrichment Program

(SEP) for grades 6-12 will be held at the UO this year in collaboration with Oak Hill

School. Our partners at Oak Hill have also agreed to run the program independently

thereafter.

Complete details will be worked out in the coming weeks, but the University of

Oregon College of Education and Oak Hill School will work together to ensure that

the quality of this program is maintained following the transition.

The dialogue surrounding this decision has been thought-provoking, respectful, and

focused on the future. Our conversations with parents inspired us to look for a way

to keep this year's program on track.

Starting today, we have two goals: Deliver on the promise of another life-changing

experience with SEP 2016 (July 17-30), and partner with Oak Hill School on a

smooth transition as they assume leadership of the program. We are very grateful

for Oak Hill's partnership and willingness to help create a long term future for SEP.

We share your desire to see SEP continue and flourish and I look forward to further

discussions about this program. I am confident it will continue to be an exceptional

summer opportunity. Details about the transition will be posted to

uoyetag.uoregon.edu as they become available.

If you have questions, concerns or additional input, please contact Brian Flannery at

supers@uoregon.edu.

Respectfully,

Randy Kamphaus

Dean, UO College of Education
Forestland classification process underway in Yamhill County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/29/16 4:37 PM
A formal classification project is underway to review and determine which lands within the Northwest Oregon and West Oregon Forest Protective associations' district boundaries are considered forestland and thus are provided wildland fire protection through the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF protects public and private forestland from fire across the state and provides this service in Yamhill County within the Forest Protection districts.

To facilitate this process, the Yamhill County Commissioners authorized and appointed a Forestland Classification Committee comprised of members of the public, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon State Extension Office.

The committee will examine all lands within Yamhill County, classifying lands as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to fire risk potential, vegetation type (fire fuel), community structure, and proximity to other forestland. The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent lands, and will become the basis for assessing the lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

Yamhill County landowners and the public will have opportunities at upcoming public meetings to learn more about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completion of its work, the committee will present the results of the forestland classification project, identifying forestland in the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

For more information about the project, interested persons may go online to: www.fgdfire.com. The Yamhill county assessor's website may also be a source of information in the near future. Information about the upcoming meetings can be obtained by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-357-2191.
Package Theft Suspect Arrested - Albany Police Department (Photo)
Albany Police - 01/29/16 4:36 PM
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
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On Friday, January 29, 2016, at about 1:00 p.m., surveillance video from a residence in the 2000 block of Kodiak Avenue SW captured a suspect taking a package that had been left on the front porch. The surveillance video showed a white male adult pull up in front of the residence in a white Volvo sedan. The box was later found discarded and empty in the area of Pacific Boulevard SW and Morse Lane.

A short time later a caller reported an open package in the roadway on 53rd Avenue SW. It was discovered that this package, now empty, had earlier been delivered to a residence in the 1500 block of Black Bear Court SW.

At about 3:00 p.m., an Albany Patrol Sergeant spotted a white Volvo and stopped it in the 1200 block of Geary Street SE. The vehicle and driver matched those seen in the residential surveillance video. The driver, 31 year old Albany resident Dustin Halvorsen, was taken into custody without incident. Property from both packages was located inside the vehicle Halvorsen was driving.

Dustin Halvorsen was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering.

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Time is running out for marijuana dispensaries
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/29/16 3:52 PM
SALEM, OR--The clock is ticking for medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational products. By rule, recreational marijuana tax payments are due monthly, starting in February.

"Before making their first payment, dispensaries must register with us so we can create a tax account for them," said Marijuana Tax Program Manager John Galvin. "It's the law."

Right now, 120 of the 309 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana, according to the Oregon Health Authority's public list, still haven't registered with Revenue. Also, only five of those 309 dispensaries have scheduled an appointment to remit the taxes they collected from customers in January.

Here's what dispensaries need to know to stay compliant:
They must register with Revenue before they can make a payment.
Payments are due monthly. For cash payments, they must call (503) 945-8050 for an appointment at least 48 hours in advance.
Returns are due quarterly.
They must issue a receipt to every customer, showing the retail price and tax paid.

Dispensaries can set the price for their products, but the price must be determined prior to calculating the 25-percent tax. The temporary 25-percent tax is applied to the retail price of all recreational marijuana products sold by dispensaries through December 31, 2016.

For forms, registration, and frequently asked questions about the marijuana tax program, visit www.oregon.gov/dor /marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Corps seeks comments on Lincoln County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 01/29/16 1:54 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from the Port of Alsea for a proposed project in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2015-453 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Oregon Employment Department Releases Report on Minimum Wage
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/29/16 11:33 AM
The Oregon Employment Department has released a new report on the minimum wage.

"Oregon's Minimum Wage: Facts, Figures, and Context" can be found online at www.qualityinfo.org.

An audio interview regarding the study can also be found at http://oregonemploymentdepartment.podbean.com/
Thu. 01/28/16
Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 7:42 PM
Clarification: We've received a few questions about the date/time stamp in the left corner of the video. Pilots use Zulu Time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)) when they fly. Zulu time is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST)... thus the date/time stamp would show just after midnight for January 27, 2016.


Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep -- the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck -- driven by LaVoy Finicum -- continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

The driver -- who was not charged and will not be named
Ammon Bundy
Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck... about four minutes into the video ... Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It's difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI's YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can't comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance... quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

Ryan Bundy
Shawna Cox
And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Finally -- again -- I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.
Media Parking on the Roads- Update
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/28/16 6:21 PM
Update
The road closure sign will be moved to the intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. While Hwy 205 remains opens, Sodhouse Road is closed.

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There have been several reports of vehicles parked on the highways near the Malheur Refuge. Vehicles must be moved immediately and cannot block the roads. If vehicles are not removed they are subject to being towed. Please park only on the shoulders of the roadway and do not impede traffic.

The situation has not been resolved,refuge remains closed and the containment was simply moved for the convenience of local residents.

MEDIA: Do not go past the road closed signs.
Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 6:12 PM
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonably believes the use of such force is necessary to:

Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
Fatal Crash Hwy 241 in Coos County
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 4:44 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal crash on Hwy 241 in Coos County that was discovered this morning.

On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers along with Coos County Sheriff's deputies and Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the Coos River off Highway 241 near milepost 4. Responders found that an outgoing tide had uncovered a 1996 Honda Civic upside down in the river approximately 20 feet from shore. The North Bend Fire Department Water Rescue team responded with a boat and searched the vehicle. No persons were in the vehicle.

A search of the river and shoreline was conducted by OSP and the Coos County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the North Bend Fire boat, additional patrol boats were deployed by the United States Coast Guard, the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. A Coast Guard helicopter also conducted an air search of the river and bay. The Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team responded to the scene of the crash and conducted an extensive underwater search of the immediate area.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. members of the Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team located the operator of the Honda Civic, EMILY SIGLOH, age 20, from Coos Bay, deceased in the Coos River near the vicinity of where the vehicle was discovered.

Evidence at the scene indicates SIGLOH'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 241 and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and off the roadway where it came to rest on its top submerged in the river. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. SIGLOH was reported to law enforcement on January 27th as an overdue motorist and various agencies were attempting to locate her. The highway was closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered from the river.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bend Fire Department, Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team, United States Coast Guard, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

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FBI Press Conference 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 4:12 PM
The FBI will hold a press conference at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 28th to address the current on-going situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 5:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - February 5, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/28/16 4:09 PM
AGENDA
February 5, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services, Room 124 | 725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330
1. Meeting Called to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Draft Meeting Minutes - January 8, 2016
4. Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
5. LIFT Program Design Draft Recommendations
6. Current and Future Multifamily Gap Resources
7. 2016 Legislative Short Session Update
8. Report of the Director
9. Report of the Chair
10. Meeting Adjourned
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in Harney County
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 3:49 PM
On January 26, 2016 the Oregon State Police and Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan requested the Deschutes County Major Incident Team investigate the circumstances of the officer involved use of deadly force on Hwy 395 in Harney County. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency on this investigation assisted by detectives from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on January 28, 2016 and confirmed the identity of the deceased person as Robert LaVoy Finicum, age 54, of Freedonia, AZ. The results of the autopsy are not available at this time.

The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Senate Bill 111, which outlines the procedures for officer involved use of deadly force in the State of Oregon. Due to the importance and complexity of such investigations, we anticipate the investigation will continue for several days to weeks.

Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan has transferred review of the investigation to Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris.

"In the interest of transparency and to prevent any perceived conflict of interest, it is appropriate to have a district attorney with no prior involvement review the investigation. I have requested Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris review the investigation and make a decision regarding the appropriate use of deadly physical force." Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan

The Malheur County District Attorney's Office will not be releasing any additional information at this time. Any further releases will come through the Harney County Joint Information Center at pio@co.harney.or.us
Two Arrested on Oregon State University Campus for Drug Crimes
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 3:46 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) recently completed a drug investigation on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus resulting in the arrest of two adult males.

On January 21, 2016, acting on information they received about illegal drug activity, OSP troopers assigned to the Oregon State University Area Command served a search warrant on Room 334 Poling Hall at 360 SW Weatherford Place, Corvallis, Oregon on the OSU Campus.

As a result of their search warrant, GOBIND SINGH OLLEK, age 18, and MCINTYRE MARCELO SANTA CRUZ, age 18, both of Corvallis were arrested for: Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 years of age, Manufacture of Marijuana and Conspiracy. OLLEK and SANTA CRUZ were lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges. During the search warrant at least one half (1/2) of a pound of marijuana was seized. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $400.00.

OSP patrol troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Questions regarding OLLEK'S and SANTA CRUZ'S status at OSU should be directed to the University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808.

No photographs for release.

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State places Oregon health insurer under supervision
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/28/16 2:17 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation announced today that it has issued an order of supervision to Moda Health Plan, Inc., because of concerns over its financial condition. At the same time, the department will begin working with Moda to transfer its individual market plans to another carrier.

An order of supervision allows the department to have a representative on site and in control of all financial decisions to ensure that consumers are protected. The order prohibits Moda from issuing new policies or renewing current policies in the individual market, and from adding new groups. The order also requires the company to obtain sufficient capital and present a business plan to DCBS that clearly demonstrates that it can operate in sound financial condition going forward. The supervision order is available at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-001.pdf.

The department took this action because of Moda's excessive operating losses and inadequate capital and surplus. Capital and surplus is the amount a company's assets exceed its liabilities. The required minimum increases as the company assumes more insurance risk.

"Our primary goal is to ensure consumers are protected," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We will continue to work closely with the company to find a sustainable path going forward while minimizing risk to consumers."

The order became effective late yesterday; however, Moda's insurance policies may still appear on HealthCare.gov through the end of open enrollment, Sunday, Jan. 31. DCBS advises consumers still shopping for plans to choose a carrier other than Moda. In the event that Oregonians already enrolled with Moda need to switch plans, there will be a special enrollment period. In the meantime, Moda policyholders can continue to access medical services and get their claims paid.

DCBS, which also runs the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, will keep Moda customers apprised of new developments and actions they may need to take.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, Moda enrolled a total of about 244,000 Oregonians in the commercial market, including 95,000 in the individual market, 16,000 in the small group market, and 129,000 in the large group market. Moda also has members in the associations and trusts market.

Eastern Oregon CCO, which serves Oregon Medicaid members and is owned by Moda, serves 48,000 Medicaid members. No one on Medicaid is losing coverage.

The Oregon Health Authority is also working with the Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board partners to minimize any potential impacts to their members. There are 1,100 PEBB members and 42,000 OEBB members enrolled in Moda health plans.

Consumers with questions should call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation's consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free). Staff will be available to answer calls until 8 p.m. More information can be found on the division's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Portland man is an 'Instant Millionaire'
Oregon Lottery - 01/28/16 12:23 PM
January 28, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- After 30 years of playing Oregon Lottery games, Louis Salerno of Portland instantly found himself with a $1 million win.

Salerno won $1 million playing the Oregon Lottery Scratch-it Instant Millionaire.

Salerno, who is retired and a native Oregonian, said before he did anything with his prize, approximately $670,000 after taxes, he was going to come up with a wise financial plan.

The Instant Millionaire Scratch-it is a $20 ticket. There are nearly $8 million in total prizes in those games. The $20 ticket features two $1 million top prizes, including Salerno's prize, and offers players a one in 3.62 chance of winning a prize. Odds of winning the $1 million top prize are one in 300,000.

Salerno purchased the ticket at the Fred Meyer in Milwaukie, and has been a lottery player for the last 30 years.

"I am a 'founding member' of the Oregon Lottery," Salerno joked. "I have been playing for 30 years."

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

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Coos County Deputy Gil Datan to be Honored on State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/28/16 11:29 AM
As this morning's quarterly meeting, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) unanimously approved the addition of Deputy Gil Datan's name to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the State's ceremony on May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. This request came to the Board with a unanimous recommendation from its Police Policy Committee.

Deputy Datan's name will be the 182nd on the memorial that honors fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. The memorial honors the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers across Oregon and the families and co-workers they left behind. It includes city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation.

Additional information Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


Incident Overview

Deputy Gil Datan, age 43, of the Coos County Sheriff's Office died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015. Deputy Datan was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

Datan started his law enforcement career in Coos County with the Myrtle Point Police Department in 1996. A year later, he served with the North Bend Police Department. He also worked for the Confederated Tribal Police Department and Reedsport Police Department, before he was hired as a deputy sheriff in Coos County in 2009. Datan is credited with being an integral part in the arrest of at least two homicide suspects. Datan was previously on a two-year rotation as a detective with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, before he was assigned to be a timber deputy within the last few months.


National Information on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

Law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose slightly during 2015, with 124 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled and released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in its 2015 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report.

The 124 officer fatalities in 2015 represented a 4% increase from the 119 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014. Of the 124 officers who died this year, 52 died in traffic-related incidents, 42 were killed by gunfire and 30 died as a result of other causes.

The number of officers killed by firearms in 2015 (42) was 14 percent lower than the 49 who died as a result of gunfire in 2014. Traffic stops resulted in seven of those shooting deaths, more than any other category of felonious fatalities in 2015. Two of those officers, Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate of the Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department, were gunned down in a traffic stop they conducted on May 9.

Ambush attacks against officers were the second leading cause of shooting deaths in 2015, accounting for six fatalities. Among them was Harris County (TX) Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot 15 times in an unprovoked attack after filling his marked cruiser up at a local gas station on August 28.

Fifty-two officers were killed in traffic-related incidents this past year, which was six percent higher than the 49 who died on roadways in 2014. Traffic-related incidents have been the leading cause of officer deaths in 15 of the last 20 years.

Thirty officers died due to other causes in 2015, including 24 who suffered from job-related illnesses--mostly heart attacks--while performing their duties. Also included among those 24 are four officers who died of illnesses they contracted as a result of their rescue and recovery work following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There are more than 20,000 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Over the past decade (2005-2014) the average annual number of officer fatalities has been 145. The deadliest year on record for law enforcement was 1930 when 300 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The last time officer fatalities dipped below 100 for a single year was 1944.

The statistics released are based on preliminary data compiled by the NLEOMF and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2016. For a complete copy of the preliminary report go to: www.LawMemorial.org/FatalitiesReport.

Key Data as of December 28, 2015:

Traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2015, with 52. This was a six percent increase over the 49 traffic-related deaths in 2014. Of these 49 officers, 35 were killed in automobile crashes, 11 officers were struck and killed outside of their vehicle and six officers were killed in motorcycle crashes.

Firearms-related incidents were the second-leading cause of officer deaths in 2015, with 42. This was a 14 percent decrease from the 49 officers shot and killed in 2014.

Traffic stops resulted in seven deaths, the leading felonious cause of deaths among officers in 2015.

The other leading categories of felonious deaths in 2015 were ambushes (6), investigating suspicious persons or activities (5), disturbance calls (5), attempting arrests (4), inadvertent shootings (3), robbery (3), unknown (3), transporting suspects (2), burglary (2), investigative activity (1), and tactical (1).

Of the 30 officers who died due to other causes this year 24 were caused by job-related illnesses; two officers died when they fell to their death; one officer drowned; one officer was electrocuted; one officer was beaten to death; and one officer died in an aircraft crash.

During the past year, more officers were killed in Texas (12) than any other state; followed by Georgia (11); Louisiana (9); and New York and, California, with six each. Eight agencies experienced more than one officer fatality this year, including the Puerto Rico Police Department (5); Texas Department of Criminal Justice (3); Colorado State Patrol (2); Harris County (TX) Sheriff's Office (2); Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department (2); Kentucky State Police (2); New Jersey State Police (2); and New York City (NY) Police Department (2).

Four correctional officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015.Six of the fallen officers served with territorial agencies; three served with federal agencies; and two served with tribal agencies. Nine of the 124 fatalities were female officers, which was more than twice as many as 2014. On average, the officers who died in the line of duty in 2015 were 41 years old and had served for 12 years.
Linn Deputies Arrest Lebanon Man for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 11:28 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his deputies arrested, 78, Richard Wade Conklin of Lacomb (Lebanon) for several sexual abuse crimes.

Conklin came to the Linn County Sheriff's Office on his own will to talk with detectives about allegations he sexually abused a 28-year old developmentally delayed female.

During his interview with detectives, Conklin admitted to engaging in sexual acts with this female whom he has known since she was an infant. Conklin, the victim, and her family attend the same church and are family friends.

Conklin admitted to knowing the victim was developmentally delayed and said she does not present herself as a 28-year old. Conklin further admitted to engaging in sexual acts starting several years ago with this female and he admitted it was wrong of him to do so.

Conklin is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges, three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this investigation are encouraged to contact Detective Beth Miller at 541-967-3820.


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New 'Promise' video debuts on David Douglas early learning program
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/28/16 8:38 AM
A new video highlighting the early learning wing at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Boyles is in the David Douglas School District, which is pioneering the use of pre-kindergarten programs to teach children during formative learning years. The district reaches more than 100 3- and 4-year-olds at Boyles, and also this school year opened a pre-K classroom at Cherry Park Elementary.

The Richard C. Alexander Learning Wing at Boyles operates in partnership with Head Start and Multnomah County. The school also has a neighborhood center that allows parents and families to gather for events.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkVfkZtAZ8U

The David Douglas video is one of four planned videos showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), career and technical education (CTE), the arts and more. The other videos, which will debut later in 2016, and this one all encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

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

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold planning session in Salem February 2
Oregon Health Authority - 01/28/16 8:20 AM
January 28, 2016

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a 2016-2017 planning session from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The meeting will be held at the OIS East Building, Room 315-A, 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem. This planning session will offer the board an opportunity to set goals for the future, discuss current issues and examine potential topics to address in 2016-2017. No official action will be taken during the planning session.

When: Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: OIS East - Room 315-A 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem.
Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#. Following the meeting, a link to the recording will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Welcome and overview;
-- [TENTATIVE] Messages from Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature;
-- OHPB 2015 accomplishments;
-- OHPB discussion.

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

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

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Wed. 01/27/16
Additional Arrests in the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:48 PM
In the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) established a series of checkpoints at major roads in and out of the refuge. In the hours prior to the checkpoints, several vehicles are known to have left the area. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of eight people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released five and arrested three.

At approximately 3:30 pm, the FBI made probable cause arrests of Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon, and Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah. At approximately, 7:40 pm, agents made a probable cause arrest of Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia. All were in contact with the FBI, and each chose to turn himself into agents at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The arrests were without incident.

Each man faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The FBI and our partners continue to work around the clock to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.
Calendar Announcement: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Laughs at Dating (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/27/16 5:28 PM
Clockwise from top left: Beth Pinkerton, Serena Markstrom Nugent, Seth Milstein, Michael Sevigny, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Tanya Kornilovich, Adrienne Bennett and Gabby Jesus
Clockwise from top left: Beth Pinkerton, Serena Markstrom Nugent, Seth Milstein, Michael Sevigny, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Tanya Kornilovich, Adrienne Bennett and Gabby Jesus
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, which helps keep Oregon the leading state for reproductive freedom, offers a unique twist on Valentine's Day at "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating," on Friday, February 12th in Eugene.

Leigh Anne Jasheway, award-winning standup comic and author of "Date Me, Date My Dog: Finding Mr. Right for You and Your Pack," will host a festive evening in which some of Eugene's sharpest storytellers have agreed to share hilarious memories about their worst dates ever. Storytellers include:

Beth Pinkerton, Eugene's Best Standup Comedian 2015 (Eugene Weekly)
Seth Milstein, comedian and writer
Adrienne Bennett, storyteller and comedian
Gabby Jesus, standup comic
Michael Sevigny, winner of Quackin' Me Up Comedy Competition 2015
Serena Markstrom Nugent, writer and stay-at-home mom
Tanya Kornilovich, standup comic

The 5th annual "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating" will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Whirled Pies @ Cozmic, 199 W Eighth St. Tickets are $15 at the door or $13 in advance from CozmicProductions.com and at the Cozmic box office.


Attached Media Files: Clockwise from top left: Beth Pinkerton, Serena Markstrom Nugent, Seth Milstein, Michael Sevigny, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Tanya Kornilovich, Adrienne Bennett and Gabby Jesus
Linn County Detectives Conclude Investigation Of Local Metal Recycling Businesses
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/27/16 5:16 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his detectives concluded a compliance check of all six metal recycling businesses located within Linn County. Metal theft is an ongoing problem for our local farmers, construction companies and various other professions. The compliance check began in September of 2015, after the Linn County Sheriff's Office received complaints about several metal recycling businesses not abiding by state metal recycling laws.

Many of these laws were put into effect during the 2009/2010 Oregon Legislative session to help combat the increase in crimes related to the theft of metal. Due to the laws, metal recycling businesses are required to hold payment of non-ferrous metals for three days. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, titanium, zinc, and alloys such as brass. Metal recycling businesses are also required to notify law enforcement within 24 hours if they purchase non-ferrous metal from persons convicted of certain crimes. Every year, recycling businesses are provided with a list of names of the known offenders and are required to report them to law enforcement.

Detectives completed a compliance check by having a subject working undercover, sell non-ferrous metal to the recycling companies. They also inspected records of all companies for the last 12 months and found three businesses, Recycling Depot from Lebanon, MJ Recycling of Albany and Millersburg Metal Recycling out of compliance with the state metal recycling laws.
As a result of the investigation, numerous crimes and violations were found, resulting in a total of 22 crimes and 126 violations being charged against Recycling Depot, MJ Recycling, and Millersburg Metal Recycling.

William Lloyd Banks, 70, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for six misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 47 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each have a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Diana Lynn Banks, 71, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for five misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 46 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each has a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Gordon Arnold Moore, 79, from Crabtree and owner of Millsersburg Metals and Recycling, was cited for 10 violations that each has a presumptive fine of $1,000. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records.

Myung Jei Kim, 57, from Beaverton and owner of MJ Recycling, was arrested for 11 misdemeanor crimes of failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender. He was also issued 23 citations for violations related to the improper documentation of metal records. Each of these violations has a presumptive fine of $5,000 due to Mr. Kim being convicted of five scrap metal business violations in 2012.

The remaining three businesses found in compliance were: Burcham Metals, Farmland Tractor and Magnet for Metals.
Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/27/16 3:55 PM
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2016

Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion

Contact:
Alison McIntosh, OHCS, Government Relations & Communications Liaison
503-986-2079 or 503-510-1678

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Homeowner Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) are pleased to announce the Loan Refinancing Assistance Pilot Project (LRAPP) is opening slots today, January 27, 2016 in the Willamette Valley.

LRAPP is designed for homeowners who have suffered financial hardship and have substantial negative equity in their homes, but could afford a payment at the current value of their home. LRAPP has been operating in Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Josephine counties since 2011. These counties experienced the highest rates of negative equity and were extremely hard hit by the foreclosure crisis.

"For homeowners who continue to be underwater, meaning they owe more than their home is worth, this program can help them get back on their feet," said Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "In some communities, more than 1 in 10 homeowners are still underwater on their mortgage. LRAPP is an innovative, one-of-a-kind refinance program to help people avoid foreclosure."

On January 27, 2016, slots will open to residents in the Willamette Valley counties and parts of the Coast, including Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Marion, Tillamook and Yamhill. Previously, the program opened in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. The full opening schedule can be found at: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/assets/files/lrapp/LRAPP_Availability.pdf.

OHSI anticipates opening 50 application slots every two weeks for eligible homeowners in those counties. Homeowners can take an eligibility quiz on the OHSI website here: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

Homeowners who may qualify for LRAPP include:
- Homeowners with significant negative equity in their homes;
- Homeowners who may be behind on their mortgage payments;
- Homeowners who could afford their mortgage at the amount their home is currently worth; and
- Homeowners whose incomes are at or below 150 percent of the state's median income (details are included in the eligibility quiz.)

All prequalified applications are subject to available funding at the time of closing or December 31, 2016 (the program close date). Participants are not guaranteed funding upon submitting an application.

Homeowners with questions about LRAPP can read more on the OHSI website or take an eligibility quiz: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

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Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable
Pacific Power - 01/27/16 3:31 PM
Contact: Jan. 27, 2016
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
800-570-5838
Ry.schwark@pacificorp.com

Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable

Analysis shows Oregon-associated carbon emissions drop 35 million tons through 2040 with significant new renewable resources

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Pacific Power's analysis of legislation that would advance Oregon's clean energy goals finds that House Bill 4036 would result in cost savings of up to $600 million through 2030 versus the cost of the proposed ballot measures. Relative to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 results in an average annual cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.

HB 4036 ends Oregon customers paying for coal by 2030, and doubles renewable energy used to serve Oregon's customers by 2040. The legislation is a negotiated compromise in lieu of ballot measures that would otherwise be on the November 2016 ballot.

"Oregonians from all walks of life and across the state agree that it is time to move to a cleaner energy future," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "We do too. But, Pacific Power has an obligation to achieve that shared objective in an affordable way. HB 4036 does that. It meaningfully moves Oregon towards a cleaner energy future in a way that is both doable and affordable, and does so in a far better way for customers than ballot measure alternatives."

"Even in an era of historically low natural gas prices, our analysis shows that renewable generation is the less expensive option and that additional renewable resources can be added while maintaining grid reliability," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power and lead analyst on HB 4036.

Key factors influencing analysis:

Natural gas is at historically low prices. Future increases in natural gas prices would make renewable generation even less expensive in comparison. Because renewables use no fuel, renewable generation protects customers from volatile fuel prices that are hard to project many years in the future.
Recently Congress extended, with a phase-out period, production tax credits (PTC) and investment tax credits (ITC). The benefits of these credits are passed along to customers and dramatically reduce the cost of new renewables before those tax policies fully sunset.
Costs to build renewable generation have declined substantially in recent years with advancements in mass production and technology improvements.

Key findings:

Removing coal-fueled generation from Oregon rates by 2030, under the bill provisions, will have no impact on customer rates through 2030 when compared to current Oregon policy. Incremental renewable resources may have a modest impact on costs, with an annual average cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.
When compared to HB 4036, the ballot measure initiatives would cost Oregon customers up to an incremental $600 million through 2030.
Compared to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 reduces Oregon associated carbon emissions through 2040 by 35 million tons.
Analysis shows that today new renewable resources (both wind and solar) are about 20 percent lower cost than new natural gas alternatives, making renewable resources the economically preferred choice. The difference would be even greater if natural gas prices rise off historical lows. These differences are also driven by the extended, but sun-setting PTCs and ITCs.
HB 4036 allows more flexibility in moving from coal-fueled to renewable sources than the ballot measures. This flexibility positions Pacific Power to take advantage of low-cost, near-term renewable resource opportunities. Flexibility provisions also maintain the company's ability to use existing transmission capacity opened up by retiring coal plants. Pacific Power's long-term plan currently anticipates closing or converting 2,800 megawatts of coal-fueled generation by 2034.
HB 4036, by encouraging early action, combined with the sun-setting federal tax credits, may result in approximately 600 megawatts of renewables being constructed in the near term.

Pacific Power joined with The Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, Climate Solutions, NW Energy Coalition, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Portland General Electric, Renewable Northwest and Sierra Club to find common ground with HB 4036.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
PGE wind farm wins safety recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/27/16 3:24 PM
Oregon OSHA has announced that Portland General Electric Co.'s Biglow Canyon wind farm has received an award for completing its first year of involvement in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program aims to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 32 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 142 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

PGE employs nine people at the wind farm near Wasco in Sherman County. Encompassing 217 turbines spread across 25,000 acres of wheat fields, the wind farm produces an average of 150 megawatts -- enough to power an estimated 125,000 homes. The wind farm's peak generating capacity is 450 megawatts.

"The SHARP program is important to us because it is driven and owned by the employees," said Ken Brock, safety coordinator for PGE's generating plants in eastern Oregon and Washington. "It continues to push people to look for something better or think outside the box instead of settling for the 'we are good enough' mindset. You look around in different industries and see so many top-down driven programs, but they just aren't as effective. When a program is owned by the employees it changes the culture, and that's what drives us to a safe and healthy workplace."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Wells Fargo contributes $250,000 to OHSU Guest House (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 01/27/16 1:50 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. --- Wells Fargo today donated $250,000 to support the construction of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Guest House for families of patients who must travel far from to home to receive specialized care.

OHSU will break ground in spring 2016 on a five-story guest house on its South Waterfront campus, across the street from the existing OHSU Center for Health & Healing and a planned second patient care tower, OHSU Center for Health & Healing South.

The 76-room OHSU Guest House, scheduled to open in 2018, will enable families of patients who've traveled long distances to receive extended care at OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children's hospitals to be close to their loved ones, as well as other patient families undergoing similar experiences. Amenities will include adult and pediatric dining, outdoor terrace with children's play area, resource center and fitness room.

"When we think of all of the critical services and world-class care that the OHSU teams provide to our community and beyond, it was important for us at Wells Fargo to support the hospital's efforts to expand their care," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon region president.

"This new guest house will allow the families of out-of-town patients to stay close to their loved ones while they are going through extended or complex treatments. The family guest house will have a huge impact on the recovery of these patients and we are honored to play a small role in that effort," Curtis said.

"We are extremely grateful to the team at Wells Fargo for their generous contribution to the guest house project that will support thousands of our patient families in the years to come," said Dana Braner, M.D., professor and interim chair of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine; and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "Nearly half of patients at OHSU Doernbecher and OHSU Hospital travel to us from outside the Portland metro area. Providing convenient and affordable housing is a necessity. We want families to focus on their sick kids and loved ones and their most important task -- healing."

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon's only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children's Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in meeting the university's social mission. OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. OHSU Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognized for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and new treatments for Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. OHSU's Casey Eye Institute is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo executives present a $250,000 grant check to OHSU staff members.
Burns man cited for Wildlife Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 11:31 AM
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On January 21, 2016, at approximately 12:15 p.m. an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper received an anonymous game complaint originating in the Burns area regarding a person to be in possession of multiple trophy mule deer. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers contacted, JADEN SIMPSON, age 19, from Burns, and learned that he was in possession of four (4) trophy buck skulls.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers seized the four trophy buck skulls. SIMPSON was criminally cited for four (4) counts of Illegal Possession of Game Parts-Mule Deer Skulls and other wildlife charges will be forwarded to the Harney County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by OSP Patrol Division troopers with the investigation.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/27/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 11:03 AM
Good morning. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Oregon.

For the past month, the FBI -- along with our partners at the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the many other federal and local agencies -- have had a very deliberate and measured response. We worked diligently to bring the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a peaceful end. Some of those actions were seen, some unseen. But, because this is an on-going investigation with some armed individuals illegally remaining in the refuge, we cannot get into details as to every action tried or taken.

I will say that the armed occupiers were given ample opportunities to leave peacefully. They were given the opportunity to negotiate. As outsiders to Oregon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homes and have their grievances heard through legal and appropriate means. They chose, instead, to threaten the very America they profess to love with violence, intimidation and criminal acts.

Yesterday, the FBI and our partners took the necessary actions to start bringing this situation to an end. We worked to ensure that we could do so in the safest way possible -- removing the threat of danger from innocent citizens. We continue to work to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.

Eight people were arrested, and one man died yesterday as we attempted to take him into custody. Because there is an on-going investigation by the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team on behalf of OSP related to this piece of the investigation, I will not be able to comment on the specifics.

I would, however, ask for your patience as the shooting investigation works its way through that outside process. At the appropriate time, the Medical Examiner's office will release the decedent's identity, and OSP will address the details of the event.

Let me be clear: It is fully and unequivocally the behavior and the choices made by the armed occupiers that have led us to where we are today. And, as the FBI and our partners have demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.
Containment road blocks are now in place around the Refuge. The disruption that the good people of Harney County have had to endure over the last few months will continue -- for now.

If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them.

As I conclude I want to share my promise to the people who live and work here -- who are raising their families here - that we will continue to look for safe, peaceful and productive ways to end this armed occupation. We recognize that the sooner we do that, the sooner the citizens of Harney County can start healing this community they cherish so much.

Thank you.
Two Arrested in Jefferson County after Methamphetamine Seizure
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 10:31 AM
On January 19, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife trooper contacted the occupants of a suspicious vehicle in a remote area near Culver just south of Madras. During the course of the contact the trooper learned that the female passenger, SUZANNE LAYCOCK, age 45, from Redmond, had a warrant for her arrest. During a search of her person incident to arrest LAYCOCK advised troopers that she was concealing a package in her clothing that the male operator, ERMINIO PENA, age 35, from Redmond, asked her to hide upon their contact with law enforcement. LAYCOCK retrieved the package and gave it to the troopers. Troopers located approximately 1.1 lbs. of suspected methamphetamine in the package.

Troopers arrested PENA and lodged him in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Troopers cite and released LAYCOCK for the warrant and for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Patrol Division and OSP Drug Enforcement Section. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $7,000.00.

No Photographs available for release.

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UPDATED - NEW TIME: 11 AM - Press Conference Advisory: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:38 AM
The law enforcement partners involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will hold a press conference at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 27th. Media may start setting up at 9:30 am.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720

Expected Participants:
FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing
United States Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney Bill Williams
Harney County, Sheriff Dave Ward

There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.
Call Before You Clear: NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection Program (Photo)
NW Natural - 01/27/16 9:24 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is notifying its customers of an important safety matter: on rare occasions, a sewer backup could mean a natural gas line has accidentally crossed the sewer line.

If a sewer backup occurs, it's important that plumbers first scope the line with a video camera. Attempting to clear a sewer line without first using a scope could result in the release of natural gas into the sewer system of a home or business, a potential hazard we want to prevent.

If a crossed line is suspected, call NW Natural at 800-882-3377. We will respond quickly, and if the gas line crosses through the sewer line, we will reroute the gas line at no cost to the customer.

"It's important to scope prior to clearing a sewer line and also to call us," said Ryan Van Gordon, NW Natural project manager. "These simple steps could prevent a potentially unsafe situation."

How do lines get crossed?
A gas line can accidentally cross a sewer line if the sewer line wasn't able to be located on a map or didn't have tracing technology in it at the time the gas line was installed. Today, this problem is preventable because maps and tracing technology are improving. Plus, NW Natural now sends a video camera down the sewer line after installing a gas line with trenchless construction.

Proactively searching for crossed lines
In addition to asking customers and plumbers to take action, NW Natural is actively inspecting for crossed lines across its territory and will continue to do so over the coming years. Prior to inspection, occupants will be notified by mail and a door hanger. Property access will be arranged as necessary.

To learn more about the NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection program, visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety/SewerSafetyInspections.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Establishment of Checkpoints - Update on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 4:14 AM
The FBI and Oregon State Police have initiated a containment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in order to better ensure the safety of community members and law enforcement. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution. We ask you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the tip line at (541) 573-3162.

The containment procedure involves a series of checkpoints established along key routes into and out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Attempts to Travel Into the Refuge
There will be signage ahead of each checkpoint. Anyone who moves beyond that signage will be stopped, identified and asked leave. Non-compliant people will be subject to arrest.

Leaving the Refuge
Anyone coming out of the refuge will have his or her identification confirmed and any associated vehicles searched.

Resident Ranchers Only
The only people allowed to pass into the checkpoints will be Harney County ranchers who own property in those specific areas. They will be required to show photo ID as they go in and out.
Tue. 01/26/16
Additional Arrest Made in Arizona Related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:51 PM
At 8:30 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, on a federal charge related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. Ritzheimer turned himself into the Peoria, Arizona, police department. The arrest was without incident.

Ritzheimer faces one federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

The FBI made the Arizona arrest in conjunction with a series of other arrests made by FBI and Oregon State Police in Harney County, Oregon, earlier in the evening. The following individuals also face the same charge:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
UPDATE - Additional Information about the arrests related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:40 PM
UPDATE AS OF 8:40 P.M.

From the initial law enforcement action site along Highway 395: There were additional people who were detained and have since been released.

UPDATE AS OF 8:10 P.M.

The defendant who suffered an injury in the original enforcement action has been treated and released from a local hospital. He is now in FBI custody.

UPDATE AS OF 7:45 P.M.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon. He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.


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At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Underway In Harney County
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 8:14 PM
On January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals near Burns.

The Deschutes County Major Incident Team will be assisting the Oregon State Police and the Harney County District Attorney's Office with the investigation. The investigation will be conducted in compliance with Senate Bill 111 which outlines protocols to be followed when deadly physical force is used.

As released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one adult male suspect is deceased and one other adult male suspect received non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

The incident occurred on Highway 395, about 20 miles north of Burns. Highway 395 is expected to be closed for an extended amount of time for the investigation to be conducted.

There will be no further information released until tomorrow. Please refer to an official release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP - 01/26/16
At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Fatal Crash Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road- Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 3:18 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road in Lane County.

On January 26th, 2016 at approximately 9:45 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two (2) vehicle crash on Highway 126E near milepost 11. The investigation indicates that a 2006 Suzuki XL7 suv, operated by PATRICIA BOOTH, age 77, from Springfield, attempted to turn westbound onto Highway 126E from Deerhorn Road. As BOOTH turned westbound she was struck on the driver's side by a 2004 Ford F250, operated by TIMOTHY ANTHONY, age 26, from Springfield.

BOOTH sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. Neither ANTHONY nor his passenger, ANGELA HANSEN, age 40, from Eugene, were injured.

During the crash two (2) kittens less than a year old which belonged to BOOTH escaped from their carrier and ran off into the nearby woods and the neighborhood area of Cedar Flats. One is described as orange and cream colored and the other one is black with spots. Both were wearing possibly blue or green collars. If the kittens are located you are asked to contact the OSP Springfield Office at 541-726-2536 to report their location and hopefully reunite them with BOOTH's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. One lane of Highway 126E was closed for approximately two (2) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie River Fire Department, and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.

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Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Mary's Peak Road near Highway 34 (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 01/26/16 2:17 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 9 miles southwest of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to a female passenger and serious injuries to the male driver.
At about 12:31 pm, on Monday, January 25, 2016 Jeremy Dryden, age 31, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Mary's Peak Road, about a third of a mile north of the intersection with Highway 34, in a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. He lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and traveled into a steep ditch on the west side of the roadway and collided with a large tree, head-on. Michal Dvir, age 27, from Philomath, Oregon, was in the front passenger seat. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Speed and the use of controlled substances may have been factors in the crash.
Medics from the Philomath Fire Department extracted both people. Jeremy Dryden was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department. Michal Dvir was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by REACH air ambulance. She was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland by REACH air ambulance. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team with the assistance of the Oregon State Police processed the collision scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant Ben Drongesen or Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6858 if they have any information. The Philomath Police Department and the Oregon State Police assisted and the roadway was partially closed for about four hours. Highway 34 was closed for less than an hour as the REACH helicopter landed and took off.
Attachments:
Photographs of the Collision Scene

Contact:
Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Gregory.Ridler@co.benton.or.us
541-766-6870


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Coos Bay School District Meeting Schedule for February 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 01/26/16 2:07 PM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 1 & 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information contact Adrian DeLeon at 541-404-4459.

Facilities Planning Committee Meeting -- February 3 at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-9040.

Regular School Board Meeting -- February 8 at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 5: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.

Special School Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 19: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.

For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
Changes to your property tax return filing (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/26/16 12:17 PM
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SALEM, OR-- If you own a business, even a home-based business, Oregon law requires you file a yearly personal property tax return with your county assessor.

The deadline to file your return has changed. You must complete and return it to the assessor, file it online, or postmark it on or before March 15, 2016. Extensions are no longer available (House Bill 2484 amended ORS 308.290). Personal property taxes are due November 15, 2016. Check your property tax statements to find out how much you owe.

Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchases or lease dates, and original costs.

Personal property includes:
Office furniture, personal computers, and easily moved machinery.
Off-road vehicles.
Display cases if they are used in the business.
Leased equipment including copiers and power washers.

The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The assessor will not impose a tax if the property value is under the cancellation threshold.

Business owners must file a return each year, even if:
You didn't receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located.
The assessor previously canceled your tax.
You sold or closed your business during the year.
You sold or disposed of your personal property.

If a business owner doesn't file, penalties vary from 5 percent to 50 percent of the taxes due, depending on when the return is filed.

Assessors will calculate tax, penalty, and interest for up to the previous five years if a business hasn't reported personal property in the prior years. For forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or call 1 (800)356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800)886-7204.


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Oregon Department of Forestry grants provide solutions for rural Oregon, boost collaboration for restoring national forests (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/26/16 10:51 AM
Providing economic and ecological benefits for rural Oregon, a truck is loaded on its way to the mill. (photo credit: Tony Andersen, ODF)
Providing economic and ecological benefits for rural Oregon, a truck is loaded on its way to the mill. (photo credit: Tony Andersen, ODF)
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Rural communities connected to Oregon's timber heritage are seeing results from local efforts to restore Oregon national forests. Of Oregon's 30 million acres of forestland, nearly 60 percent is federally managed.

Grants from a partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board were awarded to regional forestry planning groups----or forest collaboratives----to restore federally-managed forests statewide. Providing staff and means to further restoration work, grant funds deliver resources for bringing diverse interests together to plan restoration projects, in turn spurring job creation, decreasing wildfire risk and improving habitat.

"These state resources build on the collaborative approach to forest management in Oregon," said Doug Decker, Oregon State Forester. "These grants provide local collaborative groups the resources to continue great work already underway with our Forest Service partners and, in turn, foster job creation for rural Oregon economies. In a short time, we're already seeing economic and ecological success in communities and forestland."

ODF and OWEB started the New Year by naming five grant recipients, listed here with respective grant awards:

CENTRAL OREGON
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project ($49,335)

HOOD RIVER COUNTY
Hood River Collaborative Stewards ($49,759)

OREGON COAST
Siuslaw Collaborative Groups ($40,455)

WASCO COUNTY
Wasco County Forest Collaborative Group ($44,956)

WESTERN CASCADES
Middle Fork Stewardship Collaborative, Willamette National Forest ($25,850)

The Oregon legislature invested an additional $5 million in lottery funds for this work during the 2015 legislative session to continue boosting collaboration, provide timber sale layout assistance on USFS and BLM projects, and increase resources for continued on-the-ground results.

"This work continues to highlight the importance of community-based approaches to solving a variety of issues," said Chad Davis, ODF's Federal Forest Health Program manager. "Oregonians continue to come together to mold new models for getting things done. They're showing how collaboration and solutions-oriented thinking improve forest resiliency and contribute to the vitality of rural Oregon. We're seeing real results in forests and communities because of the dedicated efforts of folks hashing things out together."

In April and June, ODF will announce second and third rounds of awards totaling $500,000.

+WATCH: Forest Collaboratives -- Restoring Oregon's Dry Side: https://vimeo.com/143402503

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Website Address Correction: FORMER UO TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM "SUPER SUMMER" FINDS NEW HOME AT OAK HILL SCHOOL
Oak Hill School - 01/26/16 10:18 AM
(Eugene, OR --) Oak Hill School is the new home of Super Summer, a three-week academic enrichment program for advanced learners and Talent and Gifted (TAG) students. With the move to Oak Hill School, Super Summer will expand to include 6th and 7th grade students. Super Summer will be open to students completing grades K-7. The popular program has been housed at the University of Oregon for the past 35 years.
"Super Summer is a wonderful addition to the academically rigorous programming we offer for outstanding students throughout the year," said Bob Sarkisian, Headmaster of Oak Hill School. "It is a natural fit for us and we are delighted to welcome Super Summer participants to our beautiful campus. Participants will enjoy learning in our brand new art and ceramic studio, modern science laboratory, and they will have access to 72-acres of wooded trails."
Super Summer will begin its permanent residency on the Oak Hill campus June 27- July 15, 2016. The application process will open on February 8, 2016. Registration for Super Summer classes will open on March 7, 2016. Program information, scheduling options and tuition information are available at http://oakhillschool.com/summer-camps/.

Oak Hill will continue to run its Summer on the Hill summer program.
Summer on the Hill is a 10 week summer enrichment program located at Oak Hill School. Each week we provide a diverse range of classes tailored to incoming kinders up to Seniors. Summer on the Hill offers an enriching, personal and fun environment for students to learn a new subject or develop a deeper understand on a topic.
Most Summer on the Hill classes are morning 9:00-12:00 and afternoon 1:00-4:00.
Some class times vary. Exact class times and tuition are listed in the registration.
Typical registrations are for one week. A few classes are two week camps.
Extended care is offered.
Summer on the Hill will run from June 20th through August 26, 2016.
Registration for Summer on the Hill is open at http://oakhillschool.com/summer-camps/.
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Oregonian Minoru Yasui's Presidential Medal of Freedom to be displayed in Salem & Portland (Photo)
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Portland, OR -- The Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously awarded to Oregonian Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) by President Obama at a White House ceremony on November 24, 2015, will be on display in both Salem and Portland this February. The Oregon Historical Society is sponsoring the exhibit, in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The Medal will be on display at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 9am to 5pm for the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session. The Medal will then be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from February 2 through 19, 2016.

"Minoru Yasui was truly one of Oregon's most courageous and historic figures," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a fitting tribute to his remarkable life and legacy, and we are honored that the Yasui family is allowing us to share it with the public."

Created through an Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is our country's highest civilian award. The Hood River native is the first Oregonian to receive this honor.

In announcing Yasui's selection, the White House Press Office stated, "Minoru Yasui was a civil and human rights leader known for his continuous defense of the ideals of democracy embodied in our Constitution. Yasui challenged the constitutionality of a military curfew ordered during World War II on the grounds of racial discrimination, and spent nine months in solitary confinement during the subsequent legal battle. In 1943, the Supreme Court upheld the military curfew order."

During the awards presentation, President Obama said "Today Min's legacy has never been more important. It is a call to our national conscience, a reminder of our enduring obligation to be the land of the free, and the home of the brave, an America worthy of his sacrifices."

A biography of Yasui is available on The Oregon Encyclopedia (http://bit.ly/1SWdN4Q), and an abridged biography is included below. The Oregon Encyclopedia (www.oregonencyclopedia.org) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, and institutions. Additionally, the Oregon Historical Society contains extensive manuscripts and artifacts from the Yasui family. Items from the collection will accompany the display of the medal at the Oregon Historical Society.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) is open daily, 10am -- 5pm (12pm -- 5pm Sundays), and the research library is open on Tuesdays from 1pm -- 5pm, and Wednesday through Saturday from 10am -- 5pm. Admission is free every day to members and Multnomah County residents; general admission is $11 and includes access to both the museum and library.

About Minoru Yasui

Minoru Yasui, the first Japanese American to graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law and the first to become a member of the Oregon Bar, was born in Hood River, Oregon, in 1916. He made national history by challenging the constitutionality of the military curfew imposed on Japanese American citizens in World War II.

Following the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, the military imposed a curfew that ordered all German nationals, Italian nationals, and persons of Japanese ancestry to remain in their homes between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Yasui believed that the military orders were unconstitutional as applied to U.S. citizens and that the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans would be upheld by the courts. On March 28, 1942, he walked the streets of Portland to intentionally violate the military curfew, which eventually led to his arrest and trial. He was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of $5,000. Yasui appealed his case. He spent nine months in solitary confinement at the Multnomah County jail as his case wound its way from the lower courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 1943 ruled that while Yasui did not lose his U.S. citizenship, his rights could be overridden--based on race--in time of war. Yasui was sent to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho, where he remained incarcerated until mid-1944.

In 1981, Yasui was named chair of the Japanese American Citizens League committee on the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II. He successfully filed appeals to the district court to vacate his conviction, but he also requested that the court recognize that the incarceration of 120,000 persons because of their Japanese ancestry was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the appeal was moot, affirmed the motion to dismiss, and dashed the hopes of many. The Yasui case was over.

Yasui died on November 12, 1986, before the Supreme Court heard his case. His final return to Oregon occurred forty years after he had left, when his ashes were buried beneath a pair of giant cedars in Hood River. "It was my belief," Yasui once said, "that no military authority has the right to subject any United States citizen to any requirement that does not equally apply to all other U.S. citizens. If we believe in America, if we believe in equality and democracy, if we believe in law and justice, then each of us, when we see or believe errors are being made, has an obligation to make every effort to correct them.

Written by Peggy Nagae



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Anniversary of Cascadia Earthquake Serves as Reminder to Prepare
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/26/16 9:27 AM
316 years ago today, more than 100 years before the United States would begin colonizing the area that eventually became Oregon and Washington, a powerful earthquake occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone, a plate that stretches from Vancouver Island, B.C., all the way to California.

The earthquake, which has been estimated to have had a moment magnitude of 8.7-9.2, is classified as a "megathrust earthquake" -- our planet's most powerful caliber of quake.

Local geologist Scott Burns, Ph.D., is a Red Cross Cascades Region board member who is often called on to discuss the effects of earth-shifting events. "Oregonians are more prepared today than they have been in the past," says Dr. Burns. "But we are far from ready for the effects of shaking, landslides, liquefaction and tsunamis that are sure to occur in the event the Cascadia subduction zone shifts."

Over the past 10,000 years, at least 19 earthquakes have been found on the whole margin from northern California to British Columbia which means a recurrence interval of approximately 500 years. The southern margin of Cascadia south of Newport is more active with a recurrence interval of about 250 years, but quakes are of a lower magnitude in the 7.8-8.4 range, according to Dr. Burns. "While we can't predict the precise time and date of the region's next large earthquake, we can take some important precautionary steps to prepare for an emergency -- it could be another 600 years, or an earthquake could strike tomorrow."

The Red Cross recommends people take the following steps to prepare for an earthquake:

Practice "drop, cover and hold on" in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person's bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances, bookcases, china cabinets and tall furniture to wall studs.
Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
Keep and maintain an emergency supply kit in an easy-to-access location.

In addition to following these steps, downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App provides a host of information about what to do before, during and after a disaster. The app also provides alerts and notifications regarding natural disasters, information on how to prepare your family and home, and how to find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. You can download the app directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

For more information on disaster preparedness, visit http://rdcrss.org/1Pi6rZI.

In addition, the Cascades Region offers free emergency preparedness presentations that can be scheduled for any type of organization including schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, government entities, neighborhood associations and nonprofits. Trained preparedness professionals lead these free classes and walk participants through the risks of various disasters. The presentation also provides attendees a first-hand look on how to put together a disaster kit and make a plan. To request a presentation, visit www.redcross.org/local/or/preparedness.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCascade.
BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/26/16 9:13 AM
PR 04-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation

Students from Northwest compete for more than $300,000 in scholarships from 17 regional colleges as well as a berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- The brainpower and competitive energy of more than 700 students will light up the 25th anniversary of the nation's largest regional science bowl over the next two weekends at the University of Portland. This year's silver anniversary event will draw 130 teams from across western Washington and Oregon.

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's middle school competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, with the high school students taking to the buzzer on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the University of Portland. The top team in each division will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest are offering members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge will be constructing a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

The more than 700 students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- Middle School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl
Complete list of teams for middle school and high school events:
www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowlTeams

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Talented and Gifted Program "Super Summer" Finds Permanent Home at Oak Hill School
Oak Hill School - 01/26/16 9:09 AM
(Eugene, OR --) Oak Hill School is the new home of Super Summer, a three-week academic enrichment program for advanced learners and Talent and Gifted (TAG) students. With the move to Oak Hill School, Super Summer will expand to include 6th and 7th grade students. Super Summer will be open to students completing grades K-7. The popular program has been housed at the University of Oregon for the past 35 years.
"Super Summer is a wonderful addition to the academically rigorous programming we offer for outstanding students throughout the year," said Bob Sarkisian, Headmaster of Oak Hill School. "It is a natural fit for us and we are delighted to welcome Super Summer participants to our beautiful campus. Participants will enjoy learning in our brand new art and ceramic studio, modern science laboratory, and they will have access to 72-acres of wooded trails."
Super Summer will begin its permanent residency on the Oak Hill campus June 27- July 15, 2016. The application process will open on February 8, 2016. Registration for Super Summer classes will open on March 7, 2016. Program information, scheduling options and tuition information are available at www.oakhillschool.com/summercamps
Oak Hill will continue to run its Summer on the Hill summer program.
Summer on the Hill is a 10 week summer enrichment program located at Oak Hill School. Each week we provide a diverse range of classes tailored to incoming kinders up to Seniors. Summer on the Hill offers an enriching, personal and fun environment for students to learn a new subject or develop a deeper understand on a topic.
Most Summer on the Hill classes are morning 9:00-12:00 and afternoon 1:00-4:00.
Some class times vary. Exact class times and tuition are listed in the registration.
Typical registrations are for one week. A few classes are two week camps.
Extended care is offered.
Summer on the Hill will run from June 20th through August 26, 2016.
Registration for Summer on the Hill is open at www.oakhillschool.com/summercamps.
Oak Hill School's mission is to provide the best Kindergarten through 12th Grade education, creating caring and responsible critical thinkers.
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Red Cross Assists Two Adults in a Multi-Family Fire in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/25/16 9:43 PM
On January 25, 2016 the American Red Cross disaster responders met with clients concerning a disaster that occurred on January 24 in the 2000 block of 2nd Street in Springfield. This multi-family fire affected 2 adults and 2 pets. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address disaster related immediate basic needs, information about recovery services, comfort kits and a stuffed animal.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free "Prepare! Resource Guide" published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fatal Crash near on I-5 near Albany reveals medical emergency as cause (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/25/16 5:53 PM
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On January 25th, 2016, at 06:22 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were dispatched to a vehicle in a field at Interstate-5 southbound near milepost 221. The sole occupant, 46 year-old Brian DOBSON, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Upon arrival, Troopers discovered a Kia Soul SUV approximately 100 feet off the highway. Preliminary investigation indicates DOBSON was driving southbound on I-5 when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control. The Kia drifted off the road, through a fence and traveled approximately 750 feet through the field before bogging down in the muddy field. The cause of the medical emergency is still under investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, Halsey Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

As a result of the traffic congestions, three additional collisions occurred as a result of traffic congestion in the area:

At 7:13 AM, during the initial death investigation, a grey Hyundai sedan was southbound on I-5 in the left lane when it slowed at the scene. A black Toyota pickup then rear-ended the Hyundai. A green Chevrolet pickup then rear-ended the Toyota and rolled over, blocking both southbound lanes. All occupants in their respective vehicles suffered minor injuries. One lane of I-5 was block for approximately 90 minutes in order to clear that crash scene.

At 8:16 AM, an empty red International truck towing a car-haul trailer was southbound in the left lane on I-5 near milepost 223 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The commercial truck braked and jack-knifed, colliding with a RV towing a Jeep SUV in the right lane and then colliding with the cable barrier in the freeway median. No injuries were reported in this crash. One lane of I-5 southbound was blocked for approximately two and a half hours in order to clear the scene.

At 10:00 AM, a yellow Nissan X-terra was southbound on I-5 near milepost 224 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The Nissan SUV rear-ended a silver Volvo wagon, causing both vehicles to collide with the cable barrier in the freeway median. Minor injuries were reported in both vehicles.

ODOT, Albany Fire Department and Halsey Fire Department assisted with these collisions.


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Death at Oak Grove Rest Area- I5 Near Harrisburg
Oregon State Police - 01/25/16 5:23 PM
On January 23 2016, at approximately 11:35 AM the Oregon State Police were dispatched to a deceased adult male located in a bathroom stall at the Southbound Oak Grove Safety Rest Area.

Upon arrival, Troopers found a 71 year old adult male deceased. Preliminary investigations indicated nothing suspicious regarding the death. The male was identified as being from the Seattle Washington area. Next of Kin has not been made at this time.

The Linn County Medical Examiner's Office was contacted and came out to the scene. The cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner's findings. There are no photos available.

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Eugene Area Credit Unions to Contribute $28K to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 01/25/16 1:07 PM
Tigard, OR -- Continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, Eugene area credit unions will make a special contribution to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center January 27.

Working in partnership, the credit unions will present a check for $27,978.90, commemorating their years-long commitment to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and its young patients. The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's Roaring 20's gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. In addition to the check, the credit unions will present four baby swings filled with toys bound to comfort toddlers and their families during their hospital stay.

"Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their region," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "That allows the hospitals to let credit unions know exactly what kinds of contributions will most benefit the children. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families."

The Credit Unions for Kids charity was born in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for regional Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is the "charity of choice" for the entire credit union movement. While more than $150 million has been raised for 170 CMN hospitals across the nation, Eugene area credit unions alone have contributed over $1 million in the past decade.

Media Coverage Invitation
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 3333 RiverBend Dr. Springfield, OR 97477


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake anniversary and #CascadiaEQ social campaign
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/25/16 12:48 PM
The last big Cascadia quake was 316 years ago: Are you prepared for the next one?

The Pacific Northwest was hit hard by the January 26, 1700 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, which had impacts as far away as Japan. Geological evidence indicates that similar great earthquakes have occurred at least seven times in the past 3,500 years, reoccurring on average every 300 to 600 years.

The next major Cascadia earthquake could strike the Pacific Northwest at any time. We encourage Pacific Northwest residents to learn about seismic hazards and increase their earthquake readiness before the next "Big One."

WHAT: Federal and state emergency managers will join regional universities and government science agencies to host a weeklong social media campaign for the 316th anniversary of the 1700 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. The campaign will include an anniversary Twitter chat on Tuesday, January 26 starting at 10 a.m. PST, and other events throughout the week using #CascadiaEQ.

WHO: Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)
Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC)
Federal Emergency Management Agency Region X (FEMA)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN)
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division (WaEMD)

WHEN: Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29, 2016

WHERE: Facebook and Twitter

WHY: During the anniversary week, we will use Facebook and Twitter social platforms to share information on Cascadia Region earthquakes and how to prepare for the next big one. The messages are intended to point audiences towards local, state, and federal resources that will help them understand and prepare for future earthquakes.
BPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/25/16 12:23 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on February 3, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes of November 4, 2015 Meeting / Approve Minutes of November 4, 2015 Meeting

2. 2015 Job Task Analysis / Presented by Theresa King

3. Nicole Aragon, DPSST # 55677 - (Frontier Regional 9-1-1) - Application for Training
Presented by Leon Colas

4. Department Update

5. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting May 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.



# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
"Warn 23" claim $50,000 Powerball win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/25/16 11:54 AM
Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
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January 25, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Oregon's final $50,000 prize from the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball draw on January 13 is in, and 23 people shared it.

Employees at Warn Industries, a company specializing in off-road equipment and accessories, entered an office pool and all shared on their $50,000 prize. The group was one number away from sharing the recent $1.6 billion Powerball prize, with one of their tickets having four numbers and the power ball. The group claimed their prize last Tuesday.

Ravin Chandra, who works at Warn was in charge of the pool, and went around the building asking his fellow employees if they would like to buy Powerball tickets with the group.

"We are from different departments and areas, but work in the same building in Milwaukie," Chandra said. "It was something I just thought we should do. I have won three times playing video lottery and so I was the 'lucky one' sent to purchase the tickets."

One of the tickets Chandra purchased, matched four numbers and the Powerball -- meaning the group had won $50,000. Nearly the entire group traveled to Salem together to claim their prize Tuesday -- approximately $1,700 for each after taxes. Chandra purchased the tickets at the Tik Tok Deli, on Division in Portland.

"It's not huge money, but it's a cool prize," said David Derr, a 30 year employee of Warn. "I told my family, I couldn't contain it."

The group shared in the opinion that they couldn't believe they were one number off from winning the jackpot. Chandra bought the group quick pick tickets and said when he looked at his cell phone to check the numbers, he couldn't believe it.

As you might imagine from employees of a company specializing in off-road equipment and accessories, the winners said tires, transmissions and other truck parts were on the wish list for a couple of the winners.

"My truck won't go into reverse, so I'm getting that fixed," Matt Moody, one of the winners, said.

"I'm getting new tires," Derr added.

Several of the winners said they normally don't play lottery, but it sounded fun doing something with co-workers and enjoyed dreaming together about the big $1.6 billion prize.

"That was the really cool thing, the company didn't have to give us time off for all of us to come down and claim our prizes together, but they did," Moody said. "It's a great company to work for, they take care of their people and this is just another example of that."

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from the Wednesday, January 13th drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million during that week.

The three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days. The current Powerball jackpot is $75 million and numbers will be drawn on Wednesday, January 27.

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

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
Four arrested in Falls City on Methamphetamine and related charges
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/25/16 1:38 AM
On Friday, January 22, 2016 at about 11:40 p.m., the Dallas Police Department responded to an address in their city where a 17-year old male was having seizures after using methamphetamine. It was reported that the juvenile obtained the methamphetamine from a Mr. Robert Peters who lived at 200 Church Street #7 in Falls City, Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident and obtained a search warrant to search Mr. Peters' residence, a motorhome, parked at the Greenhaven RV Park in Falls City, 200 Church Street.

The search warrant was executed on Sunday, January 24th at about 6:00 p.m. During the execution of that search warrant, Mr. Peters as well as three other adults were arrested. All four subjects were lodged at the Polk County Jail.

Mr. Peters was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine X2, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and the Unlawful Possession of Hydrocodone.

Mr. Jerry Carmickle was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Ms. Pamela Elliott was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Child Neglect in the 2nd Degree for leaving her 6-year old daughter alone at her trailer space, as she was visiting at Mr. Peters' space. The Department of Human Services -- Child Welfare Investigators, responded to the scene of the search warrant, and arranged for safe placement for the 6-year old girl.

Mr. Shawn Russell was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Child Neglect in the 2nd Degree, as he was Ms. Elliott's boyfriend and lived with her and her 6-year old daughter.
Sun. 01/24/16
Sweet Home adults assisted by Red Cross after fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/24/16 10:32 PM
Responders helped two adults this evening with assistance to meet immediate basic needs after a multi-family fire in Sweet Home. The fire occurred in the 2000 block of Long Street. Adults and pets were affected by the fire. Red Cross also provided information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Statement by Harney County Judge Steve Grasty Concerning Cancellation of Community Meeting
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/24/16 3:22 PM
The attached statement is being sent on behalf of Harney County Judge Steve Grasty. Please refer any questions to Harney County.


Attached Media Files: News Release - Meeting Cancellation
Sat. 01/23/16
News Release from Harney County regarding Community Meeting for January 25
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/23/16 9:20 AM
We are sending this on behalf of Harney County Judge Steve Grasty. Attached is the Harney County community meeting change in venue and format for January 25.


Attached Media Files: NewsRelease
Fri. 01/22/16
Springfield adults helped after single family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/22/16 7:45 PM
Three adults are receiving assistance from the Red Cross after a single family fire in the 3500 block of Oregon Avenue in Springfield. Three adults received assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, medication and recovery information.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Lane ESD - 01/22/16 4:46 PM
The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. A work session is scheduled to begin at 5:00, where the Board will finishing reviewing Lane ESD's Strategic Plan Report and discuss the Local Service Plan - Year Three 2016-17. The Regular Meeting of the Board will begin at 6:00 p.m. All Lane Education Service District Board of Directors meetings are held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, OR 97402.
Oregon National Guard welcomes home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/22/16 3:55 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) were welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

In attendance at the ceremony were Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, and many other special guests and supporters.

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More than 90 Citizen-Airmen with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, were honored during a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, after returning from their deployment in the Middle East. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown returns a commemorative plaque to Lt. Col. James Mitchell, commander of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, during a demobilization ceremony, Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The plaque hung in the governor's office during the unit's recent deployment. Airmen of the 116th ACS operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to the nearly 90 Citizen-Airmen of the 116 Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, thanking them for their service and dedication throughout their deployment during a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (center) and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz (left), State Command Chief, greet Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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$190,000 awarded in 30 Arts Build Communities grants to address community need through the arts (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 01/22/16 1:36 PM
Portland Chinese Dance Troupe performs at Lan Su Chinese Garden during the Mid-Autumn Festival
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Salem, Ore. -- Art as a means to address community need is reflected in 30 Oregon projects awarded $190,000 in 2016 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; Fishtrap inspires 1,700 in Wallowa County to read Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" before engaging in discussions, events and activities about rural isolation and community; and in Portland, Sisters of the Road will produce "On the Ground," a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland.

Now in its 20th year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2016 awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.

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

In many cases these awards are seed money to spur additional local funding. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in spending, much of it representing salaries paid to artists and others as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities.

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

The 2016 recipients are:

Arts Action Alliance Foundation, Oregon City, $7,000
To support "Youth Arts for Change." This project provides opportunitites for marginalized, vulnerable teens who have been remanded to facilities. It is intended to improve protective factors for rural middle school youth by engaging with artists, counselors and peers. Participants gain theatre, comic (graphic novel) drawing, photography and interviewing skills. Grant funds will be used to develop post-program theatre internships, cultivate new partnerships, pay artist fees and buy supplies.

Arts Central, Bend, $7,000
To support the "Pride of LaPine" mural. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees and supplies. LaPine is an underserved rural community with little access to the arts. This project will stimulate community pride through the creation of a mural on a highly visible exterior wall in the center of town. Students and community members will execute the project under the guidance of a professional artist, culminating in a community celebration.

Beaverton Arts Foundation Inc, Beaverton, $6,500
To support "Beautify Beaverton," a project that will place 10 vinyl-art-wrap installations on existing infrastructure, such as electical power boxes, throughout the city to strengthen its artistic visual identity. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees.

Circus Project, Portland, $7,000
To support a community-based "Social Circus" that will serve more than 300 youth participants. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools. Grant funds will be used to pay teaching artist fees, purchase and maintain circus-specific equipment and underwrite staff coordinating expenses for the collaborative planning and evaluation process with partners.

Corvallis Arts Center, Inc, Corvallis, $7,000
To support "Art in Rural Storefronts," a placemaking project dedicated to strengthening connections between people and their rural towns through engagement with the arts. Focusing on one underserved town, three qualified artists will create contemporary art installations based on local culture or natural history with community input. The installations celebrate community life through the arts. Grant funds will support artist fees, travel and coordination.

Crossroads Creative & Performing Arts Center, Baker City, $5,000
To support the "8 Show," an exhibit of 800 eight-inch square original artworks throughout Baker City's historic downtown. The project will create a highly visible art experience showcasing the talents of the region's artists while stimluating cultural tourism and enhancing the local economy. Grant funds will be used for supplies and marketing expenses.

Crow's Shadow Institute, Pendleton, $7,000
To support printmaking education for art students at the Nixya'awii Community School, a charter high school located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Grant funds will be used to underwrite studio space, technical assistance, art and exhibition materials, advertising and public receptions. As many as 14 students will produce limited-edition linocut prints and exhibit their work in the Crow's Shadow gallery.

Dallas Downtown Association, Dallas, $5,100
To support the creation of a 15-by-60 foot mural in the historic area of Dallas. Based on an 1800s photo, the mural will depict a logging train pulling into the Dallas Station. The project will integrate art and history to celebrate 175 years of Dallas history in a highly accessible format while helping to preserve its historic core and increasing awareness of its role in the formation and growth of Polk County. Grant funds will support artist fees and supplies.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support "A Novel Idea," the Dechutes County Library's community reads program. Residents are encouraged to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. "A Novel Idea" broadens cultural, social, educational and economic engagement in community life by ensuring wide access and participation through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will be used to purchase books and support the author's honorarium.

Disability Art & Culture Project, Portland, $6,000
To support the Disability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival. The festival will include a DIY short film workshop, a panel on disability representation in film and TV, and eight hours of film that feature disabled filmmakers, actors or stories about disability. Grant funds will be used for our Reelabilities festival package; stipends for local filmmakers, theater space, closed captioning, audio description and ASL interpretation.

Film Action Oregon, Portland, $7,000
To support the Hollywood Theatre's Annex at the Portland International Airport (PDX), a project to transform an outdated business center at PDX into a multimedia arts space, facilitating experimentation, innovation and critical pedagogy via inspired collaborations between regional, national and international artists. Grant funds will be used to support artist residency activities through the first year of the Annex's programs.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support "The Big Read" in Wallowa County. More than 1,700 people of all ages from across the county will read Thorton Wilder's play "Our Town" and novella "The Bridge of San Louis Rey" and engage in activities that fight rural isolation, deepen the reading experience and create community. Grant funds will be used to purchase books, pay program staff salaries and promote the program across Wallowa County.

Friends of the Florence Events Center, Florence, $5,000
To support a public art project that was designed to promote economic vitality, improve access to art for underserved audiences and celebrate the Florence Events Center's 20th anniversary. Grant funds will pay artists' fees for "Dancing with Sea Lions," a project utilizing 20 artists to transform fiberglass Steller sea lion forms into dazzling, on-the-street public art. The finished pieces will be displayed on the Oregon coast from Newport to Reedsport, reaching an audience of more than 23,000 people.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support "Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression" which will connect the public to the arts by exploring the interdisciplinary programs of the era. The project is comprised of an exhibit tracing the federal government's support of the arts through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), contemporary art bridging the 1930s and today, and programs to bring this time period to life. Grant funds will be used to deliver community programs.

Jefferson Live!, Ashland, $7,000
To support restoration of the 1930 Holly Theatre in Medford, adapting it for use as a performance hall while preserving its historic elements. The Holly will expand cultural activities, serve a diverse population and revitalize an economically blighted neighborhood. Grant funds will the support planning and design work for the restoration as well as forensic paint analysis to restore decorative elements inside the theater.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $7,000
To support visual arts outreach to hospital patients, adults with dementia and their caregivers, victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and promoting general wellness for college students and community members. Grant funds will be used for artist fees, art supplies, programming and transportation reimbursements/free parking passes for participants traveling to the JSMA from memory care and assisted living facilities.

Klamath Art Association, Klamath Falls, $5,000
To support the creation of sculpture honoring Klamath Basin's biological and historical diversity in a city pocket park. The park will feature sculpture representing native wildlife, a timeline of historical events in the Klamath Basin and an engraved map showing the diversity of destinations within Klamath County. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees for sculpture.

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, $3,350
To support a collaborative production of "Sound of Nature, Sound of Art" in December of 2016. SONSOA will celebrate the beauty of Cascade Head and connect students with older adults through a shared cultural experience. A chamber music ensemble will play nature-inspired compositions while artists simultaneously create and audience members experience both. Grant funds will go toward musician fees and art supplies for two concert events.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland, $7,000
To support the Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The Tour brings award winners and finalists to 9 or 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at a community gathering. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will be used for author travel and expenses, promotion, and program staff time.

Living Stages Theater Inc, Portland, $7,000
To support the "Streets to Stages" program while strengthening partnerships with JOIN, Root Shock and the Bud Clark Commons' Theatre for Real Life to offer workshops at three sites. The program will train six community facilitators in interactive theatre techniques to present a weekend festival of new plays created by community members impacted by homelessness and displacement. Grant funds will support program coordination, artist stipends and participant support.

Media-Rites, Portland, $7,000
To support "Crossing East: Relations," a series of workshops and events addressing Asian American Pacific Islander stereotypes through a multimedia program in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. Participants will create artwork and help design a multimedia archive of Asian American/Pacific Islander oral histories as part of a 10th anniversary celebration of the Peabody-winning radio series Crossing East. Events held in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis will feature arts activities and community dialogue.

City of Milton-Freewater, Milton Freewater, $7,000
To support TALK PLAY DREAM: HABLAR JUGAR SO?'AR, a series of community events designed to bring disparate populations together to create and experience art and dream together about the town's future. Art events include creative workshops, pop up galleries and new performances by locals and visiting artists. Grant funds will be used to pay artists and cover overhead for these events (materials, space rental, equipment).

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland, $5,000
To support Milagro's Healthy Relationships Residency, a bilingual arts and health education residency in Umatilla County to include workshops and a play performance. Local partners will share resources related to sexual health and wellness. Grant funds will support contact hours of the teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Northwest Film Center, Portland, $6,600
To support the Heroes Magnifico Video Project, a collaboration with Milagro Theatre through which 40 low-income Latino youth in East Multnomah County will create short films about the values of self-sacrifice, family and hard work in their community. The project builds capacity through key partnerships and powerful media messaging. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, Spanish translation services and more than 20 free public screenings.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $6,000
To support the Coffee Creek Theater Arts (CCTA) program presented by Open Hearts Open Minds at the all-female correctional facility in Wilsonville. The program consists of a weekly dialogue group, creative exercises and theatre workshops for 18 residents. Grant funding will be used for two program facilitators, guest artists, costumes, props, transportation, DVDs for performance copies and office expense.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $7,000
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in partnership with the Latino Network/UNIDOS to provide workshops, discussions, free tickets, a community reception and presentation by playwright Luis Alfaro. Grant funds will support theatrical storytelling training for UNIDOS members during their visit to OSF.

Port Orford Revitalization Association, Port Orford, $4,450
To support additional murals for the town's business district and murals at the Port to integrate the area with Main Street and provide artistic signage to promote the newly designated ARTS district. This project follows on the success of a 2014 mural project to use the arts as an economic driver and to create a more vibrant, livable and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Grant funds will support supplies, artist fees and mural installations.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support Lan Su's celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2016. Grant funds will be used for artist stipends, publicity an interactive family guide for visitors, production equipment rental, and arts and crafts materials.

Sisters of the Road, Portland, $5,000
To support "On the Ground," a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland from the perspective of people with this lived experience. The project will increase public understanding of homelessness by hosting several public screenings with facilitated discussion and developing a companion curriculum for teachers to use in high schools. Grant funds will be used to pay for artist fees, technical fees and staff time.

Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics, Springfield, $3,000
To support "A3 Composition Project," a collaboration with Delgani String Quartet and Wildish Theater. Members of Delgani will work with students at the Academy on new compositions for public performance at Wildish Theater. Grant funds will be used to help cover artist fees and administrative costs. The intended audience to be served includes student at the Academy and members of the greater Eugene-Springfield community.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Grant funds will be used for staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in Washington County, to train volunteer facilitators, to support workshop participants and the facilitators, and to purchase materials for the workshops such as snacks, journals and bus tickets (to keep the workshops free and accessible for participants).

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

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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***Update*** Two Killed In Crash With Parked Semi Truck - Grants Pass 01/08/2016 --Suspect in Custody
Oregon State Police - 01/22/16 12:21 PM
On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, MEGAN BECKLUND, age 32, from Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, JEREMY PEARSON, age 36, from Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

On January 22nd, 2016, at 10:18a.m., Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrested GABRIEL LOVELL, age 43, from Grants Pass, on the following charges:

2 Counts of Manslaughter in the first degree
Failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons -- Felony

LOVELL was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

No further information for release.

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Previous New Release 1/12/16:

OSP Seeks Public Assistance with the fatal crash investigation that occurred on Friday night.
The driver of a 1998 Ford F150 (gold extra cab) fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person that may have seen the Ford F150 prior to the crash, saw it at the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement, or picked up a hitch hiker in the area is asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center 541-440-3333.
This is an ongoing investigation more information will be released when it is available.

Previous Release 01/08/16:

On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L BECKLUND, age 32, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, Jeremy C PEARSON, age 36, of Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

The driver has been identified but in efforts not to compromise the investigation, his name is being withheld at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Board of Forestry to hold Executive Session January 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/22/16 9:52 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold an executive session on Jan. 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, Tillamook Room, 2600 State St. The executive session is being held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h) to consult with attorneys regarding legal rights and duties in regard to current, or likely to be filed litigation.

>ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregon.gov/odf.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 5 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/22/16 7:39 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 5 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Thu. 01/21/16
Deputies Search for missing female who has Dementia *** PHOTO ATTACHED *** (Photo) ***UPDATE 1 ***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/21/16 9:53 PM
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All is well as Joyce Stephenson has been located safe and sound. She was found inside of a local grocery store which she apparently received a ride to from a citizen.
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75 year old Joyce Stephenson has walked away from her adult care home in the 4700 block of Oak Park Dr NE, Salem. She was last seen about 5:45 pm and is described as a white female 5 feet 3 inches, 185 pounds, gray hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knit sweater, blue scrub pants, and white sleepers and is carrying a large black backpack.

Deputies are actively searching the area and are asking for the public to keep an eye out. If you see Joyce or anyone you think resembles her description, please don't hesitate to call 911. We ask that you maintain a visual, at least, of her to direct deputies to her location.

Our team of search and rescue personnel are currently enroot to help coordinate this active search.

If and when there is any additional information, we will release it.


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Critical Injury Crash Highway 20 Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/21/16 4:57 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings critical injury crash on Highway 20 west of Sweet Home.

On January 21, 2016 at approximately 6:55 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined a 1998 International Utility Truck, operated by ROBERT MAYFIELD, age 54, from Sweet Home, was westbound on Highway 20 when it crossed from its lane of travel and crossed the center turn lane. MAYFIELD'S truck continued into the eastbound lane where it collided head-on into a 2011 Kenworth log truck, operated by NEIL NIGHTENGALE, age 39, from Sweet Home. A 2003 Subaru Legacy, operated by DAVID BRIGGS, age 59, from Lebanon, was eastbound and collided into NIGHTENGALE'S truck after the initial crash occurred.

Both MAYFIELD and NIGHTENGALE sustained critical injuries in the crash. MAYFIELD was transported by Life Flight Emergency Air Ambulance to Salem Hospital and was later transferred to OHSU in Portland. NIGHTENGALE was transported by REACH Air Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. BRIGGS did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is unknown why MAYFIELD'S truck crossed into the on-coming lane. Seat belt usage is still being determined. Highway 20 was closed at the location for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sweet Home Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Northwest Firefighters.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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Cannabis Research Task Force to meet January 26
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 4:40 PM
January 21, 2016

What: The third and final meeting of the Oregon Task Force on Researching the Medical and Public Health Properties of Cannabis -- the Cannabis Research Task Force. It is open to the public.

Agenda: Discuss recommendations for structuring and funding research on medical properties of cannabis; assess potential of locating cannabis grow site for research; review draft of baseline report due to Legislature by Feb. 1.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 4-7 p.m. A public comment period will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Oregon State University, Hallie Ford Center, Room 115, 2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

Details: For more information, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Office of the State Public Health Director at 971-673-1222 or health.webmaster@state.or.us, or visit the Cannabis Research Task Force website at healthoregon.org/mmjtaskforce.

Background: Senate Bill 844, passed in 2015, created the Cannabis Research Task Force to study and publish a report on the development of a medical cannabis industry that provides patients with medical products meeting individual patient needs. The task force consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor.

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OHA Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets January 28
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 4:24 PM
January 21, 2016

What: The monthly meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda: Review purpose and agenda; review and approve November 19, 2015, draft meeting minutes; update on marijuana rulemaking process, Senate Bill 844 and universal symbol; review baseline report "Monitoring Marijuana Use, Attitudes, Health Effects"; wrap-up and future topics; public comment.

When: Thursday, January 28, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

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

Why: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based at the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use, and impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. People who need alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical access, or other reasonable accommodations should call 971-673-0984 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information about the committee, visit the committee's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.aspx.

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OSP Employee Pleads Guilty to Assault IV Charge-Washington County
Oregon State Police - 01/21/16 3:26 PM
The Oregon State Police has been monitoring the ongoing criminal investigation and is aware that Senior Trooper James Duncan pleaded guilty today in Washington County Circuit Court to Assault in the fourth degree. The Department was advised of the conduct on October 20, 2015 and immediately placed Senior Trooper Duncan on administrative leave, pending the adjudication of the criminal investigation that was completed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Senior Trooper Duncan's plea arises from off-duty conduct that was not related to his official police duties. Senior Trooper Duncan will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel review related to this matter. Senior Trooper Duncan has been employed by the Department since March 1, 1998 and is currently stationed at the North Plains worksite.

Any further questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

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FBI Statement on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/21/16 2:28 PM
The FBI recognizes that many in the community have questions about why we are here and our role in helping to end the occupation of the wildlife refuge. We are here to work closely with Sheriff Ward and our local, state and federal partners to protect the safety and welfare of this community. This occupation has caused tremendous disruption and hardship for the people of Harney County, and our response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution.
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet January 22
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 1:31 PM
Updated to correct listen-only conference line number and participant code.

January 21, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information and accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee. The primary focus of the meeting will be to make recommendations on Year 3 of the program, including program structure, benchmarks, and discussion of a potential Opioid measure. Public testimony will be heard at 1:05 p.m.

When: Friday, January 22, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 Southwest Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Corrected: Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 22 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 1:13 PM
Updated to show correct participant code for listen-only conference line.

January 20, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee. Public testimony will be heard at 10:45 a.m.

When: Friday, January 22, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 604-851.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; presentation on 2015 Mid-Year Health System Transformation Report; public testimony; initial discussion on framework and mechanics for CCO incentive program under new waiver.

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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97th Class of 9-1-1 Telecommunicators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/21/16 1:10 PM
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you the graduation for Basic Telecommunications #97 class.

When: 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 29, 2016

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

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

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

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

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


Members of Basic Telecommunication Class 97

Dispatcher Caitlynn Brown
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Kaila Cameli
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Lindsey Corley
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Taylor Davidson
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Marcus Dennard
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Rachel Girard
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Jelani Greenidge
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Courtney Gunderson
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Christina Hill
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Christian Holden
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jessica Jones
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Christina Kent
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Kari Lawson
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Jessi Leppla
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Keri Nielsen
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Aretha Pearson
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Patrick Schacht
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Michael Shambaugh
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Sabrina Spittles
Tillamook County 911

Dispatcher Christina Swan
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Andrea Walsh
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Andrea Williams
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Brittany Wright
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service (Photo)
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PR 03-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service

The Dalles, Ore. -- The Northwest transmission grid took a big step into the future today with the $370 million modernization of a one-of-a-kind piece of infrastructure, the Celilo Converter Station.

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer called Celilo's return to commercial operation "an important moment for infrastructure development in the region." Construction began in the fall of 2014, and the station had been out of service since October for final installation and comprehensive testing of its customized new equipment.

The unique converter station, owned by the Bonneville Power Administration, tames and transforms high volumes of electricity flowing through the northern end of the Pacific Direct Current Intertie. The 846-mile electron super-highway, the longest commercial transmission line of its kind in the nation, connects the Northwest with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at Sylmar, Calif. The intertie provides affordable energy, reliability and cost benefits to customers at either end, and the electricity that flows from north to south is virtually carbon-free.

BPA, which funded the improvements, is also in the process of upgrading the 265-mile portion of intertie that it owns from the Columbia River to the Nevada-Oregon border.

"I am very proud of the talent and teamwork demonstrated by BPA and our partners that enabled us to hit this milestone so safely and successfully," Mainzer said. "Thanks to their ingenuity and dedication, a unique but aging collection of 20th-century technology has been transformed into a state-of-the-art asset to serve the Northwest and beyond for many years to come."

The modernization of the converter station -- including six massive new transformers, each weighing more than a Boeing 747 airliner -- anchors a $498 million package of BPA-funded grid upgrades to the northern leg of the PDCI. When the final phase of the overall project is completed this fall, the BPA transmission-line upgrades will raise the capacity of the intertie from 3,100 to 3,220 megawatts.

"BPA and its partners completed the work on this complex and challenging project on time and on budget, while achieving an outstanding safety record," said Richard Shaheen, BPA senior vice president of Transmission Services. "These significant steps to improve the backbone of the regional grid will both strengthen reliability and increase our capacity to deliver energy, contributing to the vitality of the Northwest. It's a great example of our strategic focus to ensure the long-term health and operational efficiency of our physical assets."

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said, "The Department of Energy commends the effective partnership among Bonneville Power Administration, its contractors and its Southwest utility partners in enhancing a major transmission link in the West. This accomplishment is an example of the types of infrastructure advancement that will help the region and our nation maintain economic vitality in a changing energy market."

The Pacific Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage direct current system (HVDC), was a marvel and a model when it was energized in 1970. Direct-current systems can move large amounts of electricity over long distances more efficiently than alternating current lines of a similar length because less power is lost to the air as heat along the way.

That electrical feat, and the intricate technology that supports it, attracts utility representatives, government officials and business people from as far away as Africa and Asia to visit Celilo. But after more than four decades of vigorous, dependable service, the vintage equipment at the converter station had far surpassed its operational life span and was due for a transformation of its own.

"The new equipment not only supports the western transmission grid with greater security, reliability, capacity and flexibility, but will be able to work harder," Shaheen added. Keeping the previous equipment in safe operating condition required shutting down the intertie for several weeks of maintenance each year. The next-generation equipment, much of it digital, needs far less routine upkeep, reducing outages and costs while improving performance for customers.

"The Pacific Direct Current Intertie has a great value for the entire West," said Mukhles Bhuiyan, manager of grid planning and development at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "We appreciate BPA's leadership and investment in modernizing the northern anchor of our mutual resource."

To see a time-lapse video of the massive new transformers being shipped from the manufacturer in Sweden to the United States and up the Columbia River by barge to The Dalles, Ore., visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_f0BF0pvY.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Public comment accepted on proposed Scenic Bikeway rule revisions
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/21/16 12:03 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is accepting public comment through March 25, 2016, on proposed rule changes to the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program. The proposed revisions reflect current program procedures and change Scenic Bikeway Committee membership to include more diverse representation. The proposed changes also clarify the role of the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council in designating a scenic bikeway.

Visit http://bit.ly/oprdrulemaking to review the entire draft of proposed rule changes and to comment.

The Scenic Bikeways program was established in 2009 and the Scenic Bikeway Committee oversees the program for rating and managing bikeways. Thirteen scenic bikeways are designated statewide.
Oakridge Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for field trips, school supplies and outdoor school.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/21/16 9:30 AM
Oakridge, Oregon -- Oakridge Parent Teacher Organization partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for field trips, school supplies and outdoor school.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Oakridge Elementary School, located at 48119 E 1st Street, Oakridge. They will be collecting donations between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on January 28, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Heather White at 541-520-1493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Lebanon Fire Responds to serious traffic collision on Hwy 20 (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 01/21/16 9:29 AM
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On Thursday morning a vehicle crash between an unloaded log truck and heavy service truck occurred on Highway 20 between Lebanon and Sweet Home near Bauman's Mill. Upon arrival fire and medical crews determined that there were two critical patients both trapped in their vehicles. Mutual aid from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance was requested for help with extrication. Reach Air Medical and Lifeflight helicopters were called to the scene for transport of the patients. One patient was taken to Corvallis and one patient to Salem. Lebanon Fire District crews were on scene for an hour and a half. OSP is on scene investigating the crash.


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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 28
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 9:18 AM
January 21, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC), which advises the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) on program and budget matters. Agenda items include updates on the Revised Indoor Clean Air Act and health communications; and tobacco prevention policy options.

When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor and made up of private organizations and state agencies dedicated to reducing the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use. This is a public meeting.

Details: Please note that space is limited. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. People who need alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical access, or other reasonable accommodations should call 971-673-0984 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Wed. 01/20/16
Fatal Crash Highway 66 in Jackson County-Missing Person Located
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 3:48 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 66 in Jackson County.

On January 20, 2016 at about 10:00 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 66 near milepost 10. Once on scene, OSP troopers found a 2004 Honda CRV that was off the roadway a considerable distance upside down in a creek. The sole occupant in the Honda CRV, JANIS BRONSON, age 64, from Ashland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. BRONSON was listed as a missing person by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators determined that BRONSON'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 66 near milepost 10 and failed to negotiate a curve. BRONSON'S vehicle left the roadway and went down an embankment and traveled through a field. The vehicle continued and collided with a tree and came to an uncontrolled rest upside down in a small creek. BRONSON was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Ashland Fire Department.

Questions in regards to the Missing Person investigation should be directed to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

No Photographs for release.

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Smoke Management Committee to meet Jan. 28, Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/20/16 1:48 PM
A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Pace and scale of forest restoration burning
- Field (fuels) coordinator position status
- Updated smoke management brochures
- "Polyethylene on piles" study project review and update
- New smoke management data system development update

The meeting agenda can be viewed online at:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Santiam Room - Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10:10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.
Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County- Update Suspects in Custody
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 12:23 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup, operated by JESSUP BITTNER, age 41, from the Eugene area, on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. BITTNER attempted to elude the trooper in the Ford pickup and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area BITTNER and a female identified as MELISSA KITTELL, age 44, from the Eugene area, exited the Ford pickup and fled on foot. BITTNER unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and fled west on foot with KITTELL. The victim of the attempted carjacking did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers along with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department set up a perimeter in the area. The Salem Police Department deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female.

An OSP airplane was dispatched to the location and was able to observe BITTNER and KITTELL from the air. The OSP airplane was able to direct officers and a Linn County Sheriff's Office Patrol Boat to the area that BITTNER and KITTELL were in. Officers were deployed from the patrol boat and were able to get into the area where BITTNER and KITTELL were last seen. A short time later, the Salem PD Patrol K9 located BITTNER and KITTELL. BITTNER sustained multiple dog bites from the patrol K9.

At 11:18 a.m. BITTNER and KITTELL were taken into custody. BITTNER and KITTELL are being treated at a local hospital. BITTNER for dog bite wounds and hypothermia, KITTELL for hypothermia.

BITTNER will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle and on Foot and Reckless Driving. KITTELL will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot. Any other pending crimes will be referred to the Marion County DA for consideration.

Questions related to Salem Police Departments Patrol K-9 program need to be directed to the SPD Public Information Officer.

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Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 11
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/20/16 12:00 PM
It's a day to pause and reflect on why workplace safety and health matter. It's a day to turn that reflection into sustained action to prevent on-the-job injury, illness, and death.

Employers across Oregon are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon, the Wednesday, May 11, event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health in shielding workers from harm. Now in its 13th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"Safety Break is an opportunity for employers to remind their workers, and themselves, about the importance they attach to safety in the workplace," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "A safety stand-down such as this provides an opportunity to celebrate past successes, to reflect about the remaining challenges, and to share a renewed commitment for the future."

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 pizza luncheons when they sign up online (http://www.orosha.org/admin/safetybreak/safetybreak-signup.html) by Wednesday, May 4. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://www.orosha.org/subjects/safetybreak.html.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit http://www.orosha.org/ or find us at https://www.facebook.com/oregonosha.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
North Bend School District / North Bend Police Department - Joint Press Release 1/20/16
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 01/20/16 11:21 AM
North Bend, OR -- At 9:34 a.m. on 01/20/16, North Bend Police Department received information that a child may have been in possession of a stolen firearm. That child is a student at North Bend Middle School.

While no information existed to say that the firearm was taken to school, erring on the side of safety, North Bend Middle School went into lockdown. The child was removed from class and questioned by authorities. Searches were conducted. No indication exists that a weapon is or was ever at the school.

Lockdown was lifted and school resumed. Further investigation is continuing into the information provided about the child. The child has been removed from the school pending that investigation.

Authority:

Robert Kappelman Bill Yester
Chief of Police School District Superintendent
North Bend Police Department North Bend School District
(541)756-3161 (541)756-2521
Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 10:45 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. The operator of the Ford pickup attempted to elude the trooper and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area a male and a female exited Ford pickup and fled on foot. The male unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and then fled west on foot. The male was described at about 6'0" with a medium build with short black hair and a mustache. The male was wearing a red jacket and jeans. The only description of the female is that she was wearing a dark colored jacket.

OSP troopers are being assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department. The Salem Police Department Deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female. The search is on-going at this time.

If anyone witnesses a male or female matching the description please call 9-1-1.

No further information for release at this time and this release will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Roseburg High School Opens Newly Remodeled Gym
Roseburg Sch. Dist. - 01/20/16 10:19 AM
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jill Weber, Roseburg High School Principal
Phone: 541-440-4142
Address: 400 W. Harvard Avenue, Roseburg Oregon 97471

Roseburg High School Opens Newly Remodeled Gym

Roseburg High School will be opening its doors to the newly remodeled gym on Wednesday, January 20th, for the first time this school year. The first event will be a wrestling dual meet against South Medford High School that will begin at 5:30 pm. On Friday, January 22nd, the RHS girls' basketball team will play against Willamette High School. The school district plans to honor those who have helped in making this project a success at half-time during that game. The girls' basketball game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm for those who would like to attend the ceremony. We encourage everyone to come out and see the newly remodeled facility.

Roseburg Public Schools received a $1.5 million grant from the Oregon Business Development Department Infrastructure Finance Authority's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program to help fund this project. The district has enjoyed the opportunity to take advantage of this grant and believes that in addition to the building enhancements making our facilities safer, they have also provided an improved venue for our athletes to participate in and our students to receive physical education and wellness instruction.

The school district is using the ceremony at half time to thank those directly involved in the project, and to thank the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program for their assistance in making this project a reality.
Oregon's Mid-year Health System Transformation report shows CCOs' continued progress
Oregon Health Authority - 01/20/16 10:05 AM
January 20, 2016

Oregon's mid-year Health System Transformation report lays out the progress of Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on key quality and financial measures. For the first time, the report includes two new measures: effective contraceptive use and dental sealants. This also is the first report to show results on a subset of measures for Oregonians enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan with disabilities, or with severe and persistent mental illness.

"Oregon's continuing progress in transforming health delivery for Oregonians is clear, and we appreciate the efforts of CCOs, health care professionals and providers reflected in our mid year report," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Based on this performance, incentive payments are made to CCOs and their partners and the Oregon Health Authority will continue to provide targeted technical assistance throughout the state. By providing CCOs with this support, we bring better health and better care at lower cost to Oregon Health Plan members." Oregon is staying within the budget that meets its commitment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce the growth in spending by 2 percentage points per member, per year.

The report, which covers July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, continues to show improvements for Oregon Health Plan members in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, decreased emergency department visits, and hospital admissions from chronic diseases:

-- Statewide, all-cause readmissions met the benchmark for the first time in mid-2015. Some patients who leave the hospital end up being admitted again shortly thereafter. Often, these costly and burdensome readmissions are avoidable. Reducing the preventable problems that send patients back to the hospital is the best way to keep patients at home and healthy. Oregon's CCOs started at a baseline of 12.9 percent in 2011. Today, readmissions are at 9.9 percent, surpassing the benchmark of 10.5 percent.
--Decreased emergency department visits. Emergency department visits by people served by CCOs has decreased 23 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes. The rate of adult patients (ages 18 and older) with diabetes who had a hospital stay because of a short-term problem from their disease dropped by 32 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased rate of hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The rate of adult patients (ages 40 and older) who had a hospital stay because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma decreased by 68 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Patient-centered primary care home (PCPCH) enrollment continues to increase. Coordinated care organizations continue to increase the proportion of members enrolled in a patient-centered primary care homes. PCPCH enrollment has increased 61 percent since 2012.

This report also includes two new metrics:

-- Statewide, the percentage of children ages 6-9 who received dental sealants increased by 25 percent between 2014 and mid-2015.

-- Effective contraceptive use among women at risk of unintended pregnancy, of all ages, remained fairly steady between 2014 and mid-2015, with rates hovering around 33 percent.

Find the full metrics report online at Health.Oregon.gov.

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Employment in Oregon December 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/20/16 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4 Percent in December

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in December 2015, from 5.7 percent in November 2015. This decrease moves Oregon's rate closer to the national level, as the U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5.0 percent in November and December. A year ago, in December 2014, Oregon's unemployment rate was significantly higher, at 6.7 percent.

Oregon's payroll employment rose by 2,300 in December, following an upwardly revised gain of 10,900 jobs in November. In December, manufacturing added 1,100 jobs, while government added 800. All of the other major industries performed close to their normal seasonal hiring pattern.

"Oregon's economy finished the year strong, adding 17,100 jobs in the last three months of 2015," said Nick Beleiciks, Oregon's state employment economist. "Job growth continues to be widespread, with most major sectors adding more jobs than they usually do this time of year."

Looking back over the most recent 12 months, Oregon's economy grew rapidly, adding 54,600 jobs in 2015. Oregon's 3.1 percent growth rate in nonfarm payroll employment was faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.9 percent.

Oregon's health care and social assistance grew the most during 2015, adding 10,100 jobs, or 4.6 percent. Two other major industries also expanded very rapidly with both growing at close to 4 percent: information (+1,300 jobs, or 4.0%) and professional and business services (+8,800 jobs, or 3.9%). Next in line were five major industries that each grew by between 3.0 percent and 3.5 percent. These included other services, construction, retail trade, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality. Five other major industries grew at least 2 percent. Mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%) was the only industry to lose jobs.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 26th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 1st.


Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry employment components.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2015 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

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


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Oregon National Guard to welcome home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/20/16 8:00 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to be welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, at 1:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control overseas, having previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1

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2nd Lt. Jamie Neal embraces her family as she returns from deployment with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Tech. Sgt. Jared Warner is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Airman 1st Class Matthew Williams is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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Message from Sheriff Ward (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.)
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/19/16 5:29 PM
We continue to work with our law-enforcement partners to protect the Harney County community during the armed and unlawful occupation occurring at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some events have occurred in the community involving criminals heading to or from the refuge. These are listed below:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation. The driver -- Dwane Kirkland, of Hamilton, Montana -- was arrested on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was in possession of a handgun and a rifle. The vehicle he was driving had switched plates and was uninsured.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 -- OSP arrested Kenneth Medenbach, of LaPine, at the Safeway in Burns. He was arrested on probable cause for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. OSP recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during this encounter.

Occupants of the second vehicle fled the scene before police arrival. The Sheriff's Office is working to identify and arrest these suspects. If you have any information, please contact the sheriff's office with tips at 541-573-1362.

Every time a trespasser from the refuge operates a vehicle that belongs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they are committing a crime. We will not tolerate it when they come into our community driving stolen vehicles.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 -- OSP discovered a traffic crash on Greenhouse Lane near Highway 20. An investigation revealed the driver -- Darrow Burke, of Ukiah, California -- lost control on an icy corner and rolled. He was not injured, but was cited for no operator's license. Mr. Burke told OSP troopers he had been at the refuge for the past week.

Law enforcement has also had multiple contacts with non-Harney County citizens who claim they are in the community to act as intermediaries between the FBI and the trespassers. Many of these people are armed with handguns and assault rifles. These persons -- as well as the trespassers -- are wearing police/military-style body armor when contacting law enforcement. They continue to conduct surveillance on law enforcement and have harassed members of the media.

We will continue to work with our partners to keep Harney County safe while the FBI works toward a peaceful resolution at the refuge. Additional law enforcement resources have been moved towards locations to be poised to react to any situation that may occur. This includes notifying the hospital of more people in town and ensuring they have the capability to handle any medical emergency.

Today's events include:

- Today at noon, a "Rally for Malheur" was held in cities throughout Oregon, hosted by the Audubon society.

- Tonight at 7 p.m., Harney County is hosting its second Community Meeting in the Burns High School gym. We encourage the community to show up to hear the latest updates and make your voices heard.

The Bundy group continues to break its repeated promises to leave the refuge if the community asked them to do so. On Monday, January 4, the community did just that -- and the Bundy group failed to leave.

I then personally met with Ammon Bundy, who has proclaimed to be the leader of the occupation, on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to discuss a peaceful resolution. I asked Ammon and his group to leave, which he stated he would not do. From that point forward, the occupiers at the refuge have been considered by law enforcement (local, state and federal) to be criminals -- and they need to vacate the refuge.

It's clear at this point that the Bundy group does not have the interests of Harney County in mind -- they're in it for their own agenda. We will continue to work to keep you safe while they continue to not keep their word.

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Armed Robbery Investigation (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/16 4:30 PM
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On January 18, 2016, at about 11:56 p.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a reported robbery that had just occurred at the Motel 6, located at 621 John Long Road, Yoncalla.

The motel manager, a 42 year old male, was at the front desk when he was confronted by a male suspect who was armed with a large knife. The suspect demanded money from the manager, and as the suspect was leaving with an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect shoved the manager to the floor. The suspect fled on foot.

Law enforcement searched the area but did not locate the suspect. A K-9 unit with the Roseburg Police Department also responded and assisted with the search.

The suspect is described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, tan shoes, black gloves and a red bandanna across his face. The suspect was approximately 5' 08" tall. He was armed with a large survival type knife that had holes cut in the center of the blade and a lime green handle.

The surveillance video can be seen at this link: http://www.dcso.com/videos/motel_6.mp4

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.


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Juvenile In Custody After Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/16 4:04 PM
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A 17 year old is in custody for Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Attempting to Elude the Police after a crash around 3:30 p.m. today. The male was seen driving his Subaru on Lancaster Drive NE near Ward drive by a Deputy assigned to our Traffic Safety Team. As the teenager was passing the motor officer he was accelerating rapidly and was already exceeding the 35 mile per hour speed limit by 10 miles per hour.

When the motor officer activated his lights the driver took off northbound and continued to accelerate. The motor officer radioed to another Deputy just up the road and gave out the cars description. The Deputy observed the car, activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver continued to drive recklessly and turned onto Portland Road NE.

A short time later the vehicle was found after it crashed into a fence and a speed limit sign on Kale Street near Cordon Road NE. The driver was arrested without incident and has been taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention. His two juvenile passengers were released to their parents, luckily no one was injured in the crash. The driver told Deputies he ran because he did not have a license or insurance for his vehicle.


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Coalition of Local Health Officials meets January 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/19/16 3:53 PM
January 19, 2016

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223; danna.k.drum@state.or.us

What: The monthly meeting of the Coalition of Local Health Officials. Members of the public may attend.

Agenda: Updates; CLHO committee appointments; OHA-Public Health Indirect Cost Rate Agreement; Public Health Modernization Assessment update; Public Health Advisory Board appointments update; Early Learning Council update; Local Government Advisory Committee update.

When: Thursday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Danna Drum at 971-673-1223 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The Coalition of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

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Marion County Establishes Through Truck Prohibition (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/16 3:35 PM
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In an effort to address the number of commercial trucks using Boones Ferry Road to bypass the state weigh scales on Interstate 5 and OR-99E, Marion County recently partnered with the City of Woodburn to establish a through truck prohibition on the portion of the road between Ehlen Road and OR-214. The prohibition is supported by the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners, which enacted orders permitting Public Works crews to post signs allowing the prohibition to be enforced.

The prohibition is intended for commercial motor vehicles that travel the entire length of Boones Ferry Road between Ehlen Road and OR-214 and do not have a destination on the route. The prohibition will not apply to school buses or commercial vehicles that that have a legitimate personal or business related purpose located along the route. Through trucks should utilize Interstate 5 or OR-99E, which are designated freight routes, to travel through the area.

Marion County sign crews have posted signs notifying drivers of the restriction. Yellow NO THRU TRUCKS warning signs are posted on Ehlen Road, Settlemier Road, and OR-214 to provide advance notification of the prohibition. White regulatory signs are posted on either end of the portion of Boones Ferry Road that is subject to the prohibition. The prohibition will be enforced by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Weighmaster teams.

For questions concerning the through truck prohibition, contact Julia Uravich, Traffic Engineer at 503-588-5036.


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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/19/16 8:24 AM
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training
Update Agenda for January 28, 2016 Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. For further information, please contact Theresa Janda at (503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Board Member -- Jeff Hering, Detective, Tigard Police Department.

2. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes
Approve minutes from the October 22, 2015 meeting.

B. OAR 259-008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Pulled from Consent agenda for clarification -- see Item #3 Below
Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

C. OAR 259-008-0005 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Senate Bill 239 Review, For Reserve Officer Minimum Standards Changes

D. OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change
Physical Standards Review, Public Comment

E. OAR 259-060-0060 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Armed Annual Refresher Course Review, For Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors Changes

F. OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Inactive Status Review, For Private Investigator Statutory Requirements Changes

G. OAR 259-061-0018 et al -- Proprosed Rule Change
House Bill 3487 Review, For Private Investigator Contracts and Conduct Requirements Changes

H. Nicholas Alexander DPSST# 55178 (Department of Corrections) - Not Deny Application for Training
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

I. David Schwarm DPSST#13726 -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

J. Tina Latendresse DPSST#53701 (Hillsboro Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

K. Bryan T. Levigne DPSST#38491 -- Not Deny Eligibility to Re-apply for Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

L. Brandon L. Hanes DPSST1#47532 (Salem Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

M. Paul Rubenstein DPSST#10756 (Cornelius Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

N. Shaylee Robanske-Hess DPSST#36099 (Bureau of Emergency Comm.) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on November 10, 2015.

O. Thomas Kipp DPSST#20794 -- Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

P. Joseph G. Hernandez PSID#51239 -- Approve Civil Penalty
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

Q. 2015 Alarm Monitor Training and Testing Measures Changes -- Approve
Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

R. Police Carer Officer Development (PCOD) Curriculum Changes -- Approve
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

S. Basic Parole & Probation Changes -- Approve
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

3. OAR 259 -008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change -- (pulled from consent agenda)
Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

4. Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination -- Deputy Gil Datan -- Coos Co SO
Unanimous vote to recommend approval to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

5. Medical Waiver - Nicole Rickart DPSST#55727 (Possible Executive Session)

6. DPSST Fingerprint Authority -- Proposed Legislative Concept for 2017 session
Determine whether to approve filing the proposed legislative concept for 2017 legislative session

7. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
Corrections Policy Committee -- Brian Burger, Chair
Fire Policy Committee -- Joe Seibert, Chair
Police Policy Committee -- Kent Barker, Chair
Private Security Policy Committee -- Bill Geiger, Chair
Telecommunications Policy Committee -- Kelly Dutra, Chair

9. Next Meeting Date: April 28, 2016




Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 28, 2016 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Board Member - Jeff Hering, Detective, Tigard Police Department.

2. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote) A. Minutes Approve minutes from the October 22, 2015 meeting.

B. OAR 259-008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

C. OAR 259-008-0005 et al - Proposed Rule Change Senate Bill 239 Review, For Reserve Officer Minimum Standards Changes

D. OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change Physical Standards Review, Public Comment

E. OAR 259-060-0060 et al - Proposed Rule Change Armed Annual Refresher Course Review, For Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors Changes

F. OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change Inactive Status Review, For Private Investigator Statutory Requirements Changes

G. OAR 259-061-0018 et al - Proposed Rule Change House Bill 3487 Review, For Private Investigator Contracts and Conduct Requirements Changes

H. Nicholas Alexander DPSST# 55178 (Department of Corrections) - Not Deny Application for Training Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

I. David Schwarm DPSST#13726 - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

J. Tina Latendresse DPSST#53701 (Hillsboro Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

K. Bryan T. Levigne DPSST#38491 - Not Deny Eligibility to Re-apply for Certification Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

L. Brandon L. Hanes DPSST1#47532 (Salem Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

M. Paul Rubenstein DPSST#10756 (Cornelius Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

N. Shaylee Robanske-Hess DPSST#36099 (Bureau of Emergency Comm.) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on November 10, 2015.

O. Thomas Kipp DPSST#20794 - Not Revoke Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

P. Joseph G. Hernandez PSID#51239 - Approve Civil Penalty Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

Q. 2015 Alarm Monitor Training and Testing Measures Changes - Approve Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

R. Police Career Officer Development (PCOD) Curriculum Changes - Approve Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

S. Basic Parole & Probation Changes - Approve Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

3. Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination - Deputy Gil Datan - Coos Co SO Unanimous vote to recommend approval to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

4. DPSST Fingerprint Authority - Proposed Legislative Concept for 2017 session Determine whether to approve filing the proposed legislative concept for 2017 legislative session

5. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

6. Policy Committee Update

7. Next Meeting Date: April 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Fire Program Review Committee meets Jan. 21 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/19/16 8:10 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Fire Program Review Committee, whose primary purpose is to seek ideas to address challenges posed by increasing wildfire severity, will meet from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 in Salem. The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room at the ODF offices, located at 2600 State St., in Building C.

Agenda items include:
Discussions about a sustainable fire organization and large fire funding, including the 2016 catastrophic insurance process
Updates from working groups on policy options and possible recommendations

The Fire Program Review Committee is comprised of forest landowners, wildland fire professionals, elected officials, and other stakeholders and advises ODF in its effort to develop and implement an agency initiative that builds toward a more sustainable fire organization, and large fire funding framework. The committee will focus its efforts on providing recommendations for the 2016 fire season as well as long-term goals for wildfire management and budget development.

Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Additional information about the committee can be found online at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FireProgramReview.aspx.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 01/19/16 7:25 AM
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors January 25, 2016
Mon. 01/18/16
Corvallis Police Arrest Two in Connection to Homicide
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 6:28 PM
On January 18, 2016, at about 1:45pm, 43 year old Michael A. Deyette II was arrested on a Benton County Circuit Court warrant for Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The arrest was in relation to the homicide of 29 year old Jason Scott Williams outside Shari's restaurant on January 15.

Deyette was arrested outside a residence in Forest Grove with the assistance of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Forest Grove Police Department. Deyette was arrested without incident. Search warrants were served at two locations in Forest Grove. Deyette was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged on $1,000,000 bail.

Also arrested in this case was 35 year old Brooklyn F. Sheppard of Forest Grove. At about 6:25pm, Shepard was arrested for one count of Murder under an aid and abet theory. She was lodged at the Benton County Jail. Shepard was present on the night of the shooting at Shari's and was injured at the scene. Shepard and Deyette are neighbors, and are romantically involved.

Deyette was linked to the crime by a piece of forensically analyzed evidence discovered at the scene.

Deyette and Shepard's initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court will be January 19, 2016, at 1:20pm.

Mug-shot photos will be available at the following link:

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_custody_list

The Corvallis Police Department would like to thank the community and all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted in the investigation.
Corvallis Homicide Update @ 5:45
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 5:50 PM
For investigative purposes the updated release scheduled for 5:30pm must be delayed. The release is anticipated to be made around 6:30pm.
Corvallis Homicide Update
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 4:06 PM
Corvallis Police will be releasing an update regarding the Homicide outside Shari's Restaurant on January 15, 2016. The update is anticipated by 5:30pm.
Sun. 01/17/16
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in Umpqua, Ore.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/17/16 6:19 PM
Today at approximately 4:45 p.m., disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 23300 block of Tyee Road in Umpqua, Ore. This residential fire affected one adult and four pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.RedCross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
***Photos Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 20 Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/17/16 3:26 PM
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Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene and was identified as Rodney A STAMBAUGH, age 54, of Sisters. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Preliminary information indicates STAMBAUGH was traveling eastbound on Highway 20, when for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a tree. The road conditions at the time of the crash was black ice.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.


End Release

Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, an adult male, was deceased when crews arrived. The family of the deceased has not yet been notified.

The current road conditions were black ice. OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91200/IMG954089_2.jpg , 2016-01/1002/91200/IMG_4090.jpg
Gold Beach Man Dies Following Crash On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/17/16 3:24 PM
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On January 17, 2016 at about 11:45AM, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 336 (five miles south of Gold Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2007 Gulfstream motorhome was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and crashed into the ditch. An OSP Patrol Sergeant and an off duty nurse were first on scene and provided CPR to the driver until medical personnel arrived.

The driver, Michael K GILLETTE, age 64, of Brookings, was transported to Curry General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is speculated by medical personnel that GILLETTE had a medical emergency prior to the crash. The 3 year old passenger, GILLETTE's grandson was not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Gold Beach Fire. More information will be released when it is available.


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Sat. 01/16/16
Corvallis Shooting Update 1/16/16 @3:45pm
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 3:44 PM
Corvallis Police investigators, with assistance of multiple local law enforcement agencies, continue to investigate the homicide of Jason Scott Williams. There is no new information for release at this time. The tip line for this case remains in operation; however, the number has changed to 541-766-6913. If you have any information please call the tip line 24 hours a day.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Asking for the Public's Assistance with Poaching Case in Baker County
Oregon State Police - 01/16/16 2:08 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of five (5) mule deer outside of Baker City, within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County.

On December 1, 2015 OSP was notified of three dead mule deer, two of the deer were mule deer bucks with their heads removed, the third was a mule deer doe. The deer were unlawfully killed off of the main Lookout Mountain road.

During the investigation it was determined that there were a minimum of five mule deer and one wild turkey that were killed at this location. Four of the five deer were bucks with their heads removed. All five deer were left to waste. The deer are believed to have been killed during the week of Thanksgiving.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867.

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Corvallis Police Release Name of Victim in Shooting
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 10:03 AM
On January 15, 2016, at about 7:45pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of NW 9th St., near Shari's restaurant. When officers arrived they located two victims who had sustained injuries from gunfire while in the parking lot of the restaurant. One victim sustained a non-life threatening injury, the other victim died at the scene.

The deceased victim has been identified as 29 year old Jason Scott Williams of Corvallis. Williams died at the scene from injuries he sustained during the shooting. An autopsy will be performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland.

A second 35 year old female victim from Forrest Grove, also sustained a minor injury during the shooting. She was transported from the scene to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center via ambulance. She was treated for her injuries and later released. Her name is being withheld at this time.

The second female victim and Williams are acquaintances, and had been at the restaurant together prior to the shooting.

At this time the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Corvallis Police, Benton County Sheriff's Deputies, Benton County Search and Rescue and the Linn Benton Major Crime Team continue to investigate and search for evidence at the scene.

Corvallis Police continue to ask for anyone with information, or who may have seen something suspicious around the time of the shooting, to call 541-766-6913.

Corvallis Police will continue to update the community as new information is available for release.
Shooting Update as of 1:20am
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 1:22 AM
Corvallis Police will continue to investigate the shooting incident on NW 9th St. through the night. There are no additional details available for release tonight.

Investigators continue to request anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area of the shooting please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be after 8:00am.
Fri. 01/15/16
Shooting Update as of 11:30pm
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 11:41 PM
There is no new information to release at this time. Investigators continue to actively investigate and process the crime scene. If anyone has information, or observed something suspicious in the area of the shooting, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be at 12:30am.
Shooting Update as of 10:30pm
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 10:34 PM
Investigators are still actively processing the scene of the shooting on NW 9th St. At this time the identities of the involved parties is not available for release, and the next of kin has yet to be contacted. There is no suspect in custody.

The next update will be at 11:30pm.
Corvallis Police Investigating Shooting Incident
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 9:27 PM
On January 15, 2016, at about 7:45pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of NW 9th St. This was not a law enforcement involved shooting. An investigation at the scene is underway. At this time there is one person who is deceased, and one other individual receiving treatment for unknown injuries.

Officers are currently on scene investigating the circumstances that led up to this incident. The investigation is considered a homicide at this time. Please stay out of the area and allow investigators to continue working the crime scene.

If you have information regarding this incident, or witnessed something in the area, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be at 10:30pm.
Attempted Arson Investigation Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/15/16 7:09 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Arson Detectives are seeking the public's assistance regarding an Attempted Arson Investigation in the Cave Junction area.

Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on January 14, 2016 and 8:00 a.m. on January 15, 2016, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to set fire to the Community Bible Church in Cave Junction. The suspect(s) attempted to set the south entrance wood doors on fire using an unknown accelerant. The fire self-extinguished leaving fire damage to the wood doors and minor damage to the carpeting just inside the doors. Detectives are processing evidence left behind that was not damaged by the fire and are reviewing video footage in hopes of identifying the suspect(s).

If anyone has information on the fire or the suspect(s) you are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police at (541) 664-4600 and leave your information for Detective Keller.

There is a possible reward through the Oregon State chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) for the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for setting the fire.

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Release from Harney County regarding Fairgrounds
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 6:37 PM
Attached is a news release from Harney County regarding the Fairgrounds.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91181/Harney_Co_Press_Release_-_Fairgrounds_1-15-2016.pdf
Streets back open in Lebanon after brief closure in Lebanon
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/15/16 4:28 PM
Oregon state police has arrived and the suspicious device has been removed.
Traffic is now back to normal in the area of Main Street from Airport Road through Second Street. Thank you for your patience.
Long Term Care Quality Steering Committee to meet February 1 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/15/16 4:11 PM
The Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee is planning on meeting on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Department of Human Services offices, second floor, VCON Room, 4074 Winema Place, Salem.

Agenda items include: agenda review; announcements and member items, public comment; subcommittee report about what data would be helpful, data locations and what education efforts should be considered; future work and priority discussion; and QCK grant timeline.

Public comment is expected to begin at about 9:45 a.m.

Interested people can also call in to the meeting: 1 888-363-4735, participant code: 3439085; host code for staff only: 1601.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Governor's Commission on Senior Services -- Executive Committee to meet January 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/15/16 4:07 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services -- Executive Committee meeting is planned for
Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 165,
Summer St. NE, Salem.
Agenda items include: Executive Committee business; legislative business; and the agenda for
The February 18, 2016 full commission meeting
The public is invited to attend. Or, interested people you may call into the meeting at the following number: 1-888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Release from the Burns Paiute Tribe
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 3:57 PM
The attached is a news release, resolution, and protection of cultural resources on behalf of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91173/Malheur_NWR_press_release_-_cultural_res_(2016-01-15).pdf
$50,000 Powerball means a buzz cut (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/15/16 3:38 PM
Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
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January 15, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Even though Lee Palmer of Coos Bay won $50,000 playing Powerball Wednesday night, it was his wife, Dominique, who really won.

"When I realized I won, I knew we were going to take pictures, so I shaved off my Mohawk," Lee said, proudly showing pictures of the haircut he gave himself. "It was a mess, but I liked it."

Dominique didn't share Lee's opinion of the Mohawk. However, both were excited when they found out that they had matched four numbers and the power ball Wednesday night.

"We were out and didn't check the tickets until 10," Lee said. "We immediately starting thinking about what we could do with the money. It's a blessing."

The Palmers said they were going to pay off bills and be very conservative with their winnings. The couple took home a little more than $33,000 after taxes.

Lee purchased the quick pick Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven in Coos Bay along Highway 101 on his way to work.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

One of the $50,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Portland has yet to be claimed.

The numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

"With the number of sales we had, there were a lot of tickets sold," said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. "The remaining winning ticket could be hanging on a refrigerator somewhere and it hasn't been checked, we don't know."

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

The three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

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

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
Harney County - Individual arrested in connection with stolen refuge vehicles
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 2:02 PM
An individual is in custody in connection with stolen Malheur National Wildlife Refuge vehicles.

Shortly after noon on Friday, January 15, 2016, Oregon State Police arrested Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent, Oregon, at the Safeway in Burns, Oregon. He was arrested on probable cause for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Law enforcement officers recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had previously reported the vehicles stolen to the Harney County Sheriff's Office.

OSP troopers and deputies from several county Sheriff's offices responded to the scene.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful for the quick actions from law enforcement," said USFWS spokesperson Megan Nagel. "We will continue to work with law enforcement to recover vehicles bought and paid for by the American people to care for their national wildlife refuge."

Contact Info:
Harney County JIC
Phone: 541-573-1362
Email: PIO@co.harney.or.us
Twitter: @HarneyCoSheriff
Facebook: HarneyCoSheriff
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Albany
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/16 1:40 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 1900 block of Jackson St. in Albany, Ore. This single-family home fire affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
The Timber Ridge Drama Club is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for Annual School Play
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:04 AM
Albany, Oregon-- Timber Ridge Drama Club of Timber Ridge School partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the club's annual performance.

Timber Ridge Drama Club holds an annual performance every March. This year's performance is Do Wop Wed Widing Hood. This play will bring the audience back to the 50s for an original spin on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. The drama coordinators/teachers Shay Brunson and Katie Hobson along with parents donate their time to provide the students the opportunity to express their artistic side.

Each performance requires sets, props, and costumes. This year's performance will also require the purchase of new stage lights. We are excited to collaborate with our community and Clothes for the Cause to reach our goal of $750 which will help ensure 2016s performance of Do Wop Wed Widing Hood is a success.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Timber Ridge School located at 373 Timber Ridge St NE, Albany, OR 97322. They will be collecting donations between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on January 22, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Sarah Ciampa at 541-344-4332, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Oregon Powerball winners start claiming prizes (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/15/16 8:20 AM
Dave Braun of Veneta
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January 15, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Even though no one from Oregon won the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the Oregon Lottery offices were busy Thursday awarding $50,000 prizes to Oregonians. It's a reminder that you might have a Powerball ticket that's worth some cash.

Here are the winners who claimed $50,000 Powerball wins yesterday:

David Braun, Veneta, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Shyla Lemaster, Grants Pass, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Robert Padua, Salem, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Barbara Healey, Portland, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Thomas Winterberry, Canyonville, $50,000 Powerball win from the Saturday, Jan. 9 drawing.

Keisha Lopez, Gresham, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 drawing.


Healey opted to split the prize with her neighbors, Erica Johnson from Portland and Johnson's mother-in-law Shawna Johnson from Utah. After the split, and taxes, each took home approximately $11,000.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Oregon Lottery retailers sold seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

The winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night's drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.

The numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

"There are nine ways to win Powerball, it isn't just hitting all the numbers and the Powerball," said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. "So check your ticket! While $1.6 billion is life-changing, getting a $50,000, or even $100 check is a welcome windfall."

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

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

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Dave Braun of Veneta
Thu. 01/14/16
Federal Court Verdict in Oregon State Police Pursuit
Oregon State Police - 01/14/16 8:19 PM
The Oregon State Police have been informed of the jury verdict involving Justin Wilkens related to claims of excessive force stemming from his arrest in Lane County, Oregon on August 3, 2012.

The Oregon State Police is disappointed with the outcome and feels the actions of our Troopers clearly did not violate established procedures or tactics. In situations like these officers have milliseconds to make what may be life or death decisions and those officers should be shielded from the liability of civil damages.

The Oregon State Police is reviewing the verdict with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice as it relates to the possible next steps of this process.