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09/29/14
Family and Three Pets Safe from House Fire (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 09/29/14
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Today at 3:50pm Albany Fire Department was called to 3127 SE 26th Ave for a house fire. The neighbors reported that they saw flames coming from an upstairs bedroom window. The two girls that were home at the time of the fire reported smelling smoke and while they were trying to find the source of the smoke the smoke alarms went off. They left the house with the three pets: Panther the cat, Zach the ferret and Beast the dog. No one was injured. Tangent Fire and Lebanon Fire came to cover calls in Albany. Estimated loss is 125,000 to the house and 30,000 to contents. The cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation. The family did not have insurance the Red Cross was called and the family was also given some assistance from the Albany Fire Fighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF).


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Red Cross Assisting Five People After Albany Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/29/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting five people displaced by a residential fire Monday, Sep. 29 in the 3100 block of SE 26th in Albany, Linn County.

This single family fire affected two adults, three children, and three pets. The Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, comfort kits, disaster health services, and information about disaster mental health.
Update #2: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Shoreview Drive east of Cottage Grove in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 09/29/14
The investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) into the death of a 39-year old Eugene man continues following new information developed Monday by the Lane County Medical Examiner.

On September 27, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Lane County Sheriff's Office requested OSP's help with a report of a deceased body in the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive near Dorena Lake. OSP assumed the lead in the investigation that indicates a vehicle struck a 39-year old male and didn't remain at the scene. Initially, OSP believed the death was related to a hit-and-run driver and the deceased pedestrian was identified as REUBEN JAMES ORR, age 39, from Eugene. He was wearing dark clothing when found by emergency responders.

On September 28, OSP was contacted by an adult female who said she was driving in the area during the night and thought she ran over a deer lying on the road. The woman is fully cooperating with investigators and has provided investigators access to her vehicle. Her name is not being released at this time.

On September 29, the Lane County Medical Examiner examined the body. The Medical Examiner determined the man was lying on the roadway near the centerline, and was not standing up when struck by a vehicle. Toxicology test results for any relevant evidence that may help in this investigation is pending and could take several weeks to complete.

No other information for release at this time.

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Anthony White Pleads Guilty to Keizer Armored Car Robbery, Other Charges (edited contact information)
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 09/29/14
News Release from Marion Co. District Attorney's Office

TO: All media
FROM: Keir Boettcher, Deputy District Attorney
DATE: September 29, 2014
RE: ANTHONY WHITE PLEADS GUILTY TO KEIZER ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, OTHER CHARGES

Today, before the Honorable Dale W. Penn, Anthony Samuel White, 29, was sentenced for the robbery of an armored car courier after previously changing his plea on September 19, 2014. In addition to Robbery in the Second Degree, White also pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the Second Degree, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. For the first count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced 45 months in the Department of Corrections. For the crime of Robbery in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 70 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the first burglary sentence. For the second count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced to 36 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the robbery charge. For the crime of Burglary in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the second burglary in the first degree charge. For the crime of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, White was sentenced to 30 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the burglary in the second degree charge. The Unlawful Use of a Weapon and second charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges merged with other counts. In total, White was sentenced to 209 months, or nearly 17 and a half years. Under the terms of the sentence, White will only be eligible for programming through the Department of Corrections for the final 30 months of his sentence.

On March 18, 2014, the Keizer Police Department responded to the old Roth's Market at 5013 River Rd. N in the Schoolhouse Square shopping center after a Brinks armored truck driver called 911 to report that his courier was the victim of a robbery. The courier was inside the Roth's to service an ATM when White approached and threatened him with a firearm. Officers responded and set a perimeter around the location but were unable to apprehend White at that time. On March 22, 2014, White attempted another robbery on a different armored car courier in Eugene, Oregon, where he was ultimately shot and paralyzed from the waist down.

White's apprehension in Eugene led Keizer Police to further investigate White and his whereabouts before and after the robbery at Roth's, ultimately connecting him to the robbery inside the Roth's. Through that investigation, Keizer Police linked White to a residential burglary in Keizer that occurred on March 17, 2014, the day before the robbery at Roth's, where a vehicle was taken. Keizer Police also linked White to another residential burglary in Falls City that occurred on March 20, 2014, two days after the robbery at Roth's, where over $10,000 in personal belongings and firearms were taken. White is a felon based on prior Robbery in the First Degree convictions from 2005 and is not allowed to possess firearms. A Marion County grand jury convened on June 4, 2014 and indicted White on 14 criminal counts in connection with White's actions.
Parole and Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/29/14
BASIC PAROLE PROBATION CLASS #68 GRADUATION

Date: October 10, 2014

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy - 4190 Aumsville Hwy. SE, Salem, OR

Time: 11:00 a.m. Reception following ceremony

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us

Members of Graduating Class

Parole & Probation Officer Tiffany Abernethy
Clackamas County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Stephanie Allen
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Lance Baker
Deschutes County Adult Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Matthew Baxter
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Kristin Casey
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Carraig Colahan
Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Danielle Dickerson
Josephine County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Jodi Gerstmar
Josephine County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Kelly Irish
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Christopher Jackson
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Kelly Johnson
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Nathan Lelek
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Paul Lively
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Eric Lloyd
Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Alicia Long
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer David Mastros
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Kimberly Otley
Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Lydia Radke
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Charlene Rapley
Hood River County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Marilu Semph
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Sheriff Erik Thede
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Parole & Probation Officer Tilli Trushell
Klamath County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Glen Watson
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board
Oregon National Guard's JTAP contract expires
Oregon Military Department - 09/29/14
SALEM, Ore. - The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard's Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired.

The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and was developed as part of the Reintegration Program to help returning war veterans find jobs.

Federal funding was available for a new contract to continue these services for fiscal year 2015. However, no proposals to support the contract requirements were received during the solicitation process, resulting in a lapse in executing a new contract.

"Although the funding was available, we received zero quotes to fulfill this contract," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Since the contract was not executed, the funding had to be returned to the federal government."

A new contract may be executed if funding is allocated in fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Family Assistance Specialists with the Reintegration Program will work hand in hand with WorkSource Oregon to assist veterans and families seeking employment to continue these services.

"This is an amazing program, not just for the Oregon National Guard, but for all Oregon veterans and their families," Bomar said. "We will continue to do our best to support this requirement."

Oregon's Reintegration Program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The JTAP program has helped secure employment for more than 1,200 veterans over the last 12 months.

Currently, the Oregon National Guard has nearly 1,000 Guard members mobilized in support of overseas operations, with the majority serving in Afghanistan. Many of these Oregon Guard members will be seeking civilian employment upon their return to Oregon next year.

For information about the JTAP program visit: http://www.orng-vet.org/employment/employment%20How%20Do%20I%20Start.html
Alliance President on National Panel Discussing the Future of Independent Higher Education (Photo)
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 09/29/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Larry Large, president of the Alliance (Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities), participated in the recent meeting of the national steering committee of college and university presidents that met to begin to assess the future of independent colleges. The meeting, held in September in Washington, D.C., was organized and hosted by The Council of Independent Colleges, which includes the Alliance as a member.

With the guidance of the steering committee, the Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges project will explore new approaches to higher education, alternative college business models in the context of disruptive social and educational trends impacting American higher education, and the distinctive aspects of independent liberal arts colleges that are critical to fulfilling higher education needs in the United States. The project will provide a new opportunity to lead the national conversation about what it means to offer a high-quality education in the 21st century. The project is funded by the Lumina Foundation.

The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, the private nonprofit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information visit www.oaicu.org


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North Bend School District Public Meeting Canceled- September 29, 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 09/29/14
The North Bend School District Board Work Session scheduled for September 29, 2014 has been canceled.
Update: Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe Near Crater Lake
Oregon State Police - 09/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) has made contact with a woman and confirmed she is safe in the Crater Lake area and in need of no assistance after she was reported missing to OSP early this morning. OSP thanks the media and those on social media who helped get the word out. Contact was made this morning about 10:00 a.m. via her cellphone.

On September 29, 2014, OSP was contacted by the husband of ANDRIA C. TERRELL, age 51, a traveling nurse currently working in Eugene. According to her husband in Georgia, she was enroute Sunday to Crater Lake in a rented blue 2014 Kia Forte displaying California license 7AXZ944.

Her cellphone activity showed the last known location was Sunday, September 28, about 1:00 p.m. in Douglas County near Canyonville. Her family and friends said they had not heard from her, which is very unusual, and they weren't able to contact her cellphone.

OSP troopers and Douglas County Sheriff's Office checked area roads. An attempt to locate was sent to other Oregon law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for her and the vehicle.

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Brief Scio power outage scheduled Sept. 30 to upgrade substation reliability, safety
Pacific Power - 09/29/14
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2014

Brief Scio power outage scheduled Sept. 30 to upgrade substation reliability, safety
Early morning work scheduled to minimize inconvenience

SCIO, Ore. - Approximately 1,600 Pacific Power customers in the Scio area will have their electricity interrupted during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 30, while Pacific Power crews upgrade equipment in the Scio substation to make for more safe and reliable system operation.

The outage will begin just after midnight. Sept. 30 and be restored by 4 a.m. or earlier if possible. The entire community of Scio will be affected for this brief time.

"We are working with transportation officials, local law enforcement and major customers in the area to make sure they are prepared and to minimize inconvenience to residents and visitors to the area," said Doris Johnston, regional community manager.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the planned outage and work.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at
1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.


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Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/29/14
Lebanon Police Department


Nature of Crime or Event: Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Date / Time Occurred: Sunday, September 28, 2014/ 4:11AM
Occurred Location: From North Lebanon to intersection of Spicer Dr. and Stutzman Dr., Albany, Linn County, OR.

While attempting to stop a vehicle for failing to obey a traffic control device and speeding, a Lebanon Police Officer initiated a pursuit of the suspect vehicle after it failed to yield to emergency lights and siren. The red Honda Prelude driven by Charles V. Agosto, 35 years of age and on Post-Prison Supervision for Dangerous Drugs, traveled at speeds in excess of 100MPH as it traveled Westbound on Highway 20 from Lebanon to Albany. At some point in the pursuit, the hood to the Prelude was ripped off, due to the speed at which the vehicle was traveling. Pursuing Lebanon Police Officers chose to pursue at a distance and simply maintain a visual of the suspect until more law enforcement units from surrounding agencies could assist.

Near the area of Spicer Dr. and Red Bridge Rd., the suspect vehicle could not be seen anymore and the pursuit was called off. However, on their return back to Lebanon, an Officer spotted the suspect vehicle parked in a residential driveway. Contact was made with the residents and they stated a loan male subject was seen running across their yard away from the Prelude. With the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, a search cordon was established and a Police K-9 unit was requested.

While Officers and Deputies could not readily see the suspect due to darkness and dense foliage, a strong scent of cologne could be smelled in the area.

Upon the arrival of a U.S. Department of Forestry Ranger and K-9, Charles V. Agosto was found within a few minutes, hunkered down in some shrubbery on private property. Agosto was taken into custody without incident on charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving and Criminal Trespass II. Agosto mentioned he regretted applying cologne on his person prior to leaving his house.

After the K-9 "Drex" alerted on the Prelude for possible narcotics, the car was seized for the eventual service of a search warrant. Agosto was transported to the Linn County Jail for lodging.
ID Thieves Embrace new High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect their Identities (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/29/14
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New report reveals consumers are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital

A new nationwide survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes. But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans are falling even further behind in the fight to protect their identities as scam artists go digital.

The AARP report, "Identity Theft: Who's at Risk?" http://infonet/sng/advocdept/docs/ID%20Theft%20Report-Final.pdf shows Americans continue to ignore time-tested consumer protection tips that are known to help protect personal information from identity thieves. For example, only six-in-ten (59%) of Americans regularly lock their mailboxes. More than one-in-five (21%) of Americans say they never shred any of the personal documents that could be used to steal their identity. Over half (54%) of Americans ages 18-49 have left at least one valuable personal item in their car (e.g. purse/wallet, paystub, laptop) that could be used to steal their identity.

But according to consumer protection experts, the more troubling findings of AARP's survey show Americans are even less prepared for new high-tech attacks. For instance, the report shows over one-in-three (35%) of Americans have not set up online access to all of their bank/credit card accounts. It gets worse among older adults as more than one-in-four (42%) of Americans age 50+ have not set up such access. More than four-in-ten (45%) of Americans admit to using the same password on two or more of their accounts. Almost half (49%) of Americans have not changed the password on their online bank account in the past six months.

The danger of leaving these online doors open to ID thieves was amplified during recent AARP interviews with a convicted ID thief. Alice Lipski (not her real name) is the subject of a new article, "She Stole My Life" in the October/November issue of AARP the Magazine. http://infonet/sng/advocdept/docs/ID%20Theft%20Report-Final.pdf Alice's crime included a mix of the usual approaches like sifting through stolen mail with other more high-tech advances that allowed her to digitally erase victim's lives while assuming their good names and credit. "Nowadays it's all about technology, and if you know what you're doing with it, it's easy for me to take over your life," says Alice.

"It's chilling to hear how Alice so nonchalantly and easily ripped apart the credit and lives of her victims," says AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel, who authored the magazine piece. "With just a few simple pieces of information like a credit card number and password, she was able to digitally erase and assume the lives without her victims' even realizing it. Her story and those of con-artists like her should be a wake-up call for consumers," he said.

AARP's survey showed that forty-four percent of Americans age 50+ who own smartphones do not have a passcode on their smartphones. Other survey results included:

* Twelve percent of Americans age 18 or older have been subject to identity theft in just the past 12 months.
* Over half (52%) of Americans do not check their free credit report annually.
* Just 14% of Americans say they subscribe to identity theft protection services such as Lifelock, Identity Guard, or LegalShield.
* Just 17% of Americans check their credit regularly with one of the credit bureaus.

In an effort to arm all Americans with the tools and resources they need to spot and avoid scams, and avoid identity theft, AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network. A free resource for people of all ages, the Fraud Watch Network offers real-time alerts about the latest scams in your state, a guide to outsmarting con artists, help for those who have been victimized, and easy tips for consumers' daily lives from identity theft prevention experts. The public can sign up free of charge at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or by calling 877-908-3360.

A central tactic of AARP's new Fraud Watch Network is to learn from the con artists themselves. "For too long we've been playing catch up with the bad guys," says Shadel. "As our survey shows, today's consumer protection tips are rarely enough to spot and stop tomorrow's attack. We're going straight to the source to learn how scammers operate, and sharing that information with consumers who want to keep a step ahead."


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AARP Offers 10 Tips to Protect Oregonians from ID Theft (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/29/14
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Portland, OR -- There are 10 things Oregonians and all Americans do put them at increased risk for identity theft according to a new AARP Fraud Watch Network (www.aarp.org/fraudwatch)study and series of interviews with an accomplished identity thief.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 Americans ages 18+ shows common mistakes people make that put them at risk for having their identity stolen or their financial accounts compromised.

After hours of video interviews with a convicted ID thief for the October/November AARP The Magazine story 'She Stole My Life,' (http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/identity-theft-protection.html) AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel offers these 10 tips (http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/avoiding-identity-theft-photo.html#slide1) on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

1. Lock Your Mailbox. 59 percent of Americans don't use a locking mailbox.

2. Set Up Online Accounts: 42 percent of Americans over age 50 don't have online access all of their bank or credit accounts.

3. Don't leave wallets, computers or purses in your car. 24 percent of Americans 50 and older do.

4. Micro-Shred Documents: More than 21 percent of Americans never shred documents with personal information. Make sure to get a "micro-cut shredder." Shredders that cut paper into long strips are easy for scammers to recreate.
5. Set passwords on electronic devices. Only 26 percent of people use distinctly different passwords on their online accounts and 44 percent of smartphone owners age 50+ don't have a passcode on their smartphones.
6. Close inactive credit card accounts.

7. Don't carry your Social Security card.

8. Regularly monitor your accounts online for suspicious activity. 52 percent of Americans do not check their free credit report annually.

9. Register with the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Just 17 percent of Americans check their credit regularly with one of the credit bureaus.

10. Put fraud alerts or credit freezes on your accounts.

Outsmarting a Notorious ID Thief

In conjunction with the survey, AARP Fraud Watch Network unveils a new video featuring "Alice Lipski," a convicted ID thief, who shared her playbook for scamming people of all ages. In the October/November AARP The Magazine, Alice discusses how she took over one woman's identity and ran up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges.

"Nowadays it's all about technology, and if you know what you're doing with it, it's easy for me to take over your life," Alice says. "I took over everything and she didn't even know."

AARP arms Americans of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams so they can protect themselves and their families. The Fraud Watch Network is:

* Free for Everyone. Anyone, of any age, can access our resources free of charge.
* A Go-To Resource. Get real-time alerts about the latest scams, tips on how to spot them, and help if you or someone you know has been victimized.
* A Scam-Tracking Network. Get connected to people in your state who are sharing their experiences so you know what to watch out for.
* A Guide to Outsmarting Con Artists: Learn to outsmart scammers before they strike with tips based on hundreds of undercover fraud tapes and hours of interviews with former con artists and their victims.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 people 18+ was conducted for AARP by e-Rewards online panel. The survey was conducted in August 2014 and the margin of error was 2.1 percent.






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09/28/14
Photo Release: "Race the Wave" fun run raises awareness about Cascadia threat (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/28/14
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A "Race the Wave" participant looks at educational materials as other participants finish the event along a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
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Participants look at emergency preparedness materials after "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
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A participant shows off her t-shirt at "Race the Wave" tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
(Photo by Cory, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Oregon congressional representative Suzanne Bonamici presents to participants near supply cache containers at "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach.
(Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Oregon legislative representative and emergency preparedness advocate Deborah Boone pauses for a moment near supply cache containers at "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach.
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09/27/14
Correction to Latest Updates: Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 between Bend & Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/14
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Correction. The driver (FIX) is the victim's Stepfather, not father as originally listed. We apologize for the error.

Also, OSP is asking to speak with any witnesses to the driving of the involved white 1997 Chevrolet Suburban between Bend and the crash scene. Any witnesses with pertinent information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Messages will be forwarded to Trooper Gary Thompson for a return call. Thank you.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that has resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl, injuries to four other juvenile females, and the arrest of the vehicle's driver on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. The names of the deceased victim and other injured girls are released in this update.

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:17 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle rollover crash involving a northbound vehicle. Upon arrival, Redmond Fire & Rescue and DCSO deputies confirmed one fatality and others injured. An air ambulance and ground ambulance were dispatched to the scene to transport injured persons to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by WILLIAM WAYNE FIX, age 32, from Redmond, was traveling northbound in a reckless manner when FIX lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a rock embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its side.

Passenger PHOENIX MARIE PRICE, age 7, from Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is reportedly the driver's stepdaughter.

Three juvenile females, two age 14 and one age 10, were critically or seriously injured. NAOMI SPANSEL, age 14, and OLIVIA JEANES, age 10, both from Redmond, were critically injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SPANSEL was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. JEANES was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl, VALON FIX, age 14, from Redmond, was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.

A fourth girl, IZZABELLA ROBBINS, age 7, from Redmond, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with minor injuries.

WILLIAM FIX was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of his injuries. After he was released from the hospital, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are leading the investigation. Safety restraint use by all occupants is pending confirmation. No other information to be released at this time.

The highway was fully closed until one lane was open for both directions about 9:00 p.m.

Scene photograph - Oregon State Police
FIX photograph - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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Suspect Arrested in Papa Murphy's Robbery
Corvallis Police - 09/27/14
On September 26, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested 35 year old Kenneth Starr of Corvallis in connection with a September 23, 2014, armed robbery at Papa Murphy's on NW Circle Blvd. During that robbery, Starr pointed a handgun at an employee, demanding cash. No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired.

Investigators were able to link the suspect from Tuesday's robbery to a vehicle parked near the robbery scene. Starr owned a vehicle matching the one linked to the robbery suspect. Starr, who recently shaved his beard, matched the physical description and surveillance photos of the suspect in the September 23rd robbery. He was contacted at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation of the robbery, investigators contacted Starr's girlfriend. During an interview with Starr's girlfriend, investigators learned there had been a domestic assault the same night as the robbery. Starr's girlfriend told investigators that during an argument, Starr grabbed her and covered her mouth and nose, cutting off her air. Additionally, she suffered bruising and an injured jaw.

Starr was charged with one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one count of Assault in the Forth Degree and one count of Strangulation. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. Starr's bail is currently set at $150,000. His initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014.

A mug-shot photo of Starr is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i
09/26/14
9-1-1 Operators Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/26/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training graduated its 91st Basic Telecommunication Class on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The graduation was held at DPSST's Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The guest speaker was Operations Manager Jennifer Reese, of the Willamette Valley Communications Center. The class consisted of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Basic Telecommunications #91 Graduates

Dispatcher Tamara Allender
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tracy Arnett
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Alex Edinger
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Supervisor Nancy Gentry
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Lisa Gomez
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Vanessa Hernandez
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Tesmond Hurd
LaGrande Police Department

Dispatcher Harminder Kaur
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Amanda King
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Katie Krebs
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lacey Larson
Tillamook County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Lori Larson
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Meira Lavadour
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Karisa Lemire
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tyler Marler
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Nicole Miller
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Laura Olson
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Sara Olson
Sweet Home Police Department

Dispatcher Laura Satrum
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Justin Schreiner
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Spencer Simpson
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lori Sissum
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Supervisor John Thompson
METCOM 9-1-1

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 212 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W / Highway 126 Junction on Santiam Pass
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle crash that critically injured a 76-year old Junction City man on Highway 20W in the Santiam Pass area.

On September 25, 2014 at approximately 3:52 p.m., a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by CLIFFORD LEROY MURR, age 76, from Junction City, was eastbound on Highway 20W at the Highway 126 junction. For an unconfirmed reason, the pickup traveled off the highway approaching Highway 20. The pickup went airborne before crashing into lava rocks, entrapping the critically injured driver.

Emergency responders extricated MURR and he was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. According to the hospital, he is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Aaron Roth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
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Update - OSP confirmed the pickup driven by the deceased driver was stolen September 11 in Pendleton.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on September 25, 2014 at approximately 5:06 a.m., a Umatilla Tribal police officer drove upon an unreported single vehicle crash spotted in the darkness about 20 feet off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 223. The police officer confirmed there was an unresponsive adult male inside the extensively damaged 1990 Ford F250 pickup that was on its side at the base of a rock embankment.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the driver, GREG ALLEN WHITE, age 29, from Pendleton, was deceased. He was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. The actual time of the crash has not been determined. The westbound and eastbound lanes at this section of Interstate 84 are about a half mile apart. Senior Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator.

The left eastbound lane was closed at the scene during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/26/14
Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9

What: The fourth public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include a review of stroke data and discussion of topics that include:

* Evidence-based education targeting the general public and providers;
* Stroke-ready hospitals;
* Access to rehabilitation services.

When: Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Who: The Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code: 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Correction to Update: Driver Cited in Connection with September 19 Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 131 Between Netarts & Tillamook
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
Correction to first sentenced to say "September 19"

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a September 19, 2014, fatal crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook led to the offending driver being cited for non-criminal offenses.

On September 25, 2014, OSP cited FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside for Careless Driving (Contributed to the Serious Injury or Death of a Vulnerable User of a Public Way) and violation Driving While Suspended. He was issued a date to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court. OSP conferred with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office prior to taking enforcement action. No criminal charges are pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by BOHANNON. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he died September 22. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are completing the investigation. Previously released details and links to a photograph are on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_22_2014_delayedfatal_bike_hwy131_mp5.aspx

Careless Driving when contributing to a traffic crash is a Class A traffic violation. According to ORS 811.135, if the court determines that the commission of the offense contributed to the serious injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way, the court shall impose enhanced penalties. More information about those enhanced penalties at http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Oregon%20Vulnerable%20User%20Law.pdf

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx

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Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/26/14
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The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MAJOR MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

September 26, 2014

Contact:
Lena Tucker, (503) 945-7529, ltucker@odg.state.or.us
Nick Hennemann, (503) 910-4311, nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1

Forestry professionals are not only logging, but will now log-in before doing forestry work. In August 2013, the Oregon Department of Forestry began developing a Notification of Forest Operations process with a simple 21st century solution: E-Notification. Starting Oct. 1, E-Notification will occur through the Forest activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System (FERNS), accessible through the Department's main web page at www.oregon.gov/odf.

A team developed the site using an agile approach, testing each piece while the developers created the next one.

"E-Notification is really an agile development success story," said Peter Daugherty, the department's Private Forests Division chief. "Rather than waiting until the site was finished and walking away with a product that might work, we got to test it the whole way through to find and fix problems and ensure a functioning system."

Lena Tucker, the deputy division chief who led the development team, said, "We tested it. We tried to break the system every way we could imagine and have the developer fix it. But, like any system, we know we'll still have updates and fixes to refine this tool. We're already working on release 2 and eyeing future releases."

Efficiency

E-Notification gives everyone in forestry flexibility and efficiency when submitting legally required Notifications of Operations. Starting Oct. 1, anyone filing a Notification for Operation and Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery will be able to use the new online system. Landowners, the public, forest industry, and the Department developed e-Notification system goals to:
* increase efficiency,
* streamline communications, and
* simplify the process.

21st Century Business

E-mailing, e-filing, and e-Notifying match today's business and regulatory needs and speeds for information. The Department of Forestry continues investing significant resources to meet these demands.

Currently, landowners, timber owners, and operators file a paper notification. Department staff then manually enter the information into an electronic system. Finally, the notifier receives a printed copy by mail. With e-Notification, notifiers will submit notifications anywhere they have internet access and quickly receive an email with a copy of their completed notification.

Private Forest Division Chief Peter Daugherty explained, "Administratively, we're simply matching current technology. The principles stay the same - communicate, protect people and the environment, and allow productive forest management. It's just the tools that have changed."

Streamlined
* E-Notification will reduce redundancy. Someone who files notifications annually can set up an account, and then will need to enter only the site-specific details for the next notification.
* Notifiers can copy older notifications electronically to update or add operation activities for the next year.
* Instead of checking boxes on a paper form for the township, range and section of the operation, notifiers can locate their property on a digital map and draw their unit boundary.
* Notifiers who have their own GIS systems will be able to import their technical files from their system into the E-Notification.

Who?
Anyone who submits a Notification for Operation or Application Permit for Power Driven Machinery (notifiers).

What?
E-Notification - the 21st Century notification system requiring the same information as before but now it's exclusively online.

When?
October 1, 2014 all notifiers will use e-Notification to submit Notifications.

How?
On-line by accessing e-Notification on the ODF website (www.oregon.gov/odf)

Where?
Anywhere you can access the internet.

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Local Agencies Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/14
Cadets at Drug Turn In
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On Saturday September 27th The Marion County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Drug Administration Agency and several local Police agencies will have drop sites to turn in prescription Drugs. The Marion County Sheriff's Office drop site will be in the parking lot of Roths I.G.A. which is located at 702 Lancaster Dr NE in Salem.

Salem Police will have a drop site at Peace Plaza which is located at 555 Liberty St SE in Salem. All drop sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites--liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

If you have further questions or want additional information, please visit www.dea.gov. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Attached Media Files: Cadets at Drug Turn In
09/25/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office arrests Texas fugitive on custodial Interference warrant, in Woodburn. (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/14
Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors from Texas worked together to arrest Gary Delaine Thomas, age 59, on an outstanding warrant for custodial interference.

Gary Thomas fled the state of Texas in February, of this year, to avoid allowing his ex wife full custody of their children. The mother of the children recently learned of Mr. Thomas's whereabouts and called police in Texas. This information was given detectives with the Sheriff's Office criminal investigations unit and they began working the case.

Today at around 7:45 am, Detective Emanie Bravo located the children who were enrolled at a school in Woodburn. Detectives waited at the school for Mr. Thomas and arrested him as he dropped the children off for school; Mr. Thomas has been lodged at the Marion County Jail on the outstanding warrant. The Children have been returned to their mother. Mr. Thomas is awaiting extradition back to Texas.

One of the Sheriff's Office's core functions, as developed under the leadership of Sheriff Myers, is to work collaborative with our community and public safety partners with an emphasis on the prevention of crime, problem solving, and being responsive to the community's needs for public safety. Today was a great example of this.


Attached Media Files: Gary Thomas
Tumalo State Park Campground to close until July 1 for restroom renovation
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/25/14
BEND, OR - Tumalo State Park Campground will close for the season starting September 29, 2014 in order to replace restrooms and showers buildings. The day use area will remain open.

The project costs approximately $800,000 and will be funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. Project coordinators are also in the process of applying for a grant.

The campground is scheduled to reopen July 1, 2015, and reservations for space after that date will be available through the normal reservation process, nine months in advance. If the project finishes ahead of schedule, campers will be able to reserve dates prior to July 1 by calling Reservations Northwest beginning April 15 at 1-800-452-5687.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Condemns Monica Wehby's Misleading Campaign Messages on Women's Health
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 09/25/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today condemned U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby for her campaign's misleading and inconsistent messages about women's health and rights.

"Monica Wehby may say she's pro-choice, but she doesn't even respect women's ability to make their own health care decisions without their boss's interference," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Women voters in Oregon are watching, and they won't let her get away with hiding her extreme agenda against women's equality."

National polling shows that 57 percent of women voters say they would be more likely to support a candidate who opposes allowing employers like Hobby Lobby to refuse to cover birth control. Additionally, post-election polling from 2012 shows that voters trust Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations when they speak about issues affecting their health and rights.

As the state's leading political voice for women's health, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is alarmed by the Wehby campaign's repeated efforts to mislead Oregon voters about where she stands on women's health and rights:

* Monica Wehby claims to support "a woman's right to choose," even though she supports the deeply unpopular U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporate bosses like Hobby Lobby to interfere with their employees' access to birth control. She also cites Antonin Scalia as her "ideal" Supreme Court Justice, even though he has repeatedly ruled against women's rights. Wehby also considers Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn her "mentor," even though he has called for the execution of abortion providers.

* Monica Wehby claims to support "equal pay for equal work," even though she opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in employment discrimination law so that women receive equal pay for equal work. For every dollar men earned in 2012, women earned 79 cents - and black and Hispanic women earned even less on average. Wehby even went so far as to claim that the Paycheck Fairness Act "will only exacerbate the problem of discrimination against women."

* Monica Wehby claims she "wouldn't ever want to do anything that would endanger women's health," even though she opposes the Affordable Care Act, which represents the greatest advancement for women's health in decades. About 360,000 Oregon women are now eligible for lifesaving preventive care without co-pays; women can no longer be charged more than men for health care; and women can no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer, domestic violence and even pregnancy. Wehby even went so far as to claim that the Affordable Care Act "disproportionately hurts women more than men."

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Sheriff's Office Detectives Arrest three at Lebanon Search Warrant (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/25/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on September 23, 2014, at 1100 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office executed a narcotics search warrant on Dennis Gene Trask, 56- years of age, at his residence in the 30200 block of Santiam Highway in Lebanon. Katherine Ann Trask, 50- years of age, a resident of the property, was located inside the residence at the time the search warrant was executed. Ryan Kelly Rikala, 28- years of age of Sweet Home, was located on the property, sleeping in a Mazda pickup that had been reported stolen to the Corvallis Police Department on September 20, 2014.

Detectives seized dealer amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, two shotguns, two rifles, burglar tools, and stolen property. The recovered stolen property had been taken from the Sweet Home and Albany areas of Linn County to include a safe, stolen vehicle and an assortment of paperwork. The majority of the stolen property recovered had been reported stolen within the past week.

As a result of the investigation, Dennis Gene Trask was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Katherine Ann Trask was charged with Unlawful possession of Methamphetamine and was cited to appear in court, due to a medical condition. Ryan Kelly Rikala was arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.


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Shankar Vedantam to Keynote OBA Statesman Dinner; Knight Cancer Challenge and Phil and Penny Knight to be Honored with 2014 Statesman of the Year Award (Photo)
Oregon Business Association - 09/25/14
Keynote Speaker Shankar Vedantam
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A night of celebrating science, discovery and the power of human potential is the theme of OBA's 14th Annual Statesman Dinner. The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Oregon Convention Center featuring keynote speaker Shankar Vedantam and honoring the Knight Cancer Challenge and Phil and Penny Knight with the 2014 Statesman of the Year award.

Each year, OBA brings the state's business and political communities together to celebrate policy successes and honor our leaders who have gone above and beyond in their efforts and dedication to the citizens of Oregon.

This year's keynote speaker is Shankar Vedantam, a science correspondent with NPR and author of The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. Before joining National Public Radio in 2011, Vedantam was a national science writer at The Washington Post. Between 2007 and 2009, Vedantam authored the weekly Department of Human Behavior column in The Washington Post. He is the winner of several journalism awards. Vedantam is a 2009-2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Past Statesman Dinner keynote speakers have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee and U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

The 2014 Statesman of the Year Award will be presented to the Knight Cancer Challenge and Phil and Penny Knight. Each year OBA presents its Statesman of the Year award to leaders and visionaries who exemplify the definition of Statesman as one who promotes the common good of the citizens of Oregon with great wisdom and integrity.


Note that space is limited and table reservations and individual tickets are now available for online purchase at http://www.oba-online.org/statesman-sponsorships/ For more information about reservations, please contact Patti Winter, patti@oba-online.org or call 503-641-0990.


About OBA:
Oregon Business Association is the state's most effective advocate for the long-term enhancement of Oregon's business climate. Formed by a group of Oregon business leaders, OBA provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon's continued economic competitiveness. Today, more than 300 businesses, from Portland to Boardman, from homegrown to Fortune 500, have joined to support OBA's commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians.


Attached Media Files: Keynote Speaker Shankar Vedantam
DEA's Ninth & Final Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DEA Seattle - 09/25/14
New disposal rules in effect next moth provide for convenient, ongoing disposal
opportunities for patients' unwanted pharmaceuticals


Sept 25 - (Oregon) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners throughout Oregon will provide to the public a safe, free and anonymous way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Last April, Oregon residents turned in 3.9 tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Currently, there are 44 registered sites throughout the state. Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the "Got Drugs?" banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database that the public can search by zip code, city or county. Additionally, the public can call 1-800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public's enormous response to DEA's eight prior National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Last April Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription drugs. Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them. Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.

The week after DEA's first Take Back Day, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 was enacted. The Act authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods the public and long-term care facilities can use to transfer pharmaceutical controlled substances and other prescription drugs to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. While those regulations were being developed and approved, the DEA sponsored seven more take-back events.


DEA's new disposal regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 9 and can be viewed at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov or at www.regulations.gov. DEA's goal in implementing the Act is to expand the options available to safely and securely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medications on a routine basis. At this time, DEA has no plans to sponsor more nationwide Take-Back Days in order to give authorized collectors the opportunity to provide this valuable service to their communities.

The Final Rule authorizes certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors. All collectors may operate a collection receptacle at their registered location, and collectors with an on-site means of destruction may operate a mail-back program. Retail pharmacies and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy may operate collection receptacles at long-term care facilities. The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539.

Law enforcement continues to have autonomy with respect to how they collect controlled substance prescription drugs from ultimate users, including holding take-back events. Any person or entity--DEA registrant or non-registrant--may partner with law enforcement to conduct take-back events. Patients also may continue to utilize the guidelines for the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any method of patient disposal that was valid prior to these new regulations being implemented continues to be valid.
Arrest made in 2013 Car Break-ins at National Guard in Lebanon
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/25/14
Date: 06/23/13 at 0220 hours

Date/Time of Arrest: 09/23/14 at 2205 hours

Occurred location: 36646 W Oak St, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon

Arrest location: E Vine Street/Williams Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon

On June 23rd, 2013 the Army National Guard facility located at 36646 W Oak Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon was entered. The 1-82 Calvary was deployed for training at the time and several vehicles of the deployed soldiers were parked at the facility. The suspect broke out windows of 11 of these vehicles and stole items from inside. The total dollar amount in damage was $3642.34. The value of the stolen items was $2756.

During the initial investigation, officers obtained DNA evidence from the inside of one of the vandalized vehicles and sent it to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for analysis. The Lebanon Police Department recently obtained a hit on the DNA evidence which identified the DNA as belonging to Ryan Dean Lefevers, DOB: 01/04/1965. The estimated frequency of the DNA profile from a randomly selected individual matching this evidentiary DNA profile is less than 1 in 10 billion in Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic populations.

Ryan Dean Lefevers is a Lebanon resident who works in the area of the National Guard facility.
On September 23, 2014, Lebanon Police officers located Ryan Dean Lefevers and arrested him for Criminal Mischief 1 and Theft 1. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The Lebanon Police Department wants to remind you to always take valuable items out of your vehicles when unattended or keep them hidden from view. Keep your vehicles in a well- lit area.

If you have information contact the Lebanon Police Department information line at (541) 451-1751 ext. 4333.
State Library provides access to special collections
Oregon State Library - 09/25/14
Library October 2, 2014 members of the public will be able to come to the State Library building to access library collections from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Library users are encouraged to search the Library's catalog, http://catalog.osl.state.or.us, or call, email, or chat with library staff to confirm availability of materials before making the trip to the library. Public access computers will be available for accessing state and federal government information and services only. For more information please consult Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.oregon.gov/osl/GRES/Documents/FAQ%20for%20Public%20AccessFinal.pdf
Tour unique salmon and steelhead passage at PacifiCorp's Soda Springs Dam
Pacific Power - 09/25/14
Media Contact: Sept. 25, 2014
Tom Gauntt, PacifiCorp 503-813-7291 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pam Sichting, (USFS) 541-957-3342
Tour unique salmon and steelhead passage at PacifiCorp's Soda Springs Dam
Sign up to see how North Umpqua works for fish and Northwest electricity customers
TOKETEE, Ore. - Your chance to watch salmon and steelhead spawning above Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River comes Oct. 8 when PacifiCorp, together with federal and state natural resource agencies, will lead a public tour of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua hydroelectric project area, approximately 60 miles east of Roseburg
These enhancements are part of PacifiCorp's 194-megawatt hydroelectric project that produces enough renewable, emission-free electricity to supply 44,000 average homes each year.
PacifiCorp serves nearly 560,000 customers in Oregon, including the Roseburg area, through Pacific Power. Company hydroelectric projects along the North Umpqua River have been providing customers with clean, renewable energy since 1956.
"After 8 years of complex design and construction, it's quite satisfying to have salmon and steelhead above the dam and to share that experience on tours like this," said Rich Grost, PacifiCorp principal aquatic scientist.
Guests will see how engineers worked with fish biologists to develop a customized solution to building the ladder in the tight canyon area. The fish ladder and screens are actually built within the structure of Soda Springs Dam.
Also of interest are new fish habitat enhancements on the North Umpqua River that provide new spawning grounds for steelhead and salmon once they are past the dam.
Space is limited on the free tour that begins at the North Umpqua Implementation Office near Toketee at 11 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 3 p.m. Find the office from Roseburg by taking Hwy 138 east and turning left at Milepost 57 (at the green "Toketee Control Center" sign) onto Toketee School Road, then proceeding along the main paved road about one-quarter mile to the gray and blue PacifiCorp buildings.
Safety is the top priority at PacifiCorp. Personal vehicles will not be allowed into the tour sites and all attendees will be transported in a bus from the office, where ample parking is available. Those who wish to attend must contact Rich Grost (PacifiCorp) at 541-498-2617 to reserve a spot. Please bring a sack lunch and sturdy footwear. Safety glasses, hard hats, high-visibility vests and safety instruction will be provided.
The tour is sponsored by the Resource Coordination Committee for the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project. Members include PacifiCorp, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Water Resources. Representatives of several of these agencies will be participating in the tour.
CORRECTION: Central Ore. hunter info booths open next week
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/25/14
[NEWS DIRECTORS/EDITORS: This is a corrected version of a release that went out earlier this morning. Please use this version.]

Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations.

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

The Dalles:
Memaloose Rest Area
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dodson Road
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:
La Pine at "Rays"
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prineville:
Prineville at "Rays"
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highway 58:
Milepost 71
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 10 a.m. to dark
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to dark

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.
Central Oregon hunter info booths open next week
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/25/14
Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations.

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

The Dalles:
Memaloose Rest Area
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dodson Road
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:
La Pine at "Rays"
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prineville:
Prineville at "Rays"
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.
Can You Handle the Top 3 Most Challenging Traffic Scenarios? (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/25/14
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Let's face it - driving is challenging, but mostly because it's unpredictable. One evening there might be a deer in your path, or a cyclist crossing the street. Your taillight might go out or you might encounter a tricky detour on your daily commute. However challenging these are, you can plan for many predictable challenges on our roads.

Recently, AARP Driver Safety surveyed its top volunteers to find out what drivers say are the 3 most challenging driving situations for them. The AARP Smart Driver Course participants cited roundabouts, four-way stops and intersections, and center two-way turn lanes as frequent challenges on the road. But with a bit of planning and patience, drivers can handle or avoid most scenarios that make them uncomfortable when behind the wheel.

1. Roundabouts: Roundabouts have been shown to make roadways safer and less congested, but are often criticized for being more expensive and taking up more land than traditional intersections. Love them or hate them, it looks like roundabouts are here to stay. Since the first modern roundabout was built in the United States in 1990, 3,700 have been constructed throughout the country. Despite their safety benefits, it turns out a lot of drivers feel just like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's European Vacation going around and around that traffic circle in London. Here are some tips on how to make the task a little easier:

* Know your lane. Determine which lane to use before entering the roundabout. Think: left lane, left turn, right lane, right turn.

* Slow down and use your signal. Slow down to the posted speed limit. Always remember to use your turning signal when approaching your intended exit.

* Yield appropriately. Yield for pedestrians, bicyclists, and traffic on your left. Vehicles currently traveling in the circle of the roundabout have the right-of-way and those entering the traffic circle should yield to them. A video about how to navigate a roundabout is available here.

* Mind the gap. Only enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in the traffic. Never pass trucks. Give large vehicles extra space to negotiate a roundabout.

2. Four-Way Stops and Intersections: Unfortunately, about half of all crashes and crash-related injuries occur at four-way intersections. Moreover, at a four-way, two-lane intersection, there are 32 potential conflict points with other vehicles merging, diverging, or crossing, and another 24 possible conflict points if pedestrians are involved. Here are three simple ways of staying safe at intersections:

* Stop at the appropriate place. Be it a painted line, a crosswalk, a stop sign or where you can still see the back tires of the vehicle ahead of you; come to a complete stop with plenty of space. When the vehicle ahead of you begins to move, count two seconds before you proceed forward to the stop sign.

* Understand your intersection. Scan for hazards before entering the intersection by looking left, right, straight ahead, and then left again.

* Know who has the right-of-way. Whichever vehicle arrives first at the stop has priority. If two vehicles stop at the same time, priority is given to the vehicle on the right.
Remember: If an intersection is congested, or if the traffic signals are not working, all vehicles should treat it as a four-way stop.

3. Center Two-Way Left Turn Lane: You've probably seen these on your city streets and wondered, "How are these safe?" Two-way turning lanes actually allow vehicles to temporarily exit the main lanes of traffic to wait for a safe opportunity to turn left. Although these reversible lanes are designed to make roads safer, cars could potentially come upon "fender to "fender" in this turning lane if a driver misjudges the distance or isn't paying attention to the other direction of traffic. If you frequently encounter two-way left turn lanes in your neighborhood, this approach could probably save you from stress on your daily commute:

* Left turns only. Only use the reversible lane for turning left, and only enter the lane when you are close to and ready for your turn.

* Keep it short. You should never drive more than 200 feet in the lane.

* Yield to oncoming traffic. You should yield to oncoming traffic and wait until you have clearance to make a safe left turn.

* Know your options. If traffic is heavy consider making three right turns instead of a left turn.

If you find these standard roadway situations on your list of daily driving challenges, consider taking the AARP Smart Driver(TM) Course--AARP Driver Safety's flagship offering and the nation's first and largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. The AARP Smart Driver Course is available in a classroom and online, in both English and Spanish. In some states, you may even be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount upon completion of the course.*

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/safedriving or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).

*Drivers in Oregon can receive a discount by taking the AARP Smart Driver Course. Please consult your insurance agent for further details.

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Non-Injury School Bus Incident - Highway 222 north of Pleasant Hill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
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No one was injured Wednesday morning after a school bus loaded with children came to rest in a ditch along Highway 222 near Jasper Road north of Pleasant Hill.

On September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:44 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a school bus was involved in a crash on Highway 222 near Jasper Road. Local fire and medical responders arrived first and confirmed no one was injured. The children, ages 5 - 15 years, were students in the Pleasant Hill School District.

OSP investigation indicates the 67-year old male school bus driver pulled into a wide area and stopped the bus due to heavy traffic and a child jumping out of his seat. After stopping, the driver got out of his seat and then noticed the bus began to roll because the parking brake wasn't set. The driver quickly got back in his seat and brought the bus under control as it went off a steep ditch and came to rest.

The children were transported from the scene in another bus and no citations were issued.

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Correction: Death Investigation - Highway 101 Thomas Creek Bridge north of Brookings
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
Correction: The vehicle was initially located by a Curry County deputy. An OSP trooper also responded to the scene following the report of the unoccupied vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 50-year old Gold Beach man who was found at the base of Thomas Creek Bridge along Highway 101 about ten miles north of Brookings. Initial investigation indicates the deceased took his own life after jumping off the bridge.

On September 23, 2014 at 11:26 p.m., a Curry County Sheriff's Office deputy and OSP trooper found an unoccupied vehicle at the south end of Thomas Creek Bridge with a note indicating a person wished to intentionally end their life. On September 24 at 8:30 a.m., with the assistance of Curry County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, deputies and Coos Curry Electric Company, the body of ANDREW GRAINGER, age 50, from Gold Beach, was found and recovered at the base of the 345-foot high bridge.

Help is available in Curry County for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Curry County Mental Health Program has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling (877) 519-9322 or Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at (541) 247-4082 extension "0". If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please call the crisis line.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. Additional names are released in this update. OSP is asking to hear from any witnesses to the initial northbound collision between the pickup and a tanker trailer prior to the pickup departing the northbound lanes and crossing the freeway center median. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 375-3555.

Updated information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and is in critical condition.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, September 26, 2014
Oregon State Library - 09/24/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the Oregon State Library in Salem on September 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

The focus of the Board meeting is discussion of the State Library draft strategic plan and approval of a temporary Administrative Rule. Open Forum will be held at 12:00 noon.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.
AARP Staying at Home Workshops in December: Gresham, Portland, Tualatin, Salem, Albany (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/24/14
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Is your home fit for a lifetime of living? 89 percent of older adults have told AARP they want to remain in their home and community for as long as possible. Will staying at home be an option for you or your loved one? Whether you provide care for an aging loved one or have questions about future care, join AARP Oregon for Staying at Home, a FREE community workshop coming to a location near you.

Explore key issues related to aging in place. Learn about accessible home design and how you can make your home fit for a lifetime. Learn about housing and care options as well as community resources for when independent living becomes more difficult so you can live in your home for as long as you'd like.

What: Staying at Home Forum
This is a free educational forum and information fair, not a sales presentation.

When: All programs will be held from 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Check-in and refreshments at 10 am

To register, click on the link below or call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

Tuesday, Dec 2
Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave,
Gresham, OR 97030
http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Gresham

Thursday, Dec 4
TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Portland

Saturday, Dec 6
Tualatin Heritage Center
8700 SW Sweek Drive
Tualatin, OR 97062
http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Tualatin

Wednesday, December 3
Chemeketa Event Services
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem, OR 97304
http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Salem

Saturday, December 6
Allan Brothers
1852 Fescue Street SE
Albany, OR 97322
http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Albany

Please help fight hunger! Bring a can of food for the local food bank!


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Oregon State Library Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting
Oregon State Library - 09/24/14
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on September 29, 2014 at the Oregon State Library in Room B9 at 10:30 a.m.

The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council is established in the bylaws of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees to advise the staff of the Government Information and Library Services Program of the Oregon State Library. The Council will provide insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Information and Library Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

1. Update from the State Librarian
2. Round Robin for Council
3. Reports from Staff
a) Outreach activities since last quarter
4. Discussions & Input
a) E-book platform trials
b) eClips editions
c) Libguides update and feedback
d) iLinc trainings update and feedback
e) What services would you like to see Government Services provide in the coming years?
Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/24/14
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer

Portland, Ore. - Nancy Mitman has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration in a move that further solidifies the organization's executive leadership. She has served in an acting capacity in that role since July 2013, with oversight of BPA's capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting.

"Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge from many different aspects of the budgeting and financial apparatus of BPA," said Deputy Administrator Greg Delwiche. "She has very ably and capably been serving as our acting chief financial officer for more than a year, and she has clearly demonstrated that she is the right person for the job."

During her tenure as acting chief financial officer, Mitman guided BPA's finance team through a new agreement with Energy Northwest to restructure debt. That restructuring promises to reshape and lower the costs of BPA's overall debt portfolio in ways that could save more than a billion dollars for regional ratepayers over the long term. Additionally, it provides substantial near-term rate benefits and frees up access to capital.

Also under her leadership, BPA conducted the first Capital in Review public process that involved a new, cross-agency capital prioritization and allows interested parties the opportunity to comment on BPA's draft asset strategies and 10-year capital forecasts. BPA also completed the Integrated Program Review for cost structure for the upcoming BP-16 rate case. Other highlights of Mitman's tenure include implementation of a new travel system for employees and affirmation of BPA's strong bond rating by the three rating agencies.

"BPA is well positioned to further address financial strategies and initiatives, including prioritization of investments, allocation of financial resources, management of costs, planning for future revenue and management of liquidity and cash," Mitman said. "It's a privilege to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's enduring prudent approach to fiscal management."

Mitman began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of management and leadership in Finance. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she has served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer. Mitman holds an accounting degree from Montana State University. She lives in St. Helens, Ore., with her husband.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Update: Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
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UPDATE: Initially, information from the scene said this was a double fatal crash. At this time, one person is confirmed deceased. The second person is in critical condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. The victim's name is released in this update. Other names anticipated for release later today.

Preliminary information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a small pickup traveling northbound in heavy rain conditions collided with a commercial vehicle. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a small passenger car driven by an adult male. Two other southbound vehicles were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the first southbound vehicle, a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door, involved in the head-on crash was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the car was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The involved pickup's driver was also transported to Salem Hospital with unknown injuries.

Two other people in another vehicle were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Board of Forestry subcommittee scheduled to recommend forest management option for northwest Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/24/14
A Board of Forestry subcommittee considering alternative management plans for state forests is scheduled to recommend one of two forest management plan options at its September 29 meeting.

The Board and Department of Forestry are considering new options to manage northwest Oregon's state forests to ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division at ODF, and improve conservation outcomes in state forestlands. The Board has appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will meet in Salem on September 29 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members are scheduled to review materials and products produced during the Alternative Forest Management Plan process, revisit intended goals of a new forest management plan, and formulate a recommendation to the Board of Forestry on strategies for a new forest management plan. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., September 29.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_092914_Meeting.aspx

Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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Is Your Home Autumn Ready? Spend Less Time on Chores, More Time on Fun with These 5 Money-Saving Tips (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/24/14
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FROM AARP OREGON

PORTLAND, OR - September 24, 2014: The beginning of autumn brings trees and sidewalks speckled with beautiful brightly colored leaves and days for making warm apple cider. It's the perfect time of year for pumpkin picking and hay rides with the family before the first snowflakes hit the ground.

But for most homeowners, autumn also blows in the foreboding winds of a long winter to come - and the essential home maintenance chores that go along with it.

Below are five quick and easy fall maintenance tips to make your home a cozy place to be and will save you money all year long. AARP offers five tips to get you ready.

1. Hire a professional to seal and insulate your heating and cooling ductwork.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program, up to 20 percent of air is "lost" in a typical house due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts, resulting in higher utility costs. Hiring a professional to seal and insulate your ductwork will ensure that the work will last for many years to come. While out-of-pocket costs will be around $1,000 to $3,000, you may qualify for state rebates. Plus, you will save up to $300 per year in heating and cooling costs. Bonus: your home will be more comfortable, all year long!

2. Buy a programmable thermostat that self-adjusts for daytime, nighttime and weekend needs. A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to regulate your energy costs - and save money - by offering four pre-programmed settings to adjust your home's temperature in both summer and winter. One of these nifty little thermostats will cost about $50 to $100, but will save you up to $180 per year in energy costs. Energy Star models even come with preprogrammed settings.

3. Stop air leaks in their tracks. Fall temperatures can be quite chilly. However, if you notice cold drafts and cool floors in your home, even with your house bundled up tightly, you probably have air leaks around your windows and doors. Next time you're at the hardware store, grab a couple of tubes of top-quality, exterior-grade caulk. Choose acrylic latex caulk that is formulated for windows and doors and has a 30-year guarantee. It usually costs around $5 for a 10-ounce tube. Seal the cracks and gaps on a warm day to ensure good adhesion for years to come.

4. Let in the light.
Sparkling clean windows let in lots of sunlight, lowering heating costs and brightening the long winter days. To get those windows gleaming, use a homemade cleaner made from two parts environmentally friendly ammonia and one-part warm water. Use streak-free reusable microfiber cloths, which absorb water and reduce wiping time, to make your windows the shiniest on the block. A pack of 12-inch by 16-inch cloths costs about $20.

5. Disconnect hoses before the first frost.
You'll prevent outdoor spigots from freezing and cracking, which can burst your pipes and cost significant time and money to clean up and repair. And while you're at it, drain your sprinkler system to avoid leaks and busted sprinkler heads in the spring.

For more tips on saving money within your home, go to http://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/.


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Oregon National Guard emergency response experts visit Vietnam (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/23/14
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HANOI, Vietnam -- Ten domestic emergency and response experts from the Oregon National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) began a series of informational and practical exchanges at a training site near the headquarters of the 249th Engineers, Vietnam People's Army, Sept. 22, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nine Citizen-Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 224th Engineer Company, and one Citizen-Airman from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, are conducting a variety of search and rescue scenarios throughout the week-long visit including; rappelling, rescue hoist operations, casualty extraction and rigging.

The Oregon National Guard formally engaged in a partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012 through the National Guard State Partnership Program.

This exchange is designed to use the expertise of Oregon's CERFP to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM in areas such as light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response. This partnership also provides the Oregon National Guard with an opportunity to learn skills and procedures used in Vietnam in times of disaster and emergencies that may not be common in the U.S.

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Technical Sgt. Andrew Stott, 142nd Medical Group, Oregon Air National Guard, assists in training members of the 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, in rope knot work, a beginning step in learning search and extraction techniques in an urban environment, during a weeklong information and procedure exchange, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Christner (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Casey Bayes (right), of the 224th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, instruct a team of engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, in the use of a tripod for hoisting victims out of rubble and deep holes, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Christner, of the 224th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, demonstrates the use of a tripod designed for hoisting victims from deep holes to a team of engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Cpt. Mark Timmons, Oregon CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package Action Officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard, observes and assists as engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, learn to rappel off of a disabled structure, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)


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Corvallis Police Officers Investigate Armed Robbery (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 09/23/14
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On September 23, 2014, at about 2:00pm, Corvallis Police Officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Papa Murphy's, 960 NW Circle Blvd. A victim employee reported the suspect entered the store and demanded money. The suspect was armed with a handgun, which he pointed at the victim. After robbing the victim(s) the suspect fled the store on foot towards NW Spruce Ave.

The suspect is described as being in his twenties, with dark colored hair and a dark colored beard. He was further described as being about 5'6" to 5'9" tall and weighing around 225lbs. The suspect wore dark colored pants, dark jacket and a baseball cap.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are encouraged to call the Corvallis Police Department at 541-754-1733.


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Investigation Continues into Grants Pass Officer-Involved Shooting; Deceased Man Identified
Oregon State Police - 09/23/14
Members of the Josephine County Major Crime Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, are continuing the investigation into the death of a 29-year old Grants Pass man early Monday during a standoff with officers from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS). The following is an update with information authorized for released by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 9:38 p.m., GPDPS officers responded to 171 Blossom Drive in Grants Pass following the report of an identified individual armed with a handgun who menaced at least one person at the residence. The original report stated that the suspect, DANIEL DIAZ, age 29, who lived at 144 Blossom Drive, armed with a firearm fired at least one round.

Officers and SWAT team members from GPDPS responded to the scene and tried several times to call out DIAZ from inside the single story residence where he was spotted holding what was believed to be a handgun. Officers tried numerous times using a PA system to encourage DIAZ to surrender peacefully without injury to him or officers. A GPDPS sergeant also briefly spoke with DIAZ on the phone but he hang up during the conversation.

During the standoff, shots were exchanged between DIAZ and GPDPS officers. SWAT officers also fired several chemical munitions into the residence to get DIAZ to surrender without further incident. Some area residents may have mistaken the use of chemical munitions as coming from firearms.

About 5 hours after the initial report of the menacing call, officers gained entrance inside the residence and they found DIAZ deceased from at least one gunshot wound. No officers were reported injured.

Per direction of the District Attorney, OSP was designated the lead investigating agency. The OSP Forensic Services Division came to the scene to process for evidence.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of the death. DIAZ is a known felon who also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest on a charge of Menacing.

Three GPDPS officers were placed on paid leave per their department's policy pending the ongoing investigation. Their names are not being released at this time.

The Josephine County Major Crime Team consists of members from OSP, GPDPS, and Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

No photographs for release.

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Animation Comes to Life at OMSI
OMSI - 09/23/14
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September 23, 2014

ANIMATION COMES TO LIFE AT OMSI
Animation Takes Over the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Starting September 27

Portland, Ore. (September 23, 2014) - Jump into the exciting and visually rich world of animation at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)! From concept to finished product, OMSI is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the science behind storyboarding, character design, voice acting, sound effects, video editing and more!

Centered on a featured exhibition developed in partnership with Cartoon Network, guests can explore the evolution of animation against the backdrop of larger-than-life graphics of some of their favorite characters. The six thematic areas in the exhibit include:

* History - Learn about early animation and apparent motion.
* Animation Studio - Explore the process of animation, story creation, animator techniques and tools.
* Art in Motion - Discover why art and math are important allies when creating characters, motion, and change.
* Science Laboratory - Delve into the science and technology that make animation possible.
* Sound and Stage - Discover the principles of sound and phonetics with characters from Chowder, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Kids Next Door.
* Cartoon Museum - Take a seat in this intimate theater setting and view clips of popular animations while learning the secrets behind their production.

In addition to the 6,000-square-foot exhibition, OMSI's other halls and laboratories are opening up the nuts and bolts of animation with zoetropes, color wheels, green screens and hands-on demonstrations.

"Guests will be invited to explore the world of animation in ways they may have never considered," says Nancy Stueber, OMSI President. "We're excited to show how many ways math, physics, biology, mechanics and engineering blend with art, music and design to bring life to animated characters."

Designed to appeal to guests of all ages, OMSI's season of animation-focused science offers a range of activities for guests to enjoy. Younger visitors are treated to a wide array of hands-on activities throughout the museum, while more experienced guests can explore animation with Reel Science or at the Science Pub event featuring a look inside local animation studio LAIKA's newest film, The Boxtrolls. Opportunities include:

* Science Pub Hillsboro: Stop Motion Animation with LAIKA
September 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
With Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype at LAIKA

* First Thursdays in Science Playground
October 2, November 6, December 4
It's never too early to learn about design! Join in on the fun with a variety of hands-on activities for ages 0-6, including shadow puppet making.

* Labs and Hands-On Demonstrations
Offerings vary daily
From zoetropes to color wheels to green screens to dissections, you'll find plenty of components and demonstrations to open up the nuts and bolts of animation.

* Teen Night
October 10, 7-10 p.m.
An evening of games, live music, and an exclusive after-hours look at Animation for visitors 13-18 years old.

* Reel Science: Nightmare Before Christmas
November 12, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Watch (and learn) as this classic holiday film comes to life on the big screen.

Animation opens Saturday, September 27, 2014 and closes Sunday, January 11, 2015. Admission for adults is $13; youth (3-13) and seniors (63+), $9.50; member adults, $5; member youth/senior, Free. Prices include admission to the museum. Visit omsi.edu for more information.

Local major sponsor of Animation is Comcast, with creative support by SuperGenius.

ANIMATION(TM) was created and is circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon and (C) 2014 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved.

About Animation:
Cartoon Network, currently seen in nearly 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original series such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Camp Lazlo, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other exclusive programming. Overnight from 10:30 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/.

About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (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 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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Annual Archaeology Series set Fridays in October at Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/23/14
Smith Rock State Park will host its annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series Fridays in October. The theme of the 21st annual series is "Oregon or Bust," and the program will highlight U.S expansion and settlement of the West.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center facility, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive. Presentations are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 Day-Use or Annual Pass required for parking. Each 1 1/2 hour presentation will include a question and answer period. Presentations are scheduled as follows:

Oct. 3: "Oregon's Fur Trade Era." Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University will describe the early global competition over the abundant natural and physical resources in the Oregon Territory.

Oct. 10: "Finding Fremont in Oregon, 1843." Loren Irving, past Chairman of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, will detail the "Great Pathfinder" John C. Fremont's historic expeditions to map the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 17: "The Lost Meek Wagon Train." Prineville's Bowman Museum historian Steve Lent will recount the disastrous 1845 shortcut off of the main route of the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 24: "The Legend of Skull Hollow." Smith Rock Park Ranger Eric Iseman will describe key incidents and locations relating to the Snake Indian War of 1864-68.

Oct. 31: "Hardiness and Hope on the High Desert." Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss the hardships endured during the Homestead Era in Eastern Oregon.

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Resource Specialist for OPRD's Mountain Region.

Smith Rock State Park is located off of Highway 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org. or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

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Two Corvallis Juveniles Criminally Charged for Chip Ross Park Fire
Corvallis Police - 09/23/14
Two Corvallis juveniles have been charged for their role in starting a fire in the Chip Ross Park area of Corvallis. The two juveniles, a fifteen year old Dawson DeWolfe and sixteen year old Christopher Farris, were in the area of Chip Ross Park, north of NW 29th St. to smoke marijuana. Both teens walked into the park, smoked marijuana, and began to walk back.

As the pair walked out of the park, the Farris dared DeWolfe to light some dry grass on fire with a lighter. The DeWolfe lit the grass with a lighter and it immediately ignited. The juveniles made an attempt to put out the flames, but were unsuccessful. Investigators discovered Christopher Farris was the source of a 911 call regarding the fire, and he and DeWolfe were eventually brought in to be interviewed by their parents. During the interviews each told police what they had done.

The fire resulted in 86 acres burned, several fences and decks damaged, and one residence on NW Morning Glory St. was also damaged. The estimated cost for the fire suppression effort by the Corvallis Fire Department was more than $50,000. This does not include costs for Corvallis Police Department and the multitude of other area fire agencies who also responded to the fire.

Each juvenile was charged in Benton County Juvenile Court. Dawson DeWolfe was charged with one count of Reckless Burning, one count of Reckless Endangering, and one count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Christopher Farris was charged with one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence. After being charged, both were released to their parents. There are no mugshot photographs available at this time.

The Benton County District Attorney's Offices will be prosecuting the case.
Coalition forms to educate voters about Dennis Richardson's extreme record
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 09/23/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon today joined forces with health, labor, first responders and human rights organizations across the state to tell voters about Representative Dennis Richardson's decade-long record of fighting against Oregon values.

"Too Extreme for Oregon PAC" has begun airing a television ad highlighting Richardson's out-of-touch record by directly quoting from his own words. The PAC's goal is to ensure that Oregonians know about the Republican gubernatorial candidate's fight against women's rights, LGBT rights and human rights. The ad can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/TooExtremeForOregon

Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon, said: "Representative Richardson has spent 11 years in the Oregon Legislature working to roll back the rights of women, trying to prevent Oregonians from marrying who they love and suggesting that undocumented immigrants in jail should be shipped to Chinese prisons to save the state money. But now that he's running for governor, Richardson wants to talk about anything but his own record. Oregonians deserve to know the truth, and we're going to make sure they hear it."

DENNIS RICHARDSON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Here is the script of the "Too Extreme for Oregon PAC" ad, followed by attributions to source material.

Voice: The more we know about candidate for governor Dennis Richardson, the more alarming it gets. Richardson said that a woman relinquishes her right to control her own body when she becomes pregnant.

In September 1990, Richardson wrote a letter to The Oregonian: "Those who favor unrestricted abortions have redefined the issue far away from the aborting of a fetus, in favor of terms such as a 'woman's rights' and 'pro-choice.' By so doing they have made the abortion issue a civil-rights issue. If civil rights is the appropriate area for considering the abortion question, then the unborn child's civil right to be born and to live must be considered along with the right of a woman to control her body. Every woman has the right to choose whether she will conceive a child, but after a child is conceived, the rights of the unborn child become paramount. There is no civil right more precious than the right to life itself. And a woman relinquishes her unfettered right to control her own body when her actions cause the conception of a baby. Because the right for life far outweighs the demands for belated birth control, we must do all in our power to protect the civil rights of the unborn child. The upcoming election provides two measures to protect unborn children from abortion-for-convenience. Measure 8 would stop women from having abortions as a form of birth control. It allows abortions only in cases of rape, incest or the woman's physical well-being. Measure 10 would require that one parent be notified before a girl receives an abortion if she is a minor. Vote yes on Measures 8 and 10, and vote for the civil right to life." [Richardson Letter to the Editor, The Oregonian, 9/21/90]

Voice: Richardson said being gay is a behavior-based activity that can be changed.

In April 2007, The Associated Press reported on domestic partnerships becoming legal in Oregon. According to the report: "An opponent of the bill, Republican Rep. Dennis Richardson, said a fairer approach would be to pass a 'reciprocal benefits' bill to allow a more limited range of marriage-style benefits to two people, such as elderly sisters, who live together. 'This bill is in fact marriage by another name,' the Central Point lawmaker said of the domestic partnership bill. 'It creates special rights for gay and lesbian couples based on their sexual orientation.' ... Richardson, the Central Point Republican, argued that the state shouldn't offer civil rights protection to a group based solely on their sexual orientation. 'It is not in the best interests of the state to enshrine in Oregon's bill of rights a behavior-based orientation,' he said." [The Associated Press, 4/17/07]

Voice: Richardson said ... domestic partnerships would have a negative effect for generations to come.

In May 2007, "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" reported on domestic partnerships becoming legal in Oregon. Richardson said, "The move that society has taken away from family, away from morality, away from virtue and honor and chastity to the shift of tolerance and cultural competency is a mistake and that it's going to have a negative effect for generations to come." ["NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," 5/9/07]

Voice: Richardson even proposed sending undocumented immigrants in Oregon prisons to private prisons in China. That's Dennis Richardson. But that's not Oregon.

In a January 2011 newsletter, Richardson wrote: "You might laugh, but in the spirit of 'thinking outside the box' some are considering unique ways to deal with illegal alien inmates differently than legal residents. For instance, how about considering the affect on both cost and recidivism for Illegals who are sent to do their time in a private prison in China. With contractual agreements regarding care, treatment, nourishment, basic living conditions, etc., Illegals could be incarcerated for less than $10,000 per year - a fraction of current costs in Oregon. Plus, it would free up bed space and thereby avoid having to build or expand Oregon prisons. California contracts with Tennessee prisons, so how about Oregon contracting with its number one export partner, China. (Certainly there might be federal issues with moving prisoners across international borders, but creative thinking is about 'what if' and not 'no, because.')." [Richardson Newsletter, 1/21/11]

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Oregon celebrates Earth Science Week October 12-18
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/23/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) announced today that Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed October 12-18 as Earth Science Week.

The 2014 Earth Science Week theme of "Earth's Connected Systems," explores the dynamic interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Focus days during the week include International Earthcache Day (October 12), Earth Science Literacy Day (October 13), No Child Left Inside Day (October 14), National Fossil Day (October 15), Geoscience for Everyone Day (October 16), and Geologic Map Day (October 17).

Geologic Map Day promotes the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach.

"Geologic maps tell the story of how our state's spectacular landscape formed, and help us understand the geologic hazards and resources of today's Oregon," says State Geologist Vicki McConnell.

The DOGAMI website at www.OregonGeology.org will feature themed earth science activities and resources for teachers, students and the community throughout the month of October.

For more information about Earth Science Week, visit www.earthsciweek.org. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day website at www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/.

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The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) increases understanding of Oregon's geologic resources and hazards through science and stewardship. Learn more at OregonGeology.org.
Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup to hold first meeting September 30 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/14
Correcting for: Aimee Craig, Early Learning Division communications

September 23, 2014

Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup to hold first meeting September 30 in Wilsonville

What: The Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup, a workgroup of the Joint Subcommittee of the Early Learning Council and the Oregon Health Policy Board, will meet Tuesday, September 30 in Wilsonville. At this first meeting, the focus will be on establishing a common understanding of the workgroup's charge, meeting protocols, and expected deliverables, and beginning discussions on criteria for measure selection. Public testimony will be accepted at the end of the meeting.

When: Tuesday, September 30, 1-4 p.m.

Where: 9140 SW Pioneer Court (Suite E), Wilsonville

Agenda:

Introductions;

Workgroup purpose and deliverables;

Workgroup process;

Preliminary discussion of measure domains and selection criteria;

Public testimony (if any).

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99E Between Oregon City and Canby (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:15 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver, GLENN PAUL LAUINGER, age 63, from Canby, pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. GLENN LAUINGER was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by ZANE E. UTLEY, age 42, from Canby, struck the rear of the pickup. GLENN LAUINGER was struck and knocked to the ground. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

GLENN LAUINGER was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup, whose name is not available at this time, was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

UTLEY was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries. He was treated and released Monday.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Deadline 10/5/2014: Oregon DHS, Health Authority Seek Public Comment on Transition Plan for Medicaid Home, Community-Based Services
OR Department of Human Services - 09/23/14
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are working on a Transition Plan as required by CMS to meet the new requirements.

The two agencies are seeking public comment on the DRAFT plan, which has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx

Request for comments: All individuals receiving HCBS services, family members, advocates, providers and delivery system representatives are asked to review the plan and submit their comments to assist in developing the final plan.

The purpose of the new regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Deadline for comments: Please review and provide comments no later than October 5, 2014. Mailed responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

The final Transition Plan due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by October 13, 2014.

Send e-mail comments to hcbs.oregon@state.or.us
Send written comments via mail to: HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE, E09, Salem, OR 97301

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ODF Fire Update for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/23/14
New fires
The Jewel Road Fire was reported yesterday burning 7 miles west of Dufur in grass, brush and oak. 6 engines, 2 crews, 2 helicopters and 2 bulldozers responded to this fire, which grew to 33 acres. The fire is now contained and in mop-up by local unit resources this morning.

Current large fires:

Scoggins Creek Fire
The 211-acre Scoggins Creek Fire burning 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is now 83 percent contained. The Washington County Sheriff's office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk) except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support firefighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today's day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Resources assigned:
15 crews, 5 helicopters, 8 engines, 1 bulldozer, 8 water tenders and 467 personnel are assigned to this fire.
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Office. Official transition will occur Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline.

The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

Fire Information Phone: After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center
* Washington Co. Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
#ScogginsCreekFire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff's office at: 503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Lane County's Top Chefs Compete for Ultimate Title in Late Chef's Honor
March of Dimes - 09/23/14
On October 7th at Kendall Lexus, some of Lane County's finest chefs will compete in a live cook off where they're only able to use four ingredients, one of which will be a surprise. A panel of judges will crown the winner with the title of "Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef," in honor of the late chef who created the competition in 2012.

In addition to this prestigious title, the winning chef gets to pass on the goodness by teaching a party of 8 how to make the winning dish in a cooking demonstration at a later date hosted by Pepperberries.

The cook off is part of a special preview for the 2014 Lane County Signature Chefs Auction, which takes place on October 14th at Valley River Inn. Competing chefs are all participants in the Signature Chefs event and will be offering special packages for the auction. Guests at the Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chefs competition will be the first to see the treasures being offered for auction at the main event on October 14th.

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

The competition begins at 6:00 pm on October 7th at Kendall Lexus. For information or to reserve a seat, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon or call 541.686.2170.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone October 2, 2014 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/23/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on October 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The public venue for the meeting is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department headquarters office at 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

The Commission is meeting to act on a request to award a construction contract for work on a restroom and shower building at Tumalo State Park in Central Oregon near Bend. The full meeting agenda is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.

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09/22/14
Update: Driver Dies Following Serious Injury Crash - Highway 99E south of Oregon City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
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Update: OSP was notified that the 63-year old male driver of the pickup died after being transported by LifeFlight to OHSU. Names will be released Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:00 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. The 63-year old male driver was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by an adult male struck the rear of the pickup. The pickup's driver was struck and the vehicle's came to rest blocking both southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

The pickup's driver was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

The Honda's male driver was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

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Update: Driving Complaints, Short Attempt to Elude Leads to Driver's Arrest on Interstate 5 near Salem
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
Update: OSP is still in contact with the driver and continuing an investigation. No more information for release tonight. An update may be sent Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation related to the arrest of an adult male following several citizens' reckless driving complaints on a vehicle southbound on Interstate 5 between Woodburn and Salem.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:21 p.m., the first of several citizen driving complaints were received to OSP Northern Command Center dispatch of a black Ford Expedition with Arizona license plates speeding and passing other vehicles on both shoulders southbound Interstate 5 from Woodburn. An OSP lieutenant spotted the rental vehicle about ten minutes later southbound in the Salem area and attempted to stop it but the driver failed to yield for a short distance as it continued passing vehicles on the shoulder.

At approximately 2:33 p.m., the vehicle stopped near milepost 2:43. As the driver got outside, he was acting erratically and for precautionary reasons the southbound lanes were blocked for about ten minutes until he was taken into custody with the assistance of back up troopers.

The 30-year old male driver is in custody for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. His name will be released later after OSP conducts the follow up investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

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Health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/14
September 22, 2014

High toxin levels found at lake in Clatsop County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact Clatsop County Parks at 503-325-6452.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Marine Board to hold Listening Session for Non-Motorized Boaters in Newport (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/22/14
Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
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Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs that better support your activities out on the water. The listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services. The meeting is being held at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Clubhouse, 750 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport, on Monday, September 29, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input being collected will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
Two Brownsville Men Arrested for Multiple Thefts (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/22/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the arrest of two Brownsville men Sunday, September 21, for multiple thefts from vehicles in the Brownsville area. The case broke when a victim saw his property in the possession of one of the suspects. Stolen items include a handgun, Garmin GPS, I-Pods, phone charges, garage door openers etc.

Deputies arrested Dakota Michael Landi, 20-years old from Brownsville, for seven counts of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Identity Theft, Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree and Possession of Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

Further investigation led deputies to Alexander William Adams, 19- years old from Brownsville. Adams was arrested for six counts of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Possession of Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

Deputies have recovered several stolen items and are in the process of matching recovered property to the victims.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim or that may have additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy George Sutton at the Linn County Sheriff's Office at 541.967.3950.

The majority of vehicles were entered through their unlocked doors. Sheriff Riley would like to remind citizens to always lock their car doors and remove items of value that are in plain view.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/2993/78099/Landi_Dakota_Michael.jpg , 2014-09/2993/78099/Adams_Alexander_William.jpg
Unique Oregon Program Helping Seniors with Financial Security
OR Department of Human Services - 09/22/14
Financial security is more than just having money to live on, it's also being able to pay bills, do taxes and other financial tasks on time, and for many Oregon seniors, that's a problem. A unique program that helps with those tasks is expanding in Lane County.

The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services and offered statewide through regional sponsors. Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, the OMMP is offered free of charge to low-income seniors. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each senior.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to help low-income older adults manage their personal finances in your own community. In just 2-4 hours each month, you can help protect vulnerable adults for financial abuse, eviction, utility cut off, and loss of independence. If you are open-minded, compassionate, patient, organized and good at managing your own personal finances we would love to hear from you and to share more about this project and how you can get involved.

To learn more about volunteering contact Lane County Senior & Disabled Services, Dana Doney at (541) 682-4177, by email at sdsmmp@lcog.org, or in person at 1015 Willamette Street, Eugene OR 97401.

To obtain financial assistance for someone in need, please contact Easter Seals Oregon at 800-556-6020 or email: mmp@or.easterseals.com.
Public Assistance Sought For Missing Salem Man (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 09/22/14
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The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating 58 year old Daniel Zwicker of Salem. Zwicker has not been seen since the beginning of September, which corresponds with the last of his financial transactions. He has Type I Diabetes and has a history of diabetic comas. Zwicker's red 2012 Toyota Prius, with Oregon license 4ZWICK, is also unaccounted for.

Daniel Zwicker has residences in both Salem and Newport and both have been checked for him, with negative results. Zwicker frequently uses Hwy 20 as he travels between the two cities.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Daniel Zwicker or his red Toyota Prius is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
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Sheriff Riley Attends National Sheriff's Institute
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/22/14
Refer to attached press release from the National Sheriff's Association.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/2993/78086/NSA_media_release.pdf
Flood risk in Oregon increases due to worse than normal fire season (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/22/14
Snapshot of RAPTOR (Oregon’s Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon), displaying all wildfire perimeters from the 2014 fire season. More information on RAPTOR can be found at www.oregon.gov/DAS/CIO/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx.
Snapshot of RAPTOR (Oregon’s Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon), displaying all wildfire perimeters from the 2014 fire season. More information on RAPTOR can be found at www.oregon.gov/DAS/CIO/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx.
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Areas in Oregon downstream of wildfires are at greater risk for flooding this year, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation (ODLC) and Development, and FEMA Region X are urging home and business owner in affected areas to purchase flood insurance.

"Fires have increased flood potential downstream from burned areas and home and business owners in those areas should look into purchasing flood insurance before the rainy season begins," said Christine Shirley, National Flood Insurance Coordinator (NFIPC) for ODLC.

Shirley added that now is also a good time for anyone that owns or rents a building in a flood prone area to buy flood insurance. Contact your insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.

If you have additional flood insurance questions contact Deborah Farmer, NFIPC for FEMA Region X at Deborah.farmer@fema.dhs.gov

For hazard questions contact: Christine Shirley, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development at 503-373-0050 ext. 250.

Photo Caption: Snapshot of RAPTOR (Oregon's Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon), displaying all wildfire perimeters from the 2014 fire season. More information on RAPTOR can be found at www.oregon.gov/DAS/CIO/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx.


Attached Media Files: Snapshot of RAPTOR (Oregon’s Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon), displaying all wildfire perimeters from the 2014 fire season. More information on RAPTOR can be found at www.oregon.gov/DAS/CIO/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx.
OSBA Board appoints Cruise to director position
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/22/14
The OSBA Board of Directors has appointed Donald A. Cruise of the Philomath School Board to fill a vacancy on the OSBA Board.

Cruise replaces Anne Schuster, a Corvallis School Board member who is resigning from that board.

Cruise, a retired elementary school teacher, was elected to the Philomath board in 2011.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Update #2: Fatality Confirmed Following Sept 19 Bicycle-Involved Crash - Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook. OSP was notified this morning that the bicyclist died from injuries sustained in the crash early Monday morning at a Portland-area hospital. An enforcement decision is pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he was in critical condition. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed KUNSMAN died September 22 at 12:59 a.m. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

According to the lead investigating trooper, the highway where the crash occurred in a curve has two traffic lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, and there is no paved shoulder on the westbound side.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Aaron Butcher is the lead investigator. The highway was closed several hours for incident response and collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Netarts-Oceanside Fire District, Tillamook Fire District, and ODOT.

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OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx.

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Marine Board Approves Grant Increases
Oregon Marine Board - 09/22/14
The Oregon State Marine Board held a special meeting on September 8, via teleconference, to consider two requests for grant increases for the Port of Garibaldi and the Port of Arlington.

The Port of Garibaldi requested extra funds to move forward on its boarding float replacement project. The Board unanimously approved an additional $44,727.50 in state boater funds. This amount, together with the original grant award, brings the new project total to
$139, 727.50. The new boarding floats will be made with fiberglass decking, which has an exceptional lifespan in coastal environments, and is the standard decking material used on all Marine Board-designed gangways over the last 20 years.

The Port of Arlington requested extra funds to finalize the installation of its fuel dock, gangway and replacement of its pumpout/dump station. Costs were higher than anticipated due to the specialized work and environmental requirements.

In a three to one decision, The Marine Board approved $64,021.19 in state boater funds, combined with $20,711.51 in applicant cash, $65,000 in federal Boating Infrastructure Grant funds and $38,989.66 from Clean Vessel Act funds, for an additional $188,713.36. This amount, together with the original grant award, brings the new project total to $496,713.36. Work will begin in early October.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.

For more information about the Marine Board, and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Grant Increases -Audio
Update: Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Roseburg in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
Update: OSP learned operator HENSON went to the hospital later and is now listed in serious condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's motorcycle-involved traffic crash on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg that resulted in the death of a female adult passenger and injuries to two adult male operators. The female passenger died after arrival at a Roseburg-area hospital.

On September 21, 2014 at approximately 6:35 p.m., a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by KEVIN R. WILTROUT, age 32, from Phoenix, Oregon, was traveling down the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 at exit 119 followed by another 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle. For an undetermined reason the first motorcyclist lost control and struck a fog marker. The motorcycle went down onto its side and slid across both southbound lanes where the motorcycle and both occupants struck the center concrete divider.

The second motorcycle operated by CODY L. HENSON, age 33, from Talent, lost control and crashed near the center divider.

WILTROUT and his passenger, STACEY ANN NELSON, age 39, from Central Point, were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. NELSON died from her injuries after arrival. WILTROUT's injuries were non-life threatening.

HENSON went to the same hospital later is now listed in serious condition.

All three were wearing protective helmets.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Mike Tabor is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, and ODOT. Two Medford police officers traveling south came upon the scene first and started emergency medical care.

Southbound lanes were partially closed for several hours during the incident response and scene investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

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Job & Career Fair to be held at the World Forestry Center
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/22/14
Maximum Connections is the theme for a job and career fair being held at the World Forestry Center on September 25, 2014.

A variety of employers and training providers will be promoting opportunities at the event sponsored by the Oregon Employer Council Washington County and WorkSource Oregon. This year 34 businesses will be on hand for the event. Last year over 1000 Job Seekers attended this annual event.

The event will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The World Forestry Center is located next to the Washington Park Zoo, off Highway 26. The venue is accessible by Tri-Met bus and MAX light rail. There are paid parking lots close to the event.

WorkSource Oregon staff recommend those attending the Maximum Connections Job & Career Fair to come dressed appropriately for a job interview and bring sufficient copies of résumés. Résumés are accepted solely at the discretion and choice of individual employer.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/930/78071/Maximum_Connections_Job_Fair.pdf
Armed Disturbance
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/22/14
Lebanon Police Department

Nature of Crime or Event: Armed Disturbance
Date / Time Occurred: September 21, 2014 / 2:03 AM
Occurred Location: (Queen Anne Apartments) 142 E. Elmore Street

On Sunday September 21, 2014 at 0203 AM officers with the Lebanon Police Department responded to the Queen Anne Apartments, 142 E. Elmore Street for an armed disturbance where several callers reported a female with a firearm. Lebanon Officers arrived on scene and could hear a verbal disturbance occurring. When the officer located the source of the disturbance, the officer observed Blainey Elkins pointing a firearm at another female. Just as the officer began giving verbal commands for Blainey to drop the firearm, a struggle ensued between Blainey and the other female. During the struggle the firearm was removed from Blainey's possession.

Blainey Oshea Elkins DOB: 12-16-1978 was taken into custody and charged with the following crimes:

- Unlawful Use of Firearm
- 2 counts of Pointing a firearm at another
- 5 counts of Reckless Endangering Another
- 2 counts of Menacing
09/21/14
Scoggins Creek Fire Morning News Release - Sept. 21
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/21/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 2
and
Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team

September 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Wa. Co. Fire Defense Board Chief

PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AT 5:00 PM at GASTON FIRE HALL

No changes to the evacuation areas. See below for more info.

Current Situation:

The #ScogginsCreekFire airshow, or at least the impressive aerial firefighting, will continue today. Overnight, firefighters continued digging line around the fire by hand.
The 597 personnel are working diligently in steep and rugged terrain with an eye to completing the line around the fire. The steps to containing the fire include:
1.Digging an initial line - from a few feet to a bulldozer blade wide - around the fire and structures at risk;
2.Improving the line by widening it so fire doesn't cross the line;
3.Laying hoses, placing water pumps, and installing plumbing along the line to get water to the fire;
4.Mop-up is done to eliminate all heat sources from the edge of the fire ranging from 100-300 feet into the burned area, "the black", to ensure the fire doesn't spread;
5.Declare the fire contained.
While hand crews dig the line along the sides of the fire, aircraft are often used to stop the head of the fire (the direction the fire is heading).

The work done over the past 24 hours greatly reduced the smoke from the #ScogginsCreekFire. Despite keeping the smoke to a minimum on the #ScogginsCreekFire, people may see smoke from other wildfires painting the sky.

"We're looking forward to declaring the fire contained," commented Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Chris Cline. "In the meantime, we're doing all we can to keep our firefighters and the public safe."

Fire at a Glance (09/21/14)
Size: 307 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 20
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 5
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 597
Estimated Costs to Date: $991,251

Evacuation Levels:
Level 1 - Ready- 146 with 30-40 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road and 116 homes in the Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District.
Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggins Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that intersects with SW West Shore Road.
Level 3 - Go - 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggins Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection and all residences on Sain Creek Road.

For more information about evacuations call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."

For More Information:

Email:
ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at:
503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.
Scoggins Creek Fire - Media Tour
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/21/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry IMT 2 and Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team issued this media release.

For immediate release Major media distribution
Sept. 21, 2014

Contact:
Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442, alertora@odf.state.or.us
Tommy Schroder 971-295-8076

Media Tour Set for Scoggins Creek Fire

Local media are invited to attend a guided van tour inside the fire perimeter. Media will be taken to pre-scouted viewing points for watching active air operations. Please meet at the gravel parking area immediately across the dam of Hagg Lake at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, Sept 21, 2014. The tour is expected to last approximately two hours. There is limited seating. Two trips will be provided or pool camera is an option if there is more interest than available seats.

Only media personnel wearing the required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be allowed to attend. PPE includes nomex pants, nomex shirt, leather boots with 8 inch top and vibram soles and a fire shelter.
09/20/14
Scoggins Creek Fire - September 20th Evening Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/20/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team

September 20, 2014 9:40 p.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Joint Water Commission
* Clean Water Services
* Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Current Situation:
Size: Estimated 300 acres

Cause: under investigation

Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 6 miles west of Forest Grove

Containment: 20%
Personnel: 597

Expected Containment: September 24

The fire is not yet contained, but firefighters made excellent progress building line around the fire today and continue that work tonight. Helicopters and airplanes showcased their expertise scooping 120,000 gallons of water from Hagg Lake and dousing the fire. The Fire Marshal's Team was strategically placed to protect homes, which fortunately wasn't necessary. No homes or structures have been damaged.

The team's effort and less challenging winds than expected helped them make significant progress and keep smoke to a minimum.

"This has been a team effort. The Fire Marshal's Team, Washington County's Emergency Operation Center's Team and Sheriff's Office, and the community support has been outstanding," said ODF Incident Commander Cline.

Tonight's goals include:
* Building and improving line,
* Keeping structures protected, and
* Keeping firefighters and public safe.

Hagg Lake Park remains closed until further notice.

Evacuations:
Level 1 - Ready - 30 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road.

Fire at a Glance (09/20/14)


Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at: 503-209-5613 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggin Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that insects with SW West Shore Road.

Level 3 - Go - All 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggin Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection.

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District Level 1 - 116 homes.

For more information about evacuations call 503-209-5613.

The evacuation of animals has been a deep concern for both those displaced by the fire, as well as caring individuals in the community. Due to very limited animal shelter space, residents have been asked to take their pets with them or make arrangements with family, friends or commercial boarding kennels for housing their pets. For any residents with an urgent need in which they are physically unable to evacuate animals and need help, they may contact the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Line at 503-846-2999. If you can offer space for pets or livestock to stay during the emergency, post on the Scoggins Creek Fire 2014 Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014 , or call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."


For More Information:

Email:
ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.
Watch the OSU vs. USC Game with Benny the Beaver at the Boot, Scoot, Brew & BBQ Sept. 27 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/20/14
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The Oregon State University Alumni Association will be on hand to fire up Beaver fans at the Boot, Scoot, Brew & BBQ on Sept. 27 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds sports lounge. Special guest Benny the Beaver will greet fans and pose for photos from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Look for special alumni association giveaways in conjunction with the OSU versus USC game watch party that begins at 7:30 p.m.

The second annual Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Center 50+, the fun-filled event kicks off with a family-friendly comedy show. Other activities include live country music throughout the day, dancing, a BBQ cook-off, mechanical bull riding, food and beverage vendors, quilt exhibition and much more.

Admission is $10 for adults 21-and-older, $8 for military, police and firefighters, $5 for youngsters aged 13-20 and free for those 12-and-under. The event becomes 21-and-over at 6 p.m. A VIP admission package is available for $15 per person (includes signature mug and raffle ticket). Tickets can be purchased at www.boxofficetickets.com, Travel Salem and Center 50+. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Center 50+ including their scholarship program for low-income seniors.

For a full schedule visit www.senior.cityofsalem.net or call 503-588-6303.

This event is sponsored by Bonaventure, Salem Electric, McGinty & Belcher Attorneys, Boldt Carlisle & Smith, Peak Mortgage, Marquis Home Care Services, The Springs, Keizer Appliance Center, Double H Western Wear, OSU Alumni Association, The Bull Radio, Oregon Mobile Media LLC, Generation Mortgage Company, Financial Freedom, and Friends of the Salem Senior Center, Center 50+.


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Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/20/14
Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Green Incident Management and structural task forces from ton, Marion and Lincoln counties are on scene.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSFM are working jointly on this incident to address both the wildfire and structure protection needs.

Currently there are approximately 30-40 homes on evacuation Level 3 - "Go;"

12-20 homes on Level 2 - "Set;"

and 20-30 homes at Level 1 - "Ready."

The fire is burning 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Current road closures:
Lee Road at West Shore.
Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance.

Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.
Fire information email address: ScogginsCreekFire@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire14
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119

Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
* After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of California Man, Seizure of 20 lbs of Marijuana - Highway 395 north of Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/14
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A California man was arrested Friday afternoon during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop north of Lakeview when an OSP trooper found approximately 20 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 2:13 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Ford Expedition displaying Minnesota license plates for failure to maintain a lane of travel at Highway 395 at the Highway 140E junction. The driver was identified during the stop as NICHOLAS K. SIMMONS, age 23, from Forest Ranch, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 20 pounds of marijuana in suitcases inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $50,000.

SIMMONS was taken into custody and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Lake County Sheriff's Office and Lakeview Police Department.

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09/19/14
Linn Deputies investigating fatal motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/19/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the afternoon of September 19, 2014. The crash occurred on Bell Plain Drive near Hwy 99E and was reported at 3:02 pm by a passing motorist.

The driver and single occupant of the blue 2001 Buick LeSabre, was identified as a 65-year-old David James Gingerich of Shedd.

The investigation reveals Mr. Gingerich had been traveling east on Bell Plain Drive when he lost control of his vehicle, while attempting to negotiate a 90 degree corner. Mr. Gingerich's vehicle drove down into a 10 foot deep ravine and then rolled over onto its top. Mr. Gingerich was found behind the wheel of his vehicle and not restrained by his seat belt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of Halsey/Shedd Fire Department. Fisher Funeral Home removed Mr. Gingerich from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.


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Health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
September 19, 2014

High toxin levels found at reservoir in Deschutes County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Wickiup Reservoir, located 40 miles southwest of Bend off South Century Drive in Deschutes County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of very high levels of cyanotoxins produced by the blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Exposure to bacterial toxins can happen through accidental swallowing, which may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting; inhalation of water droplets, which can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose; and skin contact, which can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours. Drinking water directly from Wickiup Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs in particular can quickly experience symptoms of toxin exposure and can die within an hour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the the Deschutes National Forest Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP worked with the Lane County Medical Examiner and confirmed the victim is identified as LANCE MATTHEW HOSE, age 49, from Eugene.

According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.

Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated 3/4 of an acre area.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.

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Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
EDITORS: A media availability has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today, September 19, in Room 1-A (first floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. State Health Officer Katrina Hedberg, M.D., will be on hand to answer questions about the health advisory. OHA Environmental Public Health staff members also will be available to respond to technical questions.

September 19, 2014


Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed

Warning now extends from Ross Island to Sauvie Island

The Oregon Health Authority is expanding a health advisory after preliminary test results show blue-green algae covering a stretch of the Willamette River flowing through downtown Portland is a toxic species.

Officials with OHA's Public Health Division say the advisory, first issued September 16 for the stretch of the Willamette between the south end of Ross Island and the Fremont Bridge, now extends from Ross Island downriver to the south end of Sauvie Island.

Public health officials recommend that people avoid all contact with Willamette River water in this stretch of the river, and that pets be kept away from the water as well. This includes avoiding swallowing or inhaling water droplets, and avoiding skin contact. Drinking water directly from this stretch of the Willamette is especially dangerous at this time.

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

Official results of at least two tests on water samples conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are expected back later today. A preliminary test by one of the laboratories, Aquatic Scientific Resource, confirmed the blue-green algae, which is visible as a swirling, bright-green slick, is a species known as Microcystis aeruginosa (microcystis). This type of algae produces toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. The advisory threshold for microcystis is 40,000 cells of the toxin per milliliter of water. Preliminary counts indicate microcystis is present in the Willamette River at 2.25 million cells per milliliter. Several samples were collected around Ross Island, but the specific sample used for this count was from the mouth of the Ross Island lagoon.

Accidental swallowing of water containing these toxins may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting. Inhalation of water droplets can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose. Skin contact can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs, in particular, can quickly experience symptoms of microcystis exposure and can die within an hour.

The toxins produced by microcystis cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters, health officials warn. People who draw in-home water directly from Willamette are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins.

No public drinking water systems draw water from the portion of the Willamette River affected by the health advisory.

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

The Public Health Division has issued six harmful algae bloom advisories so far this season. The most ever issued was 22, for various water bodies around the state, in 2010; the fewest was in 2012 with nine. August and September are the peak months for harmful algae advisories.

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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Lane ESD - 09/19/14
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will hold a regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m., at Lane ESD, 1200 Highway 99 N, Eugene.
Update #2: Name Released - Death Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/19/14
The victim is identified as KATHERINE YEHLE DAVIDSON, age 28. DAVIDSON most recently lived in the Albany area. An autopsy was done Thursday by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. Toxicology test results are pending to assist in determination of the cause of her death. There is no evidence at this time to indicate her death was the result of a crime.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

Her family members have requested no media contact.

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Districts should be on alert for suspected false billings
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/19/14
A number of Oregon school districts have reported receiving requests for purchasing data that could be related to a suspected nationwide string of fraudulent billings from a company calling itself "Scholastic School Supply."

On Sept. 10, Scholastic Inc., the children's publishing and media company, issued a statement saying that the two companies are unrelated and that Scholastic School Supply was using Scholastic's name and trademark without authorization. Scholastic Inc. said Scholastic School Supply has been referred to multiple state attorneys general for investigation.

Districts in Utah and Kansas have reported receiving false invoices from Scholastic School Supply from Nevada addresses.

Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach and Education for the state Department of Justice, said any district that suspects it has received a fraudulent invoice should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to the department's website at www.oregonconsumer.gov.

The Oregon School Boards Association is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Consumer Advisory: Think about insurance before participating in sharing economy
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/19/14
The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division advises Oregonians to consider their insurance needs when engaging in new apps and websites that facilitate car rides, vacation rentals, and other services - known as the "sharing economy."

"When a new industry emerges, it often creates unique insurance situations," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Consumers should be aware that traditional insurance policies may not apply when participating in a new kind of business."

Examples include transportation networking companies (TNCs), such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, that offer smartphone apps to help connect drivers and passengers as an alternative to taxis. Drivers who participate use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a fee. Other companies, such as Airbnb, allow people to list and book properties for rent through its website.

Here is what you need to consider before participating in these new endeavors:

Drivers of TNCs

Personal insurance policies will not provide you with coverage if you drive for a TNC. Because you would be collecting a fee for driving another person, your personal insurance policy would not cover any damage or losses that occur. Before signing up to become a driver:

* Find out if the company has an insurance program. Make sure the commercial automobile insurance policy held by the TNC includes coverage for bodily injury and property damage to you and others before and during the time you are designated to drive passengers for payment.

* Review any agreement involving car-sharing or ridesharing. Seek legal counsel if needed.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options and whether you might want to consider a commercial insurance policy.

Passengers of TNCs

Neither your personal auto policy nor the personal auto policy of the driver will protect you when you are riding in another vehicle for a fee. Before using a ride-sharing service:

* Ask the transportation company if it has coverage that will pay for your expenses in the event of an injury.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options.

Homeowners listing their home for rent

Some insurance companies may provide coverage if you occasionally rent out a room, but making all or part of your home available for regular rental likely would be considered business use. Homeowner policies generally do not provide coverage for business use. If you are considering renting out your home through a service such as Airbnb:

* Check with your agent or insurance company if you're considering making all or part of your home available for rental on a regular basis. Your agent or customer service representative can explain how your current policy does or does not apply and any options available to you.

* Find out whether you can add to your coverage, or whether you have to buy a policy specifically designed for a landlord.

Consumers renting a room or home

If you rent through a mobile app or website and there is damage to your belongings during your stay, your own homeowner or renter policy would apply similar to when you rent a hotel room.

If you have questions, the Insurance Division can help. You can reach the division's Consumer Advocacy Unit by calling 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), emailing cp.ins@state.or.us, or visiting www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
09/18/14
Oregon National Guard member added to Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/18/14
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An Oregon National Guard Soldier was added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and honored in a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) added five Oregon fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty to the list of names on the memorial. The ceremony brought together multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies from throughout the state, including members of the Oregon National Guard, to honor the fallen and their families.

Melvin Claude Richardson, age 18, of Albany, Ore., was killed on September 6, 1935 when a flaming tree branch fell and struck him. He was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres in the Willamette National Forest.

Richardson's cousin, Nancy Farrar, contacted the DPSST to have his name added to the wall of the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial. Farrar also added his name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during the ceremony.

More photos from the ceremony are avaialable for download on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157647774428115/

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Nancy Farrar (center) is assisted by a member of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard (right) as she adds her cousin's name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Melvin Claude Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have Richardson added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Nancy Farrar (right) is escorted by a member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (left) following a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, honoring her cousin, Melvin Claude Richardson, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have her cousin added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (center) rings the Last Alarm bell as representatives from multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies (including Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon) render honors during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. A member of the Oregon National Guard, Melvin Claude Richardson, was added to the memorial and honored during the ceremony for his selfless sacrifice while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Update:vDeath Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
UPDATE: The victim is identified as a 28-year old female. Her name may be released tomorrow after confirmation with investigators and medical examiner. An autopsy was done Thursday but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. No other information to be released.

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Members of the Linn County Major Crime Team are conducting a death investigation following the discovery Wednesday afternoon of a deceased body in the vicinity of Truax Island east of Corvallis.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

Investigators will be in the area during the night and may be contacting some local residents as part of the investigation. The deceased's sex is not being released at this time and identity is pending confirmation. No other details will be released tonight. An update is anticipated Thursday following the initial investigation at the scene.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

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Drug Related Search Warrant
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/18/14
On September 18, 2014 at 7:00 am, Lebanon Law Enforcement served a narcotic related search warrant at 37114 Gore Drive, in Lebanon, Oregon. Lebanon Police were assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Sweet Home Police Department, Albany Police Department, Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Lebanon Police seized several items of evidence within the residence which included dealer amounts of Methamphetamines, dealer amounts of Heroin, a pistol, an unlawful sawed off shotgun, prescription medications, a scale, packaging material and drug records.

Roy Oscar Ross, DOB: 06/14/1955 was taken into custody for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance- Schedule III (Prescription Medication), Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Short Barreled Firearm.

Kayla Mae Grant, DOB: 11/21/1990 was charged with Frequenting a Location where Drugs are used or sold.

Ross was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Grant was cited and released from the Lebanon Police Department Jail.

For further information, please contact Detective Stephen Fountain at (541) 451-1751 ext. 4344.
Update: Injury Truck Crash - Highway 38 on Scottsburg Bridge east of Reedsport (Photo)
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Update: The driver was identified as BRIAN J. NEELEY, age 54, from Sheridan. NEELEY was cited by OSP for Careless Driving and Fail to Drive Within Lane.

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Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is now open to one lane following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber products. The truck and trailer was hanging over the bridge railing above the river and an estimated hundred gallons of diesel had leaked into the river.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on September 18, 2014, at approximately 8:20 a.m., a 1994 Peterbilt truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer loaded with lumber products driven by NEELEY was eastbound on Highway 38 near milepost 16. As the truck was negotiating a left curve it struck the guardrail and went onto the bridge railing. The lumber products spilled off the trailer as it went over the railing. The truck and trailer were partially hanging off the bridge over the Umpqua River.

NEELEY was taken by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital with minor injuries.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Scottsburg Fire Department, US Coast Guard and local emergency responders are working together at the scene. Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) was notified and a HazMat team was contacted to respond and handle the diesel spill.

The highway was expected to be blocked for several hours. ODOT was dispatching a bridge inspector to the scene to check for damage.

Traffic updates being provided by ODOT and also posted by ODOT on Twitter and TripCheck.com.

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Deputies Respond to Report of Human Remains
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Late Wednesday afternoon, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of human remains discovered near Mill City, 25 miles east of Salem. At approximately 3:30 p.m. a local hunter discovered the remains off a wooded game trail and notified the Sheriff's Office. When Deputies arrived, it was verified the remains were human, and detectives were called out, along with the Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney. This is normal procedure for this type of incident.

The investigation proceeded into the evening, and the remains were identified as that of 55 year old Gregory Dean Johnson of Mill City. In September 2013, Mr. Johnson left his residence and was reported missing by family members. Search efforts in September and October 2013 did not turn up any leads.

The investigation indicates Mr. Johnson died of natural causes and there is no indication of any suspicious circumstances. This investigation will conclude today, and there are no further details for release.
Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that on September 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. deputies arrested Lebanon resident, Cody Michael Lee 21-years old, in connection with a burglary reported to the Sheriff's Office at 5:28 a.m.

Deputies responded and learned the family woke up to find their residence was entered while the family; the victim, his wife and their 10 & 14 year old daughters, slept. Deputies processed the residence for evidence. Most rooms showed evidence that they had been entered and property taken. Several items of evidence were seized, to include a lead pipe and a knife. Approximately $2700 worth of hunting gear was taken from the residence.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the Lebanon Police Department responded to a disturbance at Home Town Furniture and learned Lee had contacted a family member of the victim for assistance in disposing of the property he claimed to have had for some time. The family member was aware of the missing property and became suspicious so he contacted the victim who identified the property and confronted Lee.

After interviewing Lee, he was arrested for Burglary in the First degree and Theft in the First degree. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.


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Central Oregon Regional Arts Summit set for Oct. 6
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/18/14
(Bend, Ore) - The Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon (ACA) is partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to produce the first Central Oregon Arts Summit on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend.

This marks the first regional arts summit organized by the Arts Commission, which fosters an environment for artists, administrators and community members to come together for provocative learning exchanges that spark new insights and connections to their work. The Commission has previously hosted annual statewide art summits in Portland.

"Feedback from our statewide arts summits held in Portland revealed there was an opportunity to better address specific regional needs by presenting smaller, geographically focused summits," said David Huff, the Commission's assistant director. "We chose to begin a new model with Central Oregon due to its commitment to cultural tourism and diverse array of arts organizations and partnerships."

The 2014 regional summit, "Exploring Connections," will highlight the state of the arts in Central Oregon, with breakout sessions on: public value of the arts; art in health care; cultural tourism; Oregon's art ecology; creative place making; and art in business. The summit is open to individual artists, arts supporters, arts-related businesses and volunteers, as well as staff and board members of nonprofit organizations.

The Central Oregon Art Summit's keynote speaker, Doug Borwick, is the author of "Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S." Borwick will discuss the idea that arts organizations need to become deeply connected with their communities, and will provide new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force for building better communities and improving the lives of all. As one of the country's leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Beijing and Singapore.

Following the Central Oregon Arts Summit, attendees are invited to a free reception at the Deschutes Public Library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. where they can enjoy a local craft brew, meet funders, visit with other nonprofit leaders and artists, and learn more about the Foundation Center's grant information network.

The Oregon Arts Commission, housed in Business Oregon, was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Recognizing the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy, the Arts & Culture Alliance was formed in May of 2010.

The Arts & Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA understands the need for collaboration and networking; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.

The partnership with the Arts Commission celebrates the ACA's recent non-profit status, which will enable the ACA to pursue additional collaborations to better meet its mission to promote Central Oregon as a cultural destination and to promote and strengthen collaboration within the art and culture community.

Central Oregon Arts Summit
Monday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Riverhouse Convention Center
$50 registration (fee includes box lunch)
($40 for ACA or NAO members. Call Michelle Solley at 541.508.8785 for ACA membership information.)

Arts & Culture Alliance Members:
2nd Street Theater; Art in Public Places; Art in the High Desert; Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission, Arts Central, Atelier 6000, Bella Acappella Harmony, Bend Chamber of Commerce, Bend Dance Project, BendFilm, Caldera, Cascade Arts & Entertainment, Cascade Chorale, Cascades Theatrical Co., Central Oregon Mastersingers, Central Oregon Symphony Association, COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, Des Chutes Historical Museum, Deschutes Public Library, High Desert Chamber Music, High Desert Journal, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Lubbesmeyer Studio, Mockingbird Gallery, Museum at Warm Springs, Redmond Community Concert Association, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Stars Community Theater, Terpsichorean Dance Studio, The Nature of Words & Tower Theatre Foundation.

Membership is open to creative arts practitioners, non-profits, businesses, artists, groups, and organizations that focus on the arts. Please visit www.artsandculstureco.org, www.facebook.com/ArtsCultureAlliance, or contact Michelle Solley for more information: michelledsolley@gmail.com.

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Former Oregon State University Employee Arrested Following OSP Investigation Into Selling of University-Owned Mobile Phones & Devices (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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A former Oregon State University (OSU) employee turned herself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) Thursday after warrants were issued following an indictment related to selling university-owned cellphones during her employment.

On September 18, 2014, former OSU employee CHRISTINA MARIE ADAMS, age 49, from Eugene, turned herself in to OSP at the Springfield Area Command office after being notified of outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. ADAMS was arrested and lodged at the Benton County Jail on charges of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

The OSP Major Crimes Section conducted the investigation, confirming ADAMS sold 388 university-owned cellular phone and mobile devices to a purchasing and recycling agent during her employment as an IT support staff member. The alleged unlawful activity occurred during her employment from 2008 until discovered in 2013. The amount of the transactions totaled $14,465.

University officials placed Adams on administrative leave and shortly after terminated her employment. OSU requested OSP conduct a criminal investigation for potential charges.

Working in conjunction with the Benton County District Attorney's Office, ADAMS was indicted for a felony charge of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and a misdemeanor charge of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

OSP Detective Michael Berland was the lead investigator.

Questions regarding this case should be referred to the Benton County District Attorney's Office. Questions for OSU should be referred to Steve Clark, Vice President of University Relations and Marketing.

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Every Second Counts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/18/14
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Last Sunday, seeing and smelling the thick smoke in your community, perhaps you wondered if a fire was not too far away. And, like me, you may have wondered if your house and landscaping could withstand a fire. The smoke drifting into the valley from the 36 Pit Fire in Estacada prompted many worried homeowners to call 911.

Are you and your home prepared to survive a wildfire?

An equally important question: Are you prepared to prevent a wildfire? This summer I was alarmed, as were many others I spoke with, to see careless actions at Oregon's top recreation destinations. Friends described seeing neighboring campers pack up and head for home, leaving their fire ablaze in the campfire pit. I personally witnessed roaring campfires at three different dispersed campsites during the hottest part of the day when the fire danger level was extreme. At this particular forest, campfires were only allowed in approved fire pits at designated campsites. And if the many road signs broadcasting this restriction failed to get people's attention, they could hardly ignore the pungent smoke in the air from a nearby large fire.

The smoke in the valley has cleared for now, but we are literally "not out of the woods" yet. A wet pattern is predicted for Tuesday, which may be the beginning of the end, but it will be a while before this fire season is officially over. Large fuels such as trees are slow to absorb any precipitation. Bone-dry grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, but a warm day and fall's easterly winds can quickly sap any moisture, making vegetation more susceptible to a spark from a campfire, vehicle exhaust, target shooting, or a discarded cigarette.

No region of the state was immune to wildfire this year. Since January, Oregon has experienced 612 human-caused fires that have burned over 17,000 acres. Knowing that every second counts in the event of a wildfire, please make it a priority now to learn what you can do to prepare for and prevent wildfires from starting in the first place.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.firewise.org.


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Cattle Crossing Highway Help OSP Trooper Find Missing, Elderly Eugene Man in Burns
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the unexpected help of a group of cattle crossing Highway 20 in Burns, found a missing, elderly 87-year old Eugene man early Thursday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on September 18, 2014 at approximately 12:14 p.m., WARREN "SPUD" TUCKER, age 87, was spotted in his 2006 Ford Focus by OSP Senior Trooper Tim Thomas in Burns while traffic was stopped on Highway 20 for cattle crossing the road. OSP was on the look out for TUCKER after being notified of an attempt to locate for his vehicle that reportedly left Bend this morning, possibly headed toward Burns.

Eugene Police Department said TUCKER left his residence on September 17 about 9:00 a.m.. He was reported missing by his daughter who said he suffers from a medical condition, increasing the concern for his well-being.

After finding TUCKER, OSP contacted Harney District Hospital in Burns and hospital staff enthusiastically agreed to have him come there until his family could arrive and be re-united with him. He was in good condition and OSP secured his vehicle at a secondary location until it can also be retrieved by his family.

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WOU's new board of trustees confirmed by state senate
Western Oregon University - 09/18/14
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Oregon State Senate has voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm members of Western Oregon University's inaugural board of trustees. Governor John Kitzhaber nominated 14 individuals to WOU's new board in late August. WOU becomes an independent public university effective July 1, 2015, which is when this newly confirmed board gains governance authority.

Between now and July 1, the new board members will be preparing for their leadership roles through orientation to WOU, training on best practices for university board governance, adoption of board by-laws and formation of board structure. Board members will also be involved in the search process for a new university president who will begin July 1 as current President Mark Weiss will retire on June 30.

"A board of trustees dedicated to the university's success will position Western to continue doing what we do best - educating Oregonians - while maintaining WOU as a fiscally healthy institution," said WOU President Mark Weiss. "Our size enables individualized attention, excellent faculty and support services, and mentoring for student success; yet we also envision continued expansion of innovative programs, facilities and ways in which courses are delivered. Fundamentally, WOU will play a critical role in helping Oregon achieve its goals for a competitive, educated workforce."

The board of trustees to govern WOU was authorized by Senate Bill 270 during the 2013 regular session of the Oregon State Legislature. The inaugural board members represent the diverse cultural, economic and professional backgrounds found within the Western Oregon University community; they work in education, the private sector, and public service. The 15-member board includes 11 public members, three members representing WOU (a faculty member, staff member and student), and WOU's president as a non-voting ex-officio member.

The board members are (complete bios available at http://bit.ly/1piuMNR):
* Jaime Arredondo, secretary-treasurer for Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Oregon's Farmworker Union)
* James M. Baumgartner, partner at Black Helterline LLP law firm in Portland and current trustee on the WOU Foundation Board
* Major General Daniel R. Hokanson, the adjutant general of Oregon
* Ivan Hurtado, underwriter for Farmers Insurance
* Gloria Ingle, retired K-12 educator, and council member and elder for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz
* Cecelia 'Cec' Koontz, business manager for Central School District and Monmouth city councilor
* Governor Theodore "Ted" R. Kulongoski, Oregon's governor from 2003-2011
* Dr. John Minahan, former president of WOU
* Dr. Jeanette Mladenovic, executive vice-president and provost at Oregon Health & Science University
* Lane Shetterly, partner in the law firm Shetterly Irick and Ozias; former legislator
* Louis C. Taylor, senior financial advisor at Taylor Wealth Management, and co-founder and chief operations officer for Zon Compounding, LLC
* Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of English at WOU
* Marshall Guthrie, director of WOU's Student Enrichment Program and Monmouth city councilor
* Sofia Llamas, current student at WOU (education major)
* Mark Weiss, president of WOU

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Update: Driver Confirmed - Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County. The ongoing investigation confirmed the deceased victim, CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL, was driving the vehicle.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:23 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash off Old Stage Coach Road near milepost 5. A family member of HANNAH S. SMITH, age 18, from Eugene, who was previously reported missing to Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), discovered the wreckage down a steep embankment on railroad tracks below after hearing her screams for help while passing through the area. SMITH was seriously injured and an 18-year old male, identified as CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL from Eugene, was deceased.

LCSO and Lane Fire Authority responded to the scene and confirmed the report. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to investigate the crash. The railroad company was notified to prevent train traffic until the vehicle was removed and responders cleared the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle containing the two occupants was traveling on Old Stage Coach Road when it went off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its side on railroad tracks approximately 40 feet below. Initial information indicates the crash may have happened late Saturday night, September 13.

According to LCSO, SMITH was reported missing to their department Sunday, September 14 at 7:58 p.m., after family said she did not arrive at a friend's house Saturday night.

McCARDEL was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. SMITH, who also was not using safety restraints, was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated. She was transported by Western Lane Ambulance District to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator. Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collison reconstructionist.

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OSP Civilian Employee Resigns, Arraigned on Criminal Charges in Marion County Circuit Court
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
A former fleet manager for the Oregon State Police (OSP) resigned Friday, September 12, 2014, following the filing of criminal charges related to an allegation reported to the OSP Office of Professional Standards.

On July 31, 2014, OSP placed Michael James Halverson on paid administrative leave and initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information alleging he had exposed himself to another employee. The investigation also determined Halverson had sexually explicit images on his Department-issued cellphone.

After the investigation was completed and provided to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, criminal charges of Public Indecency and Official Misconduct in the First Degree were filed in Marion County Circuit Court. Halverson was placed on unpaid leave status September 11 and resigned the next day.

Halverson, age 49, was a civilian employee with OSP for ten years.

On September 18 at 9:30 a.m., Halverson had an out-of-custody appearance for an initial arraignment on both charges in Marion County Circuit Court. According to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, a future court date appearance is scheduled.

Questions regarding the case should be directed to Deputy District Attorney Bryan Orrio.

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DUII Driver Arrested After Driving Into Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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A Tillamook man was arrested for DUII Wednesday night after driving his car into the Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook. The man was able to get out of his vehicle and was helped back to shore by Tillamook fire personnel who were training at the park.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 8:19 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) and Tillamook Police Department (TPD) were notified that a vehicle drove down the boat ramp into the Trask River at Carnahan Park. Tillamook Fire District personnel were at the park training when the incident occurred and helped the driver to shore from his submerged 2000 Nissan Maxima.

The driver, JUAN JOSE GARCIA, age 34, from Tillamook, was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center for a medical checkup. Upon release from the hospital, an OSP trooper arrested GARCIA for DUII and lodged him in the Tillamook County Jail.

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Deputies Investigating Occupational Death
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a death at Freres Lumber in the 47000 block of Lyons Mill City drive, Mill City, that occurred last night at 11:10 p.m.

Millwright Bryan Dodge, 33 yrs from Mill City, was repairing a wood press when it activated and crushed him. The Mill City Fire Department responded to the lumber mill and confirmed the death.

The Linn County Deputies are being assisted with the investigation by the Linn County Medical Examiner and OSHA (Oregon Occupational Safety & Heath). Weddles Funeral Home transported Dodge to Stayton. The investigation is continuing.
114 MPH DUII Driver Facing Charges Following OSP Traffic Stop - Interstate 5 near Tualatin
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 29-year old Tualatin man Wednesday night following a traffic stop for numerous hazardous violations while traveling 114 MPH southbound on Interstate 5 north of Tualatin.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., an OSP trooper recorded a speed reading of 114 MPH on a 1998 Porsche Boxster as it passed other traffic southbound on Interstate 5 at Highway 217. The trooper also observed the vehicle make abrupt, dangerous lane changes and following other vehicles too closely until he was able to get it stopped near Tualatin.

The driver was identified as ANTHONY MICHAEL BALLAS, age 29, from Tualatin. Subsequent investigation led the trooper to arrest BALLAS for DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Following completion of initial investigation, BALLAS was cited to appear in Washington County Circuit Court and released to a responsible party.

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09/17/14
J.D. Power Study Ranks NW Natural Highest in the West (Photo)
NW Natural - 09/17/14
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NW Natural also posts second highest score in the nation

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural, (NYSE:NWN) has earned the highest overall score in the West among large utilities (those serving 400,000 residential customers or more) according to the 2014 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

This marks the 11th consecutive year that NW Natural has ranked among the best in the West. The company also earned the second highest score in the nation with a two point improvement over last year's score, posting 678 points out of 1,000.

"We are grateful to our customers who've given us this national recognition year after year," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural president and CEO. "Every day our employees focus on delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas, and providing excellent service to our customers. We will continue to strive to exceed their expectations. "

The study, now in its 13th year, measures residential customer satisfaction with natural gas utilities across six areas: billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service.

The 2014 J.D. Power and Associates study results are based on more than 69,800 responses from residential customers of the 83 largest gas utilities across the U.S. The study was fielded between September 2013 and July 2014.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.


About J.D. Power

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

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CORRECTION: Ackerman-Munson, Springer re-appointed to Forestry Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
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EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS PLEASE NOTE:
This is a corrected version of the news release sent you previously.

Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been re-appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The State Senate confirmed the re-appointments on Wednesday, affirming Gov. John Kitzhaber's nominations and a Senate Rules Committee recommendation. Ackerman-Munson's second term runs from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018, and Springer's from May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She has worked for many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. She has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
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Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018. Springer's second term is May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.

He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Update: Name & Photos Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an unreported serious injury crash found Tuesday morning by a Lane County Public Works (LCPW) employee and OSP trooper off the side of Highway 126W about ten miles west of Veneta. The driver's name is released in this update.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., an OSP trooper patrolling westbound on Highway 126W was following a LCPW employee in a truck near milepost 38. The LCPW employee advised the trooper about possibly seeing a tire through the roadside brush. After the trooper and LCPW employee turned around and stopped on the side of the highway, they got out and confirmed there was an overturned vehicle off the highway and it was occupied by a seriously injured man.

After calling for medical response, they started emergency medical care until relieved by personnel from Lane Fire Authority and an ambulance. LifeFlight responded to the scene and transported MICHAEL P. VINCENT, age 36, from Coos Bay, to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where he is in the intensive care unit. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Initial investigation indicates the crash happened overnight at an unknown time as the 2001 Chevrolet Impala traveled westbound, went off the highway and rolled several times.

Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator.

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Public meetings on statewide trails plan to be held throughout the state in October
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October. Planning will cover motorized ATV trails, snowmobile trails, nonmotorized trails, water trails and state Scenic Waterways.

Trail users, representatives of outdoor recreation businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to provide feedback on regional trail issues and needs and to help identify trail development opportunities.

Workshop participants will also identify potential river corridors to be considered as additions to the Oregon Scenic Waterway Program, which sets aside river corridors for recreation and resource protection. Under direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD studies at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information on the process is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Scenic-Waterways-Assessment-Process.aspx.

Feedback from the workshops will be used to update the current Statewide Trails Plan for Oregon that was completed in 2005. The final product - to be titled Oregon Trails 2015: a Vision for the Future - is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

Oct. 1, Pendleton, Little Vert Theater Room (downstairs), 345 SW Fourth St.
Oct. 2, The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth St.
Oct. 6, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 199 W. Main St.
Oct. 7, Burns, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N. Broadway Ave.
Oct. 8, Ontario: Four Rivers Culture Center Medical Arts Room, 676 SW Fifth Ave.
Oct. 9, Baker City: Baker City Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
Oct. 20, Coos Bay: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.
Oct. 21, Rogue River: Live Oak Grange Hall, 120 Gardiner St.
Oct. 22, Klamath Falls: Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.
Oct. 23, Bend: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road
Oct. 27, Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101
Oct. 28, Salem: Center for Business and Industry, Room 115, 626 High St. NE.
Oct. 29, Portland: Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
Oct. 30, Eugene: Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St.

For information on the Trails Planning Project and to view the current plan, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx.

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Correction on Media Advisory - Live burn demonstration Sept. 18 as part of the NW Fire Sprinkle Summit
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/17/14
*Correction - Live burn demonstration is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.*

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following information on behalf of the Oregon and Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalitions.

When your house goes up in flames, minutes count - Watch a live burn demonstration that shows how long you have to escape.

With today's furnishings, household materials and open floor plans, a house fire can spread from smoldering to deadly in just seconds. To demonstrate how fast this happens, several local fire agencies are partnering to sponsor a "side by side" burn demonstration. One side of the demonstration area will be allowed to reach flashover, a point at which all contents of the room ignite. The other side of the demonstration area will show how residential fire sprinklers can quickly activate, allowing occupants precious time to escape.

A critical part of the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit which will be held at the Heathman Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18, this demonstration is jointly sponsored by the Washington and Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalitions. Fire personnel, building officials, and other stakeholders that work with fire sprinklers will be attending a one-day training to learn more about these life-saving safety devices. Experts from across the country will be on hand to share the latest research, technology, and developments in fire sprinkler advocacy.

"We show what happens during a home fire in a vivid way," said Shawn Olson, Lt. Deputy Fire Marshal, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and chair of the Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "When the room reaches flashover, the temperature can reach more than 1,200 degrees within minutes. On the other hand, if a home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system, the sprinkler activates at just 155 degrees, not allowing the room to reach flashover stage. Which can mean the difference between life and death."

The media is invited to attend. Interviews with attendees may be arranged.

Location: The Heathman Lodge parking lot, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662

Burn Demonstration begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.
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State to Honor 168 Fallen Firefighters in Ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at 1 PM in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/16/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in partnership with the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will host the State's Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem at 1 PM. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

163 fallen career and volunteer firefighters will be honored and five additional names will be added bringing the total number of structural, wildland and airport firefighters who have died in the line of duty to 168. The keynote speaker will be Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Before leading the NFFF, Chief Siarnicki served as Chief of the Prince George's County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue. Chief Siarnicki will be joined by Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on Capitol Hill on behalf of our nation's fire service, Mr. Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, also serves as the Vice-Chair of the NFFF.

*Names to be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this year*

Jesse Trader - County Fire and Security

BACKGROUND: Jesse Trader died on August 6, 2013, at 07:20 while working on the Big Windy Complex fire in Josephine County. Jesse was 19 years old at the time of his death. He was a volunteer fire fighter with County Fire and Security, a private fire suppression company located in Merlin, Oregon. His duties included basic fire fighting and acting as a water tender driver/contractor for the fire season. Jesse was returning from the evening shift when the water tender (tanker) he was driving hit an embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Trader immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and Life Flight was quickly launched, however, all efforts to save Firefighter Trader were unsuccessful.

John Hammack - Deschutes County, Deschutes National Forest

BACKGROUND: "On August 1, 2013, John Hammack, 58, a professional feller employed by R&K Water Service was part of a two person felling module assigned to Incident 398 on the Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, near Bend, Oregon. Incident 398 included the task of felling a large 64" diameter legacy Douglas Fir that was struck by lightning and set the top on fire. District personnel took initial action late in the day of July 31, 2013 but they did not have the time or proper tools to safely control the fire without taking undue risk, which included felling the tree. The mission on August 1, 2013 was for the felling module of John Hammack and his felling module partner to fell the burning tree. This was not a particularly unusual assignment. At approximately 0911 hours, after several actions to prepare for a safe felling environment and just as John was returning to the base of the tree, a large portion of the top of the tree burned out, broke loose and tragically fell directly onto John killing him instantly while indirectly striking and injuring his felling partner.

Oscar Montano-Garcia - Wildland Fire Fighter

BACKGROUND: On August 25, 2013, Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50, collapsed and died of a medical condition working on the Nabob Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near the Oregon/California border. Oscar was employed as a contract Type 2 hand crew wildland fire fighter with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc. (Under contract to the USDA Forest Service). He was on a lunch break (federally mandated) with his crew when he collapsed and succumbed to an unknown medical condition. EMT's on scene and multiple other EMS personnel attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. He had a long history of working with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc., and in Oregon's Forests. Oscar was highly regarded by those he worked with. He leaves behind his wife, daughter and son.

Tony B. Chapin - Willamina Fire Department

BACKGROUND: On September 24, 1998, fire fighter Tony Chapin was injured in a motor vehicle accident while in route to a required paramedic class he was attending at the College of Emergency Services in Portland, Oregon. Tony was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. When medics arrived he was immediately transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries on September 25, 1998. Tony was three months away from graduating from the paramedic program at the time of his death. Completion of the program was the first step in achieving his goal of attending medical school to become an emergency room physician. Tony was a member of the Willamina Fire Department (now known as West Valley Fire District) where he served with his father, Bob Chapin and his brother Chuck. Tony was survived by his wife, Kelly Chapin; his stepson, Ashton Lay; and his daughters, Brooke and Nikki Chapin. Tony was working full time at Taylor Lumber. He and his wife Kelly had just purchased their first home. At the time of his death, he was 19 years old.

Melvin Claude Richardson - Oregon National Guard

BACKGROUND: On September 6, 1935, Melvin Claude Richardson was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire in the Willamette National Forest. The fire was rapidly growing and exceeded 2,500 acres. While working on the fire, Melvin stepped from behind a tree and was struck by a falling snag that was on fire which broke his neck and killed him upon impact. He was 18 years old at the time of his death. DPSST was contacted by Nancy Farrar, second cousin to Melvin Claude Richardson, who recalled as a child the traumatic loss and the overwhelming impact to the family. He was an only child, therefore, it was a tremendous loss to his family. Nancy began the process of researching his death and presented the information to DPSST staff. She has requested he be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in hopes of bringing closure and honor to her cousin after all these years.


*Background Information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation*

The NFFF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the Foundation provides survivors with a place to turn. Families receive emotional assistance through a Fire Service Survivors Network, which matches survivors with similar experiences and circumstances. Families receive a quarterly newsletter and specialized grief publications. Our website provides extensive information on survivor benefits, Foundation programs, and other resources.

Spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.

Under a Department of Justice grant, the Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.

With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Our goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years.

The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. The park includes a brick Walk of Honor(R) that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official national monument.

Media Outlets: Chief Siarnicki will be available to answer questions and share information about NFFF's programs after the memorial ceremony. He will be accompanied by Bill Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, who is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute and Vice Chair of the NFFF Board, who will also be available for media interviews.

More info on the NFFF and its activities can be found at http://www.firehero.org/

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml
Health advisory issued September 16 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

Visual observation of scum on river from southern end of Ross Island to Fremont Bridge

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today based on visual observation of scum on the Willamette River, extending from the southern end of Ross Island downstream to the Fremont Bridge in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring is underway to determine the species and amount of blue-green algae cells present in the river. The type of species in the bloom will help to identify whether the cells present are those with the potential to produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the river. People should avoid skin contact with water, as well as swallowing or inhaling water droplets, until results of tests are available. Drinking water directly from the Willamette River could be especially dangerous.

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

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

Oregon Public Health officials advise people living along the river that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

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

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

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Free Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshops
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 09/16/14
Learn how to live a more full life with Stanford University's: "Living Well with Chronic Conditions" workshop series. This free 6-week program is for adults living with one or more chronic conditions. Weekly workshops arm participants with skills to help manage medications, deal with fatigue and depression, manage symptoms, communicate with their health care team, and more. Workshops are provided by Lane Council of Governments, Senior & Disabled Services division.

Upcoming Workshops (registration required):

PeaceHealth in Cottage Grove starting Saturday September 27th, 10AM - 12:30PM.
Willamalane Senior Center in Springfield starting Monday October 20th, 6PM - 8:30PM.

To register or for more information, contact the Living Well team at 541-682-4103 or livingwell@lcog.org


Attached Media Files: Willamalane Flier , Living Well Brochure , Cottage Grove Flier
36 Pit Fire Update September 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/14
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander - Bruce Holloway
Deputy Incident Commander - Rex Reed

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com

The 36 Pit Fire was first reported on Saturday afternoon, September 13, 2014. The fire is located 10 miles southeast of the town of Estacada, Oregon burning in steep, rugged terrain, and is currently estimated to be approximately 3,588 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

***A public meeting will be held this evening at the First Baptist Church, 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road, Estacada beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting will provide updated information on the current fire situation and evacuations presently in place.

The Washington Incident Management Team 2 was called in to assume command of the fire on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of the Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team has been established. The local Estacada Fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Governor Kitzhaber declared a conflagration September 15th thereby allowing for the mobilization of structural protection task forces from throughout the State of Oregon.

Most of the fire growth occurred on Sunday and Monday, burning on both sides of Highway 224. The fire is located mainly within the Mt. Hood National Forest along the stretch of the Clackamas River roughly between the South Fork of the Clackamas River at the north and Carter Bridge Campground at the south. A northwest portion of the fire also affects Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

Beginning last night, weather conditions turned more favorable for firefighters as relative humidity increased to 80 percent. Today, a marine layer expected to move across the fire area allowed firefighters to build fire line directly adjacent to the fire. Nine crews including four hot shot crews are working to suppress the fire today and supported by one heavy Type 1 helicopter and two medium Type 2 helicopters. Approximately 40 structural engines are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered.

Fire suppression priorities today are to hold the progression in the west and north flanks of the fire protecting property and natural resources. Night shift firefighting personnel will be patrolling and holding fire lines. Hazards to firefighters include steep rocky terrain, rolling material, and powerlines. The public is urged to drive safely while firefighters work to suppress the 36 Pit Fire.

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Alert Trooper Arrests TV Theft Suspect After Short Foot Chase - Interstate 205 at Clackamas Interchange (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a theft suspect Tuesday afternoon as he tried to scale a fence following a short foot chase along the northbound shoulder of Interstate 205 at Clackamas. The suspect was on felony probation and also wanted on 3 felony warrants.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 1:38 p.m., an OSP trooper on patrol northbound Interstate 205 approaching the Clackamas interchange saw a male subject toss a large TV box over a chain link fence behind the Fred Meyer store on the east side of the freeway. As the trooper stopped the marked OSP patrol car, the man picked up the TV box and started running south along the fence line. The trooper pursued the man on foot about a hundred yards where the man stopped, dropped the TV box and tried to scale the fence. The trooper pulled him off the fence and detained him.

Further investigation indicated the suspect identified as CARLOS IVAN COTTO, age 25, from Oak Grove, stole the TV from the Home Electronics section and fled out a back door.

After being checked by medical personnel at the scene, COTTO was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Absconding Parole (Clackamas County warrant)
* Probation Violation (Clackamas County warrant)
* Unlawful Entry in a Motor Vehicle (Clackamas County warrant)
* Theft in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot

The stolen 48-inch HDTV was returned back to the store.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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(Note: Cotto photograph will be available on Clackamas County Jail's website later today)

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New Veterans' Home in Lebanon to be Dedicated
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
((Updated information concerning Jodi Allworth and Sen. Wyden in paragraph 2))

SALEM - Following two years of construction, the much anticipated dedication of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon will be held on Sat., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The new home is located at 600 North 5th Street.

Members of Allworth's family, including Edward's daughter Jodi Allworth, will be in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon that will officially open the new veterans' home. Other guests who are expected to attend include Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Linn County Commissioners, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz, and several state legislators. Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), will serve as master of ceremonies.

ODVA announced the location of the veterans' home in Lebanon in April 2010. Ground was broken on the new $40 million facility in September 2012.

Named for World War I Medal of Honor recipient Edward C. Allworth, the home has been designed on the small house model for skilled nursing facilities. Construction project manager John Osborn said this enhanced model creates a small community for a group of residents and staff.

"It is a significant improvement from the traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The small house model alters the facility's size, the interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional care and services," Osborn said. "These enhancements make this veterans' home a special place for some very special people who honorably served our country."

Oregon's second veterans' home will offer space for 154 residents needing long-term care as well as rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer's and dementia care. Care at this facility is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses, and parents who had a child die while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

During World War I, Capt. Edward C. Allworth was commanding U.S. Army soldiers in France when the enemy destroyed a bridge and forced his troops to cross a canal. Allworth, as his Medal of Honor award citation reads, "mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops."

Information about Oregon's Veterans' Home benefit, qualifications and application process may be found at www.lebanon.oregonveteranshomes.com.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation officially acquires coast property in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/14
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Tillamook OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) closed a $1.8 million deal Friday to acquire 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County. Known locally as the Beltz property, the ecologically diverse plot sits along Sand Lake Road north of Pacific City and south of Cape Lookout State Park. The acquisition is the first step in opening a new park, a process that could take a year or longer.

The property consists of woodlands, dunes, oceanfront and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. OPRD purchased the land from Oregon-based nonprofit Ecotrust, which acquired it from a private landowner in May 2014. The final purchase price of $1.8 million was determined by an appraisal and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks.

"We're bringing a new natural, outdoor experience to Oregonians thanks to two key partners," said Lisa Van Laanen, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "First, Ecotrust put us in a position to purchase the property. Second, Oregon's citizens chose long ago to preserve the coast as a public place to explore and play, and they've given us the modest means to make prudent investments such as Beltz to improve the experience."

The department will work with the county and nearby residents to eventually open the park for hiking and bird watching, though a date has not yet been set. Plans include using existing low-impact trails and determining a safe public parking area, as well as preserving important habitat for coho salmon, great blue heron, bald eagles, songbirds and other wildlife.

Oregon state parks in Tillamook County currently attract 1.7 million visitors, resulting in $15 million a year in local spending, and a projected $100,000 in lodging taxes from state park camping in 2014.

More information on the property is at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-beltz.aspx

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Gov. Proclaims POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
SALEM - Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 19, to be POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon. The proclamation honors the service and sacrifice of American military personnel who have either been captured, held as prisoners of war, or who remain missing in action.

Oregon's observance will again coincide with the National POW-MIA Recognition Day that is celebrated annually on the third Friday in September.

In his official proclamation, the governor called on Oregonians to join him in recognizing American war prisoners who are still missing. Kitzhaber stressed that these brave Americans deserve national recognition and to be accounted for and returned to the United States with honor and dignity.

Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said that more than 83,000 Americans are still missing while serving in these wars.

"When we raise the black-and-white POW-MIA flag as a symbol to these missing Americans," Smith said, "we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war and we remember those who remain unaccounted for."

As part of the commemoration for this day, one of largest POW-MIA flags in the United States will be raised onto the giant flag pole located at the Latus Harley Davidson dealership in Gladstone, Ore. At 11 a.m., Thursday, September 18, veterans groups will hoist the 50-by-70 foot flag into place and then lower it on Saturday. The dealership is located off of Interstate 205, exit 11 at 870 E. Berkeley St.


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Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 16, 2014

Contacts:
Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us


Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire. Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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Wildfire: It's not if, but when
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
This fire season has shown to be a long and grueling one. Stretching across the state from Klamath Falls to La Grande to Veneta, it started early and seems not to have an end in sight yet. Defensible space around your home is the critical piece to improve the survivability of your home in the event of a wildfire, and there is still time to create it this fire season.

"Creating defensible space around your home is the best way to make your home more survivable in the wake of a wildfire," says Oregon Department of Forestry's Matt Flock. "The more you can do to make your home defensible now, will be critical if a wildfire hits your community and you're not home."

When a wildfire starts, there is little to no warning. Defensible space is the way to prepare our homes and property to have a fighting chance in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), said the Community Wildfire Forester.

During a wildfire, firefighters work intensely to prepare homes in the path of a wildfire. The more that landowners can accomplish before the incident happens, the less time firefighters will need to spend preparing the homes and can focus instead on stopping the fire.

"It's the little things you can do that play a key role in keeping your home, family and community safe," he said.

Wildfires that occur in the WUI often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Corvallis recently had an 86-acre fire on the north side of town that threatened many homes. For residents, it was a sobering moment of what fire can do and how real it can become to communities near wooded areas.

Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Creating defensible space around a house is a proven way to make it less vulnerable to wildfire. The National Firewise Communities Program has great tips for WUI residents to refer to. The program says "Defensible space" simply means to:

- Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

To create defensible space, Firewise advises to start with the house and work your way out:

CHECK THE ROOF AND RAIN GUTTERS
Leaves and needles in gutters are very susceptible to the ember showers that commonly occur at the head of a raging wildfire. Cleaning that material out from the gutters and off the roof of your home will make it much more difficult for a fire to start there.

REMOVE FUEL SOURCES CLOSE TO THE HOUSE
The perimeter of the home and attachments out to about five feet are vulnerable if organic mulch, arborvitae or other flammable plants are located in that area. A wind-cast ember or a creeping ground fire could ignite fuels in this zone and carry flames to the structure.

MAINTAIN LANDSCAPING IN THE MIDDLE ZONE Maintain
Plants in the zone about 30 to 100 feet from the house should be low-growing and well irrigated. Firewise advises to:

- Leave 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
- Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.
- Create fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
- Prune trees up six to 10 feet from the ground.

Pruning trees in this way inhibits a wildfire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from tree to tree, and eventually to the house. Doing that allows the fire to stay on the ground where firefighters can fight the fire and keep its spread to a minimum.

OUTER ZONE
The zone 100 to 200 feet from the home requires less attention but still should be looked at for ways to create an outer buffer to wildfire. Trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in.

- Remove any heavy accumulations of woody debris.
- Thin out clusters of small trees and remove ladder fuels that can climb into tree canopies.
- Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.

HOMEOWNER/FIREFIGHTER ACCESS
Prune trees along the driveway and trim back shrubs so that the egress to leave your home is not blocked by intense fire behavior. Firefighter will need to use that same road to get into your home as well. Keeping it trimmed and open allows them to do their job and attack the fire as well.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org.
Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Unlawful Killing of 3 Black Tail Bucks in Eagle Point (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of three black tail bucks on Lake Creek Road in Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $5,250 is being offered through two sources for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering $5,000 and the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered by the Oregon Hunters Association, is offering an additional $250.

Trooper Josh Nugent is investigating the discovery of three black tail bucks disposed of on Lake Creek Road near milepost 4. One of the bucks had his head cut off and the hind quarters and the rest was left to waste. The other two bucks had their skull caps cut off and the rest was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests they might have been killed around the first week of September.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541) 727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at (240) 672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

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Salem Cancer Institute holds special open house Sept. 25
Salem Health - 09/16/14
Salem Cancer Institute will showcase its newly remodeled space with a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the Salem Hospital campus.

Guided tours will happen at 4:30, 5:15 and 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a healthy menu sampler from the new Garden Bistro, learn about Salem Cancer Institute's partnership with OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, discover advanced treatment technology, and be introduced to the new Center for Integrative Medicine. Local cancer survivors will also be on hand at the event to share what has inspired them, including several artists showcasing their work.

The cancer center at Salem Hospital has been accredited as a comprehensive community cancer program by the Commission on Cancer since 1952 and by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers since 2010. Salem Cancer Institute has been affiliated with Oregon Health and Science University's Knight Cancer Institute since 2007, which strengthens diagnosis and treatment through shared expertise, research knowledge and records.

Salem Cancer Institute treated 2,000 patients last year, seeing an average 325 patients per day. When the institute first opened, door-to-diagnosis for breast cancer was 30 days; now it is four days. A cancer nurse navigator can see newly diagnosed patients "same day."

Salem Cancer Institute has been remodeled to be a restorative, community gathering place--and far more than a medical clinic, according to Steven Taylor, director of cancer services. Anyone coming into the lobby can start a journal, knit, research cancer topics online and find support groups and classes. The Garden Bistro specializes in offering nutritious cancer-fighting foods.

To register for the open house and tours, call the Community Health Education Center at 503-814-2432 (CHEC). Salem Cancer Institute is located in Building C on the Salem Hospital campus, 875 Oak St. SE. Parking is available under Building C using the Winter St. entrance, or in the campus parking garage.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) launches SASSI (Sexual Awareness and Support for Seniors Initiative) with public talk "Still Doing It: Talking about Sexuality and Aging" on Sept 18th
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon - 09/16/14
Press Release
For release September 16, 2014

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) launches SASSI (Sexual Awareness and Support for Seniors Initiative) with a High Tea and presentation called "Still Doing It: Talking about Sexuality and Aging" on September 18th, 2014

Eugene, OR "Americans have a hard time talking openly and honestly about the topic of sex," says Mary Gossart, Vice President of Education at PPSO. "And when it comes to sexual intimacy among older adults, it is a subject people simply don't talk about." This silence allows misconceptions and myths to flourish - including the widespread assumption that older adults lose interest in sex and intimacy and are, or should be, asexual.

This silence also impacts people's ability to have important discussions with health care providers. Data show that older adults are being treated for a greater number of sexually transmitted infections than in the past. Between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans 65 and over increased by 31% and syphilis by 52%.

We have a profound need to help our society learn about sexuality and aging. Mary Gossart, Vice President of Education says, "Many older adults want and value closeness and intimacy in their lives. Often this includes sexual intimacy within their relationships."

Americans hear a lot about how health issues can impact older adults' sexuality - menopause, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, blood pressure. While this is real for many, research also shows sexual activity and intimacy is good for health in later years.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association to the Journal of Gerontological Nursing to the Wall Street Journal, research shows the range of these health benefits. They are both physical and psychological: reducing stress, improving sleep, reducing pain, easing depression, and boosting the immune system. And while some age-related physical changes may be unavoidable, they don't always have to interfere with being intimate or having that connection with another person.

Planned Parenthood believes it is important to open up conversations about sexuality in mid- and later-life. Their new Sexual Awareness and Support for Seniors Initiative (SASSI) promotes the sexual health of older adults through education programs for seniors and training for professionals who work with them. SASSI affirms and respects the important role that sexuality and intimacy play in the lives of many, well beyond their middle age.

PPSO is launching SASSI with a public talk called "Still Doing It: Talking About Sexuality and Aging" and a training workshop for caregivers who work with older adults.

On September 18th PPSO is hosting a High Tea and an engaging, affirming presentation by sexuality education expert Bill Taverner called, "Still Doing It: Talking About Sexuality and Aging." The event is at the Downtown Athletic Club Ballroom, in Eugene, OR and is free and open to the public. For information about the High Tea or our workshop for caregivers, contact joanne.alba@ppsworegon.org or 541-344-1611 x1014.


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Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for over 47 years. PPSO sees 24,000 patients each year at seven health centers. PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families. Education and training programs make over 25,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in southwestern Oregon. PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STI prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and HPV vaccinations. Less than 2% of PPSO's patient visits are for early abortion care. For more information, visit www.ppsworegon.org.


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U.S. Entity recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/16/14
Portland, Ore. - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement between Canada and the United States for the cooperative development and operation of the water resources of the Columbia River Basin for the benefit of both countries.

The Columbia River Treaty has been a significant driver behind diverse economic, public safety and ecological uses of the Columbia River. As a direct result of the Treaty, four storage dams were built: Mica, Arrow and Duncan dams in British Columbia, Canada; and Libby Dam in Montana. These four projects more than doubled the storage capacity of the Columbia River system, increased control of the river flow, thereby decreasing the risk of major flooding events downstream, and provided opportunities for releasing water at times needed for power generation and other downstream benefits such as fisheries and water supply. For the past 50 years, Treaty operations have helped prevent major flood damages and provide for economic development across the basin.

The U.S. Entity, which consists of the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Engineer, is charged with formulating and carrying out the operating arrangements necessary to implement the Columbia River Treaty in concert with the Canadian Entity.

"We appreciate the extensive coordination and collaboration we've enjoyed with BPA and the Canadian Entity on this important treaty over the past 50 years," said Brigadier General John Kem, Commander of the Corps' Northwestern Division, "This extensive cooperation with Canada and U.S. regional interests has allowed us to achieve common Treaty goals and also to respond to the changing needs in the Columbia River Basin," added Elliot Mainzer, BPA Administrator.

Looking to build on the past success of the Treaty, the U.S. Entity led a three-year review process that culminated in a regional recommendation regarding the future of the Treaty. That recommendation, available at www.crt2014-2024review.gov, was delivered to the U.S. Department of State Dec. 13, 2013, and is undergoing a formal review by the U.S. Government.

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Oregon Added 2, 900 Jobs in August while the Unemployment Rate Edged Up to 7.2 Percent
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/16/14
Oregon's unemployment rate edged up, from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since-November 2013 when the rate was 7.3 percent, but far below the high point of the last recession, in June 2009, when the rate
was 11.6 percent.

It may seem surprising for the unemployment rate to go up when Oregon is adding jobs. But something else was also happening: Oregon's labor force was growing. If migration to
Oregon from other states increases and more people start looking for work because they
feel their prospects are improving, then both of these factors lead to more Oregonians joining the labor force. If this growth in the labor force is larger than the number of new
jobs created, then the unemployment rate will go up, at least in the short term.

So how many jobs did Oregon add? The primary measure of employment in Oregon,
seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 in August.
This was the 12th increase in the last 14 months. Employment is now 40,700 above where it was a year ago and 127,300 above its recessionary low. With the recent and
steady job growth, Oregon is now just 20,100 from its pre-recession employment peak
reached in December 2007.

In August, two industries performed particularly well, with large gains in
seasonally adjusted employment. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added 1,000. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing grew
faster than overall employment. It added 5,500 jobs since August 2013, with
substantial gains in these component industries: wood product manufacturing
( +900 jobs), machinery manufacturing ( +900), transportation equipment
manufacturing ( +500), and food manufacturing ( + 700).

Payroll employment in July was revised upward to a gain of 1,300, compared with the
original estimate of a gain of only 200.

The average Oregon manufacturing production worker worked 39.9 hours in August, down 1.4 hours from a year ago. This drop in hours worked per employee is not
unusual, given the overall employment growth in the manufacturing industry.

Oregon wages haven't grown as fast as inflation over the past year. In August, the
average wage for Oregon's private sector payroll employees was $22.53, a 0.9%
increase from a year earlier.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, September 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 14th.

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

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

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

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.


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Salem Area Peace Festival
Lancaster Mall - 09/16/14
In order to celebrate cultural diversity and promote nonviolence, peace and sustainability, Salem Area Peace Network (SAPN.org) is organizing a Salem Area Peace Festival, to be held at Lancaster Mall (831 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Festival is open to the public and admission is free.

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will formally open the Festival at 1:00 pm. Entertainers will include Rich McCloud, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Lorena Smith, John Meyer and several different dance groups. Scheduled speakers are representatives from The Oregon Learning Center, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, the NAACP, as well as Professor Sukh Singh from Willamette University Law School.

The Festival will feature display tables or booths set up by cultural, peace, religious, and service organizations including: Baha'i World Faith, CAUSA, City of Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission, ENLACE, Greater Salem Filipino-American Association, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Oregon Learning Center, NAACP, Safe Families for Children, Thompson-Patch Scholarship Fund, United Nations Association, and Unity of Salem.

The Festival is the first event of SAPN's project, "34 Days of Peace in Salem Area," which starts on September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, and concludes with a celebration at Salem Peace Plaza (Between City Hall & Library), on October 24, the United Nations Day. Additional information about upcoming Peace events can be found at http://salem-area-peace-network.org/ or sapn.org. For more information about the Salem Area Peace Festival or upcoming events at Lancaster Mall visit www.LancasterMall.com.
Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 23
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

What: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health will have a 30-minute telephone meeting. The agenda includes a vote on the task force's report to the Legislature.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 11-11:30 a.m.

Where: Conference call: 1-888-363-4734, participant code 295577

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: To participate, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Task Force Recommends Creation of State-sponsored Retirement Plan
AARP Oregon - 09/16/14
Salem, OR, 9/15/14 - Oregon's Retirement Security Task Force took a major step Monday, issuing a report that investigates the challenges many Oregonians face in saving for retirement and recommends a structure for a state-sponsored retirement plan.

The Task Force, led by Treasurer Ted Wheeler, recommended that the State of Oregon create a retirement savings program that will be available to any Oregonian who doesn't have a retirement account through their employer. Employees will be automatically enrolled with the ability to "opt-out" if they choose. The report can be found at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/40632.

"A successful retirement savings program needs to be automatic and easy to use," said Midge Purcell, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Urban League of Portland. "Women, people of color, part time workers and small business employees are the most likely to encounter barriers to retirement savings and any way we can simplify the process makes it easier for them to secure their future."

The savings program recommended by the Task Force includes the following key elements:

* The program will be easy for employers to implement -- employee savings contributions will be automatically deducted from existing payroll and employers will not be required to make a contribution.
* The plan will be portable for employees, following them from job to job throughout their career.
* As directed by the legislature, the plan will not incur any liability for the state.

"Treasurer Wheeler and the Task Force have conducted thorough analysis of the barriers Oregonians face in saving for retirement and made thoughtful recommendations for a path forward," said Edward Brewington, AARP Oregon executive council member. "The next step is for the legislature to settle on details and create a savings program. This needs to get done in the 2015 legislative session - working Oregonians can't wait any longer to save for their future."

About Save Today, Secure Tomorrow

Today, nearly half of all Oregonians do not have a retirement plan at work. As a result, many are at risk of living in poverty when they retire - unable to cover basic living and medical expenses.

By giving every working Oregonian an easy way to save for retirement, we can provide security for individuals, families and our community. It's time to put Oregonians back in charge of their financial future.

Save Today, Secure Tomorrow is a broad coalition of organizations working to achieve a secure future for all Oregonians.

Members include: AARP Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Urban League of Portland, Elders in Action Commission, Oregon Nurses Association, AFSCME, Oregon Action, Oregon Education Association, SEIU Local 503, Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon State Firefighters Council, Community Action Partnerships of Oregon, United Seniors of Oregon, PCUN and Causa.
PSU awards cash prizes to winners of Cleantech Challenge sponsored by Wells Fargo (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 09/16/14
Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- And the winner is . . .

Last night Portland State University (PSU) announced the winners of its second annual PSU Cleantech Challenge. Wells Fargo donated $100,000 to PSU to support the competition among teams of students and professors who came up with new products to improve the environment.

The judges awarded the $10,000 grand prize to the Thorvolt team to help it further develop its alternative car battery, which eliminates environmental and health risks associated with lead-acid batteries with a new design that incorporates supercapacitor and lithium-ion technologies.

In addition, the Thorvolt team--made up of Andrew Thorsvik, a PSU graduate student in engineering and technology management, and his brother Jonathan--will receive a business services and support package from the PSU Business Accelerator.

The second-place prize of $5,000 went to SPEC, which stands for Sensing Pollution Exposure by Community. SPEC's innovative device, developed by Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, records levels of air pollutants and uses a smart phone application to analyze, manage, and store the data associated with those readings.

In addition, the Thorvolt team won the $2,500 awarded for coming out on top in the two-minute pitch competition where Andrew Thorsvik emphasized the virtues of an automobile battery with a longer life, lower weight, and fewer harmful materials. Thorvolt also collected the $2,500 People's Choice Award.

15 Teams Took the Challenge

The Cleantech Challenge kicked off in the spring when seven semifinalists were selected from a pool of 15 teams that applied to take the challenge: to develop an innovative solution to a compelling problem in our resource-constrained world.

The seven semifinalist teams spent the summer and $2,500 each in development grants to develop their prototypes, which ranged from building materials made from non-recyclable waxed cardboard to a solar-powered Stirling engine to a system for recycling shower water.

Last night, the teams delivered carefully developed pitches to an audience of judges and exhibited their prototypes as part of the kickoff of Oregon BEST FEST, an annual cleantech showcase, hosted by Cleantech Challenge partner Oregon BEST (Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center). Votes from judges and the public were tallied and the prizes were awarded as part of the evening program for the conference, which Wells Fargo also sponsored.

Cleantech Challenge team members represented a diverse cross-section of the PSU community including undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines--business to engineering, architecture to physics.

"I'm amazed at how far the Cleantech Challenge teams progressed over the course of the summer," said Quinn Read program manager of the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Cleantech Challenge. "The teams were able to refine their businesses while developing their prototypes and we were thrilled to see so much cross-campus collaboration."

"Wells Fargo believes that, as a company and as a member of the community, it's our responsibility to help protect and restore the environment. We embrace that responsibility in all we do," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We created the Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant program as part of our effort to donate $100 million for environmental projects across the nation by 2020. The PSU contest is one of many across the nation that we sponsor. We strongly believe in supporting and fostering the development of new and emerging clean technologies that can positively impact all of our lives."

The PSU Cleantech Challenge team is working to expand the competition statewide next year and to establish an incubator with the PSU Business Accelerator that would be dedicated to cleantech innovation.

To learn more about the challenge and the teams that participated, visit www.pdx.edu/clean-challenge.

About the Center for Entrepreneurship at PSU
Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) catalyzes and promotes student and faculty innovation through programs, community connections and startup incubation. (pdx.edu/entrepreneurship)

About Institute for Sustainable Solutions at PSU
The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) advances sustainability research, education, and outreach at Portland State, leading the University to be a powerful catalyst and model for a more equitable, ecologically balanced, and economically vibrant future.(www.pdx.edu/sustainability)

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians' financial needs since 1852, Wells Fargo launched the Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program in 2012 to foster new clean technologies and support the growth of green jobs. Its mission is to support technology advancements, which are a critical part of supporting a clean energy future for America's communities. Its goal is to find, foster and fund projects and entrepreneur programs that support the commercialization of new and emerging clean technologies.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
09/15/14
KISS Raises $1.15 Million for Oregon Military Museum (Photo)
Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) - 09/15/14
Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss
Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss
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Lake Oswego, Ore - - On a picture-perfect evening in Lake Oswego, at the private island estate of Rick and Erika Miller, members of legendary rock band KISS played an all-acoustic set for a small group of guests; making memories to last a lifetime and raising over $1.15 million dollars for the Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum.

Band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer arrived at the intimate gathering following a national tour where they played to over 600,000 over 42 shows. Sunday's audience was just under 200 in number.

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for KISS, has been involved with the Oregon Military Museum for several years, and is committed to honoring those who have served in the military. With all four KISS members in attendance, the event was unique in its size, setting, and the goal-exceeding $1.15 million it raised for the cause.

News anchor Steve Dunn of KATU emceed the program and introduced guest performers including The Patrick Lamb Trio, Julianne Johnson and Jean Pierre-Garau.

For Tommy, the museum named for his father holds a very personal connection. He is quick to express his gratitude and respect for members of the military who have served, and the heroes who have risked their lives for others.

"I've been blessed to live in this country and have the opportunity to do what I love and follow my passion for music," said Thayer. "None of it would be possible without people like my dad, and so many other veterans, who have bravely fought to protect our liberties and freedoms."

Alisha Hamel, as the executive director for the Historical Outreach Foundation, is charged with supporting the fundraising efforts for the Oregon Military Museum, and other educational initiatives including the Oregon WWII Memorial and the Veterans' Legacies Project. She has been involved in each phase of the museum project, and is an integral part in the development of the educational aspects of the museum. An educator, historian, and veteran of Desert Storm, Hamel brings a valuable perspective on Oregon's, and the country's, rich military history.

"The funds raised at this year's All-Star Salute will jump start the process of creating truly interactive, hands-on exhibits at the museum," said Hamel. " We know that the best way to teach history is to engage people in the learning experience."

The Oregon Military Museum, now under construction at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, is the largest initiative underway at the Historical Outreach Foundation, and Sunday's All-Star Salute was the largest single fundraiser in the history of the museum; the proceeds put the museum over the halfway mark on a $14.6 million project.

"We are incredibly grateful to KISS and to the Millers for creating this once-in-a-lifetime event." said Hamel. "This was beyond anything we could have imagined, and is an evening we will not soon forget."

To learn more about the Brigadier General James B Thayer Oregon Military Museum, or to support the programs at the Historical Outreach Foundation, visit www.historicaloutreach.com, or call (503) 705-5965.


Attached Media Files: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss , Gene Simmons with Dan Dutton Chairman and CEO, Stimson Lumber, Photo by David A. Barss
Media Advisory - Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/15/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 will be released tomorrow, September 16, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Public Information Officer Craig Spivey and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
NW Natural Files Annual Rate Adjustment in Oregon
NW Natural - 09/15/14
Customers still paying less for gas than 10 years ago

PORTLAND, Ore. - Northwest Natural Gas Company, (NYSE:NWN), dba NW Natural, today filed its annual Purchased Gas Adjustment with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC).

The proposed rate change includes a 1.7 percent residential increase, which means the average homeowner will pay about $1.06 more per month. The average business customer will see an increase of about 4.2 percent or $9.54 per month.

"The main reason gas costs have increased is this past winter's extreme cold weather -- especially in the eastern half of the country -- which caused temporary price spikes, low gas storage levels and higher prices to refill storage," said Randy Friedman, NW Natural director of gas supply. "But the good news is that our customers are still paying less than they paid for gas 10 years ago, and due to the abundant supply of domestic and Canadian natural gas, prices are expected to remain relatively stable for the next few years."

Each fall, NW Natural files for rate changes, based primarily on the wholesale cost of natural gas, plus some annual adjustments based on ongoing agreements with the OPUC.

The OPUC is expected to rule on the proposed rate change in late October, with the new rates taking effect on November 1. For more information visit the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 north of Medford
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car's two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

No photographs available for this release.

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Marine Board to Hold Listening Session for Non-Motorized Boaters in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/15/14
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Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs that better support your activities out on the water. The listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services. The meeting is being held at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE., on Wednesday, September 17, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input being collected will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees.

To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Tsunami readiness means knowing evacuation routes (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/15/14
Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - We know to drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake. But if you're at the Oregon coast, know the very important next step of heading to high ground - and the evacuation routes that will get you there.

A tsunami caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will hit the Oregon coast in as little as 15 minutes. The earthquake will be the only warning that a tsunami's about to arrive.

"As soon as the ground stops shaking, you need to be ready to move to higher ground," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "You'll get to an assembly area much faster if you're already familiar with the evacuation route."

Knowing evacuation routes is particularly important in coastal towns like Seaside and Cannon Beach, where many residences, businesses and attractions are in the tsunami zone. In Cannon Beach, about 50 percent of residents and 75 percent of businesses are in the inundation zone.

Because roads will likely be impassible, evacuation will need to happen by foot. Incorporating the route into a regular exercise routine or exploring a different route on every visit to the coast is a good way to get to know those paths to higher ground.

Race the Wave, a 5K fun run and walk set for Sunday, Sept. 28 in Cannon Beach, pairs recreation with tsunami evacuation route education. The race begins on the beach, then zooms up one of the city's main evacuation routes and ends at an assembly area. A free preparedness fair for the entire community will follow the run.

Before any visit to the coast, go to OregonTsunami.org and download a tsunami evacuation brochure or the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Viewer app. Find the evacuation route closest to your lodging, and take time to take the route once you're at the beach.

"After an earthquake, you'll only have minutes to get outside the tsunami hazard area," Ryan says. "Don't spend them wandering around because you don't know the route."

About Race the Wave
Race the Wave, a 5K tsunami awareness and preparedness run/walk, is Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in Cannon Beach. Race registration, which includes a t-shirt, is $30 at: http://www.active.com/cannon-beach-or/running/distance-running-races/race-the-wave-5k-2014.

A free preparedness fair near the race finish line on Elk Creek Road will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature preparedness giveaways, activities, displays and more.

Race the Wave is supported by the community of Cannon Beach, Clatsop County Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office on Disability & Health at Oregon Health & Science University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X office, and DOGAMI.

About DOGAMI
The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) increases understanding of Oregon's geologic resources and hazards through science and stewardship. Learn more at OregonGeology.org.


Attached Media Files: Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins' Statement on Investment in OTRADI Bioscience Incubator:
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/15/14
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins:

"Continued job growth in Oregon depends on our ability to maintain and expand the startup ecosystem that helps turn innovation into economic impact. That's why the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon supported the establishment of the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator back in 2013. The incubator filled a critical gap in Oregon's competitive infrastructure by providing lab space as well as networking connections and entrepreneurial assistance.

It was fully leased within 6 weeks of opening and today the incubator is bursting at the seams. Because of that success and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to carry the story forward, I am pleased to support, alongside Governor Kitzhaber, a $325,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment to expand the incubator and create opportunity for more Oregon-grown bioscience leaders. This investment is all about 'growing our own,' building on existing assets and assembling the right pieces to shape a prosperous Oregon future, driven by smart investments today."

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Health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/14
September 15, 2014

High toxin levels found at Tenmile Lakes in Coos County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes at 541-759-2414.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Salem Health recognized as one of Oregon's Top Workplaces
Salem Health - 09/15/14
Salem Health is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Oregonian Top Workplaces.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what's on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

Norm Gruber, Salem Health president and chief executive officer, recently attended an awards banquet sponsored by The Oregonian and accepted the award on behalf of the organization. During the event, employee quotes from the survey were highlighted for three companies, which included Salem Health. The quote said: "I have a chance to make a difference in someone's life every day. It is a great team to be part of. We all have each other's backs and work well to accomplish what lies before us."

"I could not agree more," said Gruber. "The work we do makes a difference in our community, and I have the organization to thank for it. Salem Health's most valuable resource is our employees and medical staff."

The Oregonian published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sept. 14. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit topworkplaces.com and workplacedynamics.com.

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
09/14/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/14/14
NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: This is the final update for the Yellow Point Fire. The fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 85% contained. Management Team #3 has transferred command to a Type 3 organization. Fire crews will continue work in the area, and full containment is expected at 7 p.m. tonight. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 35% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
DAN THORPE, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Yellow Point Fire
September 14, 2014
Final Update

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) has transferred command of the Yellow Point Fire to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots, patrol, fire line rehabilitation and begin pulling equipment off of the fire line.

The 790-acre fire is now 85% contained. Full containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

ODF's IMT #3 wishes to thank the many cooperators that made the fire suppression effort a success. The fire was a testament to Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system that includes active participation from forest landowners. Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company and Bureau of Land Management played significant roles in meeting suppression objectives and minimizing acres burned. The team would also like to thank Lane County for allowing the use of the Alma Forestry Work Center for the incident command post and fire camp. The Work Center's proximity to the fire played dividends in helping the team and crews gain access to the incident.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 85%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 11; engines 8; tenders 4; helicopters 3 (stand-by)
Total personnel: 214
Estimated Cost: $5,000,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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09/13/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 13, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 70% contained. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 25% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 13, 2014 Update

Fire crews have stood the test against the wind and now are preparing to put the finishing touches on the Yellow Point Fire. The 790-acre fire is now 70 percent contained.

Many crews were released today and will head to their home units for some well-deserved R&R as they get ready for their next assignment. While the fire attack has been a 24-hour affair for the last seven days, night shift crews are either on their way home or moving over to days. A few resources will continue overnight patrols and security for the fire area.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) will transfer command to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey, tomorrow afternoon. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 70%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 26; engines 18; tenders 13; dozers 1; helicopters 3
Total personnel: 624
Estimated Cost: $4,187,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry


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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an elderly female passenger after she was transported to a Springfield hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on September 12, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup driven by WILLIAM L. CALHOUN, age 64, from Bend, was traveling on Highway 126W near milepost 26 when it went off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's 87-year old mother, BEVERLY LOUISE CALHOUN from Florence, was trapped in the pickup and extricated by Western Lane Fire / EMS personnel. She was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Josh Wolcott-Peterson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Western Lane Fire / EMS and ODOT. The highway was closed about an hour before one lane was open to traffic during the scene investigation.

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Announcing Open House for Fall Dog Trainer Series (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 09/12/14
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(Salem, OR) - Willamette Humane Society announces its partnership with Chemeketa Community College, and instructor, Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA, to host a series of community education courses this fall. The series will prepare students and community members to become capable, knowledgeable professional dog training instructors.

Willamette Humane Society will host an Open House for those interested in the program to ask questions, view the course materials, and get to know the instructor, Catherine Steinke.

What: Open House for Professional Dog Trainer Certification Preparation Courses
When: Wednesday, September 17, from 7 - 8 pm.
Where: Willamette Humane Society Education Hall, 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep Lecture Series

This intensive, 30-hour course will cover the science of animal training, the art of instruction, and in-depth information about your best friend, the dog: canine body language, development, health, behavior, history and more. This is a fast-paced, challenging course for those who aspire to understand dogs deeply and teach others ethically and expertly how to care for and train their canine companions. This lecture series will provide the knowledge necessary to gain employment as a professional trainer in a kennel, shelter or pet store.

Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep Practicum

Students enrolled in the Pro Dog Trainer course have the option to dually enroll in this exciting 20-hour hands-on adventure. We will be working with dozens of homeless dogs, training them to be better companions in their adoptive homes. This is an opportunity to put the theoretical learning to practical use, to benefit Willamette Humane Society, the community, and the shelter dogs, and gain real-life experience that will enhance your employment prospects at a shelter, veterinary hospital, grooming shop or kennel.


Registration is available for individual classes:

* Every Dog a Genius: The Science and Art of Changing Canine Behavior
* Canine Body Language and Aggression
* Your Friend, the Dog: Natural History, Behavior, Husbandry and Health
* Canine Behavior Coaching: Creating Classes and Counseling Families Ethically and Expertly


About Catherine Steinke: Named "the dog lady" by peers in grammar school, Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA first became a California licensed veterinary technician, then finished a BA in Psychology while doing undergraduate research on the human-canine bond at the University of Montana. After that, she was recruited by the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to develop the ABC puppy school, to assist during veterinary behavior consultations and to help create and instruct the Purdue DOGS! behavior modification course for veterinary staff. Catherine is now an adjunct faculty member at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon and will instruct the state's only community college level professional dog trainer certification preparation program beginning in Fall 2014.


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


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Corvallis Woman Arrested for Aggravated Theft in First Degree
Corvallis Police - 09/12/14
On September 12, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested sixty-seven year old Susan Bower of Monroe for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Computer Crime. Both are felony crimes. The arrest is result of an investigation into her employment at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op on SE 3rd St., in Corvallis.

Bower has been an employee of the Co-Op since 2004. She was employed as a cashier. Managers of the Co-Op discovered discrepancies in Bower's transactions, and after researching, they discovered she had stolen more than $11,900 from August 2013 until August 2014. In addition to stealing the $11,900 from the store, Bower had used the stores' sales records computer to create false entries in an attempt to hide the theft.

Bower was arrested and booked at the Benton County Jail, but was later released. At the time of this release a mug shot was not available, but may become available later on the Benton County Jail website.
Stakeholder advisory group to discuss scientific review of forest management options
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
A stakeholder advisory group will meet on September 17 and September 22 to discuss a scientific review of stakeholder-proposed forest management options.

Read the science report here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140904_ATTCH_02.pdf

The eight-member group represents a range of interests, including recreation, the timber industry, conservation groups, and commissioners from counties that receive timber sale revenue.

The meetings, open to the public, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem. Agenda items include an overview of the science report and the drafting process, general discussion, and public comment. Public comment opportunities are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., approximately.

Review the full agenda here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/Stakeholder/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140917_AGENDA.pdf

The current plan, adopted in 2001 and revised in 2010, has not performed as forecast. The results have included insufficient revenue to support key forest management activities, including recreation, research and monitoring, and thinning of young stands.

The management plan covers the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests - about 510,000 acres between Portland and the coast - as well as the Santiam State Forest east of Salem and small, scattered parcels. State law requires that the lands be managed to produce a broad range of sustainable benefits, including timber, revenue to help support counties and local taxing districts, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Across Oregon, the state manages more than 800,000 acres, about 2.7 percent of the state's forestland base.

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged calling (503) 945-7200, 72 hours before the meeting.
Liberty House Invites Public to attend Champions for Children Luncheon: Russ Lewis of KGW to Speak (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/12/14
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(Salem, OR- Sept. 12, 2014) Russ Lewis, KGW-Channel 8 News anchor, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the Liberty House Champions for Children benefit luncheon to be held Sept. 23 at the Salem Convention Center. The luncheon will provide an opportunity to learn about and support the critical work of Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center. Seating starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. Pre-registration is required.

Liberty House provides medical checkups and other important services for children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect. Specially-trained providers, interviewers and family support specialists work closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure services are offered in ways that don't add to the trauma a child might have experienced. The coordinated approach means that children and their families can get the help they need with fewer appointments and less stress. The services are neutral and objective. Liberty House serves Marion and Polk Counties, where there are over 8,500 calls to the child abuse hotline and over 1,100 confirmed cases each year. Liberty House currently has the space to see only one child or family at a time, and that is not enough.

In August the Liberty House board of directors and CEO Alison Kelley announced a major effort to purchase a neighboring building in order to increase the organization's capacity. Non-clinical services would be moved to the new building so that the original building could be remodeled to add exam, interview and family consultation rooms.

"We really need the community's help," Kelley said. "More children need to be seen at Liberty House than what we can currently handle. We need to be able to offer more appointments for children, especially for those children who need to be seen promptly. We also need to provide space for our partners; that way we bring the services to the children in one place instead of making families drive to multiple locations. We can't do that in our current space." Kelley added that they have the staff in place to provide the services; they just need to raise the $1.5 million to purchase the new building and remodel the original building.

"It is critical for us as a community to provide a location for law enforcement, the Department of Human Services, and our counseling professionals, where they can immediately help children and families in crisis," said Board of Directors Chair Scott Sadler. "We believe this space will allow Liberty House to serve the community at the highest level possible."

Guests at the luncheon will be able to contribute to the capital campaign as well as ongoing program expenses. The Champions for Children Luncheon is free but pre-registration is required to ensure sufficient space. Guests will also have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer. To attend, call Adrienne Christian or Elisa Ford at 503-540-0288.

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ABOUT LIBERTY HOUSE: Liberty House is provides specialized assessment services for children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect and offers a centralized place for children to receive medical and interview services. Liberty House serves children of all ages -- from infants through age 18. Services are voluntary and free of charge. Liberty House also provides community education and information about the issue of child abuse and the protection of children. Over one-half of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations.
Liberty House is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is a safe and special place for children. When there are concerns about children who may have been hurt by abuse or neglect, Liberty House is here to help. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th St. NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org


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Temporary PIO Change for MCSO
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be using various PIO's over the next nine (9) weeks. Please send all media inquires to the PIO line at 503-584-6276 (MCSO). The backup PIO's are assigned to other duties so please be patient when waiting for a response.
Sergeant Baldridge will return to regular duty on 11/17/2014. Thank you.
Sheriff's Office Gives Away Uniforms to help Homeless (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
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In a recent clean-up effort, members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU) found 14 boxes of uniform items that were scheduled to be destroyed. Many uniform items must be properly disposed of to ensure they aren't misused; however, some items are simply "off the shelf." CRU and its volunteers sorted through the boxes, setting aside items that were in good repair, so that they could be donated.

When the clean-up project was complete, 170 pairs of durable, six-pocket pants were salvaged. These particular items were too worn for the uniform look of deputies, but still had some life left in them. The pants are a design that anyone could purchase, and they do not have any names, ranks, insignias or any markings that alone could be mistaken as a deputy sheriff's uniform.

Commander Eric Hlad assisted in delivering the boxes of pants to the Union Gospel Mission, and was pleased to be part of the experience. "We believe it's important for public safety agencies to be creative in the ways we give back. I'm glad to be part of an agency that embraces this philosophy," he said.

None of the pants donated to the UGM will be sold.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU), created under Sheriff Jason Myers' leadership, seeks ways to serve the community and to create positive change within neighborhoods.

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Update: Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked about one week at that location approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully checked the area to find anyone connected with the vehicle. Two days later, OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded as an abandoned vehicle.

Follow up investigation by OSP and KSP confirmed the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, and his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32, both from Bardstown, Kentucky, have not been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. KSP initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men, took missing person reports and entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Photographs of both men are provided with this news release.

The following related information is being released in this update:

* On Wednesday, September 10, OSP and HRSO served a search warrant on the vehicle and found several personal items including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear. The items found in the vehicle led HRSO Search & Rescue to believe they didn't leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.

* Receipts were also found in the vehicle tracking them from Kentucky to Oregon, including a receipt from a Hood River fast food restaurant dated September 2. OSP contacted the restaurant and confirmed JOHN WOOD was there on that date.

* No maps or notes were found in the vehicle or at their Kentucky apartment indicating a planned hiking route or length of time they were going to be gone.

* A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2. The men indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.

* HRSO Sheriff Matt English said Search & Rescue personnel concentrated searches starting in the immediate area of where the vehicle was found parked and then worked outward from there. Searchers have checked the area on both the east and west sides of Highway 35, the Cat Creek area, and forest service roads on the west side leading up to Dog River Road, looking for any sign or sighting that the men were in the area. Several aerial flights were also conducted over a two-day period in the vicinity.

OSP, HRSO and KSP urge anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Lead investigator is OSP Detective Lori Rosebraugh.

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OMSI Update: September-October Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 09/12/14
OMSI HOURS
Fall (effective September 2): Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Animation
In OMSI's Featured Hall
Opening September 27

Step into the exciting and visually rich world of animation. From concept to finished product, visitors explore the science behind storyboarding, character design, voice acting, sound effects, and video editing while larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit.

ANIMATION(TM) was created and is circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon and (C) 2013 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved.

EXHIBITIONS

Mind to Hand: Art, Science, and Creative Collision!
In Turbine Hall
On view through January 4

What sparks creativity? What does art have to tell us about science? How does science inspire artistic decisions? In the hands of eleven talented master artists 60+ years old, materials become objects of beauty, whimsy and wit. Mind to Hand explores the benefits, exciting outcomes and new ways to see our world when art and science collide!

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.
In Earth Hall
On view through December 7

Native American and native Hawaiian communities face many challenges to their ecosystems and their health. By drawing from traditional knowledge and science, native communities are developing innovative solutions to tackle current ecological and health challenges. Roots of Wisdom is the result of collaboration between OMSI, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with four native community partners.

EVENTS

Opera on Screen
In The Empirical Theater
Cost: $14 Adults (13-63), $8 Youth (3-13), $12 Seniors (63+). $2 off for Portland Opera subscribers and OMSI members. A subscription package for all four operas is available.

Portland Opera and OMSI are collaborating to present "Opera on Screen," a series of film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera. Each screening will be preceded by a special introduction given by a Portland Opera staff member.

September 19, 7 p.m.
La Rondine (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Operetta Tradition"
September 21, 4 p.m.
Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) with introduction talk "Femmes Fatale in Opera"

NEW INFO
October 3, 7 p.m.
Don Giovanni (Mozart) with introduction talk "Innovation & Technology in Opera"
October 5, 4 p.m.
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Bishop Who Birthed Butterfly"
October 17, 7 p.m.
Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) with introduction talk "Femmes Fatale in Opera"
October 19, 4 p.m.
La Rondine (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Operetta Tradition"

Reel Science
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $7 for non-members & $6 for members.

NEW INFO
October 8, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Speaker and film TBD

Portland Mini Maker Faire 2014
September 13-14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $15, Youth (3-17)/Seniors (63+) $10. Two day passes available. Tickets sold at makerfaireportland.com
Let your inner tinkerer run free in the third running of the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Portland, and maybe the world--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This event demonstrates the use of modern technologies like 3D printing and photography production along with ancient techniques like sword-forging and survival skills.

OMSI Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration
September 20, at approx. 7:00 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free star party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 p.m. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars and more!

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing #2
October 8, 1 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking fee per vehicle
The Full Moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 58 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be the reddish glow from Earth's sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting, a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 1 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada with the Rose City Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreation supplying telescopes for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director Jim Todd will be presenting informal talks about the eclipse and the autumn sky.

NEW INFO
Design Week: Behind the Scenes of OMSI's Exhibit Workshop
October 9, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Pepco (North of main museum)
Cost: FREE
Did you know that OMSI has been designing and fabricating exhibits for nearly 70 years?! Join OMSI's Creative Services team for light refreshments and a behind the scenes tour of Pepco, OMSI's exhibit workshop, where we research, design and produce exhibits that travel the world. Learn about the exhibit development process and try out some in-progress experiences that you may see on the museum floor one day.

The Pepco building is located on Water Avenue north of the main museum.

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
October 23, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at OMSI
Cost: FREE
A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the moon's shadow misses the Earth. OMSI and the Rose City Astronomers will host a viewing party in OMSI's south parking lot on Thursday, October 23. The free event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end three hours later. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun. Learn about the eclipse from our expert speakers and be a part of this live viewing experience at OMSI!

On the day of each scheduled OMSI Star Party, visitors should call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 503.797.4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

Theory Eatery

NEW INFO
September 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Eat Local Challenge
OMSI and Bon Appétit challenge visitors to eat locally sourced meals. Theory chefs will create a menu item composed entirely of ingredients sourced within 150 miles of the museum, while food science educators present demonstrations on invasive species.

NEW INFO
September 28, 2 - 7 p.m.
Invasive Species Cook-off
Cost and More information: www.eradicationbymastication.org
Presented by the Institute for Applied Ecology, this unique cook-off raises awareness and support and aims to lessen the havoc caused by invasive species on our natural world. Theory Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, along with two other local chefs will prepare a meal using all local ingredients and invasive species such as wild boar, Asian carp, blackberries and nutria.

NEW INFO
October 23, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
Cost: $30
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI is hosting Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. Players--eyes covered--will try to match the flavors from 14 small plates with the ingredients listed on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

NEW INFO
October 27, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary featuring Anthony Cafiero of Racion and Chris Carriker of 23 Hoyt
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)
Foodies and science lovers, dinner is served! Taste the best of the PDX food scene without the lines and with the science, of course. From the delectable four-course meal to the food-science demonstrations, Food Luminary puts a twist on your typical restaurant experience. 21+ only.
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity)

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month. omsi.edu/afterdark
Cost: Tasting plus OAD: $25 non-members, $15 OMSI members, $5 OAD members / OAD only: $13 non-members, $6.50 members, Free OAD members

Get a head start on the science fun--drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

September 24, 6 - 10 p.m.
Brewfest. Don't just drink beer, learn beer at our 4th annual tasting!

NEW INFO
October 29, 6 - 10 p.m.
Get in the spirit and celebrate Halloween at OMSI After Dark - costumes encouraged!

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland - OMSI Empirical Theater/Theory
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland

NEW INFO
October 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Science of Influence
With Vanessa Van Edwards, lead investigator at Science of People

Science Pub Portland - Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.

September 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
Forensic Science: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist
With Rod Englert, retired Chief Deputy and Owner of Englert Forensic Consultants

NEW INFO
October 21, 7 - 9 p.m.
How Can the Study of Complexity Transform Our Understanding of the World?
With Melanie Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of computer science at Portland State University

Science Pub Hillsboro
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.

September 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stop Motion Animation with LAIKA
With Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype at LAIKA

NEW INFO
October 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Quantum Entanglement & Teleportation
With Andrew M.C. Dawes, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and assistant dean of Excellence in Teaching, Pacific University

Science Pub Eugene
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.

September 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Jammed Particulate Systems
With Eric Corwin, Ph.D., astronomy professor in the Department of Physics, U of O

NEW INFO
October 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
Earthquakes in Oregon: Are We Ready for the Big One?
With Scott Burns, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geology at Portland State University

Science Pub McMinnville
Hotel Oregon, 310 N.E. Evans Street, McMinnville, OR
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubmcminnville

NEW INFO
October 23, 7 - 9 p.m.
What's an Anthropologist Doing Studying Energy? Social and Cultural Implications of the Looming Net Energy Cliff
With Thomas Love, Ph.D., professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Linfield College

$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month.

October 5

THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages. omsi.edu/empirical-theater

NEW INFO
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The thrilling second chapter of the epic "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace - and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.

Maleficent
Starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic Disney villainess, Maleficent is a live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. The film explores the untold story of Maleficent's transformation from beautiful, pure-hearted young woman to vengeful protector of her realm. Ruthlessly betrayed by the leader of an invading human army, Maleficent places a curse on the newborn infant of the human king only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the kingdom--and to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

NEW INFO
Adrenaline Rush
From breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys to a 4,265-foot jump from a legendary Norwegian cliff, Adrenaline Rush explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk taking and the physics involved in high-risk activities.

NEW INFO
Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D
Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch on an extraordinary journey back in time to the Alaska of 70 million years ago. Through the latest in CGI technology, BBC Earth invites you to witness the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be presented on the Giant Screen.

Bears
An epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. starting June 14 Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS

September

Laser Galactic Odyssey
Showing Daily at 3:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
A musical tour of the galaxy that mixes stellar lasers with science fiction themes, rock and electronic music.
Song List: Galaxy Song - Monty Python, Major Tom - Peter Schilling, Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai, Cotton Eye Joe - Rednexx, Lost in Space - Apollo 440, Fire on High - ELO

EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

September

NEW INFO
8:15 p.m.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World, Scar Tissue, Nobody Weird Like Me, Breaking The Girl, Under The Bridge, Yertle The Turtle, Give It Away, My Friends, Roller Coaster, Higher Ground.

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

October

NEW INFO
8:15 p.m.
Smashing Pumpkins - Today, Stand Inside Your Love, Disarm, Tonight Tonight, Rhinoceros, Drown, Quiet, Zero, Cherub Rock.

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING
Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above) Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50
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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

>Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release below.

>West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update

The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.

While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.

Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Linn County Traffic Enforcement Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office has completed their participation in the Oregon Department of Transportation enhanced seatbelt enforcement for Linn County. The enhanced seatbelt enforcement ran from August 25th through September 7th.

These extra patrols were responsible for 44.25 hours of additional enforcement with 80 total traffic stops made. These traffic violations include 59 speed violations and 10 safety belt violations. In addition, 2 driving while suspended, 1 arrest warrant and 8 other traffic violations were enforced.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for safe driving practices and following the rules of the road.
Scio Juvenile Arrested for Possession of Molotov Cocktails
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on September 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. deputies responded to the Scio High School for a report of a student who claimed to possess Molotov cocktails. The principal was alerted by a teacher, that a 17-year old male student was making threats to throw Molotov cocktails at police cars.

Deputies responded to the High School and questioned the juvenile and the juvenile's grandfather, who had been contacted by the school. Deputies learned the juvenile was upset over the arrest of a juvenile friend. Deputies were told the Molotov cocktails were not at the school but were located at his residence in Scio.

Deputies responded to the juvenile's residence and seized 3 Molotov cocktails. The Molotov cocktails were made of glass bottles with gasoline inside. Each one had a paper towel stuffed in the neck of the bottle to be used as a wick.

Deputies seized the Molotov cocktails and the juvenile was arrested and transported to the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center in Albany. The Juvenile was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device and Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device.

This investigation is continuing.
09/11/14
Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Poached Bull Elk Southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for killing a large bull elk about five miles southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $5,000.00 offered through the Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT), $4,500 by the Cascade Ranch, and $500 through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program administered by the Oregon Hunters Association.

On September 8, 2014, OSP Trooper Josh Nugent began an investigation following the discovery of a headless bull elk on Lake Creek Road near milepost 2. After the head was removed, the elk was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests the elk may have been killed at night on September 6 or 7.

"If you know someone who has a fresh bull elk head or antlers, but has not meat or elk carcass, you can help solve this crime and be considered for a significant reward just by providing OSP with the key tip," said Sergeant Kirk Meyer.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541)727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

No photographs provided for this release.

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Workers' compensation costs to drop for second-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/11/14
Oregon workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 5.3 percent in 2015, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The department approved the average decrease in "pure premium," which is the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover anticipated claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. Lower average costs in both of those areas are driving down the pure premium for the second-straight year.

"Oregon's strong commitment to workplace safety and health continues to keep costs low for businesses," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "Efforts to control medical costs and get workers back to work faster also have contributed to rate decreases in the past two years."

The decrease is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states.

Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium doesn't take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The rate decrease is effective Jan. 1, 2015, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2015.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only 11 states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon at the beginning of 2012, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. The department will release a new study ranking states' 2014 workers' compensation costs in October.

In addition to any change in pure premium, other workers' compensation costs reviewed annually by the department include:

* An assessment on workers' compensation premiums to fund the state costs of running workers' compensation and safety and health programs.

* An assessment on hours worked to fund Oregon's highly successful return-to-work programs that help injured workers return to work quickly and earn close to their pre-injury wages. This assessment also provides increased benefits over time for workers who are permanently and totally disabled, and gives benefits to families of workers who die from workplace injuries or diseases.

Attached is a summary of all the changes as well as more detailed information about the pure premium rate.

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html.


Attached Media Files: Pure premium details , Workers' compensation costs summary
Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25); M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3); North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and; Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 11, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

NEW FIRES
* West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire started Tuesday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 120 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). Wallowa Lake State Park is serving as fire camp to support crews and resources. Please use caution in the area. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Fire Hall. For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 45% contained. Additional road closures have been announced for the area and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 09/11/14
Contact:Amanda Ip
Community Affairs Specialist | Fred Meyer & QFC
503.421.1146

Carissa Sauer, APR
Oregon Dairy Council
Direct:971-673-2732; Cell: 360-991-3225

Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month

Local food banks struggle to provide milk to clients each year


PORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 10, 2014 - More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is teaming up with the Great American Milk Drive to support Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, during Hunger Action Month.

Through the end of September, the Kroger Family of Stores, including Fred Meyer and QFC, is inviting customers to 'Pour It Forward' by purchasing a $1, $3 or $5 milk voucher donation when checking out. All donations collected will benefit local food banks affiliated with Feeding America, which will provide free milk coupons to their clients.

"Kroger customers and associates have always embraced opportunities to help their neighbors in need," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer Stores. "Through our 'Pour It Forward' campaign, we are adding a new way for our customers, associates and company to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food -- fresh and wholesome milk."

Approximately 95% of food banks reported they do not receive enough milk to meet their clients' needs. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults drink 68 gallons of milk each year, Feeding America's clients receive only 1 gallon of milk per person, per year, on average.

"Milk is a great source of high-quality protein and is vital to growth and development," said Anne Goetze RDN, LD, Director of Nutrition Affairs at Oregon Dairy Council. "Funds raised during 'Pour it Forward' will help provide milk to thousands of families to keep them strong, healthy and full of energy."

Kroger's 'Pour It Forward' campaign is part of the Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. The Milk Processor Education Program, National Dairy Council and Feeding America partnered to launch the Great American Milk Drive in April 2014.

As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, the Kroger family of stores has longstanding relationships with more than 100 local food banks.

About Fred Meyer Stores
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our Web site at www.fredmeyer.com.

About Quality Food Centers
Founded in Seattle more than 50 years ago, QFC is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and operates 65 stores in Western Washington and in Portland, Oregon. QFC has a long history as a neighborhood grocer, offering the highest quality products, exceptional service, and the finest shopping experience in the market. In 2012, QFC donated $1.2 million to the communities it serves and donated 3.5 million pounds of food to local food banks in Western Washington and Portland, Oregon. QFC is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our web site at www.qfc.com.

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Coos Bay School District Public Meetings - September 2014
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of September, 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

September 15, 2014
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM with Executive Session at 5:45 PM based on ORS192.610(2)(d) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.. The agenda is posted at the following link and the packet will be posted by Friday, September 12th. The agenda is subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

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

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
UPDATED Oregon CAP to Hold Annual Conference In Florence
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 09/11/14
Over 125 members of the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, will be holding their annual conference at the scenic coastal city of Florence in the Driftwood Shores Hotel complex this weekend September 12-13.
The conference, held each year at various locations in the state, brings together members of the organization to receive updated briefings in emergency operations plans, search and rescue, communications and aerospace education as well as other CAP programs.
During the evening banquet, the CAP will recognize outstanding members, teenaged cadets and individual units with the presentation of state and national awards and scholarships.
Keynote speaker this year will be Laurie Holien ,Deputy Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, who will be giving a presentation about activities of Oregon Office of Emergency Services. There will be a focus on the Cascadia Playbook which the Governor is releasing this week. The new Cascadia Playbook is the OEM's plan in responding to a much discussed major 9.0 event off the Oregon coastline.

Also featured this year will be a formal Cadet Miliatry Ball with both cadets and senior members in attendance.
Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a Caucasian female, middle age or older. The following are likely descriptors of the female:

Caucasian female, 45 years of age or older at the time of her disappearance, between 5'0 and 5'6" in height, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine;

Most likely having a complete upper denture;

Black and gray hair;

The skull shows a crescent shaped surgical incision in the forehead area and has been determined to be a sinus related surgery that appeared to have occurred years before her death. This procedure may or may not have left a visible scar.

The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar as well as receiving an updated profile sketch, which was completed by personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The updated sketch is included with this release of information. Additional details can be found on www.Namus.gov under the Unidentified Persons Database, Case #9457, where additional sketches, photos, and case information can be found.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident or any missing person that fits the above description and estimated time of disappearance, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-623-1878 or contact Det. Sgt. Mark Garton or Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251.


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Wildfire danger on the rise in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
For wildfire managers, the current forecast of dry easterly winds and rising temperatures means just one thing: elevated fire behavior. East winds, common in late summer and early fall, can turn a smoldering campfire or an errant spark from a vehicle into a raging blaze in minutes. And the winds coming later this week are predicted to be especially strong - 15 to 20 mph. The low humidity, coupled with wind and high temperatures, can turbocharge even the smallest fire start.

Whether this weather event spawns new wildfires depends almost entirely on how Oregonians behave in the forest. This time of year, human activity is the chief cause of fires, not lightning. We can prevent wildfires by taking extra precautions as we work and recreate in the forest. You can make the difference by following a few simple tips:

- Operate ATVs and other motorized vehicles only on established roads.

- Check your vehicle for dragging tow chains that can send sparks into roadside vegetation.

- Don't park on dry grass - the hot exhaust system can set it smoldering in seconds.

- Check current fire restrictions for the area before building a campfire. Open fires may be prohibited. But if allowed, tend the fire constantly and extinguish it thoroughly before leaving the area.

- Smoke only in an enclosed vehicle. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers additional tips on preventing wildfires at: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/home.html
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet Sept. 19 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees are meeting Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards.

They will discuss and may make recommendations about:
* The Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water; and
* The 2013 Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit.

This public meeting will be held at Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Room 215, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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09/10/14
Red Cross Responds to Eugene Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/10/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 6 families consisting of 8 adults and 1 pet that were displaced by a grassfire on Hwy 99N in Eugene. The Red Cross provided bedding and linens, food and clothing to those displaced.
Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/10/14
PR 17-14
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 503-808-3722
Kevin Wingert, BPA, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions

Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014.
These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an "all H" approach - harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries - as well as favorable ocean conditions.

"With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish," said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish."

These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region's electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.

"The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers."

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Vancouver Washington Man for Online Sexual Corruption
Corvallis Police - 09/10/14
On September 10, 2014, Corvallis Police arrested fifty-nine year old Thomas Paul Harrington of Vancouver, Washington, for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and Luring a Minor.

On September 5, 2014, Harrington contacted an undercover online account of a Corvallis Police Detective posing as a female juvenile. He immediately initiated a sexual online conversation with the undercover detective and began attempting to get who he thought was a juvenile female to meet him. In addition to multiple sexual conversations, Harrington also sent multiple nude photos of what he reported to be himself.

Harrington made arrangement to meet with who he thought was a juvenile female on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at a location away from her home. Harrington drove from Vancouver Washington specifically to meet with the female juvenile in Corvallis. Harrington was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Investigators as he was waiting for the female juvenile to meet him outside the Corvallis Public Library.

Harrington was charged with one count of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and one count of Luring a Minor. He was booked and lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is currently set at $150,000. A booking photo can be located at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004069

Since beginning the undercover online child abuse investigations program in May 2013, Corvallis Police investigations have resulted in 9 arrests locally and 4 arrests nationwide.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/10/14
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On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.


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Smarter purchasing reduces toxins, presents opportunity for Oregon businesses
State of Oregon - 09/10/14
Salem, Ore., Oregon state agencies will now use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products - making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses. Today, State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines for state agencies to support the purchase of less-toxic products without compromising effectiveness or best-value.

"Oregonians are growing more mindful of what's in the products they use," said Jordan. "State government should too." He added, "We're in a unique position to not only reduce the amount of toxins used across our state, but also to drive the market to supply safer options."

Today's action was prompted by Governor Kitzhaber's 2012 executive order directing state agencies to increase the number of people- and planet-friendly products they purchase- reducing the use of toxic chemicals and building market pressure for improved offerings. The guidelines will enable the state to expand its green purchasing beyond the janitorial supply price agreement adopted in 2013. Under the agreement, state agencies have purchased effective cleaning supplies while reducing the amount of toxic chemicals used.

Over the past year, a green chemistry steering committee, led by the Governor's Office, developed general guidelines agencies will use to ask that vendors provide safer goods. The committee engaged state agencies, conservation groups and Oregon businesses to refine the guidelines prior to approval. From pest control, to office supplies to furniture and more, the guidelines offer a procurement path that often will lead to a safer alternative.

Some early adopting agencies have already realized the benefits of using the guidelines. For example:
* Instead of using poison to control a rat population, the Department of Corrections purchased nests and owls - quite effective, without the toxins.
* The Oregon State Hospital has gone from using six different chemicals to clean their buildings to two that are third party certified to be less-toxic, and easier for their staff to manage.
* The Oregon Department of Human Services recently worked with a vendor to eliminate paper billing, replace toxic cleaners with safer alternatives and train staff on proper usage, all while reducing their cost by more than 12%.

And it's not just state agencies realizing benefits. The state's collective buying power has the ability to shift the market towards less-toxic alternatives. "With a committed customer such as Oregon State Government, it's easier for us and our suppliers to invest in the development of safer products," noted Staples Chief Scientist Roger McFadden.

Most importantly, smarter purchasing supports a cleaner state for all Oregonians. "Oregon state government is providing sound leadership by bringing together product purchasers and suppliers to find solutions that are safer for people and the environment, while also being effective and affordable" noted Colin Price from the Oregon Environmental Council.

Link to guidelines: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/EGS/ps/docs/GreenChemPol.doc
State Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults in Oregon
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
Salem -- The second ever comprehensive study of elder financial exploitation in Oregon has been completed and was released today in Salem at the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Conference sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office.

The study of over 600 reports was conducted by the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The study is a follow up to the 2011 retrospective study on Financial Exploitation and helps provide a better understanding and picture of financial abuse in Oregon.

In 2013, Financial Exploitation allegations increased by 18% over 2012 and represented 42% of all the abuse investigations conducted by Adult Protective services. These 3398 allegations were documented in 2929 individual reports. The discrepancy in numbers exists because one report may include multiple allegations, multiple victims, or multiple perpetrators. Of these 2929 individual reports, 623 were read and hand mined for the data included in this study.

The study showed that the average loss per each substantiated case of monetary theft was $24,915. There are many other losses to victims such as personal property, unauthorized credit card use, and medication that can be more difficult to quantify financially.

"Financial Exploitation of individuals over the age of 65 and with physical disabilities has become the most commonly investigated type of abuse that community adult protective services addresses in Oregon," said Marie Cervantes, Director of OAAPI. "By digging deeper into the data with this second study, we are able to better see trends and methods more clearly. This will help us to come up with better prevention and education strategies."

"For many of our vulnerable adults that are exploited can mean years of hard work, money to pay basic living essentials such as food and electricity, and hopes for their future security are gone," she said.

Cervantes added that not only is financial abuse common but it often goes hand-in-hand with other types of abuse. One finding in this study is that even though financial exploitation is the most commonly investigated form of abuse, physical and verbal abuse are the fastest growing areas of abuse in Oregon.

Additionally, the study revealed that for the first time, non-mandatory reporters, such as bank employees and family members, were the most frequent reporters of financial abuse. According to study author and researcher Rebecca Fetters, this highlights the fact that even though bankers are not mandatory reporters, they have taken it upon themselves to do the right thing and recognize that they, along with close friends and family, are in a unique and important position to identify the warning signs and do something about it.

The study also points out that national studies confirm for every one case of financial exploitation that reaches the attention of APS or other authorities, an estimated forty-four cases go unreported.
The research also confirmed that the major perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon continue to be family members. This includes spouses, children, siblings, and grandchildren. Daughters (16%) were slightly more prevalent abusers than sons (14%). Family relationships accounted for 46% of all substantiated perpetrators of financial exploitation. Beyond family members, the second most common type of alleged perpetrator was acquaintances, followed closely by non-relative caregivers.

The study says that less than five percent of the sample was victimized by someone who was truly a stranger. Therefore, it is important to remember that most perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon have a trusted relationship with the victim.

The results of this study, and particularly the regional data, will be used to identify targeted areas of need throughout the state and to provide training and technical assistance to those areas.
To view the study in its entirety, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/Pages/index.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77668/Financial-Exploitation-Oregon.pdf
Two Astoria Men Sentenced in 3 Counties Following OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Into Unlawful Sale & Purchase of Fish and Crab
Oregon State Police - 09/10/14
Two Astoria men pled guilty last month and were sentenced in three different counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful purchasing and selling of fish and crab.

In January 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers began an investigation involving two men who operated Oceanic Logistics, LLC, identified as DANA MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 51, and SEAN MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 26. The company did not have a wholesale fish dealer license due to unpaid State landing fees.

During 2012 and 2013, the men bought and sold fish unlawfully without a wholesale fish dealer license. In an effort to disguise the illegal activity, a monetary deal was made with another fish dealer to document illegal fish purchases on the other dealer's assigned State fish receiving ticket. The unlawful purchases and sales were made in Astoria, Winchester Bay, and Charleston. Most of the illegal purchases involved Dungeness crab, which is a highly competitive market.

In August 2014, the men pled guilty and were sentenced in Clatsop, Douglas, and Coos counties as follows:

DANA FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled guilty to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License & 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,000.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with SEAN FERGUSON)

SEAN FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (class A misdemeanor). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,600.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with DANA FERGUSON)

No photographs for release.

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Yellow Point Fire - Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/10/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 10, 2014 Update

Firefighters on the Yellow Point Fire are bracing for today's change in weather. Winds are beginning to shift to an easterly flow and temperatures are expected to rise. A Red Flag Warning is expected for Thursday that will bring warm east winds and higher temperatures to the area. The predicted fire danger conditions are expected to escalate interior burning and test established containment lines. The fire stands at 790 acres and 35% contained.

Resources on the fire include 29 hand crews, 27 engines, 15 water tenders, one bull dozer and 9 helicopters. Two minor injuries have occurred.

Additional road closures have been added in and around the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes.

New road closures include:
* Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
* M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
* North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and;
* Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources: Crews: 29 | Engines: 27 | Tenders: 15 | Dozers: 1 | Helicopters: 9
Total Personnel: 840
Estimated Cost: $3,025,752
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
09/09/14
Correction #2: Elderly Man Arrested After Shooting at Boat Off Siuslaw River East of Florence (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Correction: Mr. Nordahl's first name is spelled "Elden".

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking additional witnesses following the arrest of an 81-year old man who fired a shotgun at the men's boat in the 6000 block of Highway 126 east of Florence along the Siuslaw River.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 1:32 p.m., two OSP troopers, a Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy, and an officer from Confederate Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Indians Police Department responded to a reported menacing at 67500 Highway 126 near milepost 3. Initial investigation indicated that two men had boat trouble as they were in the Siuslaw River and rowed to a dock where they secured their aluminum drift boat. One of the men remained with the boat as the other walked to get their vehicle and trailer to remove the boat from the water.

After returning with the vehicle and trailer, the men loaded the boat and were getting ready to leave when the property owner, ELDEN NORDAHL, age 81, arrived on his boat and approached the men. After telling them not to leave, NORDAHL went into his home and came out with a shotgun, firing one shot that penetrated the boat's hull. As he was reloading, the men got in their vehicle and began driving away when a second round was fired hitting the boat's engine.

Subsequent to the investigation, OSP arrested NORDAHL for Menacing, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Pointing a Firearm at a Person. A shotgun, rifle and ammunition were seized for evidence.

OSP troopers reported seeing several people in the river near the incident site that may have been witnesses. Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 to leave a message for contact from lead investigator, Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy.

Photographs:
From Scene - Oregon State Police
Nordahl photograph - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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Swirling Winds Drive Lebanon Field Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 09/09/14
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Shortly before 3 p.m. this afternoon, Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a field fire near the intersection of Stoltz Hill Rd. and Vaughan Ln. The initial reports from the farmer in the field were that gusty swirling winds were adversely impacting the fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a 2 acre fire that had spread into nearby brush. The fire proved difficult to control as the wind direction shifted multiple times in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the fire. Command called for a 2nd alarm, which brought additional mutual aid crews to help control the fire. The fire was brought under control at approximate 3:40 p.m. after burning 25 acres.


The fire occurred in a harvested rye grass field that was being flail chopped when the chopper struck a rock which sparked and ignited the dry grass stubble. There was no damage and no injuries were reported. Mutual aid was provided by Tangent Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Photo Courtesy Jon Davis
Lebanon Fire District

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With latest wolf depredation, Oregon ranchers now wait to see what happens next (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 09/09/14
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SALEM, Ore. -- Since 2009, Oregon ranchers have been vigilant against wolves preying on their livestock.

Ranchers throughout the state, along with the Oregon Cattlemen's Association in Salem, have paid careful attention to what's happened on their land concerning wolves because wolf depredations directly impact the bottom line of not only ranchers, but also directly affects the economy and what's put on plates at American dinner tables. After all, cattle is the No. 2 agricultural commodity in Oregon at more than $669 million in 2013 alone, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Along with also paying attention to the legal ranglings of wolves at state and federal levels, Oregon ranchers are now in an awkward position with the Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife's latest wolf depredation investigation. Last month, ODFW officials confirmed that a wolf from the Umatilla Pack was responsible for killing a sheep in late-August, bringing the total of recent qualified wolf depredations to three. It's a significant stepping stone because in order for state officials to authorize a wolf killing, certain conditions need to be met. One of those conditions is that the rancher has taken non-lethal steps to protect their livestock. Another condition is that state officials must feel wolf attacks will likely continue despite more non-lethal protections. The third condition is that officials must supply undeniable proof that a wolf or wolves are responsible for four livestock attacks in a six-month period.

With three attacks now confirmed by officials, Oregon ranchers are in a bit of unfamiliar territory. Do they hope for another confirmed wolf depredation for state officials to possibly authorize a wolf kill that would stop depredations or do they simply hope another wolf attack on their cattle doesn't happen?

"We don't wish another rancher has another qualified event on any fellow producer," said Clint Sexson, the president of the Umatilla County Cattlemen's Association. "However, given the past events, another qualified event is anticipated. When, and if, that point does come, we are prepared to do our part to see that due process does follow through. We are only really looking for some kind of restitution for our many hours of worry and losses to our families and our operations."

Joseph rancher Todd Nash, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association Wolf Committee Chairman, said the situation is simply a difficult for both ranchers and non-ranchers.

"It's a negative thing to kill a wolf and for it to come to that," he said. "It's one of those no-win situations that we get into as an industry."

Even if a wolf does not attack, a wolf's mere presence can dramatically affect livestock. The harassed livestock not only lose valuable weight from being chased by a wolf, but livestock also have their grazing habits disturbed due to the wolf presence. As a result, livestock do not regain those valuable pounds back quickly, if they do at all. Both are major economic losses to Oregon cattlemen.

The presence of wolves also play key roles in lost pregnancies in livestock. The pregnant animal that is harassed has a higher risk of losing her growing fetus -- not only from being chased by wolves, but from the uneasiness that results from the wolves being present. Both cause higher levels of cortisol in the blood, which can result in the loss of a pregnancy.

Injuries and infections from wolf attacks also significantly affect livestock. The reduced weight and quality of the animal -- plus the cost of time, veterinarian bills and antibiotics for recovery -- substantially reduce the sale value of the livestock. Basically, the rancher has a slim chance to break even financially in this case, and they most likely will suffer a significant economic loss.

While much of this may seem only pertinent to Oregon cattlemen and those in related industries, the devastating impact of wolf depredations carry far beyond the rancher. In fact, it can trickle all the way down to the average consumer. How? One single cow can be worth at least $15,000 based on not only its physical characteristics, but how many calves it can produce in its lifetime. For instance, if a person was to buy a 2-year-old heifer, it would cost approximately $2,500. Throughout its lifetime, a cow can produce an average of 10 calves. Each of those calves is worth approximately $1,500, making each cow capable of generating $15,000. If their initial investments in these cows are lost, it could result in driving the cost of beef higher than it already is. Even more significant is that according to the Cattle Inventory Report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 87.7 million head of cattle in the United States is the lowest since 1951, which means if there are fewer cattle, beef prices for the American consumer may spike.

Nash also said wolf depredations on cattle have other ancillary effects. If a calf or cow is killed by a wolf, others involved in the beef production process are negatively affected. Nash said a cow or calf that's killed by a wolf depredation won't go through the processing plant, the distributor and retailer before a cut of beef finally lands on a plate in front of the consumer. All of those employed people along the way - all the way down to the waiter who serves the beef to the consumer - won't benefit economically if a wolf attacks a cow or calf.

All of these factors are important in the wolf depredation issue regarding Oregon cattlemen.

"In the Oregon rancher's case, it seems that the wolves only slip away to not only linger nearby to cause more harm, but to continually antagonize our livelihood and future," Sexson said.

If the standards on wolf depredations are met that could allow state officials to issue a kill order, Oregon ranchers are steadfast: They want action to be taken.

"One of the problems with the Umatilla Pack, though, is they got so used to living right next to residents and killing right next to houses. Human presence has no value to them in a situation like that. Those types of wolves need to have a reverent fear of people and their dwellings," Nash said. "But if it does go to lethal control, I hope (state officials) are effective and they take out the wolves and all of the wolves that have been part of that behavior. Anything short of that is not going to be effective management."

In the meantime, Oregon ranchers and producers will continue to do all they can to protect their livelihood against the growing Oregon wolf population, evident by the recent news of wolf OR-7 finding a mate and having puppies. In fact, the wolf population in Oregon is growing 33 percent per year, doubling the wolf population every two years.

"We have seen the count escalate to this point before and the results were not necessarily favorable," Sexson said. "So, it is definitely a waiting game and we don't have control."

Ultimately, though, Nash said the entire situation is one where nobody wins.

"Wolves in Oregon are going to be in constant conflict with people in Oregon. We're not only going to have dead livestock, but we're going to have dead wolves -- legally and illegally -- and people are going to be upset on both sides. It's not fair to the wolves, either, being in this situation."


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The Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, please contact Scott Anderson at Scott@orcattle.com or 503-361-8941. Visit the OCA website at www.orcattle.com


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Photo Release: Playbook prepares Oregon Coast for potential earthquake and tsunami (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/09/14
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From left to right: Dean Perez, director of administrative services for Clatsop County; Tiffany Brown, Clatsop County emergency manager; Governor John Kitzhaber; and Scott Lee, Clatsop County Commissioner pause for a photo during a kickoff event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Governor John Kitzhaber contacts the Oregon Office of Emergency Management as part of a HAM radio demonstration during a kickoff event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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From left to right: Jim Walker, Oregon State Fire Marshal; Mike Harryman, Oregon Public Health director; Dave Stuckey, Oregon Office of Emergency Management director; Stan Thomas emergency preparedness/business continuity manager, Oregon Health Authority; Laurie Holien, Oregon Office of Emergency Management deputy director; Sarah Jo Chaplen Department of Administrative Services deputy director; and Tiffany Brown Clatsop County emergency manager pause for a photo during a kick-off event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Cascadia Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Governor John Kitzhaber signs a proclamation for National Preparedness month during a kick-off event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Cascadia Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)


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"Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine" exhibit closes September 20 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 09/09/14
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Join six local wineries for a closing celebration on Sunday, September 14, from 1 - 4 p.m.!

Portland, OR - There are less than two weeks left to visit the Oregon Historical Society's popular summer exhibition, "Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine," closing Saturday, September 20.

To celebrate the end of this beautiful Portland summer and the final full weekend of the exhibit, the Oregon Historical Society will host Arborbrook, Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Maysara, and Ponzi wineries for an afternoon wine tasting event on Sunday, September 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. Also, at 2 p.m., industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser will sit down for a Q&A with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, discussing the early days of Oregon wine. Tickets to the End of Summer Celebration are $15, and include six tastes, appetizers, museum admission, and entrance to Susan Sokol Blosser's talk. Tickets can be purchased online.

Designed in partnership with the Linfield College's Oregon Wine History Archive and other industry partners, this original exhibition traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the flourishing Oregon wine industry through artifacts, photos, works of art, and interactive experiences. View wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century, explore profiles of winemakers working in Oregon today, and use your senses to identify aromas typical to Pinot Noir. Art of the wine country is also on display in the accompanying exhibit "Oregon Vineyards: Through the Eyes of an Artist," curated by Art Elements Gallery in Newberg.


About the Oregon Historical Society

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

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
NEW FIRES

* Tom Folley Fire: the Tom Folley Fire started yesterday afternoon near Tom Folley Creek Road three miles east of Elkton. Crews stopped the fast moving grass fire at 25 acres and remained at the scene until the evening, mopping up hot spots and securing lines. Cause is under investigation.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 785 acres and is 25% contained. Experiencing minimal growth yesterday, firefighters continue to strengthen fire lines today. Additional road closures are expected today near the fire area, with closures currently in effect for South Sisters Road east of Upper Smith Road and the South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 Update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 9, 2014 Update

Anticipating severe fire weather that is expected to arrive Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters continue to strengthen established hand lines around the Yellow Point Fire. The fire had minimal growth from yesterday and now stands at 785 acres and 25% contained.

The northeast corner has been the most active portion of the fire over the last two days. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and track down spot fires from rolling, burning debris.

Additional road closures are expected in and near the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes. Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 785 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 25%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures: South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Evacuations: None
Structures Threatened: 0
For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/14
September 9, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 at Seven Mile Lane in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evening's two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 34 and Seven Mile Lane east of Interstate 5 in Linn County that turned fatal when a passenger died at an area hospital.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a 1993 Honda Accord driven by JAMES L. FIELDS, age 25, from Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Seven Mile Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the intersection at Highway 34. The Honda was struck in the driver side door by a 2004 Subaru Impreza four-door traveling in the right eastbound lane of Highway 34. After impact, the Honda traveled across the highway and came to rest off the north shoulder. The Subaru came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

FIELDS and passenger ANNA MARIE MYERS, age 28, from Sweet Home, were both transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. MYERS reportedly died from her injuries later that night.

The Subaru's driver, CHRISTINA M. BANKS, age 35, from Lebanon, was not injured. She was using safety restraints.

Safety restraint usage by the victim is pending confirmation through the investigation by OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office. Trooper Ray Stallsworth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was restricted to a lane of travel for 90 minutes during the initial scene investigation.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Rogue River (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River. Names and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on September 8, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m., traffic was moving southbound along Interstate 5 near the bottom of the exit 43 off-ramp in a work zone where traffic was merging from the left lane to the right lane due to a construction-related lane closure.

Preliminary investigation indicates four of the involved vehicles were slowly moving in the right lane when a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle driven by STEVEN COLEMAN, age 31, from Central Point, failed to slow down and crashed into the back of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by GERALD KIRK, age 65, from Rogue River. The impact caused the Oldsmobile to crash into the back of a Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle driven by MARIE S. MURPHY, age 25, from Ashland. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Subaru Forrester and a 2002 Dodge Neon, were then involved in the chain reaction crash.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile identified as MICHELE LAURITZEN, age 49, from Rogue River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. KIRK was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

COLEMAN was checked at the scene by medical personnel but wasn't transported. He is cooperating in the investigation.

MURPHY was not reported injured. A passenger in the Subaru was transported with minor injuries to a hospital.

OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass offices responded to the scene to investigate. Trooper Adam Walport is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement, local emergency responders and ODOT. One lane remained closed at the scene during the investigation. Troopers cleared about 10:30 p.m.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

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State Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony Keynote Speaker Announced
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/09/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in partnership with the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will host the State's Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem at 1 PM. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and retired Chief of Prince George's County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue, will be the keynote speaker on a day that we honor and remember 163 fallen career and volunteer firefighters and engrave five additional names to the memorial.

*Backgorund Information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation*

The NFFF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the Foundation provides survivors with a place to turn. Families receive emotional assistance through a Fire Service Survivors Network, which matches survivors with similar experiences and circumstances. Families receive a quarterly newsletter and specialized grief publications. Our website provides extensive information on survivor benefits, Foundation programs, and other resources.

Spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.

Under a Department of Justice grant, the Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.

With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Our goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years.

The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. The park includes a brick Walk of Honor(R) that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official national monument.

Media Outlets: Chief Siarnicki will be available to answer questions and share information about NFFF's programs after the memorial ceremony. He will be accompanied by Bill Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, who is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute and Vice Chair of the NFFF Board, who will also be available for media interviews.

*Names to be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this year*

Jesse Trader - County Fire and Security

BACKGROUND: Jesse Trader died on August 6, 2013, at 07:20 while working on the Big Windy Complex fire in Josephine County. Jesse was 19 years old at the time of his death. He was a volunteer fire fighter with County Fire and Security, a private fire suppression company located in Merlin, Oregon. His duties included basic fire fighting and acting as a water tender driver/contractor for the fire season. Jesse was returning from the evening shift when the water tender (tanker) he was driving hit an embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Trader immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and Life Flight was quickly launched, however, all efforts to save Firefighter Trader were unsuccessful.

John Hammack - Deschutes County, Deschutes National Forest

BACKGROUND: "On August 1, 2013, John Hammack, 58, a professional feller employed by R&K Water Service was part of a two person felling module assigned to Incident 398 on the Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, near Bend, Oregon. Incident 398 included the task of felling a large 64" diameter legacy Douglas Fir that was struck by lightning and set the top on fire. District personnel took initial action late in the day of July 31, 2013 but they did not have the time or proper tools to safely control the fire without taking undue risk, which included felling the tree. The mission on August 1, 2013 was for the felling module of John Hammack and his felling module partner to fell the burning tree. This was not a particularly unusual assignment. At approximately 0911 hours, after several actions to prepare for a safe felling environment and just as John was returning to the base of the tree, a large portion of the top of the tree burned out, broke loose an d tragically fell directly onto John killing him instantly while indirectly striking and injuring his felling partner.

Oscar Montano-Garcia - Wildland Fire Fighter

BACKGROUND: On August 25, 2013, Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50, collapsed and died of a medical condition working on the Nabob Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near the Oregon/California border. Oscar was employed as a contract Type 2 hand crew wildland fire fighter with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc. (Under contract to the USDA Forest Service). He was on a lunch break (federally mandated) with his crew when he collapsed and succumbed to an unknown medical condition. EMT's on scene and multiple other EMS personnel attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. He had a long history of working with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc., and in Oregon's Forests. Oscar was highly regarded by those he worked with. He leaves behind his wife, daughter and son.

Tony B. Chapin - Willamina Fire Department

BACKGROUND: On September 24, 1998, fire fighter Tony Chapin was injured in a motor vehicle accident while in route to a required paramedic class he was attending at the College of Emergency Services in Portland, Oregon. Tony was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. When medics arrived he was immediately transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries on September 25, 1998. Tony was three months away from graduating from the paramedic program at the time of his death. Completion of the program was the first step in achieving his goal of attending medical school to become an emergency room physician. Tony was a member of the Willamina Fire Department (now known as West Valley Fire District) where he served with his father, Bob Chapin and his brother Chuck. Tony was survived by his wife, Kelly Chapin; his stepson, Ashton Lay; and his daughters, Brooke and Nikki Chapin. Tony was working full time at Taylor Lumber. He and his wife Kelly had just purchased their first home. At the time of his death, he was 19 years old.

Melvin Claude Richardson - Oregon National Guard

BACKGROUND: On September 6, 1935, Melvin Claude Richardson was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire in the Willamette National Forest. The fire was rapidly growing and exceeded 2,500 acres. While working on the fire, Melvin stepped from behind a tree and was struck by a falling snag that was on fire which broke his neck and killed him upon impact. He was 18 years old at the time of his death. DPSST was contacted by Nancy Farrar, second cousin to Melvin Claude Richardson, who recalled as a child the traumatic loss and the overwhelming impact to the family. He was an only child, therefore, it was a tremendous loss to his family. Nancy began the process of researching his death and presented the information to DPSST staff. She has requested he be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in hopes of bringing closure and honor to her cousin after all these years.

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml
New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/09/14
[New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood]

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

"The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood," said Jeff Allen, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them."

As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
* A blood drive or blood donation locator;
* The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user's calendar;
* Personalized "selfies" donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
* Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
* A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
* Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America's best brands, including Shari's Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
* Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Help to Locate Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found Abandoned in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Photographs of both men and the vehicle provided with this news release.

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/08/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors September 15, 2014.
'mazingYou! Women's Conference Local Women Inspire Others at Oct. 3 Event (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/08/14
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mazingYou! Women's Conference
Local Women Inspire Others at Oct. 3 Event

(Salem Ore - Sept. 2, 2014) Women will have an opportunity to discover their unique qualities and to connect with other smart, talented women at the 'mazing You! Women's Conference Friday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Broadway Commons in Salem.

Diane McLaran and Bonnie Milletto team up to lead the conference. McLaran is the Executive Director of the Center for Business & Industry for Chemeketa Community College. Suddenly widowed in the prime of her life, she provides hope and encouragement for women who have experienced loss. Milletto is a specialist in change management, overcoming challenges, personal empowerment and is both an author and motivational speaker.

The workshop is designed to build essential career and leadership skills; embrace challenges and keep moving forward; explore passion and purpose; live an inspired life; connect with professional women and build networks. This will be achieved through interaction and activities designed to help women experience simple ways to spark creativity, to enhance confidence and overcome fear.

Early Bird registration ends Oct. 1 and includes a guaranteed lunch; day-of registration. Cost is $129 at www.mazingyou.eventbrite.com.


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Linn Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/08/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the morning hours of September 6, 2014. The crash was reported in the 50000 block of Kingwood Avenue near Gates at 10:45 a.m. by a nearby resident identified as William Allen. Mr. Allen is employed as a firefighter with Gates Fire Department.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was identified as 63-year-old Christopher Finley Wallace of Mill City.

The investigation reveals Mr. Wallace had been traveling east on Kingwood Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Gates School Road. Mr. Wallace's vehicle crossed the opposing lane of travel and struck an oak tree that was approximately 10 feet off the roadway.

The Jeep then caught fire, with Mr. Wallace inside the vehicle. Mr. Allen ran to the vehicle and Mr. Wallace was found to be deceased with severe injuries. Mr. Allen was unable to get Mr. Wallace out of the burning vehicle. The vehicle became fully engulfed as the Fire Department arrived. At this time, our investigation revealed speed could be a contributing factor and Wallace was not wearing a seat belt. There was no indication of drugs or alcohol use.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Gates Fire Department and Mill City Fire Department. North Santiam Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.
Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Involving Motorcycle and ATV - Highway 99E north of Brooks
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's serious injury hit & run crash that occurred on Highway 99E near Waconda Road NE about three miles north of Brooks. The crash seriously injured a motorcyclist and OSP is looking for information to help locate a reported involved ATV and its operator.

On September 7, 2014 at approximately 8:41 p.m., a motorcycle operated by KEITH F. MILLER, age 48, from Woodburn, was traveling on Highway 99E near milepost 39 when it collided with an ATV-type vehicle that was crossing the highway. Witness information indicated the ATV's operator, described as a Hispanic male, stopped briefly and then left the scene on the vehicle.

OSP and Marion County Sheriff's Office searched the area for the vehicle and operator but found neither. The highway was closed about 45 minutes before one lane was opened.

MILLER was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP is seeking information to help locate the involved vehicle and operator. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP at 800-452-7888. Trooper Michael Lacer is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Marion County Fire District #1, Woodburn Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance.

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Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 8, 2014 update

Firefighters have completed hand line overnight around the Yellow Point Fire. Today, crews will focus on holding the established line and begin mop up operations. The fire now stands at 746 acres with 15 percent containment.

The meteorologist assigned to the fire is calling for optimal conditions for the suppression effort through Tuesday. Continued onshore flow from the coast will facilitate higher humidity and lower temperatures. Crews are taking advantage of these favorable conditions before the weather changes for the worse on Wednesday. At that time, the winds are expected to shift out of the east, which will elevate fire behavior.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 746 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 15%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures: South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Evacuations: None
Structures Threatened: 0

For More Information: 541-935-4420

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K-9 Xander Tracks and Captures Trespassing Suspect (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/14
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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, at about 10:30 pm, BCSO Deputies were dispatched to the area of Chip Ross Park because firefighters had discovered an illegal camp near the area of a large fire from the day before.

Fire crews were still in the area putting out small parts of the fire. A BCSO Deputy contacted one of the campers, John Reno Cerruti. During the investigation the deputy discovered that John Cerruti was in possession of methamphetamine and when confronted he sprinted away from the deputy. The deputy began to chase John Cerruti, however lost track of him in the brush.

BCSO K-9 Xander was called to the scene and immediately tracked John Cerruti to a yard of a house in the 2600 block of NW Century Drive. Hidden in brush, deputies had to pull Cerruti out as kicking and rolling his body in an attempt to flee. While trying to take Cerruti into custody Cerruti attempted to kick K-9 Xander in the face and K-0 handler Deputy Goller, in the legs. Recognizing the threst K-9 Xander bit Cerruti's calf, causing a small laceration.

The deputies were able to handcuff him, provide medical assistance,and transport him to the Benton County Jail, where he was charged with the following crimes: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Trespass x2, Resisting Arrest, Escape III, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Tampering with Evidence.

"Canines are invaluable tool that prove their value everyday. We find many suspects that we normally would not have," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. BCSO K-9's are purchased through community donations. If you are interested in supporting BCSO's K-9 program, tax deductible donations can be made through the Sheriff's Foundation.


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Yellow Point Fire update - Sept. 11, 8:45 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/14
The 746-acre Yellow Point Fire 25 miles west of Cottage Grove was fully lined Sunday evening and is 15 percent contained. Today firefighters will continue to take advantage of the current favorable conditions by strengthening fire lines and performing mop-up. A forecast weather change for Tuesday could worsen fire behavior, as the moist onshore flow gives way to drier, hotter weather.

An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team is in command of the firefighting operation.

Resources at the fire include: 7 helicopters, 23 hand crews, 17 fire engines, 12 water tenders, two bulldozers and 12 water tenders.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cause is under investigation.
Report Reveals Variation in Chlamydia Screenings for Adolescent Women in Oregon
Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. - 09/08/14
Despite an increase in chlamydia screening rates, confidentiality and access issues for adolescents are barriers to receiving screenings for the most common reportable illness in Oregon

PORTLAND, ORE. (September 8, 2014) - Clinics across Oregon show wide variation in screening practices for chlamydia, according to a new report released today from the nonprofit Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp). The report reveals that issues of confidentiality and access to care are major barriers for women 18 and younger, whose screening rate is significantly lower than the rate for older women.

The Information for a Healthy Oregon report also shows an improvement in rates of chlamydia screenings for sexually active women 16 to 24 years of age, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In 2009, Q Corp published its first statewide report, which showed that Oregon's chlamydia screening rate was 28.8 percent. In the report released today, the screening rate increased to 45.5 percent of women eligible for this service. However, Oregon's chlamydia screening rate remains below the national average of 49.1 percent.

"Since 2008, we've worked with our community members to measure the quality of health care in Oregon to help identify areas for improvement and demonstrate the impact of local efforts to transform care," says Mylia Christensen, executive director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. "The significant increase in chlamydia screening rates is a major step forward for women and families in Oregon. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to help improve the health of all Oregonians."

In addition to tracking the use of preventive care for women, Information for a Healthy Oregon also examines pediatric care, chronic disease care and the use of health care services, such as emergency department visits.

For the first time this year, the report includes Medicare data through the Qualified Entity Certification Program. In 2012, Q Corp was one of the first three organizations in the U.S. selected as a qualified entity by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This designation permitted it to obtain fee-for-service claims data submitted by Oregon clinics to Medicare. The new Medicare data offers information on the quality of care provided to more than 350,000 Medicare members in Oregon.

In addition to the data from CMS, 12 of Oregon's largest health plans and the Oregon Health Authority's Division of Medical Assistance Programs also contributed claims data for this report. Combined, this data represents care given to more than 2.6 million Oregonians and provides more comprehensive information than any contributing organization can provide on its own.

Information for a Healthy Oregon is also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative, a program operating in 16 communities across the United States. Q Corp's national recognition also includes designation as a Chartered Value Exchange by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and membership in the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

For more information about Information for a Healthy Oregon, including a copy of the report, visit www.Q-Corp.org.

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The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon by leading community collaborations and producing unbiased information. We work with the members of our community - including consumers, providers, employers, policymakers and health insurers - to improve the health of all Oregonians. For more information, visit www.Q-Corp.org or follow us at @OR_QualityCare.
09/07/14
Redmond Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Motorcycle - Highway 126E west of Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 41-year old Redmond man Saturday following his attempt to elude an OSP trooper on a motorcycle west of Redmond.

On September 6, 2014 at approximately 10:14 p.m., OSP trooper attempted to stop a Honda motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 126E near Cline Falls State Park for a speed violation. The motorcycle accelerated at a high rate of speed in excess of 100 mph. The trooper activated the patrol car's lights and siren but motorcycle's operated failed to yield, continuing at a high rate of speed as it passed another eastbound motorist recklessly before turning off onto Eagle Crest Boulevard.

As the trooper kept the motorcycle in sight, it failed to negotiate a right turn and went off the highway into dirt. The motorcycle continued about a hundred feet before striking a rock causing the motorcycle to fall on its side and the ride to fall off.

The trooper took the motorcycle's operator into custody without further incident. The operator was identified as MICHAEL RICHARD BREMONT, age 41, from Redmond. BREMONT was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Violation of the Basic Rule in Excess of 100 mph. A charge of Parole Violation is also listed on the Deschutes County Jail's website.

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Yellow Point Fire update - Sept. 7 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire Update
September 7, 2014, morning

The weather is playing a key role on the Yellow Point Fire 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. Favorable onshore flow is predicted for the next two days, and that should bode well for the fire attack. Fire behavior is expected to moderate today and should allow crews to perform direct attack in several areas along the fire's edge. The fire currently stands at 550 acres.

Firefighter safety is a top priority as crews are working in steep, rugged terrain not suitable for heavy equipment. Twelve 20-person crews are working side by side building containment lines and utilizing existing roads where they can. Crews are being supported by a slew of air resources that include eight helicopters and two air tankers.

Forest landowners are embedded in the suppression effort serving as taskforce leaders, equipment supervisors and providing crucial intelligence for tactical operations.

The fire is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area that lies in the footprint of the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. That fire, one of the largest in Oregon at that time, burned about 42,000 acres.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.
Yellow Point Fire update - 9 a.m., Sept. 7, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/07/14
The 550 acre Yellow Point Fire located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove is 550 acres in size and uncontained. Steep, rugged terrain is posing a challenge to firefighters. An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team is commanding the firefighting operation.

Resources at the fire include: eight helicopters, two air tankers available (smoky conditions make tanker use uncertain) and 12 hand crews, with more crews on order. Total personnel at the fire: 323.

Private landowners have contributed significantly to the firefighting effort, providing information and also serving as task force leaders for the crews.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cause is under investigation.

Favorable weather is forecast for the next few days, which should aid firefighters.

Some road closures are in place, and the public is asked to avoid the fire area.

The phone No. for fire information is 541-935-4420.
09/06/14
2-641 Aviation Battalion changes command in ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/06/14
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Members of 2-641 Aviation Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard, participate in a change of command ceremony between outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Pete Derouin, and the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald, Sept. 6, in Salem, Ore. The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition and integral part of military heritage passed down from the Continental Army of the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public. Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald, incoming commander of the 2-641 Aviation Battalion, accepts the battalion guidon from Col. Gregory Day, commander of 82nd Troop Command Brigade, at a change of command ceremony, Sept. 6, in Salem, Ore. Gronewald accepted command from Lt. Col. Pete Derouin in front of Citizen-Soldiers of the 2-641 Aviation Battalion, friends and family. The passing of the guidon signifies the change of authority and responsibility of command from one officer to another. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Col. Gregory Day, commander of 82nd Troop Command Brigade, leads the outgoing and incoming commanders of the 2-641 Aviation Battalion on stage during a change of command ceremony, Sept. 6, in Salem, Ore. The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition and integral part of military heritage passed down from the Continental Army of the United States. (Photo by Benjamin Von Wong, freelance photographer)

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Oregon Army National Guard Col. Gregory Day (foreground), commander of 82nd Troop Command Brigade; Lt. Col. Pete Derouin (middle), outgoing battalion commander; and Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald (background), incoming battalion commander, salute the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem at the start of a change of command ceremony for the 2-641 Aviation Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard, Sept. 6, in Salem, Ore. Gronewald assumed command from Derouin in the time-honored tradition of passing the battalion guidon. The passing of the guidon signifies the change of authority and responsibility of command from one officer to another. The change of command ceremony is an integral part of military heritage passed down from the Continental Army of the United States. (Photo by Benjamin Von Wong, freelance photographer)


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Yellow Point Fire update - Sept. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/06/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire Update
September 6, 2014

The Yellow Point Fire, which broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, is roughly 220 acres. The fire is located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. No homes or structures are threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Flag Warning that was issued Friday and is expected to last through this evening has been a driving factor for the sudden growth of the fire. The Warning emphasized temperatures in the 90s, relative humidity in the low teens and strong, dry winds out of the north and northeast.

The fire is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area that lies in the footprint of the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. That fire, one of the largest in Oregon at that time, burned about 42,000 acres and took one life.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 3 (IC Dan Thorpe) assumed command of the fire this afternoon.

Current resources on the fire include three engines, eight hand crews, eight helicopters and three retardant dropping air tankers.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews are being assisted by local landowner resources and fire districts. Cooperating agencies included BLM, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

The Incident Command Post is located in Alma at the Forest Work Center.
Chip Ross Fire fully lined at 86 acres
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/06/14
The 86-acre Chip Ross Fire reported burning in the West Oregon District 9 p.m. Friday is now fully lined, and no spread is occurring at this time. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry and the Corvallis Fire Dept. are working together on the fire. Eleven acres are on ODF jurisdiction and the rest on Corvallis FD.

ODF has two inmate hand crews working the fire and two fire engines. Cause is under investigation.
Yellow Point Fire update - 100-150 acres
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/06/14
The Yellow Point Fire burning 25 miles west of Cottage Grove is 100-150 acres in size and burning on private forestland and Bureau of Land Management land. Firefighting resources deployed by the Oregon Department of Forestry include: fire engines, water tenders, hand crews and helicopters. Reported Friday evening, the fire is burning in an area that will be a challenge for use of bulldozers. Wind has caused spotting in front of the main fire. Given the current fire behavior and the forecast for high temperatures and east winds, the fire is expected to grow in size. Cause is under investigation.
Yellow Point Fire breaks out in Western Lane District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/06/14
The 60-acre Yellow Point Fire reported Friday evening burning in the Western Lane District prompted deployment of an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team Saturday morning. The fire is burning in logging slash and timber. ODF's Team 3 held an in-briefing this morning and will take command of firefighting operations later today.
Wildland Fire Forces Evacuation of NW Corvallis Residents
Corvallis Police - 09/06/14
Corvallis, OR - The Corvallis Fire Department responded to a report of a large grass fire in Chip Ross park, located at the park entrance near NW 29th St x NW Goldfinch Dr at approximately 8:34 p.m., on Friday, September 5th. When firefighters arrived they discovered a large wildland fire that was rapidly extending toward several single family and multifamily developments. The uncontrolled fire forced the temporary evacuation of several housing developments in NW Corvallis. One residential structure located on NW Morning Glory suffered exterior damage as a result of flying embers from the wildland fire.
Firefighters had the fire 70% contained at 3:00 a.m., and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) used a bulldozer to fully contain the fire by 5:00 a.m. The fire is estimated to have sporadically burned over 150 acres of public open space. Corvallis and ODF fire crews are now engaged in mop up operations and will be extinguishing numerous hot spots throughout the day.
Fire crews from Adair Village, Albany, Alsea, Halsey, Lebanon, Junction City, Monroe, Philomath, Polk County, Tangent, and the Oregon Department of Forestry assisted the Corvallis Fire Department in stopping the progression of the fire protecting numerous lives and millions of dollars of private and public property. There were no civilian or fire service injuries reported from the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and anyone having any information regarding the incident is encouraged to call either the Corvallis Police Department at (541) 766-6924 or Fire Department at (541) 766-6903.
Linn Deputies Arrest Juvenile for Attempted Arson
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/06/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies have arrested a 14-year-old juvenile from Scio for Attempted Arson I.

On June 15, 2014, the owner of the Scio Thriftway reported to deputies that their store security camera caught a male juvenile removing matches from a shelf. The video reveals he lit the matches and threw them on a bag of briquettes, which then caught fire. On a shelf above the fire were small propane tanks, cans, and bottles of lighter fluid. Minimal damage occurred because as soon as the fire was discovered, store employees immediately put it out.

Deputies had limited suspect information, but with photos from the surveillance video and the assistance of the staff at Scio Middle School, deputies were able to identify a suspect.

On September 5, 2014, the juvenile was arrested and lodged at the Linn-Benton Detention Center.

Deputies are currently investigating another arson fire that occurred at the former West Scio Tavern on September 3, 2014.

These investigations are ongoing and deputies are working in conjunction with the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.

If anyone has any information about these fires, they are encouraged to contact Detective Scott Christensen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 541.967.3950.
Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash that occurred northbound on Interstate 5 about thirteen miles south of Cottage Grove. The victim's name and additional information related to the crash are released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:55 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PAUL JOSEPH ALVARADO, age 60, from Myrtle Creek, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 161 when the operator failed to merge from the right lane to the left lane entering an active highway work zone. Prior to the scene were multiple signs advising of construction ahead and a right lane closure, as well as orange construction barrels tapering the right lane traffic into the left lane.

The motorcycle hit at least one of the barrels, lost control and struck a guardrail. ALVARADO was seriously injured and was wearing a protective helmet.

An OSP trooper and EMS personnel responded and provided emergency medical care. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but before ALVARADO could be transported he was pronounced deceased.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

The northbound lanes were blocked about one hour before a lane was open to traffic.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas County Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

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09/05/14
Courts Agree: Additional federal regulation of forest roads is not required
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
September 5, 2014

A federal judge's ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional federal regulation is not required on top of Oregon's existing forest protection regulations," State Forester Doug Decker said. "We intend to continue to apply the Forest Practices Act's science-based approaches, and we hope to re-dedicate the energy and resources spent on litigation to protecting and improving streams and other forest resources."
Although the Supreme Court had already ruled more than a year ago against the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the plaintiffs were given an opportunity to seek to add new claims to their complaint in U.S. District Court. District Judge Anna J. Brown dismissed the case on Friday. Previously, she had ruled that she lacked jurisdiction to consider the new claims, and that it would be "fundamentally unfair to require Defendants to defend against a new theory eight years after the case was initiated."
In the case, the plaintiffs argued that federal permits should be required for storm runoff into streams from forest roads, in addition to the state's own road drainage regulations. In March 2013, the Supreme Court rejected that argument, agreeing with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that EPA rules did not require such permits.
The Supreme Court looked favorably on Oregon's system, noting that the state had developed considerable expertise in regulating forest roads, and had created a comprehensive set of best practices for managing stormwater runoff from these roads.
The Court noted Oregon's "considerable expertise" in regulating forest roads, and ruled that EPA could reasonably conclude that "further federal regulation in this area would be duplicative or counterproductive." The Court also noted that Congress directed the EPA to work with states "to alleviate stormwater pollution by developing the precise kind of best management practices Oregon has established here."

The Oregon Forest Practices Act protects natural resources during timber harvest and other forest operations. It was the first law of its kind in the U.S. when passed in 1971, and has been amended many times as scientific understanding of resource protection has evolved.
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New Oregon Cattlemen's Association executive director 'really excited about this opportunity' (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 09/05/14
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SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has hired Gervais resident Jerome Rosa as its executive director, OCA President Ray Sessler announced Friday.

"He's energetic and is going to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to our organization," Sessler said. "OCA has been around for 101 years and we think he's an excellent fit Jerome Rosa phototo move the Oregon Cattlemen's Association into the future. We are very pleased that he has chosen to join our organization and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship."

Rosa's anticipated start date at the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is Oct. 1.

Rosa is the owner of JER-OSA Organic Dairy and Ponderosa Ranch. In this role, Rosa gained significant experience in working with contracts, certifications and various other business and production facets. Rosa has also worked with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several other agricultural organizations and branches of the government. Rosa has also served as a volunteer on several agricultural organizations where he has worked side-by-side with senators, congressmen, international trade officials and others.

Rosa was appointed by the governor of Oregon in 2010 to serve as a board member on the Board of Agriculture for the State of Oregon.

Rosa has also been involved with the Oregon Beef Council where he has served in roles ranging from chairman, vice chairman to board member. Furthermore, Rosa has participated in other organizations, such as the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Pudding River Watershed, Land O'Lakes Young Producer Program and Marion County Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity and will do my best to represent the cattlemen of the state of Oregon," Rosa said. "I feel with my experience, I will hit the ground running."

Rosa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education, along with a minor in animal science, from California State University -- Fresno.

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The Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, please contact Scott Anderson at Scott@orcattle.comor 503-361-8941. Visit the OCA website at www.orcattle.com


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Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet September 12 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 12, 2014

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dpostrel@odf.state.or.us


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet September 12 in Salem to discuss implementing actions in the Board of Forestry's federal forests work plan.

The subcommittee drafted the work plan, which the full board approved on July 25.

The subcommittee meeting will be held from 9-11a.m. in the Tillamook Room of the Administration Building, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Gov. John Kitzhaber and other public policy leaders.

About the board
The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's truck crash that resulted in the death of a Silverton man on Highway 58 about twenty-five miles east of Oakridge. The deceased driver's name is released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with tree products was traveling westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 61. The truck was reportedly negotiating a downhill curve in the single westbound lane when the driver lost control, crossing the centerline and overturning on the left side. The truck and trailer slid across both eastbound lanes, colliding into the guardrail and embankment before coming to a stop.

Upon arrival of emergency responders, the truck's driver, DENNIS JOSEPH HUBER, age 56, from Silverton, was pronounced deceased. He was using safety restraints. A dog riding in the truck survived. An OSP trooper transported the dog back to the office to arrange its return to the victim's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Oakridge offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Police Department, Oakridge Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

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Class Is in Session! Oregon History 101 Begins Monday, September 8 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 09/05/14
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Portland, OR - Pack your book bags and charge your iPads, because class starts next Monday, September 8. The subject? Oregon History 101.

Presented by The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins Pubs, Oregon History 101 is a series of monthly lectures by local scholars which will give an overview of our state's vibrant history.

"Oregon History 101 is an excellent opportunity for all of us to brush up on our state history," says OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "Each 'class' highlights an important piece of our shared heritage, and presents topics that are important for all Oregonians to understand."

For the next nine months, Oregon History 101 will take place at McMenamins Kennedy School at 7 p.m., and is free and open to all ages. Each class is designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of our state's significant people, places, and events. Beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century, each presentation will emphasize Oregon's connection to historical themes in American history, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy.

Series editors Dr. Carl Abbott and Dr. William Lang have designed the series and invited many of the state's most distinguished senior scholars to speak. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on The Oregon Encyclopedia website (www.oregonencyclopedia.org).

Oregon History 101 kicks off next Monday with a presentation by Dr. David Lewis (Cultural Resources Director, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde) on Native Life and Pre-Contact. For a full series schedule, visit http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/oregonhistory101/. Class dismissed!


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

About The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are among the most knowledgeable scholars in the state. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, and is supported by Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.


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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Wednesday, September 10
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
September 5, 2014

Contacts: Lena Tucker, (503) 945-7529
Nick Hennemann, (503) 945-7248

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Wednesday, September 10

The Committee for Family Forestlands to receive updates on streamside buffer rulemaking to protect cold water and requests for new budget policy requests. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 10 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Members will meet Cass Mosley, Oregon State University's director of both the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Ecosystem Work Program.

The committee will also review and discuss:
* The EPA/NOAA recommendation to disapprove Oregon's Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program
* The USFS Blue Mountain Plan
* Updates from the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative and Forestland Tax Symposium Committees

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and all issues related to its work.

Committee
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative.

Non-voting ex-officio members may include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF's web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Traffic Enforcement Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/05/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind all citizens of the state wide Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz that has been ongoing since August 25, 2014. The Safety Belt Blitz will be ending on September 7, 2014. The Oregon Department of Transportation funds these extra enforcement efforts to reduce traffic crashes and the severity of injuries.

Deputies will be observing all traffic movements, so please drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Our focus during these two weeks will be on safety belts, child restraints, texting, excessive speed and aggressive driving.
Marine Board Holds Special Meeting to Consider Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 09/05/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting via teleconference on Monday, September 8, beginning at 2:30 pm. Interested members of the public are welcome to come to the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem, to participate in the meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board may do so during the public comment period at the start of the meeting.

The Marine Board will consider additional funding for existing boating facility grants for:

-Port of Arlington Marine Fuel Station and Transient Float Upgrades FG # 1479
-Port of Garibaldi Boarding Float Replacement FG # 1487

Meetings are being held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, Director's Office, Oregon State Marine Board at (503) 378-2617 or via e-mail at: june.letarte@state.or.us. The agenda can be viewed or downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Eugene businesswoman leads March of Dimes' effort to improve the health of babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 09/05/14
Jenny Miles, Lane County 2015 March for Babies Chair
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Approximately 4,500 Oregon babies will be born premature this year, and business leader Jenny Miles is working with March of Dimes to change this.

March of Dimes is pleased to announce that Jenny Miles, VP of Commercial Banking for Umpqua Bank, has taken on the role of Lane County 2015 March for Babies Chair. Jenny is also a proud mother, making her commitment to the good health of moms and babies personal and meaningful.

March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

As Chair, Jenny will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes' effort to find causes and preventions for preterm birth and birth defects.

"Working with March of Dimes is a real honor. March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions," said Jenny. "I can't think of a more important cause than healthy babies. As a business leader, I know that preventing prematurity can help our bottom line by lowering health care costs."

The 2015 March for Babies will be held April 25th in Eugene.

"We're so excited to have Jenny serve as Chair of this event," said Aimee Corey, Southern Oregon Division Director for the Greater Oregon March of Dimes Chapter. "Her passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a driving factor in the success of our event. We are grateful for her commitment."

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: Jenny Miles, Lane County 2015 March for Babies Chair
Just one spark
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
"Now is not the time to let our guard down," says Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields when asked about the pending arrival of fall. "We are still experiencing extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of the state and we need everyone to remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent human caused fires."

The National Weather Service is predicting continued hot weather through the weekend with much of western Oregon under a Red Flag Warning through Saturday. Combined with off shore winds and dry vegetation, the recipe for large fires is still a concern.

While the 525 human-caused fires in 2014 reflects the 10-year average on lands protected by ODF, the 13,000 acres burned is 10,000 more than the average. The Two Bulls Fire near Bend in early June and the Moccasin Fire near Klamath Falls in mid-July were two human caused fires that accounted for 9,500 of those acres. The Moccasin Fire also destroyed 17 homes.

"That's just a testament to the type of conditions we have faced all summer," says Fields. "Just one spark can lead to a fire, and that fire has the potential to grow exponentially in a very short amount of time."

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is encouraging Oregonians to use extreme caution and to practice safe outdoor equipment use. "The impact of these fires has been far reaching to citizens and communities. Following a few basic outdoor safety tips can keep the final days of summer enjoyable and safe."

As always, check what fire restrictions are in place before you head out. Most areas prohibit campfires outside approved campgrounds. Where campfires are allowed, be sure and build them in a safe area and most importantly, put them completely out before leaving.

Smoking and off road driving is also prohibited. Even vehicles idling over dry grass along the side of the road can start a fire. Earlier this week, a motor home ignited 10 small fires along Highway 97 when hot particles from a faulty catalytic converter spewed out into nearby dry grass.

Each year Oregon is faced with the challenge of wildfires impacting our forests and communities. We all have a stake in protecting what we feel is important to quality of life. In that vein, two opponents on the field are teaming up together to help put an end to careless human caused fires. Football coaches Mike Riley of Oregon State University and Mark Helfrich of the University of Oregon are spreading the word to "tackle" wildfires. Join the team today by visiting www.keeporegongreen.org.

More information:
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Three Injured, Truck Driver Cited After Highway Work Zone Crash - Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
A commercial truck driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an early Friday morning injury traffic crash at a highway work zone area in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego. The crash blocked the northbound lanes for over four hours during incident response and investigation.

Preliminary information indicates on September 5, 2014 at approximately 12:46 a.m., an OSP trooper drove upon the crash scene shortly after it happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 291 at a highway work zone where a contract company was involved in a striping project for ODOT.

A commercial truck driven by KENNETH L. GRAVEN, age 58, from Glendale, was northbound when it was involved in a collision with two construction vehicles. The truck jackknifed and came to rest blocking the northbound lanes. Two contract workers were injured and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with non-life threatening injuries. Their names or other information about their activity at the time of the crash is not available.

GRAVEN was transported by ambulance to Meridian Park Hospital with a minor injury. He was cited by OSP for Reckless Driving.

ODOT coordinated removal of vehicles and cleanup of fuel and debris at the scene. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

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Travel Safety Reminders For Game Day in Eugene
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
Now that the 2014 college football season kicked off last weekend in Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans heading to Eugene for the game of the week to plan now to have an alert, sober and safe driver.

Traffic heading south to Eugene for the University of Oregon (UO) and Michigan State University game should anticipate heavy congestion along Interstate 5 in several Willamette Valley-area locations before and after the game. The extra traffic will affect travel time and increase the potential for highway incidents and crashes. To avoid the road congestion, Portland-area fans may want to consider taking the train with a 25% off special to/from Eugene on Amtrak Cascades (http://www.amtrak.com/goducks)

Reminders for travelers in the Eugene/Springfield area include:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* Highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove has reduced traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. Motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Don't let high temperatures cause you to reach your boiling point. Keep your emotions in check on the road and at the game.
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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North Bend School District Public Meetings - September 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 09/04/14
North Bend School District Public Meetings - September 2014

September 8, 2014
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the North Bend City Council Chamber, 835 California Street, North Bend, OR.

September 29, 2014
Work Session, time to be determined, in the North Bend School District Office Conference Room, 1913 Meade Street, North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at www.nbend.k12.or.us
Duck and Beaver Football Coaches Recruit Oregonians to Help Prevent Wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/04/14
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Keep Oregon Green is releasing three new public service announcements this fall to help raise awareness on wildfire prevention.

The three PSAs, featuring University of Oregon's head football coach, Mark Helfrich, and Oregon State University's head football coach, Mike Riley, will remind hunters, campers and homeowners to practice basic wildfire safety.

Fall rains will be welcome news, but unlikely to decrease wildfire danger statewide. While grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, they dry out quickly during a warm, sunny day.

"It's easy to become complacent about wildfire as we transition from summer to fall," said Kristin Babbs, President of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "Many people think it is safe time to have open fires, but the grasses and taller vegetation are still very dry, and are ready to ignite."

Oregon has had several large human-caused wildfires this summer, burning structures, closing highways, and forcing numerous evacuations. Many of these wildfires were a result of debris burning and campfires left unattended.

This week's weather forecast calls for a combination of strong winds, warming temperatures and low humidity through the weekend. These critical fire weather conditions, and potential for growing fires, are prompting firefighting agencies to be on high alert, and are asking the public to do the same.

Before heading to the forest, do a quick search and contact the agency who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current restrictions. Homeowners and visitors to Oregon's natural areas should review these restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could spark or ignite dry vegetation.

The coaches' PSAs and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at keeporegongreen.org.


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Catch the wind (and some rays) (Photo)
Pacific Power - 09/04/14
Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
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Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Catch the wind (and some rays)
Seats are going fast for the 11th annual Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy project tour set for the Columbia River Gorge Sept. 27
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Wind turbines on ridges and solar panels on rooftops are becoming as much a part of the Northwest landscape as snowcapped volcanoes and winding rivers. Pacific Power customers can get up close and personal with renewable energy in action on Pacific Power's 11th annual Renewable Energy Project Tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Hood River and mid-Columbia Gorge region.
Space is limited and the tour always sells out so register on a first-come, first served basis at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be completed by Sept. 12.
Limited to only 90 people, the guided tour starts at 9 a.m. on the Hood River waterfront before departing for Goodnoe Hills, PacifiCorp's wind farm near Goldendale, Wash. There, you'll be dwarfed by 47 turbine towers, each more than 250 feet tall, together producing enough emission-free energy each year to supply about 25,000 average homes. Learn how wind turbines work, unique features of their design, and ask our wind farm experts those questions you've always wanted to but never had the chance.
Then it is back to Hood River's Turtle Island Foods, one of only two LEED platinum-certified food processing plants in the nation. Get an up close look at the 400 panel, 102-kilowatt rooftop solar array that's as much a part of Turtle Islands' operation as the popular Tofurky food products you enjoy. The array was funded in part by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and is one of many green features of this facility, which was constructed using 80 percent locally-sourced materials and includes an eco-roof, rainwater catchment and more. Your tour guides will answer all your questions about solar energy or the plant itself.
The tour, which includes a box lunch provided by Mother's Marketplace, a long-time Blue Sky business partner, concludes at 2:30 p.m., with plenty of the day left to enjoy the Hood River community and the Columbia Gorge. Discover other activities and attractions at: hoodriver.org.
"This is always a great event," said Rhonda Rasmussen, Blue Sky Program manager. "It is great to see a group of customers so enthusiastic about supporting and learning about renewable energy and we are thrilled to provide an opportunity to see these impressive technologies that are working every day."
The registration cost is $30 per person with discounts for children and Blue Sky customers. Spots are going fast so please contact windtour@pacificpower.net or call 1-866-476-9378 ext. 23 for questions. You may also download the registration packet at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 12.
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About Blue Sky
For 11 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 53,000 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 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. 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. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
About Turtle Island Foods
For almost 30 years, Turtle Island Foods has been creating delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable vegetarian food that makes a difference in people's lives and has a minimal impact on our environment. Located in Hood River, Ore., the family owned and operated company produces the Tofurky brand and many other kosher, vegan products made with organic soybeans and/or organic tofu at its state-of-the-art facility.
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Attached Media Files: Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
Oregon Successfully Secures $300,000 in Federal Funding for Small Business Export Promotion Grants
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/04/14
SALEM - Oregon has been awarded $300,000 in a third round of federal grant funding to help Oregon companies promote their products to customers around the world through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program.

Since 2012, STEP-funded export promotion grants totaling $594,000 helped 170 Oregon companies achieve immediate sales of more than $21 million. These sales were a direct result of attending trade shows and other foreign activities with the grants. These grant recipients also reported estimated future sales of more than $80 million as a result of the connections made at the shows.

"Selling into these foreign markets brings new revenue into the hands of small businesses, and new dollars into Oregon's economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That's serious ROI, $594,000 in and $21 million back in return with another $80 million potentially down the road. Pairing our staff's foreign market expertise with individual grants of $5,000, these companies have already realized an incredible return on the state and federal investment."

The grants play a large part in Business Oregon's global trade strategy, as do trade missions, such as one currently planned for Asia in October, where Business Oregon will join the Port of Portland and others to lead a group to China, Hong Kong and Japan. The mission will promote Oregon goods and services as well as in-bound investment.

Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013, and trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.

The third year of STEP funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration will become available on October 1. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000.

These new grant funds can be used for activities through September 2015. More information available at www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/STEP-Program/

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Driver Cited After Collision With Vehicle Stopped Behind School Bus Unloading Children - Highway 238 near Jacksonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/14
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Two people received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a collision involving two vehicles and a school bus stopped to unload kids on Highway 238 north of Jacksonville. None of the school bus occupants were injured and the at-fault driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP).

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 4:42 p.m., a school bus was stopped on Highway 238 near milepost 35 to let children off. A 2010 Toyota Camry driven by a 48-year old female was stopped behind the school bus when it was struck from behind by a Nissan Altima driven by ELIZABETH DEVAUGHN, age 18, from Medford, that was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop. The impact pushed the Toyota into the back of the stopped bus, causing very minor damage to the rear bumper.

The Toyota's driver and DEVAUGHN received minor injuries and were transported by ground ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Initial investigation by OSP led to DEVAUGHN being cited for Careless Driving. Sergeant Jeff Allison is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and EMS personnel, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about one hour at the crash scene.

With schools starting this week, OSP urges all drivers to be alert and watch for school buses stopped to load and unload passengers.

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Science review of state forest management options released (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/04/14
Photo courtesy of Tony Andersen, ODF
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A scientific review of stakeholder-proposed options to manage state forests in northwest Oregon was released today by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Following continued declines in budget projections, the Board and Department of Forestry are considering new options for managing Northwest Oregon state forests, with twin goals of improving financial viability of the State Forests Division, and increasing conservation outcomes from state forests.

After convening a stakeholder advisory group, hearing from county and technical advisory groups, and facilitating an extensive public process including community conversations and online feedback, the Board assigned a diverse group of forestry scientists to review how stakeholder-proposed forest management options penciled out scientifically.

Their findings were released this morning and can be found, with names of the group members, here: http://goo.gl/eizuvv

"Today, we're pleased to release a thoughtful and comprehensive body of work," said Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief. "This group showed what can happen when a diverse collection of scientists comes together to hash out complex forest management issues. Ultimately, they arrived at a product that we're pleased to pass on to the Board to inform next steps in plan development in the coming months."

A subcommittee of the Board will formulate an overview of the elements of the new forest management plan on September 29 in Salem. Following the subcommittee's decision, State Forests Division staff will open a public feedback survey in October to gather public feedback and inform the Board of Forestry's decision on this overview in November. A final plan is expected for a Board decision in summer 2015.

Prior to September 29, two public meetings are scheduled to review findings. These meetings will take place on September 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and September 22 at the same time, both in the Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Weigh in! Take the October public feedback survey and stay current on the latest state forest news by joining the State Forests Online Community: http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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Continuing concern about Western oak looper outbreak in the mid-Willamette Valley (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/04/14
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State agencies have been receiving an increasing number of calls in recent weeks concerning what is in some cases a second year of defoliation of Oregon white oaks in areas of the mid-Willamette Valley. Other tree species, including Douglas-fir and Oregon ash, have also been affected, primarily in areas where they are heavily intermixed with the more preferred oaks.

The defoliation is due to the Western oak looper (Lambdina fiscellaria somniaria), a native moth that has periodic outbreaks in the Willamette Valley. Affected trees are conspicuous in late summer by the scorched appearance of the leaves, and on closer inspection, by the presence of large numbers of small caterpillars. Defoliation often tends to be localized and can be highly variable; where high populations occur, trees may appear almost completely defoliated.

Previous outbreaks recorded
Previous outbreaks in the Willamette Valley have been recorded.

"In 2013 and 2014, the most heavily affected areas were generally within the extent of previously reported outbreaks, with the majority occurring west of the I-5 corridor in Yamhill, Polk, and Benton Counties along with other, smaller affected areas in Marion and Linn Counties," says Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Entomologist Rob Flowers.

Due to the high tolerance of oaks to defoliation by this insect and the short-duration of most outbreaks, non-chemical management is recommended. Infestations of caterpillars on small, higher-value ornamentals can be manually removed by high-pressure sprays. Keeping trees healthy and vigorous is a good way to help trees survive defoliation outbreaks when they occur.

While there are some insecticides registered for control of the Western oak looper in Oregon, biological products such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) offer the best option as they have less impact on natural enemies and other non-targets.

Pesticide applications are recommended in early summer as the caterpillars are emerging and beginning to feed. Treatments against older larvae in late summer and fall are generally ineffective as many have already completed feeding and moved from the foliage to pupate.

Douglas-fir or other conifers that are intermixed with oaks and become heavily defoliated are more at risk of dieback, top-kill, or even mortality. However, it is very difficult to predict which trees will survive and which ones will not, so the general recommendation for landowners wishing to maintain a conifer component in affected oak stands is not to harvest affected trees until it's clear they will not recover, indicated by no flush of new foliage in the spring. Any conifers that are killed need not be removed if they pose no danger to life or property and can be retained for wildlife habitat.

Oak looper populations expected to decline in 2015
In Oregon, outbreak levels and severe defoliation typically last only 2-3 years. During the first year of increasing populations, defoliation often goes unnoticed, but moths may be observed. During the second and third years of the outbreak, populations typically expand and the defoliation is most severe.
In the latter year(s) of the outbreak, some expansion and continued defoliation may occur, but damage tends to decline rapidly from the combined effects of naturally-occurring diseases, predators, and parasites.

Therefore, populations are expected to decline in 2015 and subsequent years as the outbreak returns to endemic levels.

For more information: If you have questions or concerns about Oregon white oak in your area, please contact Rob Flowers at RFlowers@odf.state.or.us


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Benton County's Newest Deputy Hits The Road. (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/04/14
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The Benton County Sheriff's Office welcomed their newest member, and second K-9, "Xander". The handler, Deputy Greg Goller, attended a 240-hour basic academy course with Xander. This included obedience training, bite work, tracking, and verbal commands.

Xander is a three-year-old German Shephard Dog, born in the Netherlands. He is titled in Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging (KNPV), the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association and received extremely high scores in testing.

In the month he has been on patrol, Xander has been deployed 15 times. Xander's first capture occurred when he located a female who had run from a traffic stop near Monroe. That capture resulted in the seizure of a firearm, ammunition, and more than two pounds of methamphetamine.
Xander was bought with proceeds from last year's Chili Cook Off event. Approximately $12,000 was collected through the Sheriff's Foundation for the acquisition of Xander.

Sheriff Jackson is extremely pleased with the new addition. "We have had incredible support from the community for our Office and our K-9 program". "We have local organizations such as the Corvallis Elks frequently check in to offer their support to ensure the K-9 program is successful".

Xander will make his first public appearance at the Benton County Sheriff's Office Annual Chili Cook-off this Sunday.


Attached Media Files: Deputy Goller w/ Xander
Benton County's Newest Deputy Hits The Road. (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/04/14
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The Benton County Sheriff's Office welcomed their newest member, and second K-9, "Xander". The handler, Deputy Greg Goller, attended a 240-hour basic academy course with Xander. This included obedience training, bite work, tracking, and verbal commands.

Xander is a three-year-old German Shephard Dog, born in the Netherlands. He is titled in Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging (KNPV), the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association and received extremely high scores in testing.

In the month he has been on patrol, Xander has been deployed 15 times. Xander's first capture occurred when he located a female who had run from a traffic stop near Monroe. That capture resulted in the seizure of a firearm, ammunition, and more than two pounds of methamphetamine.
Xander was bought with proceeds from last year's Chili Cook Off event. Approximately $12,000 was collected through the Sheriff's Foundation for the acquisition of Xander.

Sheriff Jackson is extremely pleased with the new addition. "We have had incredible support from the community for our Office and our K-9 program". "We have local organizations such as the Corvallis Elks frequently check in to offer their support to ensure the K-9 program is successful".

Xander will make his first public appearance at the Benton County Sheriff's Office Annual Chili Cook-off this Sunday.


Attached Media Files: Deputy Goller w/ Xander
State Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee to Meet
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/04/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

Notice of Regular Meeting

For Immediate Release:
September 4, 2014

Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

The Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee will hold a regular meeting and possible Executive Session at 9:00 a.m. on September 10, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Please check in with reception at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by contacting Rebecca Hannon at: rebecca.hannon@state.or.us.

Agenda Items:

1) Approval of May 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes
2) Licensing Renewal & Continuing Education
3) Proposed Rule Change OAR 259-020-0010 and 259-020-0015
4) Paul Scott - Request for Extension of Trainee License
5) Complaint Review - Rebecca Hannon
6) 2015 Meeting Schedule


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 33 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of New Hampshire Man - Highway 140 west of Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old New Hampshire man last Saturday when a traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 33 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a motorhome along Highway 140 about two miles west of Lakeview in Lake County. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1993 Ford motorhome displaying New Hampshire license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 140 near milepost 93. Durng the traffic stop the driver was identified as MATTHEW S. BALUKAS, age 24, from Barrington, New Hampshire.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, led to the discovery of 33 individually wrapped one-pound packages of marijuana concealed inside the motorhome. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $80,000.

BALUKAS was arrested without incident and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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28-week preemie grows into adorable, healthy toddler (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/04/14
Salem Hospital NICU family
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NOTE TO EDITORS: YouTube link to video included in news release. Photo, broadcast and AP-style versions of video transcript are attached.

Mauricio Ramirez and Paola Sumoza of Salem are delighting in the challenge of keeping up with their two-year-old daughter, Itzayana--or Itzy for short. In Aug. 2012, Itzy arrived three months early, weighing just 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Her lungs had not fully developed. Itzy spent the next two months at Salem Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"At first, I was very worried," said Ramirez. "Itzy was born very little and you're unsure of what's going to happen."

"It was a blessing to have the doctors and the nurses take care of my daughter at the (Salem Hospital) NICU," said Sumoza. "I told the nurses they're like angels. They are angels for my family and for all the babies that are in the NICU."

Sumoza still keeps in touch with Itzy's doctors and nurses. She also became part of the NICU's parent action committee. "They provided so much, that I wanted to give back to them," said Sumoza. She also volunteers as a parent mentor and spends time in the NICU to help other parents.

Salem Health produced a short video about the inspiring family, and posted it on YouTube at this link: http://youtu.be/Dib5_2Vaxqs.

The family plans to attend the 2014 Salem Hospital NICU Reunion on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pringle City Park, 606 Church St. NE, in Salem. NICU families will have the opportunity to see their favorite NICU staff members and meet other NICU parents. News media interested in attending the event should contact Mark Glyzewski, Salem Health public relations consultant, at 503-441-6397 or mark.glyzewski@salemhealth.org.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Update: Arrest Related to July 30, 2014 Serious Injury Crash - Highway 26 near Brightwood in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested the driver of a vehicle Thursday who was involved in a July 30, 2014 serious injury traffic crash on Highway 26 near Brightwood. The arrest came after an OSP investigation resulted in the man being indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury.

On September 4, 2014, OSP took TREVOR E. HUGHES, age 26, from Rhododendron, into custody after he turned himself in at the OSP Portland Area Command office. HUGHES was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Assault in the Second Degree
* Assault in the Third Degree
* DUII

On July 30, 2014 at approximately 3:35 p.m., a 1994 Ford pickup driven by HUGHES was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 39 when it traveled across the center turn lane and into the westbound lanes. The pickup collided head-on with a 2004 Subaru Legacy station wagon that was traveling in the right westbound lane. After impact, the pickup rolled before coming to rest on its side.

The Subaru's driver, JOHN M. FLETCHER, age 18, from Battleground, Washington, was extricated and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with critical injuries. He was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed. FLETCHER continues to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

HUGHES was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation into the cause of the crash with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office (CCDA). Questions regarding an arraignment should be directed to CCDA.

Crash Scene Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Hughes photograph not available at this time through Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

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Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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09/03/14
Oregon National Guard receives LEED Gold award for Lane County Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/03/14
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The Oregon National Guard unveiled a recently awarded Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold plaque in a ceremony at the 162nd Infantry Regiment Readiness Center (Lane County Readiness Center), today, Sept. 3.

The Oregon Military Department's Installations Division conducted an energy study funded through the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for a Behavior Based Energy Efficiency (BBEE) study. The LEED certification, through the U.S. Green Building Council, was awarded to the facility as a result of continuing efforts to bring state and federal buildings up to environmental and sustainability government mandates.

Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken (District-2, Springfield) attended the event, which also included a renewable solar energy demonstration and a local electric vehicle manufacturer.

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Margaret Strong (second from left), energy manager for the Oregon Military Department's Installations Division; Lt. Col. Kenneth Safe (center), construction and facility management officer for the Oregon Military Department's Installations Division; and Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken (right) address Soldiers and employees during a ceremony to unveil the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold plaque at the Oregon National Guard's 162nd Infantry Regiment Readiness Center (Lane County Readiness Center) Sept. 3. The certification was given to the facility as a result of continuing efforts to bring state and federal buildings up to environmental and sustainability government mandates. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Lt. Col. Kenneth Safe (left), construction and facility management officer for the Oregon Military Department's Installations Division, and Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken (right) unveil the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold plaque in a ceremony at the Oregon National Guard's 162nd Infantry Regiment Readiness Center (Lane County Readiness Center) Sept. 3. The certification was given to the facility as a result of continuing efforts to bring state and federal buildings up to environmental and sustainability government mandates. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Sebastiane Powers (center), office manager for Arcimoto, describes the energy efficient capabilities of a prototype electric motorcycle to Staff Sgt. Brad Wyatt, assistant operations non-commissioned officer for the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, following a ceremony at the 162nd Infantry Regiment Readiness Center (Lane County Readiness Center) Sept. 3. Soldiers from the unit joined various vendors exhibiting environmentally friendly solar and electric products during a presentation of the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold plaque awarded to the facility for environmental and sustainability achievements. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Salmonberry Coalition to meet Sept. 12 in Tillamook
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/03/14
The Salmonberry Coalition will meet Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Port of Tillamook Bay's Officer's Mess Hall, 6823 Officer's Row, Tillamook, Ore. 97141. The scheduled quarterly meeting and public meeting will include updates on the concept planning process and grant applications, as well as an update from the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee of public and private partners, including local governments and elected leaders. The committee weighs recommendations on re-linking communities along the Banks to Tillamook rail corridor, and looks at options converting the non-functioning portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon - the Portland area to the Coast - while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Free Retirement Planning Seminar in Salem and Albany October 17 & 18
AARP Oregon - 09/03/14
CLACKAMAS - Want a happy retirement? It's never too early to design your road map. Whether you plan to retire next year or in ten years, this program will provide you with the tools you need for that next phase of your life. AARP Oregon will hold a free retirement planning seminar in Salem on October 17th, and in Albany on October 18th.

Salem event is Friday, October 17th from 1-4:30 at the Chemeka Event Services at 215 Doaks Ferry Road, NW. Register at http://tinyurl.com/retiresalem.

Albany event is Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Beanery Corporate offices meeting room at 1852 Fescue Street, SE. Register at http://tinyurl.com/retirealbany.

The AARP Ready for Retirement program will cover the four pillars of retirement security including pensions/401(k) and savings, Social Security, health care/Medicare and work. All participants will receive workshop information with valuable tools and resources and a copy of the "AARP Retirement Survival Guide" book.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call 877-926-8300 to register or at the URL's above.


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Motorcyclist Attempting to Elude Police Officer Seriously Injured in Crash in Coos Bay; Investigation Continuing
Oregon State Police - 09/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Coos County interagency crash investigation team, is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's serious injury crash after a motorcyclist attempting to elude a police officer collided with a Coos Bay Police Department (CBPD) vehicle.

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 6:37 p.m., a 1996 Kawasaki motorcycle operated by JOHN THOMAS BRACKEN, age 40, from Coos Bay, was attempting to elude a Coquille Tribal Police Department officer at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 243 (Ocean Boulevard SE). As the motorcycle traveled around a left curve onto Central Avenue, it crashed into the front of a marked CBPD 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by a Coos Bay police officer.

BRACKEN was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest in brush along the south side of Central Avenue. BRACKEN, who was wearing a protective helmet, was seriously injured and transported by ground ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. He was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for further treatment.

The Coos Bay police officer was not injured.

At the request of the Coos County District Attorney, the interagency crash team was activated and OSP was designated as the lead investigating agency.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, and Coquille Tribal Police Department.

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Oregon State Fair announces winning artisans in this year's Creative and Artistic Competitions
Amber Lindsey PR - 09/03/14
SALEM, OR - September 3, 2014 - Winners of the 2014 Creative and Artistic competitions hosted by the Oregon State Fair have been posted online. Hundreds of Oregonians from throughout the state contributed artwork, baked goods, sewing and other hobbies to be displayed at this year's fair, which concluded on Labor Day.

Prior to fair, expert judges determined first-, second- and third-place winners for each of the 13 creative departments that comprise fine arts, photography and home arts. Winners are listed online at http://oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/. Judges awarded Best of Show ribbons to top entries, as follows:

Andrea Kelly of Portland
Counted Cross-Stitch, Needlework & Clothing

David Remesnik of Salem
Biggest Fruit or Vegetable, Farm & Garden

Dorothy Detsch of Sheridan
Potted Plants, Floral

Janey Bevill of Albany
Table Decorating

Karen Bernard of St. Paul
Quilting

Kayla Rae Brown of Portland
Decorated Cakes

Linda Davis of Sisters
Handwoven Articles, Spinning & Weaving

Mari Jo Young of Independence
Scrapbooking, Paper Arts

Max Kuhn of Florence
Honey & Products of the Hive

Molly Herrle of Portland
Fresh Floral Design, Floral

Monty Mickelson of Portland
Leather Craft, Hobbies & Collectibles

Ray Hoth of Salem
Woodworking

Roberta Pruett of Salem
Cheesecakes, Baked Foods

Vickie Woods of Salem
Pies & Pastries, Baked Foods

Youth winners
Talan Warkentin of Salem
Building Blocks (Legos), Hobbies & Collectibles


Rachel Lundin of Keizer
Cut Herb Display, Farm & Garden

Zane Minzlaff of Damascus
Honey and Products of the Hive


Exhibitors who delivered their items to the Fairgrounds can pick them up from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 6. Exhibitors who dropped off items at a remote location will claim their items from that location.

For information, email OSF.2014@oregon.gov or call 503-881-3594. Additional information is available online at www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/.


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About the Oregon State Fair
Named one of Huffington Post's top ten state fairs, the 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
Children of five Oregon DOC employees receive national scholarship
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/03/14
The children of five Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) employees were recently named recipients of the 2014 Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards. ASCA awards the scholarship to children of correctional staff who have maintained academic excellence.

In an informal ceremony yesterday, DOC Deputy Director Mitch Morrow presented student Taylor Dodge with her award on behalf of ASCA. The other recipients, Samantha Belleque, Kaitlyn Coakley, Justin Harris, and Selena Ortiz, were unable to attend the ceremony.

Harris, whose father is a release services manager at DOC's central office, received a $500 scholarship. Harris is entering his junior year at Oregon State University, where he is an Honors College student studying biology with the goal of attending medical school. He will spend fall term in Bolivia as an intern with the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Program through Child Family Health International. This is the third year he has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Dodge, whose mother is a Parole Officer with Linn County Parole and Probation, received a $1,000 scholarship. Dodge graduated from Dallas High School in 2014 and is entering her freshman year at the University of Oregon. She plans on studying Human Physiology.

Belleque, whose father is an institutions administrator for the department, received a $500 scholarship. Belleque is a graduate of Blanchet Catholic School and is entering her sophomore year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in accounting. This is the second year she has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Coakley, whose father is a health services technician at Columbia River Correctional Institution, received a $500 scholarship. This is her fourth year as a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient. A 2011 graduate of North Salem High School, Coakley is entering her senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Ortiz, whose father is a correctional officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, received a $1,000 scholarship. Ortiz graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho in 2012. She has just started her junior year at Boise State University, majoring in Criminal Justice.

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, the former chief of the prison division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.



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Volunteers needed for free tax assistance and preparation program from AARP
AARP Oregon - 09/03/14
Clackamas, OR - This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. But, first we are recruiting volunteers in all areas of the state.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service or to volunteer for this program.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. In 2014, 35,000 compassionate volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

Last year, 1,197 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Oregon helped more than 80,795 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 134 sites in Oregon including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base. With nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers helped and growing, there are always opportunities for new volunteers. Lack of experience shouldn't stop anyone from volunteering. Tax volunteers must complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership on-site greeters, and those who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.

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Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 10
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
September 3, 2014

What: The 10th and final meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

-- Review public comment on implementation proposal.

-- Finalize implementation proposal.

-- Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, Ore.

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Resending: Oregon Health Policy Board to meet September 9 in Medford
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
Resending to correct date in first paragraph

September 3, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting September 9 in Medford. The meeting will be held at the Southern Oregon University/Rogue Community College Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. The board will be hearing about transformation efforts, successes, and challenges within the local community. There will be four panels of invited speakers, including: coordinated care organization panel; hospital panel; patient-centered primary care home panel; and behavioral health panel. Public comment will be heard beginning at 12:20 p.m.

When: Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford, Ore. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- Panel: coordinated care organizations

-- Panel: hospitals

-- Panel: patient-centered primary care homes

-- Panel: behavioral health

-- Public comment

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Homebuilders & Contractors Can Now Order Gas Online
NW Natural - 09/03/14
NW Natural creates new web-based ordering system to make it easier to get gas

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Homebuilders and contractors have a new, quicker and easier way to order gas service for the homes and businesses they're working on. NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has created a one-of-a-kind online ordering service that's available 24/7.

"Late last year, we launched the first part of this service for prospective customers so they can instantly learn if they can get gas to their home," said Tom Hendrie, NW Natural director of marketing. "Now we've added more online functionality so builders and contractors can get faster service."

To use the tool, homebuilders and contractors simply sign onto www.nwnpartnerlink.com and fill out an online order form with information similar to the forms they already use. The benefits include:
* The ability to place an order at any time, day or night, with no need to make a phone call or use a fax machine.
* The ease of ordering from the field using a tablet or laptop with an air card, so they can input information while on site.
* The ability for builders to copy information from one form to another with one key stroke, reducing the amount of new data input needed with multiple addresses in the same subdivision.
* Assurance that all of the information needed has been inputted because the system won't accept an incomplete form. This will eliminate back-and-forth phone calls and possible delays.
* Freedom to check the status of an order online at any time.
This section of the website will also have the latest news about any new regulations affecting gas service or any change in procedures, plus access to videos and other training materials.

"Our customers are paying less for natural gas today than they did 10 years ago, so we want to make it even easier for builders and contractors to install natural gas equipment for their clients," added Hendrie.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.


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Third Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI
OMSI - 09/03/14
For Immediate Release

Third Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI Celebrates Creativity:
Showcase of Ingenuity and Technology Features Hands-On Activities
To Inspire the Maker Within

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 3, 2014) - The "Maker Movement" is sweeping the nation, spurred by the White House's first-ever Maker Faire on June 18, hosted by President Obama. But Portland is ahead of the curve, as OMSI presents the third-annual Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool DIY technology taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 10 a. m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibits, talks, demonstrations and performances will bridge arts, crafts, science and engineering. Hands-on activities are designed to inspire and stimulate the Maker within.

"It's easy to see why the city of Portland has been a leader in the Maker movement, since the concept of grassroots innovation perfectly dovetails with our culture and citizens," said Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI events director. "Every year our event grows with more amazing makers and projects."

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is presented by OMSI and Intel, supported by ESCO, OSH Park, and Microsoft, and in partnership with Make: Magazine. It celebrates the Maker movement and brings together Makers of all fields with the goal of supporting grassroots innovation in the community.

Makers of all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, homesteaders, garage tinkerers and even commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire's mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these Makers and aspiring Makers.

OMSI invited anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and aspires to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing robots, a Tesla coil and a drop tower impact test; to rocket-making, sustainable art, chocolate modeling and much more.

Visitors can watch demonstrations and get hands on with projects that include twisted copper art; glass fusing; lighted jewelry made from metal, glass, crystals and LEDs; and a variety of upcycled art projects.
"Maker Faire is an excellent way to get students excited about making things, innovating, and engaging with science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom," said Jill Eiland, NW region corporate affairs director at Intel. "Intel is a proud supporter of the Maker Movement nationally, and we are pleased to help bring the Mini Maker Faire to Portland."
Other selected demonstrations from the broad array being presented include:

* PNCA's make+think+code lab will offer a basic understanding of how 3D printing technology works, with multiple 3Doodler pens on hand to allow visitors to make 3D printed objects by hand.

* Intel and ADX will give hands-on introductions to Galileo, a better way to tune guitars, tips from professional metal and woodworkers, and a really big duck.

* A Tesla Coil producing one million-volt, blue corona and arc discharges spanning five to six feet.

* Portland State University's welding research department will be showcasing a variety of new technologies, including ones used to fabricate the new Oakland Bay Bridge single tower and nuclear submarine propulsion shafting. They'll also be demonstrating methods used to verify fracture properties using a "drop tower impact test."


* The R2D2 Builders Club provides realistic replicas of astromech droids from the Star Wars films that are often used by Lucasfilms for official events, movie premieres, commercials and red carpet appearances.

* Alter Egos Society, which encourages creativity and original, DIY costuming for superhero and science fiction enthusiasts, will be helping visitors make superhero masks.

* Light Me Up is an interactive light experience that mixes flame and LED light. It allows participants to control the LEDs and flame effects through physical interaction with the system. The more energy you add to the system, the more you get back.

* Lagerbot is a beverage dispensing device (and friend!) who tracks and records who's drinking from the keg by controlling the flow of your cold tasty beverage. No more trying to figure out who killed the keg!

* OMSI's exhibit workshop, where OMSI researches, designs and produces exhibits that travel the world, will be open to the public for self-guided tours during the Faire. Few people realize that OMSI has the largest museum-based, traveling science exhibits program in North America.

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In addition to the interactive exhibits, the Innovation Stage will showcase a wide variety of Makers and projects. Presentations include:

* Stop Motion Puppets with LAIKA
With Georgina Hayns, creative supervisor, Puppet Fab, and Jeremy Spake, head of armature
* e-NABLE: Makers & Open-Source Prosthetics
With Ivan Owen, multi-disciplinary artist, designer and 3D printing enthusiast
* Making a Better Place to Play
With Cody Goldberg, executive director, Harper's Playground
* Engineering a Difference in High School
With Jacob Bendickerson, co-president, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1540
* Get It Made: The Story of a 3D Printed Violin
With David Perry, founder and designer, Open Fab PDX
* Up Close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid
With Chris Stephens, Todd Baker, and Vincent Sanchez, R2D2 Builders Group
* A Maker-Approach to Word Games: Designing and Making PIJIN, Spelling Game of the Spoken Word
With Travis Feldman, owner and creator of PIJIN

The event will take place in OMSI's north parking lot. Admission details:

* Early bird before September 10: $13 adults, $8 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)
* Regular admission September 10-14: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+).
* Two-day passes are available.
* Members get $5 off all tickets.

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with beer and wine available at the bar.

Portland Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without the support of presenting sponsor Intel and supporting sponsors ESCO, OSH Park, and Microsoft; and community partner Solamor. It is presented in partnership with Make: Magazine.

For more information on the many participants, visit www.makerfaireportland.com.

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 is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual Bay Area event with some 120,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, including here in Portland.

About MAKE Magazine
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.


Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
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Update On Springfield Police Officer-Involved Shooting In Linn County (Photo)
Albany Police - 09/03/14
Recovered Replica Handgun
Recovered Replica Handgun
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-09/1192/77444/thumb_Replica_Firearm_Springfield_Investigation.jpg
The Linn County Major Crime Team is continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting by a Springfield Police Officer on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at about 1:30 a.m. The shooting took place at the Jackson's Chevron station located at 33157 Highway 34 in Linn County following a vehicle pursuit.

Officer Justin Myers, a 6-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, is identified as the officer who fired his weapon. Officer Myers is assigned to Patrol as a Canine Officer. Officer Myers was interviewed by detectives on Friday, August 29, 2014, and remains on routine administrative leave.

A photo of the actual replica 1911 semi-automatic handgun recovered at the scene is being shared with the public at this time. Also being shared is store surveillance video which is aiding in this investigation.

The surveillance video shows the driver of the vehicle, 44-year-old Amanda Lynn Gatewood, run towards the store entrance holding the replica handgun to her head. Amanda Gatewood is then seen pointing the replica handgun back at officers.

Amanda Gatewood is listed in stable condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

The investigation is in its final stages and will be forwarded to the Linn County District Attorney's Office for review in the next several days.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1192/77444/Surveillance_Video_Springfield_Investigation.mp4 , Recovered Replica Handgun
Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ Center 50+ Hosts Event for all ages- Sept. 27, 2014 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/03/14
Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ Poster
Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ Poster
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Salem, Ore - (Sept. 3, 2014) Get out your boots and scoot to the Oregon State Fairgrounds Jackman-Long Building, Sept. 27 between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Friends of Center 50+ present the second annual Boot Scoot Brew and BBQ with something for all ages, complete with breweries, wineries, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, mechanical bull riding, entertainment and dancing!

Entertainment includes Leap'n Louie-Cowboy/Cowgirl tricks and comedy; Marty Davis, The Singing Cowboy; The Happy Guys, aka Los Cuatro Alegres; Oregon Valley Boys; Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters; Rock N Roll Cowboys and Earl Wear & Haywire.

Center 50+ Executive Director, Marilyn Daily said, "Last year was a rootin' tootin' success. This year will be even better. The barbecue will be spicier and the entertainment and dancing will be livelier."

If you boast about your barbecue skills, you can register to compete in a barbecue cook-off competition sponsored by Marion Polk Food Share and Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels.

Tickets - $10 Adults 21 and older, $15 VIP admission, $8 Military, $5 13-20 years old, FREE 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at boxofficetickets.com, Travel Salem and Center 50+. Twenty-one and older after 6 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Friends of the Salem Senior Center, Center 50+, Bonaventure, Salem Electric, McGinty & Belcher Attorneys, Boldt Carlisle & Smith, Peak Mortgage, Marquis Home Care Services, The Springs, Keizer Appliance Center, Double H Western Wear, OSU Alumni Association, The Bull 98.7 Radio, Oregon Mobile Media LLC, Generation Mortgage Company, Financial Freedom and Mountain West Investment Corporation.

For a full schedule, cook-off registration and coupons visit http://www.cityofsalem.net/Center50, or call Center 50+ at 503-588-6303.


Attached Media Files: Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ Poster , Boot Scoot & BBQ Banner
Lane County Chefs Cooking for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 09/03/14
On October 14th at Valley River Inn, Lane County chefs will offer their signature dishes, accompanied by an array of unique auction items for the fifth annual Signature Chefs Auction. The evening's notable chefs include: Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters at Valley River Inn, Tom Ascariz of Prime Rib & Steak House and Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant.

"What better way to enjoy a wonderful meal than by supporting the March of Dimes mission and working together for stronger, healthier babies, right here in Lane County," said Ryan Scholz, 2014 Event Chair and District Manager of Farmers Insurance. "I am grateful that volunteering for March of Dimes gives me a chance to work with: Chad Cordell of Cascade Title, Barbara Rae of Melaleuca, and Chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of Sweetwaters."

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

The exclusive evening begins at 6:00 pm on October 14th at Valley River Inn. For information or to reserve a seat or table, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon or call 541.225.5023. Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction support lifesaving research and educational programs right here in Oregon.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Salem Police Honor Guard Receives Grant From Siletz Tribe
Salem Police Dept. - 09/03/14
The Salem Police Department Honor Guard has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe in the amount of $2,167.84 in order to replace aging team equipment and to equip new members of the team.

The Salem Police Department Honor Guard was established in 2001 with six original department members, both active duty and retired. The team's primary mission is to support families and coworkers of peace officers killed in the line of duty and the secondary mission is to represent the Salem Police Department and our proud police profession and rich ceremonial heritage at police activities and events. The team was originally funded through the Salem Police Foundation and private party donations and has participated in over 20 fallen officer services in three states, over a dozen memorial services-including the National Police Week in Washington, DC, multiple City and Police Department functions and numerous community events with flag presentations.

It costs approximately $1,500 to outfit a new member of the team with uniforms and equipment, and the grant from the Siletz Tribe will cover the costs of one and one half uniforms for new team members.

The Salem Police Department wishes to thank the Siletz Tribe for this generous donation that will enable the Salem Police Department Honor Guard to continue in this rich tradition of honoring our law enforcement profession.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to the Salem Police Honor Guard may do so through the Salem Police Foundation at PO Box 2631Salem, OR 97308, attention Honor Guard, or on the Salem Police Foundation website at SalemPoliceFoundation.org.
Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update for Sept. 3, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/03/14
It was a cold and very windy night on the fireline last night as the crews continued the hard work of finding any remaining smokes. Fire Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel tasked the fire fighters with "looking for any stump holes or smokes that could come back to life after we leave". As the number of smoldering smokes are dwindling, so will the number of needed fire fighters. For some crews, today will be their last shift here on this fire as the team prepares to enter the transition phase.

The team and local ODF fire staff are working on preparing a transition plan that will include a smaller organization to manage the fire after the team leaves later this week.

Today, approximately 30 students from the local Long Creek School will tour the Incident Command Post, fire camp and the helibase.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire at a Glance:

Location: Approximately 5 miles south of the community of Monument.

Size: 2,984 acres

Containment: 62%

Expected Containment Date: 9-4-14

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 5 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 bulldozers, 9 water tenders. Total personnel: 620

Estimated costs to date: $2.28 M

Cause: under investigation


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog:
www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 16-17 near Silverton
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/03/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 3, 2014

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

Silverton OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its sixth meeting of the year on September 16-17 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, OR.

On September 16, Commissioners will tour the park starting at 8:45 a.m., and then attend workshops from 1-4 p.m. in the North Falls Meeting Hall.

On September 17, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Silver Falls State Park North Falls Meeting Hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes informational updates on the agency budget, take action on construction projects affecting Tumalo and Harris Beach state parks, and receive updates on administrative rules currently in development. The commission will hear information about public comments on a proposed rule to restrict smoking on the ocean shore, but will not take action at this meeting. The ocean shore rule is tentatively scheduled for the November 19 meeting in Astoria. The full September meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, September 4.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

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

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Celebrating spirited history
Oregon Travel Experience - 09/03/14
Oregon is famous for many a splendid thing---from humongous trees to volcanic lakes and handcrafted microbrews---our state has assumed its place on the national map of awesome.

Over the last decade, Oregon wines have firmly planted their popularity in the hearts of wine aficionados. In homage to our state's early wine production, the tale of Oregon's first commercial Pinot noir vineyard will be highlighted during the dedication of a new historical marker. The unveiling of the interpretive marker is slated for Tuesday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m.,at historic HillCrest Winery and Distillery in Roseburg.

HillCrest Winery's historical marker application was approved by OTE and the Oregon Historical Marker Committee last year. The colorful marker commemorates Oregon's first commercial Pinot noir vineyard and its founder, Richard Sommer. Planted in 1961, Sommer's vines flourished in the Umpqua Valley. At the time, Sommer defied convention---most experts believed it was impossible to grow fine wines in Oregon. Yet Sommer recognized the significance of sharing latitude with European winemaking regions and used prime agricultural land to establish HillCrest---Oregon's first winery to plant and bottle Pinot noir for retail sale.

The public is invited to attend the afternoon ceremony at HillCrest. The dedication will feature the winery's current proprietor, Dyson DeMara, and members of the Oregon Historical Marker Committee. Wine tasting is planned following the marker dedication.

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) oversees the official Oregon Historical Marker Program and its volunteer committee. OTE is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation-related services. The agency manages 29 rest areas across the state, permits highway logo signs and administers to two heritage programs: Heritage Trees and Historical Markers.

For more information about the Oregon Historical Marker Program, please contact OTE Heritage Program Administrator Annie von Domitz at 503-373-0864.
DHS investing more than $6 million in employment provider transformation
OR Department of Human Services - 09/03/14
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is investing $6.75 million to improve employment services and outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

DHS is seeking up to 30 service provider agencies looking to transform their current organizational and program models from the delivery of facility-based employment services (sometimes known as sheltered workshops) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), to community-based, integrated employment services. Interested providers will be selected via an application process that closes Sept. 26, 2014.

The selected providers will receive a minimum award of $25,000 and up to $150,000 to participate in strategic planning and technical assistance activities in order to initiate and sustain their transformation from facility-based to community-based employment services. A total of up to $3 million of the $6.75 million is available for this effort.

Up to $750,000 is also available as performance-based payments for providers that achieve specific employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD into community-based, individual integrated employment.

In addition, DHS will also invest up to $3 million through a competitive solicitation for subject matter experts to provide guidance, consultation, training, and technical assistance to help the selected service provider organizations transform their business and program model. The Request for Proposals for the subject matter experts closes Sept. 29, 2014.

"These investments are an important part of Oregon's work to carry out the Governor's Executive Order, to create increased opportunities for integrated jobs in the community for those with I/DD," said Mike Maley, Statewide Employment First Coordinator. "Oregon relies heavily on private provider agencies to deliver services to those with I/DD, and these investments will help increase provider capacity and capabilities consistent with the direction our services must continue to go."

DHS is committed to continually improving the system for delivering employment services to individuals with I/DD. These improvement efforts are based on the principles of informed choice, community integration and competitive employment. The specific investments in supporting service provider transformation are part of the DHS strategy to make continual improvements by:

-- Increasing the specific capacity, in terms of provider numbers and skill levels, to deliver employment services in integrated employment settings; and
-- Increasing the opportunities for individuals with I/DD to join the general workforce by being competitively employed in workplace settings typically found in our communities. This includes opportunities for self-employment, business ownership, or other entrepreneurial endeavors;
-- Reducing the use of facility-based or small group employment services.

The investments and system improvement goals are consistent with the Employment First policy adopted in 2008 that established the expectation that "employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working-age adults with developmental disabilities."

These actions are also consistent with Executive Order 13-04 signed by Gov. Kitzhaber in April 2013 and with statutory changes passed by the Oregon Legislature that same month.

Providers and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposal can apply at: http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome
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Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council meeting at Oregon State Library, 9/16/14
Oregon State Library - 09/02/14
The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council will meet on September 16, 2014 at the Oregon State Library in Room 202 at 10:00 am. The Council will hear reports from the State Librarian and Talking Books Program Manager, and discuss the in-process strategic plan.

The Talking Books Advisory Council has the primary responsibility of advising the State Library Board on the use of Talking Books Expendable Donation Funds, and providing insights and recommendations for service improvements. The Council is comprised of 11 members who represent different partnering agencies, advocacy groups, and Talking Books user groups. Open forum time is 11:30 am, when any individual may address the Talking Books Advisory Council.

For more information or call in information, contact Susan Westin, Program Manager, Library Development and Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, (503) 378-5435, or Joel Henderson, Administrative Program Coordinator, (503) 378-5391. Sign language interpretation will be provided if requested 48 hours before the meeting. Notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Alternate format handouts of meeting materials may also be requested prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Joel Henderson at (503) 378-5391.


Agenda
Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council Meeting
September 16, 2014
Oregon State Library
Room 202
250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Toll free number (877) 873-8017 Participant Code: 406266


10:00
Introduction of members
Changes to the Agenda
Approval of previous minutes

10:10
State Librarian's Report

10:20
Fund Development Report

10:30
Program Manager Report

10:45
Discussion of Strategic Plan

11:30
Open Forum

Any individual may address the Talking Books Advisory at this time.
Also, Council members may ask any questions the may have about Talking Books.

11:50
Next Meeting Date

12:00
Adjournment
Marine Board to hold Listening Sessions for Non-Motorized Boaters
Oregon Marine Board - 09/02/14
Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs in your area that better support your activities out on the water. Scheduled listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Six meetings are scheduled from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the following locations:

LOCATION DATE ADDRESS

Salem -September 17, 2014 Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE,Salem, OR 97301

Newport -September 29, 2014 Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (Clubhouse),750 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365

Scappoose -October 2, 2014 Scappoose Bay Kayaking Adventures, 57420 Old Portland Rd. Warren, OR 97053

Madras -October 28, 2014 Jefferson County Annex, Commissioner's Meeting Room, 66 SE D St. Madras, OR 97741

Klamath Falls -October 29, 2014 TBD

Corvallis -November 3, 2014 TBD

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input received so far will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Audio release
Red Cross Responds to Fire in Lane County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/02/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a call in the 1500 block of Linda Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
September is national preparedness month: Event on Oregon Coast scheduled to take runners/walkers along tsunami evacuation route (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/02/14
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September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging the U.S. to "be disaster aware, take action to prepare."

In Oregon, events will take place highlighting the importance of emergency preparedness and what individuals and families can do to prepare for emergencies.

One such event called "Race the Wave" will take runners and walkers along a tsunami evacuation route in Cannon Beach, Ore., Sept. 28, and be followed by an emergency preparedness fair near the city's supply cache containers established above the tsunami inundation zone.

The event is a collaborative effort among FEMA, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), Clatsop County, the City of Cannon Beach and its citizens, focusing on the importance of emergency preparedness for a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, and highlighting the work Cannon Beach has done as a community to prepare.

"It is amazing to be a part of an event where the whole community is coming together to raise awareness about the importance of preparation," Clatsop County Emergency Manager Tiffany Brown said. "Being prepared will save lives and property during a disaster."

Oregon is located near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 hundred mile earthquake fault stretching from offshore Northern California to Southern British Columbia. Experts predict a large earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that struck Japan in 2011 could strike Oregon in the near future.

"The Cascadia Subduction Zone has let rip with more than 40 great earthquakes," State Geologist Vicki McConnell explained. "It's geologically active, and Oregon could experience a huge earthquake and tsunami anytime."

The theme for the race is: "Know the Plan, Take the Route, Race the Wave."

"One of the best ways to get prepared for a tsunami is to practice walking or even running the escape routes," said OEM Geologic Hazards Coordinator Althea Rizzo. "Race the Wave is a great way to practice that route and have a lot of fun doing it."

Registration is limited to the first 200 participants and the emergency preparedness fair is free and open to the public. To register go to: http://www.active.com/cannon-beach-or/running/distance-running-races/race-the-wave-5k-2014?int=

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Barrels inside tsunami preparedness containers in Cannon Beach, Ore., contain emergency items for local residents. The containers include family cache items, medical, administrative, and tool chest support containers as well as tourist, employee and visitor kits. The containers were created as part of an innovative pilot program that includes a site for a local Emergency Operation Center, 10 tsunami evacuation routes, designated shelter area, and three, 20-foot shipping containers loaded with community support items. The containers sit at approximately 100 feet, 20 feet above what earthquake experts believe to be the maximum tsunami inundation zone.
(Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Emergency Management)


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AARP Voter Guide available on Oregon candidates CORRECTED WEBSITE
AARP Oregon - 09/02/14
CLACKAMAS: September 4, 2014: Want to know where your candidates for Oregon Governor, US Senate, and the US House of Representatives stand on the issues? Now you can read their positions at http://aarp.org/yourvote regarding issues such as Social Security, Medicare, financial security, family caregiving, retirement, and transportation. The AARP Voter Guide allows you to compare the candidates and create a personal ballot you can keep or share with others.

Your vote matters. The AARP Voter Guide helps ensure you have the information you need to vote wisely.
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Update: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Highway 101 about two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the pedestrian's action leading to his being struck by a passenger car may have been an intentional act.

On September 1, 2014 at approximately 11:53 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a reported injury crash involving a male pedestrian and a passenger car on Highway 101 near milepost 187. EMS responders arrived on scene and quickly transported the 48-year old male pedestrian by Western Lane Ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.

Preliminary investigation indicates the victim, DEWAYNE ARTHUR MERIDITH, age 48, from Florence, was a passenger in a vehicle occupied by his mother and her friend enroute to a local store. As they pulled up toward Highway 101 in a private driveway, MERIDITH got out from the rear passenger seat and approached the road. As a northbound 1997 Honda Civic driven by LUIS CASTRO, age 19, from Keizer, approached, MERIDITH moved in the car's path. Despite the driver's attempted to avoid MERIDITH by braking and veering left, the car struck him.

The car's driver and 17-year old female passenger had no apparent injury.

OSP troopers from the Florence and Springfield offices are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed about four hours at the scene.

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

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

No photographs for release.

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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution returns to normal operations
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/02/14
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) transitioned from lockdown to normal operations today. Visiting will resume on Wednesday, September 3.

EOCI was placed on lockdown following an inmate assault and subsequent shooting on August 29. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Police and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

EOCI is a medium-security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Preliminary Post-Labor Day Holiday Reporting Period Information
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The following is a brief overview of the five reported fatal traffic crashes all of which were investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers:

* On August 30 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a 74-year old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County. The driver fled the scene and was arrested by OSP about five miles west of the crash scene for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and on a misdemeanor warrant.

* On August 30 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 40-year old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

* On August 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 47-year old male and 51-year old female, both from Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide in Douglas County.

* On September 1 at approximately 3:50 a.m., a 27-year old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

* On September 1 at approximately 11:53 a.m., a 48-year old male from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101 two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the man's action may have been an intentional move.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday period, two people died in 2 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Labor Day holiday period occurred in 1978 when there were 17 reported deaths. Since 1970, nearly 300 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Labor Day holiday 78-hour reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 45 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 54 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 45 reported DUII arrests, five were the direct result of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Portland Area Command office - 7 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Grants Pass Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* La Grande Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Ontario Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers also reported arresting 12 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies. An update will be sent if regarding any additional unreported traffic fatalities.)

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ODF Fire Update, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/02/14
New fires
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on lands protected by ODF in the past 24 hours.

Current fires
> The Lost Hubcap Fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. on August 29th, and quickly burned on Bureau of Land Management and private forestlands protected by ODF. On August 29, 2014, Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) was deployed to the Lost Hubcap Fire, assuming command of the fire from the local ODF unit of the Central Oregon District at 1200 hours PDT on Saturday.

The fire is burning in timber, grass and sagebrush and total acreage is currently estimated at 2,984 acres.

A predicted cold front will pass over the fire today. This change in weather will bring increased winds that will intensify fire behavior and test firelines. "Today the wind will challenge our fireline, we have prepared, are set up and ready to meet that challenge" said Joe Hessel, day operations chief. The fire is 40 percent contained.

Resources assigned include 6 helicopters, 19 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders and 622 personnel including 21 crews. Estimated costs to date: $1.71 M. Cause is under investigation.
The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire information: 541-421-3039 and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096


> The Deception Complex (USFS) two miles west of the community of Oakridge is now 2,278 acres. The complex is now 55 percent contained.

The Deception Complex is currently under unified command between PNW Team 2(IC - Chris Schulte) and Oregon Department of Forestry (Ross Holloway). The Complex includes a group of fires that were started by lightning strikes on August 12 just west of Oakridge, OR.
Fire information: 541- 782-5359 http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.
For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting - September 5
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/02/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 5 at 2 World Trade Center, Plaza Conference Room - Ground Floor, 121 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 evening update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, evening
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
As the day heated up, fire activity increased inside the fire perimeter as small "jackpot" clumps of unburned fuels flared up. Throughout the day, helicopters were flying water drops to extinguish those spots in the steeper areas.

Firefighters were able to get a line around the entire fire today. Dozers worked along the perimeter in Division "M" to move the fire line closer to the burn. Night shift crews will continue to improve and strengthen the existing fire line in preparation for mop-up tomorrow.

Approximately half of the fire perimeter was in mop-up mode today. The spot fire on the southern end is trailed and mopped-up. Crews will continue to grid the area as they "seek and destroy" any remaining hot spots.

Tomorrow's forecasted afternoon cold front will bring windy conditions that will test the fireline. Crews will be there ready to defend those lines.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE:
Size: 2,984 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 25%

Expected Containment Date: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 631

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million

For More Information:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096
Blog: www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 west of Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Monday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 34 near Denny School Road west of Lebanon. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, on September 1, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. a citizen found a crash scene with ejection along the south side of Highway 34 near Denny School Road. Emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed BETHANY LEANNE WILSON, age 27, from Lebanon, was deceased.

Initial investigation by OSP, with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Police Department, indicates some time after 3:00 a.m. the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by WILSON was eastbound on Highway 34 when it crossed the centerline and westbound lane. The vehicle went into the ditch, returned back onto the roadway and rolled before coming to rest on its side along the south side of Highway 34. WILSON was believed to not be using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash. Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lebanon Fire District and ODOT. Highway 34 was closed about four hours at the scene during the investigation with a detour in place for local traffic.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

No photographs available for this release.

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Death Investigation - Pacific Ocean off Newport
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of death of a 70-year old Charleston man Sunday while he was on a fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean. Initial investigation indicates he may have died from natural causes.

On August 31, 2014 at 7:47 a.m., two OSP troopers were dispatched to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard (USCG) Station in Newport to meet USCG personnel while a boat was returning from the Pacific Ocean with a deceased adult male. At approximately 12:31 p.m., the fishing vessel "Carolyn Ruth" arrived at the station.

Initial investigation indicates the boat's captain and EUGENE ELMER COMPTON, age 70, from Charleston, left port on August 30 at approximately 3:00 p.m. to go fishing about 25 miles off shore. Later that evening, COMPTON indicated he wasn't feeling well and went to bed. According to the boat's captain, COMPTON reportedly got up during the middle of the night and was found deceased later that morning after the captain awoke.

Recruit Trooper Scott Severson is the lead investigator.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 138E east of Glide in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County. The crash resulted in the death of two occupants on the motorcycle. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox,on August 31, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by SCOTTY EUGENE SCHULL, age 47 (previously listed as 57 but DOB reflects corrected age), from Winston, was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 40. As the motorcycle negotiated through a curve, it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by DARRELL D. BRINTNALL, age 64, from Portland.

SCHULL and his passenger, KAREN SUE BLACK, age 51, from Winston, were both later pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets.

BRINTNALL and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured. All were using safety restraints.

Highway 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m.

OSP was assisted as the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local emergency responders.

No photographs for release.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 morning update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:

Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other firefighters used hand-held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day firefighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and to fall all snags within 500 ft. At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to "Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time." Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE (09/01/14)

Size: 2,984 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 25%

Expected full containment: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 512

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog: www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Former Workers May be Eligible for Federal Benefits
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/01/14
Wilsonville - The U.S. Department of Labor has certified that former workers of TE Connectivity, Medical Business Unit, may be eligible for benefits and services under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This includes workers whose wages were reported under Precision Interconnect, and including on-site leased workers from Kelly Services, Aerotek, and Total Technical Services.

The certification was a result of the company being adversely affected by import competition or shifts in production to a foreign country.

Anyone working for these companies who were laid off due to lack of work on or after May 19, 2013 and before June 27, 2016, may be eligible.

Under TAA, affected workers may be eligible for:
* Re-employment assistance
* Training
* Job search allowances
* Relocation Allowances
* Additional unemployment insurance benefits in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

There are important deadlines associated with this program, so those who think they may be eligible should contact the Oregon Employment Department's Central Trade Act Unit right away at 1-877-639-7700.

Additional information may be found about the Trade Act Program online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or on the U.S. Department of Labor website, www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
Salute the end of summer at the Oregon State Fair with The Beach Boys and fun family-friendly entertainment
Amber Lindsey PR - 09/01/14
Today's Oregon State Fair Highlights:

HEADLINING CONCERT: 4 p.m., The Beach Boys, L.B. Day Amphitheater. COST: Limited free general admission seating or $35 for VIP seats.

X-TREME AirDogs WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Dog Town, the top canine athletes from throughout the Northwest and Canada will compete in a dock diving long-jump contest to attempt to break the 29-foot record. Fair patrons will not want to miss this Labor Day tradition!

MEET "THE VIRGINIAN" JAMES DRURY: In celebration of his 80th birthday, film star James Drury will be available for autographs and photos from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. He will present about his film career and famous TV series "The Virginian" at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today on the Creative and Artistic Stage in the Jackman-Long Building.

THE RUN - 1,675 MILES ACROSS OREGON: 3 p.m., Creative and Artistic Stage in the Jackman-Long Building. Brothers Jeremiah and Isaiah Godby will stop at the Oregon State Fair during the last week of a 1675-mile run through 30 counties across Oregon to promote Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY PIE COMPANY PIE EATING CONTEST: 4:30 p.m., Creative and Artistic Stage, Jackman-Long Building. This is fairgoers' last chance to be first to finish a mini marionberry pie! Eight contestants compete in each of three age groups (child, teen and adult). Space is limited; fairgoers are encouraged to sign-up early to participate.

CONTACT: Amber Lindsey, (503) 730-8157, amber@amberlindseypr.com
08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - Aug. 31 evening update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
August 31, 2014,8 p.m.
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
Today's goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fire line around the entire fire perimeter. Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal.

Although the fire didn't increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior. Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.

On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up. The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter. Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.
Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that "While yesterday's rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes, it didn't soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out."

Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.
Lost Hubcap Fire - 8 a.m., Aug. 31 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

August 31, 2014 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039
(We are experiencing phone problems at this time. Please refer to websites for latest information.)

Current Situation:

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres. There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night.

The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles. To put this another way imagine walking from downtown Portland to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington.

Yesterday's approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes. No rain is forecasted for today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum.

Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side. Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated "Today's mission is clear - with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire".

On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up.


There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.


The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 10%
RESOURCES:
Crews: 18
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 6
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 350

Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854

For More Information:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096
CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com
Update: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash tht occurred along Interstate 5 at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek. The crash resulted in the death of a Winchester, Oregon man.

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by TERRY RAY ACKROYD, age 40, from Winchester, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 78 when it left the freeway and rolled, ending up about 100 feet off the roadway.

ACKROYD was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. He was using safety restraints.

According to witnesses, the pickup was being operated recklessly at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders. No lanes were closed during the investigation.

Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

This was the second fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers during the Labor Day holiday weekend that runs through 11:59 p.m., September 1. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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Today's Oregon State Fair Highlights: Dia de la Familia, admission discounts and a famous chocolate cake contest
Amber Lindsey PR - 08/31/14
DAILY DEAL: Today is Sleep Country Family Day! Four admission tickets of any combination are $16 - for up to a 50 percent savings - with coupons available at participating Sleep Country stores. Fairgoers should call ahead to their local store to make sure coupons are in stock.

DIA DE LA FAMILIA: A celebration of Hispanic culture featuring a traditional Ballet Foklorico dance troupe, piñata breaking, soccer kicking workshops, live cumbia music and a mariachi parade. Visit La Campeona Radio's booth for games and prizes. Events are scheduled throughout the day on and near the Center Stage and on the Familyville Stage. A full Dia de La Familia schedule of events is listed online at http://oregonstatefair.org/attractions/dia-de-la-familia/

GERRY FRANK'S 55th LAYERED CHOCOLATE CAKE COMPETITION: 2 p.m. Creative and Artistic Stage, Jackman-Long Building. Oregon's resident Chocolate Cake Gourmand Gerry Frank will sample every cake to determine the winner. Participants are instructed to bring in their homemade - no mixes allowed - chocolate cakes no later than 1 p.m. today.

MEET "THE VIRGINIAN" JAMES DRURY: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Creative and Artistic Stage, Jackman-Long Building. In celebration of his 80th birthday, film star James Drury will be available for autographs and photos through Monday. He will present about his film career and famous TV series "The Virginian" at 11 a.m. today on the Creative and Artistic Stage.

CONTACT: Amber Lindsey, (503) 730-8157, amber@amberlindseypr.com

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About the Oregon State Fair
Named one of Huffington's Posts top ten state fairs, the 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
Update #2: Victim Identified / Photos - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Hit & Run Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainier Police Department, are investigating a Saturday afternoon fatal hit and run crash along Highway 30 just west of Rainier in which a bicyclist was killed. The name of the victim is released in this update.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a report was received of a hit & run crash in which a pickup struck a bicycle along the westbound lanes of Highway 30 near milepost 50 just west of Rainier. A few minutes later the suspect vehicle was stopped by an OSP trooper near milepost 55 and the driver detained.

Emergency responders arriving on scene of where the bicyclist was reportedly struck confirmed the bicycle rider was deceased after coming to rest off the highway down an embankment. The victim is identified as Peter Michael Linden, age 74, from St. Helens. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver is identified as Kristopher Lee Woodruff, age 34, from Vernonia. Woodruff displayed a North Dakota identification card showing a Minot address. He was lodged in Columbia County Jail for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Washington County for Fail to Appear.

Initial investigation indicates Woodruff was driving westbound and became distracted while looking at a text message on his phone. His vehicle traveled onto the shoulder where it struck the adult male bicyclist. Woodruff, who does not have a valid license, continued driving without stopping at the scene until stopped by OSP.

The Columbia County District Attorney's Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation.

The westbound lane was blocked during scene investigation.

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