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05/24/15
OSP Investigating Vehicle Versus Pedestrian - HWY 97, North Of Crescent
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/24/15
***Update***
Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into this morning's fatal vehicle crash on US97 near milepost 181, approximately 2 miles north of Gilchrist.

According to Sgt. David MacKenzie, On May 24, 2015 at about 4:34AM, OSP received a call there was a pedestrian standing in the middle of Highway 97 near Gilchrist Approximately one minute later, a southbound 1994 Ford Explorer operated by Robert SAUNDERS, age 56, of Bend, struck the pedestrian, Miles Douglas MATTOX, age 60, of Gilchrist, who was standing in the southbound lane. Shortly thereafter, a southbound 1996 Ford Pickup operated by Darren HARRISON, age 46, of LaPine, struck MATTOX, who was then lying in the roadway.

Crescent Fire personnel responded to the scene and declared MATTOX deceased. SAUNDERS was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries and released. HARRISON was uninjured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Crescent Fire. Conditions at the time were total darkness and heavy fog. US97 was closed for approximately 3 hours for the investigation.

The investigation is continuing. There are no photos available for release.
***End Update***

Previous Release:
OSP Troopers are on scene of a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian in northern Klamath County, Highway 97 at milepost 171. Both directions of travel are stopped. Expect delays for some time. Check tripcheck.com for updates. More information will be released when it is available.
Lebanon Fire District responds to house fire
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 05/24/15
At 0433 A.M. the Lebanon Fire District responded to a structure fire in the 1300 block of S. 2ND
street. First arriving crews observed a single story, residential home with flames and smoke visible. Fire crews extinguished the fire, searched the building and found that is was not occupied. The home suffered heavy smoke, fire and water damage. 6 engines, 2 medic units and 2 command officers responded to the fire; there were no injuries. Lebanon Police officers assisted with traffic control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Two Washington Men Arrested Following Pursuit Into Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/24/15
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On May 23, 2015 at about 7:19PM, a trooper observed a northbound speeding vehicle on I-5 near milepost 277 (northern Marion County near Donald/Aurora Exit). The trooper stopped the vehicle, a 1998 Gold Mercedes, near milepost 278. As the trooper was approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away. The trooper returned to his vehicle and pursued the vehicle northbound at speeds exceeding 100mph.

The vehicle merged onto I-205 and continued northbound. The vehicle appeared to be having mechanical issues as it was smoking and slowing down, where it suddenly took the Stafford Road exit (milepost 3). The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot into a thick patch of blackberry briars. It was unknown if the driver was armed and he refused to come out of the wooded area. Subsequently, a police canine from an assisting agency was used to apprehend him.

The driver was identified as Kyler Wayne LAWRENCE, age 21 years old, of Kent, WA. LAWRENCE was taken to a local area hospital for treatment of injuries he received from the canine apprehension. He was then taken to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged for:

Felony Attempt to Elude -Vehicle
Attempt to Elude on Foot
Reckless Driving
Reckless Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Also in the vehicle, was another old male identified as Devin Lee HOFFMAN, 21 years old, of Tacoma, WA, and a two year old child who was unrestrained in the backseat. HOFFMAN was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The two year old child was taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for evaluation and was later released to responsible family member.

OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office, Lake Oswego Police Department, West Linn Police Department, and the Oregon City Police Department.


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05/23/15
***Update*** Injury Traffic Crash, I-5 Milepost 271 NB. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/23/15
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On May 23, 2015 at about 5:09PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Interstate near Milepost 271 (Woodburn). Upon arrival it was discovered the crash actually involved only one vehicle which was blocking the northbound lane.

Witnesses stated that a green ford ranger pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when a tire blow out. The driver, Sean K MOFFIT, age 21, of Sacramento, California lost control of the 1998 Ford Ranger which spun out, crossed the median and rolled several times.

MOFFIT, was transported to a Salem Hospital for minor injuries. Both directions of I-5 were backed up for a couple hours. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***End Update***


Previous Release:
OSP Troopers and emergency crews are on scene of a multi vehicle traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 271 in Marion County. Both northbound and southbound traffic is backed up. Expect delays for several hours and plan alternative travel routes. Check www.tripcheck.com for updates. More information will be released when it is available.


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OSP Arrests Impaired Beaverton Man After Crash and Elude (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/23/15
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On May 23, 2015 at about 5:57AM, an OSP Trooper was working patrol in a highway construction zone on I-205 near milepost 14. The trooper observed a southbound 1998 Chevy Sedan, traveling at 76mph in a 55mph zone.

As the trooper was catching up to the vehicle, it attempted to take the SR224 exit (milepost 13) and left the roadway, striking a bridge support. The trooper pulled up behind the vehicle with lights activated and the driver left the scene, despite vehicle damage and a flat tire. The driver failed to yield for a short distance eventually stopping after the wheel disintegrated.

Vicente BURCIAGO, age 25, of Beaverton, was arrested for DUII, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Hit and Run - Property Damage. BURCIAGO submitted a breath sample of .16% and was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

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


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Oregon State Police Continuing Fatal Hit and Run Investigation In Salem
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/23/15
On May 23, 2015 at about 12:25AM, the Salem Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on the Salem Parkway (Hwy 99E) at Cherry Ave in Northeast Salem.

According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Mike Iwai, when police arrived they found Travis J. LANE, 36, of Salem, deceased. Initial witness information indicated that LANE was struck by an unknown vehicle that left the scene after the crash.

Initial investigation was unable to determine LANE's positioning on the roadway.

Several hours after the crash a subject called Salem Police dispatch and said she might have hit something. The subject, Kimberly A MALM, age 36, of Salem, was eventually arrested for Manslaughter II, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Fail to Perform the Duties of a driver Felony.

The section of HWY 99E is now open but the investigation is continuing at a residence in Marion County. More information will be released when it is available.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by units from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, Marion County District Attorney's Office, Marion County Medical Examiner's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
05/22/15
Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Missing Child (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/22/15
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The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in locating a child taken from Longview, WA.

Child #1- Cash TRAVIS, 18 months old male

Suspect #1 - Andy W TRAVIS, 34 years old, of Longview, 6' 3" 250 lbs, brown eyes with brown hair or shaved head

Suspect #2 Cerena M BARROS, 25 years old, Longview, 5'03" 100 lbs, blue eyes with dark hair or possibly strawberry, blonde hair

On May 17th, Longview Police Department and Oregon DHS became aware that Andy TRAVIS and Cerena BARROS took Cash TRAVIS in violation of a court order. Both Cerenea and Andy are non-custodial parents.

It is believed they are heading to California. There are currently felony warrants out for their arrest.

Suspect vehicle -2000 Ford F150 pickup, white, with Ohio License of DGD6579. The Ohio license does not belong to this vehicle and is believed to be a switched plate. Vehicle has a Starbucks style bumper sticker in the back window "I luv coffee and guns" and a license plate holder that is from "Santa Cruz Beach Auto Sales".

If spotted, please call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 503-397-3131. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.


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Deputies Seeking Help in Finding Man Who Attempted to Abduct a Child (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/22/15
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Today at about 3:15 pm, three students walking home from Four Corners Elementary, in south east Salem, banded together and thwarted an attempted abduction. The three students, ranging in age from 5 to 7, were approached by a male asking for Girl Scout Cookies. When the male attempted to grab one of the children, the oldest stepped in and slapped the wrist of the male allowing the victim to escape. The children ran away and the male chased after them, a witness working in the area called to the man, which startled the suspect causing him to run back to his vehicle and speed away.

The suspect is described as a thin, black male adult, 20 to 30 years old, with short curly hair, no facial hair and a nose piercing. He was wearing long pants, Adidas shoes and a black sweatshirt. The male had some type of distinct marking on either his face or neck. The mark is described as a tattoo or possibly a birthmark shaped like a bird or skull.

His vehicle is described as a charcoal, two door, gray, possibly 2009, all stock, Acura, with tinted windows, a green triangle hanging from the rear view mirror and cigarettes were seen in the center console. The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information regarding this suspect. If you see this person or know of his whereabouts please dial 911 immediately, you can remain anonymous.


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Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for remainder of May 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/22/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the remainder of May 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change. For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule
* May 26th at 5:30 PM - Special Board Meeting at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

* May 27th at 5:30 PM - Budget Committee Meeting located at Millicoma School in the Choir Room, 260 2nd Ave in Coos Bay. The agenda and May 13th approved minutes are posted at the following link: http://cbd9.net/business-office/budget/2015-16-budget
* May 29th at 3:30 PM - Special Board Meeting with Executive Session -based on ORS 192.660(2)(b) to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing. Executive sessions are not open to the public.
Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day flyovers around the state
Oregon Military Department - 05/22/15
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for various ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or around the designated times on Monday, May 25.

11:00 a.m. Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon
11:30 a.m. Grand View Cemetery, La Grande, Oregon
12:00 p.m. Boatnik at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Oregon
12:20 p.m. Mount Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training.
Survey: Despite Low Inflation, Employers Should Expect Health Care Premiums to Surge into 2016
Wells Fargo - 05/22/15
Health care insurers report continued rising premiums into 2016 with claim trends exceeding general inflation for at least the next 18 months, according to the Spring Health Care Trend Survey from Wells Fargo Insurance.

The survey of more than 65 insurance companies nationwide found that, before any plan design changes, overall claim costs will continue to increase by 7 to 10 percent, indicating even higher premium rates in 2015 and 2016.

"The results of the survey indicate rising cost trends that will force companies into a delicate balancing act of providing competitive benefits while also managing costs effectively and complying with regulations," said Dan Gowen, national practice leader with Wells Fargo Insurance's Employee Benefits National Practice.

"We continue to work with our employee benefit customers to design and implement the best programs to increase employee engagement and support their financial goals," Gowen said.

Wells Fargo Insurance has conducted this biannual survey since 2008 and, for the first time, collected data from insurers for use in forecasting health care trends for 2016. The survey found several trends are contributing to the strong indication that health care premiums will continue to rise, including the following:

* Medical claim increase trends remain in the high single digits - Trends range from 7.2 percent for HMO to 9.0 percent for Indemnity Fee-for-Service annually, slightly below 2014 levels and consistent with Wells Fargo Insurance's 2015 Employee Benefits Market Outlook released earlier this year. Despite the stability in year-over-year claim trends, costs remains at unfavorable levels for employers.

* Rising cost and usage of specialty drugs - The survey showed a continued increase in prescription drug cost trends as a result of price increases in generic drugs, and growing use of specialty biotech drugs, such as Abilify and Crestor.

* Health care claim trends for 2016 expected to increase for most products - Projections for 2016 show 0 to 1 percent higher than trends from 2015.

* Other influences in addition to health care reform provisions - Claim trends are also influenced by price inflation or deflation (changes in unit prices for the same services), increased or decreased use of services, aging, the leveraging effect of benefit design features, changes in provider treatment patterns, and improvements in technology and drug therapies.

Another challenge facing employers is the excise tax, or so-called Cadillac tax, created to encourage employers to offer cost-effective plans and engage employees in sharing the cost of care in an effort to reduce health care usage and costs.

Starting in 2018, excise taxes will be charged based on how much an employer's plan exceeds the excise thresholds, charging $0.40 for every dollar above a set threshold. Currently, 38 percent of large employers are expected to hit the excise tax threshold in 2018 if they do not make any changes to their plan design.

"Since the excise tax thresholds will increase annually using a cost-of-living index, it's vital employers strive to manage health care cost trends in order to avoid excise taxes in the long run," said Nick Allen, national practice leader for Actuarial Services with Wells Fargo Insurance. "For many employers, health care cost trends will be the foremost determining factor as to whether and when their plans will exceed the excise tax dollar limits."

Similar to the prior year, respondents agree the top?three employer product innovations in 2015 will involve wellness initiatives, accountable care organizations and narrow- or tiered provider network offerings.

The survey also found that the dental claim trend remains constant with past results and lower than medical due to a lack of cost?shifting from public to private plans and improvements in dental technology.

"Employers need to have a realistic expectation of what will happen to their health care cost if they don't make any changes to their plan or health of their employee population," said Gowen. "Partnering with their insurance broker and employee benefits advisor to project costs is a critical first step for a business' strategic and financial planning for 2016."

Wells Fargo's Employee Benefits National Practice helps customers with financial underwriting and insurance, health and productivity risk management, benefits communication and administration, and compliance with health care reform.

About Wells Fargo Insurance
Recently named "Best Insurance Broker in the U.S." by Global Finance magazine, Wells Fargo Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers. Wells Fargo Insurance writes or places $11 billion of risk premiums annually in property, casualty, benefits, international, personal lines, and life products and also includes one of the nation's leading crop insurance providers.
Deputies Investigate Mill City Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/22/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports deputies are investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred early this morning in the 48000 block of Kingwood Ave, Mill City. The crash was reported at 2:31 a.m. by a nearby resident who had heard the crash.

The driver of the gray 2009 Ford Fusion was identified as 23 year-old Nickolas Lloyd Johnston of Seattle Washington. Johnston suffered severe injuries to include a broken leg, broken ribs and a possible punctured lung. Johnston was extracted from the vehicle and transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital.

Johnston's passenger, identified as 22 year-old Valerie Zimich of Seattle Washington, also suffered severe injuries to include multiple broken bones and a severed right foot. Zimich was extracted from the vehicle and transported to the Salem Hospital.

The investigation reveals Johnston was traveling east on Kingwood Avenue behind a friend, Adam Luckey at about 55 MPH. After accelerating to pass Luckey, Johnston lost control of his vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The extreme force of the crash ejected the engine of the vehicle from the engine compartment. The vehicle driven by Luckey was not involved in the crash.

It is believed alcohol and speed racing are contributing factors in this crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Fire Department, Mill City Fire Department and the Major Accident Investigation Team.

The investigation is continuing.


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05/21/15
***Update*** Fatal Traffic Crash, Hwy 58 MP 19 in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/21/15
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Oregon State Troopers are continuing the investigation into a two vehicle crash on HWY 58 near milepost 19, just east of Lowell, OR.

According to Sergeant Mike Brewster on May 21st, 2015 at about 4:13PM, troopers responded to the report of a head on crash on HWY 58 near milepost 19. It was learned that a 1997 Ford Ranger, operated by Jason HAYS, 33 of, Eugene, was traveling eastbound on HWY 58 when it left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle lost control and reentered the roadway, striking a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Pickup operated by Johnnie GONZALES, age 53, of Bonanza, OR.

A passenger in the 2003 Chevrolet, Katherine GONZALES, age 50, of Bonanza, was pronounced deceased on scene. Johnnie GONZALES and HAYS were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for serious injuries.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Dexter Fire. The investigation is continuing.
***End Update***


Previous Release:
Troopers and first responders on scene of a multi-vehicle fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 58, MP 19, east of Lowell. The highway is expected to be closed for an extended period of time. Please use alternate travel routes and check tripcheck.com for road status. More information will be released when it is available.


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****Update****Airport Road Lebanon Fatal Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/21/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that Kathryn Schilz, 17 year-old from Albany has been arrested in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on April 9, 2015. The crash occurred in the 36000 block of Airport Road in Lebanon.

On May 21, 2015, at 2000 hrs, deputies arrested Schilz and placed her in custody at the Linn-Benton Detention Center. She has been charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree.

These charges are a result of the investigation that revealed Schilz deliberately steered her vehicle into the oncoming lane, purposely crashing her car into a 1999 Subaru Outback driven by 40 year-old Tonya Thompson of Lebanon. Thompson died from her injuries at the scene.

Deputies spoke with witnesses who saw the crash occur, as well as witnesses who performed medical aid until Lebanon Paramedics arrived at the crash site. They stated the vehicle driven by Schilz appeared to deliberately steer into the oncoming lane of traffic. Witnesses also said Schilz stated she intentionally caused the crash in an attempt to commit suicide.

This case has been referred to the Linn County District Attorney for prosecution.

Refer below for the original press release sent on April 10, 2015

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports, deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash reported yesterday at 7:05 pm. The crash occurred on Airport Road near Denny School Road, west of Lebanon.
The driver, and single occupant of the 1999 Subaru Outback, was identified as 40-year-old Tonya Thompson of Lebanon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, and single occupant of the 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door, was a 17-year-old female juvenile from Albany.

The investigation reveals the juvenile's vehicle had been traveling west on Airport Road when her vehicle crossed into the opposing lane of travel. The juvenile's vehicle then collided head on with Ms. Thompson's vehicle.

Ms. Thompson's vehicle was found off the roadway in the south ditch of Airport Road lying on its side. Ms. Thompson was found deceased by Lebanon Fire/Medics in her vehicle.

The juvenile's vehicle was located in the west bound lane of travel facing south. Lebanon Fire Department personnel extricated her from her vehicle and she was then flown by REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. She sustained serious injuries from the crash, but do not appear to be life threatening.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Both drivers were using seatbelt restraints.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Road Department and the Linn County Multi Agency Investigation Team (MAIT). MAIT members include the Oregon State Police, Lebanon Police Department, and Albany Police Department. Airport Road was closed for over three hours and re-opened around 11:00 p.m.

Huston Jost Funeral Home removed Ms. Thompson from the scene. The investigation is continuing.

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The Linn County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the fatal motor vehicle crash from last night. Kathryn Schilz, 17 yrs old from Albany, was the operator and only occupant of the second vehicle, a 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door.
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance in Locating Missing Sheridan Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/21/15
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Troopers are continuing their investigation into a missing Sheridan man whose vehicle was located at Cape Lookout State Park.

On May 19th, 2015 at 1:00pm troopers responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle located at the Cape Lookout State Park - day use area. Investigation revealed the registered owner, James SHOOK, age 49, of Sheridan had not been seen since May 13th, 2015 in Lincoln City. It was learned SHOOK has a history of mental illness and had recently been working in Depoe Bay and residing in Sheridan.

The vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Venture Van was removed from the scene and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue conducted a search of the immediate area.

OSP is asking for the public's help for information on SHOOK's whereabouts. Please call OSP Northern Command Center with information, 503-375-3555.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriffs Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, US Coast Guard, the Netarts/Oceanside Fire Department, and the Oregon State Parks.


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Two Suspects Arrested in South Salem Death (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 05/21/15
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Salem Police Detectives have arrested two suspects in the death of a subject in South Salem on the evening of May 20.

Salem Police were called to a residence in the 2000 block of Robins Ln SE at approximately 9:19 pm on a report of a physical altercation at that location. When officers arrived, they found 26-year old Todd Federico lying unconscious and not breathing on the floor of the residence. Officers immediately began CPR and continued until relieved by medic units, who eventually declared Federico deceased.

Salem Police Detectives responded to the scene and have since arrested 56-year old William Toressa of Prineville and 32-year old Joshua Johnson of Lyons on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Both were transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility and booked. Arraignment for both suspects is set for May 22 at 3:00pm at the Marion County Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE.

The investigation is continuing and there are no further suspects outstanding at this time. Further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Henry Loebe.


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Health advisory lifted May 21 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 05/21/15
May 21, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued May 15 for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River in Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed the level of blue-green algae and any associated toxins are well below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets, because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae is visible in the water.

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 503-854-3366. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

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

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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Soldiers from Silverton, Salem, place in Regional Best Warrior Competition (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/21/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Jay Eyestone, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, eyes the finish line of a 12-mile ruck march at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition, held May 11-14. Eyestone, who is from Salem, Oregon, won the title of Region-6 Soldier of the Year and will go on to compete at the national level in the All-Army National Guard Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Jay Eyestone, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, clears a hurdle on the obstacle course at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition, held May 11-14. Eyestone, who is from Salem, Oregon, won the title of Region-6 Soldier of the Year and will go on to compete at the national level in the All-Army National Guard Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Sgt. 1st Class Ammon Benedict, with the Oregon Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, battles the obstacle course during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, held May 11-14. Benedict, who is from Silverton, Oregon, competed against the best Army National Guard noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from eight western states. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Sgt. 1st Class Ammon Benedict, with the Oregon Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, prepares for the Region 6 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, held May 11-14. Benedict, who is from Silverton, Oregon, participated in the annual competition, competed against the best Army National Guard noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from eight western states. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)


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Oregon Historical Society and University of Oregon Team Up to Display Heisman Trophy
Oregon Historical Society - 05/21/15
Portland, OR - May 21, 2015 - The 2014 Heisman Trophy, presented to the University of Oregon in recognition of the accomplishments of quarterback Marcus Mariota, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) from Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. Through a sponsorship donation from Nike, admission to the Oregon Historical Society will be free for the entire weekend.

First awarded in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City, the Heisman is presented annually to the NCAA football player whose performance exemplifies the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The practice of awarding two trophies each year began in 1968, with one trophy going to the chosen player and another to the school represented by the winner.

"We are delighted that the University of Oregon asked the Oregon Historical Society to be the venue to display the Heisman Trophy in Portland," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "Thanks to the support of Nike, countless football fans can view the trophy and celebrate this exciting moment in Oregon sports history."

The Heisman is named for John Heisman, who served as a college football coach for over three decades in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, and who served as the first athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club and the founder of the National Football Coaches Association. The iconic re-creation of a football player sidestepping and straight-arming his way to a touchdown was the creation of twentieth-century sculptor Frank Eliscu.

Following the exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, the Heisman Trophy will return to Eugene, where it will eventually be put on permanent display at the University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

Hours of the Heisman Trophy exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society are as follows:

Friday, June 5, 2015: 10am - 8pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015: 12pm - 3pm



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
County advisory group for state forestry to meet May 26 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/21/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, May 26 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, and a 2015 Oregon legislative session discussion.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street, in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.
Lyons-Mill City Fatal Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/21/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the 47000 block of Lyons-Mill City drive at 3:48 a.m. this morning. The investigation shows the surviving occupant contacted a nearby resident who lives on Lyons-Mill City Drive. The resident made a 911 call to get assistance.

The driver of the silver 1988 Toyota pickup was identified as 21 year old Kyle Jeffery Denton of Scio. Mr. Denton was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, 23 year old Joshua Lawrence Stinson of Gates, was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation reveals Mr. Denton was traveling east bound on Lyons-Mill City Drive when he lost control of the vehicle crossing through the oncoming lane of travel, leaving the roadway and striking a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and Mr. Stinson was able to get out of the vehicle. Mr. Denton was unresponsive and Mr. Stinson was unable to pull him from the vehicle. Fire personnel found Mr. Denton deceased inside the pickup. At this time, it is unknown why Mr. Denton lost control of the vehicle and alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash. It does not appear any other vehicles were involved.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lyons Fire Department, the Mill City Fire Department and the Major Accident Investigation Team.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home removed Mr. Denton from the scene and his body was transported to Albany.

The investigation is continuing.
Oregon State Police Increasing Patrols For Memorial Day Weekend
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/21/15
Motorists who choose to drive impaired, not use their safety restraints, drive distracted or make other dangerous driving decisions should expect to draw the attention of law enforcement officers statewide during the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, county sheriffs and local police officers will step up enforcement efforts, now through May 31, 2015, to help save lives by cracking down on traffic violators.

The increased enforcement efforts, part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign, cover the Memorial Day holiday period, which begins 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 22 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25. The focus will be on ensuring passengers are properly buckled up; child passengers are in the right restraint system; and impaired drivers are removed from the road.

Oregon safety restraint law requires the following:

* Child passengers weighing less than forty pounds must be restrained in a child seat.

* Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.

* A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for the child's size until he/she reaches age eight or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits properly.

* Best practice (but not Oregon law): Children age 12 and under should sit in the back seat due to airbag dangers.


Key Safety Restraint Facts for Oregon

* Oregon leads the nation with highest reported seatbelt use: 98.18%. NHTSA estimates 175 people were saved in Oregon during 2013 because they were buckled up.

* OSP, sheriffs and local police will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from May 18 through May 31, 2015.

* Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under 1 year old being killed in a crash by 71 percent and the fatal risk for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent, and 58 and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVS, pickups and vans. Boosters reduce the risk of serious injury for four to eight year olds by 45%.

* Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury by 45 to 65 percent. To view a 3-minute movie explaining Oregon belt laws: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/PublishingImages/safetybelts/swf/index.html



Travel Tips to ensure your safety and those of other travelers

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.

* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.

* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

* Share the road. Don't tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.

* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.

* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see http://www.oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/ for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).

* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.

* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
4 adults one cat receive assistance in Eugene after multi-family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/21/15
At approximately 9 pm Tuesday night, responders assisted four adults and a cat in the 4600 block of Good Pasture Loop in Eugene after a multi-family fire. Red Cross provided lodging comfort kits, and recovery information.
05/20/15
***Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
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***Update***
On May 20th, 201t at about 2:23PM, an Amber Alert was issued by the Oregon State Police as requested by the Nampa, Idaho Police Department. This was for locating two endangered children who were with their non-custodial father.

According to the Washington State Patrol, at around 2:37 pm, a motorist on I-5 in Washington called 911 to report she was behind the Idaho Amber Alert vehicle. The caller stated she heard the Amber Alert description on the radio. She reported her location as northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 46 approaching Castle Rock, Washington.

A Castle Rock police officer and Washington State Patrol sergeant located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Joshua REAVIS, and two children were in the vehicle. REAVIS was taken into custody for a felony warrant related to the alert and transported to the Cowlitz County Jail for booking. WSP Troopers transported the two children to Child Protective Services in Longview. The children's mother was notified by Nampa (ID) Police.

***End Update***

Oregon Amber Alert Information:
The AMBER Alert program, also known as America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious-child abduction cases where there is enough information to make the alert effective. Local networks cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Oregon Amber Alert, visit:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/pages/index.aspx



PREVIOUS RELEASES:
***CANCEL AMBER ALERT***

Children, suspect and vehicle located in Cowlitz County, WA. Cancel Amber Alert. More information will be released as it becomes available.
***END UPDATE***

***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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Fatal Traffic Crash, Hwy140 MP 62 in Klamath County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on-scene of a two vehicle fatal crash on HWY 140, MP 62 near the Running Y Resort in Klamath County. Preliminary information is two vehicles, head on and one vehicle fully engulfed with at least one person deceased.

Both directions of travel on HWY 140 are blocked with a detour in place. The highway is expected to be closed for several hours while the investigation takes place. More information will be released when it is available. Monitor www.tripcheck.com for updates on road closure status.
Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard 2-162 Infantry Battalion returns to Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/20/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Demian W. San Miguel (left), welcomes Sgt. Matthew Christensen, of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, after the battalion's arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs).


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An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is reunited with his son in Springfield, Oregon, May 20, following his unit's year-long deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. The battalion supported several security missions across Afghanistan during their deployment. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, welcomes home Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team after their arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Peter G. Heidt, addresses Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in Springfield, Oregon, following the units' return to Oregon, May 20. The Soldiers, who were released to their families and loved ones shortly after Heidt's address, had recently returned from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Sheriff's Office Adding Focused Patrols For Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/20/15
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Beginning May 21st and ending May 25th, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols, adding additional deputies who will be out and attempting to locate DUII drivers. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night to ensure a safe traveling experience for our residents and visitors.


We want everyone to have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, so please, if you are going to be drinking, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Our patrols are made possible through grants administered by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Public meeting to discuss safely crossing Highway 101 in Honeyman State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/20/15
Florence, OR--Providing safe pedestrian crossing of Highway 101 in Honeyman State Park will be among the topics discussed at a public meeting set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 27 at the Siuslaw Public Library Bromey Room, 1460 9th St., Florence.

Highway 101 bisects the park, with trails on both sides of the highway and a pedestrian overpass connecting them. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently reviewed the status of an unofficial trail that hikers and runners use to cross the highway at grade. Officials are expanding their review to cover the entire trail system and how best to connect the two sides of the park, taking into consideration the pedestrian overpass that opened in 2005.

The meeting will be an opportunity for trail users to share ideas on safely crossing the highway, best routes, trailheads, destinations and recreation needs. Comments will be used to update and refine the preliminary concepts laid out for the trail system in the 2009 master plan.

The public is also invited to comment online at honeymanstatepark.com; by email at jaime.english@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0723; or by mailing written comments to Jaime English, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.
***Amber Alert*** Photos Attached (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
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***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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Sheriff's Summer Safety Tips
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/20/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens of extra patrols scheduled for the summer. The sheriff's office added three part-time deputies who are assigned to Mountain and Marine Patrol. Their role is to bolster patrols and increase safety in the recreation areas of the Quartzville Corridor and Detroit Lake campgrounds within Linn County.

There will also be several saturation patrols for both areas during peak usage periods such as Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends. These positions are funded in partnership with Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon State Marine Board.

Sheriff Riley said people also need to be aware that NO dispersed camping is allowed on Army Corps of Engineer lands. This includes roadside camping along Quartzville Road. Those illegally camping will be contacted and could be charged with Trespass. For more information on camping in the Quartzville Corridor, please visit www.linnparks.com.

Sheriff Riley would also like to remind boaters with unusually low water levels in various lakes throughout the county, Foster Lake is forecasted by Army Corps to have higher levels than other waterways. With this water level forecast, expect to experience heavy boating traffic on both Green Peter Reservoir and Foster Lake. Please take extra care when boating to ensure a safe recreating experience. Remember Life Jackets save lives; most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

With the warmer than normal days we have been recently experiencing, it is tempting to swim in the waterways to stay cool. Please remember the water is colder than expected and often can cause hypothermia. Please check water temperatures before swimming and never swim alone. Always have children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Lastly, with graduation season upon us, deputies will be patrolling for Minor In Possession parties. Minors found in possession of alcoholic beverages will be cited.
State seeks help establishing health insurance network standards
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is seeking applicants to the Network Adequacy Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in developing administrative rules to implement House Bill 2468, which granted the department authority to regulate and monitor health insurance company provider networks for plans sold to individuals and small businesses.

"We are seeking thoughtful and collaborative people with relevant knowledge and experience to serve on this committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "We encourage consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, and health insurance industry professionals with a desire to make a difference in Oregon to apply."

Network adequacy refers to a health insurance company's ability to provide access to health care providers and services to its members. The committee will work closely with department staff from July 2015 to June 2016 to develop administrative rules related to transparency, access to quality care, and other related standards.

For more information about the committee, including the charter, a full set of objectives, the schedule, and how to apply, go to oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/network-adequacy.aspx.

Applicants to the committee should be prepared to commit to attending monthly meetings in person, and should be able to dedicate time for possible conference calls and email communication in between meetings. Committee members will be asked to commit a significant amount of time to the rulemaking process.

To apply, please submit the following information to INS.NetworkAdequacyRulemaking@oregon.gov :
* Name
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Current position and employer or organization represented
* Brief description of your scope of knowledge related to network adequacy

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. Committee member selection will be announced by Wednesday, July 1. Twelve applicants will be selected to serve on the committee, as well as staff members from the Insurance Division and Health Insurance Marketplace. Public comment will play an important role during the rulemaking process and each meeting will have time dedicated to public comment.

The first committee meeting will be on Tuesday, July 7, meetings are then tentatively scheduled to be held on a monthly basis from July 2015 through June 2016. All meetings will be held in the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem and will also be streamed live via the Internet.

To learn more about HB 2468, visit olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2468.

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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 or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
District Attorney's Office Will Not Be Filing Any Criminal Charges Against South Salem High School Teacher
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/20/15
On May 5, 2015, Salem Police arrested South Salem High School teacher Samuel Dufner on charges of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

The crime of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree requires proof that a person, having assumed the care, custody or responsibility for the supervision of a dependent person, intentionally or knowingly causes physical injury to the dependent person.

Based upon a thorough review of the police investigation, which included interviews of a number of involved students, the Marion County District Attorney's Office will not be filing any criminal charges against Mr. Dufner.

Any questions regarding this matter may be directed to Deputy District Attorney Doug Hanson at 503-588-5222.
State revokes license of Salem investment advisor
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities has revoked the state investment advisor licenses of Kevin Winder of Salem and his business, Invest Northwest, for unethical business practices. Winder sold unregistered securities, misled investors, and used client funds for personal gain. The division also ordered repayment of approximately $830,000 to investors.

Winder and Invest Northwest have been fined $120,000, $10,000 of which is due within 60 days. If the $830,000 is repaid to investors within three years, the remainder of the fine will be waived.

Beginning in 2012, Winder advised clients who were retired or nearing retirement to withdraw money from their pensions and deposit it into a self-directed individual retirement account that Winder could access. Winder told clients he would use this money to invest in real estate backed securities; instead, investment funds were used to fund RW's Trucking & Hauling, a company that Winder partially owned. Winder then issued unsecured promissory notes.

In addition to issuing unregistered securities and misusing investment funds, Winder misled clients and failed to disclose his outside business activities and potential risks to investors when advising them. He also failed to act in the best interest of his clients by recommending investments that he had no reasonable reason to believe would be appropriate for his clients.

"This case is a perfect example of why it is so important to ask questions when investing," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Don't be afraid to ask questions and to ask for answers and explanations in writing. If something doesn't seem right, or if it sounds too good to be true, don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Investors can easily check and verify information by contacting our office or going online."

Information about licensing, registration, and enforcement history for individuals and companies can be found on the division website at dfcs.oregon.gov/consumer_info/before_you_invest.html or by calling 866-814-9710 (toll-free).

The full consent order can be read at dfcs.oregon.gov/enf_orders/S-14-0059.pdf.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Boating -There's something for everyone, places to go
Oregon Marine Board - 05/20/15
Salem, OR - Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, stand up paddleboards, sailboats, personal watercraft -there's a boat out there for anyone that can connect you to the water.
The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to experience some of the improved boating facilities around the state, such as the John Day boat ramp in Clatsop County, the Port of Garibaldi, or Roger's Landing on the Willamette River. Looking for more secluded locations? With the click of a mouse, you can find a boat ramp and a waterbody near you, from the Marine Board's interactive boating access map.

"Boat ramps and boarding floats are designed and built to rise and fall with varying water levels," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Low water conditions don't necessarily mean that boating will be limited, but it does mean that boaters need to do their homework and plan ahead. Be sure to check the Marine Board's Boating Access page for links to river gauges, reservoir levels, weather and locations for low water ramps." Massey adds, "Also be prepared for cozy conditions, because less water will mean tighter quarters for all recreationists. Remember to be courteous, dust off your knowledge about the rules-of-the-road, and start out slow. There may be submerged objects that weren't visible before, so keep a sharp lookout."

The U.S. Coast Guard's 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, reveal that national boating fatalities that year totaled 610 -the second lowest number of boating fatalities on record.
Boating safety advocates, including the Marine Board, attribute this decline to increased boater education in many states, life jacket wear and abstaining from consuming intoxicating substances while boating.

"The take-home message is to wear a properly fitting life jacket, designed for the activity you're doing," Massey adds. "The waterways will still be cold and combining cold water with hot air temperature and strong currents makes wearing a life jacket the best decision you can make."

The Marine Board recommends boaters play it safe by:
* Leaving alcohol at home or on the shore. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Marijuana and other intoxicating substances can lead to a BUII arrest.
* Know the waterway and plan ahead. Visit the Marine Board's boating access page to learn about reservoir levels, river volumes, and the locations of known navigation obstructions.
* If you are feeling fatigued, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, and wave motion contribute to fatigue.
* Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway.
* In Oregon, all boaters must now take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling course for boaters new to the activity.
* Never boat alone -especially when paddling.
For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Go Play for Memorial Day Boating, 2015
2015 award ceremony honors DOC outstanding employees
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/20/15
On May 13, 2015, over 100 staff members, contractors, and volunteers from the Oregon Department of Corrections were recognized for their exceptional efforts in 2014. The statewide awards ceremony is held annually to honor these individuals as part of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week (NCEW). A sampling of award recipients is included below. For a full list of award recipients, visit http://www.oregon.gov/doc/docs/pdf/2015StatewideAwards.pdf.

* DOC Employee of the Year - Birdie Worley, Rules Coordinator
* DOC Manager of the Year - Maureen Robb, Linn County Community Corrections Director
* DOC Officers of the Year - Correctional Officer Kevin Karpati (Snake River Correctional Institution) and Corporal Joe Howell (Oregon State Correctional Institution)
* Community Corrections Outstanding Service Award - Leticia Longoria-Navarro, Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officer
* Community Corrections Employee of the Year - Bev Mills, Linn County Community Corrections Office Specialist
* Human Resources Employee of the Year - Patricia Solomon, Administrative Specialist 2
* Human Resources Manager of the Year - Debbie Navarro, HR Generalist
* General Services Division Employee of the Year - Joan Brooks, Accountant

* General Services Division Manager of the Year - Greg Nash, Accounting and Payroll Manager
* Director's Office Manager of the Year - Adrianne O'Connor, Internal Audit Administrator
* Operations Division Employee of the Year - Dwight Hawkins, Inmate Work Programs Coordinator
* Operations Division Manager of the Year - Patti Knight, Health Services Manager
* Operations Division (Central Administration) Employee of the Year - Jon Bricker, Transport Sergeant
* Operations (Central Administration) Manager of the Year - Kelley Morton, Policy Manager

* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Contractor of the Year - Deb Brown, Program Manager, New Directions Northwest
* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Employee of the Year - Karen Roddy, Victims Services Program Coordinator
* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Manager of the Year - Theresa Arendell, Transition and Inmate Services Manager
* Oregon Corrections Enterprises Employee of the Year Award - John Kilander, Laundry Production Coordinator
* Oregon Corrections Enterprises Manager of the Year Award - Barb Cannard, Offender Services Program Manager
* Outstanding Volunteer - Katina Saint Marie and Sue Gerhardt, The Portia Project (Coffee Creek Correctional Facility)
* Outstanding Volunteer - Debbie Arvidson, Quilting Project (Snake River Correctional Institution)
* Outstanding Citizen - Doris Wehler, Wilsonville Rotary
* Outstanding Citizen - Karen Yeakley, Powder River Correctional Facility Advisory Council
* Humanitarian Award - Lisa Blacketter, Correctional Counselor
* Max Williams Award - Jef Van Valkenburgh, Department of Justice Senior Assistant Attorney General

Each award winner was presented with a plaque and certificate at the awards ceremony. They were praised for going above and beyond, improving outcomes, and serving as role models for both inmates and other staff members.

For more detailed information on the award recipients, please contact Betty Bernt or Elizabeth Craig.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Schools and community college see bond elections, levies succeed
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/20/15
All seven school bond and local option levies passed in Tuesday's election, continuing recent positive trends on such votes.

Passing bonds were the Reynolds School District ($125 million), Woodburn School District ($65 million), Marcola School District ($7.8 million) and St. Paul School District ($5.3 million). Blue Mountain Community College saw its $23 million bond pass.

Voters also approved five-year local option school levies in Ashland and Pendleton by significant margins.

Last November, six of nine districts passed bonds, and all six option levies were successful.

Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), thanked local voters for investing in their schools.

"Recent results signal that schools are making an effective case about the importance of replacing and upgrading dated buildings and investing in technology," she said. "As the economy improves we need to continue to focus resources on our students."

Among OSBA's legislative priorities in the current session is finding a statewide solution to pay for school construction and renovation.

A full listing of the election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Budget_and_Finance/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?d=5/19/2015

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Student Wins National Honor Award in Letters About Literature Contest
Oregon State Library - 05/20/15
May 20, 2015

OREGON STUDENT WINS NATIONAL HONOR AWARD IN LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

Hannah DesChamp, a sophomore at North Eugene High School, was selected as a National Honor Award recipient for her 2015 Letters About Literature entry. Hannah wrote a powerful letter to Pablo Neruda about how she connected with his poem, "I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You." She will receive a $200 check from the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, and her letter will be featured on the national Letters About Literature website (http://www.read.gov/letters/). Oregon's Letters About Literature honorees, including Hannah, were recognized at an awards celebration at the Oregon State Library, and their letters are posted on the Oregon Letters About Literature website (http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx).

To participate in Letters About Literature, students read a book, poem, play, or speech and write to the author, still living or not, detailing how the text affected them personally or changed their world view. The following Oregon children and teens were recognized at the state level for their letters:

Level I (4th-6th Grades)
Winner: Vicky Siah, Beaverton
Runner-Up: Sophie Ong, Beaverton
Honorable Mentions: Aletha Lengkong, Eugene; Mia Cremona, Lake Oswego; Cameron Iizuka, Lake Oswego; Phoebe Garrett, Lake Oswego; Amala Rajagopal, Beaverton

Level II (7th-8th Grades)
Winner: Sophie Ciurlik Rittenbaum, Medford
Runner-Up: Madeleine Adriance, Portland
Honorable Mentions: Chloe Scribner, Corvallis; Ashleen Smith, Madras; Soumik Chakraborty, Portland; Noah Kurzenhauser, Milwaukie; Zora Kurenhauser, Milwaukie

Level III (9th-12th Grades)
Winner: Hannah DesChamp, Eugene
Runner-Up: Khiarica Rasheed, Portland
Honorable Mentions: Sam Arnot, Portland; Mariah Jacobs, Sherwood; Autumn Grube, Keizer

The 105 semi-finalists from around the state were honored separately.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Local cosponsors are the Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library, the Oregon Reading Association, and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association: Children's Services Division, Oregon Young Adult Network, and Oregon Association of School Libraries. All but the Oregon Center for the Book contribute money to provide prizes.

Out of about 50,000 entries nationally, 1,069 came from Oregon children and teenagers. Level I of the contest is open to students in grades 4 through 6, Level II to students in grades 7 and 8, and Level III to students in grades 9 through 12. All entries are sent to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to be screened, and letters that make it through that round are sent to Letters About Literature program coordinators in participating states. This year, 124 letters made it through the national screening to be judged in Oregon. Locally, judges are selected by the program coordinator at the State Library, and those judges select a winner, runner-up, and potential honorable mentions for each contest level. In Oregon, anyone whose letter makes it through the national screening but does not place in the state is considered a semi-finalist. As a final step, the winning letter from each of the three levels for all participating states advances to be judged at the national level. Oregon students traditionally do well at the national level.

All Oregon honorees receive a certificate from the Oregon Center for the Book. Additionally, first place winners each receive $100, runners-up $50, honorable mentions a $25 bookstore gift card, and semi-finalists a $10 bookstore gift card. These were the Oregon judges: Level I: author Dawn Prochovnic, children's librarian Kathy Viemeister, and school librarian Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn; Level II: author Pamela Smith Hill, youth librarian Ann SeCoy, and school librarian Shelby Linn; Level III: author Nancy Osa, youth librarian Violeta Garza, and retired school librarian Marlene Lee.

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05/19/15
Oregon Veteran's Cremains to be Interred (Updated)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 05/19/15
[[One name - Harry N. Thompson - was not placed on the previous list of veterans. Another name - Graham Cambell - is properly spelled.]]


PORTLAND - A final salute with full military honors will be made to 19 Oregon military veterans and two spouses of veterans whose cremated remains will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery on May 22, at 10 a.m.

For nearly 10 years, the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project has been working with Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) to identify the deceased who are eligible for veteran burial. This includes the cremains of a veteran's spouse who also is eligible to be interred at a national cemetery.

The cremains had been stored in copper canisters at the State Hospital and had at one time been interred in an underground memorial where the canisters sustained water damage and irreversible corrosion. In 2004, State Senate President Peter Courtney discovered the canisters in an outbuilding on hospital grounds and said he did not want these people to be forgotten. Since then, the State Hospital has been working vigorously to ensure the cremains of all patients are cared for and treated with the proper respect.

The State Hospital is the custodian of the cremated remains of approximately 3,400 people who died between 1914 and 1971 while living or working at the hospital, Oregon State Tuberculosis Hospital, Mid-Columbia Hospital, Dammasch State Hospital, Oregon State Penitentiary, Fairview Training Center and other local hospitals.

The military service eras of these 19 honorably discharged veterans range from the Civil War to World War I. According to ODVA Director Cameron Smith the veteran's cremains have been secured until their identities could be accurately verified.

"Identifying these veteran's cremains after all these years ensures we honor and recognize their service," he said. "Just as we thank all veterans for their service, we thank the amazing team from the Oregon State Hospital and their partners for all of their research and hard work to correct the record."

Oregon State Hospital Superintendent Greg Roberts said it's only proper that these veterans be interred in Willamette National Cemetery.

"It's important to recognize them, not only for their service to our country, but also for the additional challenges they faced in life. Now, they have a final resting place with all due dignity and respect, and they are no longer forgotten."

With the goal of reunifying these cremains with families, the Oregon State Hospital has posted online the list of names of the people whose cremated remains are in the possession of the hospital. The list of names is posted on the Oregon State Hospital website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/Pages/cremains.aspx.

The names of the veterans whose cremains will be interred include: Thomas A. Bond; Graham Cambell; Rollin Curd; Henry Gore; John Q. Howard; Arthur B. Hunter; Herman G. Kluedtke; Frank F. Moore; Curtis L. Oaks; Davis B. Parmenter; Matthew Ross, Jr.; Emma Rowland, spouse of William G. Rowland; John W. Sevedge; Edward C. Shaw; Charles Sherwood; Harry N. Thompson; John Tooley; Lawrence C. G. VanWert; John A. Walters; Edna May Ward, spouse of James E. Ward and Fred Warner.

Willamette National Cemetery is located in Portland at 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd.
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Oregon's Urban and Community Forestry Conference slated for June 4, Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/19/15
Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
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Oregon Community Trees ("O.C.T.") is hosting its annual Urban & Community Forestry conference, geared for professionals and other interested members of the public, from 8:00am - 3:30pm on Thursday June 4 at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

"Managing Change in our Community Forests: A Toolkit for Action" is the theme of this year's conference and Erica Smith Fichman, Program Manager with the City of Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation Program, is keynote speaker.

Fichman is also program manager for TreePhilly, a community engagement program that connects Philadelphia residents with city resources to plant and care for trees and grow the urban forest. Their goal is to have 30 percent tree canopy in each Philadelphia neighborhood.
Fichman will speak about using social media, guerrilla advertising and exciting partnerships to promote urban forestry and motivate new audiences to join the movement.

Other urban forestry conference topics
Other urban forestry-related topics at this year's conference include climate change and tree choices, water demand in the landscape, monitoring changes in community forests using citizen science, insect pests that threaten urban forests, and soil - what it is, and how it stores water and nutrients.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Paul Ries will also speak on the topic of maintaining urban forest health, extreme weather and storm-proofing the urban forest.

Continuing education credits, conference location
The conference takes place at the World Forestry Center's Miller Hall.
Continuing education credits are available for Oregon registered landscape architects, landscape contractors, ISA certified arborists and SAF certified foresters.

Conference filling up fast
The conference has already enrolled some 130 attendees but registration is still open.
For more information and to register: www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-change-in-our-community-forests-a-toolkit-for-action-tickets-15659575211?aff=octwebsite

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Attached Media Files: Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
Oregon State Library Executive Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda 5/27/15
Oregon State Library - 05/19/15
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Wednesday, May 27th. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
May 27, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

1:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

1:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting for June 19, 2015 Bonebrake

1:45 Other business Bonebrake

2:00 Adjournment Bonebrake



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
OMSI Presents The Science of Ripley's Believe It Or Not
OMSI - 05/19/15
Portland, Ore. (May 19, 2015) - Beginning May 21, OMSI will be home to The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!-an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts which showcase the science of the extreme and unexpected. This highly interactive featured exhibit allows visitors to explore the real science behind the seemingly unbelievable, and is designed for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! offers some of the world's most perplexing optical illusions, investigates incredible examples of body modification and celebrates the life and legacy of Robert Ripley, the explorer and adventurer. Visitors have can discover epic examples of extreme biology as they stand inside a life-size Megalodon jaw, experience what it would be like to be swallowed by the giant prehistoric snaked called Titanoboa, or measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, who grew to 8 feet 11 inches.

In addition, guests are invited to delve into the world of the unexpected. From a giant portrait of Albert Einstein made of toast to a larger-than-life portrait of Justin Bieber made from candy, the science of pixilation comes to life in colorful and unusual ways.

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a joint production between Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Science North. The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! special exhibition is supported and funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The exhibit will run from May 21 through September 7, 2015.

For more information please visit omsi.edu.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
Overturned semi removed, OR 58 open near Oakridge (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 05/19/15
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OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.) is now open two miles west of Oakridge, where a semi-truck overturned yesterday. The local detour using Westfir Road is no longer needed.

Recovering an overturned semi can be a lengthy process (see attached). In this instance, the cargo of dairy products was offloaded yesterday. The truck was righted and removed today so that the local detour would not be in effect overnight.


Attached Media Files: Righting a truck , Back on its wheels
Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash on Hwy 126, West of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/19/15
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal vehicle crash on Highway 126 near Green Hill Rd, just west of Eugene.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, at approximately 8:57 a.m., a 2000 Ford Focus operated by Brian ROONEY, age 54 of Veneta was traveling eastbound on HWY 126 when it struck a deer in the roadway. After impact the deer went airborne and into the path of a westbound 2000 Freightliner Truck operated by Jesse BASTIEN, age 37, of Eugene.

The deer struck the windshield directly in front of BASTIEN and entered the passenger compartment, striking him. BASTIEN was able to drive the truck to the shoulder of the road. Passing motorists noted BASTIEN was not conscious or breathing and began CPR. He was transported to Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital for neck and head trauma. After arriving at the hospital, BASTIEN was declared deceased.

Both lanes of HWY 126 were closed for some time. Westbound lanes will be closed until approximately 1PM until the on-scene investigation is completed.

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


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Oregon's Payroll Employment Grows Rapidly, Adding 7,600 Jobs in April
Oregon Employment Dept. - 05/19/15
Oregon's unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent in April from 5.4 percent in March, reaching Oregon's lowest rate since July 2007 when the rate was also 5.2 percent. The rate is now back to where it was during 2006 through early 2008 when Oregon's rate held steady between 5.0 and 5.5 percent.

Oregon's payroll employment grew rapidly, adding 7,600 in April, following revised gains of 2,600 in February and 2,700 in March. April's gain was on track with the rapid growth seen during September 2014 through January 2015 when growth averaged 6,200 jobs per month.

The recent, rapid job growth is consistent with Oregon's performance prior to the recession. Jobs expanded by 3.2 percent between April 2014 and April 2015, a similar pace as seen during mid 2004 through 2006 when Oregon's annual gains averaged 3.0 percent.

In April, four major industries grew rapidly over the month and over the year, with each adding between 1,000 and 2,900 jobs in April, and each growing by close to 5 percent since April 2014.

* Health care and social assistance (+11,200 over the year) was boosted by all four of its component industries, but its social assistance component grew at the fastest rate by adding 3,000.

* Manufacturing (+9,800 jobs over the year) was led by semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and food manufacturing, which each added close to 1,500.

* Professional and business services (+9,700 over the year) was led by computer systems design, management of companies, and administrative and waste services, which each added about 1,600.

* Leisure and hospitality (+9,100 over the year) was boosted by rising demand at restaurants, which led to food service and drinking places adding 6,900 jobs.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the April county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Wednesday, May 27th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for May on Tuesday, June 16th.
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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 October, November and December 2014 tax records data. In addition, data for April 2013 through September 2014 were revised upward by a total of close to 4,000 per month. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and, effective with the release of the April 2015 data, were revised back to April 2013 to correct for an omission of certain corporate officers.

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: Oregon Statewide Employment April 2015
05/18/15
Free Public Showing of GEN SILENT, 6PM June 8th, Wildish Theater, Springfield
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 05/18/15
Please join us on Monday June 8th at the Wildish Theater in Springfield for a free public showing of the award winning documentary GEN SILENT. Winner of numerous film festivals, GEN SILENT follows one year in the life of six LGBT older adults and chronicles their challenges and triumphs as they struggle to maintain their quality of life as they age.

Details: June 8th, 6PM (doors open at 5:30PM with light refreshments)
Wildish Theater
630 Main Street, Springfield, OR

Sponsored by AARP and Lane Council of Governments


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1580/84593/GEN_SILENT_Flier.pdf
Update: Overturned semi on OR 58 to be recovered tomorrow
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 05/18/15
An overturned semi on OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.), two miles west of Oakridge (MP 32) will be recovered tomorrow rather than late tonight.

The semi's cargo of dairy products is still being offloaded. Rather than keep a local detour in place through the night, the semi won't be fully recovered until Tuesday morning.

Offloading is expected to be complete at approximately 7 p.m. tonight. At that time, the highway will be reopened.

Tomorrow, the detour using Westfir Road will be reestablished and the highway will be closed again until the semi is righted and removed. That process is expected to take between three and five hours. There is no current estimated start time.

For future updates, monitor TripCheck-dot-com.
Hikers Rescued Off Pacific Crest Trail
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/18/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports, yesterday his deputies responded to the Pacific Crest Trail near Marion Lake, in east Linn County for three lost hikers.

Yesterday at 11:25 a.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office dispatch was notified that a "SOS button" had been activated multiple times from a device known as a "Spot Locator." Members of the Linn County Search & Rescue Team were able to reach 44 year-old Jodie Lynn Wilcox from Ohio, on her cell phone. Jodie told deputies she was hiking with two other females also from Ohio, 50 year-old Teresa Jean Winland and Teresa's daughter, 21 year-old Ama Jean Winland.

The hikers had planned on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Hoodoo to the Oregon/Washington border. They had unintentionally hiked into an area where the snow had iced over. Due to the steep terrain and hazardous conditions they were unable to hike back to their vehicle.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue were able to locate the hikers last night at 11:12 p.m. Because of the difficult conditions, they were not able to get the hikers back out to safety until 5:07 a.m. this morning. With the assistance of Search & Rescue, all three hikers made it out safe and uninjured.

Linn County deputies were assisted by Linn County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and the Linn County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.

As the hiking season approaches, Sheriff Riley would like to remind people to be prepared to spend the night in the woods. On a day hike, take appropriate food, water, map, cell phone, and tell a friend or family member where you are going, anticipated route of travel and return time. A personal tracker or spot locator is also recommended.
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to meet May 22 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, meets Friday, May 22, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - is meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 22nd in the Santiam meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda

The committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs.

The agenda on the 22nd includes introductions to US Forest Service Assistant Director of State and Private Forests Karl Dalla Rosa, an afternoon discussion of forestland incentive programs currently available to landowners, and a review and discussion of forestry legacy program letters of interest submitted for fiscal year 2017.

In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited

Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Cynthia Orlando at the contact numbers listed.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

More information
More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee is available online, at:

www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx
Eugene Man Arrested Following Grand Jury Indictment For July 2014 Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/18/15
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A Eugene man was arrested following a grand jury indictment for multiple counts of assault for a July 2014 serious injury crash near Lorane, Oregon.

On May 18th, 2015, OSP Troopers arrested Rick KITZEL, 21, of Eugene, on an arrest warrant issued for five counts of Assault III and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The warrant was issued after a Lane County Grand Jury indicted KITZEL after reviewing the investigation of the July 12, 2014 crash.

Up to this point, troopers had been continuing the investigation, awaiting toxicology reports, medical records and other evidence.

KITZEL was lodged at the Lane County Jail with a bail amount of $260,000.

Previous Release:
SERIOUS INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH - TERRITORIAL HIGHWAY NEAR LORANE IN LANE COUNTY (PHOTO)

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 13th, 2014 7:16 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday evening's serious injury two vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 200 (Territorial Highway) west of Creswell. Six people were transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

According to Trooper Cale Day, on July 12, 2014 at approximately 3:42 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by RICK A. KITZEL, age 20 from Eugene, was traveling southbound on Territorial Highway near milepost 34 at Hamm Road when the pickup crossed the centerline. A northbound 1999 Nissan Pathfinder operated by MARCOS QUIAHUA-QUIAHUA, age 40, from Eugene, swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the pickup. The pickup's driver then moved back into the southbound lane where both vehicles collided head-on.

The five occupants in the Nissan Pathfinder and the pickup's driver were all transported with serious injuries to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. One of the Nissan's occupants, MARIA YNEZ, age 42, from Eugene, was transported by air ambulance. The others were taken by ground ambulance.

OSP is working in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney's Office as part of the ongoing investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by South Lane Rural Fire District, Eugene and Springfield fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about three hours.


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Reminder-PIO Forum Is May 21
Salem Police Dept. - 05/18/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, May 21 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Update: Overturned semi cargo may be more sour cream than cheese (Photo)
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The offloading process has begun on an overturned semi truck on OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.), two miles west of Oakridge (MP 32). The cargo that was previously reported to be cheese now appears to be dairy products, including sour cream. In addition, the original cargo weight estimate of 70,000 pounds now appears to be closer to 80,000 pounds. Efforts are underway to salvage as much of the cargo as possible to distribute to local non-profits.

A detour using Westfir Road remains in effect.


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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Thursday, May 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Members will receive an update about the ongoing streamside buffer rule analysis in advance of the June Board of Forestry meeting from Private Forests Division Chief Peter Daugherty. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursday, May 28 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Santiam Room Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Daugherty will also provide a legislative update in the morning. Fire Protection Deputy Division Chief Doug Grafe will round out the lunch hour with a 2015 fire season outlook and update.

The Committee will spend most of the day preparing its annual update - looking at last year's accomplishments and setting next year's priorities.

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

Committee
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Death Investigation From LL Stub Stewart State Park Continues
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/18/15
Troopers conducted a death investigation in the Oregon Coast Range after Bend man found deceased in RV.

On May 17, 2015 at approximately 10:03 PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to LL Stub Stewart State Park on the report of a deceased male found in his motorhome. Troopers and medics arrived on scene and confirmed Hugh B FECHTLER, 63, of Bend was deceased inside his Motorhome.

According to Sergeant Jesse Orosco, FECHTLER's family became concerned when he couldn't be reached by cell phone. They contacted a neighboring camper at Mountain Dale Cabin Village campground who found him non-responsive inside his motorhome. State Park Rangers began life saving efforts including CPR. Upon medics arriving on scene, FECHTLER was determined to be deceased.

Information at this time there is no indication of foul play and the investigation is continuing.

OSP was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washing County Deputy Medical Examiner, and the Banks Fire Department. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Update-Detour nowestablished on OR 58 near Oakridge (Photo)
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A detour is now established on OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.), approximately two miles west of Oakridge (MP 32), where recovery of an overturned semi will take place shortly.

The semi is not blocking the highway. However, the truck's fuel tanks need to be pumped and the cargo of 70,000 pounds of cheese needs to be offloaded before the semi can be righted and removed.

Travelers are now being detoured around the location using Westfir Road. Travelers should anticipate only a short delay during the detour.

The semi recovery could take as long as 8-9 hours.


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TRU Day in the Capitol May 19
Western Oregon University - 05/18/15
Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities to showcase their students, programs and highlight critical issues impacting Public Higher Education

955 Spruce St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Locations in the State Capitol Building (see below), Salem, Oregon

WHAT: Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities (the "TRUs") serve over 20,000 students across the state, with 82% Oregonians, many of whom are from rural areas, low-income families, are underserved students of color, and 50-60% are the first-generation in their family to attend college. Our students' success is Oregon's success as we help vitalize rural cities and towns and provide highly educated and skilled graduates who contribute to every industry in the state and power Oregon's economy.
TRU Day at the Capitol provides a venue to inform legislators and the public about the strengths and contributions of our universities and incredible students and graduates.

WHO: The TRU Presidents - Jay Kenton, EOU; Chris Maples, Oregon Tech; Roy Saigo, SOU; and Mark Weiss, WOU -- will be in attendance throughout the day and available for interviews (contact info below).
Sen. Peter Courtney and Rep. Peter Buckley will acknowledge the contributions of the TRUs on the Senate and House Floors; and will meet with TRU advocates during the day.

HOW: TRU Day activities include:
7:00-10:00 am, Capitol Steps: Breakfast with the Mascots - TRU Representatives and Student Athletes will kick off TRU Day, greeting legislators with coffee and pastries and their campus mascots.

9:00-10:00 am, Sen. Peter Courtney and Rep. Peter Buckley will greet the TRU advocates in Hearing Room 50.

8:00-4:30 pm, Galleria West: Pop-in TRU Showcase - a sampling of the TRUs unique degree programs, research and activities, demonstrated by our talented, diverse students, including: 3D printing; Effects of protein supplements on functions of wild land firefighters; Ultra Sound Unit; Vulnerability of the nation's critical infrastructure; Eastern Promise; Student resource advocacy; Drought affecting agricultural production in Klamath Basin; TRIO student success; Teaching Research Institute; Featured posters: Applied Psychology and Population Health Management

10:45-11:45: Sen. Courtney will acknowledge the TRUs in their respective Chambers; and the SOU A Capella group will sing "America the Beautiful" on the House Floor

12:30-1:00: SOU A Capella group will sing in the Capitol Rotunda

CONTACT:
Eastern Oregon University: Tim Seydel, 541-962-3740, tseydel@eou.edu
Oregon Institute of Technology: Di Saunders, 971-219-6869, di.saunders@oit.edu
Southern Oregon University: Ryan Brown, 541-552-6186, Brownr2@sou.edu
Western Oregon University: Lisa Catto, 503-838-8163, cattol@wou.edu

About Oregon's Public Technical and Regional Universities
Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities share a particular responsibility for serving the higher education needs of smaller communities in Oregon while also contributing to their economic vitality. Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology contribute significantly to the educational attainment of Oregonians in support of the state's 40-40-20 goal, while having positive economic, social and cultural impacts in their regions.

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Oregon's White House Conference on Aging on Wednesday, May 20 -- Media Alert
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 05/18/15
Oregon's White House Conference on Aging
The Samaritan Center at 605 Mullins Drive in Lebanon, OR 97355
May 20, 2015

Oregon's first White House Conference on Aging will provide an opportunity for approximately 200 advocates, consumers, and local policymakers to share their perspectives on state and national policy issues that impact older Oregonians, their families, and their communities. In keeping with the National White House Conference, four main topic areas to be discussed are: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Elder Justice and Long-Term Services and Supports.

Comments and recommendations from this conference will be carried forward to the National White House Conference in Washington D.C. in July. Feedback from this conference will also impact policy changes here in Oregon to address the growing older adult population.

Highlighted speakers:
* Nora Super, Executive Director - National White House Conference on Aging
* Dr. Bill Thomas, C-founder, Eden Alternative and Greenhouse Project
* Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
* John Tapogna, President, EcoNorthwest
* Katherine Tennyson, Chief Probate Judge - Multnomah County Circuit Court
* Other local speakers from across the state

The morning will consists of the keynote, short panel presentations on: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Elder Justice and Long-Term Services and Supports followed by recommendation development work sessions in the afternoon. Workshops are open for the media.

The agenda is posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/docs/Agenda-Detail%20Program.pdf

The Conference will also be available via videostream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV7kRQ4S9DA
Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
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Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:
* Know before you go - Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your recreation destination. An interactive map of Oregon's fire restrictions is available at www.keeporegongreen.org.
* Kick the campfire habit this summer - Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with
established fire pits will often allow the use of camp stoves.
* Select the right spot - Where campfires are allowed, avoid building the fire near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks. Store your unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
* Keep your campfire small - A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
* Attend your campfire at all times - A campfire left unattended for only a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Staying with your campfire from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.
* NEVER use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire is ignited, wait until the match is cold and then discard it in the fire.
* Always have water and fire tools on site - Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to
extinguish any escaped embers. When you are ready to leave, drown all embers with water, stir
the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
* Burn ONLY wood - State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates
dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors.
* Escaped campfires are costly - The Oregon Department of Forestry spent more than $3.3
million in 2014 to suppress unattended and escaped campfires. State law requires the proper
clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your campfire spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

During Wildfire Awareness Month visit the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org,
for other wildfire prevention tips.


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ODF and partners work to preserve special recreation areas with June events
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Week-long events at the Tillamook State Forest work to preserve special recreation areas, educate forest enthusiasts, and manage increasing popularity.

May 15, 2015 (Portland, Oregon) - Located an hour from downtown Portland, the Tillamook State Forest is a popular destination for hikers, campers and paddlers, and a unique piece of Oregon history.

It's so popular, in fact, that use during the busy summer months has outpaced the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) capacity for meeting this increased demand. Resulting in trash, damage to vegetation and trees, and trail erosion, ODF and partners have planned June events to confront these challenges and bring communities together.

The forest's popularity has also garnered national attention. The Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics designated the Tillamook State Forest a "Hot Spot" earlier this year, providing sponsorship opportunities and funding for events to raise awareness about management challenges associated with busy recreation areas.

"The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a great outdoor area such as the Tillamook State Forest can negatively affect that place," said Jenna Hanger, a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. "In most cases, the land impact isn't due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it's simply a lack of Leave No Trace education and know-how."

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program travels the U.S. providing public education on how to reduce the impacts of outdoor recreation.

"We are thrilled to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to host these events, help educate our community, and raise awareness for the future enjoyment and preservation of our beautiful landscape," said Macy Yates, the ODF staffer leading the project.

Events are FREE and OPEN to the public. Hosted with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program, please find event details below:

>Wednesday, June 3
Leave No Trace Workshop at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Grove District Office: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an interactive presentation highlighting recreational activities at the Tillamook State Forest and a discussion on enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives. Workshop Location: 801 Gales Creek Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116. Contact Stephanie Beall, Stephanie.A.Beall@oregon.gov or 503.359.7464.

>Friday, June 5
Wilson River Clean Up and Paddle with Kayak Tillamook: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Kayak Tillamook and the Oregon Department of Forestry for a kayaking-based clean-up project along the Wilson River Corridor. Space is limited to 38 people. For more information and to RSVP please contact Macy Yates, Macy.Yates@oregon.gov or 503.815.7068.

>Friday, June 5
Campfire Talk at Cape Lookout State Park: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an evening program at the park's campground to learn about how you can be a responsible steward of our forests. Travis Korbe, Interpretive Ranger, Travis.Korbe@oregon.gov or 503.842.3182 X 226.

>Saturday, June 6
National Trails Day Service Project: Meet at Tillamook Forest Center Parking Lot: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Come out and volunteer while learning about Leave No Trace, the Tillamook State Forest and ODF, and participating in fun, educational activities. Please plan to carpool and meet at 45500 Wilson River Highway in Tillamook. Tools will be provided, please bring a sack lunch. For more information and to RSVP please contact Macy Yates, Macy.Yates@oregon.gov or 503.815.7068.

>Saturday, June 6
Campfire Talk at South Beach State Park: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an evening program at the park's campground to learn about how you can be a responsible steward of the outdoors. Dani Padilla, Dani.Padilla@oregon.gov or 541.867.7451.

>Sunday, June 7
Leave No Trace Booth at Portland Rose Festival CityFair: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Come say hello and meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and Oregon Department of Forestry to learn more about getting involved with the Leave No Trace program while enjoying the Tillamook State Forest.

>About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams of educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots to over 15 million people. For more information, visit: www.LNT.org

>About the Tillamook State Forest
The Oregon Department of Forestry manages nearly a million acres of Oregon state forestlands for a range of environmental, economic and social benefits. The Tillamook State Forest is Oregon's largest state forest, providing a number of recreation opportunities including an extensive trail network, camping, fishing, paddling, and hiking, among many other benefits.

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Oregon Lottery Launches new Loteria Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 05/18/15
On Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery launched its own version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

A popular game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community, the new Oregon Lottery Scratch-it features familiar Oregon images such as the beaver, the thunder egg and Sasquatch. The new game offers players a $10,000 top prize.

"Oregon's population is becoming increasingly diverse," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American. In order to be more inclusive in our communication efforts, the Lottery has developed a multicultural plan that encompasses advertising and product development efforts to engage with the many diverse communities in Oregon."

The Lottery also created support for the Loteria Scratch-it including posters in both English and Spanish, and Spanish radio ads that will run on Hispanic radio stations statewide.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Pursuit In Umatilla County Ends In Arrest of Driver - Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/18/15
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An early morning pursuit with Oregon State Troopers in Umatilla County leads to the arrest of two individuals on multiple charges.

According to Sergeant Mark Banks, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on HWY 11 south of Milton-Freewater for an equipment violation on May 18th at about 12:07AM. The vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac Sedan, fled south on HWY 11 towards Pendleton at speeds up to 100 mph. Assisting troopers deployed spike strips on HWY 11 just outside Pendleton which damaged the vehicle's tires, slowing it. The vehicle continued for several more miles where troopers initiated a tactical vehicle intervention technique, which spun the vehicle out and ended the pursuit.

The driver Trevor KELLY, 27, city of residence still unknown, was arrested and transported to the Umatilla County Jail. He initially refused to provide police or corrections staff with any identifying information. KELLY was lodged on the following charges:

Felony Attempt to Elude Police
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering Another Person
DUII- Controlled Substance
Supplying Contraband (Into Correctional Institute)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Failure to Carry and Present a License

The passenger in the vehicle, Kristi HIGHEAGLE, 28, of Pendleton, was arrested and lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine.

No further information at this time, booking photos were unavailable at the time of this release.


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05/16/15
Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers honored for service in Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/16/15
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Bend, Oregon - Approximately 190 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, were welcomed home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon, May 16.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden; State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Col. William Prendergast, commander of 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, were in attendance at the ceremony.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized in June 2014 as one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

Three Soldiers were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony during the Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center prior to the demobilization ceremony, May 16: Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach, Spc. Michael Mangin and Spc. Brian Piccolo, all with Bravo Troop. Twenty-five Soldiers in the squadron have also earned Bronze Star Medals for their service during the deployment.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Air Base until Nov. 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Air Base as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States and returned home to Oregon on April 15, 2015.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Beach sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Michael Mangin (center), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, for wounds he sustained while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. Mangin's grandfather, Jack Mangin (right), a U.S. Navy veteran, pinned the award on his grandson in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Brian Piccolo (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Piccolo sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, stand in formation, as they are welcomed home during a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown, returns a framed guidon flag representing 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, to the squadron commander, Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr. (right), ceremoniously welcoming the unit home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron exchanged the guidon with the governor's office for a state flag when the unit deployed. The state flag was flown in Afghanistan while the framed guidon served as a reminder that Oregonians were deployed overseas. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, from Afghanistan following a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Shooting Investigation Ongoing In The Dalles
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/16/15
The Wasco County Major Crimes Team is investigating a shooting incident which occurred in The Dalles this morning. The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Wasco County District Attorney.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 8:52AM, law enforcement personnel from the The Dalles Police Department and The Wasco County Sherriff's Office responded to a residence at 950 Pomona Street, The Dalles, on the report of an accidental shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found Darlena HILL, Age 75, of the Dalles, with a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Darlena Hill was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is in serious condition.

Initial investigation indicates that Darlena HILL was shot by her husband, Darrell HILL, age 76, also of The Dalles. It is believed Darrell HILL, who suffers from Alzheimer's, was handling a firearm which he thought was unloaded. While handling the firearm it discharged, striking Darlena HILL.

The investigation is continuing by the Wasco County Major Crimes Team which consists of the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department, the Oregon State Police and the Wasco County District Attorney's Office. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Scio Woman Suffers Gunshot Wound
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/16/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 6:20 a.m. his deputies responded to a reported shooting on Rodgers Mountain Loop in Scio.

The investigation revealed that 35-year-old Sabrina Monica Hernandez of Scio sustained a gunshot wound to her leg. Hernandez told deputies that she and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Lee Hutzler of Lebanon, were 4-wheeling on Snow Peak near Upper Neal Creek in Hutzler's 1986 Ford F250 pick-up.

Hernandez told deputies that while stopped to check the truck tires, a semi-automatic handgun accidentally discharged causing the bullet to strike her left leg.

Hernandez was transported by personal vehicle to her residence on Rogers Mountain Loop by her friends, 32-year-old Brad Lee Neuenschwander JR. of Jefferson and 27-year-old Meagan Marie Kizer of Scio. Both Neuenschwander and Kizer told deputies they had been 4-wheeling in the Snow Peak area in a separate vehicle.

Hernandez was later taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, where she is listed in stable condition.

The investigation is continuing.
05/15/15
Health advisory issued May 15 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 05/15/15
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May 15, 2015

High toxin levels found in reservoir in Linn and Marion counties

A health advisory is being issued today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River in Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Detroit Reservoir and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the reservoir.
The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

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

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 503-854-3366. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific body of water, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting May 18
Oregon Marine Board - 05/15/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special telephone Board meeting on May 18, beginning at 11 a.m.

At the Board's June 2013 Board meeting, the Director was granted a Small Grants expenditure authority of $100,000 per biennium. This biennium, the agency received additional grant applications, which if approved, will exceed the $100,000 cap. The Director is requesting Board approval to increase the maximum expenditure authority to $200,000 for the remaining 2013-15 biennium.

The public is invited to participate by coming to the agency, located at 435 Commercial St. NE in Salem.
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PIO Duties 05/16 & 05/17
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/15/15
Starting tomorrow and through Sunday, the PIO duties will be assumed by Sergeant Jeff Stutrud. To reach Sgt. Stutrud please call the PIO line at 503-584-MCSO (6276) Please remember that Sergeant Stutrud is assigned to our Patrol Team and working this weekend. This may delay his response in breaking news situations.

Thank you and have a great weekend!
Sheriff's Office to Take Part in Annual Seatbelt Campaign (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/15/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team, will be joining law enforcement offices around the State in the annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Our deputies will be focusing their efforts starting May 18th and ending May 31st.
Did you know?

Child passengers weighing less than forty pounds must be restrained in a child seat.
Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.

A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for the child's size until he/she reaches age eight or 4/9" tall AND the adult belt system fits properly.

We are proud that Oregon leads the nation with the highest reported seatbelt use: 98.18%, but there is still work to do! According to NHTSA, in 2013, an estimated six lives could have been saved in Oregon if everyone buckled up.

Please watch for our deputies working at the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE on Friday, May 22nd from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, and remember "Click it or Ticket!" Patrols like these are made possible by our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.


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Man Climbs Tree After Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/15/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash today at 3:13 a.m. that occurred on Brush Creek Road, four miles south of Hwy 228 near Crawfordsville.

Upon arrival, deputies found a maroon Subaru SUV resting on its side in a field approximately 50 feet from the roadway. Deputies contacted an adult female near the vehicle who was identified as Sarah Dawn Williams, 29 years-old, from Crawfordsville. Sarah told deputies her husband Jonathan Josiah Williams, 33 years-old from Crawfordsville, was driving the SUV and fled the scene with their six year old son.

Shortly after contacting Sarah, deputies located the child in a nearby wooded area. Both the child and Sarah were transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital for minor injuries.

Approximately 1/4 mile away, deputies located Jonathan, who had climbed 70 to 80 feet up a tree and refused to come down. Deputies remained with Jonathan for over five hours, attempting to talk him down from the tree.

Family members told deputies that Jonathan suffers from a possible Bi-Polar disorder and might be taking medication. A Linn County Mental Health Crisis Counselor arrived at 9:04 a.m. to assist deputies. At 10:19 a.m., Jonathan, who was uninjured, voluntarily climbed down the tree and was taken into custody without incident.

Jonathan made statements to deputies that he intentionally crashed the SUV with his family inside. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he is currently being evaluated by Mental Health.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by Linn County Mental Health, Sweet Home Fire Department, Mohawk Valley Fire Department, Department of Human Services and the Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Team.

The investigation is continuing and possible criminal charges are pending.

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Oregon Air National Guard mobilizes Citizen-Airmen for Middle East security mission (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/15/15
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142nd Security Forces Mobilization Ceremony
Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron were honored in a mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. May 15, 2015
Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.


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Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the 142nd Security Forces Squadron mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, thank the Airmen of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron following the unit's mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Grant Roper, of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron and his daughter, are interviewed by a local news crew following his unit's mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron are honored during a mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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Marine Board's Boating Safety Media Kit -Now Available! (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/15/15
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Hello Subscribers and Media Partners,

Tomorrow is the beginning of National Safe Boating Week, and the Marine Board wants to remind everyone who plans to venture out on our gorgeous and pristine waterways to:

* Plan ahead (know where you're going to put in and take out).
* Have all of the required equipment, including a properly fitting life jacket for everyone on board.
* With low water, keep a sharp lookout for rocks, shoals, stumps, and other objects that are usually submerged.

The media kit contains condensed talking points -agreed upon by boating safety advocates that include the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Weather Service, Washington State Parks, and Marine Law Enforcement.

The kit also contains a link to the Coast Guard's Nationwide 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics Report and Oregon's statistics are also included in the materials.

Please consider doing a story about staying safe on the water, particularly stories about cold water immersion. We're hoping to be proactive and get people thinking about being safe around the water before the first 90 degree weekend comes along, where drowning predictably occurs. Remember, drowning is preventable.

I'm happy to participate in an interview, or help coordinate an interview with local marine deputies for ride-alongs to highlight local safety issues.

Thank you for your help in keeping people safe on our waterways!

Ashley A. Massey
Legislative Coordinator
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Marine Board
Ashley.massey@state.or.us
503-378-2623


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Another Big Act Added to the 28th annual Waterfront Blues Festival Lineup (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 05/15/15
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BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY JOINS THE FESTIVAL WITH PERFORMANCES ON JULY 4 & 5

Portland, Ore. (May 15, 2015) -- Oregon Food Bank announced today that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been added to the lineup for its 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, on July 2 - 5, 2015 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, known for its vibrant swing music, is scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 4 at the After-Hours Show at the Marriott, as well as at the festival's main stage on Sunday, July 5.

"Your best bet for catching Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is to purchase the Blues Buddy Pass," said Artistic Director Peter Dammann. "With a Buddy pass, you get entry to our After-Hours concerts, where they will perform with The Paladins, as well as early entry to the festival all four days and priority re-entry when the park likely hits capacity each night."

Blues Buddy Passes are currently available at TicketTomato.com for the early-bird rate of $70. They are expected to increase soon to their regular price of $85.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, has sold millions of records while their music has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows. They have sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center and appeared on TV shows from Leno and Conan, to Dancing with The Stars and Superbowl XXXIII.

Festival headliners are:
BUDDY GUY * GREGG ALLMAN * GALACTIC with MACY GRAY * BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY * ALLEN TOUSSAINT * CHARMAINE NEVILLE * PHIL & DAVE ALVIN * THE PALADINS * DEVON ALLMAN * CHUBBY CARRIER

Additional acts include:
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band * Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas * Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds * Turkuaz * Jelly Bread * Stone Foxes * Con Brio * Jarekus Singleton * Christone "Kingfish" Ingram * Terry "Harmonica" Bean * Jimmy "Duck" Holmes * Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band * Dog Hill Stompers * Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

Regional acts will be announced soon. For passes, festival schedule, artist bios and videos, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

About Waterfront Blues Festival
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Coors, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian

Supporting sponsors: The Boeing Company, Schwindt & Co, Capital One, Health Net Caring Ambassadors, Larabar, Highgrove Farms, EartH20, Nathan's, Columbia Crest Grand Estates, Mission Foods, Portland Comm College, NW Natural, Pape' Rents EcoShuttle, KBOO, Creative Safety Supply, 24 Hour Fitness, Winthrop R&B Fest, Clackamas City Tourism, Mississippi Music Trails, Hotel Rose, Riverplace Hotel, University Place Hotel

More information: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com | www.oregonfoodbank.org
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School board candidate filings number 817 this election
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/15/15
A total of 817 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association. That figure is the lowest of any election in the last decade. Candidates usually number about 850 to 1,050, and include races in K-12 school districts, education service districts and for community college boards.
There are 696 open positions across the state, and 483 incumbents are running.
Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, said the lower number of candidates is surprising, given the important community role that local board members have. She said it remains unclear why the number of candidates has dropped from 972 in the May election in 2013.
"Board members play a pivotal part in their communities," she said. "They provide the connection between schools and the places we live, and it's vital that we encourage as many strong candidates as possible to fill these positions."
Other findings from the survey include:
??(R) For K-12 district boards, 692 candidates are running for 585 positions. Nearly three-quarters of the races (72.3 percent) are uncontested. In 47 races (8 percent), no candidates are running.
??(R) For ESD boards, 53 people have filed for 54 positions. Forty-six are unopposed, and five races have no candidates.
??(R) For community college boards, 72 people filed for 57 slots. Forty-one are unopposed, and in two races there are no candidates.
School board elections are held every two years.
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Salutes Senator Wyden for Leadership on Trade Promotion Authority Policy Debate
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 05/15/15
May 14, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association wishes to publicly express appreciation to Senator Ron Wyden for his willingness to engage in and lead discussions regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
TPA is a critical tool for every agricultural and livestock sector in our efforts to seek approval of trade agreements. Meaningful trade agreements that support and create US jobs while helping American agriculture compete more successfully in an ever-expanding global marketplace are beneficial here at home and abroad.
Regardless of political affiliations, trade is good for everyone! The ability for Oregon products to be exported to foreign markets without obstruction from foreign governments when our borders are open to imports from all over the world, is good policy. Market acceptance and market expansion for every sector of agriculture ensures strong demand and sustainability for future generations.
Thank you Senator Ron Wyden for taking the lead on this very important issue. TPA will help ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and food processors receive the greatest benefit from these negotiations.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
Serious Injury Crash on Hwy 30 near Sauvie Island- OSP Asking for assistance (Photo)-Correction
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/15/15
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The OSP Northern Command Center phone number is (503)375-3555

According to Senior Trooper Robin May, at 6:45am a serious injury motor vehicle crash occurred on SR Hwy 30 near MP 10.8 (east of Sauvie Island Bridge). Witnesses reported a white male adult was crossing the highway, not in a marked crosswalk, from NW Larson Road to a Trimet Bus Stop on the opposite side of the highway. Meanwhile a 2007 Freightliner (Unit #1), driven by Mr. Kirk L. Hubbard, age 56, from McMinnville, Oregon, was eastbound when he observed the pedestrian. Mr. Hubbard slowed to a stop. Unit #2, a 1995 Chevy Suburban driven by Ms. Loretta J. Sampson, age 58 from Scappoose, Oregon, observed the pedestrian but did not see the Freightliner had come to a stop. Unit #2 rear-ended Unit #1. Mr. Hubbard was secured with seatbelt and was not injured. Ms. Sampson was wearing seatbelt, the airbags deployed, Ms. Sampson sustained serious injuries, and was transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. The male pedestrian was reportedly pick-up by a passing motorist and driven Eastbound towards Portland.

The male adult was described as a white male adult, 50-60 years of age, Skinny build (approx. 160 lbs), with gray balding hair with gray unshaven facial hair (2-3 day growth). He was wearing a dark blue jacket, blue cargo shorts, dark blue tennis shoes, and was carrying a small brief case. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center at (503)375-3535.

The highway was completely closed for approximately 15 minutes and then one lane was closed for an additional 3 hours. OSP was assisted by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Portland Fire.


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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet May 21 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 05/15/15
May 15, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, May 21, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Oregon Army National Guard to demobilize 1-82 Cavalry Squadron in Bend, Oregon
Oregon Military Department - 05/15/15
Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a demobilization ceremony for approximately 190 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, on Saturday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Vince Genna Stadium, located at 405 SE Roosevelt Ave., in Bend, Oregon. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized on June 17, 2014, to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they conducted training in preparation for the deployment. The unit was one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Airbase until November 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Airbase as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States.

More than 90 percent of the Soldiers in the squadron have earned combat badges, with 26 Soldiers receiving Bronze Star Medals and three Soldiers receiving Purple Hearts.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.
***Update*** Amber Alert
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/15/15
***Update***
Kaitlyne WIRTH is in custody and is no longer sought by law enforcement. Any questions may be directed to the Tillamook City Police Department at 503-815-1911.
***End update***

Previous Release:
**Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo) - 05/14/15
An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening in an attempt to locate a female child and a female suspect. The vehicle and child were located near Cottage Grove on HWY 99. The AMBER Alert was canceled shortly after.

On May 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50PM, Tillamook Police were advised that Kaitlyne WIRTH violated a court order and had taken Jocelyn WIRTH. This incident occurred in North Bend, located in Coos County. Tillamook City Police is handling the investigation and issued the alert as a Tillamook County Judge order custody of Jocelyn away from Kaitlyne.

The Amber Alert was issued at approximately 6:25PM.

At approximately 6:43PM, a concerned citizen who had heard the AMBER Alert, recognized the vehicle on HWY 99 near Cottage Grove and called 911. The citizen stated they had heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and shortly after, observed the vehicle parked along the roadway and could see a blonde haired child inside. After calling 911, Oregon State Troopers located the vehicle and safely recovered Jocelyn WIRTH who was in good condition.

Tillamook Police Department is asking for the public's help to find suspect Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 19, from North Bend. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 150 pounds. She has blonde hair. Latest information is that she is believed to be in the Eugene area.

No further details will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Kaitlyne WIRTH is asked to call 9-1-1. Tips can also be reported to Tillamook Police Department at 503-815-1911.

***End Update***
05/14/15
Boat Overturns In Foster Lake
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/14/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his deputies are investigating a boating accident on Foster Lake, near Sweet Home. Today at 12:51 p.m. Linn County 9-1-1 received a call from a bystander advising there were four people that had been in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

Sweet Home Fire Dept. personnel arrived at the lake at 1:06 p.m. and were able to get all four occupants to shore.
The boat owner Timothy Ray Allen, 61, of Albany told deputies that the 16 foot drift boat overturned when one of the occupants weight shifted to one side, causing the boat to tip. Timothy Allen told Deputies this caused all of the passengers to shift to one side, overturning the boat.

Ron Dean Peck, 61, of Albany and Phillip Louis Hyatt, 77, of Dundee and Timothy Ray Allen were treated and released at the scene. Bert Alfred Allen, 87, of Albany was transported to Lebanon Community Hospital and treated for hypothermia. Timothy Allen and Bert Allen told deputies they were wearing their life jackets. Deputies learned the others had life jackets accessible but chose not to wear them.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by Sweet Home Fire and Sweet Home Police Department.

Sheriff Riley wants to remind everyone that even with recent warm weather, the local bodies of water are still cold and can rapidly lower your body temperature. Also, remember that wearing a life jacket, even when not required by law, can save your life when the unexpected happens.
***Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo)
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An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening in an attempt to locate a female child and a female suspect. The vehicle and child were located near Cottage Grove on HWY 99. The AMBER Alert was canceled shortly after.

On May 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50PM, Tillamook Police were advised that Kaitlyne WIRTH violated a court order and had taken Jocelyn WIRTH. This incident occurred in North Bend, located in Coos County. Tillamook City Police is handling the investigation and issued the alert as a Tillamook County Judge order custody of Jocelyn away from Kaitlyne.

The Amber Alert was issued at approximately 6:25PM.

At approximately 6:43PM, a concerned citizen who had heard the AMBER Alert, recognized the vehicle on HWY 99 near Cottage Grove and called 911. The citizen stated they had heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and shortly after, observed the vehicle parked along the roadway and could see a blonde haired child inside. After calling 911, Oregon State Troopers located the vehicle and safely recovered Jocelyn WIRTH who was in good condition.

Tillamook Police Department is asking for the public's help to find suspect Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 19, from North Bend. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 150 pounds. She has blonde hair. Latest information is that she is believed to be in the Eugene area.

No further details will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Kaitlyne WIRTH is asked to call 9-1-1. Tips can also be reported to Tillamook Police Department at 503-815-1911.

***End Update***


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***Correction*** Oregon Amber Alert
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/14/15
***Correction***
Suspect, Kaitlyne WIRTH, age is 19.


Canceled ***Amber Alert*** (Photo) - 05/14/15
An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening for a female child and a female suspect. That alert has been CANCELED.

The child, Jocelyne WIRTH, has been located near Cottage Grove, Oregon. The vehicle has also been recovered. The suspect, Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 36, is still outstanding.

If Kaitlyne M WIRTH is spotted please call 911. For tips on her wherabouts, please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

More information to follow.


*** END UPDATE ***


Previous Release:

***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).
Canceled ***Amber Alert*** (Photo)
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An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening for a female child and a female suspect. That alert has been CANCELED.

The child, Jocelyne WIRTH, has been located near Cottage Grove, Oregon. The vehicle has also been recovered. The suspect, Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 36, is still outstanding.

If Kaitlyne M WIRTH is spotted please call 911. For tips on her wherabouts, please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

More information to follow.


*** END UPDATE ***


Previous Release:

***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).


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***Amber Alert*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/14/15
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***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).

More info to follow.


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Mug Shot Released (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/14/15
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Our office has received a large interest in the release of the mug shot pertaining to CAGEN, RICHARD MARC SID 21163504. In response to those requests it has been attached to this release.


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Oregon Memorial Day events listed, ODVA to host annual ceremony
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 05/14/15
SALEM - As part of the annual Memorial Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) will again host a memorial ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 3 p.m., on the department's grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.

The public ceremony will be held at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial where the names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and those with Oregon military ties, will be read aloud. McNary High School's JROTC unit will provide military honors.

This year's event will mark the second consecutive time since the memorial's dedication in 2006 that names of Oregon's fallen will not be added to the memorial wall.

Oregon State Sen. Brian Boquist, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will be the keynote speaker.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday's name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The most current list of statewide Memorial Day event locations and information is available online: www.oregondva.com/blog/2015/05/06/2015-memorial-day-events.
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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Lane ESD - 05/14/15
The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A work session is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., where the Board will discuss Eugene School District's inquiry regarding rental space at Lane Education Service District's Westmoreland Campus.

The regular session of the Board of Directors will begin at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be followed by an Executive Session to: 1. Conduct deliberations with persons designated to carry on labor negotiations. ORS 192.660(2)(d)and 2. To review and evaluate the performance of the superintendent. ORS 192.660(2)(i)

The meetings will be held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 N., Eugene, Oregon.
Oregon National Guard commemorates Armed Forces Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/14/15
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Three Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, fire a salute in honor of the 65th annual Armed Forces Day, at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, recognizes local veterans in his remarks during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown discusses the importance of the Oregon National Guard in her remarks at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Pfc. Jose Melendez, assistant gunner with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion shows a young girl a Howitzer during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, fly over the Oregon State Capitol rotunda during the annual Armed Forces Day event in Salem, Oregon, May 14. Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen displayed equipment and military hardware at the mall, prior to the official ceremony. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, spoke at the event, which highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and showcased the contributions and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize 142nd Security Forces Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 05/14/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Security Forces Squadron will be highlighted in a mobilization ceremony scheduled to be held at the Portland Air National Guard Base Friday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are scheduled to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.
05/13/15
OHA Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets May 22
Oregon Health Authority - 05/13/15
May 13, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee's monthly meeting, which is open to the public.

When: Friday, May 22, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

Agenda: Review committee scope and charter; discuss maximum THC in a single-serving size to minimize adverse health effects on members of vulnerable populations; review of literature from Colorado, Vermont and Washington state; future topics; next steps; public comment.

Details: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based in the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use, and the impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

For more information about the committee, visit the committee's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.aspx.

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Linn Sheriff Hosts Annual Boat Inspections
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/13/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce his office has scheduled our 2nd annual boat safety day. The Sheriff's Office has partnered with Bi-Mart and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide complementary boat inspections for the public.

The event is scheduled for two days; May 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Albany Bi-Mart parking lot located at 2272 Santiam Hwy SE and also on May 17 at the Lebanon Bi-Mart from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. located at 2680 S Santiam Hwy.

The inspection process will include checking for approved life jackets, working fire extinguishers, approved Type IV floatation devices, approved sound producing devices and working engine blower fans. We will also assist on proper placement of Oregon registration number and registration stickers. If your boat passes inspection, an inspection sticker will be issued, which can be displayed on your boat for the approaching 2015 boating season.

Sheriff Riley is encouraging boat owners to bring your boat to this event and beat the summer rush.
Calendar Announcement: Planned Parenthood Advocates Present Films, Discussion on May 31 in Corvallis (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 05/13/15
The documentary "Young Lakota" focuses on the political awakening of young people on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon invites supporters to network with local activists while boosting grassroots advocacy on Sunday, May 31st in Corvallis.

Darkside Cinema will play host to "Empowering Films & Discussion About Reproductive Justice" from 2-5pm at 215 SW Fourth St. Proceeds benefit PPAO's Linn-Benton Leadership & Advocacy Team.

After the films, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws at Oregon State University and the Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence will join a robust discussion with PPAO representatives. The film program includes:

* "Young Lakota": A uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder - the first female president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe - defies a state law that makes abortion a crime, even in cases of rape or incest. Fire Thunder takes a stand by proposing a women's health clinic providing abortions on the reservation, which would also be open to all local women. Lakota twin sisters, Sunny and Serena, and their childhood friend, Brandon, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle. Directed and produced by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, makers of the award-winning documentary "The Education of Shelby Knox."

* "Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice": In 2013 on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, this short film documents the systematic legal assault on women's reproductive rights, highlighting struggles in Mississippi and Texas.

* "Oregon, Plan Your Dream Vacation!": A lighthearted short film produced by "Lizz Winstead and the Ultraviolet Board of Tourism" showing why Oregon is leading the country in reproductive freedom.

PPAO's Leadership & Advocacy Teams were recently honored with Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2015 Volunteer Excellence Award. The teams, which are active in 10 counties across Oregon, meet monthly for planning and strategizing and participate in activities that protect the basic healthcare services our community needs.

WHAT: Empowering Films & Discussion about Reproductive Justice
WHEN: 2-5pm Sunday, May 31st
WHERE: Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis
COST: $12 at the door or $10 in advance from http://tinyurl.com/LinnBentonFilms


Attached Media Files: The documentary "Young Lakota" focuses on the political awakening of young people on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation.
Linn Detectives Investigate Death in Marion County Jail (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/13/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that at the request of Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, his detectives are investigating a death that occurred in the Marion County Jail. It is standard procedure to have an outside agency conduct in-custody death investigations.

Detectives have identified the deceased inmate as Nicholas Alan Stephens, 34-years old, from Dallas, Oregon. Stephens was in custody serving a 90 day sentence for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

On May 12, 2015, at 4:14 p.m., Marion County Corrections Deputies were conducting their routine hourly cell checks when they discovered Stephens, who was in his cell alone, unresponsive. Deputies immediately began first aid and called for additional medical staff and paramedics. Salem Fire Department arrived on scene and pronounced Stephens dead at 4:27 p.m.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and determined that Stephens committed suicide and died from asphyxia as a result of hanging. This is consistent with evidence found at the scene as it was discovered that Stephens used a bed sheet and wrapped it around his neck.

The investigation is continuing and upon completion of all reports, will be submitted to the Marion County District Attorney for review.


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Calendar Announcement: Planned Parenthood Advocates Celebrate Wine, Women & Song on May 27 in Eugene
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 05/13/15
Spring is such a wonderful time to celebrate women's health. And that's just what Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is looking to do at "Uncorked: Wine, Women & Song."

The event will be held from 6-8pm Wednesday, May 27th at Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company, 907 W Third Ave. in Eugene. Proceeds benefit PPAO's Lane County Leadership & Advocacy Team.

"Uncorked" will feature special guest speaker Judith Arcana as well as music by the popular neo-tango ensemble Mood Area 52 and the jazzy Tonewood Trio. It will also feature a silent auction, delicious wine and tasty hors d'oeuvres.

Recently featured in the acclaimed documentary "She's Beautiful When She's Angry," Judith Arcana is a writer of poems, stories, essays and books and a longtime scholar, teacher and activist. She is a Jane, a member of the Chicago underground service that helped more than 11,000 women and girls access safe, illegal abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in January 1973. She's a skilled presenter who has worked with audiences in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, often visiting campus and community groups to talk about reproductive justice and to perform her powerful writing. Arcana's poems, stories and essays have been published widely for more than 30 years.

Mood Area 52 started in 1998 as a Piazzolla-inspired neo-tango and silent film score ensemble. Since then, the group has morphed into an ensemble defined more by instrumentation and mood than genre. Their most recent releases, "Company Town" and "1952 Philanski House," blend roots rock, instrumental tango, jazz, blues, Balkan influences, ranchera, American folk, country, Brechtian cabaret and classical music.

With three friends who value subtlety and tastefulness above all in music, Tonewood Trio formed as a way to express these values with their shared love of jazz, the Great American Songbook, folk revival and the popular music of the past 50 years.

PPAO's Leadership & Advocacy Teams were recently honored with Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2015 Volunteer Excellence Award. The teams, which are active in 10 counties across Oregon, meet monthly for planning and strategizing and participate in activities that protect the basic healthcare services our community needs.

WHAT: Uncorked: Wine, Women & Song
WHEN: 6-8pm Wednesday, May 27th
WHERE: Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company, 907 W Third Ave., Eugene
COST: $25 at the door or $22 in advance from http://tinyurl.com/UncorkedEugene
Wells Fargo invites small businesses to enter national contest featuring a $25,000 prize (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 05/13/15
Carolyn Miye, owner of Oodles 4 Kids in Sellwood, Ore.
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Wells Fargo is again inviting eligible business owners to enter a nationwide contest to win cash prizes and a business mentorship opportunity.

Entrants must submit a video up to 2.5-minutes long or a 600-word max essay with a photo, responding to questions about their business.

Wells Fargo will select 25 finalists and each will receive $1,000 for their business. From that group, Wells Fargo will pick five grand prize winners and each will receive $25,000 for their business.

The contest runs from now through June 30. Wells Fargo will announce the winners September. For the complete rules, log on to wellsfargoworks.com/project.

Helping A Local Business Grow
Last year more than 3,600 small businesses entered the contest. The 25 finalists included Carolyn Miye, who has owned and operated Oodles 4 Kids, a children's toy and bookstore in Sellwood, Ore., since 2012.

A new video about how Wells Fargo helped Miye grow her business is posted on the contest web site, along with videos about how some of last year's other finalists have taken their business to the next level since participating in the contest.

"I can't think of another bank that understands the mentality of a small business owner better than Wells Fargo," Miye says in the video.

In addition to the $1,000 contest prize last year, Wells Fargo also selected Miye to receive mentoring from a business coach and an additional $10,000 in accounting services this year.

"Wells Fargo, they don't act like a big national bank because they work to build a relationship with me in the same way that I work so hard to build relationships with my customers," Miye says.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo was recently named the leading small business lender in Oregon and S.W. Washington by the Small Business Administration. It was the fifth time in the last seven years that Wells Fargo earned this honor, based on dollar volume. Wells Fargo serves about 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America's small businesses than any other bank. The company has approximately 32,000 bankers in its retail branches who provide financial guidance to small business owners and consumers across the country. Wells Fargo also has teams of Business Banking relationship managers in locations throughout the country, and phone bankers who serve small business owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Attached Media Files: Carolyn Miye, owner of Oodles 4 Kids in Sellwood, Ore.
348th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/13/15
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 348th Basic Police Class.

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

Basic Police Class 348 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on May 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the graduation.

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

Members of Basic Police Class #348

Abbott, Daniel S
Police Officer
Umatilla Police Department

Anderson, Ian M
Deputy Sheriff
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Bailey, Jacob D
Police Officer
Canby Police Department

Balli, Juan C
Police Officer
Hermiston Police Department

Barrett, Lucas N
Police Officer
Bend Police Department

Beard, Robert L
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Billington, Gregory P
Deputy Sheriff
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Borra, Robert J
Police Officer
Tigard Police Department

Crowe, Brett A
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Dean, Tabitha J
Police Officer
Toledo Police Department

Docken, Derek O
Police Officer
Medford Police Department

Fittinger, Steven D
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Garcia, Arturo J
Deputy Sheriff
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Hawkins, Blake D
Police Officer
Baker City Police Department

Hermens, Thomas Z
Police Officer
University of Oregon Police Department

Hisel, Heather F
Police Officer
Milwaukie Police Department

Hood, Justin C
Deputy Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Kammerer, Benjamin A
Police Officer
Gresham Police Department

Merklin, Erik D
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Mills, David R
Deputy Sheriff
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

Morgan, Kristin M
Police Officer
Portland Police Bureau

Ries, Joshua M
Police Officer
Fairview Police Department

Rondeau, Christopher J
Police Officer
Rockaway Beach Police Department

Ross, Kameron A
Police Officer
Springfield Police Department

Roth, Joshua M
Police Officer
Warm Springs Police Department

Scott, Brian D
Police Officer
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Siemens, John M
Deputy Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Smith, Trevor O
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Swiger, Jonathon R
Deputy Sheriff
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Terry, Sam M
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Thomas, Joshua R
Police Officer
Florence Police Department

Thomas, Raymond P
Deputy Sheriff
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Thompson, Jason C
Police Officer
Oregon City Police Department

Tomlinson, Eric I II
Police Officer
Portland Police Bureau

Voudren, Shane C
Police Officer
Bend Police Department

Weisenfluh, Kevin J
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Weishaar, Adam L
Deputy Sheriff
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Welter, Kathryn M
Police Officer
St. Helens Police Department

Woodward, Shauna R
Deputy Sheriff
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. DPSST is recognized nationally for its innovative training programs and stakeholder partnerships.
Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/13/15
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an annual Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 14, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will also feature Junior ROTC cadets from Lebanon, McNary, North Salem, Oregon City, and Reynolds High School.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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140515-Z-TK422-7386: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion fire a Howitzer salute at the annual Armed Forces Day event, May 15, 2014, at the Oregon State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. The annual event honors the contribution of military service members throughout the state and nation. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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05/12/15
Photo Release: Oregon National Guard participates in return ceremony for Cpl Ben Lee Brown killed during Korea War (Photo)
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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord receives the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon and Capt. Shane T. Maher, Oregon Military Department Casualty Affairs Manager, watch as a military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown into a hearse at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Inmate Found Deceased in Cell
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/12/15
Today at about 4:20 p.m., Deputies in the Marion County Jail found an unresponsive male inmate inside of his single cell. Deputies attempted to revive the male, however he was pronounced deceased by paramedics. In accordance with our procedures the Linn County Sheriff's Office has been called in to investigate the incident.

All remaining releases pertaining to the inmates name and cause of death will be coordinated and released through the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Office to Host Crime Prevention Symposium (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/12/15
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On Thursday, May 14th the Marion County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Crime Prevention Symposium at Adam Stephens Middle School at 6:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office is bringing a panel of experts from our Crime Prevention Unit, Patrol, Jail, Code Enforcement and Parole and Probation to offer crime prevention tips, listen to residents and answer questions.

The event is designed for residents in the Jan Ree area or north east Salem. The Sheriff's Office will be offering additional events in SE Salem, rural Marion County and our contract cities, the dates of those events have not yet been set.

Please, come out, meet our staff and join us in a conversation geared at making our neighborhoods crime free!


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***Update*** Death Investigation of Inmate From Baker Jail County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/12/15
***Update***
On May 9th, 2015, JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, of Baker City was brought to the Baker County Jail after being arrested for Criminal Trespass In the Second Degree. PANTLE was placed in a holding cell pending the booking process.

The time line of the incident on May 9th was:
3:30PM PANTLE is brought to the Baker County Jail.
5:43PM PANTLE showed signs of medical distress while in a holding cell.
5:45PM An ambulance was dispatched to respond to the Baker County Jail.
5:49PM The ambulance arrived at the jail.
6:07PM The ambulance with PANTLE as the patient arrived at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center.
6:32PM PANTER was pronounced deceased by medical staff.

On May 11th, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office released details to investigators on causes of death for PANTLE. The autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner revealed the remnants of a plastic type baggy in PANTLE's stomach which appeared to have burst and the initial toxicology revealed a high level of methamphetamine in his system. The conclusion by the state medical examiner was "Methamphetamine Overdose".

*** END UPDATE ***

Previous Release:

Death Investigation Of Inmate From Baker County Jail Continuing - 05/10/15
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on May 9th, 2015 at about 3:30PM, Baker County Jail Staff became aware that inmate JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, was having medical issues. Jail staff began medical care on PANTLE and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday with the State Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later time.
Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Brings Free Smoke Alarms to Roseburg Neighborhood (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/12/15
Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Trevor Covington reviews home fire preparedness with Newport resident LeAnn Blumenstein during the agency's outreach event in Newport last month.
Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Trevor Covington reviews home fire preparedness with Newport resident LeAnn Blumenstein during the agency's outreach event in Newport last month.
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The American Red Cross and the City of Roseburg Fire Department will install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education for residents in Roseburg's 97470 ZIP code on June 13.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents had to face finding a place to stay, purchasing food and clothing, replacing lost possessions, notifying loved ones and navigating insurance. Importantly, more than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. In Oregon, this campaign is in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

On Saturday, June 13, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., trained Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods in the 97470 ZIP code to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in the home, to install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist, and provide information about creating a fire escape plan. In addition, volunteers will share additional home fire and other emergency-preparedness information with residents.

Residents in any part of the 97470 ZIP code may also schedule an appointment by calling
(503) 528-5783. Residents will receive a two-hour appointment window.

Volunteers are needed for this important outreach effort. Training will be provided at 10 a.m. on June 13. Individuals, faith-based groups, local business and organizations are welcome to participate. For additional info or to register to volunteer, visit. www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. City of Roseburg Deputy Fire Marshal Monte Bryan echoes this advice. "Fire-related deaths and injuries happen all too often," he says. "This is an excellent opportunity to save lives."

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.


Attached Media Files: Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Trevor Covington reviews home fire preparedness with Newport resident LeAnn Blumenstein during the agency's outreach event in Newport last month. , Red Cross volunteer Mary Felice Crowe helps children map out a home evactuation plan during a home fire safety outreach event. , The Red Cross has undertaken outreach activities in more than 10 communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The events offer free smoke alarms in homes that need them.
Revised - Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for May, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/12/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the remainder of May 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change. For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule
* Budget Committee Meetings - May 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 PM. The meetings on the 20th and 27th will be canceled if not necessary. The May 13th meeting will be held at South Coast ESD, 1350 Teakwood Ave. in Coos Bay (off Koosbay Blvd.) in the main conference room. Locations for the next meetings will be announced.

* Special Board Meetings with Executive Session - Rescheduled to May 22nd at 5:30 PM and May 29th at 3:30 PM based on ORS 192.660(2)(b) to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing.

* Special Board Meeting - May 26th at 5:30 PM.
Public hearing June 11 for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 05/12/15
May 12, 2015

What: A hearing to take public comments on the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division's proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

When: Thursday, June 11, 1-2 p.m.

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

Who: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, Office of the State Public Health Director

Details: To participate by phone, call 1-877-848-7030, and use code 2030826#

For more information about the meeting or to review the proposal, please contact Jan Kaplan, Public Health Division block grant coordinator, at 971-673-1232.

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

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North Bend School District Public Meetings Revised - May 2015
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 05/12/15
Below are North Bend School District public meeting currently scheduled for May:

May 11, 2015
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 13, 2015 **Note Change**
Special Board Meeting with Executive Session at 6:00 p.m.
*Executive Session is to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) and to consider information or records exempt by law from public inspection, pursuant to ORS 192660(2)(f)
Budget Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 20, 2015
Budget Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Special Board Meeting - Work Session to follow
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 27, 2015
Budget Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Special Board Meeting - Work Session to follow
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
Board of Forestry Subcommittee meets May 18 to discuss landscape data and forest growth related to new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/12/15
News Release

May 12, 2015
Major media distribution
Contact:
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dan.postrel@oregon.gov
Tony Andersen, 503-507-4481, tony.andersen@Oregon.gov


The Alternative Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet in Salem on Monday, May 18, to discuss landscape level data and forest growth and modeling specific to the Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan. Subcommittee members will also have the opportunity to provide further input to the Division on the current analysis related to the Northwest FMP.
The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or emphasis area - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF improves conservation outcomes over time, and has a sustainable flow of revenue to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

Meeting details
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 18.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx
Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

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

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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron assists with humanitarian mission in Romania (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/12/15
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Oregon Air National Guard members from the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) arrive at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 7. As part of the 142nd Fighter Wing's CES participation in U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), the Oregon Citizen-Airmen assist in improvements to the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Lucas Smith (center), 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), points to the progress of repairs and where exterior stucco will be placed, to Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wade, (left), as Oregon Citizen-Airmen from the CES unit repair water damage to a health facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), and is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Adrian Tate, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, applies exterior plaster in order to repair water damage to a health facility located in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Ramon Lopez, right, and Staff Sgt. Jared Levitt, left, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, work together to size and place new exterior tile flooring to a medical facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 8. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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BPSST Executive Committee to Hold Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/12/15
BPSST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
Contact: Tammera Hinshaw (503) 373-1553

Notice of Teleconference Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Chair's Report and Administrative Announcement- "This is a public meeting subject to the public meeting law which will be tape recorded."

Executive Session - Legal matter

1. *Minutes of November 13, 2014 meeting

2. *Bylaws of the Executive Committee of BPSST

3. *OAR 259-013-0220 et al - Fingerprints - Proposed Rule Change

4. *OAR 259-008-0080 - Instructor Certification - Proposed Rule Change

5. Budget Update - Director Gabliks

6. Legislative Report - Director Gabliks

7. Next Meeting - June 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Police Policy Committee
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/12/15
DPSST POLICE POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
Contact: Mona Riesterer (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on May 21, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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


Agenda Items:

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

2. *OLCC - Curriculum Approval

3. *Dustin Hyer, DPSST # 34048, (Possible Executive Session)
Medical Waiver - Presented by Debbie Anderson

4. *OAR 259-008-0010 Proposed Rule Change; Physical Standards Review, Form F2 and Physical Standard Waivers Process Changes
Presented by Sharon Huck

5. *Thomas Kipp, Oregon State Police (Retired), DPSST # 20794
Presented by Leon Colas

6. *James Escobar, Portland Police Bureau, DPSST # 51843
Presented by Leon Colas

7. *Request for Review of Training Waiver Process
Chief Brian Harvey, La Grande Police Department

8. Staff Updates

9. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - August 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Meet
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/12/15
DPSST CORRECTIONS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
Contact: Mona Riesterer (503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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

Agenda Items:

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

2. *Jarred Morgan - Request for Medical Waiver
Presented by Debbie Anderson

3. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit & Compliance Unit
Presented by Theresa King

4. *OAR 259-008-0010-Proposed Rule Change: Physical Standards Review, Form F2 & Physical Standard Waivers Process Changes
Presented by Sharon Huck

5. *Brent Peterson - DPSST #49647
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. *Darrick Diebel - DPSST #49646
Presented by Leon Colas

7. *Joseph Murdock - DPSST #54905
Presented by Leon Colas

8. *Jason Terkelson - DPSST #55126
Presented by Leon Colas

9. *Marcus Krieg - DPSST #54792
Presented by Leon Colas

10. *Election of New Chair

11. Staff Update

12. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - August 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Oregon Lottery partners with GamTalk to help Oregon's gamblers (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/12/15
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When you are struggling with a gambling problem, sometimes you just need someone to talk to.

Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is teaming up with GamTalk - www.gamtalk.org - to provide a free online support service for Oregonians with gambling issues.

GamTalk is an "online community" that provides an opportunity for people to anonymously discuss their own gambling issues or their concerns about a friend or relative. It also provides an easy way to find out about local services for problem gamblers.

A non-profit organization developed by psychologist Dr. Richard Wood, GamTalk has been operating successfully in Canada since 2008. Partnering with the Oregon Lottery will be the first time a U.S. lottery has adopted this service.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Oregon Lottery and through it provide our service to Oregonians," said Dr. Wood. "GamTalk provides a great way to start talking about gambling issues. It can be such a relief to discover that you are not the only person who is going through this. We have a fantastic community of people who share their stories and offer friendly advice and support to others."

Assistant Lottery Director for Marketing and Retail Sales Stacy Shaw said, "The Oregon Lottery is committed to promoting responsible gambling and connecting problem gamblers with free help and treatment. A resource such as GamTalk is yet another way for gamblers to find services and support. We are making the service available on the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website at www.opgr.org that we sponsor along with the Oregon Health Authority and gambling addiction service providers throughout the state."

The anonymous nature of GamTalk makes it easier and less intimidating for people to discuss their gambling. Typically visitors to GamTalk start by reading about other peoples' experiences and then talk about their own situation when they feel they are ready. It is an effective resource for people who can't access support locally. It is also a helpful resource to use together with locally-provided services where available.

"We see that people are much more likely to seek local help when they have an opportunity to talk anonymously on GamTalk first," added Dr. Wood.


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05/11/15
Lebanon Motor Home Burns - 2 Injured
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 05/11/15
Lebanon fire crews are currently responding to a truck fire in the 1400 block of Hiatt Street. Initial reports are that we have two burn patients. Further updates will follow.

UPDATE--- At 5:28 p.m. Monday, Lebanon firefighters were dispatched to the report of a truck on fire next to a building in the 1400 block of Hiatt St. Upon arrival, fire crews encountered a fully involved motor home and two adult patients on the ground nearby. Incident command immediately called for a second alarm. The fire was extinguished and was kept from extending to a nearby structure. Two patients, an adult male patient with critical burn injuries and an adult female with serious burn injuries, were transported to Lebanon Community Hospital.

Investigators determined that a lit cigarette accidentally ignited a build-up of propane inside the motor home. The propane build-up was the result of the occupants trying, unsuccessfully, to light the furnace in the motor home.

Lebanon fire crews were assisted at the scene by a medical crew from Albany Fire Department.

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Backyard debris burning - How to do it safely
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/11/15
May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the ideal time to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose a wildfire threat. As you begin spring clean-up, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal urge you to consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices.

"If you do burn your debris, use common sense and follow safety rules," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "This can prevent most debris burn-caused wildfires, and keep lives and property safe."

An abnormally dry winter and dismal spring snowpack has set the stage for what is predicted to be a severe wildfire season ahead. Escaped debris burns are the leading human-caused wildfire issue in Oregon, particularly in the shoulder seasons when people think it is safe and permissible to burn. The Oregon Department of Forestry spent over $280,000 in 2014 on fires caused by escaped debris burning.

A burn pile is less likely to escape control by following some simple safety tips:

?,? Call before you burn - Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with the weather and fuel conditions. If you're planning to burn, check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry district, fire protective association or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions or regulations, and whether a permit is required.

?,? Know the weather forecast - Never burn on dry or windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.

?,? Clear a 10-foot radius around your pile - also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.

?,? Keep your burn pile small - A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Small piles, 4x4 feet in dimension, are recommended. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.

?,? Always have water and fire tools on site - When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating until the fire is DEAD out.

?,? Stay with the fire until it is completely out - Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.

?,? NEVER use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. Every year, 55-60 percent of all burns treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.

?,? Burn ONLY yard debris - State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

?,? Escaped debris burns are costly - State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

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

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Fatal Traffic Crash on Lone Star Road in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/11/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash that occurred in Polk County.

On May 11th around 8:30AM, a passerby came across a single vehicle crash in the 3000 block of Lone Star Road NW. Upon arriving, emergency crews discovered the driver, identified as SHARRY A RAE, 52, of Salem, deceased inside the vehicle.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Avalon, was traveling eastbound on Lone Star Rd, when for unknown reasons the vehicle began to leave the roadway. It appears RAE overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the roadway where it rolled onto it's roof.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriffs Office, Dayton Fire Department, and the Polk County District Attorneys Office. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet May 15
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 05/11/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1J6WRFH

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Doug Robertson Receives Forester Appreciation Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/11/15
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Former Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson has received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Robertson received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

The award is given to individuals and organizations outside the forestry profession who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon. In addition to serving as county commissioner, Robertson was president of the Association of O&C Counties and has led numerous efforts to promote active management of forests within the state.

"Doug Robertson has made considerable contributions to the management of forests in western Oregon," said Mark Buckbee, a member of the OSAF Umpqua chapter. "As an O&C County Commissioner he gave particular attention to the BLM O&C lands, but he was also attentive to the management of USFS lands, State and County forests, and industry and small woodland owners."

Buckbee said over the past 34 years Robertson has been a dedicated public servant, championing forest management for the economic and social well-being of Oregonians as well as for the health of the forests.

"We can think of no other Oregon elected official who has made a greater contribution to the management of forestlands than Doug Robertson," Buckbee said. "For 33 years, and now in "retirement" he has been a strong and knowledgeable advocate."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


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Corvallis Police Arrest Male for Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Corvallis Police - 05/11/15
Shortly after 8:00pm, on May 8, 2015, Corvallis Police responded to the 1600 Block of NW Harrison Blvd. for a fight between room-mates that involved a knife. The parties involved were separated when police arrived.

Officers learned the two involved parties, 28 year old Michael Helms and 31 year old Lucas Teer, were arguing over Teer inviting a third male subject to stay at their apartment. When Teer and Helms argued, the situation became heated, and Helms pulled a knife on Teer and his friend two times. Helms was disarmed during the argument, and received a minor cut with his own knife when he was disarmed.

Helms was arrested and charged with one count of Menacing, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and one count of Disorderly Conduct. Helms was arrested and transported to the Benton County Jail. His bail is currently set at $170,000.

Teer was also arrested and charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct. He was cited and released at the scene.

For a mugshot photo please go to the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000880
Oregon Medicaid chief selected as new Hawaii Med-QUEST division administrator
Oregon Health Authority - 05/11/15
Oregon Medicaid chief selected as new Hawaii Med-QUEST division administrator

Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., is a national leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 11, 2015

HONOLULU -- The Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., will join the department as the new Med-QUEST Division (MQD) Administrator. Dr. Mohr Peterson is a nationally-recognized leader in Medicaid, health care transformation and Affordable Care Act implementation.

Dr. Mohr Peterson begins work on July 1, 2015, and will bring 18 years of public health care experience to Hawaii. She has served as Oregon's State Medicaid Director since September 2009 and in that role was an architect of Oregon's successful health system transformation and coverage expansion. During her tenure, local community and primary care increased through coordinated care organizations, which reduced emergency department visits and hospitalizations for chronic conditions for Medicaid clients. Oregon also began publicly reporting on health disparities, believing that is the first step to reducing those disparities and improving health for everyone.

"Dr. Peterson's leadership as Medicaid director in Oregon is ideal for Hawaii as we consider innovations within our own Medicaid programs," says Governor David Y. Ige. "I expect she will work closely with DHS Director Rachael Wong to reshape the culture of government and improve services for our keiki, kupuna, and all Hawaii people."

Throughout her career, Mohr Peterson's work has focused on improving care for people who need it the most. Using the tools available as a major health care purchaser in Oregon, she brought physical, mental and dental services together in a way that puts patients at the center of care.

"I'm excited that Judy is joining the DHS team," says Director Rachael Wong, DrPH. "She brings with her the experience, expertise and passion that align with my vision for the Department and the Med-QUEST Division."

Dr. Mohr Peterson currently sits on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), and she serves as an advisor to the National Organization for State and Local Officials. She also is a contributor to multiple organizations focused on health care delivery system and payment reform. In 2010, Mohr Peterson was named one of six Medicaid Director Fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson's Medicaid Leadership Institute.

Mohr Peterson began her career with Medicaid in 1997. Prior to becoming Medicaid Director, she spent eight years managing the Analysis, Evaluation and Quality Improvement sections for the Oregon Medicaid agency and five years managing caseload forecasting, actuarial services and the Oregon Health Authority budget. Before working for the Oregon Medicaid program, Mohr Peterson evaluated and reported on children's mental health in Texas. She received her Master's degree in Anthropology and Doctoral degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

"Health care services work best when they are focused on the people we serve," says Mohr Peterson. "I look forward to working with Hawaii communities to help bring new innovations for better health, better care and lower costs for everyone."

Hawaii was one of the first states to implement Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The net effect on enrollment was a 10 percent increase (29,836) in the number of benefit recipients between September 2013 and April 2014. More than 320,400 Hawaii residents currently receive health care coverage from the Med-QUEST Division.

The DHS greatly appreciates the service of Acting MQD Administrator, Leslie Tawata, and Acting MQD Assistant Administrator, Patti Bazin, who have provided MQD leadership since February 2014.

For more information about Hawaii Med-QUEST Division programs and services visit the DHS website at www.humanservices.hawaii.gov/mqd.
Magazine ranks Wells Fargo among top firms in US for diversity (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 05/11/15
Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington
Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington
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DiversityInc magazine has ranked Wells Fargo as the number one company in the nation for LGBT employees.

The New York-based publication also ranked Wells Fargo seventh on its list of Top 10 Companies for veterans, and 11th on its list for diversity overall (the highest ranking of any bank).

The magazine announced the rankings at its recent annual awards dinner in New York City, attended by more than 900 senior executives from 50 Fortune 100 companies from across the country. For the entire Top 50 list, go to http://www.diversityinc.com/top50.

"Diversity and inclusion are among our five core values as a company," said Tracy Curtis of Portland, Wells Fargo regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington. "We value and support diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business and at every level of our organization."

Wells Fargo moved up six spots on the overall list from last year "because of its innovative talent development initiative that has increased its diverse pipeline as well as marketplace outreach," said DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.

"Under the leadership of Chairman, President and CEO John Stumpf, and EVP and Head of Enterprise D&I Jimmie Paschall, the company has increased its tremendous outreach to underserved communities, especially veterans, the LGBT, and disabilities communities," said Visconti.

DiversityInc Top 50 companies have significantly more diversity than average American corporations. Compared with EEOC statistics, the Top 50 companies have 20 percent more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in management, and 13 percent more women.

CNBC covered the DiversityInc Top 50 event and provided the stock market econometric evaluation.

"The Top 50 list outperformed the market on a short and long-term basis - which has been the case over the past several years. This shows evidence of the link between excellence in diversity management and superior corporate governance," said Visconti.

Any company with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees is eligible to enter, and there is no cost to compete in the rankings. Each company's rank is based on objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey.

The four equally weighted areas of measurement include talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO/leadership commitment, and supplier diversity.

About DiversityInc
DiversityInc's mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Attached Media Files: Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington
National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on Healthy Communities May 10-16
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 05/11/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (May 11, 2015) --- Oregon's community hospitals are celebrating National Hospital Week May 10-16 by applauding the dedicated individuals - physicians, nurses, therapists, volunteers, food service workers, and so many more - who help keep their communities healthy everyday.

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

"National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of community," said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "We're extremely proud of Oregon's hospitals and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to patients in their communities."

In addition to being a major health care provider, Oregon hospitals support the community by contributing to the local economy through jobs, providing charity and uncompensated care to help individuals who cannot afford to pay for the care they receive, and supporting important community programs and wellness initiatives.

In fact, this year Oregon hospitals pledged to keep their community benefit levels up during a time when charity care is dropping as more patients join the ranks of the insured because of Medicaid expansion. In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. These services include (but are not limited to):

--Health services to vulnerable or underserved people
--Financial or in-kind support for public health programs
--Health education, health screenings, and prevention services
--Medical research and health professions education
--Community-building activities such as neighborhood revitalization projects, or workforce development programs

In 2013, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.9 billion in contributions to their communities, while providing care for 336,153 inpatient visits, more than 9.9 million outpatient visits, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits. These numbers reflect the most recent data available through the Oregon Health Authority.

"Oregon hospitals are more than just health care providers," continued Van Pelt. "They are neighbors, family members and friends. That is what our hospitals are all about: caring for people and communities by providing the high-quality health care they deserve and need."

The nation's largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

Follow your community hospital through the website www.myoregonhospital.org.

About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.
Oregon Fire Service Museum Receives Donated Fire Engine (Photo)
Oregon Fire Service Museum - 05/11/15
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The Oregon Fire Service Museum has been selected as the recipient of a 1954 Crown fire engine recently retired from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in The Dalles. Except for a brief period when it was returned to the Crown Coach Co. factory for modernization, the "Firecoach" was in continuous service in The Dalles from 1954 to 2014, an amazing 60 years. The Crown fire engine factory was located in Los Angeles and manufactured fire engines from 1951 to 1985. The Dalles' Engine #3 was the first of the company's trucks to be sold in Oregon and was followed by many more. The transfer of the fire engine will take place at the NW Fire Expo in Portland on May 15-16.

For more information please contact Stan Parker at 541-981-1050 or Greg Musil at 541-554-0669


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05/10/15
Death Investigation Of Inmate From Baker County Jail Continuing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/10/15
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on May 9th, 2015 at about 3:30PM, Baker County Jail Staff became aware that inmate JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, was having medical issues. Jail staff began medical care on PANTLE and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday with the State Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later time.
05/09/15
***UPDATE*** Motorcycle - Passenger Vehicle Crash on HWY 99E Near MP in Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/09/15
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*** Update ***
Preliminary information from troopers involved in the investigation indicates that on May 9, 2015 at about 11:24AM, a two vehicle crash occurred on HWY 99E just south of Hubbard. It was determined both vehicles were traveling southbound on HWY 99E when a 2015 Ford Taurus operated by NASEEM FADAYEL, 26, of Fairfield, CA attempted to make a u-turn. JOHN KIENLEN, 24, of Woodburn who was operating a 2008 Kawasaki Motorcycle struck the front left corner of the Ford Taurus.

KIENLEN was ejected and landed off the roadway in a grassy area. KIENLEN was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

FADAYEL was issued a citation for Illegal U-Turn. The crash caused traffic delays for almost an hour until the vehicles were removed. OSP was assisted by Hubbard Police, Woodburn Police and the Marion County Sheriffs Office.

*** END UPDATE ***

Previous Release:
MOTORCYCLE - PASSENGER VEHICLE CRASH ON HWY 99E NEAR MP 30 IN MARION COUNTY

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle on HWY 99E near milepost 30 in Marion County (just north of Hubbard). The motorcycle rider was transported to a Salem Area Hospital. Both directions of travel are closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.


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Motorcycle - Passenger Vehicle Crash on Hwy 99E Near MP 30 In Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/09/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle on HWY 99E near milepost 30 in Marion County (just north of Hubbard). The motorcycle rider was transported to a Salem Area Hospital. Both directions of travel are closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.

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05/08/15
Fighting for Justice Together, an Evening with Jennifer Thompson"
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/08/15
Fighting for Justice Together, an Evening with Jennifer Thompson"

On behalf of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon Innocence Project and the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, we invite you to join us for a special evening to hear criminal justice advocate Jennifer Thompson.

Jennifer Thompson's strong convictions about criminal justice reform and forgiveness were born of a brutal rape she suffered as a twenty-two year old college student. Her compelling testimony sent a young man to a life term in prison for a crime he did not commit. That man, Ronald Cotton, was eventually freed by DNA after spending more than 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Their joint memoir, Picking Cotton, recounts their journeys and the tragedy that brought them together. Jennifer is a compelling speaker and a remarkable person.

While our organizations won't always agree on policies and legislation, we do share a common and unwavering commitment to seek justice and to address wrongful conviction where it exists. We are pleased to join together to bring Jennifer Thompson to Oregon.

In addition to Ms. Thompson, other speakers will include: Jeff Howes, Multnomah County District Attroney's Office, Steve Wax, Oregon Innocence Project and Chief John Teague, Keizer Police Department. All speakers and organizations will be available to answer questions from the press.

Here are the details regarding the evening event:

Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy
Hall of Heroes
4190 Aumsville Hwy
Salem, Oregon
Possible IRS Phone Scam
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/08/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports today at 3:27 P.M. a Linn County citizen reported receiving a phone call, in which the caller stated they were from the IRS demanding they pay their taxes or they would be arrested. The citizen described the caller as having a foreign accent and stated Caller ID showed the caller's phone number as 541-967-3950, which is the business number to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. She avoided becoming a victim by calling the Sheriff's Office to verify this call before giving the scammer any information or money.

Undersheriff Yon would like to remind people that neither the IRS, nor any law enforcement agency including the Linn County Sheriff's Office, will ever call demanding money in lieu of being arrested. He would also like citizens to be aware scam artists can use computer programs and cell phone apps to show a fake number on unsuspecting victim's Caller ID.

Please do not send money or give anyone your personal information at any time without thoroughly verifying who the caller is. One way to do this is to ask for the caller's agency or company name, find a number for customer service, and call to make sure the request was legitimate.
Ramon Pena-Cornelio Pleads Guilty To Woodburn Murder
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/08/15
Today, before the Honorable Jamese Rhoades, Ramon Pena-Cornelio, 21, plead guilty and was sentenced for the murder of Ricardo Hernandez, 18. After accepting the defendant's plea, Judge Rhoades found the defendant in violation of his probation on a previous conviction for Burglary in the Second Degree. For the crime of Murder he was sentenced to the presumptive sentence of life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum of 25 years before he is eligible for parole. For the probation violation he was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 6 months with a post-prison term of 12 months, which was ordered to be served concurrently.

On February 6, 2014, Woodburn Police responded to a report of a stabbing at the intersection of Brown and Bradley streets. Woodburn Police located Hernandez with more than 20 stab wounds. Hernandez later died of his wounds at Salem Hospital.

Pena-Cornelio fled the scene at the time of the stabbing and was later identified as the person who stabbed Hernandez to death. After nearly a month of searching by law enforcement, members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force located and arrested Pena-Cornelio on March 5, 2014, in Sacramento, California. Pena-Cornelio was extradited to Oregon and has been held in Marion County Jail pending trial which was scheduled to begin May 28, 2015.

Two other defendants are pending criminal charges that arose from this incident, therefore, additional information will not be released.

Questions about this press release may be directed to Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen at 503-804-6591.
***Update*** Second Person Dies From April 26th Traffic Crash on I-84, Milepost 238
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
The Oregon State Police were notified by the Medical Examiner's Office in Multnomah County that on May 4th,2015 BRYAN YEAGER, a passenger who had been critically injured in the April 26th traffic crash on I 84 near milepost 238 had died. Mr. Yeager was initially flown via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington for treatment and was then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Mr. Yeager died while at OHSU.

The cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation by members of the Pendleton Area Command and an OSP Collision Reconstructionist.
*** END UPDATE ***


Previous Release:

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ON I-84 NEAR MP 238

News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 11:50 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 2:13 a.m., troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande Offices responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003, Chevy Tahoe, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 when the vehicle lost control and traveled through the median where it struck a guardrail then rolled over, coming to rest on its top blocking both westbound lanes of travel. The operator of the Tahoe, identified as STEVEN GARDNER, age 60, from Cove Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle occupant, BRYAN YEAGER, 53, of Elgin Oregon, was transported via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington with critical injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and icy conditions are being investigates as a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway remained closed for approximately four hours while Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionists assisted in conducting the investigation. No photographs are available for release at this time.
Suspicious Mail Causes Evacuation of Public Service Building
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
On May 8, 2015 at about 1130AM, The Public Service Building at 255 Capitol Street NE in Salem was evacuated due to a report of a potentially hazardous material received in the mail by the Oregon State Police. While opening and sorting items of mail, an OSP employee detected an odor that made her lightheaded and caused other symptoms. The mail room and surrounding area on the floor were immediately secured and evacuated. OSP Capitol Mall Area Command, Salem Fire Department and the Salem Police Department responded to the scene. OSP and other agencies, including the Secretary of State and Department of Education offices, then evacuated the entire building as a precaution. The OSP employee was taken to the Salem Hospital for medical assessment. Salem Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team assessed the affected area in the OSP mail room. No signs or indications of a hazardous substance were located and normal operations continued. The building and all surrounding streets were opened at about 1200PM.
FBI Asks for Help Identifying Potential Victims of Alleged Child Predator
FBI - Oregon - 05/08/15
Gareth Vincent Hall, age 22, who resides in the United Kingdom, was arrested on Saturday, May 2, at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. on a commercial airline.

Hall was charged with three counts of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, and one count of Kidnapping in the First Degree after he allegedly met the 10-year-old female victim in an online mobile chat program two months ago. After communicating for a substantial period of time, the suspect flew to the United States from the U.K., and allegedly had sexual relations with the girl in Eugene, Oregon.

The Eugene Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are continuing their investigations and believe that Hall has traveled to other states within the United States and that there could be other victims. The FBI is working with local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and across the country in an attempt to identify other victims. Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222 or Portland at (503) 224-4181.
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for May, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/08/15
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings Schedule for May 2015

Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of May 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change. For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

* Policy Committee - May 11 at 9:30 AM. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-8115.
* Regular School Board Meeting - May 11 at 6:00 PM - The agenda and packet are posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas
* Budget Committee Meetings - May 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 PM. The meetings on the 20th and 27th will be canceled if not necessary.
* Special Board Meeting with Executive Session - May 14 at 5:30 PM based on ORS 192.660(2)(b) to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing.
* Special Board Meeting - May 26th at 5:30 PM - agenda will be posted the Friday before the meeting.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/08/15
PR 11 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands

Planning and preparation throughout the winter and early spring have the marketing agency poised to address power and non-power obligations for the region

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is positioned to meet the ongoing power needs of its customers, as well as its non-power obligations, including those aimed at protecting fish.

BPA and its Federal partners have been monitoring the downward trend in water supply forecasts throughout the winter and spring and are prepared to manage the system through the remainder of the spring and summer.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are working closely with input from the Technical Management Team to determine the best way to meet the needs of fish migrating in the Columbia River with a limited amount of water. The TMT is a collaborative group of federal, state and tribal representatives who make recommendations to the federal agencies regarding the implementation of the Biological Opinions for the Federal Columbia River Power System.

"We don't have as much water as we would like, but we're well prepared to handle the current situation," said Kieran Connolly, vice president of Generation Asset Management for BPA. "We've been through this before - as recently as 2010. We plan extensively every year, so we don't get caught flat-footed."

Dry year operations are implemented when the May final April-through-August forecast from the Northwest River Forecast Center for total volume runoff at The Dalles Dam is less than 72.2 million acre-feet (maf). One acre-foot is a volume of water equivalent to one acre covered one foot deep with water - it's a little more than 325,000 gallons. The Northwest River Forecast Center's final May forecast released on Thursday is 62.4 maf.

The forecasted low runoff this year is not due to a lack of precipitation but above-normal temperatures that caused much of the precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow, particularly in the U.S. portions of the Columbia Basin.

Federal planners and operators have monitored water supply conditions as the year has progressed and planned accordingly, preparing them to manage the system to meet the multiple purposes of the FCRPS through the remainder of the year.

Typically, when the BiOp dry year operations are triggered, reservoirs are drawn down further than normal to provide more water for fish. One of the significant benefits of reservoirs is the ability to catch water and reduce the chances of flooding, or as is the case this year, release stored water during drier times.

The last time the BiOp's dry year criteria were triggered occurred in 2010, although abundant late spring precipitation improved runoff conditions and resulted in a final runoff volume of 77 maf at The Dalles Dam. There is currently no climatological signal indicating such a recovery is in store for this year.

"We're ready and prepared to respond to conditions as they unfold," Connolly reiterated. "This year also serves as a great reminder that it is always good to use energy wisely, both at home and work."

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

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New Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
Effective May 8th, 2015, Lieutenant Bill Fugate will assume full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Fugate may be reached at:

Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Fugate's cellphone)

Media e-mails or direct cell phone calls to Lt. Fugate's individual accounts will not be prioritized and may encounter a prolonged response time. Osppio@state.or.us is monitored by several persons and quicker replies to inquiries will be realized if this contact source is utilized.
Oregon Coast is better prepared for emergencies, thanks to safety signs (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/08/15
Bright yellow, numbered signs help rescue teams locate emergencies on the beach
Bright yellow, numbered signs help rescue teams locate emergencies on the beach
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Beachgoers should watch for new numbered signs along the shore, part of a beach safety project coordinated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to help emergency personnel respond quickly.

Since 2008, OPRD has installed bright yellow signs with bold black letters at state, county and federal beach accesses from the Columbia River jetty to Crissey Field at the California border. Numbered 1 through 197, the signs are designed to be easily visible by beachgoers who can relay the number to a 911 dispatcher in an emergency. Dispatchers have GPS information needed to direct first responders quickly to the emergency.

"It can be confusing locating a victim offshore or on the beach. The beach numbered signs have helped tremendously in our ability to respond promptly in an emergency," said North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Captain Jim Kusz, a member of the planning committee that began meeting in 2004. "The signs have proven to be an excellent aid for our Water Rescue Team and in coordinating our rescue efforts with United States Coast Guard and other agencies."

In addition to the numbered signs, OPRD has also installed more than 200 beach safety signs at beach access paths that warn visitors of hazards such as rip currents and sneaker waves. The signs also list prohibited activities including littering and lighting fireworks. The signs convey information using internationally-recognized symbols.

"Unfortunately, accidents happen on the beach. Rolling logs, rip tides and unstable cliffs are all potentially dangerous," said Calum Stevenson, Ocean Shore Specialist for OPRD. "Our goal was to clearly convey information that will keep visitors safe, like staying back from cliff edges and staying off logs. At the same time, we also aimed to reduce sign clutter and create a consistent and professional message from north to south."

Near population centers, the signs are as close as ?1/4 mile apart. In more remote areas the signs are up to two miles apart or more where there are fewer beach accesses.

A committee of representatives from OPRD, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, local coastal communities and members of the public began meeting in 2004 to discuss beach safety signs. OPRD installed the first signs in November 2008 in Lincoln City and Devils Lake. To date, the department has installed 424 signs along nearly the entire coast, except for some private accesses and cities that may come on board later. The 45 miles under U.S. Forest Service (USFS) jurisdiction between Florence and Coos Bay is also unsigned. OPRD is currently working with the USFS to resolve archaeological and other issues on federal land before proceeding with the project.

The $78,000 project was funded by a combination of visitor fees and Oregon lottery dollars that are dedicated to state parks. Some coastal cities have shared in the cost of creating and installing signs. Private communities, such as Salishan in Lincoln City are paying for their own signs.


Attached Media Files: Bright yellow, numbered signs help rescue teams locate emergencies on the beach , New safety signs use internationally-recognized symbols to warn of dangers on the beach
05/07/15
Wolf Creek Man Arrested on Multiple Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/07/15
Courtesy Josephine County Sheriffs Office
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A Wolf Creek man was arrested Wednesday at his residence in Josephine County after an investigation and subsequent search warrant by the Oregon State Police related to sex offenses against three separate underage victims.

According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on May 6th, 2015, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point executed a search warrant at the address of 3050 Coyote Creek Road in Wolf Creek. The warrant was served as part of an investigation by Oregon State Police related to several counts of Sex Abuse against three underage children. Detectives were assisted by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE).

Tyler Kyle WEBB, age 34, from Wolf Creek, was taken into custody at the residence without incident. WEBB was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on four counts of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree and two counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree.

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone else who may have been a victim or has had concerns about their contact with WEBB, to contact Detective Jessica Hall at 541-618-7986. All media questions regarding this investigation should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.


Attached Media Files: Courtesy Josephine County Sheriffs Office
Salem Officers Cleared in Wal-Mart Stand-Off
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/07/15
Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that four Salem Police Department Officers were justified in their use of deadly force against Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49 years old, on April 24, 2015.

The Grand Jury convened today to hear testimony from 9 witnesses from both the Salem Police Department and the Oregon State Police who led the investigation. The Grand Jury reviewed multiple items of video exhibits from both civilian and police sources and further examined numerous pieces of evidence including photographs, scene diagrams, dispatch recordings, ballistic findings, firearms, and autopsy conclusions. The following is a factual summary of evidence found by the Grand Jury:

On Friday April 24, 2015 shortly before 11AM, Officer Robert Owings was on routine patrol near the WalMart located at 1940 Turner Road SE in Salem, Oregon. Upon checking the license plate of a truck located in the parking lot, he discovered the registered owner, Mark Hawkins, had a felony warrant out of Lane County for Failure to Appear on a charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Officer Owings called for other officers to assist in contacting the occupants of a bus associated with the vehicle.

Officer Chad Galusha, a seven year veteran of the Salem Police Department, and K9 Officer Trevor Morrison, a 13 year veteran of the Salem Police Department, responded to assist. They contacted a female, Jennifer Vanta, 30 years old, in the bus which appeared to have been converted to cramped living quarters and determined she also had a warrant for her arrest. While she was cooperative with police, Mark Hawkins, who could be seen in the bus, refused to come out and hid in a back room. The two officers stood near the door of the bus and gave directives to Hawkins to come out, while Officer Owings positioned himself at the front of the vehicle.

Officer Morrison's K9 partner, Baco, was sent in to locate Hawkins and quickly alerted to his location. Officers attempted to enter the bus when Hawkins yelled at them, "which one of you guys wants to get shot first?" Officers soon heard a gunshot and retreated towards their vehicles. Baco was called out of the bus and once he reached Officer Morrison, it was evident that the K9 had sustained a gunshot wound to the side of his face. The officers called for additional units and sought the cover of a Patrol SUV parked nearby. Officer Galusha had his gun drawn and pointed at the general direction of the bus but could not ascertain the exact location of Hawkins. Hawkins fired directly at Officer Galusha, striking his duty weapon. The bullet lodged directly between the barrel and the attached tactical light mounted beneath it. Officer Galusha knew his firearm had been hit. As it was still operational, he fired 3 shots at Hawkins. At the time, Officer Galusha was unsure if he hit Hawkins.

Police Officers from many surrounding agencies responded to the WalMart parking lot to assist. WalMart was placed on lock-down and surrounding streets were closed to traffic for the safety of the public. Officers Owings, Galusha and Morrison safely left the scene and K9 Baco was immediately transported to a Salem Veterinarian for emergency treatment. It was determined that Baco had been shot in the left side of his face. His injury was non-life-threatening, he was treated and released. Baco has since been cleared to return to work with his partner.

In the meantime, the Salem Police SWAT Team was immediately deployed. Eventually, tactical teams from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police, and the Portland Police Bureau were called to assist. All agencies worked together during what would be approximately a seven-hour negotiation and stand-off with Hawkins in an attempt to gain his peaceful surrender. SWAT officers were positioned throughout the parking lot area, including the roof of the store. Eventually, many WalMart customers were able to be safely escorted to their vehicles. Customers who were parked in the area of the bus remained in Walmart for their safety.

Hawkins initiated contact with police by calling 911 and was soon put in contact with a Salem SWAT negotiator. Hawkins claimed to be unharmed by the exchange of gunfire with Officer Galusha. Throughout the remaining hours, the negotiator spoke to Hawkins at length on the phone on multiple occasions and repeatedly gave Hawkins an opportunity to exit the bus unharmed. During these conversations, Hawkins make numerous threats to blow up the bus, demanding that police leave him alone, telling them that he had more than one gun, and at one point saying that, "a lot of people will die."

During this time, SWAT initiated non-life-threatening tactics designed solely to encourage Hawkins to exit the bus. Throughout the afternoon, police deployed irritant gas into the bus on several occasions and each time they did this, they were met with gunfire from Hawkins. On more than one occasion, Hawkins shot directly at police. At one point, a shot broke the glass of the windshield of an armored truck and another shot hit the turret where an officer was positioned. That SWAT officer received minor injuries as a result of shrapnel from that shot. Officer Vince Dawson, a five year veteran of the Salem Police Department and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marines who has seen active duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and Officer Josh Edmiston, an eight year veteran of the Salem Police Department, were both positioned as SWAT snipers on the south side of the parking lot. While using a patrol vehicle as cover, they both heard a gunshot fly directly over their heads. At no time during these events did SWAT officers return fire.

Police continued their efforts in negotiation for nearly seven hours. During most of this event, they could not ascertain the exact location of Hawkins within the large bus. He continually refused to surrender and had shot multiple rounds directly at officers. Given that daylight would soon be lost and the continual threat to the officers and the surrounding public, officers began to shear away the sides of the bus with two specialized armored trucks in an attempt to reveal the location of Hawkins. Hawkins became visible to police and brandished a raised pistol in their direction. Three SWAT snipers fired upon him.

Sean Bennett, a 20 year veteran of the Salem Police Department, fired twice from his position on the roof of the WalMart. Officers Dawson and Edmiston each fired multiple times from their continued position behind a patrol car at the south end of the parking lot. At no time were any police officers injured.

Hawkins was hit nine times in various parts of his body. He fell from the bus and was safely taken into custody by police. He was immediately treated by medics and transported to the Salem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

As is common practice in these types of cases, an investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Police. A search warrant was granted for the bus and Hawkins' two other vehicles by Marion County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Jamese L. Rhoades. Detectives located numerous prescription medications, none of which belonged to Hawkins, illicit narcotics and numerous items used for the ingestion of such drugs, ammunition of various types, multiple spent shell casings, and five separate firearms.

Hawkins had only the one charge pending in Lane County, Oregon but he was a felon due to Federal convictions and convictions in Wyoming. The Grand Jury, however, did not hear evidence of his prior convictions.

An autopsy was conducted on Mark Hawkins by Oregon State Medical Examiner Karen Gunson on April 25, 2015. Hawkins had three gunshot wounds to his right side, one gunshot wound in his right upper back, two gunshot wounds in his shoulder, entering from the back, one gunshot wound entering his right arm that exited that same arm and entered his chest wall, and a gunshot wound over each knee. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the chest. Toxicology results revealed Hawkins had Methamphetamine, Opiates and Marijuana in his system.

The Grand Jury applied the facts of this case to the legal principles dictating circumstances when deadly physical force can be used. Specifically, the Grand Jury found that the officers reasonably believed the following:
* Mark Hawkins had committed and attempted to commit felonies involving the use or
threatened use of physical force against a person;

* Deadly physical force was necessary to defend a peace officer or another person from
the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force;

* Mark Hawkins had committed felonies or attempted to commit felonies and under the
totality of the circumstances existing at the time and place, the use of such force
was justified, and

* The officers' life or personal safety was endangered in the particular circumstances
involved.

The Grand Jury's decision required reviewing all the facts and evidence available and applying them to the legal principles above. The Grand Jury concluded that the actions of all four of the Salem Police Department Officers, Officer Chad Galusha, Officer Sean Bennett, Officer Vince Dawson, and Officer Josh Edmiston, were justified and lawful.

District Attorney Walt Beglau stated, "We thank the Grand Jury for their careful review of these very difficult circumstances. We further commend the investigative team. They continue to fulfill the important requirements of the Marion County Use of Force protocol, with skill, integrity, and transparency. To all our Law Enforcement in Marion County, and in particular, those officers who risked their lives on this day: We are grateful that you continue to protect and serve."
Sheriff's Office Adds New Lieutenant To Its Ranks (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/07/15
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Earlier today, members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office gathered for a promotional swearing in ceremony for Lieutenant Chris Baldridge. Baldridge has worked for the Sheriff's Office for 10 years and previously served as a police officer for the City of Stayton and a deputy in Jefferson County.

Lt. Baldridge has served Marion County in many capacities, working as patrol deputy, participating on the SWAT team, serving as a detective, and most recently supervising the Community Resource Unit. In addition to his duties as a supervisor, he is the Public Information Officer and is tasked with creating all media releases and managing social media accounts for the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Jason Myers administered the Oath of Office for Lt. Baldridge. After the ceremony, Sheriff Myers commented on the promotion. "Chris has an endless amount of energy for this Office and for the community. During his time in the Community Resource Unit, we've watched him grow programs, build relationships and problem-solve issues. He has a way of building energy with his team and motivating groups, and I'm excited to see what he does in his new role."


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Deputies Serve Search Warrant in Lebanon
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/07/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on May 7, 2014, at 6:08 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served a narcotics search warrant in the 2000 block of Stoltz Hill Road in Lebanon. Seven adults and three children, 5, 6, and 7 years of age, were located at the property.

Among the items seized by deputies included methamphetamine, heroin, digital scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, drug records, surveillance cameras, and stolen property.

Deputies also located a suspected destructive device. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded to the scene and rendered it safe.

As a result of the investigation, Kenneth Lee Saylor, 29 years of age, a resident of the property, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Child Neglect I.

Kayla Jean McConnell , 24 years of age, a resident of the property, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Child Neglect I. Kayla McConnell was also cited and released on outstanding warrants for Contempt, Probation Violation, and Failure to Appear Theft III.

Erin Rose Coberly 29 years of age, a resident of the property, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine , and Child Neglect I. Erin Coberly was also arrested on outstanding arrests warrants for Possession of Heroin and Giving False Information.

Brian Lee Morse, 51 years of age, a resident of the property, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and two counts of Child Neglect I.

The Department of Human Services responded to the scene and took custody of all three children.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department, Albany Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Linn County Parole and Probation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Late Dr. Hal Salwasser With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/07/15
Janine Salwasser and daughter Kaija accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Foresters for the late Dr. Hal Salwasser. Pictured left to right: OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Glenn Lahti; Janine Salwas
Janine Salwasser and daughter Kaija accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Foresters for the late Dr. Hal Salwasser. Pictured left to right: OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Glenn Lahti; Janine Salwas
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The late Dr. Hal Salwasser has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The posthumous award was given to his wife Janine and daughter Kaija on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

Dr. Salwasser received the award for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.

Dr. Salwasser served as Regional Forester for the northern region of the U.S. Forest Service and as chief executive officer of the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. As the Dean of the OSU College of Forestry from 2000 to 2012, Dr. Salwasser guided the college through a period of transition in forest policies and management nationally and globally. He established the college's endowment and served as the first Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean at the College. He retired as Dean in 2012 but continued to teach and mentor young faculty and students. Dr. Salwasser passed away in October 2014.

"His greatest fulfillment came from the many students and young professionals he mentored throughout his long and distinguished career," said Dr. John Bailey, OSU Associate Professor and OSU SAF Faculty Advisor. "Hal was a wonderful colleague, a respected forester, a personal mentor, an engaged member of the larger community, and a friend."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Janine Salwasser and daughter Kaija accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Foresters for the late Dr. Hal Salwasser. Pictured left to right: OSAF Chair Matt Krunglevich; OSAF Awards Committee Co-chair Glenn Lahti; Janine Salwas
Dave Cramsey Receives Forester of the Year Award (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/07/15
Dave Cramsey received the Forester of the Year award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. He is shown here with his wife Helene.
Dave Cramsey received the Forester of the Year award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. He is shown here with his wife Helene.
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Lane County Resident Dave Cramsey has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Cramsey received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene.

The award is given annually to the OSAF member who has been recognized by his peers for contributing to both the profession and the public through application of his professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community or some larger segment of society.

Cramsey graduated from OSU with a BS in Forest Management in 1991. He worked for the Campbell Group before coming to Roseburg Forest Products in 1997. As a forestry professional, he is an active member of the Oregon Smoke Management Advisory Committee representing industrial forest landowners; president of the West Lane Forest Protective Association Board of Directors; a member of the Siuslaw Watershed Council representing industrial landowners; and a member and past president of Forests Today and Forever Board of Directors.

"For decades Dave Cramsey has contributed to both the profession and the public through application of his professional skills toward the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community," said OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith. "He easily exceeds all professional criteria and is a shining example of SAF's Core Values at work in his community."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Dave Cramsey received the Forester of the Year award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. He is shown here with his wife Helene.
View-Master Historical Marker: Oregon inventors of the 3D viewer honored (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 05/07/15
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[[Header]] Oregon's inventors of the View-Master to be celebrated

In one of the more engaging stories of the year, the iconic View-Master's Oregon roots will now be documented on a new interpretive historical marker at the Oregon Caves Chateau. The dedication is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chateau, which is located 20 miles off of Hwy 199 in Cave Junction, at 2000 Caves Hwy.

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) worked with the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and the National Parks Service to bring this 20th century historic story to light, and to educate Oregonians on the role of the Oregon Caves as a meeting point for two Oregon inventors: William B. Gruber and Harold J. Graves.

"It's wonderful that the community of Cave Junction and the Oregon Caves are sharing this story with a larger audience," said OTE's Oregon Historical Marker Program Administrator Annie von Domitz. "The story of the View-Master's Oregon origins is a prime example of how our agency helps connect motorists with Oregon attractions that might otherwise be missed."

"The work performed by OTE's Historical Marker Program volunteers helps create important connections between travelers and Oregon history. Without historical markers many Oregon stores like the birthplace of the View-Master could remain hidden, even to native Oregonians," said von Domitz.

"OTE is extremely thankful to the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and the National Parks Service in bringing this story to a larger audience," added von Domitz. "I encourage all those who loved the View-Master as children to participate in the many weekend activities at this free public event."

The unveiling of the new marker will be presided over by Oregon Travel Information Council Chair Gwenn Baldwin.

[[Sub-header]] Oregon's 3D pioneers

An Oregon inventor, William B. Gruber visited the Oregon Caves in 1938. He brought his own unique version of a stereo camera to capture the cavern's dramatic interior. Gruber's invention used two Kodak Bantam Specials mounted together on a tripod. His device transcended the Victorian period's stereoscope and involved machinery that mounted tiny pieces of 16mm Kodachrome color-transparency film onto thick paper reels.

Oregon's postcard publishing czar, Harold J. Graves, happened to be visiting the caves at the same time as Gruber, and was curious about the inventor's double camera. That evening over dinner at the Oregon Caves Chateau, the new friends discussed Gruber's prototype for a 3D reel viewer. From their synchronistic encounter, plans for the View-Master were devised. The device was introduced at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

The View-Master was intended as an alternative to scenic postcards and was sold in photography shops, stationary stores, and scenic attraction gift-shops. Produced by Oregon publishing house Sawyer's Inc., the View-Master was purchased by Mattel Inc. after several decades of Sawyer production.

[[Sub-header]] "Three days of 3D"

The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau headed by Executive Director Sue Densmore, will sponsor three days of activities surrounding the marker dedication.

On Friday evening, May 15th, event speakers, presenters, and Chateau guests will mingle with members of Gruber and Graves' descendants. A special presentation by Rich Dubnow entitled "The History of 3D and the View Master Development" is slated for 7:30 p.m. Dubnow was the lead photographer for View-Master and traveled worldwide taking images for the popular reels. He is currently owner of Image 3D, in Milwaukee Oregon.

On Saturday, May 16th following the new marker dedication at 1:00 p.m., 3D films, book signings, demonstrations and children's activities centering on 3D technology will take place at the Chateau.

Sterographer Ron Kriesel of the National Stereographic Association and the Cascade Steroscopic Club will open the festivities with a free viewing of a 3D film. Dubnow will also speak on the history of 3D, and author Gretchen Gruber Harmon (descendent of William B. Gruber) will read from her book "View Master, the Biography of William B. Gruber."

Authors Mary Ann Sell and her spouse, Wolfgang Sell, and co-author Charley Van Pelt, will present their book "View Master, Memories." The Sells own one of the largest View Master collections in the country. Many of the models will be on display at the Chateau free of charge over the weekend.

Special tours of the Oregon Caves and the Chateau will be conducted throughout Saturday and Sunday, as will raffles to win a free night at the Chateau, books, and commemorative reels and viewers.

On Sunday, May 17th, Saturday's post-dedication presentations will be repeated, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.

[[Sub-header]] A brief history of stereo imaging

Since the mid-1800s photography and its accompanying paraphernalia have been revered. From
daguerreotypes to stereoscopic imaging and early silent films, the public was enchanted with photographic entertainment. In particular, three dimensional imaging was wildly popular with Victorian audiences and most middle class parlors contained a device known as a stereoscope--a simple handheld personal projector passed from hand-to-hand.

Duplicate photos were processed and then pasted onto cardboard "slides" side by side. The collectible slides were then inserted into a holder at the end of the viewer. As viewers peered through the optical lenses, the card would come to life in three dimensions. Subject matter ran the gamut from comic burlesque to world wonders and encyclopedic series. From this low-tech and humble product, the View-Master owes its origins.

The latest incarnation of the View-Master interfaces with Google Cardboard (an app for Android devices) and enables users to explore famous places, landmarks, and the natural world in 360-degree "photospheres." Many of the developers who created the new app played with View-Master toys as children. Mattel has indicated that it will curate and create new experience reels to expand their current content.

Special commemorative "3Days of 3D" reels will be offered for sale at the Chateau over the event weekend.

[[Sub-header]] About OTE

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem, Oregon with a focus on transportation information. The agency and its governing council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience. OTE oversees highway safety rest area management, helps motorists find essential services through blue highway logo signs, and connects the first-time Oregon traveler to tourism partners through its travel information centers. OTE also administers two of the state's official heritage programs: historical markers and heritage trees. Visit us on the web at www.ortravelexperience.com.


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Oregon Lottery Director to Award $2,000 to Chemeketa CC Foundation
Oregon Lottery - 05/07/15
May 7, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts will award $2,000 to the Chemeketa Community College Foundation's Child Care Scholarship Fund at Chemeketa Community College's STARS Reception. The money will be used to provide assistance to parents attending Chemeketa.

"Oregon community colleges make an important economic and social impact in their communities," said Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "By offering the many specialized, associate degrees that allow many adult Oregonians to improve their lives, they are helping students of all ages acquire new skills or potentially change careers."

The event will be held tomorrow, May 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Broadway Commons, located in Salem at 1300 Broadway St. NE.

The Oregon Lottery is taking part in community college events across the state to help communicate its message about funding education, and the importance that Oregonians place on education.

The Oregon Lottery is the event's Gold Star presenting sponsor.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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05/06/15
FBI Media On-Call
FBI - Oregon - 05/06/15
Beth Anne Steele will be on leave until Tuesday, May 18th. In the interim, reporters can contact the on-duty FBI Public Affairs Officer using the media pager, (503) 208-6241.
Community Conscious Policing Workshop Brings Law Enforcement and Community Leaders Together
FBI - Oregon - 05/06/15
I am sending this out on behalf of the FBI National Academy Associates. See below for more information.
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Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. The world has watched as all three have struggled to understand the dynamics between police and those they serve. How to respect the rule of law while understanding the historical tensions embedded in these communities? How to ensure that we can, together, create a safe place for all people to raise their families?

This week, the Oregon Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates hosted a diverse group of law enforcement officers and community leaders - bringing them together to start some of those hard discussions here in our state.

Brandon and Hun Lee, founders of Training for Transformation, LLC facilitated this special event at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Devin James, founder of the nationally recognized public relations and community engagement firm (The Devin James Group) discussed an equity-focused community model where both police officer and community experiences are humanized, leading to a shared vision for the future.

"I was pleased with the open engagement and personal interaction between law enforcement and community members. The training provided an opportunity for participants to have honest and meaningful dialogue about issues that impact human interactions," said Chief David Henslee of the Klamath Falls Police Department.

At the request of the FBI National Academy Associates, Brandon and Hun Lee implemented their innovative Training for Transformation model to moderate key discussions between law enforcement and community members throughout the day. Attendees discussed a wide range of issues and concerns, including the role of law enforcement in creating strong and trusting partnerships with the community. The workshop also provided a platform for community members to analyze and vet law enforcement practices from the community's perspective.

Community member, Kimberly Dixon stated, "I gained a great respect for the participants in this training in being part of the process of real and positive efforts that bridge the civil service work of law enforcement and community. Efforts such as this from all involved give hope to the intentionality of building greatness in our respective cities."

The FBI National Academy Associates is a non-profit organization separate and apart from the FBI. The FBINAA is made up of local and state law enforcement executives who have all graduated from the FBI's intensive ten-week leadership training program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Currently, the Oregon Chapter has more than 200 active graduates currently serving the citizens of this state.

For more information on this event or the FBI National Academy Associates, Contact Cal Curths, President, Oregon FBI NA Associates, at (503) 508-6362.
Two Vehicle Injury Crash on HWY 97 near MP 128 in Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/06/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate this afternoon's double vehicle injury crash that occurred on Highway 97 at milepost 128 between Bend and Redmond.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:50PM, a southbound 2000 Isuzu Rodeo operated by KENETH KAYIJA, 28, of Bend lost control during a hailstorm and struck a northbound 1995 Ford Explorer operated by ARTURO ROSAS-RAMOS, 34, Redmond. KAYJIA was transported by ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend for potentially serious injuries.

A male passenger in ROSAS-RAMOS' vehicle was transported by ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Redmond for potentially serious injuries.

Both lanes of HWY 97 were closed for approximately one hour during this incident.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no additional details are available for release. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Bend Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Investigation Against South Salem High School Teacher Ongoing
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/06/15
On May 5, 2015, Salem Police Department arrested South Salem High School teacher Samuel Dufner on charges of Criminal Mistreatment. This morning, May 6, 2015, the Marion County District Attorney's Office received a probable cause statement regarding this incident. After a review of the probable cause statement, a determination was made to not file criminal charges at this time. The investigation is on-going. Once the investigation is complete and our office has an opportunity to carefully review all of the reports and evidence in this case, a determination will be made on whether to file criminal charges.

Any questions regarding this matter may be directed to Deputy District Attorney Doug Hanson at 503-588-5222.
Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard 234 Engineer Company Soldiers begin returning to Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/06/15
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Oregon Army National Guard leadership welcomes home Soldiers from the 234th Engineer Company, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 6. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The Soldiers had just completed their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, following their deployment to Kuwait. From left to right are; Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major; Col. Christian Rees, Chief of Staff for Land Component Command; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Citizen-Soldiers with the 234th Engineer Company await to be released to their family members and friends at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Minutes before, the group had just returned to the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, via a chartered flight. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The Soldiers had just completed their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, following their deployment to Kuwait. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Alex Day, of the 234th Engineer Company, hugs his fiancé, Abbie Jenck, during a reception at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Day and his fellow Soldiers had just returned to the Portland International Airport following their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, after deploying to Kuwait. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch (black sweater), greets his son, Spc. Alex Fritsch, of the 234th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, during a reception at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Spc. Fritsch and his fellow Soldiers had just returned to the Portland International Airport following their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, after deploying to Kuwait. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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PacifiCorp bringing new solar facility online
Pacific Power - 05/06/15
PacifiCorp bringing new solar facility online
The project being built in Klamath County will put an additional 5 megawatts of solar capacity to work for Pacific Power customers and be the largest in the state

BLY, Ore. - PacifiCorp will buy the electricity produced by what will be the state's largest solar facility being built on the site of a long-closed lumber mill in this picturesque town 50 miles east of Klamath Falls.

"By the end of 2015, our customers will be using the power being produced here," said Stefan Bird, CEO and president of Pacific Power. "Between now and then, communities in Klamath County will benefit from the jobs that come from this kind of long term investment in renewable projects."

Obsidian Renewables of Lake Oswego will start construction on the project over the summer. Peak construction employment is expected to be 40 with plans to use local contractors and subcontractors as well as International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members for electrical work. The Old Mill Project is on the site of a former Weyerhaeuser sawmill that dominated the town before closing and being dismantled in 1984. In 2012, Obsidian also built PacifiCorp's Black Cap solar project in Lakeview, Oregon.

"We are proud to be working again with PacifiCorp to deliver a modern and efficient solar project to its customers," said David Brown, senior principal of Obsidian. "Solar development costs continue to decline and we are confident Oregon will see more solar projects in the near future."

"The community of Bly is excited to have this project ready to begin construction," said Leda Hunter of the Bly Community Action Team. "The Old Mill site is right in town and has been an eyesore for years. Having something productive there again will be great for Bly and the construction crews in town will be a boon to our lagging economy. A trail that occupies the old right of way for the timber railroad ends at the site and the facility will be a unique place to conclude a hike through the high timber country."

The Old Mill facility will take up 40 acres and feature more than 20,000 solar panels, supplying enough power annually to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 average residential customers. The power purchase agreement is for 25 years.

This project, and the Black Cap Solar project located about 50 miles east of Bly in Lakeview, will make a combined 7 megawatts of solar capacity available to customers. Both Old Mill and Black Cap projects came about through request for proposals where PacifiCorp sought projects to help it meet Oregon's Solar Capacity Standards law. The company is continuing its process to meet the final 1.7 megawatt portion of an 8.7 megawatt solar requirement by the deadline of 2020.

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About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving 1.8 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. With a generating capability of more than 11,136 megawatts from thermal, hydro, and renewable wind, solar and geothermal power, the company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

About Obsidian Renewables
Obsidian Renewables is a locally owned company dedicated to delivering lower cost and larger scale solar projects to the region. Obsidian has six employees working out of its offices in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
The National Endowment for the Arts Awards $1,059,700 for Oregon art projects
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/06/15
Washington, DC--Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make 13 awards to nonprofit art and design organizations in Oregon totaling $1,059,700. This includes $739,700 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Oregon Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.

The state partnership agreements allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America; translating national leadership into local, state and regional benefit. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including in Oregon. Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Oregon."

"Our NEA funding is critical to the quality and reach of the grants we award to Oregon artists and arts groups," said Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director. "It complements our state funding and allows them to better serve Oregonians across the state."

Oregon arts groups receiving spring 2015 NEA grants are:

Eugene Ballet (Dance)
$20,000 Eugene
To support regional dance touring and outreach activities. The company will present a repertory program featuring Artistic Director Toni Pimble's "Creation of the World," and "Concerto for Seven," Septime Webre's "Concerto Grosso," as well as a full-length "The Sleeping Beauty," by choreographer Denise Schultze. "The Sleeping Beauty" will be performed in a number of communities to musical accompaniment by local orchestras. There will be a series of educational programs with each ballet, including in-school presentations of the ballet "Pulcinella," choreographed by Toni Pimble.

Joint Forces Dance Company (aka DanceAbility International) (Dance)
$10,000 Eugene
To support performances of "Don't Leave Me," choreographed by DanceAbility founder Alitto Alessi. Performances will take place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Accompanying each performance will be a post-performance discussion, DanceAbility Method classes, and Space-Movement workshops that will help bring together university students in dance, architecture, and design with community members along the full spectrum of abilities and disabilities for cross-community interaction.

Lane Arts Council (Arts Agency)
$25,000 Eugene
To support the development of a countywide arts asset map and accompanying interactive website. Project activities will enable the assessment of current arts and cultural offerings including those provided by arts organizations, individual artists, and schools within Lane County. The map will be used to identify gaps in service and activities and the website will connect educators, arts organizations, district administrators, parents, and youth to arts resources and, ultimately, increase engagement in arts and cultural programs at the county level.

Oregon Folklife Network/University of Oregon (Folk & Traditional Arts)
$30,000 Eugene
To support the Oregon Folklife Network's Folklore Mentorship and Eastern Oregon Folklife Survey. Senior folklorists will mentor new folklorists while researching and documenting cultural and occupational communities in the eastern part of the state. The novice folklorists will receive fieldwork experience and the collected information will be used for a number of public sector programs. The University of Oregon's Special Collections will archive the material for public access.

Caldera/Camp Caldera (Arts Education)
$60,000 Portland
To support The Geography of We: Solar Constant. The project is year-round transmedia arts project for underserved Oregon youth. Program components will include an overnight summer arts camp, in-school and after-school arts learning sessions, Saturday classes, spring break workshops, and professional development for teaching artists. Focused on storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media, professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design will guide students to explore a central theme of the sun. Students will create and showcase both web-based and physical maps that link students' art to a sense of place.

Literary Arts (Literature)
$10,000 Portland
To support the Oregon Book Awards and Author Tour. Literary Arts will announce finalists and host an award ceremony. Honored authors will tour the state, giving readings and book signings. They also will visit local elementary and high schools to conduct free writing workshops for community members.

Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Design)
$40,000 Portland
To support the exhibition "The Design and Craft of Prosthetics (DCoP)." The project will explore the visceral relationship between design, material, and the human body. The project will include an exhibition, public programming, an online publication, supplemental web-based media including podcasts and videos, and a parallel exhibit featuring design works by students responding to themes in the exhibition. DCoP will present approximately 50 objects, sketches, and videos, and considers both traditional artificial limbs and a broad range of physical and aesthetic human enhancements and wearable technology. Project activities will coincide with the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Portland State University (Design)
$25,000 Portland
To support "A Place to Be: Affirming Portland's African American Heritage through Art & Design." The project is a two-year initiative to engage the African-American community in the exploration of its own history, to express that history through a variety of visual storytelling projects, and to envision the design of a permanent center for celebrating and preserving that heritage. The project will begin with the design and creation of a temporary Pop-Up Porch, which will host a series of design workshops envisioning a permanent space that can physically and culturally reclaim lost community due to displacement and gentrification.

Regional Arts & Culture Council (Arts Education)
$30,000 Portland
To support The Right Brain Initiative: Increasing Creative Capacity for Teachers and Teaching Artists. The project is a professional development program for principals, arts specialists, and teaching artists in Portland, Oregon. Teachers, teaching artists, and arts specialists will be supported in determining goals, and designing and delivering high-quality learning experiences based on standards in the arts and Common Core State Standards. Now in its seventh year, the initiative serves students from a variety of urban, suburban, and rural communities. By training and empowering classroom teachers and teaching artists to increase creativity in their instruction, the project will develop student skills in core arts standards and help create environments where students thrive academically, socially, and artistically.

Western Arts Alliance (Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works)
$20,000 Portland
To support professional development for performing arts professionals. The creation of a new online resource library will provide access to on-demand videos and audio recordings of professional development sessions from conferences, as well as other informative materials gathered from the field. Additionally, the alliance will expand education programs to include sessions and symposia that embrace and illuminate international and indigenous cultural programming.

Wisdom of the Elders (Media Arts)
$30,000 Portland
To support the production of the Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program's STEAM multimedia series. This series of video and radio programs blends Native American cultural arts, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental science by featuring Native elders, artists, scientists, and storytellers from Oregon tribal communities. The programs will provide a unique Native perspective on the core principals of STEAM and will be featured online, distributed to more than 50 Native radio stations, and offered to environmental and Native American film festivals.

Wisdom of the Elders (Folk & Traditional Arts)
$20,000 Portland
To support the Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival. Native American storytellers will convene to perform and share traditional tales. Additionally, novice tribal storytellers will receive training and mentoring from master storytellers. After performing, the apprentices will have their presentations evaluated by the master storytellers and the audience. The festival will raise awareness of Native American cultural heritage and the crucial role of traditional tribal storytelling.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

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Southbound I-5 ramp at OR 34 to close for thirty minutes tonight (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 05/06/15
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An overturned log truck, located on the shoulder of the ramp from OR 34 to southbound Interstate 5 (correction from earlier report), will be righted and removed from the ramp beginning at 9 p.m. tonight. During the removal process, the ramp will need to be closed for approximately 30 minutes. During the closure, a detour will be in place that will accommodate all vehicles. Although the overturned truck is not blocking the ramp, drivers should use caution while traveling the ramp and not allow the truck to be a distraction.


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2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/06/15
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Oregon Lottery Partners with Department of Education to Recognize 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year

May 6, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Teachers all across the state are helping prepare Oregon's children to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Department of Education's annual Teacher of the Year award gives Oregonians an opportunity to recognize teachers who are making a positive impact in student's lives. Nominations for the 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year are now being accepted.

"This award honors an outstanding teacher as a representative of all of the amazing educators in our state," said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. "Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers who have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. They should inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in their community and school, and be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers."

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award, but teachers may not nominate themselves. To nominate a candidate for the 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GV3X3XZ. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2015.

The 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year will be announced this fall. A Blue Ribbon Panel consisting of legislators, former teachers of the year, community leaders, and key education stakeholders select the three finalists. The finalists are then interviewed by representatives of the deputy superintendent's office and the deputy superintendent makes the final selection.

For the first time, the Oregon Department of Education is proud to partner with the Oregon Lottery to recognize Oregon's 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. "The people of Oregon understand the importance of education and voted to direct Lottery proceeds to help fund public education in Oregon," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "Since 1995, over $5 billion in Lottery funds have gone to help fund Oregon's public schools. The Teacher of the Year award is a way to recognize teachers who are helping educate Oregon's future leaders and the Lottery is very happy to be a part of this prestigious award."

The 2015-16 Teacher of the Year and the teacher's school are each awarded $5,000. The two other finalists each receive an award of $2,000. The Oregon Teacher of the Year also has an opportunity to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award. Oregon's Teacher of the Year will continue to teach in the classroom and will have opportunities to speak and present around the state over the coming year in addition to attending several national events including: the National Teacher of the Year conference, the National Teacher of the Year Recognition Week in Washington, DC to meet the president at the White House, and International Space Camp.

To learn more about the Teacher of the Year program go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=227.

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Photo Release: Medford welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/05/15
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major, greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major, greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon National Guard and 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team leadership greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Approximately 70 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, stand in formation before being released to their family and friends at the Medford Armory, May 5. The group returned to the Medford Airport via chartered flight and were greeted by Oregon National Guard leadership before heading to the Medford Armory. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Friends and family members welcome home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, during an informal reception held at the Medford Armory, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to the Medford Airport via chartered flight and were greeted by Oregon National Guard leadership before heading to the Medford Armory. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Deputies Arrest Wanted Redmond Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/05/15
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On Monday, May 4th at about 7:30 p.m., an alert Deputy Sheriff spotted a suspect he knew to be wanted by the Redmond Police Department. David Mills, age 36, was walking in the 2800 block of Lancaster Drive NE, when he was recognized by Deputy Matt Higgins.

Deputy Higgins immediately called for backup and Mr. Mills was arrested without incident. After his arrest Mr. Mills was found to be in possession of just over ?1/2 ounce of methamphetamine, a scale and packaging. Mr. Mills is currently being held at the Marion County Jail on the charges of unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine.

Please see the below release from the Redmond Police Department regarding their charges and investigation.

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CITY OF REDMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT
777 SW Deschutes Avenue, Redmond, Oregon 97756
Phone (541)504-3400 / Fax (541)504-3490

Redmond PD Announces Arrest in
Shooting Incident

Date/Time of Incident: 05/02/2015 at 9:25pm
Location of Incident: Near SW Indian Ave/SW 11th Street
Arrested Person: David Alan Mills, 36 years of age, Central Oregon resident

Media Contact-
On-duty Supervisor
Redmond Police Department
Dispatch 541-693-6911

Redmond, OR - On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at approximately 9:25pm, Officers from the Redmond Police Department were dispatched to the area of SW 11th Street and SW Indian Ave on an alleged dispute involving a firearm and possible shots fired. Officers arrived and discovered there were no injuries and began contacting witnesses and involved person during the investigation.

Information obtained revealed there was an alleged verbal dispute between one male and a small group of other males. During the dispute a firearm was allegedly produced and used to assault a victim, in the process, the firearm discharged. Another shot was reportedly fired towards the small group of males as they fled.

The suspect was identified as David Alan Mills. Information was developed indicating he had left the Redmond area the night of this incident, possibly going to Salem.

On 05/04/2015 the Marion County Sheriff's Office located David Alan Mills in the Salem area and he was arrested on a drug crime which allegedly occurred in Marion County. David Alan Mills is currently at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Jail in Salem.

This case has been forwarded to the Deschutes County DA's Office for charging.

The Redmond Police Department wishes to thank the Deputies of the Marion County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in locating David Alan Mills. The Redmond Police Department was assisted during the initial investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information regarding this case is asked to contact the Redmond Police Department at 541-693-6911. Point of contact is Detective Lee.

Press Release completed by: Sergeant Curtis Chambers, Redmond PD


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New mobile app lets Pacific Power customers report outages, pay bills on the go
Pacific Power - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, 503-813-7291


New mobile app lets Pacific Power customers report outages, pay bills on the go

PORTLAND, Ore.--Pacific Power is making a new mobile app available to its customers via smartphone or tablet that lets them do more while on the go.

"Our new app makes it even easier for our customers to access information and services for their electric accounts from anywhere at any time," said Doug Leeper, Pacific Power, director of customer services.

Leeper said using the new mobile app customers now can:

* Pay bills quickly with a debit card, credit card or through a checking or savings account
* Report a power outage or check the status of an existing outage for homes or businesses
* Switch between multiple electric accounts to pay bills and get outage details for each account
* Review an account summary
* Stay up-to-date with alerts for billing, payments and outages
* Read the latest news, energy saving tips and electric service information
* Stay connected with direct-dial access to customer service and social media links.

"We're listening to what customers want, and this is one way we're making it easier for customers to do business with us," Leeper said. "This mobile app is intuitive and is able to grow as customer needs grow."

Customers can log in to the app with an existing Pacific Power web user ID and password, or quickly and easily create an account through the app to access secure services on the go. The app is free and can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/app.
Linn, Benton Counties Raise $30,000 for Babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 05/05/15
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It was the best feel-good moment of the week in Corvallis when approximately 100 residents joined together in support of the smallest members of the community--babies--by participating in the 2015 March for Babies to benefit March of Dimes on Saturday, May 2nd. Kmart was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised $30,000 to help babies be born healthy. Throughout Oregon and SW Washington, 10 walks raised a total of $900,000.

"We've seen how important the health of moms and babies are to the people of Linn and Benton Counties," said Barb Cardinale, Senior VP & Business Banking Sales Leader at KeyBank and Greater Oregon March of Dimes Board Chair. "I'm so proud to be part of a community of people coming together for such a great cause. Helping our babies should be a top priority, and we're excited about what we've accomplished here."

"It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us," said Amber Deets, whose son Jackson was still born, and his twin brother Bronson was born weighing just 2lbs 3.4 oz and spent 60 days in the NICU. "We decided we wanted to do everything possible to help spare other families from the life-changing experience we had. We're honored to represent March of Dimes in return for all they've done to help babies like ours."

In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm. Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,241 in Oregon.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March for Babies National Facts
* More than seven million people take part in the event
* Since 1970, March of Dimes has raised over $2 billion for healthier babies
* More than 900 communities take place in the walk across the country

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Pacific Power and IBEW. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.


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Red Cross brings free smoke alarms to Lebanon neighborhood
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/05/15
RED CROSS HOME FIRE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN
BRINGS FREE SMOKE ALARMS TO LEBANON NEIGHBORHOOD

The American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education
for residents in Lebanon's 97355 ZIP code on May 9

LEBANON - Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

"Across the nation, six times per day, someone dies in a home fire in the United States," Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Frank Spangler said, adding that more than 60 percent of the deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

In an effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries, the American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education for residents in Lebanon's 97355 ZIP code on Saturday, May 9. The event is part of a national Red Cross campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent in five years. In Oregon, the state Fire Marshal's Office is also collaborating on this campaign.

Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. trained Red Cross volunteers will canvas neighborhoods in the 97355 ZIP code to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in each home, install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about fire escape plans.

Residents in the area also may pre-schedule an appointment by calling (503) 528-5783. A two-hour appointment window will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for this important outreach effort. Training will be provided at 10 a.m. on May 9. Individuals, faith-based groups, local business and organizations are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required. For additional info or to register to volunteer, visit. www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires everyday. The agency advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed. Make a Plan. Build a Kit. Red Cross experts also suggest taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case a fire does ignite your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet May 15 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015

Contact:Milena Malone, 503-551-5598 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, May 15. The primary focus of the meeting will be updates and analysis of several existing measures; measure selection framework; and discussion about 2016 measures.

Public testimony will be heard twice: general public testimony at 9:20 a.m.; and measure-specific testimony between 11:30 a.m., and 12:45 p.m., as part of the 2016 measures discussion.

When: Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (note extended meeting time)

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Interested persons can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:
-- Welcome and consent agenda;
-- Updates;
-- General public testimony;
-- Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program update;
-- Adolescent well-care visits and confidentiality update;
-- Metrics deeper dive: Emergency department utilization and developmental screening;
-- 2016 measure selection - framework;
-- 2016 on-deck measures - status update and measure-specific public testimony;
-- Measure retirement - OHA recommendation for 2016;
-- Wrap up and adjourn.


For more information, please visit: www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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Join us for Walk MS Corvallis on Saturday, May 9
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 05/05/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Corvallis is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. The beautiful route begins at Helen M. Berg Plaza, goes along the river to Avery Park, through Pioneer Park and to the finish line. This route has an option for turning around half way through, and you are encouraged to move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race).

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, May 9
Helen M. Berg Plaza
101 NW Jackson Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon
View with Google Maps
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

PRESS PHOTOS
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About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Join us for Walk MS Eugene on Saturday, May 9
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 05/05/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Eugene is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages and move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race). This year's lovely route begins in Alton Baker Park then goes along the river on the South side. We will cross at Maurie Jacobs Park and back to the starting line.

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, May 9
Alton Baker Park
100 Day Island Road
Eugene, Oregon
View with Google Maps
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

PRESS PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/defeatms/sets/72157649625142666/

About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Oregonians trace the path to success through public schools
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/05/15
In a video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign, 10 adult Oregonians describe how their public school experiences led to professional successes.

Among them are Dan Wieden, co-founder of an internationally recognized advertising firm, Linda Tamura, a Hood River historian and author, and Greg Bell, an author and motivational speaker. Along with the other video subjects, they emphasize the need to invest in public schools.

"Public schools are our gift to our kids," Tamura says. "They're our future."

The "Promise" campaign, which launched last November, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. The newest video is among several featured on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
05/04/15
Serious Injury Crash on HWY 99E near Woodburn Results in Criminal Charges for Driver
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a serious injury crash that occurred on Highway 99E just south of Woodburn resulting in criminal charges of a driver.

According to Lieutenant Tim Fox, preliminary information indicates that shortly before 11:00 p.m. on May 2, OSP dispatchers received multiple driving complaints on a blue, 2005 Chevrolet Colorado reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 99E northbound toward Woodburn. Just before Woodburn the Colorado crossed the center line, glancing off the rear driver's side of a southbound, 2014 Dodge Pickup, causing the Dodge to spin and rollover. It landed on its top in an adjacent ditch and caught fire. Next, the Colorado collided with a southbound Honda Civic which split into two pieces. The driver of the Dodge was able to get out of the truck and was transported to the Salem Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the Honda was transported by air ambulance to OHSU with reportedly serious injuries.

The Colorado came to rest in an adjacent field and the driver, identified as HUGO GONZALEZ HERNANDEZ, 32, of Woodburn, fled the scene into a nearby greenhouse. The Woodburn Police Department responded to assist OSP and began to track the suspect with a K-9. Officers located the man hiding in the greenhouse and he refused to comply with officers commands. He was subsequently bitten by the K-9 and taken into custody. While being arrested the suspect bit one of the officers on the arm. The officer was treated at an area medical facility for the bite. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash.

GONZALEZ HERNANDEZ was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment of injuries and was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Assault IV, Assault II, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver in a Crash with Injuries, Recklessly Endangering Another and Assault of a Public Safety Officer. He is still being treated for his injuries at the Salem Hospital and has not been lodged in jail at this time.

OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Police Department, Hubbard Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Woodburn Fire Department.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice

* No photo's are available for release at this time.
TwinStar Credit Union Member Wins Thousands for Depositing $25 in Save to Win Account
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/04/15
ABERDEEN, WA. -- TwinStar Credit Union member Shawn Hinchen is getting a $5,000 windfall this week, simply because he opened a Save to Win account and deposited at least $25. Hinchen was randomly selected in a computerized drawing to win the annual cash prize. TwinStar plans a celebration in Hinchen's honor May 6 at the Aberdeen, WA branch.

Save to Win accounts are designed to help consumers build healthy savings habits. Each $25 deposit earns account holders an entry into monthly and annual cash prize drawings. Unlike lottery drawings, however, the consumers don't lose money paying for tickets. Their deposits stay in the accounts and help them to secure their financial futures. The prize pool is funded by the Northwest Credit Union Association and its subsidiary, Strategic Link, Inc.

The Washington State Legislature cleared the way for Washington credit unions to begin offering the program in 2010, and to date, 1,414 members of six Washington credit union unions have saved a collective $1,755,482.00.

Hinchen opened his first credit union account when he was 11 or 12 years old, so that he could deposit the money he made delivering newspapers. He's been a loyal member ever since, and has always realized it's important to save money. Save to Win, he said, gave him the "opportunity to save for something that we wanted but would not ordinarily buy." Last year that "something" was an iPad, but no decision has been made on how he will spend his winnings.

"I'm still getting over the fact I won," he said. "We're pretty excited."

Media are invited to cover the check presentation celebration May 6.

WHAT: Save to Win Check Presentation
WHERE: TwinStar Credit Union
401 E Market St.
Aberdeen, WA 98520
WHEN: May 6, 4 p.m.


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/4992/84117/TwinStar_member_wins_thousands_5.3.docx
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 95 near MP 39 - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterdays fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 39 in Malueur County.

Preliminary information indicates that on May 3, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a black 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by DINO E. MOSCHETTI, 55, of Pleasanton CA, was southbound on highway 95 and attempted to overtake a 1990 Peterbilt water truck. As the Peterbilt, being driven by MICHAEL E. RAINE, 75, of Jordan Valley, made a left turn onto a private road the motorcycle crashed into the back of the truck.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a Boise Idaho area hospital by air ambulance where he later died. The driver and 16-year-old passenger in the Peterbilt water truck were not injured during the crash. OSP is continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Jordan Valley Ambulance.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Oregon Students to be Honored for Letters About Literature Entries
Oregon State Library - 05/04/15
During a celebration at the Oregon State Library on Thursday, May 7th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, students from across Oregon will be honored for their winning entries in the 2015 Letters About Literature contest. Nationally, students were asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author, still living or not, detailing how the text affected them personally or changed their world view. The following Oregon children and teens are being recognized at the state level for their letters:

Level I (4th-6th Grades)
Winner: Vicky Siah, Beaverton
Runner-Up: Sophie Ong, Beaverton
Honorable Mentions: Aletha Lengkong, Eugene; Mia Cremona, Lake Oswego; Cameron Iizuka, Lake Oswego; Phoebe Garrett, Lake Oswego; Amala Rajagopal, Beaverton

Level II (7th-8th Grades)
Winner: Sophie Ciurlik Rittenbaum, Medford
Runner-Up: Madeleine Adriance, Portland
Honorable Mentions: Chloe Scribner, Corvallis; Ashleen Smith, Madras; Soumik Chakraborty, Portland; Noah Kurzenhauser, Milwaukie; Zora Kurenhauser, Milwaukie

Level III (9th-12th Grades)
Winner: Hannah DesChamp, Eugene
Runner-Up: Khiarica Rasheed, Portland
Honorable Mentions: Sam Arnot, Portland; Mariah Jacobs, Sherwood; Autumn Grube, Keizer

The 105 semi-finalists from around the state will be honored separately.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Local cosponsors are the Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library, the Oregon Reading Association, and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association: Children's Services Division, Oregon Young Adult Network, and Oregon Association of School Libraries. All but the Oregon Center for the Book contribute money to provide prizes.

Out of about 50,000 entries nationally, 1,069 came from Oregon children and teenagers. Level I of the contest is open to students in grades 4 through 6, Level II to students in grades 7 and 8, and Level III to students in grades 9 through 12. All entries are sent to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to be screened, and letters that make it through that round are sent to Letters About Literature program coordinators in participating states. This year, 124 letters made it through the national screening to be judged in Oregon. Locally, judges are selected by the program coordinator at the State Library, and those judges select a winner, runner-up, and potential honorable mentions for each contest level. In Oregon, anyone whose letter makes it through the national screening but does not place in the state is considered a semi-finalist. As a final step, the winning letter from each of the three levels for all participating states advances to be judged at the national level. The Library of Congress will announce national winners next week.

All Oregon honorees receive a certificate from the Oregon Center for the Book. Additionally, first place winners each receive $100, runners-up $50, honorable mentions a $25 bookstore gift card, and semi-finalists a $10 bookstore gift card. These were the Oregon judges: Level I: author Dawn Prochovnic, children's librarian Kathy Viemeister, and school librarian Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn; Level II: author Pamela Smith Hill, youth librarian Ann SeCoy, and school librarian Shelby Linn; Level III: author Nancy Osa, youth librarian Violeta Garza, and retired school librarian Marlene Lee. Winning letters will be posted soon on the State Library website, http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx.

The Oregon State Library is located at 250 Winter St. NE in Salem. The public is welcome to attend the Letters About Literature Awards celebration in the meeting room on the first floor.
Sheriff's Office Adding Focused Patrols For Cinco de Mayo (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/04/15
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On May 5th, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols, adding additional deputies who will be out and attempting to locate DUII drivers. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night to ensure a safe traveling experience for our residents and visitors.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Year after year, the Cinco de Mayo holiday period (6 p.m. May 4th to 5:59 a.m. May 6th) is especially deadly on our nation's roads, with more than a third of all crash fatalities from 2009-2013 involving a drunk driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. From 2009-2013, there were 265 people killed in drunk driving crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period (6 p.m. May 4th to 5:59 a.m. May 6th) - 66 people in 2013 alone."

The Sheriff's office is asking that if you are going to be drinking, please plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Our patrols are made possible through grants administered by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Oregon Air National Guard general appointed Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/04/15
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SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General Michael E. Stencel, Air Component Commander, has been appointed as the Air National Guard's Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force.

The 11th Air Force, based at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, plans, conducts and coordinates air operations in accordance with tasks assigned by the commander of Pacific Air Forces. It serves as the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and other unified commanders.

Stencel will assist the commander of 11th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, who is also the senior military officer in Alaska, in his responsibilities for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area. Stencel will also assist in the activities of more than 21,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all services. Additionally, Eleventh Air Force oversees the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations, including security and civil support actions.

Stencel, who was notified of the appointment in March, will serve in the dual-hat position for a period of three years while maintaining his position as Oregon's Air Component Commander.

"Mike's appointment to 11th Air Force reflects his exceptional leadership and recognized potential for increased responsibility. His selection also highlights the critical role the Oregon Air National Guard plays in the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of the Oregon National Guard in the overall Pacific theater. This is a great day for Brigadier General Stencel and his family, and the Oregon National Guard." said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

For more information, visit the 11th Air Force website at: http://www.jber.af.mil/11af/. To see a factsheet on the 11th Air Force, go to: http://www.jber.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13259

To review or download the official military biography for Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, go to: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2452


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May is Wildfire Awareness Month: Create a circle of safety around your home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/04/15
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Oregon's record-low snowpack and dry spring have fire officials concerned about drought and the potential for the driest summer wildfire conditions in 25 years.

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to help prevent human-caused wildfires, as well as how to protect a home in the event a fire encroaches.

"In a large fire event, firefighters may not have the capacity or resources to defend every home. Just as you lock the doors to keep your home and family safe, think of creating a fuel-free defensible space around your home to reduce fire danger and provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

The true culprits are a wildfire's hot embers. They can travel through the air, a mile or more ahead of a wildfire, and come to rest in the leaf debris on the roof or in flammable plants in the landscaping where they eventually smolder and ignite. "You can't control where these embers land, but you can control what happens when they do."

CLEAN
The best place to start is with the house and the first 30 feet that extends from the outermost part of the house, including detached garages and sheds. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the home. Regularly clear leaves or needles from the roof and gutters, and cut back tree limbs that overhang the roof.

CLEAR
Remove any combustible natural or human debris, such as leaves, branches, and gas or paint cans that tend to collect near the home, under stairs, decks, and porches. Also important: Relocate firewood at least 30 feet from the home or store it in an enclosed shed.

LANDSCAPE
Landscaping should contain low-growing, fire-resistant plants that are spaced carefully so as not to lead a fire to the home. Rake leaves and debris from the yard, mow grass, prune trees six to 10 feet up from the ground, and keep plants well watered to prevent a surface fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from trees to the house. Properly placed deciduous trees can actually protect a home by blocking a wildfire's intense heat.

Fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways, and green lawns can stop the advance of a fire by starving it of flammable vegetation.

In the zone 100 to 200 feet from the home, trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in, so canopies are not touching.

Wildfire does not have to consume everything in its path. The more a homeowner can accomplish before fire season, the more it will improve a home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

"It's peace of mind knowing that if you leave your home for a stretch of time, it will still be standing when you return," Babbs said.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org and www.keeporegongreen.org

Other Wildfire Awareness Month tips coming soon:
During May also watch for fire prevention tips on backyard debris burning and campfires.

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*** Charging Correction - Media Update *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 42S near Bandon - Coos County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 42S at milepost 7.5 near Bandon.

According to OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup stopped on Lampa Lane attempted to pull out onto Highway 42S but turned into the path of an oncoming motorcycle that was westbound. The motorcycle, a 2006 Honda CBR, swerved but was unable to avoid the pickup and impacted it behind the drivers side door near the front of the bed. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as WILLIAM LOVE, 46, of Coquille, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The female passenger on the motorcycle, identified as 34-year-old CARRIE MURRAY, of Portland, was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

*** The driver of the Ford pickup, identified as SHELLY CORBIT, 47, of Cottage Grove, was not injured and has not been cited at this time but charges are pending. OSP is continuing the investigation into this crash. ***

The passenger in the pickup was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Bandon Fire Department and the Coos County Crash Team.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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05/02/15
Injury Crash on HWY 99E at MP 36 Near Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/02/15
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According to Sergeant Mark Davie, on May 1st, 2015 at 3:44 pm a two vehicle serious injury crash occurred on HWY 99E at Milepost 36 near Salem. A white 2002 Toyota Echo, driven by Mr. LEO PROBERT, age 47 of Conconully Washington, was northbound on Hwy 99E when it crossed the center line and collided with a blue 1993 Honda Civic that was traveling southbound. The Honda was driven by Mr. MANUEL GARIBAY CERVANTES, age 43 of Salem.
Both occupants were taken to Salem Hospital where they were both treated for their injuries and released.

The highway remained closed for approximately 2 hours while Troopers investigated the crash and to allow for the removal of the vehicles.

The investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Troopers out of the Salem Area Command. An OSP crash reconstruction team responded and is assisting with the investigation. Initial results indicate that alcohol and controlled substances may have been a contributing factor. Troopers were assisted by the Gervais Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department, and ODOT.


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South Salem High School student wins safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/02/15
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
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(Salem) - John Patterson, a student from South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled "Lorenzo's Blog," which promotes young worker safety and the importance of speaking up. The video, told from a first-person diary perspective, depicts Lorenzo's struggle with finding a job and ultimately being asked to do unsafe duties. South Salem High School also won a matching amount of prize money.

"My grandpa died from asbestos and he worked in a factory when he was really young," said Patterson. "I thought that making this video would help people who should have a voice and encourage young people to speak up."

The other winners are as follows:

Second place ($400):
"This is My Scar"
Joshua Elliot, Robert Elliot
South Salem High School

Third place ($300):
"Work Safety for Teens"
Zachary Tennant
La Pine High School

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards Saturday during a special screening at the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety for young workers, with the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to create a video with a teen job safety and health message and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message. All of the winning videos, as well as the other finalists, are available for viewing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Northern Lights Theatre Pub, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

Follow the contest conversation on social media with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a registered nonprofit that strives to prevent young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to www.youngemployeesafety.org


Attached Media Files: Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub. , South Salem students, pictured here with their teacher (middle), took home first and second place honors in the 2015 contest. , John Patterson, a senior at South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled “Lorenzo’s Blog.”
Red Cross Assists Family At Philomath Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/02/15
On Friday, May 01, 2015, at approximately 10:00 Red Cross Volunteers responded to a disaster that happened at 15:30 in the 31000 block of Valero Road in Philomath, Oregon.

This multi-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 children. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
05/01/15
*** Media Only Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 42 at MP 75 in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/01/15
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Update:

Correct age of NIKKI ALEXANDER is age 31

Original Release:

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 near milepost 75.5 east of Winston.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on May 1 at approximately 8:50 am, Troopers from the OSP Roseburg office responded to a reported injury crash on Highway 42 near milepost 75.5 in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white in color 2007 Chevy crew cab pickup driven by JACOB PEDERSON, age 23, of Roseburg, was eastbound on Highway 42 travelling through the intersection of Highway 42 and Carnes Rd. A dark gray in color 1993 Nissan Sentra driven by NIKKI ALEXANDER, age 49, of Roseburg, was travelling south on Carnes and collided in the middle of the intersection. The Sentra spun and came to a stop in the intersection; the pick-up continued east and came to rest in a ditch on the south side of Highway 42. Both PEDERSON and ALEXANDER were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. PEDERSON sustained minor injuries and ALEXANDER died at the hospital. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The highway remained closed for approximately 2 hours while Troopers investigated the crash and to allow for the removal of the vehicles.

The investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Troopers out of the Roseburg Area Command. An OSP crash reconstruction team responded and is assisting with the investigation. Initial results indicate the Nissan entered the intersection against a red light. Troopers were assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Co Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire District, and ODOT.


Attached Media Files: Photo 2 , Photo 1
LSTA Advisory Council meeting at Oregon State Library, 5/12/15
Oregon State Library - 05/01/15
Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council will meet at the Oregon State Library Tuesday May 12, 2015. Max Macias of Silverton will chair the meeting, which will begin at 9:00 a.m.

In their meeting the Council will make recommendations to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees concerning the state's LSTA program. The Council will recommend changes for the 2016 grant cycle and hear reports about database licensing and reports from the digital summit.

An open forum will be held at approximately 10:30 am. Any member of the public may address the Council on any topic during the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Ferol Weyand at 503-378-2525.

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LSTA Advisory Council
May 12, 2015
9:00-3:00
Oregon State Library, Meeting Room 103
250 Winter St, Salem OR
Mr. Max Macias, Chair

9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the September 12, 2014 Macias

9:10 Housekeeping / Review Action Items Ferol Weyand
* Dahlgreen wants minutes to have page numbers. Weyand
* Chair and Vice-chair titles added to table tents. Weyand
* Process committee will come back to Council in May 2015 with a 2016 sample packet. [done]
* Coming to Council with how are we going to deal with evaluations of the grants. [done]
* Council would like to build on the definition of heritage collections. This could be clarified in the guidelines. Good opportunity for academics to help with forming/updating best practices for digital collections. [done, in guidelines]
* Council would like to see something in the guidelines that specifically talks about whether the items digitized will be available to the public for free. . [done, in guidelines]
* Also what happens to a collection after the grant is over? [done, in guidelines]
* Reed will send out email invites for new member nominations [done]

9:15 Reports of Oregon Digital Summit Arlene Weible
(comments from Terri Washburn and Serenity Ibsen)

9:45 Reports of the State Librarian Dahlgreen
Review LSTA budget
Update on Answerland
Legislative update

10:30 Open Forum**

11:00 Discussion of new 2016 grant guidelines Reed
* Digitization requirements
* Innovated vs. replicated grants
* Year dedicated to specific category of grants
Noon Working Lunch
Bonebrake
12:30 p.m. Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Council
Recommendation regarding Learning Express Database Weible

Election of SDLAC members Macias
Appointment of LSTA member to Statewide Database
Advisory Council Macias

Discussions:
1:30 Length of grant funding - conditions under which Council and Board
might recommend 4th and/or 5th year process? Macias

2:00 Update on new super circular and indirect costs Reed

2:30 Review timeline for Five Year plan development Reed

2:55 Review of new action items Weyand

3:00 Adjourn Macias
Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council meeting at Oregon State Library, 5/7/14
Oregon State Library - 05/01/15
Oregon's Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council will meet at the Oregon State Library Thursday, May 7, 2015. Christie Joachim of Salem will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.m.

In their meeting the Council will make recommendations to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees concerning the Talking Book donation fund.

An open forum will be held at approximately 11:30 am. Any member of the public may address the Council on any topic during the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Susan Westin at 503-378-5435.


Agenda
Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library
Advisory Council Meeting
May 7, 2015
Oregon State Library
Room 202
250 Winter St NE, Salem, OR
Toll free number (877) 873-8017 Participant Code: 406266


10:00
Introduction of members
Changes to the Agenda
Approval of previous minutes
10:15
Program Manager Report
10:45
Annual Donation Expenditure July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
11:00
By laws report and discussion
11:30
Open forum
Any individual may address the Talking Books Advisory at this time.
Also, Council members may ask any questions the may have about Talking Books
11:50
Next Meeting Date - September 17, 2015 @ 10:00
12:00
Adjournment
Suspects Arrested In Regional Skimming/Fraud Scheme (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 05/01/15
Skimming Device
Skimming Device
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**** UPDATE ****
Attached is the correct photo of Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez


Three suspects have been arrested by Salem Police Detectives in a regional scam that involves the skimming of credit and debit cards and the subsequent fraudulent use of the personal information gained to illegally purchase thousands of dollars of manufactured goods.

The suspects: 37-year old Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez; 30-year old Hector Hernandez-Vazquez and 39-year old Norma Hernandez-Vazquez, all of San Fernando, California, were all arrested and lodged in the Marion County Jail on April 23. All were charged with Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Theft in the First Degree by Deception and seven counts of Identity Theft. Bail for each was set at $220,000.00

The scheme first came to the attention of the Salem Police Department on April 9, 2015 when representatives of the Maps Credit Union and Pioneer Trust Bank in Salem reported fraudulent transactions that involved counterfeit debit cards for several of their customers. Columbia Bank also reported similar activity on the following week with some of their customers.

Investigators believe that a skimming device was used to collect data from credit and debit cards as they were used to pay for purchases. A skimming device is an electronic item that is placed on the credit/debit card reader on machines such as ATMs, gas pumps and other automated readers. The skimming device secretly collects the data from these cards and allows the crooks to gain enough information to use the unsuspecting cardholders' data to make fraudulent purchases. Investigators were able to locate a single point where the victims had all used their cards, a gas station on Lancaster Dr SE. They believe this occurred in March, 2015. The pumps at this gas station have since been inspected, but no skimming device was found. However, a skimming device was found at another gas station on March 11, 2015.

The investigation showed that that the counterfeit debit cards were used to purchase expensive electronics, clothing, and gift cards from cities from Medford, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington. The loss in these cases was over $8,400.00. Surveillance photos showed multiple Hispanic males and a female committing these crimes. Those photos were forwarded to retail outlets throughout the region.

On April 21, a loss prevention officer at Fred Meyer in Vancouver, Washington recognized three suspects who matched the description of the suspects and was able to get a photo of the suspects and their van with California license plates. The suspect and vehicle information were forwarded to law enforcement agencies in the area.

On April 22, Beaverton Police Detective Jason Buelt located the suspects in a hotel in Beaverton and followed them when they left, eventually taking them into custody and seizing large boxes that they were attempting to mail.

Subsequent search warrants served on the hotel room, vehicle and the boxes that the suspects were mailing yielded over 100 fraudulent credit/debit cards, multiple items of high end electronics, new articles of brand name clothing, gift cards, nearly $3,500 in currency and a Louis Vuitton handbag valued at over $3,000.

This investigation was coordinated by Salem Police Detective Michael Korcek with the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies. The investigation will continue as investigators attempt to locate and identify more victims in this case, and additional charges may be filed.

Said Detective Korcek, "These suspects were very prolific in their activities and were able to steal thousands of dollars worth of goods, services and gift cards. They were very sophisticated in their actions and showed how much damage they can do in a short period of time." Korcek also urges anyone who has gas pumps that take credit/debit/ATM cards to check their machines for anything suspicious. Open the machine and make sure nothing foreign has been placed in the area or connected to the card. These devices are usually inserted at night, after the business is closed. They are often in place for days, so they may be discovered if the machines are inspected daily. If anything is located, contact your local law enforcement agency. For consumers, always examine the credit card slot area of any machine you are using and look for anything suspicious. If you're not sure, don't use the machine and report it to the business and/or the police immediately.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Detective Michael Korcek at 503-588-6050, extension 7159.

Photos of the suspects and of a skimming device are attached to this release


Attached Media Files: Skimming Device , Norma Hernandez-Vazquez , Hector Hernandez-Vazquez , Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez , Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez
Red Cross Offers Assistance at Reedsport Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/01/15
Disaster action team members with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a disaster in the 900 block of Greenwood Ave. in Reedsport, OR. This multi-family fire affected three adults and one dog. Red Cross provided food, lodging, clothing, health services, and information about disaster mental health and recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
FBI Director Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/01/15
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
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FBI Director James B. Comey has presented an Oregon immigration attorney, Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura, the Director's Community Leadership Award for her work fostering strong relationships between law enforcement and vulnerable communities. Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura received the honor during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is President of the board of directors for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and serves as a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.

Over a period of many years, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has helped to create powerful partnerships between the FBI and various diverse populations in Oregon. For more than five years, she has led a group of multi-cultural community leaders who have helped to promote and support the FBI's Youth Leadership Academy in Portland. This program brings together high school students from throughout the region to learn about the FBI's role in the community; to develop leadership skills; to explore various career options; and to match at-risk teens with mentors.

"My elders have taught me that I may not have a choice about the hardships in my past but that I have the choice to make life better for myself and others in the future. They have taught me over and over again the importance of treating every human being with kindness, compassion, and love. One act that you do to improve the world for that one person may not seem like much at the moment, but if you can change the life of one person for the better with your kindness, you have changed the course of history," said Ms. Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura.

In addition to her other volunteer work, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura serves on the board of directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association; serves on the Oregon Attorney General's Task Force for Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement; and is the chairperson for the Oregon Department of Justice's Immigrant Crime Victim's Enforcement subcommittee.

"The energy and passion that Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura brings to each and every day is beyond compare," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "What she does goes beyond 'work.' She has a calling to serve the most vulnerable people in our community--those affected by sex trafficking, violence, and the like. She exemplifies what it means to be a humble--yet effective--leader and is, without a doubt, worthy of recognition."

Originally from Laos, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura resettled with her family as a refugee in northern California in 1980 and became the first among her relatives to pursue higher education. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in English and Philosophy before earning her law degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Over time, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has focused her work in the areas of civil rights, international law, victims' rights, and racism in law. For many years, she has worked with at-risk children, survivors of domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is an attorney with the law firm of Marandas & McClellan, where she specializes in helping immigrants and victims of violence.

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

A high resolution image of Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura receiving her award from FBI Director James B. Comey can be downloaded at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2014/portland


Attached Media Files: Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
First look at 2016 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/01/15
Salem - Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see proposed rates for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division on April 30. The division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

"Today marks the beginning of a two-month process in which the division will rigorously review each health insurance rate request to ensure that it is reasonable and justified," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali.

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. These two plan types cover about 10 percent of Oregonians.

In the individual market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 1.9 percent decrease to a 52 percent increase. In the small group market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 10.6 percent decrease to a 22.2 percent increase.

"Oregon is known nationally for its thorough and transparent rate review process," Cali said. "We encourage Oregonians to make their voice heard and participate in the rate review process."

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open until June 25. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

The division has made a few changes to the rate review process that take effect this year as it reviews 2016 plans. These changes will provide more clarity to the division's analysis of proposed rates. To learn more about the rate review process and recent changes, visit www.oregon.gov/dcbs/insurance/healthrates/documents/new-2016.pdf.

To search rate filings, submit comments, and find more information about the rate review process, visit oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will also be posted to this website.

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The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1073/84043/2016_Proposed_Average_Health_Insurance_Rate_Requests_05-01-15.pdf
Wells Fargo launches new, free Business Plan Center to help businesses plan for success
Wells Fargo - 05/01/15
In an effort to provide business owners with a simple, convenient way to create or revise business plans, Wells Fargo has launched the Business Plan Center, a free, online resource now available at WellsFargoWorks.com.

The site features the Business Plan Tool, a step-by-step guide to developing a business plan. It also offers a Competitive Intelligence Tool, which provides business owners with key insight on competitors and the market for their businesses that can be used as part of the planning process.

Other interactive learning resources at the new center include videos, articles and infographics covering essential elements of a business plan.

"Every business - big or small - needs a plan. We know from research and our direct experience working with business owners that a formal, written business plan is the foundation for long-term financial success," said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo's national head of Small Business.

"Many business owners have business plans in their heads," Stevens added. "We want to help every business owner put a plan in writing, if they don't have one already, so they have a guide to organize their goals, improve decision-making and focus on activities that will help their business thrive."

The new Business Plan Tool enables business owners to develop and update written plans that include a high-level summary of the business; an overview of the firm's history, structure and management; its current and planned products and services; a detailed marketing plan; and market and competitive analyses.

The tool also allows business owners to enter financial data, such as starting balances, fixed assets and liabilities, sales forecasts and expenses. The tool will generate financial statements, such as a detailed cash flow statement, profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet.

In a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index national survey, only 33 percent of business owners said they have a formal business plan. In the survey, business owners who said they had a formal, written plan reported much greater optimism for 2015 than business owners without a plan, and higher than business owners overall.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America's small businesses than any other bank. The company has approximately 32,000 bankers in its retail branches who provide financial guidance to small business owners and consumers across the country. Wells Fargo also has teams of Business Banking relationship managers in locations throughout the country, and phone bankers who serve small business owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Schools projected to face $358 million bill from PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/01/15
Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling on a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) lawsuit could cost Oregon's K-12 schools as much as $358 million in the 2017-19 biennium, according to official government estimates.

The state Legislative Fiscal Office (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lfo/Documents/2014-6_PERSReformsReversalImplications.pdf) reached that figure by estimating that PERS rates that school employers pay would rise by an average of 5.5 percent in 2017-19. Additionally, state government PERS employer rates, excluding K-12 schools and local government, would rise an estimated $319 million for 2017-19.

Unless the state Legislature takes action, those projected rate increases would continue to add significant costs to schools and other government agencies well past 2019, the fiscal office projects.

Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, said he is hopeful that legislators will act swiftly to mitigate the financial blow schools are facing for 2017 and beyond.

"Figures of this magnitude have a direct effect on the quality of education Oregon schools can offer," Green said. "Unless we can find a solution - and soon - our schools will face the very real prospect of teacher layoffs and cutting school days.

"Oregon cannot afford to shortchange its students. Our state economy depends on a thriving education system."
Oregon's vaccine exemption rate drops 17 percent
Oregon Health Authority - 05/01/15
Decrease attributed to more stringent requirements for seeking nonmedical exceptions

Editors: Stacy de Assis Matthews of the Oregon Immunization Program will be available for interviews today between 10 a.m. and noon in Room 1-C of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

Fewer Oregon parents or guardians sought nonmedical exemptions to the state's school immunization requirements over the last year, according to new data published by the Oregon Public Health Division.

The division's Oregon Immunization Program found that 5.8 percent of all kindergarteners - 2,693 students - claimed religious, philosophical or other nonmedical exemption to one or more required vaccines. That's down from 7 percent, or 3,331 students, in 2014, and represents a 17 percent decline.

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

Public health officials believe the drop in the exemption rate is due to passage of Senate Bill 132A, which was signed into law on June 26, 2013, and went into effect on March 1, 2014. The legislation changes the process for claiming a nonmedical exemption to school and child care immunization requirements.

Parents or guardians choosing a nonmedical exemption are now required to submit to the school or childcare a document showing either a signature from a health care practitioner verifying discussion of the benefits and risks of immunization, or a certificate of completion of an interactive online educational video about the benefits and risks of immunization.

Similar laws in surrounding states have led to swift and significant drops in nonmedical exemption claims: In California, the rate fell 19 percent, while Washington saw a 25 percent decline.

"What Oregon's new data tell me is that parents and guardians are making truly informed decisions about vaccinations," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator with the Oregon Immunization Program.

Matthews says it's not known how, or whether, changes implemented as a result of SB 132A affected parents' and guardians' decisions to get their children vaccinated.

"But I believe that the education provided through health care providers and the online module helped many parents realize that the benefits of immunizations far outweighed any risks," she said.

How Oregon's vaccination exemption rate compares nationally won't be known until August or September, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases its report on all states' exemption rates.

The latest exemption data were compiled after School Exclusion Day, Feb. 18, 2015. That is the date by which parents or guardians were required to provide up-to-date immunization or exemption documentation to their children's schools.

Vaccination exemption rates by individual school will be available in early June.

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

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Red Cross Responds To Warm Springs Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/01/15
On Friday, May 01, 2015, at approximately 03:30, Red Cross DAT volunteers responded to a residential fire that occurred at 01:44 in the 1700 block of Bray Avenue in Warm Springs, Oregon.

This single-family fire affected 3 adults, 6 children, and a dog and her puppies. The puppies did not make it out of the fire. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, infant formula and supplies, crib and linens, lodging, comfort kits, blankets, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
04/30/15
PPAO Praises House for Expanding Birth Control Access
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/30/15
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today praised the Oregon House of Representatives for showing wide bipartisan support for a groundbreaking bill that will expand access to birth control.

House Bill 3343, which provides access for women to a full 12-month supply of contraception at one time, passed by a 55-2 vote with bipartisan support. Dispensing a one-year supply of birth control is associated with a 30 percent reduction in the odds of conceiving an unplanned pregnancy compared with dispensing for 30 or 90 days.

Not only have numerous studies shown the benefits of 12 month dispensing, but it also reduces barriers for women all over Oregon. Rural Oregonians often have long distances to travel and cannot make it to the pharmacy on a monthly basis. Others may not have a confidential mail box where they feel safe having their birth control delivered.

Stacy M. Cross, Board Member for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, testified in favor of HB 3343: "We also know it is in the best interest of insurers to keep costs down, and this bill will reduce costs. The average commercial insurer payment for all maternal and newborn care ranges from $18,000 to $28,000. The average hormonal birth control costs range from $100 to $600 a year. By preventing just one unintended pregnancy, an insurer will save a minimum of $17,400. That is enough savings to pay for 29 additional years of contraception."

High school junior Ceci Patten also testified in favor of the legislation. For a young woman using birth control, the issue is simple: "Something as important and effective as birth control should just a little bit easier to get."

Alicia Temple, Policy Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "Improved access to a full range of birth control services has resulted in a 40-year low in teen pregnancy and abortion rates. Advances in women's health have paved the way for women to be a driving force in our economy, and access to reproductive health care is directly related to women's ability to finish school and succeed professionally. We want to thank the Oregon House for passing this commonsense legislation regardless of party affiliation.

"We were pleased to hear from several male legislators who testified that they deferred to their wives in seeking guidance on their vote. It was a clear illustration of why birth control decisions should stay between a woman and her doctor, not politicians."
Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/30/15
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of forest fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres - equivalent in size to two Delawares - are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2017. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 21, 2015. Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Thursday, May 21, 2015, to:

Jim Cathcart
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
503-945-7493 / Jim.Cathcart@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml
State's Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/30/15
Notice of Regular Meeting

Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328 / DPSST Professional Standards Division

The Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee will hold a regular meeting and possible Executive Session at 9:00 a.m. on May 13, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Please check in with reception at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by contacting Rebecca Hannon at: rebecca.hannon@state.or.us.


Agenda Items:

1) *Minutes - January 14, 2015
Approve the minutes of the January 14, 2015 Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee meeting.

2) * Robert Gross - Extension Request

3) * Patrick Hartley - Extension Request

4) * Blair Becker - Extension Request - Possible Executive Session

5) *Citizen Complaint - Review - Possible Executive Session

6) *By-Laws - Discussion and Approval

7) Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - September 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 41,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
State Ceremomy to Honor 181 Fallen Law Enforcement Officers (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/30/15
Oregon Fallen LEO Memorial
Oregon Fallen LEO Memorial
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The State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. This annal event, open to the public, is held at the Memorial located on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. Governor Kate Brown will be in attendance and our keynote speaker is Brenda Donner, NW Region Trustee, National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

During this year's ceremony, the name of Marshal Joseph Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon will be added to the state's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial. His name will be the 181st on the memorial that honors fallen Oregon law enforcement officers (police, corrections, and parole and probation) who have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. During the course of research on fallen peace officers from the past, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department came upon the story of Joseph Krechter, a Marshal for the City of St. Paul, who was gunned down while breaking up a bar room brawl in September 1906. His addition to the state memorial, through the historic recognition process, was unanimously approved through the historic recognition process by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training and its Police Policy Committee.

Please note the name of Deputy Gil Datan of the Coos County Sheriff's Office who died while riding an ATV on forest patrol just a few days ago will not be added during this year's ceremony. His death will be included at remarks made at the event but his name will be officially engraved and added during the 2016 memorial ceremony.

The memorial honors the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers across Oregon and the families and co-workers they left behind. It includes city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation.

Additional information Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

Additional information National Law Enforcement Memorial
http://www.nleomf.com/


Attached Media Files: Oregon Fallen LEO Memorial
Update: Pilot of Downed Plane Has Been Identified
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/30/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his office has learned the identity of the deceased body found in a recent plane crash that occurred on Mt. Tom.

On April 30, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office advised the sheriff's office that through dental records, they have positively identified the deceased, as Lee Cheshire Leslie III, 41 years old from Vancouver WA.

The wreckage has been removed from scene and the FAA is still conducting their investigation as to the cause of the crash.


Downed Airplane Found In Linn County (Photo) - 04/24/15

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his Search and Rescue Team along with air assets from the Oregon Army National Guard have located a crashed airplane on Mt. Tom. Mt. Tom is located in southern Linn County just east of Harrisburg approximately nine miles.

The crash site is located on BLM property that is heavily wooded with rough terrain.

Since learning of a missing airplane from the Creswell Airport on Wednesday, Search and Rescue members have been searching the Mt. Tom area due to the planes last known radar contact.

Today, at about 1 p.m. a helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard spotted a crashed plane. Upon relaying their coordinates to Linn County Search and Rescue ground support, SAR members found the airplane. One deceased body was found in the wreckage.

At the time of this release positive identification of the deceased and the plane have not been confirmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been advised and the investigation is continuing.
PPAO Praises House for Protecting Patient Privacy
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/30/15
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today praised the Oregon House of Representatives for passing a landmark bill that will protect patient privacy. Only one other state has taken proactive action to protect patient access to confidential health care in this way.

Oregon House Democrats demonstrated solid support for House Bill 2758, which passed by a 34-25 vote with 1 abstention. The legislation allows patients to ask insurance carriers to send communications directly to the member receiving services, not the primary policyholder. Communications from an insurer can take many forms, including Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements, an annual summary of services and claims information - and they can be sent via mail, email or other electronic means.

The bill's sponsor, Representative Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), testified on the House floor that HB 2758 will protect the privacy of a domestic violence survivor escaping an abuser who is also the policyholder for her insurance: "The EOB could be sent to the very person who she's gotten away from."

As the stepmother of a 21-year-old, Representative Williamson expressed concern that a lack of confidentiality could discourage her family members from accessing the healthcare services they need: "I would never want her not to see a healthcare provider because I, as her stepmother, would receive her EOB."

Unwanted disclosure of health information through insurance communications affects all people enrolled as a dependent in a health plan, especially minors and young adults insured on their parents' plan, survivors of domestic abuse and individuals seeking mental health care, substance abuse treatment and other sensitive services.

Access to critical healthcare services is undermined by the practice of sending details of a person's health visit to the policyholder instead of the patient themselves. Strong protections around confidentiality will ensure that all plan members can access the health care they need - leading to healthier people, healthier families and a healthier Oregon.

"We want to thank our Democratic women's health champions in the Oregon House, particularly Representative Jennifer Williamson," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "We look forward to swift consideration in the Oregon Senate so we can get this bill to Governor Brown for her signature."
MEDIA ALERT: Linn - Benton is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/30/15
--WHO--
Caring Corvallis (Linn/Benton) families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.


--WHAT--
Residents will be at Kmart in Corvallis to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 5K walk, other festivities include a Home Depot Kids' Clinic and more. The Corvallis (Linn/Benton) March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.


--WHEN--
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.


--WHERE--
Kmart in Corvallis


--INTERVIEWS--
The Deets family is walking in Corvallis at the Linn-Benton March for Babies. Their son Jackson was still born, but his twin brother Bronson was born weighing just 2lbs 3.4 oz and spent 60 days in the NICU. Today, Bronson is a strong and vibrant 7 year-old.

This year, the Deets are also walking for Bronson and Jackson's aunt, Ashley, who recently passed away.


--WHY--
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
OSBA releases statement on PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/30/15
Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, released this statement Thursday in regards to today's state Supreme Court decision on 2013 PERS legislation:

"This is a very disappointing decision. If the Legislature does not take additional action, the decision wipes out the bulk of the savings contained in the PERS legislation, which means that schools across the state are going to face significantly higher PERS costs going forward. That translates to teacher layoffs and higher class sizes. It also creates an actuarial nightmare in calculating retiree benefits for those individuals who have not yet retired.

"Our attorneys are still analyzing the decision and weighing our legal options."
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/30/15
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive a legislative update. The Board will use this meeting as an organizational work session to develop a 2015-2016 work plan. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third Floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Work plan development;
-- Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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04/29/15
Suspicious powder received at Oregon State Penitentiary determined not hazardous
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/29/15
Emergency responders determined that a white powdery substance received Monday afternoon in an envelope at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) mail room was not hazardous.

On April 29 at 1:05 p.m., the OSP mail room reported receiving the envelope with the unknown substance. The mail room area was secured. The Oregon State Police Hazardous Materials Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Salem Fire and Rescue responded to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances.

The mail room is located in a separate building on the grounds of OSP. One staff member had direct exposure and was taken to Salem Hospital. One other staff member was in the mail room at the time the substance was found, but had no direct contact. The institution is operating as normal.

OSP is a maximum-security prison in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Salem officers awarded for excellence in the field of drug use recognition (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/29/15
Officer Brian Frazzini (left) and Officer Alex Asay (right).
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Two Salem Police officers were presented with officer of the year awards by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Task Force on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Officer Brian Frazzini and Officer Alex Asay were recognized for demonstrating excellence in the field of drug impairment recognition by being active in DUII prevention through detection and prosecution.

"Three recipients were selected through a peer nomination process," said Lieutenant Keith Blair of the Patrol Division, "and we are very proud to have had two officers from our agency receive the top honors."

Both Frazzini and Asay have been certified drug recognition experts since 2006 and 2008, respectively. Officer Frazzini is also a trainer in the discipline, and teaches other officers to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

For officers to attain certification in the field of drug recognition, they must participate in competitive application process which demonstrates their skills and abilities. They must also receive a recommendation by their agency and the local prosecutor. An intensive training program prepares them for national certification through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"We appreciate the time and dedication that Officers Frazzini and Asay put into keeping our community safe," shared Blair.

The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Task Force is a nonprofit organization which provides training to state, local, and professional partners involved in the deterrence of impaired driving.

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Attached Media Files: Officer Brian Frazzini (left) and Officer Alex Asay (right).
Salem Police Ask For Assistance in Identifying Sexual Abuse Suspect (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/29/15
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Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying a suspect who grabbed a 16-year old female in a sexual manner in a Salem clothing store.

The incident occurred on April 12 at the TX Maxx clothing store located on Commercial St NE in Salem. The 16-year old victim was just exiting a fitting room at the store when the suspect approached her and touched her back. When she turned to see who had touched her, the suspect tried to engage her in conversation. The victim did the right thing and told him that she would not talk to him and turned to get away at which time he touched her in a sexual area. As she continued to try and get away he grabbed her by arm, but she was able to pull away and flee down the aisle and notify store employees. The victim was not physically injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 19 years old, approximately 5'08" tall with short dark hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt and shorts. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Jeff Staples at 503-588-6050, extension 7151.


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Many Hands Make Garden Prepared for Another Growing Season (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/15
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Each year inmates and deputies with the Marion County Sherriff's Office garden some 5 acres of land, on the west side of our Jail campus. The small patch is used to produce beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, onions, lettuce and cucumbers.

The 10 to 15 thousand pounds of food that is grown, is donated throughout the growing season to the Marion Polk Food Share. This year our garden received some much needed help from the Iverson Family Farms in Woodburn, when they drove down in one of their massive John Deere, 8520 tractors.

The monster machine was used to plow our 5 acres in less than one hour, a job that can take our staff and their tractor more than two days to complete. Sergeant James Coleman with the Sheriff's Office was quoted as saying, "Iverson Farms is an excellent example of our community coming together and making a positive impact on those less fortunate than others! Thank you Iverson Farms for your generous donation of both your time and equipment."

If you would like to see our farm it can be viewed from 4000 block of Aumsville Highway, immediately west of our jail campus.


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04/28/15
Red Cross Assisting After Fires in Eugene, Beaverton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/28/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance in response to two residential fires on the afternoon of April 28.

A single-family fire in the 1400 block of Juhl Street in Eugene, Lane County affected one adult and one child. The Red Cross provided comfort kits, blankets, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

A single-family fire in the 16900 block of SW Blanco Place in Beaverton, Washington County affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided food, comfort kits, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.
Fire crews still on scene of Eugene house fire
Eugene/Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/28/15
Fire crews remain on scene of a fire that did extensive damage to a one and half story home at 1478 Juhl St. Fire Marshals are beginning the cause and origin investigation but at this point the fire appears accidental. Occupants will be displaced for an indefinite period of time. Red Cross is on scene assisting with the initial needs of the occupants. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
*** Media Update *** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 219 at MP33 - French Prairie Road (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/28/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 219 and French Prairie Road near St. Paul.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates a green Ford Aerostar was northbound on Highway 219 near French Prairie Road when it failed to negotiate the turn and left the roadway striking a tree. The driver, identified as TODD A. DURRIN, 46, of Pacific City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP is continuing to investigate the crash and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Woodburn Fire Department.

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Rest Area east of Seaside to close Wednesday
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/28/15
SEASIDE-- The US 26 Sunset Rest Area, 31 miles east of Seaside, will be closed during daytime hours on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 4:30 p.m., the rest area, located on US 26 (Sunset Hwy.) at milepost 28.6, will be closed to allow ODOT crews to transition the facility to a new sewage system.

Electronic message boards will inform travelers of the closure.
Employers Report More Job Vancancies and Offer Higher Wages
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/28/15
Oregon businesses reported 39,400 vacancies in winter 2015, an increase of 6,600 vacancies from the prior year. The growing number of vacancies reflects the strengthening labor market across Oregon in the past year.

The average hourly wage offered for job vacancies in winter 2015 was the highest in the two-year history of the quarterly Oregon Job Vacancy Survey. The overall average wage was $17.53. That's up about $1.50 from the average of $16.05 in winter 2014.

Employers report fewer low-wage job vacancies and more high-wage vacancies. This combination is raising the average offered wage. A year ago, 61 percent of the job vacancies offered a starting wage below $15 per hour. That share is now down to just 34 percent. A year ago, 4,200 job vacancies offered at least $25 per hour. Now more than 5,000 job vacancies offer at least $25 per hour.

Health care and social assistance had the largest number of job vacancies by far, reporting almost one-quarter of the total openings. Occupations in demand included personal care aides, social and human service assistants, and registered nurses. Leisure and hospitality employers also reported many job vacancies, with recruitment for maids and housekeepers, waiters and waitresses, and cooks.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has improved geographic detail, as of this quarter. From this point forward, we'll be publishing vacancy data nine areas around the state, aligning with Oregon's re-designed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act local areas. This is the first quarter we've gathered data for these new sub-state geographies; we look forward to gathering and sharing more details about the job vacancies in different areas of the state over the coming year.

In winter 2015, the number of vacancies in each of the nine geographic areas was roughly consistent with the spread of overall employment across the state. The biggest differences were in Northwest Oregon, which had 9 percent of the vacancies compared with 5 percent of the state's employment, and in the Mid-Willamette Valley, which had 7 percent of the vacancies compared with 13 percent of the overall employment in Oregon.

About the Survey

The Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey started in May 2008 and became quarterly in 2013. This survey serves as a current indicator of hiring demand and focuses specifically on characteristics of vacancies for anyone seeking a job in Oregon. In addition to developing the estimate of total vacancies in the state, the survey also provides insights on the industries hiring, wages offered, and education required. In recent years, the survey has also asked businesses whether their vacancies are difficult to fill.

The Employment Department publishes a quarterly summary of vacancy survey results, as well as annual, more detailed reports on wages, education requirements, and the reasons why businesses have difficulty filling openings.

Survey results are based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2015 will be released in July.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the "Job Vacancy Survey" section.

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


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04/27/15
Red Cross Responds To Eugene Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/15
On Monday, April 27, 2015, at approximately 6:00 PM, Red Cross volunteers

responded to a residential fire that occurred at 15:59 in the 1300 block of Hammock Street in Eugene, Oregon.

This multi-family fire affected 4 adults, 1 child, 1 infant, and a few cats. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
Beginning May 21- FREE Chronic Disease Self-management Workshop Program in Florence
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 04/27/15
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a 6-week workshop series designed for adults with any chronic health condition, and provides helpful information and skills related to nutrition, exercise, relaxation, better communication with your doctor, and more. Having been held in the Eugene/Springfield metro area for decades, it is new to the Florence area. It is a curriculum designed by Stanford School of Medicine, and LCOG Senior and Disability Services provides the program free of charge to the community, in partnership with Trillium Community Health Plan and Lane County Public Health. Graduates will gain and practice skills in goal setting and problem solving.

The next session of Living Well with Chronic Conditions will begin May 21st from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM at Spruce Point Memory Care, 375 9th Street, Florence Oregon 97439. Registration is required- interested individuals should contact 1+(541) 682 4103 or email livingwell@lcog.org for more information or to register.


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Salem Firefighter Receives Awards (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 04/27/15
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Salem Firefighter Andy Grimmer was recently presented with the Volunteer of the Year award by the Salvation Army of Salem, Oregon. Additionally, the Salem Fire Department received the Volunteer Group of the Year, based upon the department's support of Salvation Army programs. Both awards were related to two of the Salvation Army's community outreach projects - Christmas Toys & Joy and Tools for Schools, and were presented to Andy Grimmer at the Salvation Army's Volunteer Appreciation Night on April 16.

Salem Fire's participation in the Salvation Army programs is managed and coordinated by members of Salem Professional Firefighters Local 314 under the long-term leadership of Andy Grimmer. The department has been an active supporter of the Toys & Joy program for nearly 20 years. As part of the program, collection barrels for toy donations are set up at multiple fire station locations across the community, allowing for convenient and secure drop-off points for community members to donate toys for those in need.

In addition to the annual Toys & Joy gift collection barrel coordination, Andy takes the lead role in coordinating off-duty firefighters at a toy collection event held each year at Shopko. Andy's work also includes coordinating the firefighter's involvement in the sorting and distribution of toys in our community. Combined, these two events represent more than 200 hours of volunteer work by off-duty and retired firefighters and their families each year. "Both programs are helping those with the most need in our community" said Andy Grimmer. "I am proud of the work our department has provided to benefit others."

Andy Grimmer is a 13 year veteran of the Salem Fire Department and serves as an apparatus operator/engineer and paramedic. He is also a member of the department's water rescue team, peer support team, and IAFF Local 314's benevolence team. Andy is a long time resident of the Salem/Keizer area and grew up in West Salem where he is also assigned at Fire Station 5, which is located on Glen Creek Road NW in Salem.


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Fire at 329029 Birdfoot DR, Tangent OR (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 04/27/15
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This morning at about 11:00 Tangent Fire Department responded to a building fire right down the street from the fire station located on Birdfoot DR. The address of the fire was 329029 Birdfoot DR. It quickly moved to a third alarm fire which means more resources were needed in order to extinguish the fire. One of the issues in rural areas is water supply as there are no hydrants. Several Water Tender Trucks were used to shuttle water to the scene. One person was in the building at the time of the fire but managed to escape unharmed. One firefighter was injured. The estimated loss for the building and contents is 350,000.00 and the building is a complete loss. The owner of the building is Doug Nelson from Salem and the tenants of the building were not available at the time of the fire. There was equipment and personnel from Albany Halsey, Lebanon, Corvallis and Brownsville that came to assist Tangent. The cause of the fire in unknown at this time


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Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmate Harlan Brown back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/27/15
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An inmate who escaped April 26 from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend is now in custody in the Coos County Jail. Law enforcement officials arrested Harlan Earl Brown on Monday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. near Coos Bay.

Brown is the second of two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates who escaped Sunday morning from SCCI in North Bend. Daniel Oliver Fullmer was apprehended at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016.

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Nepal Quake highlights important role of Amateur Radio Operators in disasters (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/27/15
Jamie Baxter, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Grand Ronde Police Dept., monitoring radio traffic in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise in a mobile unit at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25.
Jamie Baxter, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Grand Ronde Police Dept., monitoring radio traffic in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise in a mobile unit at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25.
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More than 300 people in 27 counties statewide participated in a radio operator exercise centered at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service "QuakeEX I" exercise took place the same day a 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Nepal.

"Oregon is due for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could be even larger than the one that struck Nepal," said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "An earthquake of that size will cut standard forms of communication, making amateur radio operators critical."

The amateur radio event hosted by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management tested amateur radio emergency communication capabilities. More than 2000 messages were sent during the exercise. The training provided an opportunity for county and state amateur radio emergency communication units to prepare for a worst case scenario like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a fault line that stretches from offshore British Columbia to California and is capable of producing large mega thrust earthquakes. Experts say there is a 40% chance of a large 9.0 or higher earthquake striking our state within the next 50 years.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service "Quake EX I" exercise is part of a larger effort to prepare for "Cascadia Rising", a large regional exercise designed to simulate a scenario like a large Cascadia Quake. Becoming a licensed amateur radio operator and preparing an emergency kit with items for up to two weeks are ways you can help prepare for a major earthquake.

More information on how you can become an amateur radio operator can be found at www.arrl.org.


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May is Wildfire Awareness Month: "Wildfire knows no season"
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/27/15
May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS:
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake - lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests and rangelands. During the 2014 season, 1.3 million acres in the Northwest were consumed by wildfire, which includes 868,399 in Oregon and 425,136 in Washington.

The total cost to date exceeds $460 million.

Closer to home, 705 human-caused fires burned around 20,000 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, nearly six times the 10-year average acres. ODF's gross large-fire costs were $75.6 million, and timber losses totaled roughly $227 million. The fires destroyed numerous homes, threatened large communities and decimated key fish and wildlife habitats.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact in keeping your home, family and community safe," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard.

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors and reduce your community wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 2. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of wildfire.

COMING SOON: MORE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH TIPS
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote a new wildfire prevention message via traditional and social media each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to prevent their outdoor activities from sparking the next wildfire. For more information, visit the websites for Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org, the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov/odf and the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center at www.nwccweb.us. Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen; https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry?fref=ts

To learn how you can help create and maintain fire-adapted communities in the Pacific Northwest, visit http://pnwfac.weebly.com/ and follow on Twitter @PNWFAC.
39th annual Spring Dance Concert to be held at WOU (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/27/15
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The annual Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert will be held May 7 through 9 in Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus nightly at 7:30 p.m. The WOU campus is located at 345 Monmouth Ave. N. in Monmouth, Ore. Admission is $12 (general), $10 (seniors) and $7 (students). For tickets and more information, please contact the Box Office at 503-838-8463.

Directed by dance professor Deborah Jones, the concert includes choreography by dance faculty, students, and this year's guest artist, Chicago choreographer, Lauren Edson. Jones said, "Every year the Spring Dance Concert reflects the unique imagination of each choreographer. Some dances reflect a collective experience, others touch our inner world, and still others focus on the pure joy and physicality of bodies moving through space together."

Faculty choreography
Deborah Jones, dance professor, choreographed "Becoming." Dedicated to students both past and present, "Becoming" is about finding your gifts and expressing the uniqueness of who you are. Darryl Thomas, professor of dance, choreographed "Men Dancing: Recycle," which is athletic, gritty and in need of Febreze. "Men Dancing" discovers the joys of recycling. "Selfie," choreographed by Valerie Bergman and Thomas, explores narcissism in our contemporary society by integrating images (selfies) and texts collected from the audience into the visual and kinesthetic elements of the dance. Through their avatar (dancer) the audience will literally see themselves (their digital images and texts) leap, spin and twirl through space as we leverage technology to create an engaging dance theatre experience. "Kou Kou," also by Thomas, is a rite of passage dance that originates from Guinea, West Africa and is danced among the Mandike and Sou Sou people. In Guinea young men and women are taken to the bush and taught the responsibilities of adulthood. When they return from their places of training they must dance the Kou Kou to show that they are ready to pass from childhood to adulthood. The Kou Kou will be performed at the Spring Dance Concert in honor of Jones, who retires in June. The final faculty choreographed piece is by adjunct dance faculty Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, who created "All Together Now." This is a jazz group work set to the sounds of French music maker St. Germain. Inspired by past and present day demonstrations of solidarity against oppression and violence world wide, the dance explores and celebrates the structures that bind us together and ignite power for change.

Student choreography
Jenni Bowker (Medford, Ore.), choreographed "Where the Wind Goes," which explores the theme of wind through movement. "Journey Once Traveled" was created by Cy Higashi (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and is a piece about traveling, experiencing life, and seeking new opportunities. Jackie Lakeberg (Beaverton, Ore.), choreographed "Seconds to Infinity," which looks at the abstract exploration of time and space with a numerical influence. "Left Unsaid," choreographed by Naomi Olson (Astoria, Ore.), is a dance about the things left unspoken throughout our lives. It could be a goodbye never spoken, an argument left unresolved, or something you wanted to say to someone but never did. It is the haunting memory of those thoughts that we leave unsaid. The final student work is "Take a Hike", created by Rachel Britt (Keizer, Ore.). This piece reflects on Britt's experience at WOU; the dance is a final farewell expressed through dance.

"When You Go That Way," a new work by Edson, is set to the hauntingly beautiful collection of songs by Andrew Bird. It explores our universal feelings of mortality and the depth to which those surrounding us impact our lives. Through vignettes of highly physical and pedestrian movement, seven individuals' paths intersect on their journeys to self-discovery and purpose. An abstract and highly physical piece, "When You Go That Way" was taken on the road to Colorado to be performed at the American College Dance Festival. The dance will be performed by WOU dancers who auditioned for the opportunity.

Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy (OR). She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She most recently danced with the highly acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project located in Boise, ID and was featured in several of McIntyre's works. Her past professional experiences include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Idaho Dance Theatre and Ballet Idaho. As a choreographer, she has won several awards and been commissioned by numerous companies and Universities throughout the nation. Her original choreography has appeared at Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Series, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The Kennedy Center, On the Boards Seattle, Dance New Amsterdam, Conduit and The McCallum Theatre. In September 2013, she established lauren
edson + dancers, which debuted to rave reviews.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 near MP 238
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/27/15
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 2:13 a.m., troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande Offices responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003, Chevy Tahoe, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 when the vehicle lost control and traveled through the median where it struck a guardrail then rolled over, coming to rest on its top blocking both westbound lanes of travel. The operator of the Tahoe, identified as STEVEN GARDNER, age 60, from Cove Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle occupant, BRYAN YEAGER, 53, of Elgin Oregon, was transported via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington with critical injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and icy conditions are being investigates as a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway remained closed for approximately four hours while Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionists assisted in conducting the investigation. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Get a jump on fire season on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/27/15
Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
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Is your home at risk of Wildfire? With the extraordinarily severe 2014 fire season still fresh in their minds, Oregonians are now focusing their efforts to protect their homes and properties against future wildfires. Get involved! Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2! Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions bring your community together and help reduce your wildfire risk.

A staggering 751,672 Oregonians (occupying about 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common: They are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space is a proven way to minimize wildfire risk. The National Firewise Communities USA Program has crucial tips for creating this "Defensible space," which simply means to:
?,? Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
?,? Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

Through its Firewise Communities Program, the National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to provide cash awards of $500 each to 65 individual projects that will be undertaken during the May 2, 2015 event. In 2014, two Oregon communities - Grants Pass and La Pine - received awards to support community preparedness events. This year awards for Oregon go to Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Mission and Ruch.

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that intermingle with forested and other undeveloped lands to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

"By working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards," she said, "you can help protect homes and even entire communities from future wildfires."

It's up to you to make that happen.


Attached Media Files: Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmate Daniel Fullmer back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/27/15
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An inmate who escaped April 26 from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend is now in custody in the Coos County Jail. Law enforcement officials arrested Daniel Oliver Fullmer on Monday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. near Lakeside.

Fullmer was one of two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates who escaped Sunday morning from SCCI in North Bend. He entered DOC custody on Oct. 16, 2014, on one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of possession of methamphetamine out of Jackson County. His earliest release date is March 22, 2016.

The second inmate, Harlan Earl Brown, is still at large. Brown is a 44-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of his escape, he was wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Brown's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

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Attached Media Files: Harlan Earl Brown , Daniel Oliver Fullmer
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for April/May, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 04/27/15
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings Schedule for April/May 2015

Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of April/May 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Smarter Balance Parent Night - April 27 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at Milner Crest
Special Board Meeting with Executive Session - April 29 at 5:30 PM - Executive Session is based on ORS192.660(2)(a) to consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. Agenda will be available at the meeting.
Superintendent's Advisory Team - May 4 at 12:00 noon
Facilities Planning Committee - May 6 at 5:30 PM. A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board.
Regular School Board Meeting - May 11 at 6:00 PM - Agenda will be posted by the Friday before the meeting.
Policy Committee - May 11 at 9:30 AM. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-8115.
Budget Committee Meetings - May 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 PM. The meetings on the 20th and 27th will be cancelled if not necessary
Special School Board Meeting - May 26th at 5:30 PM
Media Advisory: Ceremony to Honor Fallen Oregon Workers - Tuesday
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/27/15
WHAT: Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood, and Oregon AFL-CIO Tom Chamberlain will provide remarks during the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Salem. The program also includes the reading of names of Oregon workers killed on the job in 2014.

Workers Memorial Day recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job, and the more than one million people in the United States who are injured each year while at work. The observance is typically held on April 28 because on that date in 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, at noon

WHERE: Outside main entrance of the Labor and Industries Building (Capitol Mall side)
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, Ore. 97301

(Note: Audio files will be available for radio news outlets. Please contact Melanie Mesaros to request.)

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*** Media Only Update *** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/26/15
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Update:

The spelling is DANIEL OLIVER FULLMER (with two L's). The second correction is the home town of each inmate is as follows: BROWN is from the Clackamas area and FULLMER is from Jackson County.

For more detailed information on each Inmate, refer to the Oregon Department of Corrections Flash Alert. https://flashalert.net/news.html?id=1070

Original Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmates that jumped a fence and escaped at 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

DANIEL OLIVER FULLMER, age 39, and HARLAND EARL BROWN, age 44, were both wearing blue prison suits with orange stenciled lettering. FULLMER came into the facility in December and is from the Clackamas area. BROWN came into facility in September and is from Jackson County.

Anyone with information regarding the location of DANIEL OLIVER FULLMER and or HARLAND EARL BROWN is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1.
OSP is lead, being assisted by Coos Bay PD and Douglas County SO.


Attached Media Files: FULLMER , BROWN
Red Cross Response to Earthquake in Nepal
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/15
The American Red Cross continues to coordinate with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to support ongoing response and recovery efforts in Nepal. The American Red Cross has committed financial resources towards the relief efforts and our information management and GIS teams are supporting the operation. Trained American Red Cross specialists are also on standby to provide additional assistance.

The Nepal Red Cross is responding to a 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 at midday local time, the largest to hit the country since 1934. While details of the impact continue to come in, the Red Cross is working to provide first aid, search and rescue, and support to first responders. The American Red Cross is committing an initial $300,000 to the response operation and working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support.

The Nepal Red Cross is headquartered in Kathmandu and has branches in all 75 districts, more than 1,300 sub-branches, 1.1 million members, and 100,000 active volunteers. The American Red Cross has been working with the NRCS since 1999, with its first long term project, focused on earthquake preparedness in Kathmandu, dates back to 2001.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Two inmates escape from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/15
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Two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates escaped Sunday morning from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend. Oregon State Police, Coos County County Sheriff's Office, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit are responding.

SCCI staff discovered inmates Harlan Earl Brown and Daniel Oliver Fullmer missing at approximately 7:45 a.m., Sunday, April 26, after they did not check in for scheduled medical appointments. Staff found footprints near a section of the facility's boundary fence, indicating the two inmates escaped over the fence.

Brown is a 44-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Fullmer is a 39-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. They are most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016. Fullmer entered DOC custody on Oct. 16, 2014, on one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of possession of methamphetamine out of Jackson County. His earliest release date is March 22, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Brown and Fullmer's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

SCCI is a minimum-security prison in North Bend that houses approximately 286 male inmates who are within four years of release. SCCI serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. Inmates work on the institution site in the physical plant, kitchen and dining hall, warehouse, receiving and discharge, laundry, and prison grounds. Inmates also work on outside crews, primarily with the Department of Forestry, providing services throughout the year as trained wildland firefighters. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990.

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Oliver Fullmer , Harlan Earl Brown