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Juvenile Detained for School Threats (Gervais) ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/18 6:23 PM
Last night, February 23rd, around midnight, the Woodburn Police Department was informed of a threat made against the Woodburn and Gervais School Districts. Officers with the Woodburn Police Department began investigating the incident in conjunction with both school districts and the Gervais Police Department.

With student and staff safety as a top priority, both districts increased their levels of security as additional officers were brought into to patrol campuses. As the day progressed officers with the Woodburn Police Department continued to receive threats via social media.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., all of their efforts paid off after officers and educators identified a 17 year old, Gervais boy as the person believed to be responsible for the threats. The suspect was located at his residence where he was detained without incident. During the arrest the Gervais School District was placed on a brief lockdown as a precaution and later released.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to thank the Woodburn School District, Gervais School District and its law enforcement partners for their cooperation and assistance during this investigation. The Woodburn and Gervais Police Departments are continuing their investigation and there are no additional updates regarding the male juvenile at this time. For any further questions regarding this incident please contact:

Deputy Chief Marty Pilcher
Woodburn Police Department
503-980-2459
Marty.pilcher@ci.woodburn.or.us




Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Gervais Police Department was notified of a threat made via social media regarding the Gervais High School. The Gervais Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the school which was placed into lockdown as a precaution.

Quickly the Gervais Police Department developed a suspect, a juvenile, who was taken into custody at his home without incident. The school has been released and deputies will remain on scene as a precaution while the students board buses and walk home.

There are no additional details available and all further questions should be directed to the Gervais Police Department.

DPSST Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/23/18 3:12 PM
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2018
Contact: Theresa Janda
503-373-1553

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 11:00 a.m. on February 28, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Board Room (Room A145) DPSST, 4190 Aumsville Hwy. SE., Salem, OR 97317. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial in: (877) 873-8017 Access Code: 8191185

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes of Executive Committee meeting held June 23, 2017

2. Review of Applications for Public Representation on Policy Committees

3. Proposed rule Change to Amend OAR Chapter 259 Divison 1 Rules and Repeal OAR Chapter 259 Divisions 7, 30 and 50: Eliminate Outdated Processes and Redundant Statutory Language.

4. Proposed Temporary Rule change to Clarify Board's Authorities.

5. Next Meeting -- None currently scheduled


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Violent Crimes Unit Detective Seeks Suspect Tips in Sexual Assault, Abduction
Eugene Police Dept. - 02/23/18 2:52 PM
Eugene Police Violent Crime Unit is seeking tips in the case where a man followed a 19-year-old Eugene woman and used a hammer to threaten her prior to pulling her to an area, where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim was walking on the east sidewalk of N. Garden Way at 7:58 p.m. on February 14, when the suspect walked up to her and began talking to her. She didn't wish to speak with him and tried to walk faster, but he continued to try and engage her, eventually producing a hammer that he used to threaten her with. He grabbed her and forced her to another location against her will, where he sexually abused her. Afterwards the suspect ran from the scene. The victim was able to get help to call 911 and multiple officers and a K9 unit conducted a search with negative results.

Eugene Police Department is seeking suspect tips. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s. about 5'8" tall, and approximately 160 pounds. If anyone has relevant tips in this case they are asked to contact Detective Cliff Sites, 541.682.5147.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO:
https://vimeo.com/257207865/9821c4cc2f

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting | March 2, 2018, 9:00am-1:00pm
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/23/18 2:17 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301
Conference room: 124 A/B
Dial in: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order / Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Single Family Section
- RFA Update
- Annual Lender Awards
9:40 Housing Finance updates
- 30 Year Affordability Period on 4% LIHTC/LIFT Projects
- Rent Regulation Policy Discussion
- Updates on the Land Acquisition & Preservation programs
11:20 BREAK
11:30 Housing Stabilization update
- Department of Energy State Plan
- Update on Executive Order 1720
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned

United Way ranks Wells Fargo as the Largest Employee Campaign nationally for ninth straight year (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/23/18 11:50 AM
Wells Fargo employees supported 40,000 schools and community groups i 2017.
Wells Fargo employees supported 40,000 schools and community groups i 2017.
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United Way Worldwide has honored Wells Fargo as the largest workplace campaign in the entire United States for the ninth year in a row.

Wells Fargo employees across the nation pledged $85 million to 40,000 schools and nonprofits in 2017 through the company's annual Community Support and United Way Campaign. The total includes $835,794 pledged by employees in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

"We're grateful to Wells Fargo and its team members for their growing investment and commitment to building stronger communities," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. "Whether it's volunteer financial coaching, charitable giving through their workplace campaign, helping to fight hunger or supporting new job opportunities, Wells Fargo is leading across the board to make a difference in every community across America."

A Record Two Million Hours
Wells Fargo employees also volunteered a record two million hours in 2017, the equivalent of more than $48 million (based on the value of a volunteer's time as estimated by the nonprofit Independent Sector).

"I couldn't be prouder of our team members who, year after year, exhibit selfless commitment to strengthening the Oregon Region communities we serve and enriching the lives of others," said Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland.

"Our team members' generosity underscores one of our company's most important core values and inspires the investments that we'll continue to make in our communities," added Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company has repeatedly been named among the most generous companies in Oregon and the nation. Last year the diversified financial services company contributed $286.5 million in cash grants to more than 14,500 schools and nonprofit groups across the United States, including more than $2.8 million in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

About the Value of a Volunteer's Time
For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2HC9f4y

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo employees supported 40,000 schools and community groups i 2017.

Commercial Structure Fire 4600 Block South Coast Hwy
Newport Fire Department - 02/23/18 10:49 AM
At 9:16 PM on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a structure in the 4600 Block of South Coast Hwy. The first inbound fire unit could see smoke across the highway from about a mile away. Upon arrival it was confirmed there was a working structure fire in a commercial butcher/smokehouse and a nearby resident was evacuated. The business was closed and unoccupied at the time.

Fire crews made access and extinguished the fire in the rear half of the building. The adjacent occupancy was opened and ventilated to remove smoke. Fire damage did not extend to any additional businesses.

Newport Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Pacific West Ambulance. Newport Fire Department responded with two fire engines, one water tender, one chief officer and 14 firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Newport Fire Department reminds you to never leave cooking or heating equipment operating unattended.

Results of the Region 18 Chess Tournament at Coquille High School (Photo)
Chess for Success - 02/23/18 9:27 AM
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Results of the Region 18 Chess Tournament at Coquille High School

The following students have qualified for the State Chess Tournament:

Coquille Elementary
o 3 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified
Coquille Junior High School
o 2 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified
Coquille High School
o 1 student qualified as an individual

These individual and team winners are invited to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament March 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Chess for Success (CFS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. CFS is a Portland based non-profit organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life through learning chess. The organization runs chess clubs in more than 78 schools throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington serving more than 2,000 students. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

Excellent photo opportunity!

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Firefighter Physical Agility Test - American Legion Field - 2-23-18
Roseburg Fire Department - 02/23/18 8:21 AM
The City of Roseburg Fire Department will be conducting a physical agility test on February 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The physical agility test will be for recent applicants who applied for a Firefighter position with the department. The physical agility test will take place at the American Legion Baseball Field which is located at the corner of Stewart Park Drive and Northwest Stewart Parkway. The test consists of several exercises which are simulations of actual tasks performed on the job. Firefighting involves extremely hard and skilled physical work, as well as handling emergency and life or death situations. Demanding physical standards are necessary because of the high level of physical fitness required by the job. The physical agility test is designed to test a person's physical strength, agility, and endurance and their ability to perform basic strenuous tasks that a professional firefighter must perform. Applicants must complete the tasks in the manner required as well as completing the tasks within a specific time allotment. For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Thu. 02/22/18
Juvenile Charged for Initiating False Report
Corvallis Police - 02/22/18 4:39 PM
On the evening of February 21st, 2018, the Corvallis Police Department was contacted by the Corvallis School District for a report of threats made to a student at Linus Pauling Middle School via Snapchat. The initial report to police was for a potential act of violence, and did not expressly identify a particular school in the 509J School District. As a precaution, Officers assisted Linus Pauling Middle School, as well as other schools, with providing extra security while the investigation continued. However, the investigation determined that the 14-year-old female student, who claimed to have received the threat, was the source of the social media post which she claimed the alleged threat came from. The student was taken into custody at 3:00pm on February 22nd, and transported to the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct I and Initiating a False Report. The Corvallis Police Department takes any threats of violence to the schools seriously, and ask that the public report any potential threats of violence immediately to authorities.

Sheriff's Office Concludes Click it or Ticket Campaign
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/18 3:35 PM
The Sheriff's Office has concluded it's Click it or Ticket Campaign. The campaign began on February 5th and concluded on February 18th. Funding for the increased enforcement was provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Deputies took the following enforcement action for the listed violations:

Distracted Driving: 3
Seatbelt: 20
Speeding: 21
Driving While Suspended: 8
Child Restraint: 1
Other Misc. Violations: 26

A total of 20 personnel hours were spent during the campaign period.

Redmond Police Officers Help Deliver Baby (Photo)
Redmond Police Dept. - 02/22/18 2:56 PM
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Joshua 2 original size
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Redmond, OR -- Today, February 22 at approximately 10:00 AM, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received an emergency call from an expectant mother stating she was in labor and was at her residence in the 2300 block of SW Volcano Ave. Redmond Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the location, as was Redmond Police.

Officers Joe Casper and Michael Maloney arrived well before medics and observed there would be no-stopping the little bundle of joy from joining the world today. Officers were able to assist the mother and guided the child out. Officers tied off the umbilical cord wrapped the little boy in a towel and handed him to a very happy mother.

Redmond Fire & Rescue medics arrived after their response was delayed due to the snow and icy conditions, and transported mother and child to the hospital in Redmond. Later, Officer Casper and Officer Maloney met up with mother and her new son.

Born today at 10:08 AM, to mother Alba Cerda, was Joshua at 5 lbs 6 oz at 19 inches long.

Welcome to Redmond, Joshua!



Attached Media Files: Joshua 2 original size , Joshua 1 cropped

Tip of the Week February 26, 2018 - Unsecured Loads
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/18 1:15 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 26, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers
541-265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us

UNSECURED LOADS

The National Sheriffs' Association Traffic Safety Committee is working to raise awareness of the problem with unsecured loads. Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that road debris played a role in more than 50,000 crashes each year from 2011 through 2014. These resulted in over 9,800 injuries and approximately 125 deaths. Each. Year. And these crashes were preventable! "Unsecured loads lead to dangerous roads." The following tips will help you make sure that your loads are always properly secured.

To be secured, loads should be:
Tied down with rope, netting or straps
Tied directly to the vehicle or trailer
Covered entirely with a sturdy tarp or netting
NOT overloaded
Packed with lighter weight items at the bottom and evenly distributed to prevent them from sliding.

Ensure the vehicle is Properly Maintained:
Worn or underinflated tires can result in blowouts that leave dangerous pieces of tire in the roadway.
Rusted and corroded hardware can cause mufflers and other parts to drag and break loose.

Unsecured loads lead to dangerous roads which can be not only costly, but deadly. Secure your loads. It can be the difference between life and death. Now that you know how; no excuses.
Be a responsible driver.

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/5490/112233/022618-Unsecured_Loads.pdf

K9 Bonni Apprehends Burglar (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/18 12:17 PM
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On February 22nd, 2018 at approximately 8:30 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious activity call in the 100 block of Cook Rd near Toledo. The juvenile caller reported a male banging on the door of her house. A short time later, the male circled around to the back of the house and gained entry inside.

After a brief period in the house, the male fled the scene on foot. Units from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Toledo Police Department arrived in the area and quickly set up a containment perimeter. Senior Deputy Shawn Carter arrived with K9 Bonni and began an area search of a nearby stream where the suspect was thought to have fled.

K9 Bonni picked up a track and led deputies to the suspect hiding in the brush a short distance away. The suspect, 33 year old Cody G. Barnhart of Toledo, was taken into custody without incident. Barnhart was charged with one count each of Burglary in the First Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. His bail was set at $265,000.

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Respectfully Submitted,
Derek Etheridge, Patrol Sergeant
Search and Rescue Program Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St
Newport, Or 97365
(541) 265-0686



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/5490/112232/DSC06666-3.jpg

Bend Police looking for help locating missing Bend woman (Updated Narrative 02/22) (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 02/22/18 11:23 AM
Gomez photo
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Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Case # 2018-050882

Date & Time of Incident: February 19

Type of Incident: Missing Person

Victim:

Sara Diana Gomez 24 year old Bend resident

Suspect:

Bryan Michael Penner 31 year old Bend resident

Updated Narrative (February 22, 2018 @11:00am):

Throughout the day on February 21st and into the early morning hours of February 22nd, Bend Police Officers and Detectives continued the investigation into looking for Sara Gomez.

Bryan Penner, a former boyfriend of Gomez, has been identified as a person of interest into Gomez's disappearance. Detectives executed a search warrant at Penner's residence on February 21st. Penner's residence is located in an apartment complex in the 1800 block of NE Purcell. During the warrant execution, evidence was located that is believed to be linked to the disappearance of Gomez.

Penner was taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Kidnap II, Theft II and Restraining Order Violation (Gomez had an active Restraining Order on Penner).

This investigation is ongoing and further searches are planned. We are continuing to ask for the community's help in locating Sara Gomez.

Original Narrative:

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Case # 2018-050882

Date & Time of Incident: February 19

Type of Incident: Missing Person

Location of Incident: City of Bend

Victim:

Sara Diana Gomez 24 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

On February 20th, a concerned friend of Sara Gomez contacted the Redmond Police Department to report that Gomez had not returned home for a few days. Redmond Police forwarded the information to us, as Gomez is a Bend resident.

Bend Police Officers and Detectives are currently trying to locate Gomez to check on her welfare. We have attached a recent photograph of Gomez to help locate her.

If anyone has seen Gomez or know the whereabouts of Gomez, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911 or contact us through direct messages on our social media platforms.

www.facebook.com/BendPoliceDepartmentOfficial

twitter.com/BendCityPolice

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OHA distributes public health modernization funds to regional partnerships
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/18 10:28 AM
February 22, 2018

$3.9 million going to projects focused on communicable disease prevention and health equity

The Oregon Health Authority's distribution of $3.9 million from the state Legislature's public health modernization investment is supporting communicable disease prevention and health equity projects in eight regions around the state.

The funds, from the Legislature's $5 million allocation for public health modernization in 2017, support the demonstration of new models of public health programs considered among the foundation of essential services for every community to protect and promote health.

The $3.9 million for the eight regional partnerships, which cover 34 of 36 Oregon counties, will help local public health authorities develop new systems for communicable disease control, emphasizing strategies to eliminate communicable disease-related health disparities. This investment will support progress toward reducing sexually transmitted infections, preventing the spread of tuberculosis, improving vaccination rates, and protecting vulnerable communities from diseases like norovirus.

Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division, said distribution of the public health modernization funds represents a major first step toward realizing the modernization initiative's goals of providing core public health functions and maintaining flexibility to meet new health challenges in every area of the state.

"These new projects will give us our first taste of a truly modernized public health system in Oregon with its focus on innovative approaches for controlling communicable diseases," Shirley said.

The regional projects being funded through June 2019 are:

-- Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties--Identify sexually transmitted disease risks in the region and develop plans to reduce transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

-- Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties; St. Charles Health System; Central Oregon Health Council--Prevent the spread of communicable diseases in long-term care facilities and improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Douglas, Coos and Curry counties; Coquille and Cow Creek tribes; Western Oregon Advanced Health Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)--Improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Jackson and Klamath counties; Southern Oregon Regional Health Equity Coalition; Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition--Reduce sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis C, and improve vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV).

-- Lane, Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties; Oregon State University--Improve hepatitis A, HPV, and pneumococcal vaccination rates.

-- Marion and Polk counties; Willamette Valley Community Health CCO--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea and chlamydia and increase HPV immunization rates.

-- North Central Public Health District; Baker, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties; Eastern Oregon CCO; Mid-Columbia Health Advocates--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea.

-- Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties; Oregon Health Equity Alliance--Create culturally appropriate communicable disease control strategies to control the spread of hepatitis and tuberculosis.

The full list of the partnerships and their projects can be found on the project's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/TASKFORCE/Documents/regionalpartnershipgranteeproject.pdf.

Cara Biddlecom, director of policy and partnerships at the OHA Public Health Division, said the remainder of the modernization funds will support state-level work with the regional partnerships. It also will enhance collection and reporting of population health data and enhance functionality of an important public health data system, the ALERT Immunization Information System.

For more information, visit the OHA Public Health Modernization website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/About/TaskForce/pages/index.aspx.

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Beit Am Jewish Community Center receives $51,250 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky
Pacific Power - 02/22/18 9:46 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Celeste Krueger, Pacific Power Feb. 22. 2018
541-967-6142

Beit Am Jewish Community Center receives $51,250 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky
Grant for solar installations at community center will help save money, reduce carbon footprint

CORVALLIS, Ore.--The Beit Am Jewish Community Center will tap into solar energy by the end of the year thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Celeste Krueger, Pacific Power's regional business manager for Corvallis. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers."

The Corvallis project is part of up to $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.

The Beit Am project will go atop a new building funded by donations. The 23.8 kilowatt project will save energy costs that instead can be applied to enable Beit Am to increase financial support for many community projects such as Stone Soup meals for low-income community members; regular drives for clothing, food, and supplies for the nonprofits Community Outreach, Inc. and Welcoming Immigrants to Oregon; monthly Jewish services at the Oregon State Penitentiary and Oregon State Correctional Institution; and staffing the Corvallis Men's Cold Weather Shelter.


"The display of solar panels will be a model to our membership and other faith groups in Corvallis to do the same: to invest in renewables, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel, and to be more mindful of taking care of our one and only home," said Ken Winograd, of Beit Am



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 14th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

Benton County Farm Bureau Offers Scholarship
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/22/18 9:36 AM
Benton County Farm Bureau is proud to announce the availability of a scholarship program. The scholarship is open to students enrolled or accepted to enroll this year at an accredited school of higher education. Applicants must show how their chosen field relates to or benefits agriculture.

There will be at least one scholarship awarded up to $500.

The deadline is June 1, 2018.

The application is available at http://oregonfb.org/scholarships/

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Historical Society Announces 2018 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 7
Oregon Historical Society - 02/22/18 9:15 AM
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon's most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Stacy Allison: Adventurer, author, & businesswoman
On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit the 29,028-foot Mt. Everest. Stacy has also reached the top of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women's ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495-foot peak known as Nepal's Matterhorn. The author of Beyond the Limits: A Women's Triumph on Everest and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, Stacy is also a much sought-after motivational speaker. A dedicated volunteer to the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Medical Teams International, Stacy is also owner and operator of Stacy Allison General Contracting.

Edward "Ed" Ray: Transformational higher education leader
President of Oregon State University since 2003, Edward "Ed" Ray is widely regarded as the most transformational leader in the school's 150 year history. Under his guidance, OSU has received record levels of research awards and contracts; enrolled the highest number of students in the school's history; launched a successful $1.14 billion fundraising campaign, which included nearly $189 million for scholarships and fellowships, 79 newly endowed faculty positions, and funding for key scientific and learning facilities; expanded dual-enrollment agreements to all seventeen of Oregon's community colleges, and opened and grew the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Bill Stoller: Visionary business leader & philanthropist
Raised on a family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon, Bill Stoller is perhaps best known as the founder and owner of the winery that bears his name. He is the co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries, as well as the founder of Xenium, a human resources and employer services outsource company. As an ardent preservationist, Bill's drive for sustainability earned Stoller Winery the first-ever LEED Gold certification in the world.

Bob's Red Mill: Revolutionizing the food industry
Founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob's Red Mill is known worldwide as the producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products. Bob celebrated his 81st birthday in 2010 by transferring ownership of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan. Bob and Charlee's passion for healthy foods and clean living led them to donate tens of millions of dollars to Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the National University of Natural Medicine to fund projects and research promoting healthy diets.

"In this tenth anniversary year of the History Makers Dinner, we are pleased to honor three individuals and one iconic Oregon business that exemplify what it means to be an 'Oregon History Maker'," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or alexis.silva@ohs.org.

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About the Oregon Historical Society

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

Wells Fargo offers free financial education webinars Feb. 26-28 during Military Saves Week (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/22/18 9:13 AM
A military father and his son.
A military father and his son.
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In honor of Military Saves Week, Wells Fargo will offer a series of free webinars to help service members, veterans and their families kick-start their financial goals. The webinar topics will include financing a home, budgeting and saving, and credit.

The webinars are designed for military and veterans, but are also open to the general public. The interactive online workshops take less than an hour and include the chance for participants to ask questions.

Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.wellsfargo.com/rsvp and enter the access code provided for the desired webinar:

Homebuying: Monday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Access Code: Mil1stHome
Buying a home may be one of the most important financial decisions you can make. During this session, participants will learn about the steps in the homebuying process, how to identify the costs associated with buying a home, and types of financing available, including the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

Budgeting & Saving: Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Access Code: MilBudget
Make the most of the money you have by saving more, creating a spending plan and being a smart shopper.

Get Smart About Credit: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Access Code: MilCredit
It's never too early or too late to learn the money skills you need for life, and one of the most important things everyone needs to know is how to better manage credit. Learn how to manage credit cards, the factors that go into your credit score, the benefits and risks of using credit, and more.

Consumers with questions about the webinars can contact MilitaryMortgage@wellsfargo.com. For immediate assistance with home financing needs, consumers can speak with a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage military lending specialist by calling toll-free at (877) 337-9405.

About Military Saves Week
Set for Feb. 26-March 3, Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status. Typically hundreds of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people. More information: http://bit.ly/2mwtvKl

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy its customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially.

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Attached Media Files: A military father and his son.

State Forests Advisory Committee seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/22/18 8:17 AM
Salem, Ore. -- A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations, projects and activities is currently seeking applications to fill two vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides input on the implementation of forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry interests and serves as a forum to discuss agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals in these areas.

The committee specifically covers issues related to ODF district Annual Operations Plans, best practices for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, and other technical forest management topics.

The two new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2018. There is one vacancy for a position representing the environmental community and a vacancy in a non-affiliated position.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to get involved in today's forestry conversation and provide insight and perspectives on how we are implementing the forest management plans. We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To apply, complete a questionnaire (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Documents/SFACApplicationQuestionnaire2018.pdf) by March 19 and submit to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry by email to april.r.davis@oregon.gov or mail to 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7496 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found here (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx).

Wed. 02/21/18
Results of the Region 19 Chess Tournament at Allen Dale Elementary (Photo)
Chess for Success - 02/21/18 6:59 PM
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Results of the Region 19 Chess Tournament at Allen Dale Elementary

The following students have qualified for the State Chess Tournament:

Allen Dale Elementary
o 2 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified
Butte Falls Charter School
o 2 students qualified as individuals
South Middle School
o 1 student qualified as an individual

These individual and team winners are invited to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament March 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Chess for Success (CFS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. CFS is a Portland based non-profit organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life through learning chess. The organization runs chess clubs in more than 78 schools throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington serving more than 2,000 students. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

Excellent photo opportunity!

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OSP-The Dalles is Seeking Public Assistance on a Motor Vehicle Collision - Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 5:55 PM
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On February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:30am, the Oregon State Police responded to a multiple motor vehicle collision on I-84 near milepost 88, just west of The Dalles Dam.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup truck lost control on the icy roadway, struck the guardrail and came to rest in the right lane of travel. As the operator of a red unknown make pickup truck with canopy approached the crash location, the operator of the red pickup truck applied their brakes, but they were unable to avoid the colliding with the Dodge Ram truck. After impacting the Dodge Ram truck, the operator of the red pickup pulled to the side of the highway briefly before fleeing the scene without exchanging information. The red pick should have damage to the passenger side taillight.

OSP-The Dalles Area Command is seeking assistance with identifying the red pickup and its occupants. If you witnessed the crash or have any information pertaining to this crash, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at (503)731-3020 or OSP and refer to case number SP18-066123.



Attached Media Files: Red Pickup , Red Pickup , Victim Vehicle

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Expands Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program for Individuals who are Blind and Visually Impaired Across Southern Willamette Valley
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 02/21/18 4:03 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Expands Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program for Individuals who are Blind and Visually Impaired Across Southern Willamette Valley

Vancouver, Washington--February 21,2018--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting two winter sports experiences this weekend for individuals who are visually impaired in the Southern Willamette Valley. Both programs will be held at Hoodoo Ski Area (27400 Big Lake Road, Sisters, OR 97759). Athletes will get the opportunity to learn fundamental skills for skiing or snowboarding. The first program will be held Friday, February 23 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The second program is scheduled for Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These programs are being offered at no cost to the participants, and they will provide one-on-one instruction, a lift pass, and rental equipment. Transportation from Salem and Eugene can be coordinated. For more information, please visit NWABA's website at www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254.

"We are very excited to be expanding our life-changing winter sports experience program to Hoodoo Ski Area. These events will introduce our athletes to new and exciting opportunities that most have never been able to experience." said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes plans to host additional ski & snowboard experiences in March and has aspirations of expanding the program in the future. Each session will cost the organization in excess of $1,000.00 for twelve participants. Donations are accepted to support NWABA's new ski & snowboard program by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support the Ski & Snowboard Program.

About NWABA:

The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The organization was founded in 2007 by the executive director to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. NWABA served 6 students in its first year, and today, it is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.


For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

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Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0117 waiver renewal, 1915 (c) #0375 waiver amendment, 1915 (k) state plan amendment
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/21/18 2:29 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services' Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is seeking public comment regarding the 1915 (c) #0117 Child Home and Community Based Supports (HCBS) Waiver renewal, 1915 (c) Adult HCBS Waiver amendment, and the 1915 (k) state plan amendment.

For the past couple of years ODDS has been working to reorient the I/DD system to focus on person-centered planning. As part of this effort, and in response to steps required under the Legislatively Adopted Budget for 2017--2019, ODDS has been engaged in multiple efforts that are now called the "Compass Project". Collectively, these efforts include:

Validating and implementing the new functional needs assessment: Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA)
Reorienting its focus from the functional needs assessment and hours of service to person-centered planning and "whole life" in the community
Various rate setting efforts
Policy work needed to operationalize these changes
Updates to the eXPRS system

Many of these efforts require aligning existing Medicaid authorities to implement these initiatives.

This CMS submission includes reorganization of 1915 (c) Waiver authorities into Child and Adult Waivers. This new structure will simplify and streamline the federal authorities under which I/DD services are provided in Oregon and will allow ODDS to tailor services to children and adults in the future.

Additionally, the following changes are being made to the Adult and Child Waivers and the K-Plan.

#0117 Child HCBS Waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level of care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Direct Nursing as this waiver will only serve children and Private Duty Nursing is available under EPSDT.
Update Appendix D to reflect the current Individual Support Plan (ISP) process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

#0375 Adult HCBS waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Special Diets service due to lack of use;
Update Appendix D to reflect the current ISP process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

1915 (K) State Plan Amendment:
Add Assessment as a discrete service;
Include state-trained assessors as persons completing the functional needs assessment;
Expand case management contacts from just face-to-face or phone to face-to-face or other interactive methods to match the currently approved waiver language;
Update natural supports language to reflect CMS guidance; and
Technical updates.

ODDS will limit state-trained assessors who provide Assessments as a discrete service to the population it serves to employees of entities designated by ODDS under a 1915(b)(4) Waiver Fee-for-Service Selective Contracting Program.

The proposed 1915 (c) waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are online at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/compass-project.aspx
Print versions of the waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are posted in local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/county-programs.aspx) and Support Services Brokerages (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Support-Services-Brokerages.aspx). Print versions may also be obtained from Joli Schroader, Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 503-507-2083, joli.r.schroader@.state.or.us.

Interested parties are asked to submit comments via one of two methods: Send an email to odds.info@state.or.us or send written comments addressed to ODDS Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.
Deadline for comments is March 21, 2018. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Man Found in River Identified - Josephine County- Rogue River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 11:48 AM
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On January 12, 2018 the Josephine County Sheriff's office began the investigation into a missing Josephine County man, 27 year old, Ryne NACE. On January 23rd, 2018, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation division was asked to assume the investigation.

On February 16, 2018, investigators learned of a male that was found in the Rogue River near the Graves Creek area by a rafter. Josephine County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police detectives responded to the area and were able to retrieve the body from the river. The body was found approximately ?1/4 of a mile down river from the Graves Creek boat ramp. NACE was last known to be camping near the Argo boat ramp, which is about four miles upriver from where the man was located.

On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the male by the state medical examiner.

Per the medical examiner, the male was positively identified as 27 year old Ryne NACE, from Josephine County. The cause and manner of his death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.



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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 199 near Milepost 24.5 -- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 9:17 AM
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On Tuesday, February 20th, at approximately 6:59pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a head on fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 199 near milepost 24.5 in Selma, Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white GMC Safari, operated by Robert A. JAKOVIC, age 20 of Ridgeville, Ohio was traveling northbound on Highway 199 and a red Toyota Prius, operated by Deborah J. NEWELL, age 69 of Cave Junction was traveling southbound on Highway 199 just north of the intersection of Reeves Creek Road. While negotiating a curve, the vehicles collided head on near the center line.

NEWELL sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. JAKOVIC was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries. JAKOVIC and NEWELL were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision and it is not believed that intoxicants are a contributing factor.

Next of kin notification has been made.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire and ODOT.



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Lebanon Strawberry Festival Designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/21/18 8:33 AM
The Lebanon Strawberry Festival, a volunteer-powered community-wide event, marks its upcoming 109th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Todd Kepple, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates local heritage in Oregon."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival started in 1909 as a way to showcase Lebanon and promote the berry industry. Today, the county-wide celebration has grown from a parade and shows on the dirt streets of downtown Lebanon to a 4-day festival at Cheadle Lake Park that includes multiple parades, a royalty court, a carnival, a race, and the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

Jami Cate, Chair of the Strawberry Festival Board, acknowledges how the tradition has grown along with the town. "The City of Lebanon is growing and changing, and it's fun to see the contrast between the traditional ways of life for the area--the tractors and log trucks driving through the parade, the generations-old insurance companies and banks still sponsoring the Festival--and the new aspects of Lebanon--the medical college volunteering at the 5k Race, the new breweries and restaurants sponsoring our events, the new city park being named "Strawberry Plaza."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival wouldn't be possible without countless hours of volunteer work. A 30 member board plans and runs the festival each year along with over 100 additional volunteers. Over 10,000 participants attend from across the county and the state.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Strawberry Festival has earned this honor," Jami said. "We invite all Oregonians to share our tradition and a piece of shortcake by attending the festival." The festival will be held May 31- June 3, 2018.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

Tue. 02/20/18
Roseburg Police Investigate Robbery at Walgreen's
Roseburg Police Dept. - 02/20/18 10:24 PM
Just before 08:00 PM on February 20th, Officers from the Roseburg Police Department responded to a robbery at the Walgreen's located at 1377 NE Stephens. It was reported that an adult Caucasian male entered the store and spent a short amount of time walking around. He then went to the front register and demanded cash and merchandise from the clerk. When the clerk hesitated, the suspect displayed a weapon. The clerk then placed an undisclosed amount of money into a bag and handed it to the suspect. The suspect left the store and got into a newer white passenger car, and then drove out of the parking lot in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as 6'3" to 6'5", in his 30's, and having dark colored hair. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Recruiting for Linn County Search and Rescue
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/20/18 1:58 PM
The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff's Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a ten day summer training program.

This will be the 25th year of the Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

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

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff's office on March 12th, April 9th, or May 14th at 7pm to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the ten day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Lieutenant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541-812-2272) or visit the Linn County Sheriff's Office website at www.linnsheriff.org. Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.

Executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet February 21 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/20/18 1:25 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Room 160 of the Department of Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public comment, old business, new business, secretary position, executive committee composition, office tour, and future agenda items.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may access the meeting by calling (503) 934-1400 and using Conference ID # 23678239 to join in.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig Chad.A.Ludwig@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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History Happy Hour: Triple Nickles and their Secret Mission in Pendleton
Oregon Travel Experience - 02/20/18 1:19 PM
On Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., Travel Information Council's Oregon Historical Marker Program, in partnership with Travel Pendleton and the Pendleton Air Museum will be hosting History Happy Hour at Oregon Grain Growers Distillery in Pendleton. The topic of discussion is the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. The Triple Nickles jumped their way into Oregon history in 1945 during a secret mission known as "Operation Firefly.' The guest speaker will be Robert Bartlett, a professor from Eastern Washington University and a member of the Triple Nickel's Association. At this Happy Hour we will learn more about the Triple Nickel's history and how Pendleton played a role. We will also be discussing a location for a historical marker located in Pendleton to commemorate the 555th. This event is open to the public. Check out Travel Pendleton's Event Page on Facebook for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/108255036660086/


The Oregon Historical Marker Program is administered by the Travel Information Council (TIC). For more information on the Triple Nickles and their historical marker, please contact Annie von Domitz, Heritage Program and Community Assets Manager at TIC. 1-800-574-9397.

Committee for Family Forestlands and State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meet Feb. 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/18 1:15 PM
News Release

Date: Feb. 20, 2018

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27; the CFF from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the SFCC via conference call from 2 -- 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The Committee for Family Forestlands will discuss these topics:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, Legislative session, agency strategic initiatives, and landowner assistance
Land use planning
Food plot rulemaking
Good Neighbor Authority

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will receive updates about:
The department and the Private Forests Division
Federal funding
Forest Stewardship Program
Forest Legacy Program, including the 2020 call for applications and timelines.

These are public meetings, everyone is welcome. The meeting agendas include time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meetings. For more information about attending these meetings please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The CFF is a 13-member committee that researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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Free SAIF farm safety seminar March 1 in Bandon
SAIF - 02/20/18 12:14 PM
What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health on Thursday, March 1.

Who should attend: The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Thursday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Bandon's Conference and Community Center located at 1200 11th Street SW.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from earlier seminars are available by request.

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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/20/18 12:05 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL030 on Friday February 23, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL030 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Lt. Jamie Russell, Jail Commander of the Lincoln County Jail, will be the guest speaker.

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

Members of Graduating Class BCL030:

Deputy Sheriff Francis Adzima
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Audisio
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Beau Blackburn
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Briles
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chad Brown
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Byron Buckelew
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kirsten Cardwell
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Chavez
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Shaunna Clark
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Mariah Colmenero
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua DeLawyer
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ashlee Dietz
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff India Gant
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ross Good
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hampson
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karlie Hansen
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Hearn
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Aubri Hickey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Holguin
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jacqueline Jones
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Kissee
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Lafoca
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Lanning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Moore
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Papenfuhs
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff David Perlow
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Peterson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Quesada
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Krista Richey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zane Schnetzky
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jorge Serrano
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jason Shain
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sparks
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Jeremiah Steiner
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Aaron VanHoute
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Adam Whitehead
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Wolfe
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Colton Wright
Union County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Oregon Farm Bureau welcomes new staffer (Photo)
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February 20, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: Oregon Farm Bureau is proud to announce a new addition to the OFB Government Affairs team: Jonathan Sandau.

Sandau joins OFB after serving as a field representative for Congressman Kurt Schrader for the last three years, and experience in state-level politics before that.

Sandau is also the fifth generation of his family to farm in Marion County. Since graduating from the University of Portland, he has helped manage the family grass seed, blueberry, and field crop operation near Pratum.

"Jonathan's personal experience on the farm coupled with his extensive public policy experience make him a great advocate for our members. Jonathan brings knowledge, background, and a passion for agriculture that are hard to match. We are excited to have him working for farm and ranch families as part of the Farm Bureau team," said OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

"Being part of a fifth-generation farming family, I understand very well the hardships and the challenges of making a living in agriculture, and also the opportunities and successes," said Sandau.

"Working for the Farm Bureau is giving a voice to Oregonians who tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated in terms of the hard work they do and contributions they make to the state's economy and to both urban and rural communities," said Sandau.

Farm Bureau works alongside its grassroots membership, comprised of nearly 7,000 farm and ranch families, in the state capitol -- but oftentimes those members are too busy raising crops or tending to animals to make a trip to Salem during the legislative session. They rely on Farm Bureau to give them professional, informed representation with lawmakers and state agencies.

"We're happy Johnathon has joined OFB to help further our century-old mission of giving Oregon's farm and ranch families an effective, strong, and united voice in the legislature," said Dillon.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring. He is OFB's 15th president.



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Male Taken into Custody after Taking Another Male Hostage
Lincoln City Police - 02/20/18 11:24 AM
On February 18, 2018 at 10:58 pm, the Lincoln City Police Department received a request for a welfare check at the Dairy Queen Restaurant located at 2224 NE Highway 101.

LCPD Sergeant Randy Weaver arrived at the business at around 11:03 pm and started checking the building. Weaver saw an unknown male inside the business and attempted contact, but the male ran away from Weaver and into the interior of the business. After LCPD Officer KC Claunts arrived on scene, Claunts and Weaver contained the male inside the business while they waited for Officers Greg Hirsch and Erik Anderson to arrive for assistance.

The unknown male, later identified as Chase Martin, DOB 07-26-1991, was seen holding another male as a hostage and shield from the police. The second male was later identified as the owner of the Dairy Queen Restaurant, Ill Woo Park.

Officer Claunts was able to gain entry into the business at which time Martin was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Robbery I, Kidnap I, Assault IV, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempted Theft I, Criminal Mischief II, and Theft III.

Members from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police also assisted in the identification of the suspect.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with Robust Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/20/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense with strong passwords.

If you are like most of the rest of us -- remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password -- or a variation of one -- over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it -- it is still the same password over and over again.

The people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce -- say that's not good enough. According to NIST researchers, more than 80% of hacking-related breaches used stolen or weak passwords.

Using the same few passwords over multiple platforms, apps, websites and the like is dangerous. Even when you are required to change the password every 90 or 120 days, that's usually not much help because most people just change a single character or add a number at the end of the old password.

So -- what does NIST recommend now? According to those government researchers:

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters, but generally the longer the better. They suggest using passphrases, not single words. For instance -- think of a crazy picture in your head such as "purple cows swim with bananas". You now have a 25-character password that is much stronger than a 6-character password with special symbols, numbers and capitals. And, as a bonus, you are more likely to remember it. Easier for you -- harder for hackers.

Focus on your most important accounts -- such as your email and bank accounts. Give each of these a unique passphrase.

Don't rely on passwords alone. Two-factor authentication is your friend. This requires something you know -- like a password PLUS something you get -- like a randomly generated PIN or code sent to your phone or hard token. If you can set one up on any particular account -- do so.

Don't want to deal with any of this? Consider using a reputable password manager. That's software or an app that generates unique passwords for every one of your accounts.

In the end, remember that there is no perfect system, but there are simple things you can do to make it more difficult for hackers to enter your virtual home.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.



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Lebanon Warming Shelter Open Tonight Tuesday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 02/20/18 9:47 AM
With snow expected in the forecast and low temperatures, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter team will be activated tonight for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.

The location of the shelter is at the First Christian Church (Lebanon Soup Kitchen) located at 170 E. Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are also welcome, but will be put in a kennel. The warming shelter will be open at 7pm tonight.

Again the Lebanon Warming Shelter will be open tonight February 20, 2018 at the First Christian Church. Lebanon Police will keep you updated on the status of tomorrow night.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339

Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/20/18 9:30 AM
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KINGSLEY FIELD, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- the longest lease in the U.S. Air Force.

In a ceremony at Kingsley Field, Jan. 19, 2018, city officials expressed their appreciation for the unique mission of the wing and expressed the desire for its continued success into the next century.

"The partnership is one that works well and we believe it will make our community one of the best places to live and work and be part of," said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden added that the lease benefits both the community and the Oregon Air National Guard.

"The signing of this lease extension exemplifies how our community in the basin has embraced the Guard's mission, supports our men and women in uniform, and benefits from the base's investment back into the community," Walden said.

This lease extension adds a capstone to recent improvements including a new airspace expansion which brings the total area to 11,300 square miles, making it among the largest test and training ranges in the U.S. Air Force.

This airspace expansion allows the opportunity for a fairly new concept in training -- use of a contracted adversary air (ADAIR) squadron which will serve to increase the number of sorties directly related to student training. This new ADAIR squadron of about six aircraft would simulate enemy aircraft during training sorties rather than requiring some of the F-15C's to fill the adversary role. This will free up more of the F-15C's for student training and allow the unit to graduate a larger number of new F-15C pilots for the Combat Air Forces.

The extended lease also helps solidify over $80M in planned construction projects in response to growth requirements such as the addition of nearly 100 active duty troops in an Active Association and the proposed addition of contract aircraft on the ramp. A new fire station is currently under construction and planned projects include a new fuel off-loading and on-loading station, a new corrosion control facility, ramp improvement construction, and many others.

During the ceremony speakers noted the litany of recent accomplishments have paved the way for both this unprecedented lease extension, and positioned Kingsley Field for the future.

"With its over 50,000 square-yards of ramp space, unrivaled support from the community, and four decades of fighter training culture, Kingsley Field is clearly a perfect home for the F-35, or any future training missions for that matter," added Walden.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C formal training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls City Councilmen, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Carol Westfall, Mayor of Klamath Falls, addresses community members and leaders during a celebratory gathering, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Westfall and leaders in the City of Klamath Falls secured an unprecedented 50-year lease extension with the 173rd Fighter Wing that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Smith, the 173rd Fighter Wing commander, visits with members of the community including Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber and Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, during a ceremony, Feb. 19, 2018, commemorating the extension of Kingsley Field's lease to the year 2095 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The extension makes this lease the longest in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny
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Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
Pacific Power - 02/20/18 9:04 AM
Contact: Media Hotline 800-570-5838


Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
1,300 MW of new wind part of Energy Vision 2020 plan

PORTLAND, Ore,--Feb. 20, 2018 -- Pacific Power has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to significantly expand the amount of wind energy serving customers by 2020.

The four projects will expand the company's owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent and add enough new wind energy to power approximately 450,000 average homes.

The new wind development is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative, which also will upgrade the company's existing owned wind fleet in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon with longer blades and newer technology, and build a new high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming to connect the new wind energy to PacifiCorp's grid.

"We are committed to expanding the amount of renewable energy serving our customers, and these new wind projects will help us cost-effectively further that goal," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California.

The bids were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) issued in September 2017. The RFP establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective new wind projects. The four selected projects are:

A 400 MW wind project in Converse County, Wyoming, which will be built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, with half of the project owned and operated by PacifiCorp, and half of the project owned and delivered by NextEra under a Power Purchase Agreement.
A 161 MW wind project in Uinta County, Wyoming, which will be built by Invenergy, LLC, and owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 500 MW wind project in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 250 MW wind project in Carbon County, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
The additional wind generation and associated transmission line were identified in the company's 2017 Integrated Resource Plan as part of a broader approach to most cost-effectively meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. Completing the wind projects by 2020 will allow the company to use federal production tax credits to provide net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.

The cost of the four new wind projects is estimated at approximately $1.5 billion, which is significantly less on a per-megawatt basis than when the new wind and transmission plan was first announced last April. The per-megawatt reduction in project costs helps make the Energy Vision 2020 initiative lower cost compared to other resource alternatives, such as market purchases, to meet forecasted customer energy needs.

Pending approval from state regulatory commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction of the new wind and transmission projects is expected to begin in 2019.

Visit the following link for a video and more information about EV 2020. http://www.pacificorp.com/ev2020

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Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Application Deadline Extended
Oregon Folklife Network - 02/20/18 9:00 AM
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) has adjusted the deadline applications for its Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2018. Applications are now due by 5:00 PM on April 1, 2018.

TAAP offers master traditional artists and culture keepers a $3,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on Oregon's traditions.
 
Examples of Oregon's many traditional folk arts include McKenzie River Drift Boat building, Southeast Asian dance, Norwegian cooking and baking, Northwest logger poetry, Native American basket weaving, Middle Eastern embroidery, Irish or old time fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, and more. Recent TAAP awardees have included an Iranian storyteller, a hip-hop artist, a western gear maker, and an Andean instrument maker.

OFN encourages applications from Oregonians engaged in these kinds of living cultural traditions emerging from their particular heritage or Tribe. This program does not fund historic re-enactments, DIY revival crafts, or those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage.
 
CONTACT US FIRST: Please contact us first if you want to apply. Visit our website, ofn.uoregon.edu, or contact Brad McMullen (ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820) for more information about your eligibility in the program.

APPLICATIONS: Application guidelines and questions can be downloaded at the OFN website: ofn.uoregon.edu/programs. Staff members are available to advise applicants and even help fill out applications.  

DEADLINE: Applications are due at the OFN office by 5 pm, APRIL 1, 2018. Send your complete application package to Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204.

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Oregon Arts Commission, and by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the NEA. The Oregon Folklife Network works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.
 
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.

ROBOT REVOLUTION: The Coolest Robots Ever! OMSI's new exhibit features robots from all over the world (Photo)
OMSI - 02/20/18 8:28 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. (February 20, 2018) - Opening on March 17 at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org, explores how robots will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together.

The exhibit comes to life with a collection of cutting-edge robots from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with robots that are rarely seen by the public, as they step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset.

"Robotics is a fascinating area of science today because scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the boundaries in their efforts to create new possibilities," said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. "In advocating for informed action, we offer our guests information so they can make their own evidence-based choices, which is why I'm so excited about this opportunity for people to interact with such a wide range of robots. I hope our guests come away from this experience with a deeper understanding of how robots are becoming an integral part of our world."

From Yume Robo, the climbing robot that traverses up and down a ladder, to the Recon Scout(R) Throwbot(R) XT that can be thrown into a dangerous situation to collect vital information, guests will be awed by the breakthroughs and capabilities of these machines.

The exhibit features four areas that delve into various aspects of robotics and offer specific hands-on activities with amazing robots, as well as dynamic videos that feature Dr. Dennis Hong, professor and founding director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory).

Areas include:

Cooperation: Discover how engineering breakthroughs help create robots that work with humans effectively to enhance our lives. See EMYS mimic your own facial expressions with its advanced facial-coding technology. Get charmed by PARO(R), the furry baby seal therapy robot, which has sensors that can respond to your touch. Try your hand at a surgical training simulation to see what it's like to perform a robotic surgery. See a robot exoskeleton that augments physical strength and can be used by those who are paralyzed. Watch soccer 'bots cooperate with each other as they compete in a game.

Smarts: Identify how these machines are able to sense, plan and then act, while comparing and contrasting the ways in which humans and robots learn. ROBOTIS-OP is able to follow your face and make eye contact using its visual tracking software. The UR5 robot arm conceals an extraordinary ability to learn. Instead of writing code, you simply move the arm, and the robot learns to repeat the movements.

Skills: Learn about the skills robots possess that mimic and often surpass human capabilities. Experiment with various advanced robot "grippers" to select and pick up objects. See how the Fanuc delta robot can select and sort items with precision and speed. A Yaskwawa/Motoman dual-arm robot can challenge you to a game of 21, while Baxter, a robot developed to work alongside humans in factory settings, can play you and a friend in simultaneous games of tic-tac-toe.

Locomotion: Explore the varieties of ways that robots can move and how they can offer humans access to places we could never venture ourselves. Test ROBOTIS-MINI's ability to put one foot in front of the other and control its balance. Meet THES, a snake-like 'bot that can crawl through pipes and alert humans to leaks or system damages. Learn how TOPY OSCAR can climb up and down stairs with its long rubber treads.

There is also a chance to create a 'bot for yourself: Assemble the basic components of a robot using Cubelets and see what you can get it to do!

Robot Revolution runs from March 17 - September 3. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.75 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $5 for adults, $3.25 for youth, and $4.25 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum.

Robot Revolution is supported by Google.org with additional support from The Boeing Company, RACO Industrial, The David Bohnett Foundation, The Kaplan Foundation and United Airlines.

U.S. Bank and Mentor Graphics are major sponsors of Robot Revolution at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

About Robot Revolution
The exhibit was created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago's (MSI) exhibit development team, who worked with a renowned group of robotics experts to offer insight on exhibit content. This team of advisors includes lead advisor Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of Computing of Georgia Institute of Technology and executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, as well as Dr. Dennis Hong, professor and founding director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA.
Robot Revolution is supported by Google.org with additional support from The Boeing Company, RACO Industrial, The David Bohnett Foundation, The Kaplan Foundation and United Airlines. MSI is grateful to the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and ITA, Inc. for their assistance with the development of this exhibit.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.



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Mon. 02/19/18
Consumer Groups issue warning - Don't Be Fooled by Fake Patient Groups
AARP Oregon - 02/19/18 4:16 PM
AARP Oregon and OSPIRG, the leading senior and consumer advocacy groups in Oregon, are warning voters to watch out for telemarketing scams designed to trick voters into supporting policies that could hurt them.

The Voter Alert comes a week after a Eugene Register-Guard investigation into the shady practices of a group called "Caregiver Voices United." The Register-Guard revealed that the group funded by drug manufacturers pretended to be a patient advocacy group and called Oregonians to convince them to join an effort to stop the prescription drug price transparency bill, HB 4005. One of the independent contractors hired by Caregiver Voices United blew the whistle after looking up the bill and realizing that it was one he and other people would support.

Calling it a "subversive campaign," the Eugene Register-Guard published the documents from the whistleblower. The documents showed:

1. Caregiver Voices United -- the front group -- is actually funded by the pharmaceutical industry, including Allergen, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline.
2. The script Caregiver Voices United gave its telemarketers is riddled with false information about HB 4005.
3. Telemarketers are paid on a bounty system, earning more money for each voter they convince to send a letter and participate in the campaign.

Oregon seniors have great concern over prescription drug prices and are likely to be targeted in scams like this says Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director of AARP Oregon.

"It's shameful that prescription drug companies would spend their money trying to trick seniors into opposing a bill that would finally shine the light on why drug prices keep going up year after year," says Bartholomew. "We are alerting our members: if you get a call from Caregiver Voices United, don't be fooled. This is not a real patient advocacy organization."

Jesse O'Brien, Policy Director at OSPIRG, said "It's clear from the Register-Guard investigation that the powerful pharmaceutical industry will do whatever it takes to keep us from knowing the truth behind their skyrocketing prices."

HB 4005 would require drug companies to report to the state the justification for any price increase 10% or higher. The report must include the company profits from the bill, the cost for research and development, the cost to market the drug, whether there are generic alternatives available and what the drug costs in other countries.

AARP Oregon and OSPIRG have joined with nurses, doctors, health plans, labor and other advocacy groups in support of drug price transparency. They see the actions by the pharmaceutical industry as a way to trick voters into opposing something that would help bring prescription prices down. They urge voters to be alert for the calls.

Top three things to do if you get a call:
1. Ask to speak to a manager. A true patient advocacy group will have one you can speak to. Groups like Caregiver Voices United pay individual contractors who work alone, usually from home.
2. Ask how the group is funded. A true patient advocacy group will be able to provide you with an answer.
3. Do not give the telemarketer your personal information or agree to have a letter sent to your representative on your behalf.

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AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members nationwide and 510,000 members in Oregon, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.



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Douglas County solar projects receive $330,000 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky
Pacific Power - 02/19/18 9:57 AM
Grants for solar installations at Tri City Water and Sanitation and Saving Grace Pet Adoption will save agencies money, reduce carbon footprints and paw prints

ROSEBURG, Ore.--Douglas County's only full service pet shelter and adoption center and the waste water treatment plant for the Myrtle Creek area will both have new solar installations by the end of the year thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Sam Carter, Pacific Power's regional business manager for Douglas County. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers."

The Douglas County projects are part of up to $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.

Tri --City Joint Water and Sanitary

The Tri-City Joint Water and Sanitary Authority will use a $200,000 grant to install and operate a 287 kilowatt capacity solar project on land adjacent its plant in Myrtle Creek. The authority serves about 4,000 residents and businesses in the area, supplying drinking water and treating waste water.

The project, planned to be complete by late summer, would supply the authority's electrical needs, thereby saving a significant amount of cash flow that can be devoted to reducing overhead for water and sewer customers.

"We are very excited about this project and the benefits it will bring to our customers and the environment," Paul Wilburn, district manager. "We hope to save more than $30,000 per year in electric bills which helps us keep costs down for our customers."


Saving Grace Inc.

Saving Grace, Inc. is the only full service animal shelter in Douglas County. Since 2002, the nonprofit has operated the county animal shelter and has adopted out, transferred to another shelter or rescue, or returned to owner over 28,000 pets.

In 2016 alone, employing more than 200 volunteers, Saving Grace brought together 1036 dogs, cats and other animals with happy adoptive families as well as reuniting 384 pets with their worried owners. Thanks to the efforts of hardworking staff and volunteers, over 60 percent of the stray dogs found are returned to their owners, a figure more than twice the ASPCA's national estimate of 26 percent.

The 43.2 kilowatt project made possible by the $130,000 grant will allow Saving Grace to save more than $5,000 per year in electric bills and reduce its carbon paw print.

"This is a project that we've wanted to do for quite some time and now it's possible thanks to Blue Sky customers," said Wendy Kang, executive director. "As a non-profit animal shelter, every dollar saved on expenses helps us provide that much more care for animals. We plan to be done with construction this summer in time for our annual fundraising event in August so that we can show off our new solar panels."




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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 14th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
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Be Safe in the Snow (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/18 9:24 AM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- With kids out of school today for the holiday, many families may head for the hills to take advantage of the new snow. If you're one of them, be prepared! One family called for help Sunday afternoon when they got stuck in the snow on Forest Road 3740 (photo). A search and rescue deputy came to their aid.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe in the snow:

Start your trip with a full tank of gas.
Tell someone where you're going and stick to your planned route.
Go in a group; if one vehicle gets stuck, others are there to help.
Take enough food, water, and supplies to be on your own for at least 24 hours.
Make sure your vehicle is stocked with winter survival gear, just in case. Necessities include tire chains, flashlights, blankets, dry clothing, water, food, medications, waterproof boots and gloves, and a shovel.
Check the weather forecast. A good local resource is the National Weather Service in Medford: http://www.weather.gov/mfr/
Don't rely on your cell phone! Most of the problem areas have poor or no service. If you can't make a call, try sending a text -- they take less bandwidth and can sometimes get through.
If you know someone who is missing, call us as soon as possible. You don't have to wait a certain amount of time before calling.
If you aren't ready for the conditions, just stay home!

Search and rescue crews will always help in an emergency, but they shouldn't be part of your own safety plan. It can take hours for SAR to respond depending on location, conditions, and call volume. And remember that our amazing SAR teams are made up of volunteers. Every mission takes them away from their families and puts them into dangerous situations.

Thanks for your help. Be safe out there!



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Sun. 02/18/18
Burglary Arrest Waldport Shell Gas Station
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/18 6:44 PM
During the early morning of February 18, 2018 Deputy Tadlock and Deputy Larson with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to the Waldport Shell Gas Station after the owner of the business found a damaged window and property stolen from the convenience store. Deputies viewed video surveillance and quickly identified Keith James Holder, 25 year old male from Waldport, as the suspect in this case.

Deputies were able to locate Keith Holder within an hour from the start of the investigation. After conducting an interview with Keith Holder, the deputies were able retrieve all of the stolen property and make an arrest.

Keith Holder was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges: Burglary I, Theft II, and Criminal Mischief I with a bail set at $215,000.00.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reminds both residents and business owners the benefits of having a video surveillance system. A surveillance system has a great impact on not only deterring criminal activity but often times the difference between a criminal arrest or having a case go unsolved.



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Respectfully submitted,

Karl Vertner
Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-0681

Car Crashes Through Entrance Of Safeway (Photo)
Junction City Police - 02/18/18 6:20 PM
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On Sunday February 18, 2018 at about 12:39 PM the Junction City Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into the front of the Safeway store located at 1755 Ivy Street. Upon arriving, officers determined that an 88-year-old male had driven through windows at the South-East entrance of the store. The path of damage went from the entrance, through the floral department, and ended in the produce section where the car came to a stop.

The vehicle was occupied by the driver and two other occupants who refused medical transport and were uninjured in the incident. One customer in the store was struck by debris from the collision and sustained non-life threatening injures.

The driver cooperated with investigators who determined the incident was accidental in nature and that no criminal charges will be filed, nor citations issued.

For further questions contact Officer Tim J. Garrity with The Junction City Police Department.



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