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July 6-10, 2017 DUII Results
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/17 3:18 PM
Corvallis, Ore. -- Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra DUII saturation patrol, July 6 through July 10, 2017.

Deputies working the extra patrol conducted 150 traffic stops for traffic violations, issued 16 citations, and responded to five non-injury crashes in Benton County.

During those days, six drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Three were arrested for DUII alcohol, and three for DUII drugs.

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

Benton County Sheriff's Office's next Saturation Patrol is scheduled for August 2 through 5, 2017. 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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Police Investigating Robbery of Subway - UPDATE
Corvallis Police - 07/19/17 1:13 PM
On July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:45am, Corvallis Police Department Officers were called to the Subway restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave for a report of a robbery. An unknown male suspect wearing a mask entered the restaurant, presented a handgun to the employee, and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was uninjured, and the suspect fled prior to officers arriving.

On July 19th, 2017, at approximately 9:45am, Corvallis Police Department Detectives, with the assistance of the Philomath Police Department, arrested 39 year old Steven Lance Thompson of Corvallis, for Robbery I and Burglary II in connection with the armed robbery of Subway. He was lodged at the Benton County Jail on $125,000 bail. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and more details will be made available at a later time. Anyone with information related to this incident can contact Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001186
Police Investigating Robbery of Subway
Corvallis Police - 07/18/17 8:33 AM
On July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:45am, Corvallis Police Department Officers were called to the Subway restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave for a report of a robbery. An unknown male suspect wearing a mask entered the restaurant, presented a handgun to the employee, and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was uninjured, and the suspect fled prior to officers arriving. Corvallis Police Department Detectives are working on the case. Anyone with information related to this incident can contact Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.
Field fire burns 50 acres west of Eugene
Eugene Springfield Fire - 07/18/17 6:15 PM
At 3:15 this afternoon a fire broke out in a agriculture grass seed field. The farmer was combining the field and it appears the combine started the fire. The fire was fast moving burning around a BPA power station that serve the south coast communities of Oregon. The fire burned an estimated 50 acres. Numerous homes along with the BPA power station were threatened. Eugene Springfield Fired department along with The Oregon Department of Forestry and Lane Fire Authority had numerous fire engines on scene. It took an hour to contain the fire.

The fire was pushed by a south west wind with up to ten foot flame length through the field traveling into a hilly area where the homes were. Engines were placed in position to protect the homes. Crews will remain on scene mopping up through the evening.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Tech Support Fraud
FBI - Oregon - 07/18/17 1:18 PM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against tech support fraud.

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 11,000 reports of tech support fraud incidents. In those cases, victims reported losses of more than $7.8 million.

So what is tech support fraud? Imagine you receive a call from someone who says he is with a computer software or security company. Maybe he says he is with a cable or Internet provider. The caller tells you that your software is out of date, and you are vulnerable to a cyber attack. Or, he says your equipment is malfunctioning, and he can fix it remotely -- saving you a service call. All you have to do is to provide the caller with remote access to your computer or device. No idea what he's talking about? No worries -- he will be happy to walk you through all the technical details.

In another variation of the fraud, the bad guy convinces the you that you overpaid for a recent service. He would be happy to refund the overage if you would just give him a few details -- such as your bank account number -- so he can arrange the refund.

In reality, he is either just trying to get into your account to clean it out -- or, he is working for long-term access to launch other frauds. In this second example, he transfers money back and forth between your own checking, savings and retirement accounts to make it appear as though there is a refund when in fact there is none. Eventually, he tells you that he refunded too much and asks you to wire money back to the fraudulent company. Victims often don't figure this out for quite awhile as the losses pile up.

So how do you protect yourself?

Never give a stranger remote access to your computer or other electronics.
If something seems a bit odd, it probably is. Hang up and look up a phone number for that company or provider using a publicly-available resource.
Don't give an unsolicited caller your bank account number or other personal information that he could use to access your accounts.
Don't let someone pressure you into buying a computer security product or subscription. Oftentimes, there are reputable, free products that will do that work for you. Seek out help from someone you trust to ensure that if you do pay for something -- it is worth the cost.

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 the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: Tech Support Fraud - RUSSIAN Written , Tech Support Fraud - RUSSIAN Audio , Tech Support Fraud - SPANISH Written , Tech Support Fraud - SPANISH Audio , Tech Support Fraud - ENGLISH Audio
Truck Function For Junction Event Brought to Early Close When Participant-Truck Snags Powerlines -- Destroys Multiple Power Poles and Transformers (Photo)
Junction City Police - 07/16/17 1:53 AM
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The annual Junction City event, Truck Function For Junction, that showcases semi and other commercial vehicles came to an early end Saturday night at 8:34 p.m. when the boom on a heavy-equipment tow truck inadvertently elevated snagging power, phone, and cable TV lines crossing Ivy St. (Hwy 99) at 16th St. The heavy-duty boom, flying an American flag, and powered by the enormous tow vehicle was so strong that it snapped telephone poles like twigs, ripped utility service entrance equipment from the roofs and walls of nearby buildings, destroyed transformers, and blew multiple utility circuit breakers. Remarkably, no one was injured.

All utility service provided by lines in this crossing was immediately lost. A spokesperson for Pacific Power & Light (PP&L) stated 151 customers were initially without power but as of 12:26 a.m. Sunday, all but 29 had been restored. PP&L stated they expected to have power restored to the remaining customers by 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The number of phone and cable TV customers impacted by this incident remains unknown. Hwy 99 (Ivy St.) remained closed to all traffic from 18th Street to 14th Street until utility workers were able to remove the low-hanging lines at about 10:18 p.m.

The cause of the incident was a malfunctioning remote control for the boom on the tow truck, which caused the boom to raise without the knowledge of the operator. There was no indication of criminal negligence or wrong doing on the part of the driver, alcohol was NOT factor in this incident, and the driver -- as well as the owner of the truck -- were fully cooperative during the investigation of this incident. No citations and/or charges were issued, and none are anticipated.

Personnel from the Junction City Police Department were assisted with this incident by the Junction City Fire Department, Junction City Public Works, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response Team, Pacific Power and Light, and the Truck Function For Junction event staff.


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Fire Damages Multiple Lebanon Storage Units (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/18/17 10:40 PM
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Heavy fire consumed multiple storage units at Copper Canyon Storage, 1150 Airway Road, in Lebanon on Tuesday night. The call was received at 7:28 pm and the caller reported flames from the roof of the structure and multiple explosions from inside the storage units. Bystanders attempted to extinguish the blaze with portable fire extinguishers located on site, but the intense heat and locked metal doors rendered their efforts ineffective.
An engine from the Lebanon Fire District was on scene within 3 minutes of the alarm, followed by two Division Chiefs, a second engine, a medic unit, and a Battalion Chief. First arriving units encountered heavy fire in multiple 10-foot by 20-foot units and heavy smoke which banked down to the ground, limiting visibility.

Fires in storage units present a multitude of issues for firefighters to deal with noted LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen. "Access to both the individual units and the complex can be difficult and can really slow suppression efforts." Bolen said. "In this case first arriving units made quick access through the security gates because the owners had just installed Knox Locks on their gates." A Knox Lock is a secured padlock or vault which only firefighters can access with a special key carried on all their apparatus. LFD engine companies were quickly through the gates and went to work forcing entry into 8-10 separate storage units to fight fire and ensure that no fire extended into other units.

The compact nature of storage units also hampers fire crews, as people tend to pack their units full of combustibles making firefighting and salvage efforts more difficult than the typical house fire.

The Lebanon Fire Investigation Team will be investigating the cause of the fire on Wednesday. There are no estimates on damages to the structure or contents at this time. The property, which opened less than three months ago, was insured however contents are insured by the individual homeowner's policy or renter's policy of each unit tenant. LFD expects to conclude its investigation on Wednesday and release the property back to the owner, who can then allow renters to access their storage units.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation on scene but they refused transport to the hospital for further evaluation. There were no firefighter injuries. A total of eight LFD units responded to the fire along with two mutual aid units from the Tangent Fire District. Units cleared the scene in just under two hours.


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Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/19/17 12:31 PM
Lebanon Police Department wants to make the public aware that Suicide is a real issue.

Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention
It is important to know the warning signs for suicide. The more signs a person exhibits, the greater their possible risk for suicide.
The following warning signs were developed by a group of experts in the field of suicide, working with the American Association of Suicidology. The group defines 'warning signs' as the earliest detectable signs that indicate heightened risk for suicide in the near-future, compared to risk factors which suggest longer-term risk. Warning Signs for Suicide and Corresponding Actions (SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry May 2007)
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear or see any one of these behaviors: Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means. Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide.
Seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of these behaviors: Hopelessness, Rage, anger, seeking revenge, Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, Feeling trapped--like there is no way out, Increasing alcohol or drug use, Withdrawing from friends, family or society, Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time, Dramatic mood changes No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
Do's and Don'ts
DON'T be afraid to talk about suicide. You cannot plant the idea of suicide in someone's head if they weren't already thinking about it.
DO take threats about suicide seriously.
DO pay attention to changes in mood and behavior.
DON'T ignore warning signs, and DON'T be afraid to talk about changes that you observe
DO make sure that access to items that might be lethal, such as guns and medicines, are locked away.
Possible mountain lion sighting in Lebanon
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/16/17 10:02 AM
It has been reported to Lebanon Police by a resident walking on the Mark Slough Trail at 9:35 am this morning of a possible mountain lion going into the trees near Had Irvine Park. Lebanon Police is asking all subjects walking in the area and using the trails to please use caution. If you see a mountain lion PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH it. Thank you
Death Investigation in Lincoln City
Lincoln City Police - 07/18/17 4:54 PM
On July 17, 2017 at about 8:30PM Lincoln City Police received a call requesting assistance at the entrance to The Villages property at the end of NW Voyage Avenue in Lincoln City. The caller disconnected before 911 Dispatchers were able to obtain any further information.

Approximately 8 minutes later the first LCPD Officer, who is also a trained paramedic, arrived at the scene. The officer located a deceased male,lying on the ground, outside of a parked vehicle. At this time the investigation indicates there is no evidence of foul play involved.
The Lincoln City Police and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation.

The deceased person has been identified as Mr. Gary G. Ellingson, age 66, of Lincoln City. Mr. Ellingson has been a very respected and longtime resident of Lincoln City and had served in the past as a member of the City Council.

Mr. Ellingson's family has been notified and has requested their privacy be respected at this time.
Attempted Assault in Waldport - Composite Sketch Released
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/17 5:17 PM
On July 11, 2017, at approximately 8 PM, an unknown male attempted to assault a 17 year old female in Waldport. The incident occurred in a public location near the 2600 block of E. Alsea Highway, just east of Waldport, OR.

The victim was able to fight the male off and in the process obtained a description prior to him fleeing on foot. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers immediately responded to the scene and conducted a thorough search of the area.

A forensic image specialist from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was called to assist and created a composite sketch of the suspect, which is attached.

The victim described the male suspect as appearing to be Hispanic, 25-35 years of age, 5'8"-6'0", 220-240 pounds, and having an accent. The suspect was further described as having a "baby face", clean shaven with some sort of facial scarring or sun spots and having big lips. The male's eyes were obscured by a beanie cap he had pulled down.

This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at (541) 265-0669, callers can remain anonymous.

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Respectfully submitted,

David Boys, Detective
Crime Reduction Unit
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive
Newport, Oregon 97365
Desk: (541) 265-0668


Attached Media Files: 2017-07/5490/106190/17S-01830_Composite_Sketch.pdf
Tip of the Week July 17, 2017 - Fire Safety
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/17 7:54 AM
Fire Safety

We know that fires frequently occur, but no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire. However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. Use the following tips to help keep you and your family safe especially during the hot, dry season.

Protect your home from wildfire
Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof
and power lines.
Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters and foundation screen vents free from debris.
Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.

Campfires
Call before you go -- Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
Select the right spot -- Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid
areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees. Be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site
down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
Keep your campfire small.
NEVER use gasoline.
Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.
Texas Teen Rescued from Blue Pool
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/17/17 9:05 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that today at 12:30 p.m., 17-year-old Kyra Odom, her mother, Heidi Odom of Kountze, Texas and five other friends hiked into Tamolitch Falls, also known as Blue Pool to swim and jump from the cliffs.

Two of Kyra's friends had already successfully jumped into the water from a cliff approximately 30 to 35 feet above the water. Kyra had no prior experience jumping from cliffs and partially fell while attempting her jump. As she fell, she hit a rock approximately 20 feet down. After colliding with the rock, she continued to fall and landed in approximately 12-18 inches of water.

Kyra suffered a substantial injury to her left hip, possibly resulting in a fracture. The two friends who had previously jumped from the cliff jumped in again and were able to pull her across Blue Pool to safety where she was stabilized.

There is no cell phone service at Blue Pool. A bystander hiked the 2-mile trail out to the trailhead near Trail Bridge Reservoir to call for help at 2:00 p.m. Because of the proximity to Lane County, the initial 9-1-1 call for help was received by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, then routed to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Search and Rescue teams from Linn County, Lane County, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue along with The Upper McKenzie Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department and the USFS responded to assist with the rescue. Initial responding teams were able to reach Kyra by 3:00 p.m. As additional SAR teams arrived, Kyra was hoisted manually with ropes and technical climbing gear to the top of the Blue Pool Waterfall which is currently dry. In all, more than 40 personnel assisted with the rescue mission.

At 5:43 p.m. an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was able to safely hoist Kyra from the top of the waterfall and transport her to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene where she is in stable condition.

Sheriff Riley would like to remind citizens that cliff diving can be very dangerous and should be avoided. Blue Pool has been the location of several search and rescue missions. If hiking or swimming in and around Blue Pool, extra caution should be taken.
Deputies on scene of a gunshot wound (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/17 7:28 PM
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a subject shot. At approximately 5:30 pm today, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Lancaster Dr NE to the reports of a victim who was shot. As Deputies were responding, additional information was called into 911 to report a suspect was leaving the scene of the shooting.

Deputies arrived on scene to find a 35 year old white male adult, that had a single gunshot wound. The victim was treated on scene by fire and medical personnel and later transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Other responding deputies searched the area of Portland Rd and Hayesville for the suspect. At this time deputies have not located the suspect, who is described as Hispanic male in his 20's wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt with his hood over his head. The suspect was described as 5 foot 9 inches tall with a thin build riding a bicycle described as a "beach cruiser".

Deputies will be processing the scene for some time into the evening. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to call 503-588-5032. We do not anticipate releasing further information this evening.


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Deputies Searching For Missing California Man (Photo)*******SUBJECT LOCATED********
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/17 9:25 AM
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Mr Carpenter has been located and reunited with his family. An observant citizen recognized Mr Carpenter as the missing person and called Keizer Police at approximately 3:30Pm on 7-17-17 . Keizer Police Officers responded to Burger King and made contact with Mr Carpenter who was ultimately reunited with his family safely.

This will be the last update on this release.





Today at 5:00 p.m., Marion County deputies were altered by family members that Richard Carpenter, age 73 was missing. Mr. Carpenter came to Salem last night to live with family and receive medical care.

At 8:00 a.m., this morning Mr. Carpenter left his residence in the 4000 block of Wyant Court NE and has not yet returned. Mr. Carpenter has numerous health conditions and family is concerned for his safety. Mr. Carpenter is a white male, 5'09" tall, 100 pounds with gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black belt and an unknown colored plaid shirt. Mr. Carpenter is driving a black 2008, Cadillac SRX, California license number 6BAN631.

If you see Mr. Carpenter you are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032.

Vehicle pictured is a similar make and model being driven by Mr. Carpenter


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Bystanders Rescue 4 Year Old After Drowning ***Loc Correction North Fork County Park*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/17 5:09 PM
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Today around 3:00 p.m., 4 strangers leapt into action after a 4 year old boy was swept down river at the North Fork County Park reaction area in east Marion County. The boy who was standing with his father and siblings next to the water's edge, ended up in the river after his father looked away for only a few moments. The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.

That's when two men Jason McDade and Christian Lozano jumped into action pulling the boy from the water. On the beach a certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and a registered nurse Maryela Lozano began CPR the boy's lifeless body. When paramedics arrived the boy was again breathing and he was transported to Santiam Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. The child was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind all of our visitors and residents that recreating in open water can be dangerous so please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water. We would also like to thank all of the rescuers who worked together to save a young boys life.

Media 2 of the rescuers have agreed to interviews their contact information can be obtained by emailing cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us


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Oregon Farm Bureau and Sheriff's Office Team Up For Harvest Safety Message (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/17 5:57 PM
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A blue pick-up truck driving 55 mph slams on its brakes and comes within feet of a giant tractor slowly making its way down a rural road in Marion County. The truck blares its horn and sharply swerves left, aggressively speeding past the tractor and into a blind curve. Thankfully, this was only a staged scene for a video organized by Oregon Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office to demonstrate what NOT to do.

Together the Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are working together to alert motorists that summer harvest is in full swing in the Willamette Valley -- meaning large, slow-moving farm equipment will occasionally travel on rural roads, moving from farm to field. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski, OFB Health & Safety Committee Vice Chair Anne Rigor, and representatives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office met at Pearmine Farms in Gervais, owned by Molly Pearmine McCargar and Ernie Pearmine of Marion County Farm Bureau, and talked safety.

"We're reminding drivers to slow down, be patient, and use caution when encountering a tractor on the road," said John Zielinski, president of Marion County Farm Bureau. "This is the time of year when you'll see large combines moving between grass seed fields and smaller tractors driving between fruit orchards." Farmers do their best to avoid moving equipment during high-traffic times, said Zielinski, but during peak harvest season, when the fruit is ripe or the grass seed is at the right dryness, sometimes there's no choice.
With Oregon's ever-increasing population, more people are driving on rural roads than ever before, said Sergeant Todd Moquin, of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team. For example, he estimated that the once lightly traveled McKay Road between Newberg and I-5 sees over 10,000 cars a day. Sergeant Moquin's message for drivers: "Slow down. If you're going to pass a tractor, make sure you're making a legal pass, not on a curve, and with plenty of room."

Whether a giant combine or a small orchard-sized tractor, farm equipment is designed to travel at speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour (mph) and must display a reflective, triangular, orange-and-red, slow-moving-vehicle sign if going out on public roads. It can be surprising just how slow 25 mph is on a highway. A tractor that appears to be far on the horizon can end up directly in front of a fast-moving car within seconds.

"If you're driving 55 mph on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 mph, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor," said Anne Rigor, vice chair of the OFB Health & Safety Committee and member of Benton County Farm Bureau. "In low light, it's even harder to judge how fast you're approaching a slow-moving farm vehicle," said Rigor.

Promoting rural road safety is a personal matter for Zielinksi, who lost a friend and fellow farmer in a deadly accident. Scott Miller, who served with Zielinski on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, was killed in 2014 when a car rear-ended his tractor, which was pulling a trailer. "Too many people underestimate how dangerous it is when you don't slow down or try to pass a tractor recklessly," said Zielinski.
In fact, in 2015, there were 54 traffic accidents involving farm equipment, resulting in 30 serious injuries and one death, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. In 2014, there were 40 accidents with 34 injuries and three deaths.

To provide safety tips for both farmers and motorists, the OFB Health & Safety Committee offers its Rural Road Safety brochure. "The brochure provides tips that help save lives," said Rigor. "It's heartbreaking to hear about injuries or deaths involving tractors that could've been avoided if drivers had simply slowed down or farmers took a few simple steps."
Tips for motorists include:

If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the vehicle you will pass.
If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
Do not pass if you are in a designated "No Passing Zone" or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator's hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways, or a place the vehicle might turn.
Safety tips for farmers include:
Oregon law requires a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 25 mph. Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every two to three years.
Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective tape and reflectors. Consider installing retrofit lighting on older machinery to increase visibility.
Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance spotlights can be mistaken for headlights.
Be aware of heavy traffic patterns.
Consider installing mirrors on equipment so you can see motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.
When moving multiple farm vehicles down a highway, drive in a tight convoy to dissuade cars from pulling in between equipment.

Download a PDF of the OFB Rural Road Safety brochure at oregonfb.org,
or request as many free copies as you'd like by contacting annemarie@oregonfb.org or 503.399.1701.

Story by Oregon Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Media B Roll in support of this story can be found at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0aoebci9jhb3920/AADCJkdnJtCEaeERgbz2yFWta?dl=0


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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Salem Man on Highway 20 at Milepost 34.5 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/17 7:30 AM
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On July 18, 2017, at about 10:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 34.5 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2015 BMW Motorcycle, operated by John Harvey WEEKS, age 65, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home when for unknown reasons, the BMW veered into the oncoming lane and struck a green 2016 Kenworth log truck, operated by Kenneth Keil REYNOLDS, age 59, of Sweet Home, that was travelling westbound. The BMW collided into the side of the Kenworth.

WEEKS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. REYNOLDS was not injured. Witness stated that WEEKS was possibly looking over his shoulder behind him while negotiating the curve.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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


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2016 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division - Team of the Year: Mid-Columbia Team (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/17 11:12 AM
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The Oregon State Police (OSP), Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Team (The Dalles) was recently awarded with the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Team of the Year award for 2016 accomplishments. The Mid-Columbia Team consists of highly motivated, dedicated and tenacious troopers who enforce fish and wildlife laws and protect Oregon's natural resources, citizens and visitors in five counties; Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler.

Together, the Mid-Columbia Team proved that through perseverance, dedication and quality investigations their collaborative work enabled them to successfully hold person(s) accountable for the following cases during 2016: Team members initiated an ongoing multi-state major serial poaching investigation where several individuals unlawfully killed up to 30 animals throughout several counties in Oregon and up to 50 animals throughout several counties in Washington. Troopers are continuing to work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sharing information and coordinating conclusion of this investigation.

A team member investigated a serious boat collision occurring in the Columbia River between two boats which caused serious injury to several occupants. The investigation resulted in a guilty plea by one boat operator for BUII, two counts of Assault IV and reckless boating.
Team members responded to a report of the possible poaching of bighorn sheep along Interstate 84 in Gilliam County. The suspects were located, identified, arrested and lodged in jail after two bighorn sheep were located with their heads removed and placed in garbage bags. Upon a thorough investigation, the hard work of the troopers led to the successful prosecution of the two suspects.

They conducted several boat patrols during the fall commercial fishing season, making several arrests and seizures of fish and gill nets used while fishing illegally; primarily by unlawful drift netting through river mouth sanctuaries.

Team members also worked closely with Patrol Division Troopers, assisting with traffic crashes and other calls for service. Additionally, they work well with other local and county law enforcement partners within five counties to provide the best service to the citizens of Oregon.

In addition to their normal Fish and Wildlife Division duties and activities, the Mid-Columbia Team members performed an array of other assignments ranging from being members of, or instructors in various fields including the Oregon State Police Critical Incident Response Team providing support to law enforcement officers who have been involved in critical incidents, to instructing recruit troopers in the enforcement of fish and wildlife laws, as well as, providing quality instruction to other Department members in firearms training, defensive tactics and boat operations to name a few.

The Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Team is commended for a job well done and for their commitment to protecting people, property and Oregon's natural resources.

Photo: Pictured from left to right; Back row -- Senior Trooper Swede Pearson, Senior Trooper Justin Frazier, Sergeant Les Kipper. Front Row -- Senior Trooper Mark Jubitz, Senior Trooper Brent Ocheskey, Trooper Jason Walters and Senior Trooper Thad Routson. Not present: Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson.


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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 North of Roseburg -Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/17 10:49 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

On July 16, 2017 at about 5:00 PM, OSP and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 5 near milepost 133. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Chevy van, operated by TAYLOR NIERI, age 22, from Eugene Oregon, was southbound when one of its tires blew out causing NIERI to lose control. The Chevy van went off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it rolled multiple times. The Chevy van came to an uncontrolled rest on its top after crossing Rogers Road, which is a county road, adjacent to the Interstate 5. During the crash the rear passenger, JAMES THORPE, age 35, from Eugene was ejected. NIERI was declared deceased at the crash scene by first responders. THORPE was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and was later taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart at Riverbend for critical injuries.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the crash. NIERI was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash. THORPE was not wearing safety restraints. Rogers Road was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Roseburg Towing, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photograph courtesy of OSP.


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Florence man loses life in motorcycle crash -Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/14/17 5:08 PM
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On July 14, 2017, at approximately 11:50AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 163 in Harney County, which is approximately 30 miles east of Burns.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 61 year old Dan BARNUM, from Florence, was riding a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle. BARNUM was west on Hwy 20 at about 70mph, the speed limit is 65mph, when for an unknown reason he drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder and lost control in the gravel. There were no passengers on the motorcycle.

BARNUM was pronounced deceased on the scene after lifesaving efforts were made.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's office and Harney District Ambulance.


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Former OSP Evidence Technician Arrested - Lake County
Oregon State Police - 07/14/17 2:31 PM
On June 23, 2017, former OSP Evidence Technician Mark MATLICK was arrested in Klamath County by OSP detectives and troopers as a result of a lengthy investigation. The investigation revealed that during his time as the Evidence Technician in the Klamath Falls Area Command, he stole over $10,000 from the Klamath Falls OSP evidence locker. At the time of his arrest in Klamath County, OSP detectives were continuing their investigation into his actions in Lake County, where he was also responsible for evidence handling.

In Lake County, OSP detectives discovered MATLICK had stolen $2,577.00 and committed additional crimes to conceal the thefts. MATLICK was criminally charged with 16 counts based on the the following crimes in Lake County:

Theft in the 1st degree, Computer Crime, Tampering with Public Records, Forgery in the 2nd degree, Official Misconduct in the 1st degree and Official Misconduct in the 2nd degree.

On July 14, 2017, MATLICK turned himself into the Lake County jail and was subsequently released after posting bail.

All media inquiries should be referred to Lake County District Attorney Sharon Forster.
Commercial Structure and RV Fire - 2366 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. - 7-19-17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 07/20/17 8:25 AM
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At 10:01 p.m. on July 19th, the Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a grass and RV fire next to a large metal shed in the 2300 block of Diamond Lake Boulevard. A passerby reported flames showing with heavy black smoke. The property included three commercial structures, including multiple vehicles and RV's.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved RV fire which had extended to a 40x70 metal commercial structure as well as a grass fire to the west of the building. Upon arrival, firefighters were informed all occupants had evacuated the structures. Firefighters extinguished the fire and were able to protect the surrounding structures from damage.

The fire was contained to the RV and one of three structures on the property. The commercial structure involved in the fire housed numerous race cars, parts, and tools. The commercial building suffered extensive structural damage. The RV was a total loss; however, no one was injured in the fire.

Traffic was detoured on Diamond Lake Boulevard for approximately two hours. A total of 11 firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Roseburg Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Pacific Power, and Avista Gas.

The combined value of structures at 2366 NE Diamond Lake Boulevard is $327,000. The structure and RV involved suffered approximately $100,000 in damage. Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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


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pedestrian safety crosswalk event (update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/19/17 4:04 PM
On July 17th, the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk enforcement event. On this day there were Officers working specifically to enforce laws related to pedestrian crosswalks. This campaign was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:

Crosswalk violations - 58 cites

Seatbelt violations - 8 cites

Cellphone violations - 1 cites

Insurance violations - 7 cites

Driving While Suspended Violation / No valid license - 4 cites

Warnings - 34
Utilities
Local Education Services Receive a Boost of $89,000 From NW Natural
NW Natural - 07/17/17 2:43 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Inspiring the next generation of leaders, NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) is awarding grants to 11 education organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. From early education fundamentals to higher education and technical training, NW Natural's grants, totaling $77,000 this year, will impact learners of all ages and backgrounds.

The grants are awarded by NW Natural's shareholders as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund. In fact, each year NW Natural gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits supporting children and families, arts and education and the environment.

"One of the core principles of our philanthropic giving is to support kids and families at risk in our community," says Von Summers, NW Natural's community relations manager. "We're proud to recognize the tremendous work that this year's grant recipients are doing to instill a love of learning."

The 12 education service groups receiving grants from NW Natural include:

- Portland State University Foundation: $15,750 The Foundation's mission is to advance Portland State University through relationships, community, connections, and philanthropy.

- Oregon State University Foundation: $10,800 The OSU Foundation partners with Oregon State University to engage its community, inspire investment, and steward resources to enhance the university's excellence and impact.
- Portland Community College Foundation: $10,000 The PCC Foundation strives to be sure all students in our region have access to an excellent education at the college and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.

- Friends of the Children: $10,000
The mission of Friends of the Children is to provide the most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.

- SMART: $8,000
Each year, SMART reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support and books for those who need them most.

- Junior Achievement: $5,400
The Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

- All Hands Raised: $5,000
Serving Portland and Multnomah County, All Hands Raised works to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. The organization brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.

- Cascadia Tech Academy: $5,000
Formerly known as the Clark County Skills Center, Cascadia Tech Academy serves more than 29 high schools, private schools and home schools to offer career and technical education where jobs are in high-demand and pay well.

- Community Transitional School: $5,000
Community Transitional School provides a stable, supportive environment that promotes both personal and academic growth for children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

- "I Have a Dream" Foundation: $5,000
"I Have a Dream" Foundation Oregon provides long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced communities to achieve their full potential by promoting -- from an early age -- the values of higher education and career success, with opportunity guaranteed through financial resources and other services.

- The Library Foundation: $5,000
The Library Foundation is committed to nurturing a lifelong relationship with learning and libraries for each person in our community.

- Schoolhouse Supplies: $5,000
Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.

Learn more about NW Natural's corporate philanthropy efforts and the 2017-2019 Nonprofit Programs of Focus.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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Renewing Community with Green Projects
Pacific Power - 07/17/17 11:07 AM
Media Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power July 17,2017
503-813-7291

Renewing Community with Green Projects
Deadline is Sept. 29 for getting your community's project considered
PORTLAND, Ore. -- For more than a decade, Pacific Power's Blue SkySM customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. This includes partnering with community-focused organizations to put more than 100 new renewable energy projects to work in Oregon, Washington and California -- adding more than eight megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.
The competitive application process to select new projects is now open for this year's funding cycle. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $10 million of Blue Sky funds have been invested in local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities.
Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.
To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. Sept. 29, 2017.
Eligible renewable energy projects may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.
The program particularly encourages projects that:
Advance new and emerging technologies, including renewable energy systems tied to electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems or micro grid applications.
Target underserved populations (low income or rural)
Contribute to community energy resiliency and disaster preparedness
Provide robust education and public engagement plans
Are sponsored by a Blue Sky customer and/or community
Use local labor and materials
This funding is available for non-residential customers proposing projects in Pacific Power's service area. They must be locally owned with a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Additionally, projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018.
For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.
Materials may be submitted to bluesky@pacificorp.com.
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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 13th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 59,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to nearly 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states.
Transportation
Photo - Wildfire - I-5 MP 65 near Hugo (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/19/17 4:13 PM
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HUGO - Northbound I-5 traffic is slow and congested due to a wildfire near Hugo, seven miles north of Grants Pass. NB slow lane is closed to traffic to assist fire fighting efforts. Expect delays and watch for fire crews.


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Temporary lane to open at Adair Village to allow for repairs of damaged OR 99W
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 07/17/17 12:23 PM
Starting tonight at around 7 p.m., traffic on OR 99W at Adair Village will be shifted on to a temporary travel lane at milepost 74.5. The lane was constructed on state right of way to allow crews to rebuild the section of OR 99W damaged by a spill that occurred when a truck hauling fuel crashed at the location on July 7.

The temporary lane is almost 800 feet long. Two-way traffic will be flagged with a pilot car 24-7 until the repairs can be made to the highway. The rebuilding of the road will take at least one week.

Travelers should consider an alternate route or expect delays.
Military
USAF To Monitor Oregon Civil Air Patrol Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 07/20/17 8:28 AM
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Portland, OR - The USAF will be monitoring the Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol as they conduct a state wide exercise this Saturday, July 22nd, with a collection of scenarios to train for, and test, the Oregon Wing CAP's capability and preparedness to respond.

With major natural events happening across the country, we are reminded that Oregon is also no stranger to natural disasters. From floods, windstorms, ice storms to tsunamis and earthquakes. Lately, authorities have been pushing preparedness for these various disasters with even more emphasis on earthquakes and tsunamis following major disasters across the nation and the world. Recent studies suggest that the "Big One," a 9.0+ earthquake along the Pacific Coast, could occur at any time. There is also the always-real possibility of aircraft, vehicles and people going missing in the rugged Oregon forests.

Within Oregon, the main mission incident command center will be located at Aurora State Airport with two additional teams operating out of Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford and Redmond State Airport. The CAP will conduct responses to various natural disasters; air search and rescue; and related operations that could be requested by state, local and federal authorities. CAP members and specially equipped search aircraft from around the state will comprise the Oregon CAP's ground and air crew personnel to conduct various emergency flight operations. These operations could be communications support to local authorities; search operations to locate missing persons, vehicles or aircraft; provide high resolution digital photographs; emergency medical support flights; and transporting of critical supplies, equipment and personnel among other possible responses.

In addition to adult aircrew and ground staff, the CAP will utilize its teen-aged cadet members in various ground support operations such as communications, mission base operations, ground search and rescue operations and aircraft flight line activities under the guidance of an experienced adult member.

"Our cadet members are a crucial force multiplier during our missions," said Lt Col Nick Ham, CAP incident commander for the exercise. "They perform essential tasks that have a tremendous impact on the success of our multitude of operational missions."

"The training we conduct during these monitored tests and more routine training operations during the year are important to keep our skills current, apply new technology and procedures and to train our newer members who are interested in serving their communities and their country in time of emergency," he said.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
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Members of the media are encouraged to visit the CAP mission bases at the Medford Airport and Aurora State Airport (North end) during the exercise. No media flights will be conducted, but there will be opportunities to conduct interviews including with official USAF monitors. Advanced RSVP would be greatly appreciated at thomtra2@gmail.com.


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Federal
Fee Change to Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/19/17 10:48 AM
Portland, Ore. -- On August 28, 2017 the price of the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 as result of the National Park Service Centennial Act P.L. 114-289.

The National Park Service Centennial Act raised the price of the senior pass (currently $10) so that it is on par with the cost of a regular annual pass (currently $80). It also authorizes a $20 annual pass for senior citizens. Increasing the onetime cost for those 62 and older to the current level of the America the Beautiful annual pass is a reasonable way to help insure our parks and federal recreation areas will remain available for future generations. As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation.

The Senior Pass, along with five passes included in the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program -- provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six Federal agencies. The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for travelling companions.

"The lifetime Senior Pass will continue to give seniors access to parks and public lands nationwide, and even at $80, it is an incredible value," said Jamie Connell, State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington.

Senior passes purchased before August 28 are still good for life. The current $10 Senior Pass will continue to be sold until the $80 senior pass is implemented on August 28.

Additional information about the BLM's recreation program is available online at: https://www.blm.gov/visit.
Celebrating Your Public Lands during "Made in America" Week
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/18/17 2:57 PM
WASHINGTON -- This week, July 17-21, the Bureau of Land Management joins the Department of the Interior in celebrating the Trump Administration's "Made in America" Week. With responsibility for managing more than 10 percent of the nation's land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals, the BLM supports American-made goods and services in many ways.

"The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, while providing opportunities for economic growth as well as traditional uses such as ranching, mining, logging, energy development as well as recreational activities like hunting and fishing," said Acting Director Michael Nedd. "Public lands provide valuable, tangible goods and materials we rely on every day to heat our homes, build our roads, and feed our families, among many other activities."

In total, the BLM's management of public lands supported 374,000 jobs and provided $88 billion in economic output throughout the country in FY 2015.

The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the multiple use and enjoyment of present and future generations. This includes a variety of commercial-, recreation-, and conservation-based products and services. In addition to energy-related products such as coal, oil, natural gas, and renewables, examples include:

· Non-energy minerals. Many types of non-energy minerals, including sand, gravel, dirt, and rock, are essential for everyday construction uses. The BLM issued new contract sales and use permits for nearly 20 million cubic yards of such mineral materials in 2015, with a combined value of nearly $28 million.

· Grazing. The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock, mostly cattle and sheep, at least part of the year on more than 21,000 allotments. We manage livestock grazing on 155 million acres of public lands.

· Forestry. One-quarter of the 245 million acres managed by the BLM are forest ecosystems. Through responsible management, the BLM ensures the health and resilience of the nation's public forest lands, as well as the availability of forest products like timber. In 2015, the BLM offered 243 million board feet of timber for sale, enough to build approximately 10,500 homes.

· Helium. The Federal Helium Reserve is a resource owned by the American people and managed by the BLM. Crude helium is an important resource for technology development and other important uses related to national defense, energy, medicine, industry, and space exploration. Currently, the BLM's crude helium plant satisfies approximately 42 percent of U.S. helium demand and 15 percent of global demand.

· Recreation. BLM-managed public lands offer more recreational opportunities -- such as hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking -- than those managed by any other federal agency. Lands used for recreation (including the BLM's National Conservation Lands) contribute significantly to local economies, with BLM-managed lands receiving more than 62.4 million recreation-related visits in 2015.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In fiscal year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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State
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/18/17 3:06 PM
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1.Minutes for March 28, 2017
Approve Minutes

2.Discretionary Benefits of the Public Safety Memorial Fund
Determination Criteria

3. Next meeting -- October 26, 2017
ODF Conducts Emergency Vehicle Operations Training at DPSST in preparation of Wildfire Season and Solar Eclipse (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/16/17 4:43 PM
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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) crews from Molalla and Lyons were at the emergency vehicle operations training facility at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem honing their driving skills with fire trainers from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) today in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season and the anticipated crowds coming to Oregon for the solar eclipse in August.

ODF apparatus operators participated in various driving exercises at the Academy in a controlled environment with lights and sirens activated. To get the attention of drivers and crews, and hone their reaction skills, tennis balls were placed on the driving course to simulate situations that required quick actions by the driver such as a person running across a road. ODF personnel also learned what to do in case they came across a traffic collision and needed to safely manage the incident, and keep traffic flowing, until additional help arrived.

Emergency personnel around Oregon, including crews from ODF, are planning for the thousands expected to participate in various events around the state during the solar eclipse which may slow down first responders using roads and highways.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said that his organization was "glad to assist ODF when they made the request. We know the dangers involved in emergency vehicle operations and sadly know that each year firefighters around the country are involved in serious crashes." Gabliks said that data collected by the United States Fire Administration shows that "over the past ten years, the trend in the numbers of firefighters killed while responding to or returning from an incident has declined by 54 percent. In 2006 sixteen firefighters died in vehicle related incidents while in 2015 that number dropped to eight. Gabliks credits the importance this issue has received at fire agencies around Oregon and around the country. He also cited the efforts of the National Fallen Fighters Foundation and the United States Fire Administration which have provided valuable resources to aid local firefighters and DPSST.

Gabliks was proud to share "DPSST has a training facility that allows for realistic scenario training and also two full-time staff who offer emergency vehicle response training at fire stations around the state. This program was nationally recognized a number of years ago by the Congressional Fire Services Institute which presented DPSST with its Senator Paul Sarbanes Award for Firefighter Safety Programs.


United States Fire Administration
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/ops_vehicle.html

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
https://www.everyonegoeshome.com/16-initiatives/3-risk-management/

Congressional Fire Service Institute
https://www.cfsi.org/


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DPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/14/17 7:40 AM
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING CANCELLED
Due to no pressing agenda items the August 23rd Fire Policy Meeting has been canceled. The next Fire Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for November 22, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, July 27 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/19/17 4:55 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 1 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. at 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem, OR. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, new business, a discussion on the 2017 Legislative Session, and creation of the agenda for the full joint commission meeting with the Oregon Disabilities Commission taking place on August 10, 2017.

People can also call into the meeting. Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Arce at rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, Policy Analyst, at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us, or 503-947-5019.
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House Bill Offers Comprehensive Approach to Improve Safety and Quality
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/17/17 4:13 PM
During the 2017 session, the Oregon Legislature passed a number of measures that strengthen quality and safety in long-term care settings. The passage of House Bill 3359 (HB 3359) provides a comprehensive approach to improving safety and quality in licensed long-term care settings. The bill provides much-needed updates in many areas around oversight, penalties, quality and provision of care for individuals residing in licensed care facilities. A special emphasis was given to the improvement of training for those who care for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.

With more than 1,000 Oregonians experiencing abuse in licensed long-term care settings in a year, the bill addresses a wide variety of areas. The following list offers a brief overview of some of the topics covered. It is only a summary and not a complete list.

Oregon HB 3359:
Establishes that administrators of residential care facilities, including assisted living and memory care, will be licensed by an independent board by July 2019 following a process to establish this new requirement.
Updates amounts and caps, set in the 1970s, for civil monetary penalties for elder or adult abuse and harm within licensed long-term care settings. For incidents categorized as serious harm, the fines were raised from a maximum of $500 up to $2500.
Adopts new penalties for facilities, specifically a penalty for "Failure to report suspected abuse" and "Failure to perform corrective action noted during a survey or inspection."
Updates licensing fee amounts for residential care/assisted living facilities and nursing facilities.
Gives the Department the ability to impose an immediate suspension in residential care facilities when there is critical health, safety or welfare issue -- without waiting 10 days for a hearing.
Requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) to develop an enhanced oversight and supervision program for residential care facility oversight.
Asks for the development of a technology-based, acuity-based staffing tool for use by providers and Oregon DHS, which allows providers to determine staffing patterns based on current residents' needs.
Establishes a variety of training and certification requirements for care staff in long-term care facilities.
Adds new safety requirements, licensing options and establishes new quality metrics.
Establishes the Quality Measurement Council with representatives from the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, Alzheimer's advocacy, elder rights advocate, academics with data/metrics expertise, member of Oregon Patient Safety Commission, provider association, and Oregon DHS.

The described changes and additions to existing statutes provide the legal framework to improve the quality of care and better ensure the safety and dignity of residents who reside in licensed long-term care settings. The bill is set to become law once signed by the Governor.

The main focus for the Oregon DHS Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) program is on the safety of the Oregonians we serve. APD Program Director Ashley Carson Cottingham said, "We are looking forward to working with providers and all other parties impacted by these changes to ensure high-quality care and protection for some of our most vulnerable citizens."
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Prevent heat illness for workers in hot weather
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/14/17 9:35 AM
(Salem) -- As temperatures rise this -- and every -- summer, Oregon OSHA encourages employers and workers in construction, agriculture and other labor-intensive activities to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention.

The call to address the hazards of working in high heat is part of a larger heat stress prevention program launched July 11 by Oregon OSHA. Under the program, the agency's enforcement and consultation activities will include a review of employers' plans to deal with heat exposure, especially from June 15 through Oct. 1 of each year.

The prevention program applies to both outdoor job sites and indoor workplaces where potential heat-related hazards may exist.

Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death. From 2011 to 2016, 36 people received benefits through Oregon's workers' compensation system for heat-related illnesses.

"Employers and workers in Oregon need to be especially aware of the dangers of working in high heat," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. "That's because workers here tend to be used to working in mild weather and are frequently not acclimated to this type of heat."

"The focus should be on prevention," added Wolf-McCormick. "Employers need to provide drinking water, offer shaded places for workers to take breaks, and to watch for signs of trouble."

Those signs of trouble include headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
Wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing (such as cotton).
Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas -- allow your body to cool down.
Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness. Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA has a booklet available in both English and Spanish with tips for working in the heat: http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/4926.pdf (English version), http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/4926s.pdf (Spanish version).

Oregon OSHA also offers a pocket-sized heat stress card -- available in both English and Spanish -- that includes information about the risks of exposure to high temperature and high humidity: http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/3333.pdf (English version), http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/3333s.pdf (Spanish version).

For more information about heat stress and prevention of heat-related illness, go to http://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/topics/heat-stress.aspx


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

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/17/17 3:29 PM
Richard Bradbury
Richard Bradbury
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Saturday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 3:38 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, Richard Bradbury, 61, was found unresponsive in his cell. Medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 4:16 a.m.

Bradbury entered DOC custody on March 15, 1994, on one count of aggravated murder and one count of arson in the first degree out of Marion County. He was serving a life sentence.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institutional work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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Attached Media Files: Richard Bradbury
Committee looking at how to balance air quality and controlled burning will meet in Salem on July 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/19/17 11:57 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- On July 27 a broad-based committee will meet in Salem to discuss forestland smoke. The Smoke Management Program Review Committee will continue its task of recommending improvements for how the state can use controlled burns to improve forest health and protect nearby residents from wildfire while minimizing smoke impacts on communities to protect public health.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be in the Tillamook Room in Building C at ODF's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. It will last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an opportunity for public comment near the end of the meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The 20-person committee was appointed by the Oregon Department of Forestry working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The committee is made up of forest landowners, public health representatives, the American Lung Association, forest collaboratives and environmentalist groups, county and city elected officials, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and a tribal representative.

The committee is seeking to produce a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee's work will be presented to the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission in late 2017. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state's Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission. The Smoke Management Plan is part of the state's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act.

According to ODF records, last year controlled fires were set on 181,800 forested acres in Oregon, above the 10-year annual average of 165,999 acres. Those fires burned an estimated 1.3 million tons of woody debris. Peak burning is in the spring and fall.

The committee is expected to hold two more meetings -- one on Aug. 31 in southern Oregon and on Oct. 4 again in Salem.
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Fire restrictions will increase July 17 in west Oregon forestland
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/17 8:00 AM
PHILOMATH, Ore. -- Due to rising fire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry will increase restrictions on many activities on private and public forestland the agency protects in its West Oregon District starting Monday, July 17. The restrictions include Bureau of Land Management lands ODF protects. The restrictions will be in place in Lincoln County and portions of Benton, Polk and southern Yamhill counties.

The heightened restrictions include:
No smoking while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads
No open fires, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed
No use of non-industrial chainsaws unless waived by an ODF forester
No cutting, grinding or welding of metal
Use of fireworks is prohibited
No mowing of dried grass with power-driven equipment between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops
Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is restricted to improved roads only
Motorists must have the following firefighting equipment in their vehicle while traveling, except on a state highway, county road or driveway:
o one shovel
o either one gallon of water or one operational 2.5 pound or larger ABC-rated fire extinguisher.

ODF's West Oregon District declared fire season just two weeks ago on July 3.

"Grasses have grown very tall after an extraordinarily wet spring," said ODF Community Wildfire Forester Pat MacMeekin. "As we move into warmer summer weather, it creates conditions that dry out the vegetation, increasing the chances for fire starts."

MacMeekin said the added restrictions limit potential sources of forest fires, the majority of which are caused by humans. Forest operations, such as logging sites, are also affected, with requirements that operators have certain firefighting equipment on site and take precautionary measures against fire.

For further information on public use restrictions, please call the Oregon Department of Forestry weekdays during regular business hours or visit ODF's Fire Restrictions and Closures web page at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx
Benton County -- Philomath Office 541-929-3266
Lincoln County -- Toledo Office 541-336-2273
Polk or Yamhill counties -- Dallas Office 503-934-8146
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Employment in Oregon June 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/18/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 8,500 Jobs in June

In June, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,500 jobs, following a gain of 2,600 in May. The June increase was the largest gain since February 2016 when 9,600 jobs were added. Gains were widespread among the major industries, with 11 of the 14 industries adding jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing by 2,100 jobs. In addition, strong hiring occurred in construction (+1,600 jobs) and manufacturing (+1,400). Financial activities was the only major industry to cut substantially, as it shed 800 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's payroll employment rose 47,300, or 2.6 percent. This rapid pace was an acceleration from earlier in the year when over-the-year growth was hovering around 2.0 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent in June. The rate remained near its all time low of 3.6 percent reached in May. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.1 percent in June 2016 and well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in June 2017.

Other signs of a tight labor market in Oregon include fewer long-term unemployed and falling measures of labor underutilization. The number of Oregonians who have been unemployed for more than six months dropped to 10,700 in June, the lowest on record dating back to 2002. In contrast, the long term unemployed reached a peak of more than 100,000 in 2010, during the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, U-6--the broadest measure of labor underutilization, which includes the unemployed, those who have stopped looking for work within the last year but still want a job, and those who are working part-time but would prefer to work full-time--dropped to 7.4 percent in June. This was by far Oregon's lowest U-6 since comparable records began in 2002, and was a continuation of its downward trend since reaching a peak of 21.1 percent in May 2009. In recent months, Oregon's labor market tightened so rapidly that Oregon's U-6 dropped below the national U-6 of 8.6 percent in June 2017.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 15th.



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon June 2017 News Release
Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) to meet July 27
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/17 3:26 PM
July 19, 2017

What: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Legislative session debrief; proposed TPEP budget overview; TPEP public comment

When: Thursday, July 27, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C, in Portland.

Background: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is a committee appointed by the Governor and comprised of both private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use.

Details: The meeting is open to the public. Please note that space is limited.

Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.
OHA expands Youth Marijuana Use Prevention Campaign
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/17 2:48 PM
July 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority today announced the expansion of a youth marijuana use prevention campaign to a statewide audience.

That expansion will begin immediately. The goal of the Stay True to You campaign is to prevent or delay the initiation of marijuana use among Oregon's 12- to 20-year-old population.

In 2016, the Oregon Legislature instructed OHA to evaluate the effectiveness of youth marijuana prevention messaging by conducting a geographically limited pilot. That campaign lasted from June 2016 to June 2017 and took place in the Portland metro area, and Jackson and Josephine counties. RMC Research, an independent evaluation firm, found that the pilot campaign successfully raised awareness of the legal consequences of underage marijuana use and contributed to a correct perception that only 1 in 5 Oregon teens use marijuana.

"Research shows that our audience was receptive to the Stay True to You campaign," said Kati Moseley, policy specialist at OHA's Public Health Division. "With this expansion, youth and young adults statewide will hear the message that marijuana use should be delayed until adulthood or avoided entirely."

OHA developed the Stay True to You campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. Twenty-eight focus groups were conducted in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults between 14 and 20 years old. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaskan native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research (Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall Inc.), contracted by OHA to facilitate all focus groups, conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

"Our focus group research showed youth and young adults are eager for more information on the effects of marijuana use," Moseley said. "Though research into marijuana use isn't as extensive as that on alcohol or tobacco, there is sufficient evidence that using marijuana can have a significant effect on developing brains."

The facts cited in the campaign on brain development and marijuana's effects on learning are based on reviews of the current science by OHA's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee.

OHA's role following the legalization of marijuana is to educate the public about the health issues related to marijuana use; prevent youth marijuana use; and monitor marijuana use, attitudes and health effects. OHA will publish final research results of the pilot campaign evaluation late this summer.

The statewide campaign will advertise across a variety of media, but the bulk of advertising will take place on digital and streaming video to most effectively reach the youth audience. Other campaign elements include a social media presence (#StayTrueOregon), a website (StayTrueToYou.org) and promotions and outreach to organizations where youth gather.
Health advisory updated July 17 for areas of Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/17 4:33 PM
July 17, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed in areas except Perry South Cove, where continued caution recommended

The Oregon Health Authority has updated the health advisory issued June 30 for Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.
The update lifts the advisory on those areas of the Deschutes and Crooked River of Lake Billy Chinook arms affected by the advisory, and confines the advisory on the Metolius Arm to Perry South Cove.
Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA recommends that people remain cautious when using the lake, particularly with pets because toxins are still well above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.
Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are sampled for blue-green algae by state, federal and local agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."
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OHA sets webinar to inform new State Health Assessment Steering Committee July 31
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/17 3:26 PM
July 17, 2017

What: OHA and the State Health Assessment Steering Committee will hold an informational webinar.

Agenda: Provide an overview of public health modernization; review findings from the 2016 public health modernization assessment; discuss how understanding of Oregon's public health system can be used to inform the state health assessment.

When: Monday, July 31, 2-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A 10-minute public comment period is at 3:50 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Join the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/762040006992861187 . 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 and identifies areas for improvement, contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health.

See the following reference documents:
--Public health modernization at http://www.healthoregon.org/modernization
--2016 public health modernization assessment at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/TASKFORCE/Documents/PHModernizationFullDetailedReport.pdf
--State Health Assessment at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/state-health-assessment.aspx

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-673-2284, Christy.j.hudson@state.or.us
Public Health Advisory Board meets July 20 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/14/17 2:32 PM
July 14, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

Agenda: Hear an update on AIMHI grant activities; adopt "Guiding Principles for Public Health and Health Care Collaboration"; discuss state health improvement plan priorities for oral health and suicide prevention; hear an update from PHAB Incentives and Funding Subcommittee; discuss public health modernization implementation in 2017-19.

When: Thursday, July 20, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is at 5:15 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068. A live-stream is also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyDRFUS4JsU


Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Public Health Advisory Board website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx
Public Health Administrative Rules Workgroup on local public health authority, subcontracting of services, and relinquishment meets July 31 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/14/17 2:14 PM
July 14, 2017

What: The second public meeting of the Public Health Administrative Rules Workgroup on local public health authority, subcontracting of services

Agenda: Understand purpose and goals for administrative rules workgroup; discuss concepts for rules related to local public health authority, subcontracting of public health services and relinquishment.

When: Monday, July 31, 1-3 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is at 2:45 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St, Room 918; Portland. You can also join by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5083473647741392131. A conference call line is also provided at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Background: The Public Health Administrative Rules Workgroup on local public health authority, subcontracting of services, and relinquishment is holding its second meeting to help inform the public health rules advisory committee to modernize the public health system. An agenda and updated materials will be posted one week before the meeting on the Public Health Division Public Health Modernization website at http://www.healthoregon.org/modernization/.

For more information, see the following reference documents:
-- Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 431 at https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors431.html
-- HB 2310 Enrolled at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2310/Enrolled

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

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets July 20 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/14/17 1:53 PM
What: The monthly public conference meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: CLHO subcommittee structure proposal; public health modernization funding and scope of work; public health modernization rulemaking update; update on public health modernization process measures work with CLHO subcommittees; OHA and local public health updates.

When: Thursday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

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

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

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

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Marine Patrols Jet Off to the Rogue for On-Water Training
Oregon Marine Board - 07/18/17 7:51 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its week-long law enforcement jet boat course on the Rogue River during the week of July 24 -- July 27. This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills. "This is critical training for law enforcement and this is the best place to do it," says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. "We've selected this week to hopefully minimize disruption to recreational boaters, but we still request the public's patience. The students will need room to work because they will be very focused on reading the river, avoiding other boaters, and navigating whitewater, wind and chop." Students who attend the Marine Board's Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator.

"One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator. It's a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for everyone who participates, and the only course in the nation with this level of attention," Flowers adds.

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area. In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids. "Fast action and skill are required by marine officers, and this kind of training can mean the difference between a saved life or not," Flowers says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff's Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education. Contracts with the County Sheriff's Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/AboutUs.aspx.
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Caution to Boaters -Reservoir Drawdowns to Impact Flows on McKenzie River
Oregon Marine Board - 07/14/17 11:08 AM
The Oregon State Maine Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are alerting boaters to expect higher water levels due to drawdowns on Cougar and Blue River reservoirs that feed into the McKenzie River.

The Corps is reducing reservoir levels behind the dams to support maintenance and rehabilitation of the structures' spillway gates.

Cougar Reservoir drawdown begins July 15, as water managers gradually increase daily water releases up to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs). Another gradual increase begins Aug. 1, when water release will eventually reach 1,000 cfs. Normal water release for this time of year is about 580 cfs.

Water managers will also begin gradually increasing daily water releases at Blue River Reservoir, reaching about 500 cfs by Aug. 1. Normal daily release from the dam is about 300 cfs.

For the most up-to-date information, please view the Corps' "Teacup" diagrams at http://www.nwd-wc.usace.army.mil/nwp/teacup/willamette/.

The cumulative effects of these increasing releases will result in significantly higher water flows and stronger currents on the McKenzie River.

Boaters can expect downed trees and other debris making navigation more difficult, so take early action to avoid being drawn into an obstruction. Boaters, especially paddlers, are encouraged to plan ahead and visit www.boatoregon.com to learn where there have been reported navigation obstructions. Boaters should always scout the river ahead of time and always keep a sharp lookout.

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Shark sightings reported off Oregon north coast prompt advisory (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/17 2:15 PM
Standard shark sighting sign posted in Oregon
Standard shark sighting sign posted in Oregon
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Cell: 503-931-2590

Reported shark sightings in Cannon Beach and Seaside prompt advisory

Cannon Beach OR -- A person surfing off the north Oregon coast around Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach, and a visitor in Seaside both reported shark sightings Tuesday, July 18. State park staff have posted advisory signs in both areas. No injuries were reported. The beaches will remain open, and the advisory signs will stay up for several weeks at least.

As a natural, wild place, people coming to the Oregon coast can prepare themselves to enjoy the ocean shore by visiting http://respectthebeach.org/. For people using the ocean offshore, especially surfers, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends consulting fellow surfers for advice since the agency doesn't manage the ocean shore below low tide. In an emergency, beach visitors should call 911 and explain their location in as much detail as possible. Many developed beach accesses have signs with names and numbers to help visitors pinpoint their location.

The size and species of the sightings are unknown, and the reports haven't been verified. More than a dozen shark species live off the Oregon coast.


Attached Media Files: Standard shark sighting sign posted in Oregon
Coos Co. Schools
Updated North Bend School District Public Meetings -- July, 2017
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 07/19/17 4:11 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for July:

July 10, 2017
Regular School Board Meeting
North Bend City Council Chamber at 7:00 p.m.
835 California St., North Bend, OR

July 24, 2017
Special Meeting -- Board Work Session
North Bend School District Office at 5:30 p.m.
1913 Meade St.
North Bend, OR 97459



The schedule is subject to change.
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Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/17 11:42 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 19, 2017, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 200 block of O'Neal Lane, in Roseburg, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 1 adult and 1 child.

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.
Red Cross Relocates to new Eugene Facility
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/17 10:24 AM
New Red Cross facility is more centrally located; expected to enhance efficiencies in SW Oregon.

EUGENE, OR, July, 19, 2017 -- The Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross is relocating from its current Eugene facility on Bethel Drive to a new facility, located at 440 E Broadway Ave. in Eugene.

The Broadway facility is more centrally located and is near the University of Oregon Campus, with good access to several main arterials for efficient disaster response. We believe this new location will enhance Red Cross efficiencies in the Eugene and Southwest Oregon area, while making the best use of donor dollars.

"Every day Red Cross volunteers and staff are out in the Southwest Oregon community helping our neighbors prepare for emergencies and delivering aid when disasters occur," said Carisa Hettich, Executive Director of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross. "We believe our new central location will help us to be even more accessible to the community we serve."

The phased relocation will be complete by the end of July and there is no anticipated disruption to Red Cross services. Health and Safety classes, such as CPR and First Aid, will continue to operate out of the Red Cross facility at 862 Bethel Drive in Eugene through the end of July. Individuals signed up for these classes should continue to come to the Bethel facility for their scheduled classes through July 31st.

Since its inception in 1881, and its start in Oregon in 1917, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to providing compassionate care to those in need. Its network of dedicated volunteers, employees and generous donors share a mission of preventing and alleviating suffering, here at home and around the world through five key service areas: Disaster Cycle Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Blood Services, Preparedness Health and Safety Services, and International Services. For more information on local Red Cross programs and services, visit www.redcross.org/Cascades or read our blog at www.redcrossblog.org.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.


Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Relocates to New Eugene Facility
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Multiple Families in Lane County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/17/17 10:01 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 17, 2017, at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the 85000 block of Edenvale Road in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including 7 adults and 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.
Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire Affecting Two People in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/16/17 12:42 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home disaster at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the 1900 block of Mctavish Ct. in Springfield, OR.

This single-family fire affected 2 adults and pets.

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

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire Affecting Two People in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/14/17 10:24 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday July 14, 2017, at approximately 8.pm. p.m. in the 1400 block of 31st Street in Springfield, OR. The fire affected two adults and a pet.

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.
NW Association for Blind Athletes to Host Largest Camp Abilities in the U.S. for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/19/17 9:25 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Largest Camp Abilities in the United States for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington--July 19th, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the largest Camp Abilities in the United States for children and youth with visual impairments July 23rd-29th, 2017 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the ages of 8 and 15.

Camp Abilities Oregon will provide opportunities to 56 children and youth from across Washington and Oregon in its second year. Campers will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. The purpose of Camp Abilities Oregon is to empower blind or visually impaired children to break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is often associated with their disability. Campers will be encouraged to take control of their own quality of life, and will be empowered to use their many talents to actively contribute within their communities. A variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, swimming and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week.

"We are extremely honored to offer this truly transformational program again this year to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that transcend participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life," said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

Camp Abilities Oregon is funded in part by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, Washington Department of Services for the Blind, The Salem Foundation, and The Standard, but additional support is still needed. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities Oregon 2016. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of visually impaired students formed the Association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

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OMSI To Attempt World Record For Largest Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano
OMSI - 07/19/17 2:38 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY

OMSI TO BUILD 34-FOOT VOLCANO
OMSI to attempt world record for the largest baking soda and vinegar volcano

What: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will build a 34-foot baking soda and vinegar volcano in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano. In celebration of the recent opening of POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, OMSI is attempting the world's largest baking soda and vinegar volcano so visitors can experience the science behind a volcanic eruption on an unprecedented scale right here in Portland! This is anything but your average classroom science experiment, and it takes a lot of teamwork (and lots of vinegar and baking soda), to make the attempt. Construction for the volcano began on July 12 on the OMSI Front Plaza.

In addition to the volcano, OMSI will be hosting hands-on activities and demonstrations on the plaza starting at 11am leading up to the eruption at 3pm. Come explore the science of volcanoes from the forces brewing under the surface to the consequences of an eruption as well as how volcanoes have played an important role here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Russ Fogle, Reign Audio, Costco and Orchard Supply Hardware for their generous support and donations.

When: Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m. (open to the public; activities begin at 11 a.m.)
Wednesday, July 26, 9 p.m. (for OMSI After Dark attendees)

Where: OMSI Front Plaza

RSVP: For media interested in attending the event, please RSVP to Libby Trobitz, ltrobitz@omsi.edu or 503.797.4617.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.