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Public Notice - Medcom Ambulance Authority Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2 - 06/18/24 12:04 PM

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE MEDCOM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the MedCom Ambulance Authority Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting on Thursday June 20, 2024, at 12:00 pm at 1290 NE Cedar St. Roseburg, OR.

To comply with House Bill 2560, those that wish to participate can attend through videoconference or by telephone. If you plan on attending the meeting, please contact the MedCom Administrator at (541) 673-5503 during normal business hours prior to 11:00 am on Thursday, March 21, 2024, for instructions.

Regular meeting agenda items include: Monthly Financials, Service Provider Reports, and 2024 Addendum to Medcom Authority IGA and Provider Distribution – 2nd.


Reward Offered for Tip Leading to Arrest of Individual(s) Responsible for Damage of Whistlers Bend Disc Golf Course Baskets (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/24 3:34 PM
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ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding damage to the disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend County Park. 

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the Sheriff's Office was advised of criminal damage to three new disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend Park. The damages are estimated to be just under $1,500.00. 

A group within the community is offering and administering a $1,000 reward for the person who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have knowledge about the damage to contact deputies at (541) 440-4471 referencing Case #24-2418.




Attached Media Files: Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park A , Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park B , Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park C

Public Meeting Notice: Dog Control Advisory Board
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/24 8:00 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Advisory Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 216, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

The agenda meeting agenda can be located at: www.dcso.com/dogboard 

To view the live stream or post-meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon.

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to submit public comment related to specific agenda items. Members of the public who wish to comment can do so: (1) In person, (2) by submitting via email at kaylee.tucker@douglascountyor.gov or (3) by virtual format via www.zoom.com Meeting 850 9182 7983 (Passcode – 6hV4Wa).

As part of public policy, Douglas County will attempt to provide public accessibility to services, programs, and activities. If accommodation is needed to participate at this meeting, please contact Kaylee Tucker (541) 440-4449 kaylee.tucker@douglascountyor.gov at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.


DCSO Hosting FREE Boat Safety Inspection Clinics (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/17/24 11:02 AM
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be hosting three separate boat safety inspection clinics.   

This is a free opportunity to have a boat of any kind inspected to ensure it meets all legal requirements for the upcoming boating season. This is a great way to ensure boaters have all of the required safety equipment, learn about lifejacket safety or boating laws and ask any boating related questions of marine deputies.

The motorized inspection process will include checking for:

• Approved life jackets
• Working fire extinguishers
• Approved Type IV floatation devices
• Approved sound producing devices
• Working engine blower fans (if required)
• Assist with proper placement of Oregon registration numbers and registration stickers

Deputies can also answer questions about non-motorized boats and the requirements pertaining to them. Any non-motorized boat, including paddlecraft, 10' or longer are required to have a waterway access permit. 

The clinics will be at the following locations: 

  • SUTHERLIN BI-MART - Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • ROSEBURG BI-MART - Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • SALMON HARBOR MARINA (Winchester Bay) - Saturday, July 6, 2024, 1pm - 5pm

If the boat passes inspection, a 2024 inspection sticker will be issued.




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Firefighter Rescues Woman and Child in The McKenzie River (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 06/21/24 4:21 PM
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Springfield, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire was called to a water rescue on the McKenzie River behind Riverbend Hospital.  At 2:23 PM on June 21st, a 11 year old caller called Central Lane 911 reporting they were trapped in the current and screaming for help.  CLCC dispatchers were able to determine where the call was coming from and quickly dispatch ESF crews to the correct location behind the hospital.  One of ESF’s water rescue team members was assigned to Medic 6 for the shift and they were clearing the hospital when the call came in.  Firefighter Corbari immediate donned his water rescue gear and ran to the river with his partner.  The crew was able to quickly locate a 27 year old female tangled up by ropes and branches in a strainer (a deadly collection of trees and branches in the current) and the 11 year old in the boat caught in the strainer.  The 27 year old was not wearing a life vest, but the 11 year old was.  FF Corbari recognized the life threatening situation and jumped in to action risking his own safety to cut the female free and guiding both to safety awaiting ESF water rescue boats to transport everyone to Armitage Landing. Firefighter Corbari is one of our newest water rescue members, completing his specialty training a little over 1 month ago. (Photo credit, Chris Piestch RG) 




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Firefighters Respond to Food Truck Fire (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 06/21/24 10:00 AM
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Eugene, OR. Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a food truck fire located at 90330 HWY 99 North in Eugene Friday Morning.  Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:51 AM.  Initially reposted as a small structure fire, ESF responded with 3 engines and truck and chief officer. The fire was contained to the food truck and two bystanders were treated for smoke and extinguisher inhalation.  The cause is under investigation.




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Fire Extinguished Near the Railroad Tracks in West Eugene (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 06/18/24 2:11 PM
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Eugene, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a fire at camp site along the railroad tracks in the 2600 block of Rosevelt Blvd.  Fire crews were notified of the fire at 1:16 PM on June 18th and Engine 7 from the Bethel station arrived 4 minutes later.  Some personal belongings were destroyed in the fire, but there were no injuries and the fire is under investigation. 




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Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested, Detectives Seeking Additional Victims (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/24 4:24 PM
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JCSO Case 24-2631

 

MEDFORD, Ore. – After a month-long investigation, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives arrested a 20-year-old Medford man today for multiple counts of sex abuse of an underage victim. Detectives believe there are additional local victims who have yet to come forward.

 

Detectives arrested the suspect, Brayden Cyrus Edelman, 20, today at 11:30 a.m. in Medford. He is charged with one count of first-degree sex abuse, and two counts of second-degree sex abuse. Detectives booked and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail.

 

The JCSO investigation into Edelman started mid-May of this year. Although Edelman lives in Medford, the crimes occurred in White City. JCSO SVU detectives believe Edelman may have other victims. Anyone with information about the pictured suspect is asked to call SVU Detective Jill Wenzel at (541) 770-8928.

 

This case is under investigation with SVU detectives working additional leads. Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.

 

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6/19/24 - LCSO Case #24-3216 - Lane County Sheriff's K9 Hektor assists arrest of suspect violating restraining order (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/24 8:56 AM
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On the afternoon of June 19th, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 23900 block of High Pass Road for a violation of a restraining order by Jeremy Allen Johnson, 35. When deputies arrived at the victim’s residence, Johnson fled. K9 Hektor and his handler were able to track Johnson, who attempted to hide, and apprehend him. Johnson was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail for Violation of a Restraining Order and Menacing (APA).  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is funded by community donations.  All donations go directly to the K9 program to supply food, veterinary care, and equipment.  Learn more at https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/sheriff_s_office/about_us_-_now_and_then/police_services_division/k9_unit




Attached Media Files: K9 Hektor

06/19/24 - LCSO Case #24-3215 - Fatal Motorcycle Crash near Junction City (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/20/24 4:07 PM
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On the afternoon of June 19th, Deputies with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single motorcycle crash through a fence along Ayres Lane near Highway 99, Junction City. Witnesses observed the motorcycle attempt to turn onto Ayres Lane from Highway 99 and lose control. The rider was located deceased underneath the motorcycle, a three-wheeled Harley Davidson. The driver’s identity is being withheld at this time.




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Thank You, Lebanon Community, for Your Support at the Lebanon Fire District Open House and Dedication Ceremony (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 06/17/24 6:14 PM
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A big thank you to everyone who came out to our Open House and Dedication Ceremony at Station 31 this past Saturday! Your presence and support meant a lot to us, with approximately 350 people visiting the firehouse.

During the ceremony, we unveiled the Ted Fitzwater Memorial Training Tower and the Jim Anglin Workout Facility at our station, honoring their significant contributions to our district and community.

A special thanks goes to Larry Arnold, our former fire chief, who joined us as a speaker at the event. Larry's leadership helped solidify our standing as a district, and his presence added to the meaningfulness of the occasion. We also want to extend a special thank you to our other notable speakers, Chief Joseph Rodondi and Board Vice President Dale White.

We appreciate everyone who joined us in celebrating this milestone in our district's history.

Mark your calendars: we'll be hosting another Open House at Station 31 during Fire Prevention Week in October. Keep an eye on our social media channels for specific dates and times as we look forward to another opportunity to connect with our community and promote fire safety awareness.

Thank you once again for your support. We're excited to see you in October!




Attached Media Files: Station Tour , Dedication Ceremony 2 , Firehose Drop , Dedication Ceremony 1

Head-On Crash Leads To Hit & Run, DUII Arrest (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 06/17/24 2:25 PM
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On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, around 10:32 PM, LCPD Officers responded to a head-on traffic collision on N Highway 101 near NE West Devils Lake Rd. One of the involved drivers fled the scene of the collision prior to officers arrival. The victim driver did not report any injuries. Officers began an investigation into the crash and were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle. 

Around 11:45 PM, a witness called LCPD to report a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect vehicle, had pulled into the South Circle-K Gas Station with heavy front-end damage and smoke coming from the engine. LCPD Officers quickly responded and located Heather Callin, age 45 of Lincoln City, in the driver seat. 

Base on the incident investigation, Heather Callin was arrested on charges of DUII, Fail to Perform Duties as a Driver (Hit & Run), and Reckless Driving. She was subsequently transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was lodged on the listed charges. 

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to thank the observant citizen witness for their assistance in locating the involved vehicle and driver and helping to take an intoxicated driver off the streets. This is a great example of how the partnership with our community members help make the community safer for everyone.    

Submitted by: Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn




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Tip of the Week for the Week of June 24, 2024 - Fireworks Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/20/24 10:00 AM
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FIREWORK SAFETY

Summer fun is officially here, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. For many, fireworks are a sign of celebration, however, there are some important safety measures to consider. Fireworks, loud sounds, and bright, sudden flashes can trigger vets, pets, and people with PTSD. If you choose to use fireworks, remember to check for local ordinances and regulations, be considerate of others, consider the time of day and the location, and prioritize safety. 

Know the Difference and Consequences

It is important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include any firework that flies into the air, explodes or behaves in an uncontrolled or unpredicted manner. Some examples include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bottle rockets, or other items of similar construction and any item containing explosive or flammable compounds. 

Tablets or other devices containing explosive substances or flammable compounds are not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name, and instructions for proper use.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches. Violations may be punishable by fine. 

General Firework Safety

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are lit. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials -never light and throw any fireworks.  Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. 

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to children. Close adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory, this includes sparklers. 

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, and strong smells. It is best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften sudden noises. If you cannot leave your pet indoors, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times. Keep your pet’s collar and ID tag on at all times and update your pet’s license with your current contact information in case they get separated from you. 

If you are traveling and plan to use fireworks, look up local ordinances that may be in place. Remember to save the address of where you are staying or using the fireworks in case you need to call 911. 

Fire Prevention

Be aware of your surroundings and weather conditions. Areas are more prone to fires when the weather is warm and windy. Dry landscape greatly increases the likelihood of fire starting, not just from fireworks, but other activities that create sparks or flame.

If you choose to use fireworks, make sure the area is clear of anything flammable such as debris, furniture, and grass or shrubbery. Keep fireworks pointed away from buildings, greenery, and other areas that may catch fire. Keep a bucket of water and a hose ready to respond if needed. 

Whether you are lighting fireworks yourself or watching an organized show, know the address so that you can quickly call 911 if a fire starts. 
 

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 

 

 

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Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Begins Debris Burn Bans
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/24 12:25 PM

This message is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board

Fire Agencies to begin Debris Burn Bans


The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry have made the
decision to establish a consistent start and end date for the annual Debris Burn Ban in Lincoln
County. Taking into consideration the increasingly dry fuel models year after year, Debris Burn
Ban will begin annually, June 15th, 2024, and end October 15th, 2024. Individual fire districts
may choose to adjust the burn ban dates based on current weather conditions. The Fire Defense
Board has carefully selected these dates to provide a consistent schedule for the annual burn ban,
to allow the citizens to better plan for yard debris burning.


Agency Contact Information
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue: 541-996-2233
Depoe Bay Fire District: 541-764-2202
Newport Fire Department: 541-265-9461
Seal Rock Fire District: 541-563-4441
Central Coast Fire & Rescue: 541-563-3121
Toledo Fire Department: 541-336-3311
Siletz Fire District: 541-444-2043
Yachats Fire District: 541-547-3266
Oregon Dept. Forestry: 541-336-2273


This ban is specific to yard debris burning and does not include recreational campfires, portable
propane/patio fireplaces, or charcoal BBQ grills. Please check with your local fire agency for
details specific to each jurisdiction.


Reminder: Carelessness is the largest cause of wildfire.
Escaped fires of any kind resulting in property damage requiring efforts from a fire agency or
multiple fire agencies, may result in fines and individual financial responsibility for damages
caused and for fire response recovery, per Oregon Revised Statue; 476.920 - Billing owner of
property for cost of extinguishing fire.

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Sheriff's Office to Host Hiring Event in July (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/24 10:00 AM
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HOST HIRING EVENT IN JULY

6/18/24 – Lincoln County, Oregon

We are looking for individuals with strong character, motivation, and integrity to join our Sheriff’s Office team. With multiple positions open, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hiring event on Saturday, July 20, 2024. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the rewarding careers our team has to offer. 

Those interested in participating are encouraged to complete an application before the event. To submit an application, visit www.co.lincoln.or.us/748/Join-the-Team. Join us at this hiring event to jumpstart your successful career in Law Enforcement.  

All applicants are invited to meet our team, have lunch, and learn more about our career opportunities. Deputy applicants ages 21 years and older are invited to complete the physical testing requirements during this event. Participants in this event experience a significantly expedited application process. In addition to completing the required physical test for free, participants have the opportunity to meet our team, ask questions, receive more information on perks and benefits, and enjoy free lunch and snacks. All participants need to bring ID and deputy applicants need to bring athletic clothes and shoes.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm 

  • Check in anytime between 11:00am and 1:30pm.
  • Deputy applicants will complete the physical testing for free (testing takes less than 15 minutes per participant).
  • Enjoy lunch and network with our team.
  • Ask questions and get a feel of what your future career looks like.

Location: Search and Rescue Building, 830 NE 7th St., Newport

What to Bring:

  • Government Issued Identification
  • Athletic clothes and shoes if applying for a deputy position
  • Interest in joining our team

Registration for this event is encouraged but not required. For questions or to register, contact Jess Palma at 541-265-0652 or jpalma@co.lincoln.or.us

 

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Siletz Man Taken in Custody After Stand-Off
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/16/24 6:15 PM

On 06/16/2024, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office learned through community contacts that 36-year-old James Kelly was inside a private residence owned by his twin-brother, Keith Kelly, in Siletz, OR. Local Law Enforcement have been attempting to apprehend James on multiple warrants issued for his arrest, many calls of community concern, and in relation to a crime Keith was arrested for on 06/10/2024, in which both brothers conspired to threaten a South Beach man with a shotgun.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence James was reported to be in with assistance from the Toledo Police Department and the Oregon State Police. Attempts to persuade James to exit the residence were unsuccessful until the Inter-Agency Lincoln County Tactical Response Team arrived, including K9 Ghost and his handler. Ultimately James surrendered himself without incident and is lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on warrants for menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, DUII, reckless driving, two counts of misdemeanor driving, and a Linn County Assault in the Fourth Degree warrant.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for assistance in this case from the Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, and the Lincoln City Police Department. If you know the whereabouts of wanted persons in Lincoln County, contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-0777. 


Oregon State Fire Marshal urges Oregonians to keep firework use legal and safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/21/24 2:34 PM

SALEM, Ore. – With fireworks set to go on sale on Sunday, “Keep it legal, keep it safe” is the message from the Oregon State Fire Marshal. The 2024 fireworks retail sales season begins on June 23 and runs through July 6 in Oregon. The state fire marshal would like everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use, where fireworks can be used, and how to use them safely. 

“We ask Oregonians to be responsible if they plan to use fireworks as part of their celebrations,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Johnston said. “Every year, we see fires and injuries because of improper use of fireworks or illegal fireworks. Our message is simple: keep it legal and keep it safe.”  
 
To reduce the risk of starting a fire, some local governments in Oregon have firework sales or use restrictions in place. Oregonians are asked to check local regulations and follow them where they live or where they may be traveling to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

Consumer-legal fireworks can only be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. State regulations limit where those fireworks may be used, including public lands and parks. The possession and use of fireworks are prohibited in national parks and forests, on Bureau of Land Management lands, on U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties, on state beaches, in state parks, and in state campgrounds. Fireworks are also prohibited on many private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

For those who purchase legal fireworks, fire officials encourage everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use: 

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. 
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks. Never use fireworks near or on dry grass or vegetation. 
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Please wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before disposal. 
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks in legal places. 

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground without a permit issued by the state fire marshal. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon without a permit. Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damages. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal has resources about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, retail sale permits, and state rules for firework use and enforcement activities to its website


State Fire Marshal mobilizes two task forces to the Upper Applegate fire in Jackson County
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/21/24 8:31 AM

SALEM, Ore. – This morning, the Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilized two structural task forces to the Upper Applegate Fire in Jackson County. The task forces are from Lane and Polk counties and were mobilized through Immediate Response, a tool the state fire marshal uses to send firefighting resources outside of a conflagration. The structural task forces will support the Applegate Valley Fire District.   

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, as of Friday morning, the Upper Applegate Fire was estimated to be 500 acres in size. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has Level 1 Be Ready evacuation notices in place for homes near the fire. You can find the latest evacuation map here and information about evacuations here. 

“Our priority is to proactively protect our communities from the threat of wildfires. We're sending resources to boost capacity and support the Applegate Valley Fire District until the fire is contained,” said Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “With warm, dry weather in the forecast, the risk of wildfires is heightened across Oregon. We urge everyone to help our firefighters by taking preventive measures to avoid sparking a wildfire this summer and follow all burning restrictions.” 

For information about the fire, please follow the Oregon Department of Forestry – Southwest District. Learn how to be #WildfireAware this summer by following these wildfire prevention tips. 

About Immediate Response 

Immediate Response is made possible through the OSFM’s Response Ready Oregon initiative, created through Oregon’s wildfire omnibus bill, Senate Bill 762, signed into law in 2021.  

LEARN MORE: Response Ready Oregon 


Oregon State Fire Marshal announces first deliveries of new water tenders to Oregon fire service (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/17/24 3:52 PM
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SALEM, OR – The Oregon State Fire Marshal is proud to announce the first deliveries of new water tenders to the Oregon fire service as part of the agency's Engine Program. These initial deliveries mark a significant milestone in the state's ongoing efforts to enhance firefighting capabilities and protect communities from the growing wildfire crisis.

The first three water tenders have been delivered to the Amity Fire District, Winston-Dillard Fire District, and Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District. These tenders are the first of 30 that will be distributed across the state, boosting the resources available to local structural fire agencies.

The state fire marshal purchased 76 apparatus as part of the OSFM Engine Program, including 26 Type 3 engines, 20 Type 6 engines, and 30 water tenders. To date, eight type 3 engines have been delivered, with more expected to arrive throughout the summer. Deliveries of water tenders and type 6 engines will continue through the coming weeks.

"We are thrilled to see the first of these new water tenders delivered to our fire districts," Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. "This program represents a significant investment in the safety of our communities and the effectiveness of our firefighting efforts.”

The OSFM Engine Program is funded through 2021’s Senate Bill 762. The goal is to modernize equipment within the Oregon structural fire service, ensuring local fire agencies have the necessary tools to effectively combat wildfires and protect lives and property.

For more information about the OSFM's Engine Program and ongoing efforts to improve wildfire response, please visit the OSFM Engine Program webpage.

Click here for video and photos of today’s delivery.




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Fatal Crash - HWY 211 - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 06/19/24 11:43 AM

Marion County, Ore. 18 June 24- On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 12:06 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy 211, near milepost 1, in Marion County.

The preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Kia Soul, operated by Keoki Kahee (23) of Canby, struck a pedestrian, Martin Cabanas Salgado (56) from an unknown city, who was reportedly walking on the fog line.

The pedestrian (Cabanas Salgado) was declared deceased at the scene.

The Kia operator (Kahee) and passenger, Taylor Hayes (22) of Canby, were uninjured and were cooperating with investigators.

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Fire, and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Fatal Crash - HWY 26 - Crook County
Oregon State Police - 06/19/24 11:18 AM

Crook County, Ore. 17 June 24- On Monday, June 17, 2024, at 5:51 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 26, near milepost 26, in Crook County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Toyota Tundra, operated by Clifford Dean Shields (54) of Prineville, for unknown reasons, drifted across the eastbound lane, left the roadway, and struck a rock and tree. The vehicle began to roll and came to rest on the passenger side on the east side of the highway. Motorists in the area stopped, extricated the operator, and performed CPR. 

The operator of the Toyota (Shields) was declared deceased at the scene.

The highway was impacted for approximately 3 hours during the on-scene investigation. A medical event is considered the possible cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Fatal Crash - Interstate 84 - Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - 06/19/24 11:09 AM

Umatilla County, Ore. 16 June 24- On Saturday, June 16, 2024, at 5:57 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84, near milepost 220, in Umatilla County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Barbara Claudine Abercrombie (56) of Irrigon, struck the rear of a Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle and trailer, operated by Marshall Lee Mondry (29) of Meridian (ID), as it was slowly descending a steep grade with its hazard lights activated.

The operator of the Dodge (Abercrombie) was declared deceased at the scene. 

The operator of the Peterbilt (Mondry) was not injured.

The highway was impacted for approximately 4 hours during the on-scene investigation. 

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Umatilla Tribal Medics, and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Fatal Crash - HWY 58 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/24 8:26 AM

Lane County, Ore. 15 June 24- On Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 3:08 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 58, near milepost 46, in Lane County.

The preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Ford F-350, operated by Will Ed Bryson Jr. (77) of Klamath Falls, left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree. 

The operator of the Ford (W. Bryson) was declared deceased while in transport to an area hospital.

The passenger of the Ford, Lynda Ellen Bryson (78) of Klamath Falls, was transported by ground ambulance and life-flighted to an area hospital.

The highway was not impacted during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Fatal Crash - HWY 86 - Baker County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/24 8:14 AM

Baker County, Ore. 14 June 24- On Friday, June 14, 2024, at 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single motorcycle crash on Hwy-86, near milepost 30, in Baker County.

The preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Scott Douglas Moss (66) of Boise (ID), failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and left the roadway. The Harley traveled approximately 100 feet along the shoulder and 30 feet down an embankment, ejecting both operator and passenger. The motorcycle came to rest partially on top of the operator. 

The passenger on the Harley, Joan Gayle Moss (68) of Boise (ID), was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Harley (S. Moss) was life-flighted due to injuries.

The highway was not impacted during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Death Investigation
Roseburg Police Dept. - 06/19/24 5:04 PM

On June 19, 2024, at approximately 11:30 AM, the Roseburg Police Department responded to an address in the 1100 block of SE Pine to conduct a welfare check on 77 year old Samuel Steven Smeth.  Smeth was found deceased in his residence.  Next of kin has been notified.  

Roseburg Police detectives, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office detectives, and Oregon State Police responded to assist and will continue to investigate the matter with assistance from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. At this time, there is no known ongoing threat to the general public


Investigators seek potential witness in suspicious death investigation (UPDATE)
Salem Police Department - 06/20/24 3:12 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: June 20, 2024

The suspect in this case has been arrested.

This morning, June 20, Atilano Davalos III, age 38, was taken into custody after the Salem Police Department SWAT Team assisted Salem Police Detectives with serving a search warrant in the 2900 Blk of Mendocino Dr NE in Salem. 

Atilano Davalos III was transported to the Marion County Jail and lodged on the following charge:

  • Murder in the second degree

With the suspect in custody, all further inquiries concerning this investigation should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 7, 2024

 

Investigators seek potential witness in suspicious death investigation

Salem, Ore. — Detectives from the Salem Police Criminal Investigations Section are currently investigating the death of a 28-year-old Salem woman. 

Just before 2:00 a.m. on May 23, emergency personnel responded to the call of a woman lying in the roadway in the 1000 block of Rural AV SE. Responding paramedics determined the woman was deceased.

The woman is identified as Carla Fernanda Vasquez, age 28, of Salem. Detectives are handling the incident as a suspicious death investigation.

Surveillance video near the area where Vasquez was found shows a passing motorist minutes before the call to police was received. A light-colored vehicle, possibly a van or mid-size, crossover SUV, is seen in the video traveling eastbound on Rural AV as it passes Church ST. Detectives ask for the public’s help in locating this potential witness. 

If you are the driver or know the person driving in the area on that early Thursday morning, or if you have information about the case, please call Salem Police detectives at 503-588-8477. 

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Video URL: salempd.info/case-24-43327

 


State
Memorial ceremony honors Oregon's fallen firefighters
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/20/24 5:35 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2024

 

SALEM, Ore. — A ceremony held Thursday, June 20 in Salem commemorated Oregon fire service members who have died in the line of duty. Hundreds gathered for the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Ceremony to honor the brave individuals who gave their lives to protect communities and natural resources around the state.

The annual event is held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, site of the Oregon Fire Fighters Memorial. The memorial commemorates 179 fire service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1881, including career, volunteer, wildland and structural fire fighters. 

Thursday’s ceremony remembered three fallen fire service members whose names were recently added to the memorial: Mo Stadeli of Salem Fire Department, and Brandon W. Norbury and Brian Edward Flowers of Gresham Fire and Emergency Services. 

Mo Stadeli served as a professional firefighter with the Salem Fire Department for more than twenty-five years. In 2018, he was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer, and he passed away on February 24, 2019.

On February 3, 2023, after participating in routine hose evolution training, Brandon W. Norbury of Gresham Fire and Emergency Services suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the training ground. Despite life-saving efforts of other fire department members, Norbury was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

After a fifteen-year career, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter Brian Edward Flowers passed away on November 19, 2023, after a monthslong battle with Occupational Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

In his keynote speech, Clackamas Fire District #1 Chief Nick Browne praised the fallen firefighters’ commitment to public service and the sacrifices they made to leave the world a better place.

“In the course of their duties, these men saved countless lives, they protected property, and they provided a sense of security and hope to countless individuals,” Chief Browne said. 

He continued, “Every name on that wall, every person on that wall reflected those same traits. When we reflect on their sacrifice, we see that bright beacon of light that shines from their examples through the darkness of grief, illuminating the path of service, courage and compassion that they walked every single day.” 

The ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosts annually in partnership with the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard. For more information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, including the names of the fallen, history of the memorial, and the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard’s involvement, please visit DPSST’s Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial website at https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/Memorials/Firefighters/Pages/default.aspx.

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About DPSST

The mission of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is to pursue excellence in training and accountability for public safety professionals. DPSST certifies and licenses police, corrections, and parole and probation officers, as well as regulatory specialists, emergency telecommunicators and medical dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private security providers, private investigators, fire service professionals, and polygraph examiners in the state of Oregon.  DPSST works with public and private safety agencies around the state to provide basic, leadership and specialized training at the 237-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and regionally throughout the state.

 




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Oregon to honor fallen fire fighters during June 20 memorial ceremony (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/17/24 12:20 PM
The names of fallen firefighters MoStadelli, Brandon W. Norbury and Brian Edwards Flowers are engraved on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Jun3 12, 2020.
The names of fallen firefighters MoStadelli, Brandon W. Norbury and Brian Edwards Flowers are engraved on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Jun3 12, 2020.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2024

 

SALEM, Ore. - The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will host the annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial to honor members of the fire service who have died in the line of duty. The event takes place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem.

The memorial commemorates Oregon’s fire service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1881, including career, volunteer, wildland and structural fire fighters. The names of three fallen firefighters were added to the wall during an engraving ceremony held Wednesday, June 12. An honor guard stood watch as the names of Mo Stadelli of the Salem Fire Department and Brandon W. Norbury and Brian Edward Flowers of the Gresham Fire Department were added to the memorial, joining those of 176 previously fallen fire service members.

Mo Stadeli served as a professional firefighter with the Salem Fire Department for more than twenty-five years. In 2018, he was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer and he passed away on February 24, 2019.

On February 3, 2023, after participating in routine hose evolution training, Brandon W. Norbury of Gresham Fire & Emergency Services suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the training ground. Despite life-saving efforts of other fire department members, Norbury was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

After a fifteen-year career, Gresham Fire & Emergency Services Firefighter Brian Edward Flowers passed away on November 19, 2023 after a monthslong battle with Occupational Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, including the names of the fallen, history of the memorial, and the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard’s involvement, please visit DPSST’s Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial website.

For questions about the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, please contact Brooke Bell-Uribe at 503-569-8260.

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About DPSST

The mission of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is to pursue excellence in training and accountability for public safety professionals. DPSST certifies and licenses police, corrections, and parole and probation officers, as well as regulatory specialists, emergency telecommunicators and medical dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private security providers, private investigators, fire service professionals and polygraph examiners in the State of Oregon.  DPSST works with public and private safety agencies around the state to provide basic, leadership and specialized training at the 237-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and regionally throughout the state.




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June is Search and Rescue Month in Oregon: Prepare, be aware and stay safe while exploring the great outdoors this summer
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 06/20/24 2:52 PM

SALEM, Ore. — June 20, 2024 — Warmer weather has arrived, and Oregonians are eager to hike, camp, boat, climb and explore. In recognition of Search and Rescue Month, several state agencies are sharing best practices on how to keep outdoor adventures safe for people and Oregon’s scenic landscape.

“Oregon is one of the best places in the world for outdoor adventure, and we want everyone to get outside and discover all our state has to offer,” Governor Tina Kotek said. “We encourage everyone to prepare for their adventures to stay safe and minimize their impact on the communities they visit. Please stay safe and have fun exploring!”  

On average, more than 1,000 Search and Rescue (SAR) missions are conducted each year in Oregon, and during the last decade, 99% of people needing SAR assistance lived outside the county where they were rescued. Lack of preparedness was often the common denominator.  

“Our SAR teams rescue many folks who are often inexperienced, overconfident and unprepared for the reality of the situation,” said State SAR Coordinator Scott Lucas. “We find people who set out for a hike wearing flip-flops and shorts and carrying no water. They might take an unmarked trail, get disoriented or take a fall, and they could be lost for days.”

Whether traveling for a few hours or a week, people should know their physical limits and plan for activities that won’t exceed their experience. Before heading out, the Oregon Department of Emergency Management recommends the following best practices:

  • Know the trail and conditions – research the trail thoroughly and get accurate directions to the trailhead.
  • Make a plan and tell someone – make sure they know your route, the exact trail name, possible side destinations and when you plan to leave and return. This information is vital for search and rescue if they need to come looking for you.
  • Practice situational awareness – stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on trail markers and landmarks so you can provide those details in an emergency. (This includes Oregon Beach Access Numbers on the coast).
  • Listen to your body – know your limits when selecting hikes and when you’re on the trail.  
  • Watch for hazards – if you see signs of bad weather, wildfires, dangerous wildlife activity or other potential hazards, adjust your plans. Never feel bad about turning around early. Have a plan B.
  • Stay on marked trails – straying off the path or following social trails increases the risk of getting lost or injured. It also increases the risk of fatal falls.  
  • Respect trail closures – safety signs and barriers. They are placed there for your safety. Disregarding them can have deadly consequences.
    • Exercise caution when crossing streams or navigating steep terrain – never climb on logs or turn your back on the ocean.  
  • Pack the Day Hike 10 Essentials – include proper equipment, extra food, water and supplies.
  • Follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace – minimize your impact.
  • Stay in touch – There might not be cell coverage and reception on the trail.  
    • Enable Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on cell phones.  
    • If you are using your cell phone, keep the battery fully charged and switch to airplane mode to conserve battery until you need it.
    • Consider a personal locator beacon (PLB) like InReach or SPOTS, if you need to call for help.
  • Prepare for the weather – layer up, wear appropriate footwear for the terrain and carry an emergency blanket. 
  • Practice water safety – before you go out, plan ahead and check water levels, obstructions, tide information, local regulations and boating access before heading out. The Oregon State Marine Board’s (OSMB) website has a lot of planning resources
    • A map of life jacket loaner stations to borrow if you don’t have your own.  
    • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.  
    • OSMB recommends people recreate with others so they can provide aid more quickly if the unexpected happens.  
    • In 2023, there were 13 recreational boating fatalities where 11 victims were not wearing life jackets; seven were paddlers, one in a sailboat, and six were in motorized boats.

The Oregon State Park system is one of the most popular in the U.S. with more than 52 million day-use visits per year, so it’s no surprise it sees an uptick in visitors throughout the summer months. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) recommends that visitors stay on designated trails to stay safe. Following social trails or forging your own increases the risk of getting lost, getting injured or experiencing a fatal fall.  

“Even the most beautiful landscapes can be hazardous. We encourage visitors to stay on designated, marked trails to avoid injuries and potentially deadly falls. It’s also important to respect safety signs, trail closures and barriers to enjoy parks safely and responsibly,” said OPRD spokesperson Stefanie Knowlton.”

Oregon State Parks post notices online for park and trail closures as well as tips on how to hike safely.  

Oregon’s SAR program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations throughout the state, including coordinating state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue activities and providing on-scene search and rescue efforts when requested. There is no charge for SAR calls, but if community members would like to help support SAR teams, they can purchase a 1-year or 5-year Oregon SAR card. Purchases help fund search and rescue training, equipment and missions across Oregon by contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund. The fund is managed by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.  

As always, in case of emergencies, dial 9-1-1; most Oregon counties also accept texts to 9-1-1.

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Read more about hiking safety tips on the Hike Oregon Blog: https://bit.ly/3XsL2XJ or on the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/articles/hiking-safety.htm 


Save the date for the March 3-6, 2025, Oregon GOSH Conference, the Pacific Northwest's largest workplace safety and health conference (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/18/24 11:11 AM
GOSH 2025 logo
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Salem – With more than 160 workshops and sessions, the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference will be held March 3-6, 2025, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The event offers an outstanding opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge that can be used to strengthen workplace safety and health programs across the state.

The event is the largest workplace health and safety conference in the Pacific Northwest and one of the largest in the U.S. It welcomes everyone from safety committee members and emerging environmental health and safety professionals to quality control supervisors, labor advocates, and employers across industries to gather for a variety of learning opportunities.

Registration for the conference is expected to open in winter 2024. But you can participate in and support the GOSH Conference now. Nominations are being accepted for the 2025 GOSH Awards, which will honor organizations and people who make exceptional contributions to workplace safety and health. Award nominations are due Oct. 25, 2024.

You can also learn about the event’s keynote speaker, Sally Spencer-Thomas, co-founder and president of United Suicide Survivors International. A clinical psychologist and award-winning mental health advocate, Spencer-Thomas is the lead author on the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. During GOSH, her presentation – “You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health With Duct Tape: Why Burnout Mitigation, Mental Health Promotion, Addiction Recovery, and Suicide Prevention are Health and Safety Priorities” – will go to the heart of why mental health in the workplace matters.

Learn more about Spencer-Thomas by visiting the GOSH website’s keynote speaker page

Sponsorship opportunities to support the 2025 GOSH Conference are available, too. And the conference will again feature the Columbia Forklift Challenge, inviting trained forklift drivers to compete in an obstacle course to highlight their skills – and the importance of forklift safety. 

You can stay updated about the conference – including registration, exhibits, the forklift challenge, and other information – by visiting the event’s website. You can also get connected to GOSH updates by signing up to receive emails

The conference is a collaborative effort by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and labor and businesses in Oregon and southwest Washington. 


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About Oregon OSHA: Oregon OSHA enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. Visit osha.oregon.gov and dcbs.oregon.gov.




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Committee for Family Forestlands meets on June 26
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/21/24 10:46 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Forest Resources Division update
  • Small Forestland Investment in Stream Habitat Program (SFISH) tax guidance
  • Stream crossing presentation
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) guide overview
  • Board of Forestry update
  • CFF annual report

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting by emailing estlands@odf.oregon.gov">committee.of.family.forestlands@odf.oregon.gov.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resources and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester. View more information on the CFF webpage.


ODF sends 19 firefighters to New Mexico (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/21/24 10:00 AM
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SALEM, Ore. – This week the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) filled an order to send 19 firefighters to New Mexico to assist in fighting numerous, out of control wildfires. Many of the firefighters arrived in the state today and the rest will arrive within the next day. The two-week rotation with our New Mexico partners will allow our firefighters to brush up on their skills before Oregon’s fire season hits its peak later this summer. 

The firefighters went to New Mexico under mutual assistance agreements between the states. When wildfire activity is low in Oregon, firefighters can be spared to help in places experiencing high levels of wildfire. So far in 2024, Oregon has deployed:

  • 48 firefighters to Texas
  • 14 firefighters to Alaska
  • Five firefighters to California
  • Two firefighters to Tennessee
  • One firefighter to Washington
  • One firefighter to Florida
  • One firefighter to New Mexico (this deployment is separate from the current one)

Oregon can and has called on those same states to send firefighters and equipment when wildfires here exceed local capacity.

“These agreements help bolster the complete and coordinated fire protection system across the continent and create a cache of reciprocal resources for all of us to call on when needed.” Chris Cline, ODF’s Fire Protection Division Chief, explained. 

So why does Oregon send resources to help other states? Through these mutual assistance agreements with other states, including Alaska, Hawaii and NW Canadian territories, we can share resources with one another, creating a larger, faster comprehensive fire management system.   

“We do our best to answer the call when it comes in from any of our wildland partners as we’ve been on the other side of the equation and we understand how difficult it can be to need help so desperately,” said Cline. “But know that we don’t share these resources without appropriate vetting. Before committing to any out-of-state deployment, we make sure that our own fire management system is still adequately staffed and ready to respond to fires here in Oregon. Serving Oregonians is our first and primary priority.”  




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Adaptive Management Program Committee meets June 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/18/24 10:36 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Adaptive Management Program Committee will meet at noon on Monday, June 24 in the Clatsop Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Finalize Eastern Oregon Steep Slopes question package (Substantial decision item)
  • Affirm roads research questions honed by the IRST (Substantial decision item)
  • Introduce process for determining new priorities (Substantial decision item)

The meeting is open to the public to attend in person and online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting. 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 emailing ogram@odf.oregon.gov">adaptivemanagementprogram@odf.oregon.gov.

The 13-member committee The Adaptive Management Program Committee helps determine if forest practices are meeting their goals to protect natural resources through a science-based and transparent process. The committee sets the research agenda that the Independent Research and Science Team (IRST) implements. View more information on the AMPC webpage.


Butte Creek Falls state forests recreation area to reopen after the 2020 wildfires (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/17/24 11:22 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry is reopening one of the true gems of the state forests' recreations areas, Butte Creek Falls, on June 21. Pictured is the upper falls, there is also a lower falls
The Oregon Department of Forestry is reopening one of the true gems of the state forests' recreations areas, Butte Creek Falls, on June 21. Pictured is the upper falls, there is also a lower falls
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SANTIAM STATE FOREST, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is reopening one of the true gems of the state forests’ recreations areas, Butte Creek Falls, on June 21.

The drive into the recreation area goes though ridges and valleys of burned and blacken trees from the 2020 fires.  The deadly Beachie Creek fires killed several people, destroyed homes and scorched more than 400,000 acres.  However, near the recreation area the trees turn green and the area around the upper and lower waterfalls are lush and untouched by fire.

“We were really fortunate the fires skipped over this area,” said Joe Offer, ODF’s Recreation Program Manager.  “The trailhead and the paths to the two sets of falls are open, so is the camping area and the 100-yard shooting range.”

ODF recreation staff and work crews from the South Fork Forest Camp (A jointly run facility by ODF and the Department of Corrections) and the DOC’s Santiam Correctional Institute have been working hard to get the area open after being closed for nearly four years.

“There was a lot of vegetation and debris on the trails,” said Offer.  “But thanks in large part to the adults in custody crews they are cleared and just last week they repaired one of the foot bridges.  The crew had to transport the lumber, tools, and a generator down the trails to get the job done.”

Another major improvement was made after the 2020 fires but is just now opening.

“The 100-yard shooting range was a joint project with Trash No-Land,” said Offer.  The non-profit dedicated to responsible target shoot works to improve safety and reduce fire risks at dispersed ranges across the state.  Funding for the improvements came from the NRA’s Public Range Fund. The range is located on Butte Creek 615 Road just off the Butte Creek Mainline Road. A new gravel backdrop, concrete barriers at approximately 100-yards, parking and new informational signs were all part of the improvements at the former gravel pit.

Most people head straight to the trailhead that has parking for five or six vehicles while there are three campsites for tents at the campground. There is also additional parking at the campground with a connector trail to the main trail that goes to the falls.

“Our future plan is to expand both parking areas, the campground and offer additional camping opportunities within this northern block of the Santiam,” said Offer.  “But right now we just wanted to get everything open then start working on new improvements.”

The area was closed mainly for safety reasons while ODF did post-fire timber harvesting and removed roadside hazardous burned and dead trees. 

“This operation was the largest and most challenging of all ODF’s post-fire restoration timber sales as it was within one of the highest severity portions of the fires’ footprint,” said Kyle Kaupp, Santiam Unit Forester. “It included more than 20 miles of roadside hazard tree mitigation across multiple road systems, all which were accessible by the same travel route to this recreation area.”

 The work in the area was difficult, but careful consideration of high elevation weather, extensive safety measures, technical harvesting systems, and contractor availability were among the long list of factors that allowed the operation to be successful. 

“ODF has also begun to replant trees for the future of the forested areas, said Kaupp.  “So far, nearly 200,000 seedlings have been planted in this specific area alone.”

And the ODF’s work in the area continues so there are still some restrictions.

“There are salvage harvest operations on-going, so one place that remains closed is the High Lakes Recreation Area,” said Offer.  “We are asking folks to not go into that area until all operations are complete and we determine the best way to manage recreation in such a heavily burned landscape.”   

For updates, more information and maps to the area see the Santiam State Forests recreation site status webpage.  For information on all Oregon State Forests recreation sites visit the ODF Recreation website.  For more information on Trash No Land visit their webpage.




Attached Media Files: The Oregon Department of Forestry is reopening one of the true gems of the state forests' recreations areas, Butte Creek Falls, on June 21. Pictured is the upper falls, there is also a lower falls , The Oregon Department of Forestry is reopening one of the true gems of the state forests' recreations areas, Butte Creek Falls, on June 21. , Adults in custody work crews repair a footbridge on the trail to the lower falls. At Butte Creek. Work was performed by ODF Recreation staff, and ODF South Fork Forest Camp work crews operated out of Salem and the Santiam Corrections Institution. South Fork Forest Camp is a jointly run facility by ODF and the Department of Corrections. , Hikers can hear the falls almost immediately as they take the scenic trail down to Butte Creek Falls. There are upper and lower falls, be sure to visit both. , Although not highlighted as often as the upper falls, the lower falls are also worth the short additional hike down to see them. They are on the same main trail. , There are three campsites for tents at the campground. There is also additional parking at the campground with a connector trail to the main trail that goes to the falls. , Adults in custody work crews repair a footbridge on the trail to the lower falls. At Butte Creek. Work was performed by ODF Recreation staff, and ODF South Fork Forest Camp work crews operated out of Salem and the Santiam Corrections Institution. South Fork Forest Camp is a jointly run facility by ODF and the Department of Corrections.

2024 Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School begins June 24 in Sweet Home, Oregon (Photo)
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(Sweet Home, OR) Approximately 170 wildland firefighters and instructors will convene in Sweet Home during the last week of June to take part in the annual five day Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School. Officials from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and US Fish and Wildlife Service host the yearly training to prepare new firefighters for the rigors of fighting fire, both in Oregon's forests and in rural-urban interface areas.

Co-Incident Commanders Chris Mushrush, Fire Planner for Northwest Oregon Interagency Fire Management, and Craig Pettinger, District Forester for ODF South Cascade District, are leading the effort to train firefighters in tactical skills and safety.

“Fire School provides crucial education and training in wildland fire to new firefighters and gives veteran firefighters a chance to refresh their skills and explore leadership opportunities. It’s also an important opportunity to strengthen interagency ties and collaboration." said Mushrush. 

Trainees will learn about fire behavior, suppression tactics, weather, map and compass use, teamwork, leadership, safety, use of engines, tools and hose lays, and fire investigation. In order to get a taste of life in a real fire camp students will sleep in tents at Sweet Home High School and eat their meals in a group.

The training culminates with a live fire exercise on Friday, June 28 just outside of Sweet Home. This presents trainees with a final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills and techniques to suppress and mop-up a real fire.

“Cascade Timber Consulting, a local forest landowner, provides a new field site each year and we are very grateful,” added Pettinger. “The live fire exercise provides an invaluable training experience – working in smoke, hiking through uneven terrain, and working closely with crew members to dig fireline - these are all things they’ll experience this season as wildland firefighters.”

Safety principles of fire training include wearing protective gear, safe use of tools and looking out for hazards. “Safety is paramount in every aspect of wildland firefighting, and it begins with our training exercises,” continued Pettinger. “Working together in a collaborative training setting improves communications and builds effective relationships for all agencies to draw on during fire season."

This year, the field site that will be used for the live fire exercise is located north of Foster Lake approximately 2 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Fire officials urge the public to use caution as there will be increased fire traffic in the area and the potential for visible smoke on Friday, June 28. 

Note to Media: 
This opportunity offers access to both trainee and experienced firefighters as they prepare for the 2024 fire season. Media is required to provide advance notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment. Please RSVP to Jessica Neujahr by June 26.
 
Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long sleeve Nomex shirt, gloves, hard hat, eye protection, and boots with Vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow by contacting Jessica Neujahr with ODF.




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Press Release: Oregon's Nonfarm Payroll Employment Rises by 4,000 in May
Oregon Employment Department - 06/20/24 10:08 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 20, 2024

CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Gail Krumenauer, State Employment Economist 
(971) 301-3771

Video and Audio available at 10 a.m.

Oregon’s Nonfarm Payroll Employment Rises by 4,000 in May

Salem, OR  In May, Oregon’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4,000 jobs, following a revised gain of 2,400 jobs in April. Health care and social assistance gained 1,900 jobs in May, while leisure and hospitality added 1,000. Monthly declines were largest in retail trade (-800) and construction (-400).

Private-sector job growth has been very slow over the year, gaining 3,500 jobs (+0.2%). Health care and social assistance was the primary source of growth with a solid gain of 16,200 jobs (+5.7%). All four component industries have been adding jobs at a rapid clip. Elsewhere in the private sector, manufacturing dropped 3,700 jobs over the year, retail trade lost 3,400, and construction dropped 2,200 jobs in the past year.

The public sector added 9,100 jobs over the past 12 months. Local, state, and federal government are all at least 2% above their job counts a year ago. Local education gained 3,400 jobs over the year to reach 142,600 in May. This is the first spring that local schools reached the employment level in spring 2019, prior to the pandemic.

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.2% in May for the fourth straight month. Looking back at the past few years, Oregon’s monthly unemployment rate has been 4.2% or lower every month since October 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.0% in May.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, June 25, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for June on Wednesday, July 17.

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Notes:

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the local government education job figures.

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. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

 

The PDF version of this news release can be found at QualityInfo.org/press-release. To get the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit QualityInfo.org, select Tools, then choose LAUS or CES under the Economy header. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

To file a claim for unemployment benefits or get more information about unemployment programs, visit unemployment.oregon.gov.

The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please call 503-947-1444. TTY users call 711. You can also send an email to communications@employ.oregon.gov.

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon (OED) es una agencia de igualdad de oportunidades. El OED proporciona ayuda gratuita para que usted pueda utilizarnuestros servicios. Algunos ejemplos son intérpretes de lengua de señas e idiomas hablados, materiales escritos en otros idiomas, letra grande, audio y otros formatos. Para obtener ayuda, por favorllame al 503-947-1444. Usuarios de TTY pueden llamar al 711. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a communications@employ.oregon.gov.

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OHA Announces New Equity and Inclusion Leadership
Oregon Health Authority - 06/21/24 12:17 PM

June 21, 2024

Contact: Robb Cowie, 503-421-7684, obb.cowie@oha.oregon.gov">robb.cowie@oha.oregon.gov 

OHA Announces New Equity and Inclusion Leadership

(SALEM, Ore.) – Leann Johnson, director of Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Equity and Inclusion Division (E&I), has left her position after more than eight years heading the division. Alfonso Ramirez, who currently serves as Equity and Community Partnerships Manager in OHA’s Behavioral Health Division, will serve as interim director. 

Ramirez brings nearly 30 years of experience in the human services field as an educator, mental health clinician, program manager and equity leader with expertise in trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices, systems change and community engagement. He currently represents Oregon in the Center for Health Care Strategies national health equity change-makers leadership program.

OHA Director Sejal Hathi, MD, MBA, said, “The Equity and Inclusion Division is vital to OHA and the communities we serve. It's important for us to ensure that the Equity and Inclusion Division is not alone in the work to change our policies and programs, dismantle systemic racism and meet the needs of the communities most harmed by health inequities. A commitment to health equity lives in every corner of OHA, and the practice of equity is – and must be – everyone’s job.”

OHA’s Equity and Inclusion Division is responsible for working in partnership with priority populations, all OHA divisions — including Medicaid, the Oregon State Hospital, and the Public Health Division — and the statewide health delivery system to advance health equity and achieve OHA’s goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030. E&I staff administer the state’s traditional health worker program, health care interpreter program, Civil Rights complaint reviews, and support nine regional health equity coalitions (RHECs), as well as a range of health equity advisory committees.

The Equity and Inclusion Division has a budget of $52.7 million for the 2023-2025 biennium and 86 staff.

OHA will launch a national search for a permanent director for the Equity and Inclusion Division this summer.

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Stay safe, healthy with tips as summer begins
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/24 1:45 PM

June 20, 2024

Media contact: Erica Heartquist, 503.871.8843, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Stay safe, healthy with tips as summer begins

PORTLAND, Ore.—As summer kicks off today, Thursday, June 20, Oregon Health Authority recommends people in Oregon take steps to keep this season from becoming a “bummer” with tips for staying healthy and safe.

The Oregon ESSENCE Summer Hazard Report dashboard allows people to monitor trends in the most common summer-related hazards. The dashboard contains interactive graphs showing total daily counts of emergency department and urgent care center visits in Oregon associated with four injury and illness categories: heat-related illness, water submersion events, wildfire-related smoke inhalation, and air quality-related respiratory illness.

Users can also select data sets by year, going to back to 2018. The dashboard page under each tab also contains a description of the injury or illness, the groups most at risk, and how it can be treated or prevented. The dashboard is updated weekly.

Summer safety covers a variety of topics. Here are some quick tips:

  • Mosquito-borne diseases (West Nile virus, Zika)
    • Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed, such as watering troughs and bird baths.
    • Protect yourself during outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin, and follow directions on the container.
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas. Visit https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnvprevent.aspx to learn more.
  • Cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms
    • Avoid areas of water bodies where there are signs of a cyanobacterial bloom, such as water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color.
    • Avoid swimming, water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities in areas of the lake affected by a bloom.
    • Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Visit http://healthoregon.org/hab to learn more.
  • Beach bacteria
    • Visitors to Oregon beaches where a public health advisory is in place for higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.
    • Avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm even if no advisory is in effect. Visit http://healthoregon.org/beach to learn more.
  • Drowning prevention –
  • Extreme heat
    • Visit air-conditioned places, if possible, and limit sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest.
    • Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths, and never leave children in a parked car.
    • Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working outside, and avoid alcohol or liquids with large amounts of sugar. Visit https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Tips-Stay-Safe-Extreme-Heat.aspx.
  • Tick-borne diseases
  • Prevent fireworks injuries
  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and do not allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Call 911 immediately if someone is injured.

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UPDATED: Health officials confirm measles in Clackamas County household
Oregon Health Authority - 06/17/24 12:58 PM

This is a corrected version of a press release sent this morning.

June 17, 2024

Media Contacts: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Health officials confirm measles in Clackamas County household

Two people believed to have been exposed in Marion County between May 19, June 4

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and county public health officials are investigating two cases of measles in a single Clackamas County household.

One household member, an unvaccinated adult, was confirmed to have measles Friday, June 14. The individual developed a rash June 11. While the time range of the exposure is believed to be between May 19 and June 4, the specific location of the exposure, which occurred in Marion County, is unknown, suggesting there may be other, unreported measles cases in Oregon.

The second household member, an unvaccinated child, developed symptoms a few days later. Both individuals are recovering.

“Spreading measles from one person to another is pretty easy, as it’s a highly infectious disease,” said Paul R. Cieslak, M.D., medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at OHA’s Public Health Division. “That’s why it’s extremely important that all adults and children in their household be up to date on vaccinations.”

“Adults of any age born during or after 1957 can still be vaccinated,” added Cieslak.

People might have been exposed if they were in any of these areas during these times:

  • Oregon Health & Science University facilities:
    • OHSU Immediate Care Richmond Clinic, between 4:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.
    • OHSU Hospital Emergency Department, between 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, and 7:15 p.m. Friday, June 14 (risk at this location is believed to be low because the patient was masked and airborne precautions were promptly implemented).

How measles spreads and symptoms

Measles spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before a rash appears and up to four days afterward. The virus particles can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left the area.

Measles typically starts with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. A rash usually follows, beginning on the face and spreading to the rest of the body. Symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure to a person with measles. Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. In developed countries in recent years, one or two out of every 1,000 measles cases has been fatal.

Determining your risk of measles

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated to prevent measles, usually as children. Anyone who has received a measles vaccination at any time in their life has a low risk of getting measles. Risk is much higher for anyone who has not received measles vaccination who may have been exposed to the disease.

Measles poses the highest risk to:

  1. Unvaccinated pregnant people.
  2. Infants younger than 1 year old.
  3. People with weakened immune systems.

You are considered immune to measles if any of the following apply:

  • You were born before 1957.
  • You’ve been diagnosed with measles at any point in your life.
  • A blood test proves that you are immune.
  • You have had two doses of measles vaccine.

What to do if you suspect measles in your household

Public health officials urge people experiencing symptoms of measles not to arrive unannounced at a medical office if they:

  1. Have a measles-like rash, or
  2. Have been exposed to measles within the previous 21 days, AND
  3. Have any other symptom of measles (such as fever, cough or red eyes).

Individuals planning to seek medical care should first call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Learn more about measles at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/measles.aspx.

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06-21-24 DC LPSCC Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee Meeting (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 06/21/24 4:31 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2024

 

Notice of Virtual Meeting

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittee will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 11:30 am via a virtual conference format.

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch or listen to the meeting via video or by phone. For information on how you can watch or listen to this meeting, please see the agenda, or contact Koree Tate at ee.tate@douglascountyor.gov">koree.tate@douglascountyor.gov or call (541) 957-7790.

 

The meeting agenda is attached and can also be found at www.douglascountyor.gov.

 

  
 

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs, and activities.

If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 957-7790 prior

to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: a.howell@douglascountyor.gov.">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

Program Contact: Koree TatePrograms and Partnership Coordinator | Douglas County Juvenile Department | Phone: (541) 957-7790 | Email: ee.tate@douglascountyor.gov">koree.tate@douglascountyor.gov

 

 


 

 




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06-21-24 DCPW Summer Road Improvement Update (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 06/21/24 4:29 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 21, 2024

 

 

2024 SUMMER ROAD IMPROVEMENT UPDATE

Douglas County Public Works to Begin Summer Road Work

 

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) – With summer season officially underway, the Douglas County Public Works Department (DCPW), Operations and Maintenance Division wanted to remind residents that they have begun work on our annual paving, striping and chip sealing programs on roadways throughout Douglas County.  The work is scheduled to continue through mid-September.  As with any road project, unforeseen delays due to weather, equipment and material availability could possibly extend the anticipated project timelines.

 

Road maintenance is typically performed Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm depending upon the weather. We are asking motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to be on the lookout, slow down, and use caution in areas where we have posted road construction signs, speed reduction warnings, and detours.  Traffic in some work areas might be controlled by flaggers, and motorists could experience delays of up to 20 minutes. 

 

Safety is always a priority for the motoring public, as well as for our employees.  Please understand that road construction projects will impact drive times, so we are asking residents to plan accordingly by anticipating delays and seeking alternate routes whenever possible.  Please proceed with caution, be patient and obey all posted signs, warnings, and flagger instructions as you travel in and around all road construction zones. 

 

For information on Douglas County Road Projects for 2024, please contact DCPW, Operations and Maintenance Division at (541) 957-2026.

 

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Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: a.howell@douglascountyor.gov">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 




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06-18-24 Douglas County Presents 'The Grand Lunch' Series (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 06/18/24 4:38 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 18, 2024

Douglas County Presents ‘The Grand Lunch’ Series

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress, along with the Douglas County Senior Services Director Jeanne Wright, and staff with Douglas County Senior Services are excited to present “The Grand Lunch,” an intergenerational lunch series being offered this summer at Douglas County’s Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Site in Yoncalla.  As a part of the special lunch series, kids are encouraged to invite their favorite grandparent - aka Grandpa, Gigi, Papa, Grammy, Gramps, Grandma, Pops, Abuela, Abuelo or even their favorite Aunt, Uncle, neighbor, or an adopted Grandparent over the age of sixty to share a meal while enjoying games, music and photo booth fun together.

 

The Grand Lunches will be offered once a month on Friday, June 21, Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 16, 2024, starting at 11:30 am at the Yoncalla Community Center located at 400 Main Street in Yoncalla.  Reservations are requested and kids must be accompanied by a Senior age 60+.  Call Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677 to reserve your spot. 

 

Our Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites prepare meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at our seven rural dining site locations in Glide, Glendale, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla. Senior Services staff know there are others in our communities who could benefit from their Douglas County Meals on Wheels delivery program and/or meals at their Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites. If residents know of friends or family who are unable to drive, need assistance with daily living activities, would benefit from hot meal delivery, or need other assistance, they are encouraged to call the Aging & Disabilities Resource Connection in the Douglas County Senior Services Department at (541) 440-3677 or by sending an email to c@douglascountyor.gov">adrc@douglascountyor.gov

 

Our seven rural Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Douglas County Meals on Wheels programs are managed by Douglas County Senior Services Department staff but are successful because of the dedication of volunteers. To get involved with Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Douglas County Meals on Wheels programs or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Amanda Hilburn at urn@douglascountyor.gov">amanda.hilburn@douglascountyor.gov or (541) 440-4245 or Kellie Redifer at edifer@douglascountyor.gov">kellie.redifer@douglascountyor.gov or (541) 464-3893 in our Douglas County Senior Services Department

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Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: a.howell@douglascountyor.gov">tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov




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Firewise applications due by Thursday, June 27
Lane Co. Government - 06/17/24 8:30 AM

Lane County’s Firewise Grant Incentive Program is accepting applications from residents in unincorporated Lane County through 4:00 p.m. on June 27, 2024.

 

Firewise grants provide rural property owners with funding to help complete projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, such as clearing vegetation, replacing wood shake roofing, fire-resistant landscaping materials, noncombustible exterior siding, chimney spark arrestors, and more. Up to $15,500 in grant funding is available for each qualifying property. 

 

Apply online at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/firewise. Paper applications are also available at the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center (3050 North Delta Highway, Eugene). 

 

Firewise grants are funded through Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program - Section 601 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 

 

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Lane County ranks No. 1 on list of Oregon's healthiest employers for fourth year in a row
Lane Co. Government - 06/17/24 8:30 AM

Lane County has been recognized as the #1 healthiest employer in Oregon (1500-4999 employees) by the Portland Business Journal. 

 

The County’s dedication to wellness: 1) supports the reduction in health care related costs, allowing Lane County to invest more of its limited resources into direct services for the community, and 2) increases employee productivity, engagement, recruitment and retention. 

 

The Live Well Center, Lane County’s employee health and wellness center, continues to help employees maintain and improve their overall wellbeing at a reduced cost to the County. The County is continuously looking for low-cost, creative and effective ways of engaging employees in their personal wellbeing. Also, highlighted in the award is Lane County’s proactive approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion by examining internal structures, policies, and experiences through the lens of equity. 

 

“If, as an organization, we are going to be able to show up and provide critical services to our community, we need to also take care of our employees who provide those services,” said Lane County Chief Human Resources Officer Alana Holmes. “Lane County has consistently been investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees. From our employee wellness clinic, to physical activity challenges, to behavioral health supports, to improved childcare access, we have created a culture of wellness and belonging that seeks to meet every human need.”

 

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Lane County was ranked third healthiest large employer in Oregon, and in 2018 was listed within the top 100 healthiest employers nationally. In 2020, Lane County was ranked second healthiest larger employer. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, Lane County was ranked the #1 healthiest larger employer and in 2022 was listed sixth on the healthiest 100 workplaces in America. 

 

Employers are ranked on six categories which include: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. There are five employer size categories: small (2-99 employees), medium (100-499), large (500-1499), larger (1500-4999), and largest (5000+). 

 

For the full list: https://bizj.us/1qlfmp

 

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Courts/District Attorneys
Leader of International Drug Trafficking Organization Operating in Lane County Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/18/24 1:50 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The leader of an international drug trafficking organization operating in Lane County, Oregon, responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine into the state between 2018 and 2020, was sentenced to federal prison today.

Victor Diaz-Ramirez, 33, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

“While communities across our state continue to struggle with the ongoing drug crisis, there are criminal enterprises, like the Diaz-Ramirez drug trafficking organization, whose sole purpose is to profit from addiction and suffering. This far-reaching investigation demonstrates the deep commitment of all involved law enforcement agencies to combatting drug trafficking and keeping our communities safe,” said Nathan J. Lichvarcik, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eugene and Medford Branch Offices.

“Drug traffickers like Mr. Diaz-Ramirez prey on our communities by peddling large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, often to our most vulnerable,” said David F. Reames, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Seattle Field Division. “I am gratified that the hard work of DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our many partners from law enforcement agencies across Oregon led to the lengthy sentence Mr. Diaz-Ramirez received in this case. Justice was truly served.”

According to court documents, from at least March 2018 through August 2020, while operating out of Mexico, Diaz-Ramirez helped lead an international drug trafficking organization responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine from Mexico into the United States. Diaz-Ramirez’s organization used a network of associates to transport the drugs from Southern California to Oregon and deliver them to local distributors in exchange for cash. 

As part of this investigation, law enforcement seized more than 178 pounds of methamphetamine, 12 pounds of heroin, six pounds of fentanyl, 18 rifles, three rifle optics, and ammunition. Investigators also forfeited approximately $1.2 million from the organization, including more than $400,000 in cash. In total, 35 people—including sources of supply in Mexico, couriers, local cell operators in Lane County, and first and second level distributors responsible for sales in and around Eugene—were charged and have been convicted for their roles in Diaz-Ramirez’s organization.

On August 5, 2020, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned an indictment charging Diaz-Ramirez with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. On November 1, 2023, Diaz-Ramirez pleaded guilty to a one-count superseding criminal information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by DEA, FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Springfield Police Department, Eugene Police Department, Lane County Sherriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (LINE), and Douglas Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (DINT). It was prosecuted by Joseph Huynh and Judi Harper, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

This prosecution is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the U.S. by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Portland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl and Stealing Covid Relief Program Funds
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/17/24 11:54 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A local man was sentenced to federal prison today for distributing counterfeit Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl in and around Portland and stealing federal funds intended to help small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yuriy Viktorovich Vasilchuk, 33, a Portland resident, was sentenced to 49 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $32,855 in restitution to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

According to court documents, in early 2021, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) identified Vasilchuk as a Portland area source of supply for counterfeit Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. In December 2021, Vasilchuk was located in a stolen vehicle. He was arrested with 88 counterfeit Oxycodone pills and later released.

On May 3, 2022, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Vasilchuk with one count of possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. Following his indictment, HSI special agents and probation officers from the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) attempted to arrest Vasilchuk who was again located in a stolen vehicle. As the probation officers approached Vasilchuk’s stolen vehicle, Vasilchuk sped off, nearly striking a nearby probation officer. After fleeing for several miles and causing multiple accidents, Vasilchuk’s vehicle became inoperable and he fled on foot. Soon after, investigators located Vasilchuk hiding in an abandoned RV and placed him under arrest.

Following his arrest, investigators obtained evidence that, between March and November of 2021, while he was actively distributing fentanyl, Vasilchuk applied to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the SBA. In his applications, Vasilchuk falsely stated that he had not, within the past five years, been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony involving fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or making a false statement on a loan application. Based on the false information provided, the SBA disbursed more than $32,000 to Vasilchuk, which he in turn spent on various personal expenses.

On August 22, 2023, Vasilchuk was charged by criminal information with wire fraud. On March 11, 2024, he pleaded to one count each of wire fraud and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, resolving both of his criminal cases.

These cases were investigated by HSI, the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN), and the SBA Office of Inspector General with assistance from the Portland Police Bureau and DCJ. They were prosecuted by Cassady A. Adams and Rachel K. Sowray, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

WIN is a Washington County, Oregon-based multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program that includes members from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Beaverton and Hillsboro Police Departments, Oregon National Guard Counter Drug Program, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives.

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Banks & Credit Unions
OnPoint Community Credit Union Expands Support for Foster Youth through Youth Villages Oregon Partnership (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 06/17/24 10:04 AM
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OnPoint’s support allows foster youth to open high-yield savings accounts without a co-signer and increases access to financial education

Portland, Ore., June 17, 2024 — More than 4,000 children in Oregon were in foster care at the end of 2023, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services. Although the state has seen a decline in children in foster care, foster youth face significant challenges as they transition to adulthood. Without adequate support, they are at higher risk for homelessness, substance abuse, unemployment and incarceration

To address these challenges, OnPoint Community Credit Union announced today it will offer OnPoint Savers® accounts to foster youth between 13 and 17 years old in Youth Villages’ transition-age programs without requiring a co-signer. 

“Our partnership with Youth Villages Oregon reflects our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer of OnPoint Community Credit Union. “By having access to savings accounts and financial education, we are providing foster youth in Oregon a safe place to save their money and an opportunity to build a strong foundation for their future.”

A history of supporting Oregon’s youth in foster care

Since 2020, OnPoint has donated nearly $85,000 to Youth Villages Oregon, and sends employee volunteers to teach a range of financial education courses. The courses cover budgeting, credit, student debt and taxes to help foster youth develop the skills needed for financial independence.

"Financial literacy is a critical skill that can significantly impact a young person's future, especially for those transitioning out of foster care," said Andrew Grover, Executive Director at Youth Villages Oregon. "Our partnership with OnPoint enables us to provide these critical financial tools and education to help foster youth build a stable and independent future.

Youth Villages Oregon also received funding from the Marcia H. Randall Foundation and the Delbrueck Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, totaling $100,000 in donations for its 2024 financial literacy program. These funds will provide financial session stipends and a savings account match for Portland Metro youth enrolled in the program. 

Youth Villages Oregon has been serving youth in Oregon since 2011 through LifeSet, an evidence-informed program helping foster youth learn skills to navigate adulthood. Youth Villages Oregon serves more than 750 youth and families each year across 12 counties. 

Honoring OnPoint’s roots in education

OnPoint was founded in 1932 by 16 schoolteachers and continues to honor its founders’ mission to provide quality education in the region. Learn more about the credit union’s commitment to financial education in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving over 563,000 members and with assets of $9.2 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. OnPoint Community Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

ABOUT YOUTH VILLAGES

Youth Villages is a national leader in mental and behavioral health committed to finding the most effective solutions to help children, families and young adults overcome obstacles and live successfully. Working through direct services, partnerships with innovative public agencies and advocacy, we collaborate to bring positive change to child welfare, children’s mental health and justice systems. Our 4,500 employees serve more than 43,000 children and young adults in more than 100 locations in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Youth Villages has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations.




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Coos Co. Schools
Special School Board Meeting/Executive Session July 8, 2024
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 06/19/24 12:48 PM

Special School Board Meeting- Executive Session

Date: Monday, July 8th, 2024

Call to Order at 5:30 PM
Location: Virtual 

 

The Coos Bay School District (CBSD) Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board meeting on Monday, July 8th, 2024, at 5:30 PM. 

 

The CBSD Board of Directors will conduct the meeting via video conference.  This meeting will be held fully in executive session and will not include a public session meeting pursuant to 192.660(2)(f) To consider information or records exempt by law from public inspection. 

 

The agenda will be posted HERE the Friday before the meeting.

 

Board Committee Meetings & School Site Council Meeting Schedules – click here 

 

Coos Bay School District meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710).  Notice of additional meetings will be sent out as necessary. The public is welcome to attend except where noted during executive session. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Daven Cagley at 541-267-1310 or davenc@coos-bay.k12.or.us


PR Agencies
Oregon Wildlife Foundation Invites Public to Celebrate Herman's Birthday (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 06/17/24 2:13 PM
OWF invites the public to celebrate Herman's Birthday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Spruce Gifts & Provisions store at Bonneville Fish Hatchery.
OWF invites the public to celebrate Herman's Birthday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Spruce Gifts & Provisions store at Bonneville Fish Hatchery.
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(CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.) – Herman the Sturgeon is kind of a big deal in Oregon; a white sturgeon with a colorful history celebrating a birthday on Saturday, June 22. You are invited to join that celebration and toast it with “High Five, Herman” special summer IPA, courtesy of and available at Ferment Brewing Company’s tasting room in Hood River. 

Herman’s story includes trips between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (ODFW) Roaring River Fish Hatchery near Scio and the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Beginning in the 1930’s and up until the 1980’s, one Herman or another was a mainstay at the State Fair’s Animal Village exhibit. Life on the road is hard on a fish so ODFW stopped trucking Herman places and started planning for a permanent home. 

To provide Herman with a safe and healthier environment, a campaign was launched in 1997 to build him a suitable habitat at Bonneville Fish Hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge. In partnership with ODFW, the Oregon Wildlife Foundation (OWF) raised the funding needed, more than $350,000, to construct the Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center at Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Dedicated on Sept. 27, 1998, the Center is one of Oregon’s top visitor attractions. 

The Center has served its purpose and mission for over 25 years. However, prolonged exposure to Columbia River Gorge weather has taken a toll on the building, and the interpretive signage within it needs to better speak to a present-day audience.

The Foundation is currently working with ODFW on a development plan for the hatchery, including needed repairs, improvements, and updates to the Interpretive Center’s signage.

If you would like to help us in our efforts, tax-deductible donations can be made using the following form https://secure.givelively.org/donate/oregon-wildlife-foundation/sturgeon-interpretive-center

“Bonneville Fish Hatchery is the right place for Herman to be and for the public to learn about sturgeon conservation challenges,” said Tim Greseth, Executive Director of the Foundation. With the Columbia River just a stone’s throw away, visitors can imagine what the river might have been like when it was teeming with salmon and these prehistoric fish.”

OWF also owns and operates Spruce Gifts & Provisions stores at the hatchery and in downtown Hood River. The store at Bonneville features coffee drinks, treats, local and regional gift items, and, of course, Herman the Sturgeon memorabilia. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise at Spruce Gifts & Provisions stores help support fish and wildlife conservation throughout Oregon.

The Foundation cordially invites you to join them in celebrating Herman’s birthday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 22. This is an all-ages experience to celebrate the passing of another year in Herman’s long and storied life. Come out and wish him a happy birthday, take an “ussie” with a legendary fish, sign Herman’s birthday card, and pick up a souvenir of your visit to Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

Guests, 21 years of age and older are invited to continue the celebration at Ferment Brewing Company’s tasting room in Hood River with their “High Five, Herman!” IPA.  “High Five, Herman!” was brewed using regional, environmentally responsible ingredients from mission-driven suppliers. Mainstem Malt, a company that works directly with farmers in the Columbia River Basin to supply Salmon-Safe grains, provides the malt for this beer. The hops, sourced from Crosby Hops in Woodburn, are also Salmon-Safe, meaning they are grown using watershed-friendly and climate-resilient stewardship practices to protect water quality and wildlife habitats. 

Sturgeon Conservation

Herman the Sturgeon is approximately 10 feet long, weighs over 500 pounds, and is over 80 years old, but who cares, age is just a number! There are records of larger and older white sturgeon in the Columbia River and elsewhere in Oregon, but Herman is an excellent example of this large and long-lived species. Worldwide, there are 23 species of sturgeon, with seven found in North America. Only two, white and green sturgeon, are found along the West Coast and in Oregon. Both are Oregon Conservation Strategy species, see www.oregonconservationstrategy.org for more information.

Herman comes from a long line of prehistoric bottom-feeders. Sturgeon evolved during the Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Sturgeon have changed very little since then. What has changed is the availability of quality sturgeon habitat and their food supply.

According to an information sheet on sturgeon from ODFW, “White sturgeon in most of the Columbia River Basin aren’t listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), however, these populations still face many challenges. The free-flowing river systems these fish have adapted to have now been impeded by hydropower dams, separating the river system into reservoirs. These dams have had many negative impacts, including direct mortality, restricted movement and blocked access to the ocean, flooded historic spawning habitats, and reduced habitat complexity. Climate change has increased the frequency of low water years, increasing temperatures within the Columbia River Basin and creating other unfavorable and lethal environmental conditions.”

Bonneville Hatchery and Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center

The Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center is located at Bonneville Fish Hatchery, 70543 NE Herman Loop, in Cascade Locks. From I-84, take Exit 40 to Bonneville Dam/Fish Hatchery. Follow the signs to the hatchery and park in the parking lot. For more information on the Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center visit www.myodfw.com/bonneville-hatchery-visitors-guide.

Oregon Wildlife Foundation

Oregon Wildlife Foundation is an apolitical operating charitable foundation dedicated to increasing private and public funding support for wildlife conservation projects in Oregon. Since 1981, OWF has directed tens of millions of dollars in private and public support to a broad range of projects throughout Oregon. For more information visit www.myowf.org.

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Herman’s Birthday Schedule

10 a.m. Birthday celebration kicks off, meet OWF staff, a coloring station for kids (of all ages) and self-guided tours of the Sturgeon Interpretive Center.

12 p.m. Cupcakes and treats courtesy of the Spruce Gifts & Provisions store

1 p.m. Wrap up of festivities

How To Be a Sturgeon Steward:

  • Be good to our natural places
    • properly dispose of trash
    • think responsibly about activities that impact our streams like
      • motor oil from leaky vehicles or improper disposal, 
      • detergents from driveway washing of vehicles, and
      • the use of phosphate-rich fertilizers on lawns.
  • Use less water and electricity.
  • Follow Fish and Wildlife regulations. 
  • Report the illegal taking of sturgeon (poaching) to Oregon State Police or through the Turn In Poachers hotline: 1-800-452-7888.



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Organizations
Longstanding Central Oregon Fundraiser High Desert Rendezvous Returns August 24 - Raffle Tickets Now Available to Name New Falcon at Museum (Photo)
High Desert Museum - 06/20/24 11:30 AM
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Thursday June 20, 2024

BEND, OR — It’s time to secure your seats! Tickets are now available for the High Desert Museum’s annual fundraiser, High Desert Rendezvous. Returning for its 35th year on Saturday, August 24, Rendezvous promises an evening of celebration in support of the Museum’s dynamic programs, exhibitions and wildlife.

“Rendezvous proves to be a highlight of the summer season year after year,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We’re excited to see old friends and make new ones as we celebrate the Museum’s accomplishments and raise a glass to our generous community.”

Also, raffle ticket sales are already underway to name the Museum’s new aplomado falcon. The lucky winner, to be selected during Rendezvous, will not only have the honor of naming the falcon but will also receive additional perks, including a behind-the-scenes wildlife tour, meet and greet with the falcon, a High Desert Museum Family Membership, eight tickets to the Raptors of the Desert Sky 2025 show, a falcon stuffed animal and a framed naming certificate. The winner does not have to be at Rendezvous to win. The chosen name should resonate with the essence of the High Desert, pay homage to the aplomado falcon and be appropriate for the Museum's audiences. Tickets are $25 each and only 750 will be sold. They can be purchased today at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr.

The Rendezvous experience begins at the Museum's entrance, where guests are warmly welcomed by animal ambassadors like the golden eagle, porcupine and desert tortoise. Inside a hosted bar and delectable appetizers await, alongside previews of the evening’s live auction items and an opportunity to bid on exquisite artworks showcased in the juried exhibition, Art in the West. This exceptional exhibition opens at the Museum on Saturday, July 20, with a detailed gallery guide available online on July 13 at highdesertmuseum.org/aiw.

As the evening progresses, guests are invited to dine under an outdoor tent decorated with twinkling lights. Amid the ambiance, there's much to indulge in: an exciting live auction, captivating entertainment and the recognition of this year’s Rendezvous honoree, The Bend Foundation. The Bend Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Brooks Resources Corporation, the very organization that donated the 135-acres the Museum sits on today.

Funds from High Desert Rendezvous support the Museum’s meaningful exhibitions, wildlife encounters and educational programs that inspire wonder about the High Desert region. As a result, this beloved annual event ensures that the Museum continues to inspire lifelong learners, spark meaningful conversations and cultivate a community where diverse cultures, landscapes and wildlife can thrive together.

Individual tickets for the Rendezvous are priced at $2o0 for members and $250 for nonmembers. For those seeking a communal experience, sponsorship tables accommodating parties of eight or 10 are also available. Secure your tickets now at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr for an unforgettable evening at the Museum!

High Desert Rendezvous is presented by Bonta Gelato and Ferguson Wellman with support from First Interstate Bank. 

ABOUT THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM: 

The High Desert Museum opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was a 2021 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. To learn more, visit highdesertmuseum.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Organizations & Associations
Due to Stakeholder Engagement Barriers, Many Patient, Community and Industry Groups Express Multiple Concerns Over Oregon Prescription Drug Board's Approach (Photo)
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CONTACT: Dianne Danowski Smith, info@answer2cancer.org (503-201-7019)  

Due to Stakeholder Engagement Barriers, Many Patient, Community and Industry Groups Express Multiple Concerns Over Oregon Prescription Drug Board’s Approach 

PORTLAND, OREGON – A group of community-based disease and patient health organizations have come together to share their concerns about the Oregon Prescription Drug Affordability Board’s (PDAB) direction and work plan to create meaningful impact in lowering the cost of prescription drugs or improving patient access. These organizations, who work on behalf of people living with challenging, chronic and sometimes life-changing health conditions including disabilities and chronic health issues, call for the PDAB to increase incorporation of patient input, experiences, and voices in their decision making. 

The groups have come together to highlight Oregon board’s lack of clinical expert review, equitable board representation, engagement opportunities, transparency of deliberations, emphasis on patient experience in affordability reviews, and more. 

Fourteen patient and health organizations, community groups, and many patients, together submitted a letter last December to Oregon’s PDAB expressing worries about board’s processes (here, see pages 19-21).  Now additional groups have enjoined their concerns to Oregon PDAB’s strategy. 

The concerns highlight Oregon board’s lack of clinical expert review, equitable board representation, engagement opportunities, transparency of deliberations and emphasis on patient experience in affordability reviews. 

“Nowhere in the data currently being provided for its deliberations is there any way for the PDAB to know that its work will reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs for their needed medications and therapies,” said Lorren Sandt, executive director of Caring Ambassadors. 

Feedback from patients, families, caregivers, advocates, medical professionals and health organizations is crucial to fix Oregon’s PDAB process. Those interested can click here now to participate:  https://dfr.oregon.gov/pdab/Pages/public-comment.aspx. 

Marcia Horn, President and CEO of ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, stressed that, “It’s imperative that the voices of patients and advocates are heard and respected in these critical discussions about the true mechanisms and impact of drug pricing.”  

The groups working together on this important issue include ALS Northwest, Answer2Cancer Inc., Caring Ambassadors Program, Chronic Disease Coalition, Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute, Disability Rights Oregon, Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living, HIV Alliance, International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), National Bleeding Disorders Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, Oregon Bioscience Association, Pacific Northwest Bleeding Disorders, Partnership to Improve Patient Care, Project Access Northwest, Project Access NOW, The Community for Positive Aging, Biomarker Collective, MET Crusaders, Exon 20 Group and PDL1 Amplifieds. 

The community-based advocates are deeply concerned that the Oregon PDAB has no representation of patients or people with disabilities on the board and no stakeholder advisory council or approach. They are also worried about the absence of a formal and specific mechanism for patient and provider engagement in the affordability reviews. In their own regulations, the PDAB board highlighted the need for gathering a diversity of experience among patients from different socioeconomic backgrounds, but to date, they have done nothing to engage diverse communities in the affordability review process or even attempt to solicit input from those who have lived experience with the drugs they selected. 

Many health organizations and patients who have spoken out believe the board needs to create opportunities for genuine stakeholder engagement in the affordability reviews, not just public comment. The only available option for patients is a virtual portal that requires them to answer fourteen questions about their affiliations before being able to provide a letter or 1-3 minutes of comments during the monthly meeting, held in the middle of the workday. This lack of direct patient engagement is starkly different from other states' PDAB operations, such as Washington state's PDAB, where stakeholder and patient inclusion is a specified key priority.  

Sandt emphasized the urgency for immediate action. “We have been told if we want an advisory board, the legislation needs to be fixed. We can’t wait for the 2025 legislative session because in the meantime, the Board will review ten more drugs.” 

Said Madonna McGuire Smith, “As community-oriented and patient-led organizations that assist and support patients, we are all united in our deep concern about the cost of prescription drugs, but the Oregon prescription board’s lack of adequate representation, engagement and transparency with the public is troublesome. It’s imperative that the voices of patients and advocates are heard and respected in these critical discussions being had about the true mechanisms and impact of drug pricing.” McGuire Smith is executive director of the Pacific Northwest Bleeding Disorders.  

“Without meaningful involvement from those directly impacted, the board’s decisions may fail to address the real-world challenges faced by Oregonians. We call on the board to prioritize inclusivity and transparency to ensure that the needs of the communities we represent are met effectively,” added McGuire Smith. 

 

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Hospital Association of Oregon Appeals Court Decision in Health Care Market Oversight Program Case
Hospital Association of Oregon - 06/18/24 10:44 AM

Lake Oswego, Ore. — Today, the Hospital Association of Oregon filed a notice of appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, appealing the district court's summary judgment order in the case of Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems v. State of Oregon et al., case number 22-cv-1486 (D. Or.).

The hospital association intends to argue that the state law creating the Health Care Market Oversight Program is unconstitutional and a violation of the Due Process Clause. The hospital association will ask the Ninth Circuit to reverse the U.S. District Court’s order and enter judgment in its favor. 

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2362 in 2021 to create the Health Care Market Oversight Program, which gives Oregon Health Authority (OHA) significant power to oversee transactions involving health care entities, and aims to promote transparency, support statewide priorities, and monitor impacts.

The hospital association challenged the law on two grounds: first, the law’s open-ended and vague wording violates the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it imposes costs and penalties without fair notice or defined standards. And second, the law violates the Oregon Constitution because it delegates legislative power to a state agency, OHA. In May, a U.S. District Court judge ruled the law does not violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution and declined jurisdiction over the state constitutional claim.

“This law was intended to enhance health equity and access to care, both goals we support, but it falls short,” said President and CEO Becky Hultberg. “Instead, it excessively empowers the Oregon Health Authority, leading to costly and arbitrary processes that divert resources away from supporting patient care. We look forward to arguing our case before the appellate court.”

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About the Hospital Association of Oregon 

Founded in 1934, the Hospital Association of Oregon is a mission-driven, nonprofit trade association representing Oregon’s 61 community hospitals. Together, hospitals are the sixth largest private employer statewide, employing more than 70,000 employees. Committed to fostering a stronger, safer, more equitable Oregon where all people have access to the care they need, the hospital association provides services to Oregon’s hospitals ensuring all are able to deliver dependable, comprehensive health care to their communities; educates government officials and the public on the state’s health landscape and works collaboratively with policymakers, community based organizations and the health care community to build consensus on and advance health care policy benefiting the state’s four million residents. 


Community Banks of Oregon Announces Election of Amber White to Board of Directors (Photo)
Oregon Bankers Assn. - 06/21/24 12:00 PM
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The Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) is pleased to announce the election of Amber J. White as the newest member of its board of directors. White, a certified public accountant and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Oregon Pacific Bank in Eugene, brings 18 years of experience in both banking and public accounting.

In addition to her director role on the CBO board, White serves as secretary-treasurer of the Oregon Bankers Association’s (OBA) subsidiary board of directors, Synergy by Association. She is an active member and former chair of OBA’s Finance and Accounting Committee, receiving OBA’s Presidential Award in 2021 for her outstanding leadership within the group. In April, White was named the recipient of the OBA Education Foundation’s 2024 Rise Above the Rest™ Scholarship to attend the premier national graduate school of banking, Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Commenting on White’s election to the CBO Board, Scott Bruun, president and chief executive officer of CBO and OBA, said, “Oregon’s community banks are privileged to have a dedicated and accomplished team of representatives, and Amber is a standout among them. She is a passionate and proactive advocate for the industry whose insights and acumen add immense value to the board.”




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