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Deadly crash involving a motorized scooter
Salem Police Department - 05/22/24 8:30 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE:  May 22, 2024

Deadly crash involving a motorized scooter

Salem, Ore. — Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Liberty and River STS NE at approximately 9:45 a.m. today on the report of a collision involving a person riding an electric-powered chair and a car.

The initial investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team determined a woman on a motorized chair was attempting to cross Liberty ST from east to west when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Liberty ST. Witnesses reported the scooter operator entered the roadway close to oncoming traffic when the crash occurred.

The woman operating the motorized chair is identified as Lois Marie Randall, age 70. Randall was transported to Salem Health where she later died from injuries received in the collision.

The driver of the vehicle, Jami Lee Duhrkoop, age 36, remained at the scene after the crash. Duhrkoop is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Northbound Liberty ST between River and South STS was closed until 12:30 p.m. for investigation and clearing of the scene.

This morning’s traffic fatality is the thirteenth to occur in Salem since the start of the year.

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System updates help pave the way for upcoming renewals, ensuring health coverage retention
Oregon Health Authority - 05/22/24 5:03 PM

May 22, 2024 

Media contacts: 

Erica Heartquist, Oregon Health Authority, ica.J.Heartquist@oha.oregon.gov">Erica.J.Heartquist@oha.oregon.gov, 503-871-8843 

Jake Sunderland, Oregon Department of Human Services, land@odhs.oregon.gov">Jake.Sunderland@odhs.oregon.gov, 503-877-0170 

System updates help pave the way for upcoming renewals, ensuring health coverage retention 

SALEM, Ore. — With over 91 percent of the state’s 1.5 million renewals complete, more than four out of five Oregonians are keeping their Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or other Medicaid benefits.  

An update this month to the ONE Eligibility system will enable Oregon to use an improved process for the remaining renewals. These changes are a substantial set of small adjustments to the renewal process that together will make it easier for the people of Oregon to keep their medical benefits. 

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), which ended in April 2023, the federal government allowed states to keep people on Medicaid benefits. This ended when the pandemic emergency ended, so over the last year Oregon has been making sure everyone on OHP is still eligible. 

At this point in the PHE unwinding process: 

  • Just 443 members, about 0.03 percent, still need to respond to renewal requests. 
  • 7,473 members, about 0.5 percent, have responded to their renewal but are awaiting state action on the response. 
  • The remaining renewals, about 8.3 percent of the total, will occur over the summer. 

Oregon’s 82 percent renewal rate continues to be the third highest in a national comparison of state renewal rates by KFF, a nonpartisan health policy organization. Oregon’s high renewal rates are due to proactive efforts by the state to keep people covered, including extended response timelines, and the upcoming launch of OHP Bridge for adults with higher incomes. 

Members who have not received a renewal yet should: 

  • Keep their address and contact information up to date. 
  • Check their mail or ONE Online account for their renewal letter. 
  • Do what the renewal letter asks as soon as possible. Anyone concerned they missed their letter should get help with their renewal using one of the options listed below. 
  • Members who did not respond to renewals can still re-open their case three months after it closes if they are still eligible, and they can reapply at any time. 

Although most people are keeping coverage, approximately 240,000 people will lose or have reduced medical benefits and need to consider other coverage options. 

  • People who do not have coverage through an employer or Medicare may be able to enroll through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and get financial help. Most people who enroll through HealthCare.gov qualify for this help. 
  • The Marketplace is sending information to people who are no longer eligible for OHP benefits, advising of other potential coverage options. 
  • People who have recently lost OHP benefits can enroll anytime until November 30, 2024, or within 60 days of their benefits ending. 
  • For more information and ways to get help signing up for Marketplace, Medicare, or employer coverage, see “What to do if OHP is ending” below. 

Remaining renewals

Renewal letters will be sent to members in four waves between June and September. Members will still have 90 days to respond, and 60 days’ advance notice before any termination or reduction in benefits. This means the final responses would be due in December 2024, and the final closures will happen in February 2025. 

Data about pandemic unwinding renewals appears in the Medical Redeterminations Dashboard.  The dashboard data and these press releases will not include renewals for OHP members who have already renewed early in the unwinding process, who are coming up for renewal again. Over time, Oregon is switching to renewing most OHP members every two years instead of annually. 

May OHP renewal data

As of May 17, 2024, 1,323,772 people have completed the renewal process. This represents 91.2 percent of all OHP and Medicaid members. 

  • 1,085,635 people (82 percent) were renewed and kept their benefits. 
  • 224,014 people (16.9 percent) were found ineligible. 
  • 14,123 people (1.1 percent) had a reduction in their benefits. Most of these members lost full OHP but were able to continue Medicare Savings Programs that help pay their Medicare costs. 

Need help renewing your benefits?

  1. Learn more about how to renew your Oregon Health Plan medical coverage.  You can log into your online portal and complete your redetermination work at benefits.oregon.gov.  
  2. Call the ONE Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075. All relay calls are accepted, and help is available in multiple languages. Wait times are lowest between 7 and 8 a.m., PST. 
  3. Visit or call a local Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) office. People can find their local office at https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/Pages/office-finder.aspx
  4. Visit a community partner for free, in-person help. To find one near you visit OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp (English) or orhim.info/ayuda (Spanish). 
  5. Download the ONE Mobile application via the app store to keep track of your renewal, find a local office, or upload a document. 

What to do if your OHP is ending:

  • First, review the case summary in your letter to make sure the information used to make the decision was correct. If that information has changed, notify the state via one of the options above If the information on file for you is correct and you disagree with the decision, you can request a hearing. Learn more about hearings
  • Explore options through an employer. If you, your spouse or a parent are working, you may be eligible for health coverage through that employer. Talk to your manager or Human Resources department to see if you qualify. You will have a special enrollment period to enroll mid-year due to loss of OHP benefits. 
  • If you have or are eligible for Medicare: For help understanding and choosing the right Medicare options, go to https://OregonHealthcare.gov/GetHelp to find an insurance agent or a counselor at the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA). You can also call SHIBA at 800-722-4134. 

If you need to sign up for Medicare for the first time, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213 to enroll by phone or find a local office. You can also enroll in Medicare online at ssa.gov/medicare/sign-up

  • Nearly 80 percent of Oregonians qualify for financial help through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop to answer a few quick questions, find out how much you can save and find out how much coverage may cost you. You can also call the Marketplace Transition Help Center at 833-699-6850 (toll-free, all relay calls accepted). 
  • Need free local help finding other coverage? Visit OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp to find professional help near you. 

OHA and ODHS are committed to transparency and will continue to send monthly information about medical coverage among Oregonians. Check our ONE Eligibility Operations Dashboards for more frequent updates on medical renewal data and wait times for callers to the ONE Customer Service Center. 

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05-22-24 Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Military Appreciation Month and Armed Forces Day in Douglas County (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 05/22/24 4:04 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2024

Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Military Appreciation

Month and Armed Forces Day in Douglas County

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) – Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress issued a proclamation on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at the Weekly Business Meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse, calling upon all citizens of Douglas County to observe May as Military Appreciation Month and salute Armed Forces Day on May 18, 2024.  The observance is meant to raise awareness and encourage celebration and appreciation of those who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  A copy of the video presentation can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountyeGovernment

 

The proclamation was presented by Commissioner Boice, on behalf of the Board and acknowledged, “Throughout our history, courageous men and women have donned the uniform of the United States Armed Forces and built a noble tradition of faithful and dedicated service to our Nation, thus we know that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans have been purchased and protected at an incredibly high price - we can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to those heroic men and women who serve, have served, were wounded, or paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our great nation.” 

 

Commissioner Freeman presented proclamation certificates to veterans and veteran supporters: Bill Duncan, President - VVA Umpqua Valley Chapter #805; Jerry Anderson, Vice President - Douglas County Veterans Forum; Eric Bagwell, Jr Vice Commander - VFW Post 2468 and Veterans Day Parade Committee; Cecilia McMullen, President - AWVA; Nikki Hansen, Public Affairs Officer – Roseburg VA Medical Center; Ron Dukes, Chairman – NCO; Carmen Wulff, Deputy Clerk – Douglas County and Michael Kurtz, Director Human Resources – Douglas County.

 

Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May to honor all who have served and currently serve in the United States military.  President Harry S. Truman established Armed Forces Day on August 31, 1949, to replace separate holidays for the individual branches of our U.S. Armed Forces – which now includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Space Force.  May was first declared as Military Appreciation Month in 1999 by U.S. Congress as an opportunity for our nation to honor the service and sacrifice of servicemembers and their families.

 

I want to thank the Board of Commissioners, all of you for your dedication to veterans - not just one organization, but all veterans in Douglas County.  We appreciate it!  I want to address an issue that I found out over the weekend.  In support of our efforts to get the Veterans Home built in Roseburg, I discovered that the other two veteran homes in Oregon are full. So, we plan on pushing forward to get this change done, get to shoveling some dirt and make this happen here.  It won’t happen without continued efforts, all the way back to Washington.  And I know all three of you support us in this mission,” commented Bill Duncan. 

 

Douglas County Commissioners encourage all our citizens to pledge their support for all military members past and present and to rededicate themselves to the preservation of our liberties under the Constitution of the United States of America.  To learn more about the Military Appreciation Month and Armed Forces Day visithttps://www.military.com/military-appreciation-month.

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Phone: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

Proclamation Attached. Photos © K.Trenkle/Douglas County. Individual photo available upon request.

 




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05-22-24 Notice of Virtual Meeting - Douglas County LPSCC - Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 05/22/24 3:46 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2024

 

Notice of Virtual Meeting

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:30 am via a virtual conference format.

 

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

 

The meeting agenda is attached and can also be found at www.douglascountyor.gov.

 

  
 

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

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

to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: a.howell@douglascountyor.gov.">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

Program Contact: Koree TatePrograms and Partnership Coordinator | Douglas County Juvenile Department | Phone: (541) 957-7790 | Email: ee.tate@douglascountyor.gov">koree.tate@douglascountyor.gov

 




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05-22-24 MEETING NOTICE - Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 05/22/24 3:33 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2024

 

MEETING NOTICE

Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

 

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting of the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 6:30 pm in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.  

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting. To view the live stream or post meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon

 

For additional information about this meeting, please contact the Douglas County Public Works – Engineering Division by calling (541) 440-4481 or by email at ellior@douglascountyor.gov">paula.belloir@douglascountyor.gov. The meeting agenda can be found at https://douglascountyor.gov/

 

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

If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 440-4481

at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Media Contact:  Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Public Affairs Office(541) 670-2804 cell | (541) 957-4896 office  a.howell@douglascountyor.gov.">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 




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Fatal Crash- HWY 126- Lane County
Oregon State Police - 05/22/24 12:25 PM

Lane County, Ore. 19 May 24- On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 2:30 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy-126, near milepost 21.5, in Lane County. 

The preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Honda CRV, operated by Joella Ann Ewing (83) of Eugene, left the highway for unknown reasons, struck a tree, and landed in an adjacent creek.

The operator of the Honda (Ewing) was injured as a result of the crash and transported to an area hospital.

A passenger in the Honda, Ruth Anne Romoser (80) of Springfield, was declared deceased at the scene.

The highway was impacted for approximately 6 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Western Lane Medics and Fire, Lane Rural Fire, and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police 
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Oregon Lottery Launches State Parks Themed Scratch-its, Free Parking Permit Program (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/22/24 11:08 AM
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Salem, Ore. – Summer is when the outdoors truly start calling to Oregonians. Oregon Lottery is capturing the spirit of the campers, hikers, adventure seekers, and anglers with a new, Oregon State Park themed Scratch-it. The $5 tickets feature three nostalgic scenes of park landscapes and fishing, have a top prize of $50,000, and are on sale now at Oregon Lottery retailers. 

Lottery game play helps ensure that our state parks are continuously maintained and improved, with State Parks receiving more than $1 billion in Lottery funds since 1999. One example is Champoeg State Heritage Area, a site with a project underway to add more RV campsites and cabins.  

“Oregon State Parks truly put our state on the map, with some of the most scenic, special places in the country,” said Oregon Lottery Director Mike Wells. “We’re proud to support State Parks and their impact in our communities across Oregon.”    

The unique tickets also coincide with State Parks Day – celebrated on June 1 with free parking for the 25 parks that charge a parking permit and free RV and tent site camping at all Oregon State Parks. State Parks Day has been a tradition since 1998 to thank Oregonians for their support of the state park system over many decades.

Oregon Lottery is also sponsoring a new program allowing residents to check out a State Parks parking permit from their local library. The passes are currently available in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties, with more coming online in the summer months. The permits can be checked out physically or digitally. 

“Our collaboration with the Oregon Lottery began in 1999 when Oregonians voted to support Oregon State Parks with lottery proceeds,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption. “We've worked together throughout the years to bring unique recreation opportunities to our visitors and are excited this parking permit program will encourage more people to see our state's beautiful and historic areas without worrying about parking fees.”

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org




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Detectives arrest one and seize drugs, dozens of guns while executing search warrant (Photo)
Salem Police Department - 05/22/24 9:40 AM
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DATE: May 22, 2024

 

Detectives arrest one and seize drugs, dozens of guns while executing search warrant

Salem, Ore. — An Aumsville man was arrested as part of a search warrant served early Tuesday morning, May 21. 

Joseph Wallace Blades was arrested without incident at his home in the 11000 block of Silver Falls HW SE after Salem Police Felony Crimes Unit detectives served a search warrant at the location with the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.

The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 250 M30 pills suspected to be fentanyl. Also seized were 36 firearms of varying types, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, as well as body armor and ammunition. A stolen vehicle was also located on the property.

Blades, age 42, was lodged at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on Wednesday, May 22, on the following charges:

  • Felon in possession of a weapon, firearm
  • Prohibited possession of a firearm, short-barreled shotgun
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Felon in possession of body armor

The case remains an active investigation, and given Blades’ arrest status, no further information is available for release.

We thank the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) for their help in apprehending Blades. Their assistance in the case highlights the collaborative work being done in our region by Salem Police and MCSO to remove illegal firearms from the hands of felons.

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Benton County Children & Family Mental Health Program to host open house (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 05/22/24 5:00 AM
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The Benton County Children and Family Mental Health Program will host an open house on Friday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Clients and families served by the program, state and local leaders, community partners, local media, and the public are all invited to attend. 

The celebration follows a recent move from the Children and Family Mental Health program into a new facility on 4185 SW Research Way in Corvallis. The new building will be open to the public for tours, meeting the staff, activities and prizes for the whole family, and a resource fair. The celebration also coincides with Mental Health Month celebrations in Benton County and beyond. 

“The timing is perfect since we just settled into our new space and it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month,” said Kristi Reher, Program Manager. 

Attendees will include state and local dignitaries who helped support Benton County in securing the funding needed to purchase the new building. 

“We'd like to thank the 2024 Oregon State Legislature for allocating the resources and for supporting the critical needs of Benton County., said Damien Sands, Behavioral Health Division Director. “And our Benton County Commissioners who recognized our need and helped us find a solution.” 

The Benton County Children and Family Mental Health program provides therapeutic services, including outpatient, school-based, and wraparound services for youth under age 18 with a mental health diagnosis and identifiable treatment goals.  

The new building is located on Research Way next to the Benton County Sunset and Kalapuya buildings, across the street from the local Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) building. 

For more information about the program, visit their website. 

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


El Programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias del Condado de Benton organizará un evento de bienvenida 

El Programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias del Condado de Benton organizará un evento de bienvenida el viernes 31 de mayo de 11:00 a. m. a 1:00 p. m. Estan invitada toda la comunidad incluyendo los clientes y familias atendidos por el programa, los líderes estatales y locales, agencias de la comunidad, los medios locales y el público en general. 

La celebración es parte del reciente cambio de oficinas del programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias a una nueva instalación en 4185 SW Research Way en Corvallis. El nuevo edificio estará abierto al público para recorridos, conocer al personal, actividades y premios para toda la familia y una feria de recursos. La celebración también coincide con las celebraciones del Mes de la Salud Mental en el Condado de Benton. 

"El momento es perfecto ya que acabamos de instalarnos en nuestro nuevo espacio y también es el Mes de Crear Conciencia sobre la Salud Mental", dijo Kristi Reher, directora del programa. 

Entre los asistentes habrá representantes estatales y locales que ayudaron a apoyar al Condado de Benton para obtener los fondos necesarios para comprar el nuevo edificio. 

“Nos gustaría agradecer a la Legislatura del Estado de Oregón de 2024 por asignar los recursos y por apoyar las necesidades críticas del Condado de Benton”, dijo Damien Sands, Director de la División de Salud de la Conducta. "Y nuestros comisionados del Condado de Benton, que reconocieron nuestra necesidad y nos ayudaron a encontrar una solución". 

El Programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias del Condado de Benton brinda servicios terapéuticos, incluidos servicios ambulatorios, escolares e integrales para jóvenes menores de 18 años con un diagnóstico de salud mental y objetivos de tratamiento identificables. 

El nuevo edificio está ubicado en Research Way, al lado de los edificios Sunset y Kalapuya del Condado de Benton, frente al edificio local del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregón (ODHS). 

Para obtener más información sobre el programa, visite su sitio web. 

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




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Tue. 05/21/24
Man rescued from grain silo (Photo)
Marion County Fire District No. 1 - 05/21/24 9:10 PM
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At approximately 1:30 pm on May 21st, Marion County Fire District #1 responded to reports of a male stuck in a grain silo buried up to his chest.  Upon arrival, responders found a middle-aged male patient conscious and alert in a silo unable to extricate himself.  Rescue 4 and Ladder 4 from Salem Fire Department were requested to assist in the confined space and possible rope rescue. After approx. 3 hours of slow and deliberate maneuvers to create a safe exit from the silo, the patient was extricated and transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation.  




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Earn to Learn Scholarship Recipients Celebrate Graduation and Begin New Careers in Allied Health (Photo)
Umpqua Community College - 05/21/24 7:48 PM
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ROSEBURG, Ore., May 21, 2024—The first cohort of Earn to Learn Scholarship recipients and students within the Umpqua Community College Allied Healthcare Program are graduating this summer and will then begin employment with Aviva HealthA night of recognition and gratitude took place at an Earn to Learn Celebration Dinner on May 21.

Earlier this year, Aviva Health and UCC partnered together to create a program that would establish a pipeline to provide healthcare professionals within the local community. Throughout the summer, the scholarship recipients who received funding for tuition, fees, a living stipend, and guaranteed employment, are graduating and will continue their careers at Aviva.

“I am excited to graduate and begin work as a registered nurse. With my 6-year-old daughter, it is difficult to balance work, school, and family. This scholarship provided me financial stability while I focused on my studies in nursing school. Working for Aviva allows me to spend more time with my daughter and not rely so heavily on extended family to help care for her,” said Destany Alamprese, UCC Registered Nursing program student and Aviva Health intern.

The Earn to Learn Scholarship Program is central to UCC’s expansion of Allied Health programming and training of the healthcare workforce. Between 2023 and 2026, the program will graduate 24 students to enter the local workforce within the following five disciplines: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and Dental Assistant.

“Becoming a dental assistant has been my dream since I was young, and I have had financial issues since I started college two years ago. I want to give back to those who really need help in their oral health care, and this program will give me an amazing opportunity to fill a high-demand job in Douglas County. I could not be more thankful, and I will commit to providing high-quality care and ensuring the well-being of my patients,” said Sierra Paroz, UCC Dental Assisting program student and Aviva Health intern.

 

About the Earn to Learn Grant
The Earn to Learn scholarship is part of the Workforce Ready Grant created as a partnership between UCC and Aviva Health. The strategic partnership aims to help local students start a living wage career and meet the demands for healthcare in Douglas County, where a shortage of skilled health workers has become a significant challenge for the community in recent years. 

The grant-funded program will provide tuition assistance and guaranteed employment upon completion for 24 students enrolled in one of UCC’s Allied Health curriculum programs over the course of three years. In addition to covering tuition, the Oregon state Higher Education Coordinating Committee awarded a living stipend to each student annually to cover housing and personal expenses.




Attached Media Files: Earn to Learn graduates with UCC President, Rachel Pokrandt and Aviva CEO, KC Bolton

Oregon Housing and Community Services' Annual Report highlights significant statewide housing outcomes (Photo)
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 05/21/24 3:54 PM
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SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) releases the 2023 Annual Report, “Building Oregon’s Future,” to show and highlight outcomes achieved throughout the state to meet the housing needs of Oregonians with low to moderate incomes.  

“Building Oregon’s Future describes the progress that OHCS has made in delivering results on the strategic goals and challenges facing our housing system,” said OHCS Executive Director Andrea Bell. “The public has placed great trust in OHCS, and we are honoring that trust by delivering results that aim to make everyday life better for the people of Oregon.”  

As the state’s housing agency, OHCS works across the housing continuum to help reduce poverty among Oregonians and increase access to safe, stable, and affordable housing. Some highlights from 2023 include: 

  • Over $436 million was allocated to create more than 4,000 affordable rental and homeownership opportunities across the state.  
  • OHCS surpassed all three housing goals helping more than 10,000 households and creating over 1,000 shelter beds. 
  • OHCS launched seven new data dashboards and reports to show the continued progress. 

“Even as we celebrate the many milestones highlighted in this report, we continue to work tirelessly to create new programs and policies and get funding out to communities as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Working together with our partners across Oregon, we remain relentless, through the lens of humanity, to deliver effective housing solutions for all,” said Bell. 

The report features stories from Oregonians who have received housing assistance through OHCS and its housing partners, like Howard. Howard is an older adult who was able to receive a new manufactured home through the Manufactured Home Replacement Program. His new home is more energy efficient and structurally sound, ensuring he has a safe place to enjoy and live for many years to come.  

The 2023 Annual Report includes many other key data points, stories, program and policy updates, photos, and more. You can read the full report on the OHCS website. 

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Attached Media Files: Willet Apartments, Tillamook , Lincoln City Habitat for Humanity, single-family home

5/19/24 - LCSO Case #24-2599 - Deputies arrest armed felon after shooting outside Junction City (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/24 3:18 PM
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On May 19th at about 1:30 p.m., Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a dispute with shots fired in the 28700 block of Bailey Lane, south of Junction City. Investigation determined David Lynn Parker, 69, drove to the location while intoxicated to confront several Hispanic workers about a perceived theft.  

Parker pointed a rifle at a worker and fired several times, injuring him. The worker then struck Parker, knocking him unconscious, and secured the firearm. Parker also made racially derogatory comments about the victims.  

Parker was evaluated for his injury then lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Bias Crime in the First Degree x3, Menacing x4, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon x3, Reckless Endangering x4, Coercion, and DUII. Parker was still in custody as of May 21st.  




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Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets May 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/21/24 11:08 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets May 24 at 10 a.m. at ODF headquarters in Salem, with a virtual option.

The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Forest Management Plan (FMP) performance measures
  • Prepare testimony for June Board of Forestry meeting

Public comment is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. To submit written comment, email ftlac.comment@odf.oregon.gov. Written comments sent at least 48 hours before the meeting will give the FTLAC time to review and consider information. Comments submitted after that window of time will be sent to the FTLAC after the meeting, entered into the record and posted online. Comments are not accepted after the meeting concludes.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF. View more information on the FTLAC webpage.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.


BLM office moves to Port of Tillamook Bay
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 05/21/24 10:51 AM

Tillamook, Ore. — Bureau of Land Management leaders announced that the Tillamook Field Office will be moving, June 3. The BLM’s lease at the current facility will expire in June, and the Field Office will relocate to the Port of Tillamook Bay

“Moving an office—just like moving a home—is always a transition,” said Janet Satter, BLM Tillamook Field Manager. “And I want to reassure everyone that we will continue to be available to our customers—to the American public.”

The new location at the Port of Tillamook Bay is just five miles, or a ten-minute drive, from the current BLM office.

Until construction of the new permanent facility at the Port of Tillamook is complete, the Field Office will temporarily relocate to 4000 Blimp Blvd, Suite 380.

“We look forward to welcoming you to our new home,” Satter added.

For the latest information on the upcoming move, call or email the Tillamook Field Office at 503-815-1100 or blm_or_no_mail@blm.gov. The phone number and email address will remain the same throughout the transition.

Information will also be available at the Northwest Oregon District website: https://www.blm.gov/office/northwest-oregon-district-office

GoogleMap of new location at the Port of Tillamook Bay: https://maps.app.goo.gl/aYGNG2ET7XQ2d8x38
 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


5/18/24 - Six rafters rescued from hazardous dam on the Willamette River (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/24 10:44 AM
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On Saturday, May 18th at about 3:15 p.m., Lane County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and Search & Rescue Deputies responded to a water rescue along with Eugene Springfield Fire. The rescue took place on and around the low head dam, a concrete structure in the Willamette River east of I-5 that has formed an enormous log jam. 

A total of six people were rescued, including two in shallow water below the dam and one on the dam. None had life jackets, and were floating on inner tubes. Five had gone over the dam into the strainer, while one managed to grab onto a log. Had they gone under the log jam, they likely would not have survived.  

Lane County has miles of beautiful water ways and warm spring weather. Please enjoy safely. Wear a life jacket. Scout the river ahead. Check river obstructions before you go. For those floating the Willamette River in the Eugene / Springfield area, be very cautious passing low head dam, to include taking out well before the obstruction to go around it.  

View an interactive map of obstructions from the Oregon State Marine Board at oregon-boating-obstructions-geo.hub.arcgis.com.




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5/18/24 - Six rafters rescued from hazardous dam on the Willamette River (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/21/24 10:44 AM
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On Saturday, May 18th at about 3:15 p.m., Lane County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and Search & Rescue Deputies responded to a water rescue along with Eugene Springfield Fire. The rescue took place on and around the low head dam, a concrete structure in the Willamette River east of I-5 that has formed an enormous log jam. 

A total of six people were rescued, including two in shallow water below the dam and one on the dam. None had life jackets, and were floating on inner tubes. Five had gone over the dam into the strainer, while one managed to grab onto a log. Had they gone under the log jam, they likely would not have survived.  

Lane County has miles of beautiful water ways and warm spring weather. Please enjoy safely. Wear a life jacket. Scout the river ahead. Check river obstructions before you go. For those floating the Willamette River in the Eugene / Springfield area, be very cautious passing low head dam, to include taking out well before the obstruction to go around it.  

View an interactive map of obstructions from the Oregon State Marine Board at oregon-boating-obstructions-geo.hub.arcgis.com.




Attached Media Files: Still from low head dam rescue

05-21-24 Meeting Notice - Douglas County Parks Advisory Board
Douglas Co. Government - 05/21/24 9:59 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2024

 

Meeting Notice

Douglas County Parks Advisory Board

Thursday, May 23, 2024

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress are pleased to inform the public that the next Douglas County Parks Advisory Board (PAB) meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 10:00 am, in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to submit or provide public comment on agenda items.  Members of the public who wish to comment can do so: (1) in-person, (2) by submitting via email to k.wall@douglascountyor.gov">mark.wall@douglascountyor.gov or (3) by virtual format via Zoom Meeting at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88529564705?pwd=e3AZfeVcaakcaaI8lKIt9LoZfqgCJA.1 Meeting ID: 885 2956 4705 and Passcode: 033148. To view the live stream of the meeting, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon.

 

For additional information about this meeting, please contact the Douglas County Parks Department at (541) 957-7001.  The meeting agenda can be found on the Douglas County government website at www.douglascountyor.gov

 

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.  Please contact the Parks Department Office located in Room 116 of the Justice Building at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 or call (541) 957-7001, prior to the scheduled meeting time if you need an accommodation.  TDD users please call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: a.howell@douglascountyor.gov">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

Meeting Contact: Jennifer Monroe, Division Business Manager | Douglas County Parks Department | Office: (541) 440-6040 | Email: .monroe@douglascountyor.gov">jennifer.monroe@douglascountyor.gov


05-21-24 Notice of Holiday Closure - Memorial Day (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 05/21/24 9:56 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 21, 2024

 

NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2024

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Courthouse Annex in Reedsport, Douglas County Landfill and Transfer Stations, Douglas County Fairgrounds and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

 

Even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working on special, routine or emergency projects such as our Douglas County Commissioners, Juvenile Department, Public Works Department, Emergency Management Department, Parks Department and Salmon Harbor Marina. Please note the following:

 

  • The Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History and the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum will be open on Monday, May 27, 2024, for normal business hours. 
  • All Douglas County operated parks, campgrounds and boat ramps will continue to be open and accessible to the public.      For reservation information at Douglas County operated campgrounds, please call (541) 957-7001 or go online to https://douglascountyor.gov/802/Parks.  As a reminder, the Douglas County Parks Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024. 
  • Salmon Harbor Marina and the Winchester Bay RV Park will continue to be open and accessible to the public.  For harbor or reservation information at Salmon Harbor, please call (541) 271-3407 or go online to https://douglascountyor.gov/448/Salmon-Harbor-Marina.  As a reminder, the Salmon Harbor Marina Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024. 
  • Even though the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office lobby entrance will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, our Sheriff’s Deputies, 911 communications and DCSO staff will continue to provide law enforcement protection and emergency assistance for our residents.  If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.  If you need to reach dispatch for a non-emergency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (541) 440-4471. 

 

            Commissioners Boice, Freeman, and Kress encourage citizens to participate in memorials on this day that honor the men and women that gave their lives in service to this country in our U.S. Armed Forces.  Honor, remember and never forget the sacrifices made on our behalf for our freedom, liberty, and justice.   

 

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Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 cell | a.howell@douglascountyor.gov">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov




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5/11/24 - Suspect arrested for multiple thefts, including communication line, timber gates, and burglary (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/20/24 10:42 PM
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Branden Paul Sherrill, 41, is facing multiple criminal charges from cases spanning across Lane County.  

During the 2024 ice storm, Sherrill took advantage of the power outage to break into the Shotgun Park maintenance headquarters near Marcola. Sherrill stole a dump trailer, various tools, and power equipment. He then returned for a second burglary, stealing more tools from a storage shed and yard (LCSO Case #24-1680). 

On April 17th, an area resident of Richardson Upriver Road near Linslaw discovered three wooden utility poles had been cut down and a half-mile of telecommunications line stolen. A tow strap was used to pull down the line, and a remnant of the tow strap was still attached. The following week on April 24th, a deputy patrolling the area observed a vehicle with tow straps tied to the hitch and conducted a traffic stop. One of the tow straps matched the segment of strap found on scene (LCSO Case #24-1978). Sherrill was identified as the suspect.  

During that stop, evidence regarding the theft of two yellow BLM gates and one white Weyerhaeuser gate was also discovered (LCSO Case #24-2084). These gates had been cut up and stolen April 21st and scrapped at a local metal recycler on April 22nd.

Sherrill was located near Whittaker Creek Campground on May 11th. He was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail on a warrant for a probation violation. He has been charged with Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree x2, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree x3, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle.  Sherrill is still in custody as of May 20th




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5/15/24 - LCSO Case #24-2527 - Deputies arrest male destroying Glenwood convenience store (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/20/24 10:32 PM
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On May 15th at about 7 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a burglary and assault in progress in the 1400 block of S. Brooklyn Street, Glenwood. Deputies contacted a male suspect, Jason Michael Grimm, 40, shortly after arriving on scene. 

As they attempted to detain him, Grimm ran into a nearby convenience store. Deputies chased him inside, where Grimm used a slingshot to shoot rocks at deputies and store clerks. Grimm then began throwing items from the shelves, some hard enough to break exterior windows. Deputies were able to detain Grimm without further incident. The initial caller declined contact by deputies. 

Grimm was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x2, Recklessly Endangering x5, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.  Grimm is still in custody as of May 20th.  




Attached Media Files: Glenwood Arrest

Firefighters Contain West Eugene Fire (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 05/20/24 6:42 PM
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Eugene, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a structure fire at Sponsors 338 Hey 99 N in West Eugene Monday evening.  Crews were alerted to the fire at 5:34 PM on May 20th with callers reporting smoke and popping sounds from a storage building.  Firefighters arrived 4 minutes later to find a working fire in the storage building.  Crews made entry and extinguished the fire containing it to the building of origin.  The cause is under investigation. 




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Fire Crews utilize transitional attack to combat blaze (Photo)
Marion County Fire District No. 1 - 05/20/24 6:19 PM
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OHA Director's Visit to Hood River, The Dalles Provides Insight into Local Health Priorities
Oregon Health Authority - 05/20/24 4:47 PM

May 20, 2024

Media Contact: Amy Bacher, acher2@oha.oregon.gov">amy.bacher2@oha.oregon.gov

OHA Director’s Visit to Hood River, The Dalles Provides Insight into Local Health Priorities

Hood River, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Sejal Hathi, MD, MBA, met with health leaders and partners on Thursday in Hood River and The Dalles as part of a series of visits around the state to hear about community health needs.

Key themes heard in meetings with local public health and mental health authorities, a federally qualified health center and the local coordinated care organization (CCO), included difficulties surrounding health workforce shortages, the need for comprehensive behavioral health supports, and concerns about the loss of COVID-19 pandemic federal funding.

“From this visit, I heard loud and clear that we need creative solutions to bring more people into the health care workforce - especially in areas where the cost of living is high,” said Dr. Hathi. “In speaking with health leaders, advocates, and providers in this region, it was evident that there is a true collaborative spirit and a lot of care for people in our communities. I look forward to working on solutions to all the challenges we discussed.”

OHA is using feedback received during the regional visits to inform current and future policy initiatives. Later this year, OHA will share a summary of themes heard across all regional visits and examples of specific partner recommendations that agency staff plan to pursue.

The visit to Hood River and The Dalles marks the sixth in a series across the state for the new director to learn about the challenges, needs and priorities of individual communities.

A video recap of Dr. Hathi’s visit is available here. A full schedule of all of Dr. Hathi’s regional listening visits are posted on her web page.


Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision
Salem Police Department - 05/20/24 4:14 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: May 20, 2024

 

Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, callers reported a vehicle collision near the intersection of Croisan Creek RD and Roberta AV S. The Salem Police Traffic Team and other emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a car crashed into a power pole and tree leaving downed electrical line across Croisan Creek RD. 

The preliminary investigation by the Traffic Team revealed the driver of the car, Richard Gary Brunkal of Salem, was traveling southbound on Croisan Creek RD when he was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The compact crossover car he was driving left the right shoulder of the roadway and sheared off a utility pole and struck two trees before stopping.

Officers performed lifesaving measures for the passenger before paramedics arrived; however, the passenger, Judith Ann Brunkal, age 84 of Salem, was pronounced deceased.

The 82-year-old driver is cooperating with the investigation. No arrest or citations have been issued at this time.

Croisan Creek RD between Heath ST and Mockingbird DR was closed for the crash investigation and to allow for repairs by Portland General Electric (PGE) crews.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, Croisan Creek RD remains closed with street access available to those residences in the area.

Today’s early morning traffic fatality is the twelfth in Salem for 2024.

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OSP seeking public assistance regarding wolf shot and killed in Grant County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/20/24 3:22 PM
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Wolf shot and killed in Grant County
OSP Fish & Wildlife seeking public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible

GRANT COUNTY, Ore. 20 May 2024 – The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Grant County. 

On Monday, May 19, 2024, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) notified OSP’s Fish & Wildlife Division a mortality signal had been received from a collared wolf from the Logan Valley Pack. 

OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers responded to the scene with ODFW personnel and found a deceased yearling male wolf which died from an apparent gunshot wound. The deceased wolf was found on private property adjacent to County Road 62 near milepost 11, approximately 11 miles southeast of Prairie City. 

The preliminary investigation indicated the wolf was likely shot from the roadway between the late evening on May 18, 2024, and the early morning hours of May 19, 2024. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Fish and Wildlife Senior Trooper Khris Brandon through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or dial OSP (mobile). TIPs can remain anonymous.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

The Turn In Poachers (TIP) program is a collaboration between the Oregon State Police, Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Wildlife Coalition, Oregon Outfitter and Guides Association, and the Oregon State Marine Board. 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.  

Preference Point Rewards
5 Points: Bighorn Sheep
5 Points: Rocky Mountain Goat
5 Points: Moose
5 Points: Wolf
4 Points: Elk
4 Points: Deer
4 Points: Pronghorn Antelope
4 Points: Bear
4 Points: Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of the following fish and wildlife species. Cash rewards can also be awarded for habitat destruction, illegally obtaining hunting or angling licenses or tags, lending or borrowing big game tags, spotlighting, or snagging.

Cash Rewards

Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) cash rewards:
$2,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, or Moose 
$1,000 Elk, Deer, or Antelope 
$600 Bear, Cougar, or Wolf
$300 Habitat destruction 
$200 Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags
$200 Unlawful lending/borrowing big game tag(s)
$200 Game Fish & Shellfish
$200 Game Birds or Furbearers
$200 Spotlighting
$200 Snagging/Attempt to Snag

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:
$500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey
$500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox
$1,000 Species listed as “threatened" or “endangered" under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish)

Oregon Outfitters & Guides Association (OOGA) Cash Rewards:
$200 Acting as an Outfitter Guide for the Illegal Killing of Wildlife, Illegally Obtaining Oregon Hunting or Angling Licenses or Tags, or Illegally Offering to Act as an Outfitter Guide as defined in ORS 704.010 and 704.020.

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677)
TIP email: TIP@osp.oregon.gov (monitored Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
For more information, visit: www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/fw/Pages/tip.aspx

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About the Oregon State Police 
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.




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Near Miss on the Willamette River in Eugene (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 05/20/24 12:47 PM
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Eugne, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire responded to swimmers in distress near the low head dam on the Willamette River in Glenwood Saturday afternoon.  Crews were alerted to the water rescue call at 3:19 PMand the first land based fire crews arrived 5 minutes later to guide the water rescue boats.  In all, 7 college age males were assisted following a near drowning incident involving the defunct dam and debris in it.  The individuals were floating the river in non-rated floatation devices without wearing life jackets.  Some of all of the swimmers were forced under the water due to currents and obstacles called strainers.  Most were washed down stream from the dam while one was able to escape the churning current by grabbing a branch to pull himself up concrete wall.  The low head dam is a dangerous obstacle in the waterway on a good day.  With cold water, changing flows and debris caught on the dam, it is much more dangerous.  We recommend recreating on the river with approved and rated water craft while wearing an approved personal floatation device (life jacket). Eugene Springfield Fire was supported by Lane County Sherriff’s Office.  




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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center reopening May 24, BLM announces (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 05/20/24 12:22 PM
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Renovated interpretive center now represents a best-in-class example of a net-zero emissions building

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Pioneers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to celebrate the May 24 reopening of the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Ore. After a three-year closure for renovations, the center will reopen to the public at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, and offer free admission through Sunday, May 26. 
Beginning Saturday, May 25, summer hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including holidays. 
 

Admission is $8 for ages 16 and up, $6 for seniors. The center also accepts America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes.


Since opening in 1992, the center has drawn an estimated 2.5 million visitors to the area. In order to maintain some services during the closure, the BLM partnered with Baker County to install and staff an Oregon Trail exhibit at the Baker Heritage Museum, and with the City of Baker City to launch a new event — Oregon Trail Days at Geiser-Pollman Park — which will take place June 7-8 this year.


“It was very important to us to continue offering Oregon Trail experiences to visitors during the renovations,” said BLM Vale District Manager Shane DeForest, whose office oversees the center. “Additionally, this partnership has strengthened our bond with the museum and the community, and we look forward to continuing to work together.”
 

The renovation, which included $1 million from the Great American Outdoors Act, represents a best-in-class example of a net-zero emissions building: it is all-electric, it meets the Biden-Harris Administration’s Federal Building Performance Standard by eliminating the on-site use of fossil fuels, and it is highly efficient, having reduced the facility’s energy consumption by 73 percent thanks to new windows, doors, siding, insulation, roofing, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. 


The Biden-Harris Administration is leading by example to tackle the climate crisis through President Biden’s Federal Sustainability Plan, which establishes an ambitious path to achieve net-zero emissions from federal buildings by 2045.
“President Biden set bold goals for Federal sustainability, and this project helps us achieve those goals,” said Andrew Mayock, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Upgrading our federal buildings to be more efficient and sustainable also means healthier communities.” 
For more information about the center, visit www.oregontrail.blm.gov or call 541-523-1843.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
 




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OSFM Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant application period opens May 20
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 05/20/24 10:28 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon State Fire Marshal is pleased to announce the opening of its Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. This funding is designed to enhance wildfire defensible space across the state, supporting wildfire mitigation projects led by structural fire protection agencies, counties, and cities. 

The $3-million grant will significantly reduce wildfire risks by funding projects to create and maintain defensible space around buildings and critical infrastructure. Grant awards will range between $50,000 and $75,000. 

The grant focuses on two project types: 

Defensible Space Projects: The goal is to protect the first 100 feet around buildings, constituting approximately 70% of grant funds. 

Community Protection Projects: These projects extend beyond 100 feet to create fire breaks or lessen wildfire risks community wide.  

Applications will be prioritized based on fire risk, social vulnerability, and project clarity. 

“By supporting local projects that lessen wildfire risks, we are working together to create a prepared and resilient Oregon,” Oregon State Fire Marshal, Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “This grant works in concert with our other wildfire programs to move us closer to our goal of keeping fires small and away from communities.” 

More information, including the application and a grant manual, can be found on the OSFM’s grants webpage 

About the Oregon State Fire Marshal: The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s mission is to protecting people, property, and the environment from fire and hazardous materials. Through its programs, the OSFM enhances public safety and promotes community resilience across Oregon. 


New Research Reveals Uneven Treatment Landscape for People with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Oregon Health Authority - 05/20/24 10:10 AM

May 20, 2024

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459,

timothy.heider@oha.oregon.gov

New Research Reveals Uneven Treatment Landscape for People with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

SALEM, Ore. — A study from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, commissioned by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), shows that people living with co-occurring disorder (COD) experience a complex and uneven treatment landscape in Oregon.

The study—based on self-reported provider data— found that overall, 82 percent of mental health providers and 40 percent of substance use providers in Oregon offer treatment for co-occurring disorder, defined as treatment for co-occurring substance use plus either serious mental health illness in adults or serious emotional disturbance in children.

However, the study showed that availability and types of COD treatment can vary substantially:

  • Only half of mental health providers offer integrated treatment (combined treatment for mental illness and substance abuse from the same clinician or treatment team) and special groups for clients with COD.
  • COD treatment is least likely to be offered in hospital and substance use residential settings.
  • Only half of the treatment providers treat gambling disorders.
  • Only about a third of providers offer programs for young adults or LGBTQ+ clients. Just over one third of the programs offer services in Spanish, and half offer services in sign language.

The study found that acceptance of public insurance—especially Medicare—is low in some settings, which may be a barrier to access.

The study noted that workforce shortages remain a key barrier to spreading and scaling co-occurring disorder treatment across the state.

Oregon has made concerted efforts over the years to support the uptake and availability of holistic behavioral health care, including treatment for those living with co-occurring disorders.

In 2021, the Legislature directed OHA to develop payment models for increasing access to integrated treatment, which led to the establishment of the Integrated Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment program.

Oregon was also one of the first states to open Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics as part of a federal demonstration program that began in 2017.

Participating providers receive a single payment model for treating COD (including co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities and problem gambling), and receive training, technical assistance, and other resources to support provision of COD treatment.

They are required to provide nine core services, ranging from crisis services to peer support and counseling. They must also provide 20 hours of primary services per site.

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Oregon Community Foundation Awards $5.3M to 281 Nonprofits Making an Impact in Every Corner Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Community Foundation - 05/20/24 10:08 AM
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May 20, 2024 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Colin Fogarty, Director of Communications, Oregon Community Foundationty@oregoncf.org">cfogarty@oregoncf.org 

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS STRENGTHEN LOCAL SOLUTIONS, OPPORTUNITIES WITH FLEXIBLE OPERATIONS FUNDING

Oregon Community Foundation Awards $5.3M to 281 Nonprofits Making an Impact in Every Corner Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nonprofit and community leaders throughout Oregon are seeing their work strengthened through new grants that provide important operational support. The funding is flexible, allowing organizations to direct it to where it is needed most. The 2024 Spring Cycle of Community Grants from Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $5,266,908 to 281 nonprofits making an impact across the state. 

For 27 years, OCF’s Community Grants program has supported nonprofits, tribal organizations and government agencies in all 36 counties of Oregon. Grants in this cycle support responses to community needs in the areas of food insecurity, housing, health, environmental stewardship, arts and culture, community development and more. This year’s grants prioritized small rural nonprofits and organizations that are culturally specific and responsive. 

"As a statewide foundation, we rely on the wealth of local expertise our communities show in finding solutions and opportunities,” said Marcy Bradley, Chief Community Engagement and Equity Officer, Oregon Community Foundation. 

“We know our nonprofit partners find flexible operating funding increasingly useful. These grants support Oregon’s smallest communities – such as Tygh Valley, with a population of 54 – to our largest in the Portland metropolitan area and everywhere in between. This is what responsive grantmaking looks like.” 

Fun Fact: OCF Community Grants are distributed so widely that if you were to travel to all four corners of the grants map for this cycle – east, west, north and south - it would take 25 hours to drive 1,432 miles. 

A full list of grantees can be found on the OCF website. The list below of representative grants from each region of Oregon demonstrates the breadth of impact these grants have on nearly every aspect of life for Oregonians. The funding is possible because of donors to Oregon Community Foundation. 

The 2024 Fall Cycle of Community Grants will focus on capacity building, small capital and new or expanding projects. Program applications will open June 24, 2024. Grants will be awarded in November.

 

Madras Community Food Pantry: $20,000 Community Grant

MCFP is a USDA/Oregon Food Bank that manages a shopping style pantry at their primary location, three school pantries in Jefferson County. They are piloting a home delivery program for individuals with limited mobility. Services are provided in both Spanish and English, and they are intentional about requesting culturally specific foods when they place orders and when necessary, they use grant funding to shop for culturally specific staples at local stores. 

 

Black United Fund of Oregon: $20,000 Community Grant

The mission of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF-OR) is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's underserved communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups. Primary activities include culturally congruent one-on-one postsecondary mentorship; culturally specific workshops and professional development for BIPOC youth and young professionals; postsecondary scholarships for students of color; and support for small businesses and grassroots and BIPOC-led nonprofits via sponsorship, fiscal sponsorship, and workplace giving.

 

Condon Arts Council: $20,000 Community Grant

The Condon Arts Council plays a critical role in the community and has gained a reputation for providing unexpected and unique activities. Whether it is a haunted house built by youth, a music concert at the historic Liberty Theatre, or a ceramics class for seniors - the Condon Arts Council is helping to improve livability and cultural enrichment to local people. In addition, the Condon Arts Council has been working with the Oregon Arts Commission on a project to create an Arts and Culture District through the Oregon Legislature. Condon was selected as one of six cities for the pilot project. Their work in advocacy helped bring this issue to the Oregon Legislature and to educate elected officials on the power of arts and culture in underserved communities. 

From the Condon Arts Council Board of Directors: "With the support of Oregon Community Foundation's Community Grant, the Condon Arts Council will continue to bring creative and cultural engagement opportunities to our frontier community. Condon is a town of 716 people, but our programming and activities stack up with larger towns and cities. We have big goals for 2024, and this grant puts us one step closer to making them a reality."

 

Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society$20,000 Community Grant

The mission of the Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society is to support and promote the practice, conservation, and restoration of the tribal cultures of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The Siletz Tribe possesses a rich and vibrant culture, woven from 38 bands of Tribes. Yet, decades of displacement and assimilation have threatened the vitality of these traditions. The Crooked River Coffee Shop & Boutique project aims to bridge this gap through community outreach providing a space that will enrich the lives of the community by providing a platform to teach and learn history, language and cultural practices of the Siletz Tribe. 

 

Compass House: $20,000 Community Grant

Compass House offers adults living with mental illness purposeful opportunities to rebuild lives, hope and self-respect. Through the Clubhouse International Recovery Through Work model, Compass House fosters a sense of community among members and staff, while providing insight to offer appropriate member support. The Clubhouse model encourages teamwork and cooperation, exposing each other to a wide variety of attitudes, beliefs and life choices, thereby promoting a culture of acceptance and inclusion for everyone.

“Members of the Compass House courageously walk through our doors because they belong,” said Compass House Executive Director, Anna Wayman. “As they pursue recovery, they set foot on a path of self-discovery, dignity and connection. Every engagement in the clubhouse leads to the achievement and purpose needed to pursue personal and professional goals for an empowered life.” 

 

Constructing Hope$40,000 Community Grant

Constructing Hope’s mission is to rebuild the lives of community members by encouraging self-sufficiency through skills training and education in the construction industry. Constructing Hope helps people of color, returning citizens (formerly incarcerated), and low-income adults enter careers with middle-class wages and defined benefits to support themselves and their families through quarterly, no-cost, ten-week construction skills and life skills pre-apprenticeship training programs, placement services and career advancement support. The youth summer program provides skills, motivation, awareness and access for construction career pathways.

 

Safe Shelter for Siuslaw Students: $20,000 Community Grant

Safe Shelter for Siuslaw Students works to mitigate the effects of homelessness and poverty, by supporting school success through the provision of temporary shelter, support services and community awareness. The organization aids student households facing housing crises with prevention/diversion programs: rent/mortgage assistance, crisis lodging and diversion support.

"This grant is essential for our organization's mission as it provides crucial flexible funding and continues our client/community-led approach in addressing housing crises in the Siuslaw region,” said Jennifer Ledbetter, Associate Director of Safe Shelter for Siuslaw Students. “With this support, we can expand our efforts of creating temporary housing solutions and continue serving families with students and youth within the Mapleton and Siuslaw School District boundaries."

 

Gold Beach Main Street$15,000 Community Grant

Gold Beach Main Street’s mission is to enhance the livability and safety of the community while restoring and preserving the town of Gold Beach. The team partners with citizens and partner organizations to promote economic development, enhance quality of life and achieve shared community goals.

"We are excited that OCF’s grant support will help us continue the transformation of our small town’s main street to a thriving and inviting tree-lined street, with benches, banners, and someday underground power,” said Linda Pinkham, Business Coordinator, Gold Beach Main Street. “This grant will help our growing organization expand into a larger office space to accommodate new staff for many of the larger projects currently underway, such as daycare, facade improvements, way finding signs and development of community gathering places." 

 

Fortaleza Atravez Barreras: $30,000 Community Grant

A first-time OCF grant recipient, Fortaleza Atravez Barreras provides peer support, trainings, support groups, community activities, and advocacy to underserved and underrepresented populations in Marion and Polk Counties, with a focus on Hispanic, Chicano, Latino and Indigenous people of all ages who identify or experience emotional, behavioral, physical and/or risk behaviors or have lived experience.

 

About OCF’s Community Grants Program 

For 27 years, OCF’s Community Grants program has invested in community livability and vitality by listening and responding to people closest to innovating opportunities they want to advance. As Oregon has grown, so too has the complexity of issues facing so many Oregonians. Compounding these challenges is a history of systems that have not benefited everyone equitably. OCF recognizes this reality. The Community Grants program continues to provide flexible funding for nonprofits addressing the pressing needs of communities across Oregon, informed by the voices of people who know their communities the best.

 

About Oregon Community Foundation

Since 1973, Oregon Community Foundation has worked to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. In partnership with donors and volunteers, OCF strengthens communities in every county in Oregon through grantmaking, scholarships and research. In 2023, OCF distributed $225 million in grants and scholarships. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can work with OCF to create charitable funds to support causes important to them. To learn more, please visit oregoncf.org. 

 

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Lane County Firewise Grant Program open for applications
Lane Co. Government - 05/20/24 8:30 AM

Lane County’s Firewise Grant Incentive Program is accepting applications from residents in unincorporated Lane County beginning May 31 through 4:00 p.m. on June 27, 2024.

 

Firewise grants provide rural property owners with funding to help complete projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, such as clearing vegetation, replacing wood shake roofing, fire-resistant landscaping materials, noncombustible exterior siding, chimney spark arrestors, and more. Up to $15,500 in grant funding is available for each qualifying property. 

 

Apply online at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/firewise. Paper applications are also available at the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center (3050 North Delta Highway, Eugene). 

 

Firewise grants are funded through Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program - Section 601 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 

 

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Lane County celebrates Public Works Week with tours
Lane Co. Government - 05/20/24 8:09 AM

This week is National Public Works week. In celebration, Lane County Public Works is hosting free tours at multiple parks and at Short Mountain Landfill. 

 

Parks Tours

 

Monday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at Howard Buford Recreation Area

Led by Natural Areas Coordinator Ed Alverson this tour will explore areas "touched by fire" and delve into the ecological benefits of prescribed burns.

Location: 34901 Frank Parrish Road, Eugene

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PWW_HBRA

 

Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at Camp Lane

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 15-acre camp that serves as a venue for weddings, family reunions, summer camps and retreats. It has a commercial kitchen, a spacious dining hall accommodating up to 160 guests, a grand fireplace, Adirondack shelter, cozy yurt, and unique treehouses.

Location: 15767 Highway 126W (milepost 23)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PWW_CampLane

 

Wednesday, May 22, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at Armitage Park

This popular park offers a diverse range of attractions, including scenic trails, a boat launch, rentable picnic shelters, campgrounds, and dog parks. Located conveniently close to town, Armitage Park is undergoing several improvements to ensure it remains a favorite with people.

Location: 90064 Coburg Road, Eugene

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PWW_Armitage

 

Thursday, May 23, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at Harbor Vista & North Jetty

Located where the Siuslaw River meets the Pacific, Harbor Vista offers camping, cabins and a day-use playground. The tour will cover upcoming, levy-funded projects to improve both locations.

Location: 87658 Harbor Vista Road, Florence

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PWW_HVNJ

 

Friday, May 24, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at McKenzie River Discovery Center

Delve into the history and resilience of the McKenzie River at the McKenzie River Discovery Center. Owned by Lane County Parks and operated by the McKenzie River Discovery Center, this unique and historic property offers a glimpse into the impact of the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire and the vision for an extraordinary visitor and education center.

Location: 44645 McKenzie Highway, Leaburg

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PWW_MRDC

 

 

Short Mountain Landfill Tours

 

Two tours are being offered of Short Mountain Landfill. Interested residents must sign up by Wednesday, May 22. The tours will begin at Short Mountain Landfill, south of Goshen. People who sign up will be provided clear driving directions.

 

Tour 1

Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48A4A62BA1FCCE9-49752356-lane#/

 

Tour 2

Thursday, May 23, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48A4A62BA1FCCE9-49752356-lane#/

 

Tour participants will be provided parking for their personal vehicles. The tour will be conducted from a large passenger van.

 

 

National Public Works Week is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of public works on the daily life of a community: planning, building, managing, maintaining and operating infrastructure and programs that improve quality of life. Learn more at www.apwa.org

 

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Election results available starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day
Lane Co. Government - 05/20/24 8:00 AM

Election results will be made available to the public starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 21, and updated throughout the evening. Elections results can be obtained at:

 

 www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Elections

 

Ballots returned by mail and postmarked by May 21 must be received by May 28 in order to be counted. Ballots returned via mail and postmarked by May 21 may take several days to arrive at Lane County Elections, which means that the outcome of some races or ballot measures may not be known as quickly as in past elections. The Lane County Elections Office will continue to periodically update election results after May 21 until all ballots have been counted. The full results reporting schedule is available online at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Elections.

 

Election results will be certified on June 17, 2024.

 

Voters with questions can email elections@lanecountyor.gov or call 541-682-4234.

 

About the Lane County Elections Office:

The Elections Office, located at 275 W. 10th Avenue in Eugene, is responsible for conducting elections in Lane County.  The Elections Office manages voter registration, the processing of mail ballots, recruitment and training of election workers, and certification of elections.

 

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Beacon Drive West
Lane Co. Government - 05/20/24 7:30 AM

 

Road Name:Beacon Drive West
Location:Beacon Drive West between River Road and Prairie Road
Begin Closure:MP .30
End Closure:MP .30
Dates and times:Monday, June 3, at 7:00 a.m. through Friday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. 

Alternate routes:

 

Prairie Road or River Road

Reason for closure:

 

 

Culvert replacement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Coos Bay
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/20/24 7:02 AM

The City of Coos Bay has received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project. 

Coos County

City of Coos Bay
750 S 7th Street
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

$16,500 grant funds
Complete marker repair and leveling.

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov.


Fire crews Respond To West Eugene Commercial Fire (Photo)
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Eugene, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire (ESF) responded to a commercial structure fire in West Eugene on Sunday night. At  11:02  PM on May 19th, ESF Engine 8 responded to a fire alarm at a large commercial structure with multiple businesses located at 4216 W 7th Ave. The call was quickly turned into a full commercial structure fire assignment, as witnesses reported flames and smoke from one unit. Residents evacuated as ESF arrived.  Crews forced entry, and stretched hose lines for fire attack. Multiple engines and ladder trucks worked to locate and extinguish the fire, search adjacent occupancies, and check for fire extension. A large van was discovered to be on fire inside the occupancy, with fuel leaking and catching fire.  Thanks to quick response times, the fire was contained to the business of origin. The fire was placed under control, all units with smoke were ventilated and searched. There were no reported injuries and the Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation.



 




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Sun. 05/19/24
2nd alrm fire destroy Adult Foster Care Home. (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 05/19/24 7:00 AM
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At Approximately 1:21AM Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to the report of a structure fire at an adult foster care home. BC31 arrived on scene to a two-story home that was well involved in fire. The owners of the adult foster home stated that there was still someone inside the structure. BC31 upgraded the fire to a second alarm fire, requesting additional resources from across the county. The first arriving engine and medic unit forced their way through a locked door to search the room for the missing victim. The victim was located and removed from the burning building and then emergently transported to Lebanon Community Hospital. Hot embers from the fire were being blown across the street and started another structure on fire. A single engine was able to quickly extinguish the second fire and return to the original fire. The crews remained on scene for several hours extinguishing the fire. The fire is currently under investigation.

Lebanon Fire District received assistance From Albany Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire District, Tangent Fire District, Harrisburg Fire Department, and Corvallis Fire Department

The owners of the adult foster care home were awakened by working smoke detectors and able evacuate majority of the residents until the the LFD was able to arrive on scene.




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Sat. 05/18/24
LOCATED: Have You Seen Floyd Riach?
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/18/24 2:20 PM

UPDATE 05/18/2024 2:15 PM

Canyonville, Ore. - Floyd Riach has been located and is safe. Search and Rescue Deputies coordinated with the Oregon State Police who conducted an aerial search of the area. Riach was located walking off of a private property near where he was reported to have been last seen. Deputies later contacted Riach walking along Interstate 5 near milepost 110. He was given a courtesy ride to meet with his family. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their assistance. 


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ORIGINAL RELEASE 5/18/24 12:00 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - Douglas County Search and Rescue is currently searching for a missing Days Creek man. 

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, shortly before 6:00 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report that 45-year-old Floyd Russell Riach of Days Creek had not arrived home. Riach had last been seen at milepost 110 on Interstate 5 when he refused medical transport and exited an ambulance. Riach had indicated he would be walking to Canyonville. His whereabouts are currently unknown. 

Riach is described as a white male adult who stands 6'02" tall, weighs 160 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt that reads “Pacific Northwest” and has an image of Big Foot, a pair of gray cargo style pants and black shoes.

Search and Rescue crews are currently searching along the freeway for any signs of Riach and are seeking information from the public. Anyone who may have observed Riach or someone matching his description after 3:00 a.m. on May 18, 2024, is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing incident #24-2060. 

 

 


Fri. 05/17/24
The Oregon National Guard honors U.S. Army Maj. (ret.) Charles L. Deibert during memorial service (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/17/24 8:31 PM
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A memorial service with full military honors was held for U.S. Army Maj. (ret.) Charles L. Deibert at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon on May 17, 2024. A recipient of The Distinguished Service Cross for his service during combat operations in Vietnam, Deibert served in the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years and would later serve for five years in the Army Reserves.

Initially enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1956, he joined the Oregon National Guard two years later in 1958. He attended Officer Candidate School, flight school, jump school and jungle survival school before volunteering for service in Vietnam in 1966. Assigned as a platoon leader to the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company, he would fly over 570 missions in the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, directly saving hundreds of U.S. troops, making him one of the most decorated Oregon military aviators.

Highlighting his extraordinary heroism with operations against an armed hostile force on September 10, 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam, Deibert distinguished himself with exceptional gallant actions as he supported a Marine battalion engaged in battle with an estimated two-regiment North Vietnamese Army force.

Despite the extreme dangers of being shot down by friendly artillery barrages and hostile anti-aircraft fire, (then) Captain Deibert flew into the area, making several low passes through a curtain of continuous fire, helping locate enemy troop concentrations. After advising the Marines of the enemy situation, he called for tactical air support and continued making low level flights over enemy strongpoints.

Describing Deibert’s exemplary military service, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees, the former Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, offered a fitting eulogy for his long career of service to the United States Army.

“To me as a fellow Vietnam veteran, Larry was representative of the vast majority of Vietnam veterans,” Rees said. “That ten of thousands of those veterans served their nation, and returned to become productive members of society and leaders in their community.”

During the eulogy, Rees described the accomplishment of years of military service but also touched on his impacts in the business community and the importance of family and faith.

“I hope to capture in a few words, the scope and breadth of a well-lived life and the essence of a man who lived each day as a new day, a new opportunity and new adventure,” Rees said. “He was successful in a wide ranging business career and as entrepreneur…and was a caring and loving husband, father and patriarch.”

Among his other military awards, Deibert was recognized with The Distinguished Flying Cross (two awards), The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Presidential Unit Citation, Army Parachute Badge, and Army Senior Aviation Badge and other accolades.

Deibert served as the National Commander of the Legion of Valor from 2001-2002. After his retirement, he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003 to 2017. 

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Released Photos from Memorial Service:

240517-Z-CH590-1011: Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees (left), along with former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (center-left), Brig. Gen. Alan Gronewold, Adjutant General, Oregon (center-right) and Susan Malone (right), pause for a photo prior to the start of the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1060: The Presentation of the American Flag is performed by the Oregon Army National Guard Funeral Honor Guard members during the Memorial Service for Maj. (retired) Charles L. Deibert held at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon on May 17, 2024. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1034 and 240517-Z-CH590-1207: Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees (left), the former Adjutant General for the Oregon National Guard, delivers the Eulogy during the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1234: Mr. David Winterholler address those in attendance with remembrance remarks during the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1025: Distinguished guest and elected officials pause for the Invocation at the start of the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1285: Brig. Gen. Alan Gronewold, Adjutant General, Oregon, renders a hand salute to Suzanne Deibert after presenting her with the American Flag during the Memorial Service for her husband Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)




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05-17-24 Douglas County Fairgrounds More Than Just a Fair (Photo)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 17, 2024

Douglas County Fairgrounds More Than Just a Fair! 

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress are excited to celebrate National Fairgrounds Appreciation Month with a nod to our own Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex.  While most people think of the fairgrounds as a place where the annual fair is held, our fairgrounds complex offers so much more than just a place to go every August for funnel cakes, Ferris wheel rides and rock concerts. So, much, more.  It’s where our community comes together with friends and family to have a good time, share stories, celebrate, grieve, train, learn, support youth, and serve our community in crisis.

 

The County Commissioners are proud to support the hard work our fairgrounds staff does in putting on not only one of the best fairs around, but also for the work they do year-round for all the events they host.  As I have said before, our Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex is one of our most valuable and underappreciated County assets.  County residents are missing out if they don’t take advantage of the plethora of events and opportunities they offer,” stated Douglas County Commissioner and Fairgrounds Liaison, Tom Kress. 

 

Annually the Douglas County Fairgrounds is host to hundreds of events that host thousands of visitors, including the annual Christmas Craft Fair, Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Series, Father Daughter Dance, Home Show, Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby, Spring Craft Fair, Quilt Show, Lamb Show, Goat Show, Respect for Law Banquet, Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo, Gem Show, Circus on Ice, Retriever Club Shows, 4-H and FFA Shows, Graffiti Show and Shine, Dog Show, 4th of July Fireworks, Gun & Knife Show, First Citizens Banquet, Fall Craft Fair, Roseburg Outlaw Kart Races, Monster Trucks, Jackpot Youth Shows, Sportsman’s and Outdoor Show, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Dirt Track Races, K9s Unleashed, Barrel Races, Swap Meet & Fall Fling Car Show, Umpqua Valley Junior Livestock Classic, Umpqua Valley Gymnastics Riverside Classic, Poker Craze – Texas Holdem’ Tournament, Wedding Expo, Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show, Horse Shows, Dance Competitions, Proms and School Dances, Benefit Car Shows, Annual Meetings, Roseburg Chamber Luncheons, DC Mounted Posse Events, Pro Wrestling Events, Dahlia Show, Conventions, Board Meetings, Seminars, Trade Shows, Weddings, Memorials, Class and Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Retirement Parties, Celebrations of Life, RV Shows, Oregon Equestrian Team Events, and Fundraisers.  In addition to these annual events, the Douglas County Commissioners have made sure that the Douglas County Fairgrounds has been there when our community needed them by hosting Animal Rescue and Shelter Operations; Red Cross Emergency Shelters; Wildfire Base Camp and Command Centers; Vaccination, Flu and COVID Testing Clinics; Law Enforcement and Fire Department Trainings; Emergency and First Aid Training; Motorcycle Riding Classes and the special reverse Douglas County Veterans Day Parade in 2020.

 

The 74-acre Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex is home to six community buildings (Douglas Hall, Exhibit Building, Floral Building, Community Building, Pavilion Arena and River Arena); three animal boarding barns (horse, cow and rabbit/poultry); a dirt track speedway and grandstands; amphitheater; two covered outdoor pavilions (Food Court and Douglas Timber Operators); an outdoor livestock arena; two parks (Umpqua Park and the Playground); Roseburg Playschool Co-op (Preschool for ages 2-pre-K); Year-Round RV Park with 50 RV spots; six parking lots; several maintenance buildings and three concession stands/kitchens.  Unlike most other fairground complexes in the Pacific Northwest, the Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex is open year-round for event rentals.  It boasts some of the largest indoor spaces in the state, offers convenient professional onsite catering services, and unique river and fishing access. 

 

The first recorded fair in Douglas County occurred in 1860 when an agricultural fair was held in Oakland. During the 1880s Roseburg was the site of the Southern Oregon District Fair, encompassing Jackson, Josephine, Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties. People came from all over the state by train, buggy and horseback to explore the fair.  Most of the activity back then was around the Harness Races that were run on the Frank Alley Ranch located on East Douglas Avenue. Residents brought flowers, handiwork, baked goods, and crafts to display and sell at the event.  In 1920 there was finally enough support generated for a County Fair, which was held in Reedsport for about $750. However, during the Great Depression fair activity died out and for nearly twenty years no events were held.  In 1937, Earl Britton, who was head of the local 4H Clubs, worked to revive interest in a local County Fair and began hosting 4-H displays in the Roseburg Armory. In 1944, the County Court signed an order for the purchase of land where the present Fairgrounds Complex is located. Voters approved a $30,000 tax levy to buy the property. An advisory board was appointed, followed by the first Fair Board. In 1945 the first Douglas County Fair was held with one display building where 4-H and FFA activities were held. In addition to our County Commissioners over the years, many local businesses, service groups, and organizations including the Douglas County Sheriff's Posse, 4H, and Douglas Timber Operators have been actively involved in making the fairgrounds complex what it is today. 

 

The Douglas County Fairground’s roots really do run deep in our community, and they are absolutely grounds for everyone.  To find out more about what the Douglas County Fairgrounds has to offer, log onto our website at https://douglasfairgrounds.com/

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Saturday, May 18: Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Oregon Historical Society with Free Admission and All Ages Activities (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 05/17/24 3:21 PM
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Portland, OR — The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to partner with KALO Hawaiian Civic Club to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with free museum admission and a day of activities for all ages on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 5pm! This event is also presented in partnership with Oregon Rises Above Hate, a coalition of people and organizations who seek to give voice to AANHPI communities. 

In addition to educational videos and a craft corner hosted by KALO, the event will also feature two Papa Ulana Launiu (Weaving with Coconut Leaves) workshops, a traditional practice of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people. These two-hour workshops led by Maui Grown 808, LLP offer an opportunity for community members to learn about the artwork, its history, and its meaning from artists traveling to Oregon from Lahaina, Maui. Maui Grown 808, LLP are artists Aunty Ui and Uncle Mario of Lahaina, Maui. Each participant will leave with a beautiful, new hat.

These workshops cost $25 to attend ($20 for OHS members) and are open to all people ages twelve and older. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done online at ohs.org/ulana.

Schedule of Events

10:15am
Oli and Opening Protocol
An oli is an Indigenous Hawaiian chant that is a traditional way to begin Hawaiian events.

10:30am–12:30pm
Ulana Workshop 1

11am–3pm
Keiki Corner Crafts
All attendees are invited to take part in keiki (child) crafts especially geared towards visitors under 12 who are not eligible for the Ulana workshops. 

12:30pm–1:30pm
Educational Videos 
Attendees will have the opportunity to watch educational videos about Hawaiian history and culture to connect the past to the events of the day.

1:30pm–3:30pm
Ulana Workshop 2

Native Hawaiians were among the earliest outsiders in present-day Oregon. The future state’s first resource to be exploited by outsiders was animal pelts, highly valued for trimming garments and making hats. Prevailing winds meant that ships heading to Oregon for that purpose routinely stopped in the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the Sandwich Islands. To learn more about this history, read “Hawaiians in the Oregon Country,” an entry on The Oregon Encyclopedia by Jean Barman and Bruce McIntyre Watson.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For nearly 125 years, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of objects, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, 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 complex as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 
 

About KALO Hawaiian Civic Club

Ka ʻAha Lāhui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon & SW Washington (KALO HCC) is a local 501(c)3 organization located in Beaverton, Oregon. KALO HCC strives to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation, and practice of the Native Hawaiian culture and values by advocating and elevating the voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through cultural practices and educational opportunities. KALO HCC is housed at the AloHā Resource & Community Center (ARCC), which is an inclusive space for anyone in the community to enjoy. KALO HCC has a Community Pantry & Clothing Closet, both free services, as well as multiple workspaces/meeting areas with free Wi-Fi. The ARCC is open every weekday from 10am to 5pm.




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Popular Shellburg Falls Recreation Area reopens after 2020 wildfire reconstruction (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/17/24 1:56 PM
A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest.
A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest.
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SALEM, Oregon--One of the most popular Santiam State Forest recreation areas, Shellburg Falls, will reopen today after being closed in the aftermath of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.

“It’s almost unbelievable how wildfire can impact the landscape,” said Joe Offer, Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Recreation Manager.  “At Shellburg, we lost bridges, wooden signs and even the timbers on the ground used for steps burned up.  Yet our picnic pavilion with a metal roof survived.  It shows how wildfire burns at different rates, different severity, and skips around the landscape.  You can see that here at Shellburg.”

ODF estimates up to 75 percent of trees in the area were burned or partially burned. This made the department’s responsibility to manage state forests to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians challenging.

A salvage harvest sale was conducted to get valuable timber out before it became unusable and to remove hazardous trees near roads, recreation areas and other infrastructure for the safety of the public.

“During those operations it gave the recreation staff time to evaluate and then reimagine the area to improve safety, access, and the overall experience in the forest for Shellburg users,” said Offer.

The challenge was the department did not get any more funds or positions to address the sever loss of recreation infrastructure.

“We have 1.5 fulltime recreation positions for the entire Santiam State Forest,” said Offer.  “That’s a challenge to carry out normal operations let alone rebuilding several recreation areas after fires. We also did not get any additional funds to replace lost infrastructure.”

With limited staff and budget, ODF relies on a unique partnership with South Fork Forest Camp (a joint Department of Corrections and ODF facility in Tillamook State Forest) and local non-profit groups to get much of the rebuilding and maintenance work done.

“The adults in custody from South Fork make and install all our signage,” said Offer. 

They also do trail work and provide labor outside of fire season when they contribute crews to fight wildfires.

“For Shellburg, the Salem Area Trail Alliance, Cascade Trail Crew and Trailkeepers of Oregon are key partners,” said Offer.  “Without their help, I’m not sure when we would have reopened.”

Some of the major changes to Shellburg include the closure of the old trailhead and the conversion of the small campground to the new main trailhead.  The new one is approximately six miles, mostly on gravel forest roads, from the old one.

“We had safety issues with people parking on the paved county road on busy days and access issues across private land with the old trail,” said Offer.  “The new trail head eliminates both those issues.”

There are two trails to the falls now, the first is Upper Shellburg Falls Trail that is approximately 1.5 miles round trip. This gives hikers a view from above or parallel to the falls. The second is the Lower Shellburg Falls Trail which is four miles round trip and ends up at the base of the falls. 

“In the future we plan to build a bridge below the falls to connect the trails,” said Offer. 

The other big change is the trail no longer goes behind the falls.

“There are loose rocks and gravel—so it is unstable and not safe.  We had to close that,” said Offer. 

There are barriers and signs warning people not to go behind the falls.

In addition to the trails to the falls, there are other hiking and mountain biking trails in the newly opened area that people can explore. 

“Our hope is people see this as an outdoor destination and not just one trail,” said Offer. “The falls are beautiful, but the other area trails will be interesting for people to see especially as the different impacted areas of the forest recover from those 2020 fires.”

In addition to Shellburg, all other campgrounds in the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook State Forests will open for the season today. To see a complete list, go to ODF’s website.  

The one major exception is the Butte Creek Falls Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest. Salvage logging operations are on-going there from the 2020 fires, but it should reopen later this summer once hazard trees are removed from the access roads. 




Attached Media Files: A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest. , This new bridge replaced the one that was destroyed in 2020 on the Shellberg Upper Trail. Volunteers from Trailkeepers of Oregon hauled in more than 100 tons of rock and installed the bridge. , The upper trail allows hikers to see the falls from above. Scorched tress and regrowth of vegetation provide a unique view perspective of the impact of wildfire to the area. No matter, the falls remain picture perfect. , The Shellberg Falls Lower Trail ends right in front of the falls. The old trails went behind the falls, but loose rocks and gravel made it unsafe to continue use of the old trail. Future plans call for a new bridge at the base of the falls to connect the upper and lower trail. But for now, hikers will have to back track on the same trail.

Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care Launches New Data Dashboard showing 96% Enrollment for the Preschool Promise Program
Ore. Dept. of Early Learning and Care - 05/17/24 1:44 PM

Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care Launches New Data Dashboard showing 96% Enrollment for the Preschool Promise Program

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2024 

Contact: 

Kate Gonsalves, (503) 428-7292 

delc.media@delc.oregon.gov 

SALEM, ORE. - The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) launched a new data dashboard demonstrating positive trends around the strong growth of Preschool Promise Program. The data shows thousands of families across the state are successfully accessing free, high quality preschool. Preschool Promise is a preschool program serving children ages 3-4, in a variety of early learning settings, in all 36 Oregon counties. The program is available to families who are living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of four that amounts to a yearly annual income at or below $60,000.   

“Preschool Promise is helping to ensure that families with young children have preschool options that align with the learning environment they know will work best for their child and their family,” said DELC Director Alyssa Chatterjee. “I’m pleased to see the strength of the program reflected in the data. These aren’t just statistics, each data point on the graph represents families positively impacted by the Preschool Promise program.”  

 “Here in Medford, many families would be unable to attend our program without Preschool Promise funding,” said Sunny Spicer, Executive Director at Oregon Center for Creative Learning. “For many families, receiving that funding is the turning point to stability. Each day, I see the transformational impact that access to preschool provides to families. It’s the key to find employment, the pathway to housing, or the doorway to the services they have been seeking.”  

 Previously, the Preschool Promise program faced challenges with utilization during the pandemic when a child care provider workforce shortage created significant enrollment challenges for public preschool programs. Today, with the launch of DELC’s in-house procurement office, the data shows strong improvements and a positive trajectory in expanding the number of grantees and the number of preschool slots filled statewide. 

 The success of the program would not be possible without Early Learning Hubs that enroll children with grantees. This “mixed delivery model” spans across more than 300 sites in a variety of settings. Schools are one of the main delivery options of the program. This model reflects the unique needs of families looking for an appropriate preschool program including the need for extended hours, sibling considerations, culturally responsive care, or a preference for home based setting. 

 “Every family should have the access to free, culturally responsive preschool programs that meet their family's needs,” said Dayna Jung, Preschool Promise Manager. “Preschool Promise engages parents as partners in their child’s learning and development. I’m thrilled to see the data reflect how impactful this program is. This dashboard increases transparency and allows the public to spot trends and see how we are working to establish inclusive, welcoming environments for all families.”  

 The interactive Preschool Promise data dashboard helps to illustrate the broad need for child care across the state with maps that include county based information. Additional dashboards for other high quality DELC programs including Oregon Prenatal to Kindergarten are in development. To see the current dashboards, please visit the DELC website: Department of Early Learning and Care : Data and Research Homepage : Data : State of Oregon   

 In addition to the data dashboard, the agency also recently announced a new opportunity for providers interested in Preschool Promise. A Request for Applications (RFA) for the Preschool Promise program went live this week for the 2024-2025 program year. The agency welcomes applications from interested entities across the state to reallocate a total of 358 slots. Additionally, DELC is offering eligible applicants the opportunity to be placed in the Preschool Promise applicant waitlist pool for all 16 Early Learning Hubs to be considered when future slots become available. Materials must be received by 5:00p on June 17, 2024. To read more about the opportunity, or to learn more about Preschool Promise eligibility and enrollment please visit the Preschool Promise page on the DELC website.  

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About the Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care
The Department of Early Learning and Care’s mission is to foster coordinated, culturally appropriate, and family-centered services that recognize and respect the strengths and needs of all children, families, and early learning and care professionals. More information about DELC is available at Oregon.gov/DELC. You can also connect with DELC on Facebook or sign up for news alerts and updates


Fatal Crash- HWY 66- Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 05/17/24 11:56 AM

Jackson County, Ore. 15 May 24- On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 10:23 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a motorcycle versus log truck crash on Hwy 66, near milepost 11, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by George Henry Macomber (66) of Klamath Falls, crossed the double yellow line into the eastbound lane for unknown reasons and struck an eastbound Kenworth log truck, operated by Robert David Sandene (44) of Cave Junction, head-on.

The operator of the Harley Davidson (Macomber) was transported and declared deceased at the hospital.

The operator of the Kenworth (Sandene) was not injured during the collision.

The highway was impacted for approximately 3 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by Ashland Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Bushnell's School of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant
Bushnell University - 05/17/24 11:03 AM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Bushnell’s School of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant

 

Lane Community Health Council Makes Significant Investment in Nursing Education

 

Eugene, OR — Bushnell University’s School of Nursing, one of the anchor academic programs within the College of Health Professions, has received a sizable grant from Lane Community Health Council (LCHC) to expand its efforts to meet the nursing workforce shortage in Lane County. As a part of its ongoing mission to improve the health and well-being of residents of Lane County, LCHC has designated $2.5 million to help Bushnell build a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab and to provide scholarships for student nurses completing their Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree for clinical practice. 

 

Lane Community Health Council is partnering with Bushnell University to meet the ongoing crisis of the nursing shortage in our region through this significant investment in nursing education.  Bushnell University has quickly distinguished itself among the ABSN programs in the state for its innovative approach and successful clinical and academic outcomes. These funds will support ongoing excellence in the School of Nursing as one of the best healthcare programs in the region while also maximizing student enrollment capacity in the program. This will allow Bushnell to meet the state-wide nursing shortage more quickly and effectively. Additionally, the funds will be deployed to address systemic inequities in healthcare by recruiting more students from diverse populations. The School of Nursing is committed to best practices in educating nurses on the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. 

 

Nursing simulation labs are the hallmark of modern clinical nursing education. Simulation training utilizes high-tech, responsive patient manikins, providing students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real-life medical situations. In simulated scenarios, nursing students get to both observe their peers and evaluate their own care using video recording and playback technology. This prepares student nurses efficiently and effectively prior to their required in-person clinical rotations in traditional hospital and community health settings.

 

This generous funding from LCHC, along with additional contributions from individual donors, family foundations, and local businesses, brings the fundraising efforts of Bushnell’s Health Professions Initiative to a total of just over $4.5M since the accelerated program began in January 2022. Together with the generous donation of over 11,000 square feet of education space in the Center for Medical Education and Research (CMER) at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center University District (UD) campus, these funds provide the University much needed start-up costs to equip and establish this innovative nursing program. 

 

Bushnell’s nursing graduates are already making a difference in Oregon, with 62% of them choosing to stay in Lane County and over 90% practicing in-state. ABSN students can complete this full-time, pre-licensure nursing program in 12 months. Bushnell graduates currently have a 100% first-time passing rate on the required licensure exam for nursing practice (NCLEX-RN) and a 100% job placement rate upon completion. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). 

 

Bushnell seeks to raise an additional $4.0M for the Health Professions Initiative through ongoing fundraising efforts and community partnerships. Additional resources will serve ongoing needs of the School of Nursing and expand behavioral health education through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CHMC) graduate programs. Through this initiative, Bushnell will be able to enhance scholarship opportunities, train and graduate more healthcare professionals, and enlarge the scope of health education options in our region. 

 

 

About Bushnell University

Founded in 1895 Bushnell University helps students discover and answer God’s call on their lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment, Bushnell encourages students to grow in wisdom, informed by faith, leading to lives of service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell.

 

Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant University District. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies through on campus, online, and hybrid course formats. More information about the University is available at www.bushnell.edu.

 

About Lane Community Health Council

The Lane Community Health Council (LCHC) collaborates closely with physicians, hospitals, other healthcare providers and local community organizations to improve the health and well-being of residents in Lane County.

 

The LCHC governs our local Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), PacificSource Community Solutions, in agreement with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), serving Medicaid members enrolled in the CCO on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The LCHC works to guide the design, development and implementation of strategic initiatives in support of the CCO, in service to the mission of better health, better care and better value for our members in Lane County.

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Hospital Association of Oregon Considers Appeal of U.S. District Court Ruling
Hospital Association of Oregon - 05/17/24 11:02 AM

Concerns remain about the state’s Health Care Market Oversight Program

Lake Oswego, Ore.—A U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that a state law creating the Health Care Market Oversight Program does not violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Hospital Association of Oregon brought the lawsuit, and it can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2362 in 2021 to create the Health Care Market Oversight Program, which gives Oregon Health Authority (OHA) significant power to oversee transactions involving health care entities, and aims to promote transparency, support statewide priorities, and monitor impacts. But since its passage, there have been concerns about the law’s negative impacts.

“Proponents of this law said it would improve health equity and protect access to care, which we wholeheartedly support. However, the law fails to accomplish those objectives,” said President and CEO Becky Hultberg. “Instead, we have an agency that has been given too much power, and it has created costly and onerous processes that have proven both arbitrary and unpredictable.”

The hospital association challenged the law on two grounds: first, the law’s open-ended and vague wording violates the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it imposes costs and penalties without fair notice or defined standards. And second, the law violates the Oregon Constitution because it delegates legislative power to a state agency, OHA.

While the federal court ruled the law doesn’t violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution, it declined jurisdiction over the state constitutional claim and did not consider it on its merits.

“Rather than protect Oregonians, this law may be harming them,” Hultberg said. “It has created an environment where health care arrangements serving the public may be hindered, while allowing arrangements detrimental to the public to proceed. We continue to be worried about the impact this law will have on access to health care services, especially for the most vulnerable people in our state.” 

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Attached Media Files: 2024-05/1635/172392/HCMO_lawsuit_press_release_v.2.pdf

Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) -- Recruitment
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/17/24 9:37 AM

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Memorandum

 

DATE:           May 10, 2024

TO:               All Oregon Private Security Providers and Interested Individuals

FROM:          Suzy Herring

                    Program Manager

SUBJECT:     Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) – Recruitment

 

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Department or DPSST) is accepting letters of interest, accompanying interest form, for two different openings on the

Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee. The recruitment is open until Thursday, June 13, 2024. The two openings are:

  • One person representing the public, who has never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or an investigator; and is not related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to a person who is employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator.
  • One person representing the health care industry.

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee established by Oregon Revised Statute 181A.375, and is charged with the responsibility of developing policies, requirements, standards, and rules relating to the private security and private investigator disciplines. All recommended policies, requirements, standards, and rules are submitted to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board) for consideration. The PSIPC meets on a quarterly basis. The meeting calendar is listed here:  https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/Pages/default.aspx. Members of the PSIPC may be eligible for reimbursement of costs incurred traveling to and from meetings.

Nominations for membership must be submitted to the Department for presentation to the Board chairperson for consideration. All appointments to the committee will be subject to ratification by the Board. The term of an appointed member is two years. An appointed member may be appointed to a second term.

If you are interested, you must complete and submit a Policy Committee Interest Form. This recruitment closes at 5pm on June 13, 2024. Interest forms must be received prior to the deadline. The interest form is available on the DPSST website. Here is a link to the form. Please send your completed interest form to:

Samantha Kossa

4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

Samantha.Kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

Phone 971.209.8235


DPSST - Board & Policy Committee Recruitments (Application Deadline 6/13/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/17/24 9:34 AM

2024 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitments

 

The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and established Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:

BPSST: All Board applications must be submitted through Workday.com

  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the collective bargaining unit that represents the largest number of individual workers in the DOC
  • One member who is a district attorney recommended to the Governor by the Oregon District Attorneys Association
  • One chief of police recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by June 13, 2024.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • One person representing telecommunicators
  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the health care industry
  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • One Corrections Officer who is employed by the Department of Corrections at a women's correctional facility and who is a member of a bargaining unit

Police Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a police officer, certified reserve officer, reserve officer or regulatory specialist
  • One command officer representing the Oregon State Police

 

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Policy Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above.

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at Workday Board and Commission Opportunities. (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

For further information regarding the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training or its respective Policy Committees, please contact Samantha Kossa samantha.kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE: N. Game Farm Road
Lane Co. Government - 05/17/24 9:00 AM
Road Name:North Game Farm Road
Location:North Eugene
Closure Details:

May 20- 21: North Game Farm Road will be closed to all traffic between Crescent Avenue and Coburg Road on Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, from 4:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for paving. 

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers south of Crescent Avenue. Expect heavy traffic and delays mid-day. Use Coburg Road to avoid the work zone.

May 22–24: Work will continue on North Game Farm between Coburg Road and Old Coburg Road from 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The road will be open to traffic and controlled by flaggers. 

Alternate routes:

 

Coburg Road and Crescent Avenue

Reason for closure:

 

Paving