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Sat. 01/20/18
Idaho Woman Reported Missing When She Failed to Return Home - Public Assistance Needed (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/20/18 3:14 PM
On Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:09pm, Oregon State Police received a missing person call regarding Ruby Pike (age 52 Star, Idaho). Ruby was reported missing by her husband and was last known to be in Portland. Ruby was to be traveling from Portland to Boise with unknown direct route. His husband last spoke to Ruby at approximately 4:13pm and she told him she would call when she arrived to Ontario, Oregon and Ruby never called. Ruby was supposed to arrive home around 10:00pm on Friday January 19, 2018.

Ruby's cell phone was "pinged" and the last location was near Hwy 395b milepost 59 which is ten miles south of Ukiah. Ruby's exact route is unknown.

Ruby was last seen wearing jeans, an orange shirt, and clogs. Ruby is described as being 5'9", 180lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Ruby is driving a 2008 white Toyota Tundra with a matching white Leer canopy with glass sides. The Tundra has three stickers on the driver's side tailgate and driver's doors of "Dallbello, Marker, and Vokal". The Tundra has all black custom slightly oversized tires.

On Saturday units from Patrol Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, including the airplane, searched the area of the ping and were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue for Grant County has been activated for the area and a missing person report has been filed in Ada County, Idaho.

Anyone seeing Ruby or Ruby's vehicle yesterday or today please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at (541)664-4600 and refer to case number SP18-023772.
Photo of Tundra is of similar not of exact truck.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111351/Pike_(2).JPG , 2018-01/1002/111351/ruby.photo.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111351/tundra.png

Fri. 01/19/18
Man Swept Away Off Rocks in Depoe Bay (Photo)*** Update #2 Name Added**
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 8:42 PM
Update #2
On January 19, 2018 Oregon State Police was notified the Mexican Consulate had made contact with the victim's next of kin in Michoacán, Mexico. The victim has been identified as Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez (age 46). Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez is presumed deceased.



On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow.

The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from Mexico. At this time, he is presumed deceased. Next of kin is being completed by the Mexican Consulate and once that is completed his name will be release.


On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.

Depoe Fire and Recscue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew ,aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.

People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111298/65F01342-F767-41F4-8F78-EFE6C7ED1002.jpeg , 2018-01/1002/111298/7EF7EC1C-A0FE-488A-B50B-61DC62017557.jpeg , 2018-01/1002/111298/73AABB3C-B181-4565-BA1B-626AB0992919.jpeg

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/19/18 4:08 PM
Monday, January 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The landmark Supreme Court decision overturned a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman's life was at stake - legalizing abortion nationwide. This anniversary also marks a year of groundswell organizing across the country with people showing support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - including access to a safe and legal abortion. Americans have sent a clear message to politicians that they do not want unnecessary restrictions on abortion access.

When the Roe decision was handed down, abortion was illegal in nearly all U.S. states - except to save a woman's life, or for limited reasons such as instances of rape, incest or fetal anomaly. Roe rendered these laws unconstitutional and set a legal precedent that affected more than 30 subsequent Supreme Court cases involving restrictions on access to safe, legal abortion.

Statement from Laurel Swerdlow, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

"We have seen attack after attack on reproductive rights and health over the past year. These attacks were met by a powerful grassroots response from women - and that resistance is still growing. The majority of Oregonians believe abortion should remain safe and legal. This is one of the reasons people across Oregon have spoken out at town halls, rallied across the state and marched: to show support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - and that includes access to safe and legal abortion.

"At Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, we believe in the right of all people to make their own personal medical decisions about pregnancy, without political interference. Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide expert, high quality care - including abortion - and ensure that patients receive accurate information about all of their pregnancy options. At Planned Parenthood, we trust women to make their own, fully informed healthcare decisions."

Planned Parenthood has seen the devastating consequences for people in states like Texas, where politicians have restricted access to abortion. People have been forced to travel hundreds of miles, cross state lines and wait weeks to get an abortion, if they can access services at all. These restrictions often have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, who already face systemic barriers in accessing quality health care.

At 101 years old, Planned Parenthood remains committed to its mission of building a world where all people have access to the health care and education they need, and all people have control of their bodies so they can determine their own destinies. The work of Planned Parenthood's compassionate and highly skilled health center staff makes this possible, and ensures the communities they serve get the best care possible, every day - no matter what.

The Path of the Ballot with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 01/19/18 3:22 PM
Media Advisory

In response to increased interest in civic engagement, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington recently developed the following pilot programming for registered Girl Scouts in Oregon. Tours, followed by Q & A, of Elections Offices throughout Oregon will take place this coming week.
Event Description:

Did you know that Oregon is a "vote-by-mail" state? That's right - in Oregon, every registered voter can mail in or drop off their ballot instead of standing in line at a polling place. But then what? On the night of the January election or May primary election, you can get an up-close look at how ballots are processed in your county at the local elections office. Every vote counts!

Senior Girl Scouts may be able to complete a step toward earning the "Behind the Ballot" badge and Junior Girl Scouts can complete a step earning the "Inside Government" badge.

All January events are now closed. Events in May will be open for registration beginning on March 1, 2018. Registered Girl Scouts can sign up for "The Path of the Ballot" activities by emailing activities@girlscoutsosw.org for support.

Deschutes County Elections Office
Deschutes Services Building
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 202, Bend, OR 97703
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Multnomah County Elections Office
1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Jackson County Elections Office
1101 W Main St #201, Medford, OR 97501
1/22/18 & 5/14/18
4 - 5 p.m.

Benton County Elections Office
120 NW 4th St #13, Corvallis, OR 97330
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Washington County Elections Office
3700 SW Murray Blvd # 101, Beaverton, OR 97005
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Are you a journalist interested in covering one of these activities? Please notify your respective Elections office and email communications@girlscoutsosw.org regarding your interest. Photography is permissible. However, we kindly request that you stay with our group. Please do not take photographs of personal information on ballot envelopes like signatures or addresses.
Also Coming this Spring!

Morning at the Mayor's Office with The Bus Project
City of Portland, City Hall
10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

The Power of Advocacy with The Bus Project
The Bus Project
9:30 a.m. -- 12-Noon

G.I.R.L. Agenda--Girls Scouts' NEW Civic Engagement Program!
In early October, 2017, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a nonpartisan initiative powered by Girl Scouts to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action.


To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlagenda
Girls Scouts' History of Civic Engagement
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has emphasized the importance of civic engagement, by teaching and encouraging girls to create positive change in their communities through advocacy and action. Girl Scouts learn to stand up for what they believe in, identify issues they care about, and develop leadership skills to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has a century of success which is reflected in the realm of public service by the fact that 76 percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of U.S. Secretaries of State are Girl Scout alumnae.


Attached Media Files: G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda

Roseburg Police K9 Iago Retires
Roseburg Police Dept. - 01/19/18 2:28 PM
The Friends of the Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs hosted a retirement event at the Roseburg Public Safety Center to honor retiring Police K9, Iago. Having served since December of 2011, Roseburg Police Department K9 Iago, is retiring after six years of faithful service to the citizens of Roseburg, Douglas County and his handler, Master Officer Ryan Dingman.

Iago's tracking ability led to 179 suspect apprehensions during his career. Iago's success would not have been possible without the dedication and countless hours of training conducted with his handler, Master Officer Dingman. In addition to the suspect apprehensions, Iago located five missing people and countless items of evidence, to include guns.

Master Officer Oscar Rosas has been selected to replace Master Officer Dingman as RPD's new K9 handler. Master Officer Rosas has been training with the K9 teams since the program began. Chief Burge said, "Master Officer Rosas' experience as a veteran police officer and K9 trainer makes him a perfect fit as a K9 handler in this very successful program at the Roseburg Police Department." Master Officer Rosas said that he is excited to combine his love of dogs with police work.

Chief Burge pointed out that, "The success of the entire Roseburg Police Department K9 program would not be possible without the outstanding support of our community and, especially Friends of the Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs." Chief Burge specifically thanked "Friends" Chairperson Rosemarie Wess, who has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the program from the very beginning and, a local couple who have purchased five police canines for Douglas County law enforcement agencies since the start of the program.

Master Officer Rosas and his new K9 partner are expected to be ready for patrol duty in March. They will be joining patrol K9 Axel and his handler, Officer Goode, and narcotic detection K9 Trapper and his handler, Officer Derrick.

Investigation into Stolen Vehicles in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 2:20 PM
On January 19, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police Major Crime Section served search warrants at two locations in North Salem and one in Marion County off West Stayton Road. All three locations have an association with Gone Towing. The major crime section is conducting an investigation based on information received that stolen vehicles were being held at the locations.

Anyone with information to report regarding Gone Towing please call Detective Barrientos at (503) 378-3387.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111334/gone.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111334/gone.3.jpg

Suspect eludes multiple law enforcement agencies and is in custody after an officer involved shooting in Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 11:30 AM
On Thursday, January 18th at approximately 3:20PM, an OSP Trooper operating a marked police vehicle attempted to stop a Dodge pickup for speeding on I-84 near milepost 109 westbound in Sherman County. The suspect failed to stop for the Trooper and when the suspect cut through the grassy median and began traveling eastbound, OSP discontinued the pursuit. At approximately 3:30PM, a Sherman County Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it near Moro. The suspect refused to stop for police and the Sherman County Deputy discontinued their pursuit.

A short time later an OSP Trooper observed the vehicle in Sherman County headed towards Wasco County. Wasco County Sheriff's deputies and the Oregon State Police attempted to stop the suspect by using spike strips at two separate locations, which were unsuccessful. The suspect vehicle was seen traveling through Tygh Valley at unsafe speeds and all law enforcement agencies discontinued efforts to stop the vehicle due to concerns for the public's safety.

At approximately 4:25PM, a Wasco County Deputy located the vehicle at a residence just off US 197 approximately 4 miles south of Tygh Valley. As the vehicle attempted to reenter US 197 the Deputy fired several rounds at the vehicle with his sidearm. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was operated by 30 year old Rudy Foki Paea FIFITA from West Jordan, Utah. FIFITA had two passengers in the vehicle, 23 year old Tiffany Joan ROUBMAI from Haiku, HI and their 1 year old son. Neither FIFITA, ROUBMAI or their son were injured during this incident.
FIFITA was lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on charges stemming out of Sherman County for Attempting to Elude Police (2 counts), Recklessly Endangering another Person (4 counts) and Reckless Driving.

Under protocols established by Oregon Senate Bill 111 each county has a specific set of rules by which police shootings are investigated. In Wasco County those protocols call for the District Attorney to name another agency, which in this case was the Oregon State Police, to head the investigation, with participation from other officers of the County's Major Crime Team -- drawn from the other agencies. The agency involved in the shooting contributes a single liaison officer, but does not participate in the SB 111 review. The reason for this is so that there is as much of detached investigation as is possible.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Sherman County S.O., Wasco County S.O., The Dalles P.D., the Sherman County District Attorney's Office, the Wasco County District Attorney's Office, Oregon Department of Human Services and ODOT. The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released as the investigation allows.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111328/IMG951669.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111328/Fifita_NORCOR.jpg

Power outage Hamilton Creek
Lebanon Community Schools - 01/19/18 10:46 AM
Hamilton Creek is currently with out power. It could be out for at least two hours. Parents are welcome to pick up children.

Police recover property stolen in recent thefts
Lincoln City Police - 01/19/18 10:17 AM
From January 14 through January 17, 2018 Lincoln City Police Officers have been investigating numerous thefts from vehicles, businesses, and residences, including the theft of emergency equipment from a North Lincoln Fire and Rescue command vehicle.

On January 17, 2018 Grand Ronde Tribal Police contacted a vehicle at the Seaway Market in connection with a shots fired call that originated in the Tillamook County section of Hwy 18. Arrested from the vehicle were Tracy Davis, Devyn Hopkins, and Ethan Parkin, who were all lodged at the Polk County Jail.

Grand Ronde Tribal Police served a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered numerous items taken in car clouts and mail thefts from the Lincoln City area. After being contacted by the Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Officer Tim Delugach responded to assist with the search warrant. Items recovered from the vehicle included a radio, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and equipment taken from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, tools taken from two different vehicles in the Taft area of town, and mail taken from the Oceanlake area of town. All recovered items were returned to their owners, but numerous items are still missing from these cases.

The thefts of these items occurred from approximately late night Sunday January 14th to the morning of Wednesday January 17th. Other items were found in the vehicle that are not currently tied to any reported thefts.

If you have experienced a theft during this time frame, or have any information on the cases mentioned, please contact Officer Delugach or the Lincoln City Police Department at 541 994-3636.

We would like to remind everyone to lock vehicle and building doors, and not to leave valuables in vehicles. LCPD is grateful for the superb inter-agency support from Grand Ronde Tribal Police and their help in recovering the stolen items.

Western Oregon University Board of Trustees Approves New Minor, Welcomes New Member (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 01/19/18 9:34 AM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees convened Wednesday, Jan. 17, for its quarterly meeting. The board welcomed new trustee Gayle Evans, chief human resources officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, to her inaugural meeting and approved a new minor in public history.

The new minor is in the History department of the Social Sciences Division. The Public History minor will be directed by Associate Professor Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and would prepare students for future employment in archives, museums or any institution requiring establishment of historical record or interpretation and display for the public. Participating students will be required to engage in experiential learning opportunities such as an internship with a historical society. The program is expected to begin fall 2018.

"We are pleased to offer this new, career-focused minor for students interested in history," said Provost Stephen Scheck. "Not only will it provide students with the opportunity to explore a different facet of history education, but it also will teach them how to use their passion for the subject to educate and delight audiences who might otherwise overlook the importance of our past."

WOU has been working on a general education curricular update that would focus on a 180-credit-to-degree for all students. The plan, which combines well-rounded academic requirements with a definitive timeline to mitigate student debt and increase degree accessibility, has been progressing for about a year. At the meeting, it was announced that the plan had officially moved from the General Education Task Force to the Faculty Senate's General Education Committee; the proposal faces several steps before it is voted on. If approved, the new requirements would take effect in the fall of 2019.

In other action, the board:
Recognized the WOU chapter of Student Veterans of America for its recent Chapter of the Year award, which was revealed earlier this month at the SVA national conference.
Approved the 2017 Annual Financial Report and the Q2 Management Report
Heard an update on the Campus Master Plan, the renovations of the Natural Science building and the repurposing of the former Oregon Military Academy building
The next Board of Trustees meeting is set for April 18.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1107/111321/IMG_2460.JPG

Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 9
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/19/18 9:20 AM
(Salem) -- Employers across the state are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, an event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of keeping people safe and healthy while on the job.

Now in its 15th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities. Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"This stand-down provides an opportunity for employers and their workers to pause and remember the high value they should place on protecting workers from harm," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "It's an opportunity to highlight past successes and to review the reasons behind those successes. It's also a time to reflect on current challenges and to plan for the future with a renewed focus on identifying and eliminating hazards."

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 4: http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/signup.aspx. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

During the event, companies are encouraged to share their Safety Break activities on social media by tagging @OregonOSHA on Facebook and using #SafetyBreak2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/index.aspx.


Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 2 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/19/18 8:01 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 2 via conference call. Agenda items will include a statewide cemetery clean-up day, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

Thu. 01/18/18
Waldport Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody in the Lincoln County Jail (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 11:42 PM
Green, Stanley C
Green, Stanley C
On 1/11/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received information from Detectives with the Brookings Police Department and the US Marshals Service that a Stanley Carl Green, 55 years of age, was frequenting the area of Brookings, Or. The US Marshals and the Brookings Police Department were seeking Green regarding an active warrant for his arrest on the charge of Fail to Appear regarding a robbery charge out of Thurston County, Washington.

On 1/17/18 in the early morning hours, Officers with the Bandon Police Department learned that Green was staying in a campsite at the Bullards State Park, in Bandon, Or. Bandon Police notified appropriate law enforcement agencies, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received notification at which time Detectives responded to Coos County.

On 1/17/18 at approximately 8:30 AM, the Coos County Sheriff's Office activated their Emergency Response Team which responded to the area of the Bullards State Park. After surveillance, the Coos County ERT contacted Green and took him into custody without incident.

On 1/17/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Port Orford Police Department arrived at the Coos County Jail, an interview of Stanley Green was conducted. Mr. Green provided a statement admitting to his involvement in both the Columbia Bank robbery in Waldport and the Rogue Credit Union robbery in the City of Port Orford, Or.

During the evening hours of 1/17/18, Detectives with Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the Port Orford Police Department, executed a search warrant at the camp site that was previously occupied by Green. Detectives located items of interest regarding both bank robberies in the process, the items were seized as part of the investigation.

Stanley Carl Green was transported to the Lincoln County Jail on 1/17/18 without incident.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the multiple agencies involved in the apprehension of Green. This arrest was successful due to multi agency collaboration. Agencies: Coos County Sheriff's Office, City of Bandon Police Department, City of Brookings Police Department, Oregon State Police, the US Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Respectfully Summited:

R. Ballentine, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St
Newport, Or 97365
(541) 265-4277

Attached Media Files: Green, Stanley C

***Second Update***Murder Investigation Completed - One Arrested and Two Outstanding - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:48 PM
On January 17, 2018, 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON (aka: Little Red) was located in Las Vegas, NV and arrested on the warrant for Murder.

End Update

On January 9, 2018, Damian Lee ATWOOD was taken into custody by Detectives of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrant for Murder.

Elizabeth HUDSON is still outstanding and we are asking for the publics help in locating her. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, you are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.


On June 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the death of 22-year old John REITTERER from Crescent City, California. REITTERER was located in a shallow creek off of Illinois River Road, near milepost 6. The death of REITTERER was determined to be a homicide and the investigation has been ongoing since that time.

On November 28, 2017, the completed investigation was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury. The Josephine County Grand Jury indicted the following persons on the charge of Murder and warrants were issued for their arrests:

- 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON, also known as "Little Red."

- 19 year old Damian Lee ATWOOD, also known as "Bubba J"

- 22 year old Ryan Michael ELDRED

On November 28, 2017, Ryan ELDRED was lodged at the Josephine County jail on the warrant for Murder.

The whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and Damian ATWOOD are unknown at this time but they are both known to frequent the Cave Junction, Oregon area.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and/or Damian ATWOOD are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/110973/Red.jpg , 2018-01/1002/110973/Eldred.jpg , 2018-01/1002/110973/Bubba_J.jpg

Western Oregon University Theatre Presents The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 01/18/18 3:32 PM
Selena Moreno (left) and Stephen Nielson rehearse a scene from "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence," in which they both play several roles. The Western Oregon University Theatre department will perform Madeleine George's award-winning play Feb.
Selena Moreno (left) and Stephen Nielson rehearse a scene from "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence," in which they both play several roles. The Western Oregon University Theatre department will perform Madeleine George's award-winning play Feb.
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University theatre department will present The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George on February 8-10, 2018.

The play, which was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, will be directed by student Matthew Miller '18. It takes a closer look at several Watsons through history, including Sherlock Holmes' trusty associate, the Jeopardy-crushing super-computer, the engineer behind Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and a modern-day techie searching for love.

"This show is about the people behind the people who change the world: the assistants, transcriptionists and secretaries," said Miller. "The thing I hope people take away from the show is that for every important figure in history, there is someone behind the scenes whose contribution is just as important as the major figures we hear about."

The cast of the time-jumping play includes just three cast members, as they all play several parts in different vignettes: Selena Moreno (Milwaukie), William Evans (Corvallis) and Stephen Nielson (Salem).

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence will be staged in the intimate Black Box Studio. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets are $14, $8 for students with ID and $10 for seniors. They may be purchased at the Box Office on campus, by email at boxoffice@wou.edu or by telephone at 503-838-8462.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Attached Media Files: Selena Moreno (left) and Stephen Nielson rehearse a scene from "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence," in which they both play several roles. The Western Oregon University Theatre department will perform Madeleine George's award-winning play Feb.

Salem Woman dies in Fatal Crash in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:00 PM
On January 17, 2018 at approximately 10:10pm Oregon Police State troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle fatal crash on HWY 22W near milepost 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Honda CRV, operated by Lauren Beasley, age 21 from Salem, was traveling westbound on HWY 22W Honda veered off the road and struck a guard rail on the westbound lane, crossed into the eastbound lane of travel then struck a tree down a 20 foot embankment on the eastbound shoulder. Beasley suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately five hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Polk County Fire, Sheridan Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111291/polk.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111291/polk.2.jpg

Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet Jan. 25
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/18/18 2:49 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business, new business, status reports on subcommittees and agenda creation for the full commission meeting on February 8, 2018.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

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Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 2:32 PM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Museums may apply for a variety of projects, including of the following examples. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum, but still meet the museum's mission.

"This program is versatile enough to serve museums of all sizes," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Beth Dehn. Past projects included a speaker series at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, electrical work at the Gilliam County Historical Society, storage materials for the Klamath County Museum and the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House in Eugene, interpretation at Washington County Museum and Cannon Beach History Center and a living history cemetery tour in Lincoln City.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Semi Truck and Trailer Crash Causes Multi-Car Pile Up on I-5 Near Cottage Grove (Photo) *Update Name Added*
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 12:57 PM
Update fourth Driver named added

On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at approximately 7:46pm OSP Springfield and Roseburg responded to a multi-vehicle injury crash on I-5 near milepost 168.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound commercial motor vehicle (CMV), driven by Amarveer Dahliwal (age 45 from Everett, Washington), lost control of its trailer and struck the outside guardrail, the driver then overcorrected, crossed both southbound travel lanes and struck the center concrete barrier. The collision with the barrier dislodged several large concrete sections, forcing them into the northbound travel lanes.

A second northbound CMV, driven by David Solheim (age 55 from Myrtle Creek) stopped at the crash scene, exited the vehicle, in attempts to warn the southbound traffic. Solheim was struck by a southbound Dodge pick-up, driven by Decontee Renda (age 23 from Sheridan). Solheim was transported to sacred Heart at Riverbend hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

Four northbound vehicles crashed into the concrete barriers that were pushed into the northbound lane. Those vehicles were driven by: Bobby Carter (age 47 from Springfield), and Michelle Nickell (age 57 from Cottage Grove), Adam Castro (age 52 from Springfield), and Kelly Gregory (age 43 from Portage, Michigan). In total five people (all four drivers) were transported to Sacred Heart at Riverbend Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The crashes completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes however Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to open one lane of travel in both directions in under two hours, allowing tow operators on scene to remove the vehicles. ODOT Incident Response remained on scene to replace the six concrete sections.

note the name of the driver of the Dodge Charger will be added as soon it can be confirmed.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.3.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.2.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.jpg

Tip of the Week January 22, 2018 - Winter Driving - Part 2
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 11:00 AM
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926


Date: January 22, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


Last week's Tip of the Week focused on being prepared for getting out on the road in winter weather. This week week's tips from ODOT's Oregon Winter Driving Guide are about how to drive safely in icy and snowy weather conditions.

DON'T use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.
Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock, or lower.
If you lose traction, gradually slow down. DON'T slam on the brakes!
The key to keeping your vehicle under maximum control on slippery surfaces is smoothly steering, braking and accelerating. Steer just enough to follow the path you intend to go.
Be prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking "15 seconds" ahead about your options. These include controlling your speed, changing lanes or communicating with others on the road.
Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways because ice forms first on these surfaces.
Avoid driving through snowdrifts. They can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Slow down in advance of shaded areas (especially curves) where ice and snow are the last to melt.
Finally, chain up early! Weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly at this time of year.

There is also a handy checklist in ODOT's Driving Guide to help you be prepared for winter driving before heading out on the road.

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

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/5490/111294/012218-Winter_Driving-Part_2.pdf

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for Feb. 2 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 8:54 AM
SALEM, Ore. - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor. The meeting will be held in the Capitol, Room 50. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting agenda: an update on fundraising efforts, outcomes of a benefits study done by Portland State University, status of a proposed trail use and lease agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay and an update on valley segment planning.
The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor connecting eight cities and two counties. The proposed route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail. For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Oregon State Police Sergeant and Arson Detective's Investigation Lead to Arrests in an Arson Case- Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 8:00 AM
On September 2, 2017, OSP Fish & Wildlife sergeant was patrolling Roman Nose Mountain in the North Fork Smith River area, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle drive by him at a higher than normal speed. Approximately, ten miles down the road and half an hour later, the sergeant came upon a structure fire in an unoccupied building in a remote area of the North Fork Smith River. An off-duty forester, who also had just happened upon the scene, assisted the sergeant in taking action. The two forced entry through the gate of the property, put out a spot fire from embers that had crossed the river, and started building hand lines. Western Lane Fire Protection District employees responded with a helicopter and about half a dozen fire trucks and quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread further into the forest.

A follow-up investigation by an Oregon State Police arson detective led to charges being filed on three men. It was later determined that these three men where the same in the suspicious vehicle that had passed the sergeant.

Elijah James Peterson (18-yoa): Arson 1, Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

David Gilbert McCoy Jr (24-yoa): Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

Lucas Charles Reed (21-yoa): Criminal Trespass I

Photos are courtesy of Facebook

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111271/NorthForkFire_(3).jpg , 2018-01/1002/111271/Reed_FB.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111271/Peterson_3_FB_Low_Pixel_Count.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111271/McCoy_FB.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111271/Fire_2.jpg

Wed. 01/17/18
Luring arrest (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/18 5:17 PM
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Case # 2017-375623

Date & Time of Incident: December 2017

Type of Incident: Luring

Location of Incident: Bend/Prineville


Two female juvenile victims


Benjamin John Finnestad 42 year old Bend transient


In December 2017, Bend Police Detectives received information from Prineville Police Department regarding a registered sex offender possibly committing crimes in Bend. Prineville Police Department relayed information regarding Finnestad attempting to contact minor females over the internet through various social media platforms.

Examination of digital evidence and interviews confirmed that Finnestad had unlawfully communicated with minor females online and failed to register as a sex offender. Bend Police Detectives arrested Finnestad on January 17 at the Bend Police Department. Finnestad was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on (2) counts of Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct and (1) count of Fail to Register as a Sex Offender.

This investigation is still ongoing.

The Bend Police Department wants to remind our community of the dangers that exist regarding youth on social media. It is important for parents to be mindful of the social media platforms their children use.

### End of Release###

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/5593/111282/press_release.jpg

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 25 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:52 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, January 25, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C. Please note that space is limited. Those interested in participating via conference call should contact Tara Weston before the meeting at 971-673-1047 to obtain call-in information.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. It members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of tobacco's harmful impact on Oregonians.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget implementation; Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act; Tobacco 21; legislative efforts.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets January 24 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:31 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve January 3 meeting minutes; discuss the oral health accountability metric; provide input for the public health accountability metrics report, recommend benchmarks for accountability metrics and process measures.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA seeks applications for Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 3:35 PM
January 17, 2018

The Oral Health Program at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is calling for applications to an advisory committee overseeing one of the program's dental pilot projects.

Applications are being accepted for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee for Dental Pilot Project #200, which will train expanded practice dental hygienists (EPDHs) and demonstrate that EPDHs can successfully place "interim therapeutic restorations" (ITRs) when directed to do so by a collaborating dentist. The ITR is an interim restoration designed to stop the progression of dental caries until the patient can receive treatment for that tooth by a dentist.

The Community Dentistry Program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry has partnered with Capitol Dental Care and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on this project. Led by an EPDH, Capitol Dental Care will use telehealth-connected oral health teams to reach children who have not been receiving dental care on a regular basis. Capitol Dental will provide community-based dental diagnostic, prevention and early intervention services, including ITR placement when indicated by the supervising dentist.

The application for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/ORALHEALTH/DENTALPILOTPROJECTS/Documents/AdvisoryCommitteeApplication.pdf. Interested persons should submit a completed application, along with a copy of a current resumé or curriculum vitae, to Sarah Kowalski, Dental Pilot Project coordinator, at sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact Kowalski by email, or at 971-673-1563, or visit the OHA dental pilot project website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/dentalpilotprojects/.

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

The Oral Health Program is located in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion within the Public Health Division under the Oregon Health Authority.

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Douglas County Farm Bureau offers scholarships
Oregon Farm Bureau - 01/17/18 3:25 PM
Douglas County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that it will offer up to five $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to students who are pursuing a course of study in agriculture or forestry -- or are the children or grandchildren of a voting member of Douglas County Farm Bureau, in which case any major will be considered.

Applicants must be Douglas County high school graduates, either graduating this year or already enrolled in a higher education institution. Douglas County homeschool students are also eligible to apply.

The selection of winners will be based on merit, financial need, initiative, and demonstration of interest in forestry or agriculture.

Past recipients are eligible to reapply.

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

For more information and the application, contact Troy or Holly Michaels at 541.825.3760.


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

CANCELLED - Dog Advisory Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 11:26 AM

The Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6pm has been canceled and will be re-scheduled.



This is to inform the public that there will be a Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting held at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Justice Addition to the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Room 210, Roseburg, OR on Wednesday January 17th, 2018 at 1800 hours (6pm). The agenda will include:

1. Old Business
2. Rescue Registry
2. License Fee
3. Tactical Communication Training for AC volunteers and Saving Grace employees
4. Livestock Rescues
5. Introduction of new Animal Control Supervisor

The Advisory Board is appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners as established by County Ordinances.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing-impaired or for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made in advance of the meeting to Kathy Cross, Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4449 or kacross@co.douglas.or.us

Public meetings set for BLM fuel breaks and restoration environmental impact statements
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/17/18 10:25 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management will hold 14 public meetings in six western states to identify issues and receive public comments. The purpose of these meetings is to gather input for the preparation of two Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEIS) aimed at reducing wildfires and restoring sagebrush steppe habitat.

The two PEISs will analyze future projects in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and California. One will analyze fuels breaks, which slow the advance of wildfire and thereby reduce the threat to life and property, among other benefits. The other will analyze restoration work of burned areas, with an emphasis on replacing invasive species with native and other species more conducive to sagebrush-steppe health. BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission. When completed, the two documents will provide standard analyses for fuels breaks and restoration projects, thereby reducing the need for in-depth evaluation on an individual project basis.

"The fuel break PEIS will help us to limit the size of wildfires and provide better protection for the public and firefighters," said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director. "The restoration PEIS will speed the recovery of burned areas, helping the vegetation to recover faster and minimize the disruption of local economies."

BLM will accept comments until March 1, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings, by email at GRSG_PEIS@blm.gov or by fax at (208) 373-3805. Written comments may also be sent via mail to Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709.

All of the scoping meetings listed will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location / Date / Venue / Address

Susanville, CA 2/6/18
BLM Eagle Field Office; 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

Boise, ID 1/30/18
Wyndham Garden Hotel, Boise Airport; 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705

Twin Falls, ID 2/13/18
Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn; 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd., Twin Falls, ID 83301

Idaho Falls, ID 2/14/18
Hilton Garden Inn; 700 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Reno, NV 2/7/18
UNR, Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom C; 1644 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503

Elko, NV 2/8/18
Red Lion Hotel, High Desert Inn Ballroom; 2065 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801

Ely, NV 2/13/18
BLM Ely District Office; 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301

Lakeview, OR 2/7/18
BLM Lakeview Interagency District Office; 1301 S. G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

Burns, OR 2/8/18
Harney County Chamber of Commerce/Community Center; 484 N. Broadway, Burns, OR 97720

Salt Lake City, UT 2/15/18
Courtyard by Marriot Downtown; 345 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Snowville, UT 1/31/18
Snowville Elementary School; 160 N. Stone Road, Snowville, UT 84336

Cedar City, UT 2/14/18
Heritage Center -- Festival Hall; 105 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT 84720

Vernal, UT 2/1/18
Uintah Conference Center; 313 East 200 South, Vernal, UT 84078

Moses Lake, WA 2/1/18
Moses Lake Best Western; 3000 W. Marina Dr., Moses Lake, WA 98837


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/5514/111260/JAN18-003_(PEIS_Scoping_Meetings_NR)_Final.pdf

FBI offers up to $10,000 reward in fugitive hunt for Barrett Busschau (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
Busshcau - age progression
Busshcau - age progression
The FBI is offering a new reward and launching a media campaign in an effort to generate tips in the cold case fugitive hunt for Barrett Preston Busschau. Busschau, now 42 years old, disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after Clackamas County authorities arrested him on multiple sex abuse charges involving children. The FBI is running Facebook ads in both the Portland-metro area and in South Africa, where he may be living. In addition, the FBI Laboratory has produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now, and the FBI is profiling Busschau's case on its fugitive website. His "Wanted by the FBI" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/barrett-preston-busschau.

The reward of up to $10,000 is for information that leads directly to his arrest.

On July 27, 1993, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted Buscchau for the alleged molestation of five girls between the ages of ten and 15. He was 18 years old at the time. The charges include:
· 1st degree sexual penetration with a foreign object
· 1st degree sex abuse
· 3rd degree sodomy
· 3rd degree rape
· 3rd degree sex abuse

Busschau was released pending trial, but he fled before his next court appearance. In February 1994, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted him for failure to appear. That same year, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Busschau is a native of South Africa, and he had been living in the United States since 1984 as a legal permanent resident. Investigators believe he may have traveled to California and/or Panama following his disappearance, but the last known sighting of him places him in South Africa.

Investigators do believe there may be people still living in the Portland-metro area who have information that could help lead the FBI to Busschau. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip to https://tips.fbi.gov. Anyone living elsewhere who has information about Busschau should contact the nearest FBI office or U.S. Embassy.


Attached Media Files: Busschau - FBI Wanted Poster , Busshcau - age progression , Busschau - booking photo - 1993 , Busschau - Facebook ad - Jan 2018

Employment in Oregon December 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 14,700 Jobs in December

In December, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 14,700 jobs, following a revised loss of 300 jobs in November. Monthly gains were concentrated in two industries that bounced back from weaker hiring patterns in the summer, as leisure and hospitality added 4,400 jobs in December and professional and business services added 3,000. Three other industries added at least 1,000 jobs in December: manufacturing (+2,400 jobs), construction (+1,600), and health care and social assistance (+1,000). No major industry cut jobs substantially in December.

Since December 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 48,400 jobs, or 2.6 percent. This is near the rate of growth experienced throughout 2016 and well into mid-2017. While the jobs reports in late 2017, which covered the August through November data, were indicating a slowdown in Oregon's economic expansion, the strong jobs reading in December reflects a return to robust growth.

Over the most recent 12 months, gains were most rapid in construction, which added 8,800 jobs, or 9.4 percent. Next in line was leisure and hospitality (+8,900 jobs, or 4.4%), followed closely by private educational services (+1,400 jobs, or 4.0%). Several major industries expanded by close to 3 percent: health care and social assistance (+7,200 jobs, or 3.1%), financial activities (+2,900 jobs, or 3.0%), and professional and business services (+6,600 jobs, or 2.8%). Meanwhile, only two industries changed employment over the year by less than 1 percent: government (+2,300 jobs, or 0.7%) and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.1 percent in December from 4.2 percent in November. Oregon's unemployment rate was the same as the U.S. unemployment rate, which was also 4.1 percent in December. The state's annual average unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.0 percent, which was Oregon's lowest annual average unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's second-lowest annual average unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, which was reached in 2016 and 1995.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 6th.??NLG

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon Decembver 2017 News Release

Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement (Photo)
Pacific Power - 01/17/18 9:36 AM
Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs
Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Jan. 17, 2018

Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement
Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer will lead the dozen regional business managers who serve customers in more than 240 communities throughout the Northwest

PORTLAND--Pacific Power has promoted two experienced regional business managers to lead the seasoned group of professionals who work closely with the customers, local governments and major accounts the company serves in Oregon, Washington and California.

Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer are both promoted to director, customer and community affairs.
Carter will lead the regional business managers serving Washington and central and northern Oregon. Reporting to her will be:
Matt Chancellor -- Bend (Central Oregon)
Bill Clemens -- Walla Walla (Southeastern Washington)
Alisa Dunlap -- Astoria (Clatsop County)
Lori Froehlich -- Yakima (Yakima Valley)
Sheila Holden -- Portland (NE Portland)
Diana Knous -- Portland (Portland and Mid-Willamette Valley)
Lori Wyman -- Pendleton (NE Oregon, Columbia Gorge)
Meyer will lead the regional business managers serving the Mid-Willamette Valley, southern Oregon and California. Reporting to him will be:
Todd Andres -- Klamath Falls (Klamath & Lake counties)
Sam Carter -- Roseburg (Douglas, Coos & southern Lane counties)
Celeste Krueger -- Albany (Linn, Benton & northern Lane counties)
Christina Kruger -- Medford (Jackson & Josephine counties)
Monte Mendenhall -- Yreka (Northern California)
Carter and Meyer are replacing Jim Gossett, who served the company for 38 years and retired in early 2018.
"Our customers and the partnerships we create to build local community prosperity are the reason we are in business," Scott Bolton, senior vice president for external affairs and customer solutions. "Delivering exceptional service is a team effort across our company and depends on effective communication, a close working relationship with our operations professionals, and always being in tune with our customers' needs. With Cheryl and Alan and their experienced, committed teams in place, we will continue to foster growth for the customers and communities we serve."

Both Carter and Meyer will report to Bolton.

Based in Portland, Carter has worked in the electric utility industry for 18 years. She began her career in the industry working on energy efficiency in California and later moved to Oregon to work for PacifiCorp's marketing department. In 2004 she went to work for Portland General Electric as a Product Manager and then General Business Market Manager before coming back to PacifiCorp in 2013 as an account manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing from Oregon State University and later earned an MBA from Washington State University, Vancouver. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her three teenage children and enjoys snow skiing and hiking.

Based in Stayton, Ore., Meyer has worked in the electric utility industry for over 29 years and started out shoveling coal at a Midwestern power plant in 1988 and later became a maintenance supervisor at a nuclear plant before managing a small call center for a St. Louis utility. In 2003 Alan and his family moved to Oregon where he started as a team manager, then operations manager at Pacific Power's Portland-based call center. He has served as an account manager and regional business manager in the Willamette Valley since 2007. Meyer will still be the first point of contact for communities and customers in Marion County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in management from William Woods University in Missouri. Alan and his wife Lisa, along with their adult children greatly enjoy life in the great Northwest.


About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Attached Media Files: Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs , Cheryl Carter, director of customer and community affairs

Glendale Man Arrested for Child Sex Crimes (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 8:09 AM
George Ray - Mugshot
George Ray - Mugshot
GLENDALE, Ore. -- Detectives have made an arrest in a child sex abuse case.

On December 19, 2017, deputies took a report of a possible sex abuse involving a minor child. On Tuesday, December 26th, detectives from the Sheriff's Office took over the investigation and learned the child had been assaulted by a male known to the child. The investigation continued.

On January 12, 2018, detectives, with assistance from the Oregon State Police, arrested 48 year-old George Ervin Ray of Glendale on child sex crimes. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on two charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two charges Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

Attached Media Files: George Ray - Mugshot

Governor, ODVA seeking applicants to fill vacancy on Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 01/17/18 8:00 AM
Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs are seeking applications from veterans interested in serving the state's veteran community as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee.

Since the advisory committee was established in 1945, it has held a distinct and fundamental role advising the director and staff of ODVA. Advisory committee members are military veterans who are appointed by the governor and act as advocates for veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, please visit ODVA's website at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a veteran whose service in the United States Armed Forces meets the criteria defined under ORS 408.225(1)(f). Interested applicants should complete the interest form that can be found online at www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form.pdf.

Completed forms may be submitted by email to executive.appointments@oregon.gov or by regular mail to Office of the Governor, Executive Appointments, 900 Court St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, OR 97301-4075. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 22, 2018.

Attached Media Files: Interest form , 2018-01/1082/111245/Department_Horiz_Web.jpg

Tue. 01/16/18
Red Cross Responds To Disaster Affecting One Person in Walton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/16/18 9:26 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in the 19000 block of Ore. Highway 126 in Walton, Lane County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

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

2017 Operators of the Year: helping people and protecting natural resources
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/16/18 4:29 PM
News Release

Date: Jan. 16, 2018

Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Kyle Abraham, Private Forests Deputy Division Chief, 503-945-7473

SALEM, Ore.--The 2017 Operator of the Year awards go to Lane Parry Forestry Consulting of Baker City, Denali Logging of Coos Bay, and Morisse Logging of Astoria. The Board of Forestry gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who conduct forestry work that goes above and beyond the laws to protect natural resources.

To encourage sound forestry, the board honors operators who consistently meet or exceed the Forest Practices Act. The law requires people to: replant forests; harvest responsibly; protect and enhance habitat; reduce landslide risks; and protect streams and water quality.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, "These operators set the example. They show how operators can both manage forests and protect natural resources. We're pleased to honor their exemplary work."

Lane Parry Forestry Consulting Inc. earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year award for helping landowners after the 2015 wildfires. Lane's team worked with 14 landowners in Baker County and multiple operators to perform salvage harvests. His leadership ensured both successful harvesting and replanting. (Video: https://youtu.be/p_akKepy_Kw)

Denali Logging Inc. earned the Southwest Operator of the Year award for its diligent planning and harvest. While doing forestry work, Denali protected streams, stream buffers and fish habitat. Denali also reduced impacts to the public. Their careful planning included listening to and working with neighbors. Throughout the harvest Denali kept the electricity on and the roads open to meet the neighbors' needs. (Video: https://youtu.be/U723vLHHOSw)

Morisse Logging Inc. earned the Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year award for protecting streams and improving fish habitat. Morisse's extra effort included coordinating work to improve safety along Highway 26 during and after the harvest. His team also brought civic groups to the harvest site to share about forestry and stream improvements. (Video: https://youtu.be/WDgLuMBh2Bk)

Nominees must exceed the Forest Practices Act, which helps improve Oregon's forests. Regional committees select operators of the year and merit award recipients. The Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee issued a Merit Award for excellent work to Zuber & Sons Logging LLC for protecting water quality and streamside buffers.

The Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 7 meeting. The Associated Oregon Loggers, the Oregon Logging Conference and the Oregon Small Woodland Association will also provide special recognition.

In 1971, Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act, the nation's model forest management laws which focuses on forest operations and protecting natural resources. Many states followed Oregon's lead. The Act remains current through updates based on science, facts and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.


Nominations for Urban and Community Forestry Awards wanted by Feb. 15th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/16/18 3:58 PM
SALEM, Ore. - In celebration of Arbor Day, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Assistance Program (ODF) and Oregon Community Trees (OCT) board are seeking nominees from Oregon for the 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Awards. Nominations must be received by Feb. 15, 2018.

The awards recognize inspirational individuals and organizations for promoting tree planting and quality tree care, engaging citizens, raising awareness and knowledge about urban trees and forests, and protecting Oregon's urban forests.

"Such work improves the quality of life in towns and cities around the state," says Kristin Ramstad, manager of Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program, which supports the goals of the awards program. "For over 20 years, this awards program has recognized people and groups who do the often "unsung" work of making our communities better places to live due to their community forestry efforts."

Individual category: Nominations for the individual award recognize citizens, volunteers, or non-profit, government or business employees.

Organization category: Nominations for the organization award recognize citizen groups, non-profits, public agencies, municipalities, and businesses.

Citizens are vital to the nomination process. "We greatly depend upon the eyes and ears of Oregonians to assist us in identifying and recognizing worthy community tree projects put forward by groups and individuals across the state each year," says Eric DeBord, OCT President.

All award nominations must include:
Name of the individual or organization being nominated, and contact information
Name and contact information of the nominator
A brief, 250-words or less, description of the accomplishments and reason for the nomination

Submit nominations here: http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/awards

For more information about Oregon Community Trees visit: www.oregoncommunitytrees.org

Roseburg Police Department Launched Crackdown on Drunk Drivers to Save Lives During the Recent Holiday Season, but the Operation will Continue Through Summer!
Roseburg Police Dept. - 01/16/18 3:35 PM
High visibility enforcement, and increasing the number of officers on the streets aggressively seeking out drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they've been drinking. "Our goal at RPD was to save lives by focusing on impaired driving in order to make our roads safer for our community in Roseburg during Christmas and the New Year Holiday season," said Sgt. Chrisenbery. "That's why we're joining forces with Oregon Impact to crack down on impaired drivers."

The Roseburg Police Department began the high visibility enforcement campaign, which has resulted in multiple DUII arrests, beginning in the week of December 15, 2017 and will continue the operation through summer of 2018.

Conference of Local Health Officials meets January 18 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 3:10 PM
January 16, 2018

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: Committee appointments; review of communicable disease, tuberculosis; HIV case management, sexually transmitted diseases, and immunizations program elements; discussion of public health funding principles; update on OHA cost allocation changes; update on new expenditure reporting form for local public health administrators.

When: Thursday, January 18, 9:30-11:35 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1D, Portland

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs, and any other public health program or activity, under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sing language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

79 small arts organizations receive FY2018 operating grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 01/16/18 2:19 PM
Small grants that can make a large difference in ensuring arts access for rural Oregonians were awarded to 79 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2018.

Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.

Eligibility is limited to organizations who have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more. Most organizations received $1,230.

For the volunteer Inland Northwest Musicians, who travel Northeast Oregon presenting orchestral concerts, that $1,230 literally puts gas in the tank.

"This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission's support of Oregon's small arts providers," said Commission Vice Chair Anne Taylor. "These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state."

For more information about the grant program, contact Brian Wagner at (503) 428-1981 or via email at brian.wagner@oregon.gov.

FY2018 Small Operating Grants were awarded to:

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Oregon, Bend
Ash Creek Arts Center, Independence
Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland
Bach Cantata Choir, Portland
Bandon Showcase, Inc., Bandon
Base Camp Studio, Bend
Boom Arts, Portland
Bump in the Road Theatre, Portland
Cascadia Chapter of NACUSA, Cascadia Composers, Portland
Cascadia Concert Opera, Eugene
Center for Architecture, Portland
Chamber Music Amici, Eugene
Chamber Music Corvallis, Corvallis
Chintimini Chamber Music, Corvallis
Choro In Schola, Beaverton
Classical Up Close, Tigard
Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, Hood River
Confluence: The Willamette Valley LGBT Chorus, Salem
Corvallis Guitar Society, Corvallis
Corvallis Repertory Singers, Corvallis
CymaSpace, Portland
Dance Wire, Portland
Delgani String Quartet, Eugene
Drexel H. Foundation, Vale
Experience Theatre Project, Beaverton
Fear No Music, Portland
Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence
Gallery Calapooia Inc, Albany
The Geezer Gallery, Portland
Girl Circus, Eugene
Greater Eugene Chorus/SWEET ADALINES, Eugene
Hand2Mouth, Portland
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland
Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, Hillsboro
Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Hillsboro
Hillsboro Visual Art Assoc dba Sequoia Gallery and Studios, Hillsboro
Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita
Inland Northwest Musicians, Hermiston
Kukatonon Childrens African Dance Troupe, Portland
Live On Stage, Portland
MediaRites, Portland
Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia Inc, Albany
Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, Tillamook
Music Education & Performing Artists Association, Eugene
North Coast Chorale, Astoria
Northwest Print Council, Portland
One World Chorus, Lake Oswego
Oregon Arists Series Foundation, Salem
Oregon Symphonic Band Inc, Beaverton
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Portland
Painted Sky Inc, Tigard
Paradise of Samoa, Keizer
Performance Works NW, Portland
Portland Chamber Music, Portland
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Portland
Portland Festival Symphony, Portland
Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble, Portland
Portland Story Theater, Portland
Risk/Reward, Portland
Riverbend Live!, Winston
Rogue World Music, Ashland
Rural Art Center, Lorane
Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, Salem
Scalehouse, Bend
Secret Knowledge, Portland
Signal Fire, Portland
Southern Oregon Guild, Kerby/Cave Junction
Stories Alive, Ashland
Sunriver OR Stars Community Theater, Sunriver
The Dalles Art Association, The Dalles
The Piano Santa Foundation, Portland
The Verona Studio, Salem
Theatre 33 on the 45th, Salem
Twilight Theater Company, Portland
Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, Enterprise
West African Cultural Arts Institute, Eugene
Westside Cultural Alliance, Beaverton
Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene
Willamette Valley Symphony, Albany

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

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

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Public Health Advisory Board meets January 18 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 1:38 PM
January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Review 2018 Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) work plan; receive subcommittee updates; make recommendations about public health accountability measures; review the public health modernization evaluation plan; discuss progress toward Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan objectives related to obesity and substance use.

When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1D, Portland. The meeting also is available remotely by webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4888122320415752707, or by telephone at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 19 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 1:13 PM
January 16, 2018

Contact: Heather Johnson, 503-508-8276, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, January 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523. Conference line: 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. Phone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; update on CCO 2.0; overview of CCO and other relevant accountability measure sets; OHA structure and metrics support 101; discussion about role of committee.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon EMS Committee meets January 19
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 11:10 AM
January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon EMS Committee. Agenda items include: vote for chair and vice chair; case presentation; Oregon EMS Information System presentation.

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/207329797937521155

Who: The EMS Committee is established under ORS 682 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of EMS care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322, stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Diet Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/16/18 10:00 AM
TT - Diets
TT - Diets
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against diet scams.

Earlier this month, we talked about setting New Year's resolutions to keep your new tech gadgets safe.

This week, are sharing some advice from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission about a different kind of resolution -- the kind that has you desperate to drop a few pounds.

This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug or breakthrough to help you lose weight or get in shape. The before-and-after photos are stunning -- if that person can do it, as the story goes, you can, too! The best part -- you often don't have to diet or work out. Shell out a few dollars, and the new you will be shopping for bathing suits soon.

As the FTC can tell you, though, there are plenty of scams mixed in with legitimate offers -- and if you fall for one, the only thing that will lose weight is your wallet.

The FTC recommends:

Pass on any patch, pill or gadget that promises you can eat all you want and still lose weight permanently. Losing weight requires sensible food choices, and long-term success will require permanent lifestyle changes.
Electronic devices that offer to slim and tone your body usually only have temporary effects on muscle strength. Most were made for physical therapy and rehabilitation -- not to give you 6-pack abs. Getting real exercise is your best bet for that.
Be wary of the photos that allegedly prove what money can buy you. The photos can easily be faked, and even if they aren't -- there's no guarantee that the now-skinny person in the "after" picture didn't actually diet and work out in addition to using whatever the miracle product was.
Recognize that everybody is different. Even if the item is legitimate and does help some people -- it won't necessarily help you.

Bottom line -- there is no "miracle" drug or product that is going to make your body lighter or stronger for the long run. If you are tempted, make sure you do your homework, talk to your doctor and think before you give online scammers your credit card number.

If you need more detail on diet and device scams, go to FTC.gov or FDA.gov.

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

Attached Media Files: TT - Diets - Audio file , TT - Diets

Oregon Trauma Advisory Board meets January 19
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 9:38 AM
January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB)

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 1-4:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5584360571692535555

Who: The STAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Agenda items include vote for vice chair; case presentation; discussion of Oregon Stop the Bleed program.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322 or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Names Steve Leugers Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 01/16/18 9:34 AM
PORTLAND, Ore., January 16, 2018--OnPoint Community Credit Union has named Steve Leugers Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer. Leugers joins the Executive Team of Oregon's largest credit union with more than 336,000 members and $5 billion in assets.

"Steve's extensive background in credit, coupled with his proven record of leadership at high-performing credit unions across the West, is a strong asset for our members," said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. "We are excited about the talent and expertise Steve brings to the OnPoint family, and can't wait to introduce the Leugers family to all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer."

Prior to joining OnPoint, Leugers served as Chief Lending Officer at Nusenda Credit Union in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leugers previously held senior leadership positions at Del Norte Credit Union, Westerra Credit Union and Elevations Credit Union. Leugers will utilize his more than 20 years' experience in financial services and his passion for the credit union mission to continue to invest in and improve OnPoint's credit and lending services.

"I am honored to join a financial institution with the strong member focus, performance record and reputation that OnPoint has earned," said Leugers. "I'm eager to invest my expertise and talents serving OnPoint members."

Leugers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Environmental Services from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School. He recently moved to Oregon with his wife Jami, and their three daughters, Emily, Abbie and Hannah.

The OnPoint Executive Team is comprised of the following members:
Rob Stuart, President/Chief Executive Officer
Jim Armstrong, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer & HR Executive
Veronica Ervin, Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer
Jim Hunt, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Steve Leugers, Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer
Tory McVay, Senior Vice President/Chief Retail Officer & Wealth Management Executive
Stephen Owen, Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 336,000 members and with assets of $5 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union's membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.


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Pursuit Leads to Arrest
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/18 8:50 AM
RIDDLE, Ore. -- At 9:55 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a green 2002 Ford Explorer towing a flat bed utility trailer on Interstate 5 near milepost 103. Instead of stopping, the driver accelarated. The driver then led law enforcement on a pursuit southbound on the interstate to milepost 76 where he turned around and began driving north.

The driver attempted to avoid spike strips from an assisting Oregon State Police Trooper at milepost 80 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into trees in the median.

The driver was identified as 43 year-old Azalea resident, Jacob Waylon Drusky.

Drusky was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation and was later released into the custody of deputies. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Attempt to Elude Police - Vehicle, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Interfering with Police Officer and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Drusky was also arrested on two warrants issued out of Coos County.

Residential Structure Fire - 1234 SE Court Avenue - 1-16-18 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 01/16/18 6:32 AM
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At 3:04 a.m. on January 16, 2018, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1234 SE Court Avenue. The fire was reported by the homeowner.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find light smoke showing from the second floor of the structure. Upon investigation, firefighters found heavy smoke inside the structure where the fire was located. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to the upstairs living room. The homeowner was able to safely exit the home and there were no reported injuries.

The structure which is valued at $214,000 sustained approximately $80,000 in damage, of which $30,000 was contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A total of 12 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Pacific Power, Avista Utilities, Roseburg Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and Douglas County Fire District #2.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

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Mon. 01/15/18
CMV crashes into a disabled vehicle and onto the shore of the Columbia River just east of Corbett
Oregon State Police - 01/15/18 10:16 PM
On Monday, January 15, 2018 at approximately 5:15PM, Oregon State Police responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle and trailer that had crashed westbound off I-84 near milepost 23, just east of Corbett. It was reported the CMV had left the roadway, crashed through the guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment, landing on its side along the shore of the Columbia River.

Initial investigation revealed a 2015 International Prostar CMV was operated by 52 year old Suzanne BRAULT from Quebec, Canada. BRAULT had been driving in the slow lane of the interstate and traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder as she was checking her side mirror in preparation to move into the fast lane. At the point she traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder, BRAULT struck a parked 1995 Chevy Tahoe that had run out of fuel and was disabled along the shoulder. The Tahoe had been operated by 53 year old Patrick SHEEHAN Jr. from Portland and his 47 year old passenger, Addison BLACKMON III also from Portland.

After striking the Tahoe, BRAULT's CMV and trailer, loaded with food supplies, crashed through the guardrail and traveled down a steep embankment, rolling onto its passenger side along the shoreline of the Columbia River. BRAULT, SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were all out of their vehicles upon law enforcement's arrival. BRAULT was transported to Emanuel hospital by ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were also transported by ground ambulance to OHSU for minor or non- life threatening injuries.

The interstate was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately three hours while this investigation was conducted. The shoulder will remain closed in this area throughout the night and should not affect traffic. During daylight hours tomorrow, January 16th, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and traffic restrictions as the CMV is removed. Please check tripcheck.com for updated information regarding any potential traffic impacts in that area.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Corbett Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time. Photographs will not be available until daylight hours.

Update: Missing Man Found Safe (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/15/18 6:59 PM
Wes Ammer DMV photo
Wes Ammer DMV photo
Update 1/15/18 at 6:30 pm - Mr. Ammer has been found safe in Douglas County. Thank you for keeping an eye out.
Original release:
SHADY COVE, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are looking for a missing man with dementia. On January 15, 2018, at 11:45 a.m., Wesley "Wes" Ammer, 76, of Shady Cove left his home on Bond Road in a light gray 2012 Subaru Outback wagon with Oregon license plate 741HLV. He was reported missing by family at 3:12 p.m.

Ammer is described as a white male, bald with a gray beard, and brown eyes. He is five feet, eight inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Ammer was last seen wearing a black long sleeve pullover shirt with a picture of an elk, and blue Wrangler jeans.

Anyone with information about Ammer's whereabouts should call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-001087

Attached Media Files: Wes Ammer DMV photo , 2012 Outback stock photo

Deputies Find Missing Hunter
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/15/18 2:45 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies located a missing hunter this morning.

At 9:11 p.m. last night, Linn County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a call from a female concerned that her husband and his friend had not returned from hunting. The two individuals had been hunting in the Crabtree Lake area off of Quartzville road outside of Sweet Home. She called back an hour later to call off the search, saying she had heard from her husband that they would be heading home soon.

A few hours later at 2:17 a.m., the hunter's wife called back again because her husband and his friend had still not returned and she wanted deputies to resume the search.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to find the callers husband, 51-year old, John Boeder. He told deputies that his friend, 52-year old, Bryan Keith Spaulding of Lebanon, was trying to flush out some elk, and never returned to where their vehicle was parked.

Deputies began searching the area and Mr. Spaulding was found at 11:03 a.m. this morning. He was found walking out onto a logging road about a mile from where he was last seen. Mr. Spaulding did not require medical attention. Mr. Spaulding was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm for possessing a hunting rifle. He was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged.

Home Invasion
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/15/18 1:47 PM
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Deputies were dispatched to the 100-block of Santiam Lane in Roseburg early Sunday morning to a report of a home invasion.

At approximately 4:30 am, the call was placed to the 9-1-1 center. The caller stated his juvenile daughter woke up to a male hovering over her with his hands covering her mouth. The unknown male fled the house through a window.

The suspect was described as a young male, possibly a teenager. The male had short hair.

Deputies searched the area and conducted an investigation, which is ongoing. Residents are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons to local law enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and reference case number 18-0210.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Information on Missing Winston Man (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/15/18 1:07 PM
Joseph Daniel Coccia
Joseph Daniel Coccia
WINSTON, Ore. -- Deputies are seeking information from members of the community who may have information as to the whereabouts of 70 year-old Winston resident, Joseph Daniel Coccia.

The Sheriff's Office was notified Coccia was missing and took a report on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Coccia, who has dementia according to the caller, is reported to be associated with a green 1997 Subaru Legacy with Oregon license plate VRP113. Coccia's vehicle was involved in a hit and run on Friday, January 12th at approximately 6:30 pm in the 8800-block of Lookingglass Road in Roseburg.

He is described as a white male adult who is approximately 5'6'' weighing 135 lbs with brown eyes and is balding.

Anyone with information as to Coccia's whereabouts or that of his vehicle are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and refer to case number 18-0215.

Attached Media Files: Joseph Daniel Coccia

Sun. 01/14/18
Gresham Man Arrested For Manslaughter Following Fatal Crash On HWY 26 - Clackamas County (Photo)** Names added**
Oregon State Police - 01/14/18 7:52 PM
Update names have been added
Operator of motorcycle has been identified as David S. Weiss age 71 from Forest Grove
Passenger of motorcycle has been identified as Nancy Jo Ludwig age 70 from Hillsboro

On January 13, 2018 at about 6:15pm, OSP Troopers along with Clackamas County SO Deputies responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on US 26 near milepost 47, just east of Rhododendron.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van, operated by Robert E. WALSH, age 54 of Gresham was traveling westbound on US 26. While negotiating a curve, WALSH crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel and collided with a silver 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The operator of the Harley Davidson David Weiss (age 71 from Forest Grove) sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Nancy Jo Ludwig (age 70), from Hillsboro sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Emanuel Hospital.

At the time of the collision the operator and passenger were wearing helmets.

WALSH was taken into custody for Manslaughter II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Assault II.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, multi-agency CRAFT Team, Hoodland Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111194/20180113_230352.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111194/20180113_212543.jpg

Dog Stabbed and Bystanders Threatened; Suspect Lodged in Lane County Jail on Multiple Charges
Junction City Police - 01/14/18 7:44 PM
On Sunday January 14th, 2018 at approximately 1:49pm the Junction City Police Department received a report of a male subject waving an eight-inch knife around outside the apartment complex located at 920 W 1st Avenue in Junction City. It was also reported the subject had just stabbed a dog.

The Junction City Police and the Lane County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene where the subject was detained without incident. The investigation revealed the subject stabbed the dog in self-defense after the dog attacked and bit his arm. After the dog sustained fatal injuries, the subject began waving the knife around again in a menacing fashion and making threating remarks toward one of the persons responsible for the dog.

Due to the nature and location of the incident there were multiple other confrontations between the subject and other area residents. The department is continuing to investigate to determine if additional charges will be filed.
The subject was identified as Christopher Michael Low. Mr. Low was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.

Pedesrtian Killed On Highway 212 Near Damascus - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/18 12:09 PM
On January 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00am, OSP Troopers and Clackamas County SO Deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 212 east of SE 222nd Ave in Damascus, Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Jose RODRIGUEZ-PINEDA, age 54 of Sandy was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 just east of SE 222nd Ave when he collided with a pedestrian. It was determined the pedestrian, identified as Jami Lee DASHER, age 28 of Boring was in the eastbound lane of travel at the time of the collision. DASHER sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, multi-agency CRAFT Team, Clackamas Fire Department and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111195/20180114_015729_(1).jpg

Vehicle Information Needed in Hit and Run (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/18 11:36 AM
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Ricky Ray Ferguson, 54, was booked and lodged at approximately 11:30 p.m., at the Benton County Jail on Saturday night. He was charged with Manslaughter I, Assault II, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run Vehicle-Injury, and Tampering with Evidence.

Our Office continues to seek information from people who saw Ferguson's white, 2004 Ford F250 pickup truck, Oregon license plate 377 JQR, on January 12-13. We know Ferguson stayed in the Philomath area for a significant period of time after the incident. He stopped at a numerous roadside locations to work on his vehicle and alter its appearance.

The living victim, Allan Deutsch, 85, of Corvallis, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Robert Ozretich, 70, of Corvallis, was struck and killed on impact and taken directly to a local funeral home.

Ferguson was located within four hours of the incident with help from our community. Witnesses are asked to call Sergeant Iverson at 541-766-6858 with vehicle information.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1505/111193/ricky_pic.jpg , 2018-01/1505/111193/Mug_shot.jpg , 2018-01/1505/111193/ferguson_pickup.jpeg