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Linn County Firefighters Sent to California
Albany Fire Dept. - 12/06/17 5:46 AM
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Strike Teams from Oregon were deployed to the Southern California Wildfires. Linn County sent 22 firefighters, nine of which are from Albany Fire Department, to Chino, California at the request of the State of California. In addition to Albany Fire, personnel and resources from Lebanon, Sweet Home, Tangent, and Scio Fire Departments were also deployed. Philomath Fire responded from Benton County with two engines and six firefighters.

A total of ten Oregon Strike Teams were sent to California. The length of this current deployment is unknown.

Albany Police to Provide Additional DUII Enforcement Over the Holidays
Albany Police - 12/05/17 3:48 PM
The Albany Police Department will join law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon providing additional DUII enforcement during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

High visibility DUII enforcement will occur from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018. This enhanced enforcement program is paid for by dedicated funding from Oregon Impact (www.oregonimpact.org). The focus of this program is to detect and arrest impaired drivers and serve as a deterrent.

Monroe Arrest Warrant Served (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/17 5:10 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested Jose Carlos Villa-Garcia, 30, on a confirmed warrant for three sex abuse charges.

Villa-Garcia, who at the time was a Monroe Volunteer Firefighter, was originally arrested on May 15, 2016, charged with Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and Official Misconduct, after a report was made to our office about him having sexual relations with a minor.

He was released from jail with a Grand Jury date in May, 2017. When he did not appear for court, an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.

Benton County Sheriff's Office attempted numerous times to serve the warrant over the last few months. Yesterday they were successful, when three deputies arrived at his residence in Monroe to serve the warrant.

The arrestee complied and was lodged and booked at the Benton County Jail in Corvallis with a bond of $100,000.

Jose Carlos Villa-Garcia has been charged with two counts of Sex Abuse II, one Sex Abuse III offence.
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Suspect Arrested for Serious Assault at Nail Salon
Corvallis Police - 12/06/17 9:11 AM
On December 5th, 2017, at 8:13pm Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to the Corvallis Nails and Spa, at 2321 NW Kings Blvd for an assault that had just occurred. A 50-year-old Corvallis man was assaulted by a suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Than Kim of Albany. The suspect had fled the area by the time officers arrived. The victim, who was known to Kim, suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the assault. The victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by Corvallis Fire Department Paramedics. Information regarding the victim's identity and his current medical status is not available at this time.

Kim was later located and arrested in Albany with the help of the Albany Police Department. He was lodged at the Benton County Jail on a charge of Assault I. The investigation is still on going and has been assisted by Albany PD, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Philomath PD, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.


https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001892

Shop with a Cop (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 12/06/17 10:09 AM
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On Saturday, December 9, 2017, deputies and officers from local law enforcement agencies will be dashing down the aisles of Walmart to help provide a brighter holiday for some foster children in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department, Myrtle Creek Police Department, Winston Police Department and Oregon State Police will be participating in the annual "Shop with a Cop" from 8:45 -- 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Twenty-five foster children have been selected and will be paired up with a police officer and given money to buy Christmas gifts for their families. The officers help the children pick out gifts for their family and then help wrap them. Before leaving, each child is given their own gift and a filled stocking.

Our goal is to help make the holiday season happier for these children and to give them the opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive setting.

We would like to thank Roseburg Walmart for hosting this event and Christmas for Kids Douglas County for their generous donation of $2000 to help fund this very special program.

Shop with a Cop is funded through local law enforcement employee donations and public donations. Donations to sustain the program are greatly appreciated and can be sent to Douglas County Shop with a Cop, C/O Greater Douglas United Way, 702 SE Jackson Street, Roseburg, OR 97470.



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Eugene Springfield Fire Graduates Largest Recruit Academy in Department History (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 12/08/17 9:00 AM
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Eugene Springfield Fire is currently facilitating the department's largest ever recruit Firefighter/Paramedic Academy. The group originally began with 19 Firefighter/Paramedic trainees (normal academies are 10-12 at most), 15 will successfully complete the program today, Friday, December 8, 2017. Recruits have learned the fundamentals of firefighting and paramedicine over the last 14 weeks. They have participated in live fire burns, simulated medical emergencies, driving simulators, classroom, and practical application of fire theory and modern firefighting techniques. In addition to the certifications they will have earned, they will also have received orientation and been checked off on all Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical protocols and procedures they need to be part of an ambulance crew. Eugene Springfield Fire's Training Staff has been working long hours to accommodate this large group of trainees and has done an outstanding job training each recruit these past 14 weeks.

Graduation ceremony to be held December 8, 2017, at
1:30 p.m., Emergency Services Training Center, 1705 West 2nd Avenue.



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FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against Holiday Scams (part 2)
FBI - Oregon - 12/05/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against holiday scams.

Last week, we talked about how to protect your bank account from scam artists in this shopping season. This week -- a look at other frauds that will put your festivities in a funk.

Chances are that you are getting fewer Christmas cards than you used to -- and when you do, they are just as likely to be the electronic kind as opposed to those that show up in the mailbox at the curb. In some cases, these e-cards don't even say who sent them. Don't click on any links or attachments, even if you think you know who addressed them to you. Even the most well-meaning friends and family can inadvertently send malware with their wishes for joy and happiness.

Next, scam artists are looking to take advantage of your good nature in this giving season. All kinds of legitimate non-profits are asking for donations to give kids gifts, collect for the homeless or help with the recent tragedy. Charity scams, especially this time of year, may try to look legit by copying the look or links from these real organizations. Don't click on any of those links or give to an online solicitation. Go look up the charity yourself, ensure that it is real and make a donation, if you wish, through that public web portal.

Package delivery scams are a real problem this time of year, too. If you get multiple shipments to your home -- sometimes daily -- you may forget what you ordered when. In this scam, the fraudster texts or emails you to tell you there was a problem with a package delivery. He may ask for a "redelivery fee" -- or the link you just clicked on is a "phishing" attack where you have given the scammer access to your computer. Keep track of what you bought and when it should be delivered. If you receive such a notice from a delivery company -- don't respond to the text or email -- call the company directly to resolve any issues.

In a twist to this scam -- you pay for an item, but the seller takes your money and never sends you the package. He spoofs a tracking number and makes it look as if a delivery company dropped the package at your home. You assume someone stole the item from your front porch. In this case, make sure you check with the delivery company to ensure that your address matches the tracking company's info.

Finally -- after all this holiday stress, you may be looking to get away for some R & R. This is the perfect time for the fraudster to pitch you on a cheap vacation to a luxury resort. The plane tickets and hotel stay may not be real, or you may get to the so-called resort and find out it wasn't the lavish treat you were expecting. If you need a tropical escape -- make sure to deal with mainstream airline companies and travel agents to ensure you get the trip you need.

If you have been a victim of a cyber scam, make sure to file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Next week -- we will talk about the risks of asking Santa to put "Internet of Things" devices on your wish list this holiday season.


Note to media: If you are using the Spanish or Russian translations, please advise Beth Anne Steele. We are working to determine whether these translations are beneficial.



Attached Media Files: TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - SPANISH Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - SPANISH Written , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - RUSSIAN Written

Two Lodged for Robbery with Shots Fired (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 12:24 PM
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SHADY COVE -- A man and woman are lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges associated with a robbery involving a firearm. The incident occurred late Thursday night in the parking lot of the Chase Bank in Shady Cove.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11:57 p.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Chase Bank. The caller reported a man had shot out the tires of her vehicle with a high-powered rifle, and then left in a vehicle on Highway 62 toward Butte Falls. Dispatch also received calls from neighbors reporting the sound of several gunshots.

An Eagle Point Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle, a gold Lexus sedan, on Butte Falls Highway and initiated a traffic stop. The suspected shooter, Kevin Don Anderson, Jr., 20, of Eagle Point, and the driver of the vehicle, Bridgett Wallace, 23, of Shady Cove, were taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun from the vehicle.

At the scene of the shooting, deputies learned the victim vehicle, which was occupied by two women, was parked in front of the Chase Bank ATM when they were confronted by the suspects. Anderson fired several shots, striking the vehicle. Nobody was injured.

Deputies say the suspects and victims were known to each other. The incident apparently began as a dispute over money between Anderson and one of the victims. The two were previously involved in a relationship.

Following the investigation, deputies lodged Anderson and Wallace in the Jackson County Jail. Charges against Anderson include robbery in the second degree, attempted robbery in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing (two counts), recklessly endangering another person (two counts), criminal mischief in the first degree, and coercion. Wallace is charged with robbery in the second degree.


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Focused Patrol Yields Multiple Citations, Arrests (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 9:35 AM
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MEDFORD - On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, day shift deputies spent a few hours focusing on speed violations on North Foothill Road. In addition to three citations for speeding, deputies issued two citations for cell phone use, and six for driving while suspended (violation). Two people were arrested for driving while suspended (misdemeanor), including the driver of the red Honda pictured.

A passenger in that car ran away during the traffic stop. A deputy chased him over a quarter of a mile and arrested him (extra thanks to the citizen who helped slow him down!). The suspect was identified as Guillermo Ishtar Guitron III, 26, of Medford. Guitron had a felony warrant for parole violation.

K9 Jack was deployed around the car and alerted to the presence of drugs. Deputies found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The driver, Bill Wesley Spencer, Jr., 23, and a female passenger, Patricia Gaylynn Coggins, 21, were arrested and lodged in jail for probation violation.

Keep an eye out for more focused patrols on North Foothill Road and in other problem areas of the county. If you would like to see deputies focus on a particular traffic problem in your neighborhood, feel free to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206 to request extra patrol.

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Attached Media Files: Suspect vehicle , Patrol cars on Foothill Rd.

Lebanon Fire District Sends Five Personnel To Assist California Firefighters
Lebanon Fire District - 12/06/17 8:58 AM
Five firefighters from the Lebanon Fire District are currently en route to Southern California as members of a Linn and Benton County task force to help battle fast moving wild fires throughout the region. They are bringing with them one Type 3 fire engine and one Type 6 brush vehicle.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are enroute to assist with the latest wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams that are enroute from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams are being ordered and will be enroute later today.

Kitchen Fire Strikes Popular Lebanon Breakfast Restaurant (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 12/06/17 7:39 AM
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An early morning fire halted operations at Kevin's Café in Lebanon, 40 W. Maple Street, on Wednesday morning. The fire was contained to the stove top thanks to the quick response of the cook on duty and crews from the Lebanon Fire District.

As an employee was preparing gravy for the morning breakfast crowd she noticed a small fire had started beneath the burners of the stove top. An attempt was made to snuff the fire with salt but it was growing quickly and beginning to climb the back wall into the hood system. A fire extinguisher was used but it became clear that the fire was growing too large and the employee evacuated the building while dialing 911.

An engine, truck company, medic unit, and Battalion Chief were dispatched at 5:13 a.m. The first arriving unit reported light smoke from the structure and the truck company laddered the roof to check for extension. Firefighters stretched lines into the restaurant and extinguished the fire before continuing to check for hot spots and extension. There were no civilian injuries and damage was limited to the stove and backsplash, with some minor smoke and water damage.

The hood suppression system did not activate, and LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen states that this is likely because of the extinguisher use coupled with the quick response from Lebanon firefighters. LFD's investigation of the fire revealed that grease had been built up beneath the gas burners and was ignited by the burners flame. There was enough grease accumulation on the stove top and backsplash to allow the fire to quickly spread up towards the hood system.

Bolen stressed that it is critical for commercial kitchens to properly maintain their fire suppression systems and have their hoods professionally cleaned at least every 6 months, or every 3 months for kitchens with heavy frying or extended hours. The Lebanon Fire District's Fire & Life Safety Division tracks all commercial fire suppression system maintenance and hood cleanings to ensure compliance with the Oregon Fire Code's requirements. Bolen stated that in this case the hood system was properly charged and the hood was due for its scheduled cleaning next month. All fire extinguishers were also properly maintained within the restaurant.

Failure to maintain commercial services can lead to fines or service fees from fire authorities, and restaurant owners who have questions about code requirements are encouraged to contact the fire district for more information. The Lebanon Fire District also offers free fire extinguisher training to businesses and the public. Contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster to schedule a class.

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD



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Tip of the Week 11, 2017 - Protecting Pets in Winter
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 11:57 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - - PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER

Date: December 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER

Winter is a time we should pay close attention to the safety of our pets. Here are some safety tips to follow:

1. Pets that live outdoors should be fed a bit more in the winter because they need the extra calories to stay warm. They also should have fresh water put out a couple of times a day, or consider a special bowl that prevents the water from freezing.

2. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature. Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws.

3. When walking your dog in freezing conditions, check the paws to make sure that ice is not building up between the toes and that salt or gravel from the roads is not irritating the skin.

4. If your dog is a swimmer, keep it on a leash around open water or unstable ice. Hypothermia can set in quickly and the dog may be unable to get out of the water.

5. Before you start your car, ensure no animals have decided to nap in a warm spot under the hood of the vehicle.

6. If decorating for the holidays, keep ornaments out of the reach of your pets. Remember that poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and other plants can be toxic if ingested.

7. Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat. It has a sweet taste and even a tiny amount can cause severe kidney damage and even death. If you spill anti-freeze, soak it up immediately. (Clay kitty litter works well and discard the litter once the anti-freeze has been absorbed.)

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

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Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
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Drunk Driver Arrested after Driving into House (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/10/17 10:32 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports last night at 10:25 p.m., his deputies responded to a reported non-injury motor vehicle crash on Hayden Road in Lebanon.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2017 Dodge Ram1500 pickup had crashed into a house. The vehicle drove through the front window and came to rest in the living room. Only the rear portion of the pickup was sticking out of the house.

Fortunately, just prior to the crash, the residents had gone to bed and were not in the front portion of the house. Deputies identified the driver as Haven Austin Hansen (22) of Lebanon and his passenger as Leif Jacob Erickson (27) of Sweet Home. Deputies determined alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hansen was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and driving while suspended misdemeanor. The blood alcohol content for Hansen was almost three times the legal limit. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

The Lebanon Fire Department assisted the family in boarding up the front portion of the home.

The investigation is continuing.



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Man Arrested After Woman Asks Patrons to Call For Help (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/17 7:58 PM
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Today around 1:00 p.m., deputies were called to Dick's Sporting Goods on Lancaster Drive NE, after a woman mouthed the words "help me" to several patrons inside of the store. When deputies arrived they contacted a woman, her minor child and Christopher Hahn-Collins, age 25, of Salem.

From their investigation deputies and detectives believe that Mr. Hahn-Collins came to the woman's south east Salem home late Friday afternoon where he broke in and waited. After the family arrived home Mr. Hahn-Collins held the victim and her minor child at knife point over night and into the next day. The following day the victim convinced the suspect to take her to Dick's Sporting Goods where she was able to mouth the words "help me" to several patrons inside the store.

Detectives do not believe that Mr. Hahn-Collins knew the victim at the time of her kidnapping. Mr. Hahn-Collins has been lodged at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Kidnapping 1 x 2, Menacing, Burglary 1, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Giving False Information to the Police and a Parole Violation Warrant for Sex Abuse.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking any information regarding Mr. Hahn-Collins.
Your tips can be made by calling 503 540 8079 or by using our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further information pertaining to the investigation or the victims.

Booking image provided is from a past booking at the Marion County Jail



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Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Two Daytime Burglary Suspects after Homeowner Catches Them on Camera and Calls 911 (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 5:02 PM
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This morning at 8:50 a.m., The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the 8000 block of Squirrel Hill Rd Se on a report of a male and female attempting to break into a home. The homeowner was at work and received a notification from his Ring Video Doorbell device. He logged into his app and could see the male at his front door trying to kick and pry the door open. He immediately called 911 and reported the incident.

Deputies arrived on scene and initially did not see anyone at the residence. Traffic Safety Team Deputy Andrew Derschon was checking the area nearby and located a male and female near a vehicle on Sunnyside Rd SE matching the original description given by the victim. The 38-Year old male was identified as Apollo Charles Biggs of Portland and 38-Year old female Sheryl Annette Loschiavo of Portland.

Both individuals were detained and arrested on the following charges:

Apollo Charles Biggs:

- Attempted Burglary 1
- Criminal Mischief 2
- Parole Violation / Warrant

Sheryl Annette Loschiavo:

- Conspiracy
- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
- Attempted Burglary 1

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance on scene. This will be an ongoing investigation.

If you have been a victim of theft or burglary in the nearby area please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency line at 503.588.5032.


The Sheriff's Office would like to offer these safety tips to keep your home safe and secure especially during the holiday season:

Tip #1 -- Keep your travel plans offline, if you are going to be away from your home it is best to keep travel plans off of social media.

Tip #2- Let someone you trust know you will be away and to check on your home periodically.

Tip #3- Hide all holiday gifts out of plain sight and do not let packages stay on your front porch for extended periods of time.

Tip #4 -- Lighting is very important; make sure all outside lighting is in good working order.

Tip #5 -- Make sure to keep all doors and windows locked.



Booking Photos are attached

Video Available, at the link below

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Notice of Correction on Natural Gas Leak on NE 4th Street - Newport, OR
Newport Fire Department - 12/07/17 2:25 PM
Our previous press release incorrectly said the construction crew working on the Bay/Moore Storm Sewer Replacement Project accidently cut through a 1 ?1/2-inch gas line buried under the street.

It was broken when a portion of the trench, the construction crew was digging out, slid into the trench tearing the service line from the main line.

We apologize for the mistake.

Newport Fire Department
541-265-9461

Natural Gas Leak on SE 4th Street
Newport Fire Department - 12/07/17 1:53 PM
At 7:59 AM on Thursday, December 07, 2017, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a natural gas leak at 724 SE 4th Street in Newport. A construction crew working on the Bay/Moore Storm Sewer Replacement Project accidently cut through a 1 ?1/2-inch gas line buried under the street.

Fire and police personnel limited access to SE 4th Street between SE Harney and SE Fogarty Street along with SE Fogarty Street between SE 2nd Street and SE 5th Street. Four homes, and 12 people located immediately downwind were safely evacuated. Yaquina View School was asked to keep their students indoors during this incident as a safety precaution.

Newport Fire Department received assistance from Newport Police Department and Newport Public Works Department. Newport Fire Department responded with two fire engines, one rescue truck, two chief officers and ten firefighters. After about an hour, Northwest Natural Gas Operations crews were able to turn off the flow of gas without further incident

Newport Fire Department
541-265-9461

Update on Oregon strike teams assisting with the California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/07/17 11:58 AM
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The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources have been assigned to either the Thomas Fire (seven Oregon strike teams) burning near Ventura, California, or the Creek Fire (eight Oregon strike teams) burning near Sylmar, California. They are very busy currently working on their assignments. Total Oregon deployment: 269 personnel and 75 apparatus.

"Today's forecasted weather will be a test to all firefighters and residents with winds expected at up to 60 mph," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "These winds are expected to last through Friday, possibly diminishing over the weekend and picking back up again at the beginning of next week."

California OES reports the Thomas Fire is at 96,000 acres and 5% contained, and the Creek Fire is at 12,605 acres and 10% contained.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.



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Oregon State Fire Marshal sends equipment and personnel to assist with California wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/06/17 8:42 AM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are enroute to assist with the latest wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams that are enroute from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams are being ordered and will be enroute later today.

Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Cottage Grove Man on Highway 99S at Milepost 10 - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/08/17 11:50 AM
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On December 7, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99S near milepost 10 (Two and a half miles north of Cottage Grove).

The preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2002 Honda, operated by Dillon Eugene PRIVITT, age 22, of Cottage Grove, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons lost control and crossed into the path of an oncoming southbound white 1995 Ford Taurus, operated by Brittney Faye BURNFIELD, age 21, of Cottage Grove. The Honda impacted the Ford and PRIVITT was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel. BURNFIELD was transported to Riverbend Hospital with serious injuries and is cooperating with the investigation.

Highway 99S was closed for approximately four hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response, the Cottage Grove Police Department, and South Lane Rural Fire.

Safety belts have shown to significantly reduce serious injury or death and the risk for occupant ejection in motor vehicle crashes. For more safety tips visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/index.aspx
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OSP Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Vehicle versus Juvenile Bicyclist on Highway 99S at Milepost 10.5 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 8:00 AM
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 6:00 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Highway 99S near milepost 10.5 (Three miles north of Cottage Grove).

The preliminary investigation revealed a 13-year-old male juvenile was riding a bicycle on Highway 99S when he was struck by a southbound 2002 GMC 2500 pickup, operated by Richard L. PERINI, age 85, of Creswell. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel. PERINI is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Highway 99S was closed for three hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response, Lane County Sheriff's Office, the Cottage Grove Police Department, and South Lane Rural Fire.

No photos are available for release and this is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.

Two-Vehicle Crash Seriously Injures a Lyons Man on Highway 226 at Milepost 21 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/17 12:41 PM
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On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at about 11:25 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on crash on Hwy 226 at milepost 21 (near Lyons).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Honda Civic, operated by James Ismael ESCOBAR GUNN, age 17, of Lyons, was traveling westbound when for unknown reasons, veered into the eastbound lane of travel and was struck by an orange 2006 Kenworth log truck, operated by Orville Kenneth TOBEY III, age 52, of Stayton.

ESCOBAR GUNN suffered serious injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment. TOBEY III reported minor injuries but was treated at the scene.

Hwy 226 was completely closed for about two and a half hours until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Lyons Fire and Medics, Lebanon Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.



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Medical
Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth collaborate with ShelterCare to address homelessness in Lane County
PeaceHealth - 12/06/17 10:25 AM
As part of an ongoing collaboration by Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth to address community health needs in Lane County, the two organizations are partnering with ShelterCare to support some of the most vulnerable residents in the county.

Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth are jointly contributing more than $590,000 to ShelterCare for the creation of a transitional housing program that will provide emergency, short-term housing to Lane County residents who are homeless and battling severe mental illness or medical conditions.

The funds will help ShelterCare transition participants to affordable, permanent housing within six months to a year and address root causes of homelessness by providing health and social support services, including mental health services, primary care placement, money management training and employment assistance.

"We are embarking on this very critical endeavor to meet a very critical need in our community. And, it's through powerful collaborations such as this that we are to provide bridge housing for this vulnerable population until permanent housing can be secured. This is important because safe, affordable housing has been proven to increase opportunities for positive health outcomes," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive, PeaceHealth Oregon. "This is about access - access to housing, medical care, behavioral health support and other services."

"Safe housing is a key determinant of health," said Imelda Dacones, MD, president and CEO, Northwest Permanente, P.C. "There are too many people who end up in the hospital sicker than they would have been because of lack of housing."

"With PeaceHealth and trusted community partners, we are addressing an urgent need in Lane County," said Janet O'Hollaren, chief operating officer, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "We will provide short-term emergency housing for people with behavioral health challenges, and ongoing assistance to help them find permanent housing."

According to Lane County's 2017 Annual Homeless Point in Time Count, more than 1,500 individuals were reported as homeless, with 45 percent struggling with behavioral health issues or substance abuse disorders.

ShelterCare, with its proven results of assisting more than 1,200 adults annually with severe mental illness or medical conditions, is uniquely suited to address the housing and support needs of the community. More than 70 percent of families facing homelessness who complete ShelterCare's current programs move on to stable housing. The new program will directly address the ongoing affordable housing crisis in Lane County, which has created extremely limited vacancies and multi-year waitlists.

"Lane County governments and non-profit service partners have passionately and collaboratively worked to end homelessness for nearly three decades, said Susan Ban, executive director of ShelterCare. "In spite of the social and economic factors that fuel a growing homelessness crisis, our community has made progress and hosts several exciting models that work. In just the past year, our shared embrace of yet another new approach demonstrated improved housing outcomes while measuring a significant cost savings to the community.

"This Kaiser Permanente - PeaceHealth grant will facilitate a new leap forward toward even greater successes by providing additional housing for people with severe mental illnesses or medical conditions. The grant will act as a bridge to permanent supportive housing. Accessing housing is the key to unlocking the effectiveness of other community service supports."

As part of this initiative, Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth will work closely with ShelterCare and other community agencies to develop a plan to collaboratively address longer-term transitional housing needs in Lane County.

The initiative with ShelterCare is the first of several planned community health initiatives by Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth. In November, the two organizations announced a collaboration to increase access to care and improve health in Lane County. Other focus areas include access to dental care for people in need, strengthening school-based health centers, and workforce development efforts to support community health workers.

More community health initiatives supporting Lane County nonprofits will be announced in the coming months.

About ShelterCare
Founded in 1970, ShelterCare is a private, nonprofit human-services agency directed by a board of community volunteers. ShelterCare offers a range of housing solutions combined with support services for vulnerable community members who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. The organization strives to ensure everyone has access to stable, affordable housing and the support to live as fully and independently as possible. Prevention, outreach and housing services are complemented by behavioral health services and social service case management support to promote housing stability and personal well-being. "ShelterCare enriches lives through exceptional services that nurture hope, opportunity and dignity."

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 570,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

Federal
Secretary Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, Adding Three New Monuments
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 12/05/17 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- Today, in accordance with President Donald J. Trump's April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

Recommendations Secretary Zinke made in the final report included the following:

Keep federal lands federal - the report does not recommend that a single acre of federal land be removed from the federal estate. If land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and will be managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation

Add three new national monuments - Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

Modify the boundaries and management of four monuments - Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, Cascade-Siskiyou, and Gold Butte National Monuments

Expand access for hunting and fishing - Maintain an ongoing review to ensure public access to encourage more hunting and fishing in monuments

"America has spoken and public land belongs to the people," said Secretary Zinke. "As I visited the Monuments across this country, I met with Americans on all sides of the issue -- from ranchers to conservationists to tribal leaders -- and found that we agree on wanting to protect our heritage while still allowing public access to public land. My recommendations to the President reflect that, in some circumstances, proclamations should be amended, boundaries revised, and management plans updated."

FACT VS FICTION: Antiquities Act and Monument Review

Myth: No president has shrunk a monument.
False: Monuments have been reduced at least eighteen times under presidents on both sides of the aisle. Some examples include President John F. Kennedy excluding Bandelier National Monument, Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge reducing Mount Olympus National Monument, and President Eisenhower reducing the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Myth: The monument review will sell/transfer public lands to states.
False: This is not true. The Secretary adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands. The Antiquities Act only allows federal land to be reserved as a national monument. Therefore, if any monument is reduced, the land would remain federally owned and would be managed by the appropriate federal land management agency, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service (NPS).

Myth: Removing the monument designation from land will leave Native American artifacts and paleontological objects subject to looting or desecration.
False: This is not true. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

Myth: The monument review will close/sell/transfer national parks.
False: No national parks are under review.

Myth: The review was done without meeting advocates for national monuments.
False: The Secretary visited eight monuments in six states and personally hosted more than 60 meetings attended by hundreds of local stakeholders. Attendees included individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate ranging from environmental organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy to county commissioners and, residents, and ranchers who prefer multiple use of the land.

Myth: Tribal Nations were not consulted.
False: This is patently false. Before traveling to Utah, the Secretary met with Tribal representatives in his office. On his first day in Utah in May, the Secretary met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City, for just under two hours. Throughout the four-day survey of the Utah monuments, the Secretary also met with local Tribal representatives who represent different sides of the debate. The Secretary also met with Tribal representatives for their input on several other monuments from Maine to New Mexico to Oregon and everywhere in between. Additionally, the Department hosted several Tribal listening sessions at the Department and across the country, including a four hour session with the Acting Deputy Secretary on May 30th.

State
CANCELLATION! Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 19, has been canceled
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:47 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting, originally planned for Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, has been canceled.

Agenda items planned for this event will be covered during next month's regular meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:24 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, council annual report final review, HB 3359 rule development update, other rule updates, and council business.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number that can also be accessed through Skype for Business: 1 503-934-1400; Participant Code: 1007451.

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

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us.

About the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council: The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community based care services.

The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet Tuesday, December 19, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/17 10:46 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.

People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-808-6929 Access code: 4517555.

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

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, December 14, in Keizer
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/06/17 9:55 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday December 14, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. at 3406 Cherry Ave, Room 123, Keizer. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: Goal setting for 2018, new applicant interview, liaison reports, updates on the AAA State and Mid-Columbia plans, discussion regarding tracking service priority level changes, and an APD and ONE Eligibility system update from the APD Director.

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

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

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lorrie Hocker back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/08/17 4:49 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate who walked away from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) work crew in Wilsonville Monday morning is now in custody.

Tualatin Police Department arrested Lorrie Marie Hocker on Friday, December 8, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m.

"The Department of Corrections thanks Tualatin Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the public for all of the tips, investigation, and hard work leading to Hocker's arrest. It's partnerships like these that help all of us to meet our mission of protecting the public, and we are pleased she is safe and back in custody," stated DOC Inspector General Craig Prins.

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Inmate fugitive from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility spotted in Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/07/17 10:46 AM
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UPDATEFUGITIVE SEEN IN TUALATINCALL 503-569-0734 WITH ANY INFORMATION

A minimum-custody inmate walked away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at 6:50 a.m. from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She was on the way to a work assignment in Salem riding in a van, when she opened a door and fled.

Inmate Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, is a white female, 5 ft. 3 in. weighing 145 lbs. She has blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" stenciled on the knee in orange, a blue T-shirt, sweatshirt, and coat similarly stenciled.

She was admitted to CCCF on Sept. 12, 2017, on two counts of coercion out of Montana and one count of felony assault out of Lane County. She was scheduled for release in July, 2018.

The Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Oregon State Police are investigating. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, textiles, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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County advisory group to state forestry meets Dec. 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/05/17 10:40 AM
Date: Dec. 5, 2017

Contact:
Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief, Salem, 503-945-7351


SALEM, Ore - The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee's agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and Board Chair Tom Imeson, as well as the following topics.

Board of Forestry Work Plan
Forest Management Plan project
Division updates
o Return on asset value
o Trask Paired Watershed Study
o Recreation Access Pass for disabled veterans

Committee members will also formulate the committee's testimony for the upcoming Board of Forestry meeting on Jan. 3, 2018. The meeting agenda is available on the department's web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

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

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet Dec. 11 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/05/17 11:49 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St. Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. 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.

Department of Revenue Coos Bay office closing permanently
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/07/17 3:58 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue's Coos Bay satellite office will close permanently due to the retirement of the office's only staff member. The last operating day for the office will be December 28, 2017.

"We look forward to continuing to support taxpayers with our services online, by phone, and in our Eugene and Medford field offices," said JoAnn Martin, administrator of the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.

Taxpayers who used the satellite office's services are encouraged to visit www.oregon.gov/dor to find field-office contact information, call the department's main office in Salem toll-free at (800) 356-4222, or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for assistance.

There are also a number of self-service options available through the department's new web application, Revenue Online. With an account, taxpayers can view their account details, make payments, view letters from the department, and correspond securely with staff. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor for more information or to sign up for a Revenue Online account.

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Oregon sees gains in access to HIV prevention, treatment medications
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 2:38 PM
December 6, 2017

But too few Oregonians are getting tested, 'End HIV' progress report says

Increased access to viral suppression medication that makes a person living with HIV less infectious, and to medication that prevents infection in the first place, are helping lay the groundwork for eliminating new transmissions in Oregon, according to a new report.

The End HIV Oregon Annual Progress Report was released Dec. 1--World AIDS Day--a year after the initiative's launch. It shows steady progress has been made in the last year toward its goal of stopping new HIV infections by 2021. But the report also shows not enough Oregonians are getting tested, which would help them know what prevention and treatment services they need.

The 2017 Progress Report is available at the End HIV Oregon website, https://www.endhivoregon.org/, under "Downloads" at the bottom of the main page.

The initiative is helping more people get antiretroviral medication that reduces their risk of sexually transmitting the disease. About 76 percent of people with HIV in Oregon are now virally suppressed due to programs such as CAREAssist, which helps pay insurance premiums and pharmacy co-pays, and saw a 5 percent increase in the number of clients it serves. An OHA-funded Multnomah County effort also expanded housing support to people with HIV. And program improvements make it easier for people to access and maintain HIV medical care, such as ensuring all Oregonians with HIV who earn up to 2.5 times the federal poverty limit are eligible for services that help them adhere to HIV medications.

End HIV Oregon also made advances since 2016 in HIV prevention through efforts to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP. It beat its goal of adding 100 new medical providers to a PrEP provider directory to begin offering it to individuals most in need, such as partners of HIV-positive people, and men who have sex with men testing positive for syphilis. PrEP also is covered by the Oregon Health Plan.

An estimated one in four Portland-area men who have sex with men are believed to now be taking PrEP. In 2016 the number of providers prescribing PrEP or people taking it was not known.

"We've accomplished a lot in the last year with the help of community HIV service providers across the state, including getting more pre-exposure prophylaxis medication into the hands of individuals at greater risk, and making sure people living with HIV can access antiretroviral medication," says Sean Schafer, M.D., medical director for HIV programs at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "But people need to know their HIV status, and testing does that."

In addition to a focus on testing, prevention and treatment, End HIV Oregon aims to ensure all people living with HIV have access to high-quality care, free from stigma and discrimination. OHA leads the effort, with partners that include the statewide Integrated HIV/Viral Hepatitis/STI Planning Group; Cascade AIDS Project; Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living; EMO HIV Day Center; HIV Alliance; public health departments in Clatsop, Deschutes, Lake, Lane, Malheur and Multnomah counties; Oregon Centers for Independent Living; Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center; Our House; Partnership Project; and Quest Center.

Strides have been made in testing. Six local public health departments were awarded funding to provide HIV early intervention services and outreach in 13 Oregon counties. In addition, OHA and the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center, along with several major health systems, began working together to identify policies, procedures and tools to support routine HIV testing within health systems.

Still, only 35 percent of adult Oregonians have ever been tested for HIV. The goal: 100 percent.

"We can get to 100 percent, but we must double down on finding innovative ways to improve testing in the next four years," Schafer says.

For more information about End HIV Oregon, visit the program's website at https://www.endhivoregon.org/.

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2017 Progress Report download: https://www.endhivoregon.org/s/OHA_ENDHIV_Collateral_2017ProgressReport.pdf

Health advisory lifted December 6 for Coffenbury Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 11:06 AM
December 6, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae, toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued July 28 for Coffenbury Lake located at Fort Stevens State Park, about a half-mile from Northwest Ridge Road near Warrenton in Clatsop County.

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

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state, federal and local agencies. Therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe.

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

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

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Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets December 13
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 10:17 AM
December 6, 2017

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: Annual report; outbreaks update 2017; exemptions; data priorities; infection control guidance for animals in health care facilities; discussion; public comment

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the HAI program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities. More information is available on the program's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Prevention/Pages/Meetings.aspx.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, roza.p.tammer@state.or.us

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Roza Tammer at 971-637-1074, 711 TTY or roza.p.tammer@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Resending: New survey shows 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/17 2:46 PM
Resending to correct Jeremy Vandehey's quote.

December 5, 2017

Federal actions could reduce coverage, officials warn

Nearly 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority. The findings come from the biennial Oregon Health Insurance Survey, which asks people in 9,000 Oregon households about insurance coverage, access to care and health care use.

The survey, conducted between March and August of 2017, found that nearly 3.7 million Oregonians have health coverage. That's an increase of 10 percentage points since 2014 when the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate went into effect.

While levels of insurance coverage in Oregon remain stable since the previous survey in 2015, state officials expressed concern that recent federal changes jeopardize Oregon's ability to sustain current coverage rates.

This year the federal government shortened the open enrollment period for individual coverage by six weeks. In addition, Congress has failed to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers approximately 120,000 children in the state.

"With less than two weeks left of open enrollment, now is the time for Oregonians to shop and enroll in 2018 health insurance before the Dec. 15 deadline," said Jean Straight, acting director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. "This is the only chance for most individuals to enroll in health insurance for 2018 and missing the Dec. 15 deadline could lead to them being uninsured for all of 2018."

Jeremy Vandehey, acting director of health policy for the Oregon Health Authority, agrees with Straight's concerns.

"The percentage of people in Oregon with health insurance remains above the national average, but we worry that proposals at the federal level could significantly increase our uninsured rate or shift costs to Oregon and other states," Vandehey said. "One example of this is Congress' failure to renew federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. We are using state funds to continue CHIP coverage through April, but are counting on Congress to renew federal funding and prevent a disruption of care."

According to the Oregon Health Insurance survey released today, nearly half (47 percent) of Oregonians are covered by private group policies. More than one-quarter of Oregonians (26 percent) receive health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, which includes Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment program. Another 15 percent have Medicare coverage; 5 percent have individual coverage and 6 percent are uninsured.

There was a decrease of 0.9 percentage points in the number of Oregonians who have health insurance from 2015 to 2017. The decrease is not statistically significant, and likely reflects changes in the way the data was collected and analyzed in 2017 versus earlier years. In 2017 the analytic team used a more sophisticated method of collecting and weighting the data, which likely represents a more accurate picture of the number of people insured in the state.

Other highlights of the 2017 Oregon Health Insurance Survey:

-- The proportion of Oregonians with gaps in health coverage remained the same from 2015-2017
-- Health insurance coverage differs by age
-- Younger adults are less likely to have coverage compared to older adults
-- About 88 percent of young adults in Oregon have health coverage

Read the full report on the Oregon Health Authority website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/InsuranceData/2017-OHIS-Early-Release-Results.pdf.

Oregonians who need individual coverage have until December 15 to sign up for individual coverage through HealthCare.gov.

Oregonians who are eligible for Medicaid benefits can enroll anytime during the year through the OregONEligibility website at https://one.oregon.gov/.

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Marine Board Denies Petition, Adopts Rules, Approves Grant
Oregon Marine Board - 12/05/17 1:22 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board held a special Board meeting on December 5 via teleconference at the Marine Board office in Salem. The meeting was held to discuss a petition for rulemaking on Lake Billy Chinook to comply with petition timelines. Additionally, the Board considered a grant request to repair two floating restrooms on Lake Billy Chinook and adopted rules for the aquatic invasive species program.

The Board denied a petition received on October 2, 2017, requesting rulemaking to adopt a new rule to establish a no wake zone in the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook, as well as prohibit unauthorized anchoring, mooring or beaching of a vessel in the area. The Board passed a motion to initiate rulemaking in OAR 250-020-0161, Boat Operations in Jefferson County, to address boat operation in the Fly Creek Inlet area of Lake Billy Chinook.

Additionally, the Board moved to adopt Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Rules, OAR 250-010-0650, that allows commercial businesses and outfitters/guides who rent manually powered boats to be issued a single business certificate of compliance in lieu of individual boat permit carriage requirements. This rule change will reduce cost and processing time for the agency and allow marine law enforcement to focus on safety vs. compliance with administrative requirements on the water.

The Board also approved a grant with the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to repair two floating restrooms on Lake Billy Chinook. The Board authorized $16,051 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds and $3,949 in state boater funds to match an estimated $7,341.27 cash, labor and administration for a total project cost of $27,341.27. The funds will repair broken components, replace 8 inch cleats with 12 inch cleats, repair and replace toilets and expand the drain lines from 3 inch to 4 inch diameter for improved drainage into the holding tanks.

To view the agency staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx
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Free First Day Hike at Humbug Mountain State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:58 AM
Port Orford OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Humbug Mountain State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/HumbugFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Campground flag pole
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate two-mile hike along the Fern, Oregon Coast, and Amphitheater trails. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. This hike is recommended for children at least 6 years old.
Contact information:(541) 332-6774
Additional details: Discover over a dozen different species of native ferns that are thriving along the slopes, cliff edges, waterways, and overarching tree limbs of our trails.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:46 AM
Depoe Bay OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/BoilerBayFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Boiler Bay parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike
Contact information: 541-270-7995
Additional details: Our hike is on the Oregon Coast Trail between Boiler Bay and Fogarty Creek, and back. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Due to some narrow and sloping trail sections, strollers are not recommended. Hiking boots highly recommended.

Participants should dress in layers and bring water, as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Darlingtonia State Natural Site Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:26 AM
Florence OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Darlingtonia State Natural Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/DarlingtoniaFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Darlingtonia State Natural Site parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy quarter of a mile hike. Dogs allowed on a 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (541) 997-3851
Additional details: We'll stop to view the cobra lily and learn about the interesting nature of this carnivorous plant. This hike is more of a walk and everyone is invited to attend.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Sunset Bay State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:23 AM
Coos Bay OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Sunset Bay State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SunsetBayFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Sunset Bay Gazebo
Terrain and length of trail: Easy four-mile hike along the Oregon Coast trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs permitted on the trail must be on a 6-foot leash. Dogs are not allowed in the botanical garden.
Contact information: (541) 888-9778
Additional details: See stunning ocean panoramas, the pristine coastal forest, and spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline and Cape Arago Lighthouse.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at William M. Tugman State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:09 AM
Lakeside OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at William M. Tugman State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TugmanFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: The gazebo in the day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate three-mile hike along the South trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers.
Contact information: (541) 271-4118
Additional details: Enjoy the beautiful scenery while viewing and learning about native plants and wildlife.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:00 AM
Newport OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at South Beach State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SouthBeachFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Beach day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, two-mile round trip hike on the South Jetty Trail. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers on the second leg through dune grass. We recommend this hike for children at least 5 years old.
Contact information: (541) 867-7451
Additional details: Come and see a beautiful and crooked coastal pine forest that leads into a dune and beach-grass soft trail. Learn about the ever expanding coastline.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Horse Ride at Elijah Bristow State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 10:00 AM
Eugene OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special horse ride hosted at Elijah Bristow State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/BristowFDH2018. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Equestrian parking area. Bring your own horse or mule.
Terrain and length of trail: Four-mile horse ride on the Heron, Elk and River Loop trails
Contact information: (541) 937-1173
Additional details: All are welcome, but foot hikers should be comfortable near horses. If you are hiking, the ranger can recommend other routes based on current conditions.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/06/17 9:05 AM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is Jan. 15, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. OPRD currently offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the grant program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0100 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage or in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov. They will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018.

Anyone wishing to comment in person may attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in Salem's North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A.

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

Free First Day Hikes set for Jan. 1, 2018 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/05/17 1:30 PM
Hiking through the dunes on the South Beach State Park First Day Hike.
Hiking through the dunes on the South Beach State Park First Day Hike.
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Register at the Oregon State Parks Store

Salem OR -- The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year's Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park's geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for a hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

"Bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with us," says Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "First Day Hikes are a fun, healthy way to start 2018 and a great way to see that Oregon state parks are great any time of year."

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. Check the hike listings at http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents for details about recommended ages for children hiking and whether pets are allowed.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

PORTLAND
Banks-Vernonia State Trail: 9 a.m. Meet at the Buxton Trailhead.
Milo McIver State Park: 9 a.m. Meet in the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area: 9 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Noon. Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES
Champoeg State Heritage Area: two hikes--one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Elijah Bristow State Park: Noon horse ride. Bring your own horse and meet in the equestrian parking area.
Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the South Falls Lodge porch.
State Capitol State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Capitol steps.

SOUTHERN OREGON
Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m. Meet at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.
TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m. Meet at the Area F parking lot.
Valley of the Rogue State Park: hike and bicycle ride. Bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Meet at Rogue River bridge - John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Hike at 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley of the Rogue program area.

COAST
Cape Lookout State Park: Noon. Meet in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 2 p.m. Meet at the base of the stairs adjacent to the parking lot.
Darlingtonia State Natural Area: 1 p.m. Meet in the parking lot.
Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the campground flag pole.
Oswald West State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot on the southern end near the shop.
South Beach State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the South Beach day-use area.
Sunset Bay State Park (Coos Bay area): 1 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Bay gazebo.
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site (Astoria area): 10 a.m. Meet in the Sunset Beach parking lot.
William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the day-use area at the gazebo.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON
Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park: 11 a.m. snowshoe hike. Meet in the day-use parking lot to the right of the entrance.
Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center. Hike limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH



Attached Media Files: Hiking through the dunes on the South Beach State Park First Day Hike. , First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area , Cape Lookout State Park First Day Hike and whale watching

State Library of Oregon Board Meeting December 18, 2017
State Library of Oregon - 12/07/17 11:43 AM
The Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Monday December 18, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ann Malkin of Bend will chair the meeting.

The Board will discuss and vote on the proposed 2018 LSTA Grant Program Application and Instructions.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Robin Speer for information (503-378-5015, robin.speer@state.or.us). Meeting materials will be available on the State Library website.

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 Robin Speer at 503-378-5015.


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STATE LIBRARY OF OREGON
BOARD MEETING
December 18, 2017
Phone
Ann Malkin, Chair

Agenda

1:30 a.m. New Business:
Proposed 2018 LSTA Grant Program Application and Instructions Westin

2:00 Adjournment


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.

Oregon State Library Executive Committee meeting Dec. 18, 2017
State Library of Oregon - 12/07/17 11:26 AM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Monday December 18, 2017. Ann Malkin of Bend 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. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Robin Speer for information (503-378-5015, robin.speer@state.or.us).

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 Robin Speer at 503-378-2464.

OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
December 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Phone
Ann Malkin, Chair

Agenda

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

1:15 Discussion of the January 19, 2018 Board Meeting agenda Malkin

1:30 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.

Lane Co. Schools
Lane ESD, Lane STEM, and the Eugene Region Coder Dojo Announce: Hour of Code Celebration Kicks off Coder-in-Residence Project with Funding from Mozilla
Lane ESD - 12/06/17 4:02 PM
Hour of Code Celebration Kicks off
Coder-in-Residence Project with Funding from Mozilla

On Friday, December 8th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Lane STEM and the Eugene Region Coder Dojo will host an Hour of Code celebration at the Mary Spilde Center at the Lane Community College campus in downtown Eugene. In honor of National Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code events are occurring worldwide.

The Lane STEM celebration, however, is unique in that it is also celebrating the kick-off of the all-female lead Coder-in-Residence program, for which it received the largest Mozilla Gigabit grant in the country.

"We're excited to announce that our partnership with Mozilla, Technology Association of Oregon, and local tech companies including Sheer ID, CBT Nuggets, and Mindbox Studios has produced an all-female team of mentors," said Heidi Larwick, Executive Director of Lane STEM.

The Coder-in-Residence program puts high-speed Internet-enabled robots ("Gigabots") into elementary school classrooms, along with local female professionals from the local tech industry who model STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers to fourth and fifth grade students.

The program will also provide computer science curriculum for students, and side-by-side professional development for educators and Coders. Schools that have been identified to host a Coder-in-Residence include Territorial Elementary in Junction City, Marcola Elementary, Triangle Lake Charter School, Malabon and Irving Elementary schools in Bethel, and Howard Elementary School in Eugene. In total, 14 teachers will be paired with 7 Coders-in-Residence during the month of January.

The Gigabot software was developed by BigBang, a St. Louis-based company, in order to leverage high-speed internet by connecting Lego robots on a social network. By adding robot 'friends,' students can program robots in remote locations, as well as send code to other robots to make them execute a function. Thirty robots will be used in classrooms as a way to introduce students to code, the Internet of Things (IoT), and what it means to be a creator, not just a consumer.

About Lane STEM: The Lane County STEM Hub coordinates, promotes and supports STEM education in Lane County, Oregon. Building on the nationwide STEM movement to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math in the classroom and beyond, the STEM Hub brings together a diverse population of students, teachers, local businesses, public officials, and the community at large. The STEM Hub provides teachers in Lane County with connections to STEM professionals (engineers, scientists, technicians, and analysts) and offers resources for Lane County educators, industry professionals, families, and community members.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/50/110192/Hour_of_Code_Press_Release_Final.pdf

Coos Co. Schools
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Notice for December 2017
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 12/05/17 3:35 PM
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting schedule for December 2017. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule and agenda are subject to change.

Regular School Board Meeting -- December 11 at 6:00 PM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas no later than December 8th.

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to Superintendent & School Board
peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
541-267-1310

Businesses
SAIF farm safety seminar Dec. 19 in Corvallis
SAIF - 12/07/17 10:12 AM
What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health.

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

When: Tuesday, December 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Benton County Fairgrounds' Guerber Hall at 110 SW 53rd Street.

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from last year's seminars are available by request.
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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizations & Associations
AARP Honors 2017 Class of State Elected Officials for Championing Family Caregivers
AARP Oregon - 12/08/17 2:42 PM
Preview posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2017 2:28 PM
Clackamas, OR -- AARP Oregon today named "Capitol Caregivers" of 2017 in recognition of their support family caregivers in Oregon. Honored for the legislatively efforts are Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Jackie Winters, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Tim Knopp, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. Dan Rayfield, and Rep. Greg Smith.

These leaders advanced policies to support Oregon's family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community--where they want to be.

"AARP thanks Senators Steiner Hayward, Winters, Devlin and Knopp, and Representatives Nathanson, Rayfield and Smith for championing the preservation of funding for long term supports and services that help to keep Oregonians in their own homes this year," says Jerry Cohen, state director of AARP Oregon. "They provided key leadership to pass a budget this year that does not cut critical services for older Oregonians and helped make the big responsibilities of family caregivers a little bit easier."

The state budget that passed during the 2017 legislative session prevented proposed cuts to programs like Oregon Project Independence, which provides basic help to older families to help keep people in their own homes. The budget also protected funding for family caregiver training programs and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC) that helps people find appropriate care, supports, and resources.

Across Oregon, about 470,00 Oregonians provide unpaid care for their older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, and other loved ones-- valued at about $5.7 billion annually. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, grocery shopping and more.

"Family caregivers provide invaluable care to their loved ones," says Cohen. "And they need our support."

AARP Oregon will present the Capitol Caregiver awards to these legislators January 11 during legislative days at the State Capitol in Salem.

"Funding long term supports and services is just a first step to providing help for family caregivers," says Cohen. "AARP will continue to fight for Oregon's family caregivers and their loved ones in 2018: for more support, help at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief and more.

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Caregiving Resources:
v AARP's I Heart Caregivers Initiative - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
AARP Caregiving Resource Center - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care (October 2012) - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/
Caregiving in the US: 2015 Report - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/


The Oregon awards are part of national recognition by AARP to 100 lawmakers around the country who worked in a bipartisan way to support family caregivers.
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About AARP
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Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Three People in Creswell
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/08/17 6:52 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec 8, 2017, at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 83000 block of OR-99 in Creswell, Ore. The fire affected two adults, one child, and their pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Local Red Cross Sends Responders to Help at California Wildfires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/06/17 9:40 AM
Fifteen Red Cross disaster relief responders from Oregon and SW Washington are on their way to California to help people affected by devastating wildfires.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 6, 2017 -- Disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on their way to help people affected by fast-moving wildfires threatening communities and forcing people from their homes in Southern California.

Responders from Salem, Mosier, Medford, Springfield, Beaverton, Astoria, Gold Beach, Oregon City, and Keizer, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington will be working in disaster relief shelters and delivering health assistance to people staying in wildfire relief shelters. Additional disaster responder deployments are expected in the coming days.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FIRES
More than 430 people spent the night in seven Red Cross shelters last night. Nearly 200,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes in the areas around Ventura and Los Angeles. The Thomas Fire has burned at least 65,000 acres in Ventura County. The Creek Fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres in and near northern Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The Rye Fire near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County has grown to about 7,000 acres. Dangerous fire conditions are expected to be a threat for Southern California for much of this week, with officials calling this the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event seen this wildfire season.

HOW TO HELP:
Help people affected by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.


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/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.



Attached Media Files: Local Red Cross Sends Responders to Help at California Wildfires

Santa's Coming to the Oregon Historical Society! December 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23, Noon to 4pm (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/08/17 7:50 AM
Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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Portland, OR -- Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are welcome to visit Santa Claus from 12pm to 4pm on December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23. Admission to Santaland and to see Santa is free, and visitors are invited to take their own photos with St. Nick.

Items from Meier & Frank's popular Santaland display will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society through December. The display, donated to OHS following the closure of Macy's downtown store this past year, includes Santa's chair, Rudolph, animatronic elves, and a decorated Christmas tree!

As a special holiday gift from the Oregon Historical Society, admission to the museum will also be discounted to $5 for the month of December. Youth (18 and under) will be admitted for free. A visit to one of the Oregon Historical Society's permanent exhibitions is the perfect indoor outing over Winter Break! From the award-winning early Oregon history exhibition Oregon My Oregon to the museum's newest kid-created permanent exhibit, History Hub, there is plenty to explore downtown! Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day to the Oregon Historical Society.



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.



Attached Media Files: Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library , Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library , Meier & Frank 1976 Christmas display , OHS Santaland Display