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Enforcement of Updated Child Car Seat Law
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/17 4:01 PM
Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office plans to participate in a saturation patrol beginning August 21, 2017 through September 3, 2017. The target of this patrol will be the enforcement of the recently updated child safety seat law.

House Bill 3404 child safety seat/seatbelt law, ORS 811.210, subsection 2(a) states: "A person who is under two years of age, must be properly secured with a child safety system in a rear-facing position." It used to state this applied to children under one year of age, or under 20 pounds in weight; this no longer applies.

The new law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child's head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. Research has shown that children in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they ride rear-facing. This is because a rear-facing seat, spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child's body, while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.

During the saturation patrol, deputies will also be looking for drivers who fail to wear seatbelts, text or use their cell phone without a hands free device, and speeding.
For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle's owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-08/1505/107156/seatbelt_saturation_8.19.17.pdf
Benton County Fair and Rodeo Patrol Statistics
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 2:09 PM
Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra DUII patrol August 2-5, 2017, to coincide with the Benton County Fair and Rodeo.

Deputies responded to regular calls for service and stopped 84 vehicles for traffic violations. Deputies issued at total of 31 citations and responded to three injury traffic crashes, including one fatality.

During those days, two drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Of those, one was arrested for DUII alcohol, and one for DUII drugs.

Other arrests include one for the Attempt to Elude, one for Possession of a Controlled Substance, one for Driving While Suspended, and nine outstanding arrest warrants were served.

Benton County Sheriff's Office's next DUII Saturation Patrol is scheduled for August 18 -- September 4, 2017, to coincide with Labor Day Weekend. Our office will be targeting drivers under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-08/1505/107069/DUII_saturation_8.17.17.pdf
An urgent message to eclipse lovers in Oregon from the mayor of Depoe Bay on the central coast
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 08/19/17 1:53 PM
August 19, 2017, Depoe Bay, Oregon.....An urgent message to
eclipse lovers in Oregon from Mayor Barbara Leff of Depoe Bay on the
central coast: The news is incorrect that it has rained here for the
past three days. It has not. Our restaurants, hotels, shops and gas
stations have stocked up, dressed up and filled up to welcome you.

The central coast of Oregon--from Lincoln City through
Newport--is ready for you to come out and enjoy our once-in- a-
lifetime eclipse. Depoe Bay and our neighboring towns to the north
and south beckon: The sun is shining. The whales are frolicking. The
forecast for for the next two mornings is clear.

Come and share with us the total solar eclipse in the morning of
Monday, August 21, 2017.
**Correction** Level 1 "Ready" Notice Issued - UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX FIRES (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/17 8:01 PM
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UPDATE 08/19/17 7:30 pm

The Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 1 Evacuation Notice -- "Get Ready" -- for the Clearwater area, Mile Markers 53 to 60 on Highway 138 East, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2017. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, pets and livestock.

Warmer and dryer weather conditions have led to more active fire behavior across the Umpqua North Complex today. The Happy Dog Fire burning on the south side of HWY 138E has spotted back across to the north side of the highway at Mile Marker 49 as it makes its way to the east.

Fire evacuations are based on the Ready, Set, Go system, with Level 1 being Ready, Level 2 is Set and Level 3 is Go.

END UPDATE

UPDATE #6 08/16/2017 7:00 PM

The Dry Creek Community including the Last Chance RV Park and residence on Illahee Road are now under a Level 3 or "GO" evacuation notice by the Sheriff's Office and Fire Managers.

A Red Cross shelter is available to displaced residents at the Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 19085 North Umpqua Highway in Glide.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 or "GO" Evacuation means to Evacuate NOW. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!

Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.

Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

For additional information the media may call 541-378-6944.

END UPDATE #7

UPDATE #5 08/15/2017 12:00 pm

Fire Information Line (541) 378-6944
UmpquaNorthComplex17@gmail.com
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Recorded Information: (855) 419-2349

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/

Incident: During the week of August 9th, lightning started dozens of fires across the northern Umpqua National Forest along both sides of State Route 138 east of Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon.

Incident Command: Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 1,410 acres
Containment: 0%
Current Resources: Crews: 6, Engines: 6, Dozers: 1, Total Personnel: 191

Current Situation:
Dry Creek Level 3 Evacuation Dropped to Level 2, Effective August 15, 2017
The Douglas County Sherriff's Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, lowered the Level 3 Evacuation Notice for the Dry Creek area effective today.

Changes in the closure of the North Umpqua River
Floating on and fishing along the North Umpqua River between Steamboat/Gravel Bin take-out and Susan Creek remains closed due to rolling debris and falling trees. The section of the river between Boulder Creek and Steamboat/Gravel Bin take-out has been reopened, effective today, August 15, 2017.

Road shoulder and pullout closures along Highway 138
The road shoulders and pullouts between Mile Posts 31 to 35 and Mile Posts 45 to 50.5 of the State Highway 138 East, also known as the North Umpqua Highway, are being closed to protect public and firefighter safety. The road remains open to through traffic. Please drive with extra care on this highway.

A Community Meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15, at 7 p.m. at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Highway, Glide. Agency representatives and the Alaska Team will provide an update on the fires and answer questions.

The Umpqua National Forest has announced the following closures in the Umpqua North and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts.
Umpqua North Complex Closure Area: See attached map.
National Forest System (NFS) Roads:
NFS Road No. 4750 and all roads with in the area closure listed above. NFS Road No. 2800-620
Trails: Trail No. 1414- The North Umpqua Trail, from the Forest Service boundary to the Mott & Panther Trailheads on NFS Road No. 4712, Trail No. 1502 - Fall Creek Falls Trail, Trail No. 1513 - Williams Creek Trail, Trail No. 1530 - Riverview Trail, Trail No. 1510 - Deception Trail, Trail No. 1521, Twin Lakes Loop, Trail No. 1500, Twin Lakes Trail.
Recreation Sites: Steamboat Falls Campground, Wright Creek Campground, and Horseshoe Bend Campground.

Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest/

END UPDATE #5


UPDATE #4 08/13/2017 3:45pm

In the interest of public safety, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has closed a section of the North Umpqua River to boaters/rafters due to the Umpqua North Complex fires. The closure is in effect from the Boulder Creek take-out to the Susan Creek take-out.

The public is urged to adhere to the closure due to the hazards posed by the fires.

All other areas of the North Umpqua River remain open at this time.

END UPDATE #4

UPDATE #3 08/12/17 8:00pm

A LEVEL 3 evacuation is now in effect for the Community of Dry Creek including Illahee Flats. Residents may relocate to the American Red Cross evacuation shelter at the Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church (19085 North umpqua Highway, Glide)

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! - Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further.

END UPDATE #3

UPDATE #2 08/12/2017

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified the United States Forest Service has issued a Level 3 evacuation notice for all campers at the Horseshoe Bend Campground. Evacuation and closure of the campground is currently in progress.

The community of Dry Creek has been upgraded to a LEVEL 2 evacuation notice.

At this time there is no change to the LEVEL 2 evacuation notice for More Hill Lane.

There are three levels of evacuation Level 1, 2, and 3 or "Ready", "Set", "GO!"

Level 1 or "Ready": BE PREPARED - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! - Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further.

END UPDATE #2

UPDATE #1 08/11/2017

Residents on Moore Hill Lane are being upgraded to a Level 2 or "Set" evacuation notice.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

See attachment regarding "Ready", "Set", "Go" below.

The Umpqua National Forest has established an information line for fires within national forest boundaries. That telephone number is 541-670-5289.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified by the Umpqua National Forest of a Level 1 evacuation notice for residences starting at Moore Hill Lane to the community of Dry Creek along Highway 138 East due to wildfires in the area.

There are three levels of evacuation Level 1, 2, and 3 or "Ready", "Set", "GO!"

Level 1 or "Ready": BE PREPARED - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! - Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further.

Residents may sign up to receive EMERGENCY ALERTS about emergencies near their homes, workplaces or other important locations by registering at: http://www.dcso.com/dccens/dccens_main.asp

The Umpqua National Forest has established an information line for fires within national forest boundaries. That telephone number is 541-670-5289.

There is no further information available at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/5204/106892/Ready_Set_Go_(2).pdf , Public Info Closures Land , Public Info Umpqua North Complex Land , North Umpqua Update 1200 Final , Closure Map PDF , Closure Map JPG
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Reshipping Scams
FBI - Oregon - 08/22/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against cyber shoplifters.

What is a cyber shoplifter? This scam -- also called a "reshipping" scam -- involves fraudsters who use stolen credit cards to buy items -- usually expensive items -- online. Instead of having the items shipped to the billing address, the fraudster sends them to what's called a "re-shipper". At the "re-shipper" location, the items are repackaged and usually sent overseas. There they can often be sold at a high price on the black market.

The victim business is typically unaware that anything is wrong until the credit card company dings the business for the fraudulent charge in an attempt to re-coup the money. At that point, the business has lost both the merchandise and the money it thought it had earned.

It's important to note that not everyone using a different billing and shipping address should be considered suspicious. After all, how many times have you bought a present for someone and had it shipped to them directly? And, you should also know that there are above board re-shipper businesses out there. The criminal groups have just figured out how to hijack this legitimate industry and turn it around for illegal profits.

So if you are running a business with an on-line ordering platform, how do you protect your bottom line? Here are some red flags to watch for:

Transactions that involve different billing and shipping addresses or overseas shipping addresses
Orders that include a large number of items
Requests for expedited shipping

How do you protect your business?

Have a system in place to monitor every transaction for suspicious activity.
Pay particular attention to those orders with different billing and shipping addresses. A simple online search may give you the answer as to whether you are sending a package to a re-shipping warehouse.
Put daily limits on how much a buyer can purchase

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Reshipping Scam - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Reshipping Scam - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Reshipping Scam - RUSSIAN Written , TT - Reshipping Scam - Spanish Audio , TT - Reshipping Scam - SPANISH Written
Update: Man Missing from Delta Campground in Lane County Found with Non-Life Threatening Injuries
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 8:10 PM
Donald Penrod was located late this afternoon after he was seen by a homeowner down river from Hamlin boat launch on the McKenzie River. Penrod was on land and had suffered non-life threatening injuries. Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, assisted by Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department, assisted in getting Penrod across the river where he was transported to receive medical attention.
Have You Seen Donald Penrod? Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Missing Utah Man Last Seen at Campground in Lane County (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 4:20 PM
Donald Penrod
Donald Penrod
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The Lane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating Donald Penrod, a missing 79 year old man who walked away from Delta Campground yesterday, August 20th, around
4:00 pm and has not been seen since.

Donald and his wife have been camping for several weeks and he has left their campsite alone before but always returned a short time later. When he didn't return late last night, his wife contacted officials. Lane County Search and Rescue searched the area yesterday and found no signs of Donald's whereabouts. Linn County Search and Rescue also assisted with their search K9s.

Donald is described as a 79 year old white male standing 6 feet tall and weighing about 195 pounds. He has gray hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, black denim shorts, and navy blue Sketchers shoes.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office would like anyone who has seen Donald since yesterday at 4:00 pm or knows his whereabouts to call 541-682-4141.


Attached Media Files: Donald Penrod
Lincoln City Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Operation August 30th
Lincoln City Police - 08/18/17 5:54 PM
The Lincoln City Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Wednesday, August 30,2017. The safety operation will occur near Hwy 101 and North 21st Street between the hours of 12:00PM and 4:00PM

The primary focus of the operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. With the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Lincoln City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone, the day before and the day of the operation.

The Lincoln City Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the safety of both the citizens and guests of the city. The safety operations are conducted in an effort to reduce the potential of injuries or death to pedestrians in our city.

Funding for the pedestrian safety operations is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Attempted Armed Robbery in Waldport- Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 2:32 AM
Dellas Dean Hall
Dellas Dean Hall
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On August 20th, 2017 at approximately 7:22 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at a restaurant in the 100 block of NW Highway 101 in Waldport. 911 calls reported that a man brandished a firearm and demanded money from the restaurant. A witness reported the suspect entered a vehicle and fled the scene eastbound on East Alsea Highway. A second witness reported the vehicle stopped in the 3700 block of East Alsea Highway, at which point the suspect fled on foot into a nearby RV park.

Deputies responded to the scene and quickly located the suspect hiding in a brushy area of the RV park. The suspect, 29 year-old Dellas Dean Hall of Waldport, was taken into custody without incident. Hall was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on one count of Robbery in the First Degree (Attempted) and four counts of Menacing. Hall's bail was set at $160,000.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at (541) 265-0777. The Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted in this investigation.

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Respectfully Submitted,

Derek Etheridge, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St
Newport, Or 97365
(541) 265-0686
http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net


Attached Media Files: Dellas Dean Hall
Tip of the Week - August 21, 2017 Outdoor Grilling Safety
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 5:10 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: August 21, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

OUTDOOR GRILLING SAFETY

There's nothing better on a summer day than cooking out on the grill! Since there are many different types of grills, we would like to share some safety tips for whatever you're planning to cook on whatever grill you will be using. These helpful tips come from the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org/education.

Proprane and charcoal grills should ONLY be used outdoors. They should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and overhanging tree branches.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using your gas grill each year. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. If there is a leak, the gas will cause it to release bubbles.
If your grill has a gas leak, turn off the grill. If the leak does not stop, get it serviced by a professional before using it again.
If you smell gas while you're cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do NOT move the grill.
If you use starter fluid with your charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid; always keep it out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
When you are finished grilling, let the charcoals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
Most importantly: NEVER leave your grill unattended.

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/5490/107089/082117-Outdoor_Grilling.pdf
Corrections Deputy Assaulted by Inmate
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 3:05 PM
Amber Hicks was arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on July 28, 2017 by the Lincoln City Police Department on the charge of Harassment. While in custody, on August 7, 2017 Amber Marie Hicks threw a cup containing urine and feces on a Corrections Deputy.

Amber Hicks covered the window of her cell, obstructing the deputy's view. When the deputy opened the door to communicate with Amber Hicks, she threw a cup of urine and feces at the deputy, despite taking evasive measures, the deputy was struck in the face and chest.

After a criminal investigation, Amber Hicks was charged with Aggravated Harassment; Criminal Mischief III; Obstructing of Governmental or Judicial Administration; and Assault on a Public Safety Officer with bail set $122,500.

Exposure to blood borne pathogens through bodily fluids is a risk that corrections staff face on a daily basis. Throwing bodily fluids is a method of assaulting corrections staff and unfortunately, is commonly used in jail and prison systems.

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Prepared by:

Sergeant Josh McDowall
Lincoln County Jail
Welfare check leads to discovery of deceased suspect of hit-and-run investigation
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 11:12 AM
On Monday, August 14th, 2017 at approximately 12:45 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian hit-and-run traffic collision in the 1400 block of NE Yaquina Heights Drive in Newport. The pedestrian sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled the scene eastbound on NE Yaquina Heights Drive. Through the victim's statements and surveillance footage, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Newport Police Department investigators were able to determine the vehicle involved was a silver 2011-2016 Ford F-250 or F-350 with an extended cab, canopy, and "Oregon Veteran" license plates.
On Wednesday, August 18th, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, a citizen requested a welfare check on a neighbor; 61 year old Bend, OR resident David Lee Black. Mr. Black had not been heard from since Monday evening when he left a phone message for the caller of the welfare check. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the rural residence east of Siletz and observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle from the hit and run. Deputies entered a camp trailer on the property and found Mr. Black deceased inside. Mr. Black's death was determined to be an apparent suicide. No foul play is suspected.

Sheriff's Office collision reconstructionists were summoned to the scene to examine the vehicle. The silver 2015 Ford F-250 was processed by the collision reconstructionists and forensic evidence was obtained. The damage profile present on the vehicle was consistent with both the events of the pedestrian collision on Yaquina Heights Drive and the victim's injuries. The victim identified Mr. Black as the driver of the vehicle that hit him from a photograph of Mr. Black's driver license.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office thanks the Newport Police Department, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle Services, and the public for their assistance in this investigation.
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Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: 541-265-0684
Fax: 541-265-4917
mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us
Eclipse Event Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 2:02 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is happy to report the eclipse event has come and gone with very few issues across our county. The Sheriff's Office will continue to monitor the county for traffic concerns, search and rescue calls and anything else that may need our attention.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by numerous agencies, which spent countless hours assisting with the preparation and monitoring of today's eclipse event. These agencies include the U.S. Forest Service, Linn County Public Health, Linn County Road Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Albany Fire Department.

Sheriff Riley would like to especially thank the following volunteer organizations that assisted: Linn County Search and Rescue, Linn County Mounted Posse, National Parks Service Hasty Team, Willamette Side-by-Side Club, Community Emergency Response Team, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Lane County Search and Rescue and Eugene Mountain Rescue. Our volunteers play a vital role in allowing us to provide public safety services. I am very thankful for each volunteer, as we could not do our job without them.
Willamette Country Music Festival Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/18/17 1:31 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind people attending the Willamette Country Music Festival that underage drinking will not be tolerated. The Linn County Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance policy for Minors in Possession of Alcohol, which is a violation. All underage drinkers will be cited.

Thursday night, deputies worked with festival staff to crack down on minors consuming alcohol.

The following were cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol: 20-year-old Royce Hamm of Drain, 19-year-old John Nantz of Lake Oswego, 18-year-old Mason Dallegge of Eugene, 19-year-old Justin Silvey of Portland, 19-year-old Cheyanne Broten of Harrisburg, 18-year-old Spencer Templeman of Eugene, 18-year-old Davis Lamb of Eugene, 20-year-old Seth Lillingston of Springfield, 18-year-old Spencer Lillingston of Springfield, 19-year-old Logan Blake of Bend, 19-year-old Joseph Rixie of Bend and 20-year-old Devin Dean of Springfield. 19-year-old Cole Charpilloz was cited for Misrepresentation of Age for carrying a fake identification. Music festival staff cut the wristbands and ejected all those cited from the music festival site.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office is committed to making the Willamette Country Music Festival as safe as possible. Sheriff Riley encourages attendees to enjoy themselves, but do so responsibly.
Eclipse Reminder (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 8:05 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind Linn County residents to be prepared for the Eclipse that will occur this Monday, August 21. Our County is expecting thousands of visitors from all over the world to view the eclipse; campgrounds and hotels have been booked for months.

Although the eclipse does not occur until Monday, the influx of visitors is expected to impact our area throughout the weekend starting on Friday, August 18. Linn County could see traffic congestion to the point of gridlock on many of the major roads.

Sheriff Riley cautions residents to take some proactive measures to minimize the impact. Use common sense. Do not travel over the weekend and especially Monday if you do not have to. If it is necessary, allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

Remember deputies and other first responders may also have trouble traveling to calls for service due to roadway congestion. Linn County Sheriff's Office will make efforts to respond to every call for service from the public; however, there may be some delays in response time. Sheriff Riley asks for the public's patience while his Office works hard to maintain public safety throughout the county.

Lastly, you may have heard some eclipse glasses are counterfeit, please be assured if you received a pair from our office, they are approved and safe to use for viewing.


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/2993/107052/Glasses.jpg
Chetco Bar Fire Update 22 August 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/22/17 9:47 AM
Community Meeting:
There is no community meeting scheduled at this time.

Evacuations:
Curry County Sheriff's Office, in consultation with the Chetco Bar Incident Management Teams, are working to get displaced residents back into their homes as soon as possible. Evacuation orders remain in effect at this time. For current information on boundaries please visit our interactive map.

The Red Cross is staffing an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary in Gold Beach 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR. (541)-600-6068. There is no shelter in Brookings.

Current Situation: Yesterday's weather patterns will continue throughout today and tonight with cooler temps, fog and low lying clouds. Slightly higher relative humidity's overnight (60-70%) and lighter winds slowed the fire's growth compared to previous days. We are seeing full humidity recoveries as high in elevation as 1500'. These conditions caused minimal fire perimeter growth overnight. The fire is still approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Brookings.

Brookings and Harbor area will have some low-lying smoke as a result of the fire. Air quality will improve slightly but "sensitive groups" should limit exposure to the outdoors. For more information about air quality, please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Actions: Fire crews used favorable weather conditions to their advantage to continue building direct and contingency indirect line on the south and southwestern flank of the fire, in the area between the Chetco River and Carpenterville. Structural protection resources are continuing to assess and work around structures to make them more defensible.

Donations: The citizens of this great community have shown amazing support and gratitude. Many have been bringing donations of food and other items to our base camp. Unfortunately, our efforts are concentrated on fire suppression, and we are not able to use resources to manage distribution of donations to our crews. Donations can be taken to help those in need, who have been displaced by the fire to Brookings Harbor Food Bank at 539-A-Hemlock St in Brookings. 541-469-5808.


Fire at a Glance:
Size: 98,000 acres (approx.)
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 788

Social Media Resources:
Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire
Facebook: /https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/
E-mail: chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com
Air Quality Report: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Milli Fire Update 22 August 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/22/17 9:32 AM
August 22, 2017 Morning Update

Fire Information number changed to 541-719-8135 effective 8AM today.

The fire remained active yesterday as it burned in the Three Sisters Wilderness south of OR242. The western edge of the fire was active on the north side of Black Crater and continued backing downslope on both flanks in the areas of Lava Lake Camp and North Matthieu Lake. Aircraft were used to monitor the fire in the Wilderness as crews continued indirect suppression actions. Firefighters made good progress in the east and southeast portions of the fire and that area is now in patrol status. Many resources from the east side were moved to support the suppression efforts on the northwest portion of the fire. Level 1 evacuation was issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

The main concern is the active western edge of the fire. Fire managers are doing advance planning and closely looking at the potential for fire growth originating from the active western flank of the fire. It is recognized that this fire, pushed by the prevailing wind pattern, has the potential of moving north out of the Wilderness and then east toward populated areas. Fire crews are actively engaging in operations to contain the fire in this area thereby allowing residents to return to their homes.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, in consultation with its partners on the Millli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices. Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured.

Fire behavior is expected to increase today as temperature rise and humidity lowers. Aircraft are available to assist firefighters to slow the fire's growth.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team are patrolling neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area and assessing the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities. Those crews will continue to patrol in the evacuated area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Milli Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/21/17 9:27 AM
August 21, 2017 Morning Update

The main part of the fire was active overnight and is expected to continue to burn on the west and southwest flanks as it backs into the Wilderness area. The fire grew toward Lava Lake Camp and toward North Matthieu Lake. Crews and masticators will work along OR242 today to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Firefighters on Sunday were able to make very good progress extending and strengthening handlines and dozer lines along the north, east and southeast flanks in an effort to protect private lands and communities. Aircraft made multiple water drops on pockets of burning fuel along Whychus Creek near Forest Road 16. Moderate fire behavior is expected today with possible isolated torching.
Smoke from the inversion may keep aircraft grounded this morning. The weather forecast calls for an inversion which could keep aircraft grounded. Once airborne, pilots will concentrate on water drops in the Whychus Creek drainage area. During the darkest part of the eclipse, all ground and air operations will stop for 45 minutes for crew and pilots safety.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team, with resources from seven counties, continue to assist ground crews and patrol neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area. Those crews will continue to patrol areas until the fire threat to the structures is lessened. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site provides the latest information on smoke monitoring in the area along with information regarding the effects of smoke and possible health concerns related to it.

For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Forest Closures:
There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices ###



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Chetco Bar Fire Daily Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/21/17 8:46 AM
August 20, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Community Meeting:
Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave, Brookings on Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.

Evacuations:
Yesterday the Sheriff's Office issued an additional mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that includes an area from the junction of Hwy 101 and Carpenterville Rd. north to the Pistol River, and east to the previous Level 3 evacuation areas. The Sheriff's Office will continue to evaluate the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety. Click here for an interactive evacuation map

The Red Cross is staffing an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary in Gold Beach 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR. (541)-600-6068. There is no shelter in Brookings.

Current Situation:
Strong winds yesterday and overnight pushed the fire to the south and west. The present perimeter of the fire is in the vicinity of Nook Bar west to Ransom Ridge and north to Bosley Butte. Structure protection equipment will focus their work around homes. Unstable atmospheric conditions seen for the past several days will ease as a different weather pattern moves into the area. An infrared flight estimated the size at 91,551 acres. There will be significant smoke this weekend in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of the fire. Air quality will fluctuate between "moderate" and "unhealthy for sensitive groups" in Brookings. For more information about air quality, please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Closures:
An area closure is in effect in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in addition to the trail closures in place. Before you head out into the woods this weekend pleases check Inciweb or the Rouge River Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) homepage for all closure orders including those that pertain to the Chetco Bar Fire.

Safety Message:
Due to mandatory evacuations and heavy fire traffic travelers are encouraged to avoid highway 101.

As the eclipse approaches and traffic in the area significantly increases, please keep yourself and others safe. August is peak wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest. A small spark can rapidly become a large fire. Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it.

Fire at a Glance:
Size: 91,511 acres (approx.)
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 400

Social Media Resources:
Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire
Facebook: /https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/
E-mail: chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com
Air Quality Report: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Chetco Bar Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/20/17 8:23 AM
Early this morning Governor Kate Brown declared the Chetco Bar Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Blue Incident Management Team and four structural protection task forces from Yamhill County, Lane County, Lincoln/Polk counties, and the Rogue Valley will be working to protect structures.

Approximately 300 homes are under a Level 3 Evacuation notice (Go) and another 1,000 homes are at a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice.

The Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that encompasses Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilson Creek area, and along the Chetco River from Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilderness Retreat area. A Level 2 notice (Be Ready) has been issued from Tide Rock to Cameron Bridge and from Shady to Mt. Emily road. The Sheriff's Office will be evaluating the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety.

The Chetco Bar Fire has burned approximately 31,000 acres.


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

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

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Evacuation Notices Lower on the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 10:34 AM
Warm Springs Wildland Fire Management News Release August 19, 2017

Warm Springs OR --This morning, Warm Springs Law Enforcement officers again reduced the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Evacuation Notice to a Level 1. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision were also reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. All roads except Webster Flat are open. If traveling , please be aware of fire traffic and drive safely.

Lighter wind today will slow fire growth. High temperatures are returning. This warmer weather will create dryer conditions. In the last two days, the fire has gained just over 19,000 acres, bringing the fire's total to 66,003 acres.

With the size growth, firefighters are now working to keep the fire west of Deschutes River; south of Highway 216; east of Highway 26, and north of BIA Road 3. They are also working to keep it out of Beaver Creek Canyon. Their priority is to keep the public and firefighter safe during these intense periods of fire growth while also protecting structures, timber, natural resources, and visual resources.

Where possible, firefighters will take advantage of opportunities to use fire to fight the fire in order to create or strengthen containment lines. Structural engines will be supporting these efforts, and ensuring the fire does not threaten structures again.

Overnight, firefighters constructed a contingency dozer line along the northern flank of the fire where the new fire growth took place. Other firefighters worked containment lines where new fire growth took place to extinguish heat 50-100 feet inside the burned area. There was no new growth last night.

A large airtanker was used yesterday evening to strategically place a line of retardant along a ridgeline where the fire crossed the Warm Springs River. The fire ran less than a half mile before this action effectively stopped the run. Two Bureau of Land Management engines also successfully extinguished a fire that had grown a ?1/4 acre across the Deschutes River. They are in place working to prevent any fires from establishing east of the river.

The Deschutes River is open to rafters; however, Bureau of Land Management river rangers will stop rafters if a helicopter comes in to dip from the River. Smoke from the Nena Springs Fire may become visible over the river.

Evacuation Notices: Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are at a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa is at a Level 1 evacuation notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community
Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Webster Flat Road is closed to all traffic.
Milli Fire Update August 19, 2017, a.m.
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 9:19 AM
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 7,814 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: More than 400 personnel
Vegetation: Higher elevation; Mixed evergreens. Lower elevations; pinon and juniper trees, sagebrush

Gusty winds on Friday pushed the fire to the east-southeast, causing Level 3 (Go Now) evacuations of approximately 600 residents. The evacuations occurred in the Edgington/Ramuda Road and Crossroads subdivisions, and included residents living along the 16 Road, immediately to the south of the town of Sisters. The Tollgate subdivision remains on a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation.

Crews overnight worked to build a direct line on the leading edge of the fire, with engine crews patrolling the area and dozer crews digging fireline. Temperatures today (Saturday) are expected to be a few degrees cooler with higher humidity. However, the winds that pushed the fire on Friday will be back, with gusts up to 22 miles an hour, from around 10 am to 9 pm. Temperatures should range from 70 - 75 degrees, with humidity ranging from 22 to 26%. The wind could cause more spot fires to develop and firefighters will be actively identifying them and containing them where possible. Also, today firefighters will be working to contain the area where the fire extended yesterday and will be constructing new containment lines between the fire's edge and the communities that are threatened. Engine task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office will be working in the evacuated neighborhoods, treating spaces around homes to provide better defensible space.

There is a community meeting tonight at 6 pm at Sisters High School. Representatives of the incident management team and local agencies will be there to provide the latest information on the fire and answer questions.

Air resources have been very important in fighting this fire. Three air tankers and one VLAT (very large air tanker) have been making repeated drops of fire retardant, creating fire lines and assisting our crews in inaccessible areas. Today, we're expecting to have two Type 2 helicopters and one Type 3 in the air, with two National Guard helicopters on standby.

If you fly, we can't. There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) area over the fire and anyone who flies a drone in the TFR could ground our air resources. Drones endanger our pilots in the air and our firefighters on the ground, who depend on air support to fight fires like this one.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Anyone concerned with the effects of smoke in the region or who has possible health concerns related to smoke can go to this site to see smoke monitoring data and get additional information.
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For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations: For more information call 541-550-4888.
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Ramuda and along the 16 Road, immediately south of Sisters
Level 1 - The subdivision of Tollgate

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com.

Forest Closures:
There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

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Nena Springs Fire Update Aug. 18 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/17 9:44 AM
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
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Warm Springs OR -- At approximately 3:20pm Thursday, an ember from the Nena Springs Fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Two helicopters, handcrews and at least 10 engines responded in addition to 150 firefighters that were already assigned to the fire.

Winds pushed the fire over Indian Head Canyon and through Charlie Canyon, then continued move a mile east past the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. As was planned earlier in the week, in the event an evacuation notice was issued, visitors sheltered in place. Firefighters used Route 8 to burn from the road. This successfully removed grass from around the Resort and forced the fire to stay above and away from the area. While the Resort is still at a Level 3 evacuation, the immediate threat to it is gone.

At approximately 10pm Thursday night, the fire jumped Hwy 3 at Fish Hatchery Grade. Firefighters' priority was to keep the fire from crossing the Warm Springs River and to prevent it from burning structures. As of midnight Thursday, these objectives had been met.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team, commanded by Ian Yocum, was mobilized late Thursday night. Two task forces of engines from Marion and Multnomah Counties began working with the existing organization around midnight. Yamhill and Washington Counties engines and personnel arrived this morning. These task forces bring with them a total of 79 firefighters, 19 engines and four water tenders to assist with protecting structures and building upon the work firefighters have already completed.

The fire has grown an estimated 6,000 acres bringing the total acres to approximately 46,000. A flight will occur this morning to get a more accurate account of the fire's size. It is 40% contained.

Evacuation Notices: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa received a Level 3 evacuation notice Thursday evening. As was planned this week, in the event of a wildfire, visitors will remain in place. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are now at a Level 3 Evacuation Notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Hwy 3 to School Flats; Hwy 8 to Ka-Nee-Ta Village; Webster Flat Road, and Culpus Bridge are closed to all traffic.


Attached Media Files: Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Structural resources return to the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/17/17 9:56 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's Red Incident Management Team and three task forces are being redeployed to assist with the Nena Springs Fire, burning on the Warm Springs Reservation, after this afternoon an ember from the fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk.

A Level 1 evacuation is in place for residents in Charlie Canyon.

Two helicopters, hand crews and at least 10 engines are on scene working to contain the fire.

No road closures are currently in effect, although responders ask the public to stay away from the area to allow fire traffic to move safely.
Firefighters near Completion on the Nena Springs Wildfire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/16/17 8:46 AM
Warm Springs OR - With the solar eclipse less than a week away, the nearly 300 firefighters still working on the Nena Springs Fire see an end in sight now that it is 90 % contained. More accurate mapping shows a reduction in acres. The final size of the fire is 39,526 acres.

Cool evenings with high humidity effectively killed most of the remaining fire behavior. A small interior pocket of heat near Simnasho is visible to that community. Firefighters have worked hard to remove any threats this heat may have created. Above the northeastern finger of the fire, a spot of heat outside the main fire body was contained yesterday. Firefighters are cold trailing and ensuring this area does not pose a threat.

Over the next several shifts, local firefighters will be patrolling the fire area looking for hot spots. As the days become warmer, pockets of smoke will become visible, allowing firefighters to find and extinguish the remaining heat. It will remain uncontained for the next few shifts. Firefighters are keeping close eyes on the area to ensure the fire does not undo the hard work firefighters have accomplished.

With the threat to communities extinguished, firefighters will also be focusing their efforts on cutting and piling juniper trees along Hwy 3 to increase visibility along the roadway. This work reduces the amount of standing dead trees that would otherwise add fuel to the next fire if it is not removed.

A transfer of command from both the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Incident Management Teams occurred at 6am this morning. A smaller incident management organization made of firefighters from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation will complete the detailed work of identifying burnt fences and guard rails destroyed in the 62 square mile fire. When needs have been assessed, firefighters will begin replacing the infrastructure.

The 2017 Eclipse is an opportunity to see one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Lodging and camp sites are fully booked in Warm Springs and surrounding communities while day use options are limited. Please make sure you are well-prepared for the increase in population.

This preparation starts with understanding risks. We ask the public visiting the Reservation to respect signs and barriers. Bring sun and eye protection. Cell service may not be available in remote areas or could be limited due to heavy demand. Consider turning off your phone to help keep lines open for emergencies.

Due to the expected influx of people beginning to travel across the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, a Fire Prevention Team is in Warm Springs. Team members are talking to the public and youth about ways to prevent wildland fires and increase awareness of activities they can do to keep fire away from the home ignition zone.

This will be the last update on the Nena Springs Fire unless significant activity occurs.

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Veneta Man Pleds Guilty in Unlawful Mule Deer Case in Southern Oregon
Oregon State Police - 08/19/17 12:35 PM
In March 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division received information a local man had taken two mule deer bucks without a valid controlled hunt tag for the Southern Oregon unit where the deer were shot and harvested.

Based on the verifiable information OSP was provided, Troopers from the Springfield Patrol Office applied for and obtained a search warrant to search the man's residence in Veneta for additional evidence of the crimes. Troopers executed that warrant on March 24, 2017, seizing various deer parts, a scoped rifle, and ammunition.

The investigation revealed Jason Brian Barker of Veneta, age 45, had legally obtained a controlled hunt buck tag for the Fort Rock Unit in Southern Oregon. However, Barker personally took two mule deer bucks in the Interstate Unit, exceeding his personal bag limit, as well as exceeding his permissible hunt area. The investigation confirmed Barker utilized an acquaintance's tag on the second deer, and reported on both tags to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife that the harvests had occurred in the Fort Rock Unit.

On August 18, 2017, Barker appeared in Lane County Circuit Court and plead guilty to two counts of Unlawful Taking of a Mule Deer Buck (No Valid Tag for Unit) and one count of Unlawful Borrowing of Big Game Tag.

Barker was sentenced to three years court probation, a 3-year suspension of his Oregon hunting privileges, $2000 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the unlawful takings, 5 days of jail to be served on the road crew, forfeiture of the remaining deer parts, as well as the involved .300 Ultra Magnum scoped rifle, and a special condition that he not participate in any hunting excursions during the period of his probation.
***Updaye Flyer - Remove one photo (Not the Blackwood who fled)*** OSP, partner agencies pursue suspect vehicle south of Wilsonville following rest-stop contact; two flee, one escapes after crash; tips sought (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/19/17 10:57 AM
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Update Flyer from Washington with pictures of tattoos
OSP has been notified the photo we posted with Joshua Blackwood with sunglasses is not the Joshua Blackwood who fled the vehicle. Media please remove that photo from your websites. The attached flyer was provided from Washington Northwest Fugitive Investigations.

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At approximately 3:12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, an Oregon State Police Trooper made contact with a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse at the Baldock rest area just south of Wilsonville suspicious activity. The trooper was investigating alleged public indecency.

During contact, the female driver exited the vehicle. Then the male suspect -- later identified as Joshua R. Blackwood, 22, of Shoreline, WA -- moved to the suspect vehicle's driver seat. The female then reportedly jumped back in the car, and the two suspects fled the scene.

Oregon State Police pursued, and were soon joined in the chase by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) patrol deputies and deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department.

At approximately 3:23 a.m., Blackwood crashed the vehicle near milepost 276 on Interstate 5 southbound. Blackwood then fled the vehicle on foot, heading westbound. The female passenger also bailed out of the vehicle and fled to the southwest.

At 3:51 a.m., police captured the female subject: identified as Ashley M Cochrane, 21, from Lake Stevens, Washington. Her case will be presented to a grand jury at a future date. However, police were unable to locate Blackwood. The Oregon State Police is seeking tips from the public. Cochrane is a known girlfriend of Blackwood and they are likely together.

Blackwood is wanted in Washington but the warrants are not serviceable in Oregon. Reportedly, Blackwood spent several months on Washington's most wanted list. He is known to steal vehicles is Washington. Attached are photos obtained from both Blackwood and Cochrane's Facebook pages.

Joshua R. Blackwood is identified as follows:
- White male
- 22 years old
- 5'7"
- 140 lbs.
- Blue eyes
- Blond hair
- Last seen wearing shorts with no shirt or shoes
- Tattoo of seattle Syline on R. Forearm
- Tattoo "Family" on left side of neck under ear

If anyone sees Blackwood they are urged to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888 or 911 DO NOT Approach Blackwood

The following charges are pending aganst Blackwood and this morning events:
- Assualt on a public safety officer
- Hit and Run
- Attempt to Elude
- Reckless Drive
- PCS
- Criminal Mischief

CCSO deputies searched the area the help of the CCSO Aviation Unit and K9 units from Clackamas and Tigard PD. Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies also responded to assist in the search.


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Oregon State Police Seeks Public Assistance in Douglas County Poaching Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/17 2:58 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of August 13th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek Road and Johanneson Creek Road. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road. The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12th, 2017 during the late evening hours.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Jay Evans through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-900-0447. (Case # SP17288134) (Email - JEvans@osp.state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.



Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)


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Death Investigation- Grand Ronde- ** Update #2 on Investigation Status *** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/17 3:40 PM
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UPDATE #2
Based on the investigation conducted the information the Oregon State Police received Dayleen Crowder's death showed no evidence of foul play. The Oregon State Police is continuing to ask anyone who had seen or spoken to Crowder since the end of July to call the Northern Command Center at the below listed number.
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Update#1

On August 15, 2017 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to report of a deceased female off highway 18 near the exit 25 overpass (Fort Hill). The female has been identified as Dayleen Kay Crowder (age 52) from Grand Ronde.

Crowder's last known residence was in Grand Ronde at the end of July. The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who might have information or who had seen Crowder after the end of July to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center. Please call (800) 452-7888 and refer to case number SP17-292529. Detective Moisan is the lead detective on the case.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Polk County Animal Control, and Polk County District Attorney's Office.

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The Oregon State Police and local Polk County agencies are conducting a death investigation off highway 18 near milepost 25 (Fort Hill area). The overpass 25 is closed at this time to help investigtors. There is no known threat to public safety. We will release information as it becomes available.

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Commercial Fire in SE Salem
Salem Fire Dept. - 08/20/17 7:49 AM
The Salem Fire Department is responding to a 2-alarm fire in a commercial structure near the Intersection of Bush Street SE and Commercial Street SE.

Additional information will be provided when it is available.
Medical
Kaiser Permanente Eclipse Glasses Safe
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 08/17/17 4:19 PM
The eclipse glasses Kaiser Permanente has been giving to its members and the community are safe, and not part of any recall. They are CE certified, meet the necessary ISO requirements, and were manufactured in California by Rainbow Symphony, Inc., an approved supplier. Kaiser Permanente has distributed 40,000 glasses in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute at RiverBend earns five vascular reaccreditations and echocardiography reaccreditation
PeaceHealth - 08/16/17 1:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Lane County residents seeking heart health care can rest easy. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend's Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute (OHVI) is one of only three vascular labs in the state of Oregon to earn all five vascular lab accreditations from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in all areas of testing.

"This latest accreditation awarded to OHVI demonstrates the team's ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care," said Rick Padgett, MD, Cardiology. "IAC accreditation is something patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement."

Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation process followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process assesses both the critical operational and technical components a facility.

OHVI has been granted a three-year term of Vascular Testing reaccreditation by the IAC in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing, Intracranial Cerebrovascular Testing and Visceral Vascular Testing.

OHVI has also been granted a three-year term of echocardiography reaccreditation by the IAC in the areas of adult stress, adult transesophageal and adult transthoracic. OHVI caregivers also serve patients at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence, Cottage Grove Community Medical Center in Cottage Grove and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in Eugene. IAC granted the OHVI team echocardiography reaccreditation for each location in the area of adult transthoracic.

OHVI is also accredited by the IAC for General Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology.

OHVI serves patients with heart and vascular disorders, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. The team is comprised of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, interventional radiologists, and vascular surgeons. For more information, call (541) 222-7218.

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is one of Oregon's busiest hospitals located in Springfield, Ore., 110 miles south of Portland. This 347-bed facility is one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco, serving as a Level II Trauma Center for an eight-county region. Key services for the not-for-profit hospital include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery and other specialized surgical services. Visit us online at peacehealth.org

About IAC: IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation(R). IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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PeaceHealth Peace Harbor prepares for potential eclipse 'surge'
PeaceHealth - 08/16/17 1:52 PM
FLORENCE, Ore. - The highly anticipated Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is right around the corner.

Astronomy experts and amateurs alike have been busy planning where they'll go to get the best views, which solar viewers to purchase, and how they'll document the historic event.

But with portions of northern Oregon sitting smack-dab within the prime viewing area known as the "path of totality," and more than 1 million visitors predicted to flood the area between Aug. 16 and 23, officials at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center and local agencies have other issues on their minds. Their focus has been on preparing for a potential influx of patients, disruptions in supply deliveries and cell phone service, and surges in prescription orders and clinic visits as citizens work to get ahead of predicted traffic congestion.

According to Jim Cole, injury prevention/emergency medical services coordinator for PeaceHealth Oregon, officials have been working to make sure its facilities and employees are on alert, prepared and ready, no matter what happens. Several months ago, the hospital participated in Western Lane Emergency Operations Group's disaster drill which simulated a sudden influx of patients to the facility.

Preparations have also included making sure there are enough staff, supplies and other necessary resources for a potential patient capacity surge, and communicating and collaborating with public health and safety agencies across the region.

Many of the prime total eclipse viewing areas are in rural towns, where access to high-level medical care is limited. This means that PeaceHealth medical centers in Oregon and Southwest Washington will be on alert to potentially receive patients from a variety of locations.

"PeaceHealth is focusing on providing safe, high-quality care to patients and being ready, if necessary, to handle a surge of sick or injured people at its hospitals in Springfield, Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence," said Cole. "Patient care is our top concern, and we've been preparing for it."

View the eclipse safely

Citizens need to take steps to make sure they are fully prepared as well. Watching the solar eclipse without proper eye protection can cause long-term vision damage.

Dr. Lee Azpiroz, optometrist at PeaceHealth Medical Group, points out that the eyes are not designed to withstand the intensity of viewing the sun directly, even for a brief period of time.

"There is no known safe duration for directly viewing the sun," Azpiroz said. "As Eye Physicians, we want you to enjoy the eclipse safely. Pay attention to the advice below. If you are concerned that you may have developed a problem after viewing the eclipse, you should be evaluated soon afterward by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist."

American Academy of Ophthalmology and NASA recommendations for viewing the eclipse safely include:

?,? Do not look directly at the sun without certified solar glasses or viewers, except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse -- when the moon entirely blocks the sun and it is completely dark.
?,? Only look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through certified solar glasses or viewers. Certified glasses will have the international safety standard mark: ISO 12312-2, and come from an approved seller. Traditional sunglasses (even very dark ones) and homemade filters are unsafe to use and offer no eye protection.
?,? Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or similar devices, even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.
?,? Consider watching the eclipse indirectly. You can make your own pinhole viewer. For simple instructions, visit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/. Or you can let NASA do the work for you and watch as they live stream the eclipse by visiting https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.
For more information about eye safety precautions, visit www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety.
For more information about the Aug. 21 eclipse, visit https://eclipse.aas.org or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

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 medical 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.

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PeaceHealth Cottage Grove prepares for potential eclipse 'surge'
PeaceHealth - 08/16/17 1:47 PM
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - The highly anticipated Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is right around the corner.

Astronomy experts and amateurs alike have been busy planning where they'll go to get the best views, which solar viewers to purchase, and how they'll document the historic event.

But with portions of northern Oregon sitting smack-dab within the prime viewing area known as the "path of totality," and more than 1 million visitors predicted to flood the area between Aug. 16 and 23, officials at PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center and local agencies have other issues on their minds. Their focus has been on preparing for a potential influx of patients, disruptions in supply deliveries and cell phone service, and surges in prescription orders and clinic visits as citizens work to get ahead of predicted traffic congestion.

According to Jim Cole, injury prevention/emergency medical services coordinator for PeaceHealth Oregon, officials have been working since May to make sure its facilities and employees are on alert, prepared and ready, no matter what happens.

These preparations include making sure there are enough staff, supplies and other necessary resources if there is a patient capacity surge, and also communicating and collaborating with public health and safety agencies across the region.

Many of the prime total eclipse viewing areas are in rural towns, where access to high-level medical care is limited. This means that PeaceHealth medical centers in Oregon and Southwest Washington will be on alert to potentially receive patients from a variety of locations.

"PeaceHealth is focusing on providing safe, high-quality care to patients and being ready, if necessary, to handle a surge of sick or injured people at its hospitals in Springfield, Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence," said Cole. "Patient care is our top concern, and we've been preparing for it."

View the eclipse safely

Citizens need to take steps to make sure they are fully prepared as well. Watching the solar eclipse without proper eye protection can cause long-term vision damage.

Dr. Lee Azpiroz, optometrist at PeaceHealth Medical Group, points out that the eyes are not designed to withstand the intensity of viewing the sun directly, even for a brief period of time.

"There is no known safe duration for directly viewing the sun," Azpiroz said. "As Eye Physicians, we want you to enjoy the eclipse safely. Pay attention to the advice below. If you are concerned that you may have developed a problem after viewing the eclipse, you should be evaluated soon afterward by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist."

American Academy of Ophthalmology and NASA recommendations for viewing the eclipse safely include:

?,? Do not look directly at the sun without certified solar glasses or viewers, except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse -- when the moon entirely blocks the sun and it is completely dark.
?,? Only look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through certified solar glasses or viewers. Certified glasses will have the international safety standard mark: ISO 12312-2, and come from an approved seller. Traditional sunglasses (even very dark ones) and homemade filters are unsafe to use and offer no eye protection.
?,? Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or similar devices, even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.
?,? Consider watching the eclipse indirectly. You can make your own pinhole viewer. For simple instructions, visit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/. Or you can let NASA do the work for you and watch as they live stream the eclipse by visiting https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.
For more information about eye safety precautions, visit www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety.
For more information about the Aug. 21 eclipse, visit https://eclipse.aas.org or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

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 medical 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.

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PeaceHealth prepares for potential eclipse 'surge'
PeaceHealth - 08/16/17 1:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The highly anticipated Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is right around the corner.

Astronomy experts and amateurs alike have been busy planning where they'll go to get the best views, which solar viewers to purchase, and how they'll document the historic event.

But with portions of northern Oregon sitting smack-dab within the prime viewing area known as the "path of totality," and more than 1 million visitors predicted to flood the area between Aug. 16 and 23, officials at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and University District and local agencies have other issues on their minds. Their focus has been on preparing for a potential influx of patients, disruptions in supply deliveries and cell phone service, and surges in prescription orders and clinic visits as citizens work to get ahead of predicted traffic congestion.

According to Jim Cole, injury prevention/emergency medical services coordinator for PeaceHealth Oregon, officials have been working since May to make sure its facilities and employees are on alert, prepared and ready, no matter what happens.

These preparations include making sure there are enough staff, supplies and other necessary resources if there is a patient capacity surge, and also communicating and collaborating with public health and safety agencies across the region.

Many of the prime total eclipse viewing areas are in rural towns, where access to high-level medical care is limited. This means that PeaceHealth medical centers in Oregon and Southwest Washington will be on alert to potentially receive patients from a variety of locations.

"PeaceHealth is focusing on providing safe, high-quality care to patients and being ready, if necessary, to handle a surge of sick or injured people at its hospitals in Springfield, Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence," said Cole. "Patient care is our top concern, and we've been preparing for it."

View the eclipse safely

Citizens need to take steps to make sure they are fully prepared as well. Watching the solar eclipse without proper eye protection can cause long-term vision damage.

Dr. Lee Azpiroz, optometrist at PeaceHealth Medical Group, points out that the eyes are not designed to withstand the intensity of viewing the sun directly, even for a brief period of time.

"There is no known safe duration for directly viewing the sun," Azpiroz said. "As Eye Physicians, we want you to enjoy the eclipse safely. Pay attention to the advice below. If you are concerned that you may have developed a problem after viewing the eclipse, you should be evaluated soon afterward by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist."

American Academy of Ophthalmology and NASA recommendations for viewing the eclipse safely include:

?,? Do not look directly at the sun without certified solar glasses or viewers, except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse -- when the moon entirely blocks the sun and it is completely dark.
?,? Only look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through certified solar glasses or viewers. Certified glasses will have the international safety standard mark: ISO 12312-2, and come from an approved seller. Traditional sunglasses (even very dark ones) and homemade filters are unsafe to use and offer no eye protection.
?,? Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or similar devices, even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.
?,? Consider watching the eclipse indirectly. You can make your own pinhole viewer. For simple instructions, visit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/. Or you can let NASA do the work for you and watch as they live stream the eclipse by visiting https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.
For more information about eye safety precautions, visit www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety.
For more information about the Aug. 21 eclipse, visit https://eclipse.aas.org or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

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 medical 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.

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Utilities
Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power - 08/16/17 9:19 AM
Contact: Media Hotline, 800-570-5838 Aug. 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power will deploy crews and equipment strategically to maintain a strong, flexible response should outages occur

PATH OF TOTALITY, Ore.-- Rare as they are, solar eclipses are more predictable and easier to prepare for than rogue Pacific storms, events Pacific Power plans for several times a year.

Leading up to the eclipse the morning of Aug. 21, Pacific Power is taking an all hands on deck approach. Nonessential work on the grid has been postponed and employees have been put on call. Equipment and material are prepositioned and ready for use as needed

"We work with local emergency management groups year around, planning for events that have the potential to disrupt power to our customers," said Curtis Mansfield, vice president of operations. "Wind storms, silver thaws, heat waves all have the potential to cause outages. Our crews are on standby and stationed strategically for the eclipse to make repairs should they become necessary."

Mansfield continued: "Our main concern is being able to get to an outage. Roads may be congested. We are working with local authorities to assure access. Other emergency vehicles will also need to navigate traffic jams and special safety passages will be maintained in many areas."

Pacific Power does not anticipate outage problems due to overcapacity. Full hotel rooms and campgrounds are something the company plans for and there is no reason to believe power supply or equipment issues will surface

Electricity serving Pacific Power's customers comes from a diverse array of resources, so the minor down tick in solar generation will be offset by hydro, wind, and thermal generation -- all capable of providing quick increases in output over the course of the event.

Safety however is top of mind. In the path of totality, many residents are having visitors camped out on their properties over the weekend in preparation for the big event on Monday. Pacific Power urges customers to stay safe:

If extension cords are being used to supply visitor recreational vehicles, make sure that they are in good repair (no frays) and of sufficient capacity.
Check your electrical service box to make sure it has the capacity to serve your visitors.
Make sure that cords run safely to the RV so that they are not tripping or clothes-lining hazards.
Be aware that the extra usage could cause an increase in your power bill next month. Look for ways to economize before and after.
Be careful with fire. Use only well maintained fire pits. Obey local fire bans that may be imposed and have water hoses and shovels available.
For more eclipse safety tips go to; www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep

Call toll free any time to report a power outage or a downed line, 1-877-508-5088. To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.7 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.
Transportation
Photo: tanker drop on I-5 MP 53 fire (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 08/17/17 4:31 PM
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ODOT: SW Oregon: I-5 MP 53, between Rogue River and Grants Pass: Due to wildfire, expect extreme delays both NB/SB. NB traffic is backed up nearly 10 miles. Use alternate routes and expect delays. Medford-Grants commuters should consider alternate routes or delaying travel. Watch for emergency crews. UPDATE


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Photos_I-5 Fire MP 53 (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 08/17/17 3:32 PM
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GRANTS PASS: Photos of Oregon Department of Forestry crews arriving and fight wildfire fire on Interstate 5 MP 53, between Rogue River and Grants Pass. Northbound slow lane is closed. Expect delays and congestion. Watch for and yield to emergency crews.


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Military
Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Conducts Busy Weekend SAREX
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 08/19/17 1:57 PM
While most people are either staying home or braving the traffic to get to an eclipse-sighting spot this weekend, members of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol are busy conducting their monthly SAREX, or search-and-rescue exercise.

"We train regularly so we are ready when there is an actual need for our services," Lt Col Ira Rosenberg, Incident Commander, said.

Most monthly weekend trainings have a focus, like 'aerial photography' or 'ground team.' At those SAREXs, Oregon Wing members work to hone their skills on that focus.

Unlike previous SAREXs, though, this Saturday's training has three components: Communication, eclipse monitoring, and training. SAREX participants, depending on their needs, will be able to choose what training and skills they want to practice.

"This is near the end of our fiscal year and it gives us a chance to catch up on training that we missed or need more of. We will do this as well as supporting the State of Oregon with its eclipse support," Lt Col Rosenberg said.

In addition to the practice training that Oregon Wing members will receive, some members will be working a real-world assignment: Monitoring road and airport conditions along the eclipse's 'path of totality' on behalf of the Oregon Department of Aviation and Oregon Transportation Department.

"Large numbers of people are expected for the event and we want to make it as pleasant as possible for all people from Oregon and from out of state," Lt Col Rosenberg said.

Civil Air Patrol, is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives a year.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Assists in Eclipse Traffic Monitoring (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 08/19/17 1:54 PM
CAP mission pilot Lt. Dan Bradley and CAP mission observer Maj Rezai Morteza go over flight plans for aerial photo mission prior to takeoff.
CAP mission pilot Lt. Dan Bradley and CAP mission observer Maj Rezai Morteza go over flight plans for aerial photo mission prior to takeoff.
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AURORA, Ore. -- Members of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol are flying the skies today through Tuesday, monitoring road and airport conditions of areas in the eclipse's 'path of totality.'

The Civil Air Patrol was launched at the request of the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA), in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Because Oregon is expected to have more than one million visitors this weekend, ODA, ODOT and OEM have tasked the Civil Air Patrol to monitor areas where there is a high possibility of severe congestion or safety concerns at local airports.

Over the next four days, multiple aircrews from the Oregon Wing CAP will fly routes that will help ODA and ODOT monitor the conditions of at least 17 airports and 7 major roads. The CAP aircrews will be able to give ODA and ODOT personnel real-time updates of the congestion, which could help ODA and ODOT respond to real-time circumstances.

"We are working with the Oregon Department of Aviation, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Office of Emergency Management to assist Oregonians and visitors in having a safe and rewarding experience during the eclipse," Lt Col Nick Ham, Civil Air Patrol Incident Commander, said.

Civil Air Patrol is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives a year.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Attached Media Files: CAP mission pilot Lt. Dan Bradley and CAP mission observer Maj Rezai Morteza go over flight plans for aerial photo mission prior to takeoff.
Federal
BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/17/17 2:32 PM
PR 12-17
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 17, 2017
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse

Public's cooperation requested in interacting with crews on or near transmission lines and facilities

Portland, Ore. -- While the pending total eclipse may capture the nation's attention and turn eyes skyward, Bonneville Power Administration remains focused on the region's high-voltage transmission lines directly overhead.

Between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, officials from the state of Oregon expect an influx of more than one million visitors, many of whom may be camping in areas near BPA facilities and critical infrastructure. Likewise, the state of Idaho anticipates significant travel in and out of the state. BPA is keenly aware that its high-voltage corridors may appear an attractive vantage point for the public even as the lines may pose potential hazards.

These pop-up populations may put additional strain on BPA as it seeks to deliver power reliably and safely throughout the Northwest. BPA's Security and Continuity of Operations Office has been analyzing the path and timing of the eclipse relative to BPA facilities and interests, and working both within BPA and with external agencies to identify and mitigate those potential impacts to our operations.

"We're expecting significant traffic congestion, which could create challenges in responding to any potential power outages. We're also concerned about the possibility of trespassing and vandalism on BPA property, as well as an elevated risk for wildfires," says Sarah Laylo, chief security and continuity officer for BPA.

One concern for the agency is the interaction between the public and our transmission field crews who may be responding to a power outage or performing needed maintenance on the high-voltage transmission system.

"If you encounter a BPA field crew in or near a BPA right-of-way or facility, please remember they have a job to do and that job is directly tied to providing reliable power to the people of the Northwest," said Robin Furrer, vice president of Transmission Services for BPA. "And if they give you instructions or request that you leave an area, it is for your safety. High voltage cannot be taken lightly."

As a way of introduction to visitors and a reminder to residents of the northwest, BPA operates three-fourths of the region's high-voltage transmission system. That system includes more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines that move vast amounts of power from hydroelectric projects and other power plants to urban centers hundreds of miles away.

Here are some key safety facts to remember with power lines or substations:

BPA's high-voltage transmission lines range from 69,000 volts to 500,000 volts -- that's 50 to 100 times the amount of electricity that flows through the distribution lines delivering power to your home;

Unlike the wiring in your home, overhead power lines are not enclosed by electrical insulating material;

Electricity can "arc" or "flashover" from wires, through the air, to trees, other vegetation or equipment up to 15 feet away, where it can cause fires, injuries or even fatalities to anyone nearby;

When power lines carry more electric load, they normally heat up, which causes the wire to expand and sag. In summer, for example, when the air is hot and customers demand lots of electricity, lines can sag up to 14 feet;

Under some high-voltage lines, vehicles can collect induced voltage, particularly if on a nonconductive surface such as asphalt or dry rock. BPA crews use specific restrictions for parking and roads within the right-of-way to keep potential shocks at a low level.

Additionally, wildfires are an ever-present danger, particularly during a dry, hot summer. While BPA's right of ways are used on occasion as fire breaks by firefighters, they are not immune to fire. Something as simple as the heat from an idling vehicle's exhaust pipe can result in combustion of grasses or low vegetation.

BPA is asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the high-voltage transmission system. Damage to lines or substations or other related facilities and equipment is a crime. BPA incurs direct costs to replace stolen or damaged equipment. But those costs, along with lost revenues and economic losses due to power interruptions, are ultimately passed on to electric ratepayers in the Northwest.

Crime Witness Program

BPA offers up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing crimes against BPA facilities and infrastructure. If you have information about illegal or suspicious activity on BPA property, please call BPA's 24-hour, toll-free, confidential Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744. If you see illegal or suspicious activity happening in real time, please first contact local law enforcement. For more details about the program, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/CrimeWitness.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Environmental Scoping Opens Through Oct. 3, 2017 for Port of Coos Bay's Proposed Channel Modification
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/18/17 4:19 PM
Release No: 17-030
For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a public scoping phase in the preparation of a comprehensive environmental impact statement to evaluate the effects of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay's proposed modifications to the Federal Navigation Channel. The Port's proposed project is made up of several actions to improve navigation efficiency, reduce shipping transportation costs and facilitate the shipping industry's transition to larger, more efficient vessels. The Corps' analysis also will support consideration of approvals and permits required prior to construction.

Scoping is an opportunity early in the environmental review process to collect information from the interested public and stakeholders on issues to consider in the analysis of potential environmental effects, as prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Corps is the lead federal agency for preparing the draft EIS. A Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 18, 2017 announcing the Corps' proposal to prepare this EIS and opening the comment period through Oct. 3, 2017.

An open house-style public scoping meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 to talk with Corps staff about the EIS process, the significance of public input and to receive written input. Port staff also will display information about their proposal and be available for discussion. The meeting will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Myrtlewood Room, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay, Ore. The public is welcome to drop by anytime.

Written scoping input is welcome through the comment period by postal mail or by email. The public is encouraged to visit the Corps' channel modification EIS website to learn more about NEPA and how to submit scoping input: www.nwp.usace.army.mil/coast/coos-bay/channel-modification.

Portland District's first mission, eliminating impediments to navigation on the Pacific Northwest's rivers, dates back to 1871. The Corps maintains safe and reliable channels, harbors and waterways for the transportation of commerce, support to national security and recreation.

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Fall Creek Dam getting new fish facility (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/16/17 11:20 AM
Portland District is rebuilding the adult fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir, located southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The rebuilt facility will make it safer to collect and transport wild spring chinook and winter steelhead upstream of
Portland District is rebuilding the adult fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir, located southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The rebuilt facility will make it safer to collect and transport wild spring chinook and winter steelhead upstream of
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Release No: PA 17-029
For Immediate Release
August 16, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Construction crews are rebuilding Fall Creek Dam's Adult Fish Collection Facility southeast of Eugene, Oregon.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing this to meet requirements of the 2008 Willamette Project biological opinions to support the safe collection and transport of wild spring Chinook and winter steelhead upstream of the dam.

The Fall Creek site is an active construction site and Corps employees are still collecting fish at that facility. The older fish collection facility can be problematic for the fish and the facility can be precarious for the fish handlers.

This rebuild is similar to ones conducted at Foster Dam and Minto, on the South Santiam and North Santiam rivers, respectively. Construction began October 2016, is scheduled to be completed May 2018 and will cost an estimated $25 million.

The Corps is rebuilding these structures because it is committed to actions included in the 2008 Willamette Project biological opinions that avoid jeopardizing wild spring Chinook and winter steelhead. The Corps' actions at Fall Creek play into a larger regional effort supporting endangered species recovery in the Upper Willamette River Basin.

Completed in 1966, Fall Creek Dam is a rockfill structure with a gated concrete spillway and outlet works for regulating reservoir levels. It is located at river mile 7.2 on Fall Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River, about 20 miles southeast of Eugene.

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Editor's note: Media are invited to view construction efforts, Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fall Creek Adult Fish Collection Facility. Please RSVP with names of all attendees to Tom Conning no later than 3 p.m., Aug. 22 to confirm attendance. Attendees should wear sturdy shoes, and bring a hard hat and reflective vest, if available.


Attached Media Files: Portland District is rebuilding the adult fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam and Reservoir, located southeast of Eugene, Oregon. The rebuilt facility will make it safer to collect and transport wild spring chinook and winter steelhead upstream of
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Oregon Public Safety Academy Pauses Law Enforcement Training to Participate in Solar Eclipse (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/21/17 1:18 PM
Basic Police 370
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More than 250 newly hired law enforcement officers in training paused this morning to partake in the 2017 total solar eclipse at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. These men and women are from law enforcement agencies around the state.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) held a campus-wide fire drill ahead of the total eclipse and incorporated the morning break so that staff and students could participate in this historic event. For those who wanted to remain outside to view the solar eclipse, special glasses were provided.

DPSST suspended training at the Academy for advanced and specialized classes today so law enforcement officers could be available in their local communities to support the influx of guests and be available for emergency incident response.

DPSST operates the state's public safety training academy which provides basic training to city, county, state, university and tribal law enforcement officers (police, corrections, parole and probation) and public safety communications specialists.

DPSST has been pleased to help support the efforts of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Emergency Management, Oregon Military Department, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in their solar eclipse response coordination efforts around the state.

Oregon is preparing for fill more than 1,000 vacancies that are expected over the next two years as seasoned employees get ready for retirement. Men and women interested in a rewarding career of service should look at www.OregonPoliceJobs.com for employment opportunities.

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention seek: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact Mr. Ken Armstrong, at 503-945-7420.


Attached Media Files: Basic Police 370 , Basic Police 370 , Parole Class 75 , DPSST
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/18/17 3:22 PM
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:30 on September 26, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room C221 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

Review content drafts submitted
Make corrections/revisions to finalize drafts
Assign/delegate completion of drafts
Review next steps in the development process
Address committee member needs


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


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Oregon National Guard Departs Oregon Public Safety Academy for Fire Lines at Crater Lake (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/16/17 12:55 PM
Op Plan Smokey
Op Plan Smokey
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More than 100 Oregon National Guard members, activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown at the request of the Oregon Department of Forestry, to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts in Oregon, departed the Oregon Public Safety Academy a short time ago to join the fire lines at the High Cascade Complex near Crater Lake National Park.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state, completed their refresher training in Salem yesterday. The soldiers and airmen were among 375 trained to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in 2015 in John Day and Enterprise during which they received 40 hours of initial training. The training provided to the Oregon National Guard is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters.

Director Eriks Gabliks of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) said he was "impressed with the dedication and hard work of the men and women of the Oregon National Guard who volunteered to support the state's coordinated wildfire suppression efforts. It was our organization's honor and privilege to train these citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen who have served us both around the state and around the world."

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies with training provided by DPSST at the Oregon Public Safety Academy once the Governor approves the activation of citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen.

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry Fire prevention seek: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact Mr. Ken Armstrong, at 503-945-7420.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard's participation in this year's wildfire fighting efforts, contact Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, at 503-779-9889.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.


Attached Media Files: Op Plan Smokey , Op Plan Smokey , Op Plan Smokey , Op Plan Smokey
New web pages make progress on child and youth safety visible
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/16/17 3:43 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched "10 Priority Projects "web pages for the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages are designed to promote safety for Oregon's children and youth and to transparently share information on the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/projects.aspx

New web pages will make it easier for people to learn about the work DHS is doing around child and youth safety in Oregon. The pages include status reports on projects, timelines and more. The pages will be regularly updated. To receive notifications of updates please subscribe to our Child Safety listserv and follow us on twitter @OregonDHS.

For more information about the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, please contact Nathan Rix, Executive Projects Director, 503-302-5212 or nathan.k.rix@state.or.us.
Scholarship awards boost student achievement
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/22/17 10:59 AM
(Salem) -- They've faced the loss of loved ones and the challenges that brings. They've never given up on themselves or their educational goals. They will keep moving toward those goals with help from the State of Oregon.

Three Oregon high school graduates are recipients of the 2017 Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has announced. The awards program helps family members of Oregon workers who have been fatally injured or permanently disabled to finance higher education.

Each of the recipients has different dreams and career aspirations. Each of them calls a different part of Oregon home. All of them have experienced the personal and financial shock waves that result when a parent is lost to a workplace death or permanently disabled while on the job.

The recipients are:

Dalton Lehnherr, Powers

Lehnherr graduated in 2017 from Powers High School. He plans to study web design and visual communications at Linn-Benton Community College.

His father was seriously injured in a logging truck accident. Lehnherr is receiving a $1,000 award. "It means a lot to me," he said of the award. He'll always follow his dad's advice, he said, which is to keep trying, keep your head up, and to be as positive as you can.

Adelaine Prinz, Tigard

A 2015 graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Prinz is studying graphic design at Boise State University. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she hopes to work at a marketing company and for a nonprofit, while studying architecture.

Prinz's father died in an airplane crash while doing his job as a corporate controller. She is receiving a $1,500 award. Prinz's interest in working for a nonprofit was inspired by her volunteer work for Holt International, a Christian adoption agency based in Eugene.
Prinz said the scholarship has made room in her finances to explore other areas of her life, including giving back to others through her work for Holt. "As I navigate the last few years of college, my hopes are to engage in activities that help me in my career path and my well-being," she said.

Ston Yackamouih, Riddle

Yackamouih is a 2017 graduate of Riddle High School. He plans to study computer engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology.

His father died in a logging accident. Yackamouih is receiving a $1,500 award. Yackamouih grew up fascinated by computers. He said he remembers his dad playing video games with him before heading to work. The father and son also took trips to a local video game store to pick out new games. His dad, Yackamouih said, would be "very proud of me" to be headed to college.

"These young people have been through so much loss and heartache," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "While we can do little to address their loss, these awards do offer us an opportunity to support them as they pursue their future goals."

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers.
The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.
The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job. For more information about the program, go to http://osha.oregon.gov/workers/Pages/workers-memorial-scholarship.aspx.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Explosive growth on Chetco Bar Fire leads to conflagration declaration
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/20/17 4:08 PM
Several existing fires in Oregon grew yesterday, with the greatest growth on the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County in southwest Oregon. Overnight strong north winds pushed the fire south, increasing it by thousands of acres and threatening land protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association. Infrared mapping shows the total fire size as of this morning had reached about 31,000 acres according to a news release from the fire's Incident Management Team. Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to allow for the mobilization of additional resources.

The fire is exhibiting extreme behavior with long-range spotting, prompting Level 3 evacuations and closure of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Significant smoke is also affecting air quality this weekend in Brookings. The fire was started by lightning July 12 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Fire managers from the Coos Forest Protective Association are engaged in the fire. They are focused on lands they protect which are threatened by the Chetco Bar Fire. ODF will send additional resources to CFPA as they are needed to help that mission.

Temporary Flight Restriction issued for Chetco Bar
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Chetco Bar Fire. Any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Visit the FAA's website www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Because of the potential to interfere with aircraft fighting a fire, it's never a good idea to send a private drone to any wildfire. Remember, "If you fly, we can't!"

ODF is fully engaged on wildfires
ODF is fully engaged on wildfires across the state, conducting those operations safely, efficiently and effectively. As was done in the busy wildfire years of 2013-15, to sustain our operations ODF has again been mobilizing resources from the national system and our Canadian partners.

ODF is integrated with Oregon's Office of Emergency Management to manage demands resulting from the solar eclipse. The influx of visitors coincides with the state's peak fire season.

New wildfires on ODF-protected land
To date, ODF's emphasis on putting out fires as early as possible on lands we protect has helped keep acres burned on those lands far below the 10-year average.

Raven's Ridge Fire
ODF's Forest Grove unit responded to the 19-acre Raven's Ridge Fire. The fire started Saturday afternoon in steep slash and timber in western Washington County. ODF staff now have the fire 100 percent lined and are mopping up. They were aided in their suppression efforts by a logging operator's dozer and excavator. Other assistance was provided by rural fire departments from Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Vernonia and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, as well as Fire Boss planes and South Fork inmate crews.

Backside Baldy Lane Fire
An aggressive and coordinated initial attack by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire and EMS stopped a fast-moving grass fire late Saturday afternoon three miles northwest of Yoncalla. DFPA's helicopter dropped buckets of water on the head of the fire to slow its forward spread. Engine crews from both agencies and a bull dozer from the landowner then worked around the outside of the fire, stopping it at approximately 12 acres. The cause is under investigation.

Updates on other existing Oregon wildfires

Milli Fire - Deschutes National Forest
Protecting structures remains a high priority for this fire just outside Sisters. Evacuations, closures of roads and recreation areas are in place. Visible smoke from the fire may impact eclipse visibility in the vicinity. Information posted by the incident still shows it at 7,814 acres.

More than 480 personnel are reported engaged in fighting the fire. ODF, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation are cooperating with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team to manage the fire.

Belknap Fire - Ochoco National Forest
The lightning-caused wildfire 20 miles northeast of Prineville is reported at 75 percent contained. It has been burning in the Mill Creek Wilderness.

Falcon Complex -
This group of fires burning in timber roughly 17 miles north of Prospect in southern Oregon has grown by 300 acres to a total size of 2,200 acres. It is reported as 17 percent contained.

High Cascades Complex - in and around Crater Lake National Park
This complex of fires has grown a reported 572 acres over the past 24 hours to 11,226 acres. The fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior. Over a hundred Oregon National Guard members are helping at the fire since being mobilized earlier this week. Road, trail and area closures are in place.

Jones Fire - Willamette National Forest
This fire east of Springfield has grown by a thousand acres and is reported this morning at 3,728 acres. Structures and commercial timber are threatened and there have been area closures and campground evacuations. Burnout operations are a part of the fire plan.

Miller Complex - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The total acreage burned was reported at 5,302 acres, an increase of 634 acres. The Complex is burning in timber southwest Jackson County near the California border.

Nena Springs - Warm Springs reservation
Growth overnight on this fire was more limited than yesterday, increasing by 2,132 acres to 68,135 total acres burned.

Staley Fire - Willamette National Forest
No growth in the fire had been reported by early this morning. It is still listed at 761 acres. This fire 23 miles south of Oakridge is just a few miles from ODF-protected land. ODF is engaging with the Incident Management Team managing the fire.

Umpqua North Complex - Umpqua National Forest
This group of fires is now reported at 6,878 acres. ODF and the Douglas Forest Protective Association are part of a Unified Command formed in response to the fire. Campground and area closures are in effect and evacuations are in place.

Whitewater Fire - Willamette National Forest / ODF North Cascade District
This fire is now reported at 7,599 acres, an increase of 568 acres. Burnout operations have been conducted to remove vegetation between this fire and control lines, helping keep the fire from spreading into private forestland. Two Oregon Army National Guard Ch-47 helicopters continue making water drops on the fire.

Fire conditions forecast
Skies should be sunny across the state for tomorrow's eclipse except at the coast. Dry, sunny weather keeps fuels dry, making them ignite easily.

Lightning is expected to return to south-central Oregon Tuesday, spreading more widely to central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday. New wildfires are likely in the wake of the thunderstorms. Fire restrictions and closures remain in effect. To find those for ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

For more information on wildfires and wildfire readiness, please go to the department's wildfire blog.
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Enjoy the eclipse and keep Oregon safe from wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/17 10:27 PM
SALEM, Ore. -- Thousands of people planned long ago to view Monday's eclipse from an Oregon campground. One result is that developed campgrounds in and near the path of totality are full. For those last-minute eclipse-gazers heading to Oregon's wildlands, a few simple tips can ensure a safe watching experience, according to Kristin Babbs, President of Keep Oregon Green.

First, what may look like state or federal public land might actually be private property. "Private landowners are very concerned about fire starts this time of year," said Babbs. "Many have locked their gates to protect their land from the increased visitation and potential campsite-seekers during the eclipse. We ask that travelers respect individual private property owners by not pulling over on their lands, trespassing, blocking gates, camping, collecting firewood or building campfires."

By mid-August, vegetation across much of the state is tinder dry. Add warm temperatures and low humidity, and the slightest spark or flying ember can set a landscape ablaze."

Babbs has these tips to help you enjoy Oregon's wildlands and keep them green, not just during the eclipse but all summer long:
Kick the campfire habit and pack a portable camping stove. They are usually allowed when campfires are not. For more information on campfire and other restrictions, go to www.keeporegongreen.org/current-conditions. IF campfires are allowed at your destination, make sure the fire is completely out and cool to the touch before leaving the site.
Don't park on dry vegetation. If you must pull off the road, stay on shoulder pavement or gravel. The contact from your vehicles hot exhaust system can easily ignite dry grass, weeds and brush.
No fireworks and no sky lanterns.
Lastly, do your part to ensure that your campsites are kept clean of garbage and litter. Pack it in, pack it out and leave no trace.

For more wildfire prevention information, visit www.keeporegongreen.org or visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages via @keeporegongreen.
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Oregon. Dept. of Forestry Fire Update - Aug. 19, 2017 - Few new fires reported in Oregon, large fires grow
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/17 1:49 PM
(SALEM, Ore.) - Although existing fires in Oregon grew yesterday, a lack of lightning across the state helped keep new fire starts Friday very limited. In the whole state, there were only seven new fires reported, which burned a total of 76 acres. Aggressive initial attack by ODF firefighters has kept the few that started on ODF-protected lands to small size.

By contrast, several existing large fires in southern and central Oregon and the Cascades grew substantially Friday. Updated information on large Oregon fires can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/38/.

Most large Oregon wildfires burning now had their origins on public lands not protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Where fires originate on land not protected by ODF but threaten to spread to ODF-protected forestland, the agency often actively assists. The agency engages by constructing firelines to prevent a fire's spread onto ODF-protected lands, and helping actively suppress encroaching fires with ground and aerial resources.
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Oregon Dept. of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, Aug. 18 - Existing large fires spread
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/17 3:49 PM
Winds helped fan the spread of two existing large fires in central Oregon yesterday while a third in southern Oregon crossed a river barrier.

With hundreds of homes threatened, the Milli Fire just west of Sisters has become the top priority fire within the regional and national fire response system. ODF's Central Oregon District continues to be heavily engaged in fighting the fire along with the Deschutes National Forest. The fire was reported yesterday at 4,565 acres. It has affected at least 200 acres of ODF-protected land. ODF has contacted affected landowners. The fire's spread into areas of standing dead timber creates additional hazards for firefighters. The fire has generated evacuation orders and closures of roads and recreational areas in and around the Three Sisters Wilderness. A community meeting yesterday about the fire was attended by some 400 people.

An ember Thursday afternoon blew across containment lines on the Nena Springs Fire, dramatically increasing the fire size from 40,000 to 46,000 acres and threatening homes. No additional ODF-protected lands were involved in yesterday's breakout. The fire is burning
on the Warms Springs reservation some 30 miles south of The Dalles.

Yesterday the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County crossed the Chetco River and grew to the southwest. As a result of the fire's movement, more resources arrived today with more expected in coming days, including engines, crews and overhead. With strong north winds and lower relative humidity the fire moved to the south and is now established in the Quail Prairie drainage. The fire's size is estimated at 10,963 acres. Visibility is expected to worsen in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of fire growth. A community meeting will be held in Brookings at Azalea Middle School, this Sunday Aug. 20th at 3 p.m.

New fires on ODF-protected lands

A lack of lightning and moderate temperatures across inland Oregon meant relatively few new fire starts yesterday. Aggressive initial attack by ODF firefighters has kept most of the few that did start on ODF-protected lands to small size.

In southern Oregon, temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s and the energy release component levels (a measure of the available energy per square foot at the flaming front of a fire) are in some places setting records. ODF's Southwest Oregon District responded yesterday afternoon to a fire in steep, brushy terrain five miles east of Grants Pass near I-5 at milepost 53. That fire quickly grew to about 30 acres. ODF sent 11 engines, nine hand crews, two water tenders and four dozers to the fire.

The Staley Fire south of Oakridge is burning just a few miles from ODF-protected land. ODF is engaging with the Incident Management Team managing that fire.

Updates on other existing wildfires

Umpqua North Complex - Douglas Forest Protective Association

Because the fire continues to move west towards the Umpqua National Forest boundary, fire managers have entered into a Unified Command with the U.S. Forest Service, ODF, Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Bureau of Land Management.

Increased fire activity is expected this afternoon. ODF and Douglas Forest Protective Association personnel remain engaged in protecting private lands threatened by the group of fires that started on the Umpqua National Forest.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, issued a Level One "Get Ready" evacuation notice today for the Susan Creek residential area and the Bureau of Land Management Susan Creek Campground. The Umpqua National Forest remains closed in areas of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts.

Whitewater Fire - Willamette National Forest / ODF North Cascade District

More burnout operations to remove vegetation between this fire and control lines are planned. This should help keep the fire from spreading into private forestland. The fire size is holding at 6,716 acres. Two Oregon Army National Guard Ch-47 helicopters from Pendleton continue dropping water on the fire.

Fire conditions forecast

Eclipse viewers will be pleased to note that skies will be sunny everywhere but the coast over the next few days. Temperatures away from the coast will moderate this weekend into the low to mid-80s except around Medford, which will be in the 90s. Sunny skies, however, mean fuels will remain dry and vulnerable to ignition.

Lightning is expected to return to south-central Oregon Tuesday, spreading more widely to central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday. With it comes the almost certain risk of new wildfires. Fire restrictions and closures remain in effect. To find those for ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

For more information on wildfires and wildfire readiness, please go to the department's wildfire blog.

Fire Statistics

January 1, 2017 to August 18, 2017:

Lightning-caused fires: 191 fires burned 2,076 acres
Human-caused fires: 512 fires burned 1,510 acres
Total: 703 fires burned 3,586 acres

10-year average January 1 to this date

Lightning-caused fires: 225 fires burned 27,619 acres
Human-caused fires: 435 fires burned 4,480 acres
Total: 660 fires burned 32,099 acres

Numbers here may be rounded and may not reflect current totals, since reporting of official acres burned can take awhile.
Geologic mapping committee to meet August 23 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 08/18/17 12:56 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee (OGMAC) helps prioritize geologic mapping in the state of Oregon to focus on areas where natural hazard and resource management issues require good geologic data. OGMAC meets annually and is made up of professional geoscientists and natural resource specialists representing federal, state, and local government agencies, academia, and private industry who have a vested interest in Oregon's geologic framework, hazards, and resources.
OHA State Health Assessment Themes and Strengths Subcommittee meets by webinar on September 1
Oregon Health Authority - 08/21/17 3:56 PM
August 21, 2017

What: OHA will host a meeting of the State Health Assessment Themes and Strengths Subcommittee to inform the development of the State Health Assessment.

Agenda: Review themes from existing community health assessments; discuss process and finding from Health Status Assessment subcommittee; discuss method for community engagement process.

When: Friday, September 1 from 1 -- 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A 10-minute public comment period is at 2:30 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Join the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5366789207224162562. For audio dial the conference call line: 1-877-848-7030, Access Code: 2030826#.

Oregon's revised State Health Assessment is one of three prerequisites for public health accreditation. The assessment describes the health of the population, identifies areas for improvement, contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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West Nile virus, other mosquito-borne diseases are reminder to protect yourself during eclipse watching
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/17 3:22 PM
August 17, 2017

Health officials say people can reduce risk by covering up, using repellent

New cases of West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have been discovered in mosquitoes collected in several eastern Oregon counties. That is a good reminder for eclipse watchers of the importance of protecting yourself from mosquito bites, public health officials say.

West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis, which usually present as flu-like diseases, are spread by mosquito bites. The diseases have been found in Harney, Morrow and Malheur counties, according to officials at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine found West Nile late Wednesday in nine mosquito pools--a sample of about 50 mosquitoes collected by vector control district personnel--and Saint Louis encephalitis in two pools. Two human cases of West Nile have been reported so far in 2017, both in Malheur County.

Emilio DeBess, DVM, OHA public health veterinarian, says that as about 1 million people converge on or near the path of the total eclipse, they should prepare now to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

"As people camp out in areas where mosquitoes are active, we want to remind people that the insects are biting and have the ability to spread these diseases," DeBess said. "Please take some simple steps to protect yourselves and your families from bug bites."

DeBess offers these tips:
-- When outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, protect yourself by using mosquito repellents containing: At least 20 percent DEET but no more than 50 percent DEET; picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the U.S.A.); IR3535; oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD); 2-undecanone.
-- Avoid sources of standing water. These are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
-- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.
-- Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

DeBess recommends protecting animals against mosquito bites. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian about topical mosquito repellents. Horse owners should consult their veterinarian about vaccinating horses for West Nile virus.

Most people who get West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have mild symptoms such as fever, headaches and nausea. Signs of illness typically last from three to six days. In a few cases, more severe signs of illness occur. Severe signs of illness include tremors or confusion. The central nervous system also may be affected. This can result in a headache combined with fever, infection of brain fluids and fluids around the spine, or brain swelling. Consult your health care provider if you have these symptoms. Health care providers can contact their county health departments for information on disease testing services offered by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Public Health Division website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnile.aspx.

For information about Saint Louis encephalitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/sle/index.html

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Be aware of harmful algae blooms, water quality during eclipse
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/17 11:19 AM
August 16, 2017

Water bodies affected with blue-green algae could be harmful

The Oregon Health Authority is advising the public about the potential for harmful blue-green algae blooms and toxins associated with these blooms on water bodies in areas people are visiting to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse.

Any water body under the right conditions can develop a harmful algae bloom. Although not all blooms produce toxins at levels that are harmful to people, there is no way to know if a bloom is producing toxins, or the level of toxins being produced, without laboratory analysis of a water sample.

Because only a fraction of Oregon's fresh waters are visually monitored and sampled when blooms occur, people shouldn't count on being notified about all harmful algae blooms, especially on water bodies not considered high-use for recreation, or those not used for public drinking water.

When visiting a lake in Oregon for camping or other recreation, there are certain conditions to look for stay safe and healthy. If the water smells bad or looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint and pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, stay out and don't use the water for drinking or cooking. Algae toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treatment with camping filters. Only public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. Potable water at established campgrounds should be fine.

Exposure to toxins occurs by ingesting or drinking affected water. Although these toxins are not absorbed through the skin, a puffy red rash may occur where skin comes into contact with a bloom. Toxins can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Special precaution should be taken with pets to keep them from drinking from or swimming in areas identified as having a potential bloom. The exposure level for dogs is much lower than that for people.

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

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which affected water can be ingested, people are encouraged to enjoy their visit to Oregon for the eclipse.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency, and heed all warning signs and educational materials regarding harmful algae blooms.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body being sampled, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767. You can also find lots of additional facts and information on the website to help you enjoy your visit while staying safe.

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Homeless Count Finds Accomplishments and Challenges
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 08/22/17 11:01 AM
SALEM, OR -- Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has released findings from the 2017 Point-in-Time Homeless Count (http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/ISD/RA/2017-Point-in-Time-Estimates-Homelessness-Oregon.pdf) which took place in January. Every two years, communities across Oregon come together to identify the number of homeless individuals living in sheltered and unsheltered locations, demographic trends surrounding homelessness, and the unmet needs of homeless households.

This year, the count found 13,953 people in Oregon are without a permanent place to call home. This number represents a 6% increase, or an additional 777 people, compared to the last count in 2015. Despite an overall increase, the number of homeless veterans decreased by 9% or 121 people. Significant attention and resources have been focused towards housing veterans in Oregon and these numbers indicate progress is being made. Additionally, the Point-in-Time count found homeless youth under the age of 24 represented 1,731 people or about 12% of all individuals counted.

The Point-in-Time count attempts to capture both sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States. The Point-in-Time count provides us with critical information about those who cannot find a permanent place to call home on a given night. However, it does not tell the full story of homelessness in each community. Counting those impacted by homelessness is difficult due to a variety of factors and these numbers are intended to give a general sense of homeless trends in Oregon and across the country. Point-in-Time count figures are used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine funding priorities and need across the country.

In an effort to address homelessness, the 2017 Oregon Legislature provided $40 million in funding to support the Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) program and the State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP). Both of these are used to immediately get people off the street and help them eventually find long-term, stable housing. The Legislature also approved $1.5 million to further help homeless veterans in Oregon. "The progress we're making to meet the housing needs of veterans is encouraging, and I'm proud we were able to dedicate additional funding this session to ensure every Oregon veteran has a roof over his or her head," Governor Brown said. "Still, we have much work ahead to provide safe and affordable housing options for children, seniors, and families in communities across the state."

In addition to a summary of this year's Point-in-Time count, OHCS is excited to announce the release of a new interactive information dashboard that allows users to view the Point-in-Time data by county for 2015 and 2017. This tool is available online at http://tabsoft.co/2vDk00L.
Oregon eclipse update: stay a little longer ... avoid congestion (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/21/17 2:19 PM
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News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 21, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. --- What an amazing sight! #OREclipse was a huge success! Our thanks to Mother Nature for a most incredible Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon -- and for giving us clear skies over much of the viewing area. Working with our local, state and federal partners, as well as the media and the general public, got the word out about arriving early. People had little trouble getting to their eclipse viewing spots -- and overall had an excellent experience.
OEM, state, county and tribal agencies thank our media partners for helping share our preparedness messaging. We stressed the importance of safe travel, of preparing for delays, having adequate supplies, being mindful of fire dangers, and eclipse watchers did just that..

By being prepared and heeding requests to stay off the road, Oregonians made it possible for the state to sustain a substantial out-of-state and international visitor presence safely-- while also managing a large number of seasonal wildfires during an extremely dry summer.
We now encourage our eclipse visitors to stick around and enjoy everything our beautiful state and its communities have to offer. Oregon has abundant natural and cultural wonders to see. No glasses needed! From the Oregon Coast to the Snake River, there are millions of acres of public lands for you to explore. Stay awhile and visit recreation.gov and TravelOregon.com. .

We're seeing many eclipse viewers get on the roads now that the event is over. As a result there is heavy traffic congestion and slow going in parts of Oregon. If you must travel today, please plan your trip -- and be prepared to wait. If you're already home in Oregon, it might be best to stay put for a while. Be patient in traffic and, regardless of when you travel, ensure you have plenty of water, nonperishable foods and an emergency kit -- just in case traffic slows to a crawl in your area. Visit ODOT's Trip Check web page at TripCheck.com -- and check your entire route to make sure traffic is flowing before you head out.

Oregon's 211 information line and website at 211info.org continues to be the best source of information for Eclipse-related questions or concerns. Call 211 or go to 211info.org for answers to questions or to find help links to eclipse-related information.


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Attached Media Files: Totality in Salem
Oregon eclipse update: last minute prep for E-Day
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/20/17 4:13 PM
News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 20, 2017


Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- Monday is E-day! The day Eclipse fans have all been anticipating for so long. The Total Solar Eclipse finally occurs in Oregon tomorrow morning starting at 10:15 a.m. on the Oregon Coast.

While the moon will surely cover the sun for a full two minutes, conditions will remain in flux here on the ground long before and after. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and its local, state and federal partners have provided information for residents and visitors who want information about changing conditions leading up to and after the eclipse.

Oregon's 211 information line and website at 211info.org has logged more than 1,700 calls and nearly 4,000 visits to the web to their eclipse web page since Wednesday. This service continues to be the best source of information for Eclipse-related questions or concerns. Call 211 or 211info.org is a great resource for answers to questions that are eclipse-related.

Prior to the eclipse, take a moment to check your eclipse viewing glasses and make sure it has an ISO logo and note that indicates the glasses meet the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015. If your eclipse glasses do not have this certification, do not use them! Consider making a 'pinhole' viewing apparatus. Directions on how to make a pinhole viewer can be found on the OEM Facebook page at facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Traffic has been picking up in some areas of the state on Sunday, but the good news is that traffic was still moving well. Should roads become clogged, be patient and practice #SafeDriving. Continue to plan ahead. Make sure you get on the road with a sufficient supply of water, plenty of snacks and an emergency supply kit. Check traffic on your driving route by visiting the Oregon Department of Transportation's Trip Check web page at TripCheck.com. ODOT personnel are on the roads around the clock to monitor traffic and help with the flow.
Current weather forecasts indicate promising skies for eclipse viewing. However, conditions can change. The National Weather Service has created a page specifically for Eclipse viewers who want updated weather conditions in their area: www.weather.gov/eclipse.

The Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Coordination Center is fully activated to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. OEM's online Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool, known as RAPTOR, has updated information on wildfires and any wildfire-related road closures. People can access RAPTOR through OEM's web page or they may go to www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor. It is important that travelers stay informed about conditions in the area in which they are traveling and take appropriate precautions.

Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically -- even hourly -- during wildfires. Visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the latest information on smoke conditions in your area. Take precautions based on your individual health needs and the smoke levels around you.
If you are traveling to Oregon, please plan to stay around for a while after the eclipse to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and great activities our state has to offer. For information and excellent ideas, visit TravelOregon.com.

"There's a wealth of things folks can do once the two minutes of totality are over and eclipse events come to a close across the country," said Linea Gagliano, Director, Global Communications at Travel Oregon. "There are vineyards and breweries, the beach and other tremendous scenic areas. The possibilities in Oregon are endless."


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Oregon eclipse update: light traffic so far, remember to use 211 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/19/17 3:35 PM
"Who should you call" cjheat sheet
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News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 19, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- We are just two days away from Monday's Eclipse. Priorities among residents and visitors are related to traffic conditions, wildfires and smoke and how they are affecting travel. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with our partner agencies from around the state to provide regular updates.
Saturday saw lighter traffic than expected and travelers were urged to start heading to their destinations if they were able and had a place to stay. Traffic is expected to increase leading up to Monday's event. The best advice is: Arrive early, stay put and leave late! Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's Tripcheck.com for the most up-to-date traffic issues.

OEM has activated its Emergency Coordination Center in order to coordinate the response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. Traveler's should take precautions and know before you go. That means knowing any wildfire conditions in your area and heeding any evacuation notices from local officials. This information can be obtained by using OEM's RAPTOR tool at http://www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor or the Oregon Forestry Department's website http://tinyurl.com/oregonfirerestrictions.

It's important to remember that if a gas station runs out of fuel, it is only a temporary situation. The Oregon Department of Energy assures us that fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, consider visiting another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

Since smoke from wildfires varies by time and location, we recommend residents and visitors visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area. This web page is our multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public. Some people -- such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly -- may experience health effects when the air is unhealthy. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you.

It is vital that you use proper eye protection if you are planning to view the eclipse. If you have trouble purchasing certified eclipse safety glasses there is a simple way to make your own pinhole projector to view the eclipse. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on how to make a pinhole projector. That page is www.facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Please ensure that you know who to call and when. For transportation information call 511; for tourism information call 800-547-7842; for emergencies call 911 and for general information call 211 or visit 211.org. The 211.org page is a one-stop location for links to valuable information that can help travelers have a safe and enjoyable Oregon eclipse experience.


Attached Media Files: "Who should you call" cjheat sheet
Oregon eclipse update: info related to smoke, fire, vehicle fuel, eclipse glasses (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/18/17 4:40 PM
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News release // Oregon Emergency Management // For Immediate Release // Aug. 18, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

Salem OR -- As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.

WILDFIRES
+ The State Emergency Communications Center (ECC) elevated from "enhanced watch" for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state.

CONCERNS OF FUEL SHORTAGES
+ Some people have questioned whether enough fuel is available at Oregon gas stations. The Oregon Department of Energy reports fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Even if a station runs out of fuel, its a temporary situation.

+ The terminals report that Oregons supply is in great shape, with no problems. Fuel haulers reinforced that. Theyre making their deliveries and not reporting any problems.

+ Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, we recommend you visit another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

+ Stay calm fuel on!

WILDFIRE SMOKE
+ Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. This can vary not only daily, but also hourly. Smoke may also affect one part of a community but not another. This can make it difficult to provide specific health warnings, especially when conditions change quickly.

+ Since smoke from wildfires varies around the state -- and can change quickly -- we recommend residents and visitors visit the multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site has the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area.

+ Some people, such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience health effects even when the air is unhealthy for a short time. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you. This may mean staying indoors when air quality is poor. It may also mean not exercising during these conditions.

TRAVEL DELAYS/TRAFFIC
+ Traffic into and around Oregon will increase over the next few days as more and more people arrive to view the eclipse.

+ The best advice is to get where you are going and then stay put. Arrive early, stay put and leave late is your best course of action.

+ Those wanting the best and most current information on traffic conditions around the state should visit the Oregon Department of Transportations Tripcheck web page at http://TripCheck.com.

+ ODOT also has a mobile site at http://TripCheck.com/mobile.

SHORTAGE OF ECLIPSE GLASSES
+ Some areas have reported the supply of eclipse viewing glasses is low or depleted. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse. The OEM page is http://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM

+ For additional information on safe viewing, visit the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology at www.oregoneyephysicians.org, and the Casey Eye Institute www.ohsu.casey.com.

REMINDER
Oregons 211 information line is the best source of information for questions regarding Eclipse issues. Resident and visitors are encouraged to call 211 or visit 211info.org for information.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon Office of Emergency Management
As eclipse nears official information is available statewide (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/17/17 3:12 PM
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Salem OR -- With the total solar eclipse coming through Oregon on Monday, the state is already seeing higher-than-normal levels of traffic in Central and Eastern Oregon. The state, as well as cities and counties in the Path of Totality, have established a Joint Information System to get information to the public and media.

If you are anywhere in Oregon and would like information about the eclipse you can call 211 or go to 211info.org. You can also follow @OregonOEM and other official sources on Twitter using #OReclipse.

Tomorrow, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. join us for a TweetChat using #OReclipse. State agency partners from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will be available to answer your questions about the eclipse.

Information centers throughout Oregon will continue to update the media and public throughout the event.


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Campfires prohibited in Oregon State Parks and on beaches
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 2:30 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in Oregon State Parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Aug. 16 until further notice. These restrictions extend to all Oregon beaches. Charcoal briquettes, tiki-style torches and candles are also prohibited until further notice. Only fuel sources that can be turned off instantly, such as propane stoves, will be allowed. Some parks will also allow propane fire pits; campers are advised to check directly with the park.

"Most state parks are already under a fire restriction due to hot, dry conditions," said MG Devereux, OPRD Deputy Director. "We are expanding these restrictions to prevent any unintentional fires in state parks that would add an unnecessary burden to firefighting efforts."

"We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see an immediate local need for fire restrictions. We appreciate your patience and understanding," Devereux added.

Fireworks are also prohibited year-round in Oregon state parks and on beaches.

The ban will remain in effect through the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and will be reevaluated based on fire status, weather and guidance from state and local fire officials. Visitors planning a trip should check with park staff for the most current information. Information will also be posted at oregonstateparks.org, or call the state parks information line at 800-551-6949.
OPRD seeks feedback on proposal to add a section of Nehalem River to the State Scenic Waterways Program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 10:30 AM
Nehalem OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is asking for feedback on an important study evaluating a 17-mile section of the Nehalem River for possible inclusion in the State Scenic Waterways Program. The feedback will be used to write a report that will either recommend for or against designating a portion of the river as a state scenic waterway.

A public meeting and hearing will be held 5:30 -- 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the North County Recreation District, 36155 9th Street in Nehalem.

The Nehalem River study area starts at Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground and ends at the boundary of Cougar Valley State Park, near Cook Creek Road. A scenic waterway designation would help protect the scenic, natural and recreation value of this section of river by subjecting some activities within ?1/4 mile of the bank to a review.

No decisions have been made yet about whether or not to recommend this part of the river as a scenic waterway. As part of the designation process, scenic waterways staff involve the local community, evaluate public support, and objectively study the river to determine if it meets specific criteria.

The meeting will begin with a presentation to explain the scenic waterways program and the criteria the river segment must meet to be included in the program, followed by a question and answer session. The second half of the meeting will be a public hearing, when attendees can comment orally or in writing.

Comments can also be sent to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov or to OPRD Scenic Waterway Study, 725 Summer St NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. The comment period closes Oct. 13, 2017.

Comments will help scenic waterways staff to develop a report that explains whether this waterway would make a good addition to the system. Findings will be included in a report that will go to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, Water Resources Commission and eventually to the Governor's Office.

More information on the program is at bit.ly/scenicwaterways.
A map of the specific study area can be found at oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/scenicwaterways/Documents/NehalemStudysegmentJuly2017.pdf.

For more information about the meeting, contact Alexandra Phillips, Bikeways and Waterways Coordinator, at 503 986-0631 or alex.phillips@oregon.gov.
Counties/Regional
211info Oregon Eclipse Hotline
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/16/17 4:55 PM
To help residents with information about the August 21 eclipse, 211info of Oregon and southwest Washington is providing updates and answering questions about where and how to view the eclipse, safety concerns, emergency preparedness, traffic, road closures and more.

211info is collaborating with the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network, along with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Oregon Parks and Recreation, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local and state agencies.

211info operators are available with statewide and localized information, from Wednesday, August 16, through Wednesday, August 23, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"211info is excited to partner with local communities to assist with providing accurate statewide information in real time so community members can be safe and informed, said Emily Berndt, 211info Director of Partnerships. "We can provide information specific to each region and the services that are being offered."

The public can call, text and view information on the website for any eclipse related information. Residents can call 211 and press one for general eclipse Information; text 'eclipse' to 898211; or visit www.211info.org/eclipse.

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.
Banks & Credit Unions
Credit Union Visitors from Central America Enjoy Front Row Seats to Total Eclipse (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 08/21/17 12:56 PM
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SALEM, OR. --A delegation of credit union members, employees, and directors from Central America knew their trip to observe U.S. credit unions would be great. But they got a big bonus when Unitus Community Credit Union arranged for them to enter the path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse.

Unitus President/CEO Steven Stapp hosted the visitors at the credit union's Salem branch. The delegation represents credit unions in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Photos are attached. We hope you'll add them to your online albums. The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) organized their visit to the Portland area, during which they will work with local credit unions for most of this week.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and their 6.2 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Houses 50 Overnight in Chetco Bar Wildfire Evacuation Shelter
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/21/17 8:55 AM
The American Red Cross continues to shelter people evacuated because of the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County.

The Red Cross housed approximately 50 people in the Gold Beach Red Cross shelter last night, located at Riley Elementary School, 94350 6th St, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Information on Red Cross shelter assistance:
Individuals and families in need of shelter assistance may simply show up at the shelter for help.
People facing evacuations and in need of shelter assistance may call (888) 680-1455.


For information on the Chetco Bar wildfire:
Residents in Curry County who have a landline will receive emergency notifications via that number.
Residents who do not have a landline or want to receive notifications on a cell phone must sign up for Emergency Alerts. To do this, go to the Curry County website or visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/89280773623773#/login
Residents in need of fire information may call the Chetco Bar Fire Information Line at: 541-247-3680
Residents facing evacuations should make arrangements to move property and livestock. Caged animals and livestock can relocate to the Curry County Fairgrounds (event center at the beach). For more info on livestock relocation to the fairgrounds, call 541-425-1821.


The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter in Sisters, OR due to the Milli Fire and housed 14 people overnight last night. The Sisters Red Cross Shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter. Individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help and information.
Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Home Fire Affecting Three Adults, Two Children in Cottage Grove
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/21/17 7:49 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on August 20, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 80,000 block of Sears Road in Cottage Grove. The fire affected three adults, two children 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.
The American Red Cross Relocates Bookings Shelter to Gold Beach
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/17 10:03 PM
The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter and aid to people displaced by wildfires throughout Oregon.

The Red Cross shelter, established because of level 3 evacuations due to the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County, has moved from Brookings to Gold Beach, Oregon.

The new shelter location is: Riley Elementary School, 94350 6th St, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

The move was made due to increased firefighting activity in the area of the Brookings shelter and to create more distance between the fire area and the evacuation center.

The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter in Sisters, OR due to the Milli Fire. The Sisters Red Cross Shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.


At all shelters individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help and information.
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelters House More Than Two Dozen People Saturday Night
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/17 11:04 AM
The American Red Cross housed more than two dozen people at three shelters throughout Oregon last night. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to the Milli, Chetco Bar and Nena Springs Wildfires burning near Sisters, Brookings, and Warm Springs, Oregon.

Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to operate two shelters today in Brookings and Sisters, Oregon. Shelter addresses are as follows:

Brookings Red Cross Shelter: Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with several community partners that will provide accommodations for evacuated pets and livestock. Information on these accommodations is available at the shelter.

Sisters Red Cross Shelter: Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.

At all shelters individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/1190/107165/WildfireChecklist.pdf
Red Cross Operating Wildfire Evacuation Shelters in Brookings and Warm Springs
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/18/17 12:27 PM
The American Red Cross continues to operate wildfire evacuation shelters due to wildfires affecting thousands of acres in Central and Southern Oregon.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Brookings, Oregon located at Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR 97415 because of the Chetco Bar Fire.

In Central Oregon, Red Cross disaster responders continue to assist people affected by the Nena Springs Wildfire near Warm Springs, OR.

The Red Cross shelter in Warm Springs remains open at the Warm Springs Community Center, 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs, Oregon.

At both shelters, individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


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: Wildfire Safety Tips
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter Opened in Sisters, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/17/17 10:48 AM
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Sisters, Oregon due to the Milli Fire. The shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR 97759.

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.


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: Wildfire Checklist
2017 Oregon Century, Sesquicentennial Farms and Ranches Announced
Oregon Farm Bureau - 08/22/17 10:06 AM
(Salem, OR) -- At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch. The 2017 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Oregon State Fair. The public recognition ceremony and awards celebration will be held in the Picnic Grove Area. Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon's agricultural heritage.

Nineteen farms and ranches from 10 different counties will be honored this year as Century Farms or Ranches, and one farm from Clackamas County reached Sesquicentennial status, bringing the total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches to 1,200 and Sesquicentennial to 39.

> Get the family narratives of all honorees here: http://bit.ly/2g2jCVP

The Century Farm and Ranch families being honored in 2017 are:

Iwasaki Bros. Inc.-Jim Iwasaki
Haskin Heritage Farm -David McCready
Kranberry Acres -David Cranick & Marci Murray
Sievers Farm -Diana Arvieux, Rosemary Wood, Trudy Stenger
Haselbacher Farms -Raymond & Mary Haselbacher
Four Ridge Orchards -David & Bonnie Brown
Cattrall Brothers Vineyard -William & Thomas Cattrall
Shady Brook Farm -Tom & Lona Bunn
Stubblefield Ranch -Lucian & Margot Turner
Belshe Ranch -James Belshe
Oak Creek Farm -Alton Coyle
Misner Family Farm -Michael & Therese Misner
Bar M Ranch -Gary & Ingrid Margason
Kee/Crofoot Ranch -Dell & Nikki Squire
Basil & Mary Stupfel -Mark Stupfel
Herring Farm -Lea Herring
Charles M. Colton & Sons -Robert, Lorene & Michael Colton
Nicholson Investments LLC -Larry Nicholson
C & S Waterman Ranch LLC -Charlie & Sharon Waterman

The Sesquicentennial Award program began in 2008 in honor of Oregon's 150th birthday celebration. Sesquicentennial awards recognize Oregon families who have continuously farmed
portions of their original family acreage for 150 years or more. Thirty-nine families have now received this prestigious sesquicentennial award.

This year's family being honored is: Voss Farms -Jeannette Voss & Julie Edy

> See the 2017 family narratives here: http://bit.ly/2g2jCVP

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share, with a broader audience, these stories. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon's agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns or statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

Award winners receive a certificate signed by the Governor and Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Historic roadside signs are imprinted with the founder's name and the year the ranch or farm was established.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education. It is supported by a partnership among the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office, OSU University Archives, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

The application deadline for 2018 is May 1.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi, Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or cfr@oregonfb.org.

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