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Tue. 09/26/17
PacificSource Health Plans Announces 2017-2018 Community Health Excellence Program Funding Recipients
PacificSource Health Plans - 09/26/17 10:48 AM
(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Sept. 26, 2017-- PacificSource Health Plans has announced the 15 healthcare organizations that will receive funding as part of its ongoing Community Health Excellence (CHE) program for the 2017-2018 session. Launched in 2009, CHE is a collaborative community health improvement program that makes financial contributions and other resources available to the healthcare initiatives of providers in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The supported initiatives are independently evaluated as having a significant positive impact for their patients, regardless of their insurance status.

Through the CHE program, funding is made available to the selected providers for expenses related to training, improved patient care processes, staff salaries, data collection, and computer software integral to the selected quality improvement initiative.
"There are lots of good ideas in the provider community on how to better serve their populations and address gaps in care," said Peter McGarry, PacificSource's vice president of provider network. "Our goal is to help them fill those gaps by asking them to put their best ideas forward on how we can help uniquely serve the patients they treat."

The 2017-2018 CHE program participants include: Children's Health Foundation, Columbia Gorge Children's Advocacy Center, Legacy Health, Roundup Memorial Healthcare, St. Luke's Cares, Partnership Health Center, Clearwater Valley Hospital, Beartooth Billings Clinic, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Shoshone Family Medical Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center (ASSIST), Mosaic, Central Montana Medical Center, and Providence Hood River.

To be considered for the program, providers must complete an application including a detailed budget. Initial review and scoring of all applications are conducted by an independent panel of physicians with expertise and interest in community health. For more information, visit https://www.pacificsource.com/che-program/

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a wide array of fully insured, administrative service, and government health plan products. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Ore. with local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit pacificsource.com.
FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for College Students - Part 2 (phishing & impersonation scams)
FBI - Oregon - 09/26/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense for college students.

Last week, we talked about college students getting scammed by fraudsters who trick them into thinking they can get easy, well-paying jobs. In the end, the fraudster ends up stealing the student's identity and, maybe, even cash out of their bank account.

This week -- we are talking about two other scams that parents and students should be aware of before heading off to campus.

First -- phishing with a "PH". Phishing scams can happen to anyone, but college students tend to be more vulnerable because they have less experience with credit and debit cards.

This one happened in my own family. The student called in a panic one day because he received a text telling him that there was a problem with his bank account. Without thinking, he clicked on the provided phone number and proceeded to give the call-taker the number off his debit card. Only when she asked for his Social Security number did he start to think something was not quite right. He hung up, and after a few panicked moments, he looked up the number online and called the bank directly. The bank, of course, immediately canceled his debit card -- the only card in his wallet -- leaving him in the lurch until his new card could arrive.

Another big scam hitting college kids these days involves law enforcement impersonation. We have seen cases where students received calls or texts purporting to be from the FBI or other law enforcement agencies. The fraudster makes a threat of some kind -- the student didn't pay taxes or has an unresolved speeding ticket. The FBI or police are going to come arrest her if she doesn't pay the fine immediately. One simple wire transfer, though, and the problem goes away without anyone -- including the parents -- being any the wiser.

College students are adults -- but they are often new adults with less experience in spotting the scammers. Parents, give them a head start with a quick life lesson before sending them off to the dorm.

If you or your child have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

Attached Media Files: TT - College Kid Phishing & Impersonation - ENGLISH Audio , TT - College Kid Phishing & Impersonation - SPANISH Written , TT - College Kid Phishing & Impersonation - SPANISH Audio , TT - College Kid Phishing & Impersonation - RUSSIAN Written , TT - College Kid Phishing & Impersonation - RUSSIAN Audio
Lebanon Attic Fire Causes Heavy Damage (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/26/17 8:16 AM
An early morning attic fire caused heavy damage and displaced a Lebanon family on Brewster Road early Monday morning. A passerby driving on Brewster Road spotted flames shooting from the roof at the back of the house, quickly pulled into the driveway and began honking the horn to awaken the residents. The surprised occupants awoke to find that a fire was raging in their attic space just above their heads, so they quickly called 911 and evacuated the home.
Firefighters from the Lebanon Fire District were notified at 3:34 a.m. and were on scene in just 7 minutes. Crews worked quickly to make access to the single story homes attic space in order to extinguish the blaze. Multiple attic partitions and remodeling efforts slowed firefighters progress, but the fire was quickly contained in under 30 minutes.

Members of the Lebanon Fire District's Fire Investigation Team returned to the scene on Monday morning to determine the fires area of origin and cause. They were assisted by members of the Linn-Benton Fire Investigation Team and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. Following the investigation the cause was determined to be accidental as all indicators pointed to a faulty bathroom fan/light fixture. The occupants who were renting the home were connected with the American Red Cross for initial relief as well as the Lebanon Firefighters Community Assistance and Initial Relief Service (LFCAIRS).

The home did have working smoke detectors present, however because the fire was contained to the attic space the detectors did not alert the occupants to the fire. The Lebanon Fire District wants to remind readers that working smoke detectors save lives, and the district has a smoke detector program which will provide and install free smoke detectors for citizens living within the fire district. For more information on smoke detectors or fire safety contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster at 541-451-1901.

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/

For HD video of this and other LFD incidents visit our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

Follow LFD on Twitter for breaking information: https://twitter.com/LebanonFD

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Mon. 09/25/17
PeaceHealth welcomes Jason Hawkins, Chief Administrative Officer for Peace Harbor (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 09/25/17 4:49 PM
FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth is pleased to welcome Jason Hawkins as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center. His first day will be Oct. 30, allowing for a smooth transition period as current CAO Rick Yecny prepares to retire later this year.

Hawkins will provide operational and financial leadership to ensure the hospital remains vibrant and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves. He will forge strong relationships with board members, providers, leaders, caregivers and the community at large, while also ensuring that clinical support services are coordinated across staff, functions and activities to improve patient care and clinical outcomes. Overall, Hawkins will lead the operations and maintain accountability for the administration and management of providing efficient, high-quality, patient/family-centered care.

"It is with great pleasure and excitement that I bring my almost 30 years of work and life experience to Peace Harbor," says Hawkins, who has proven and diverse experience in the healthcare industry. "It is my hope and desire that these experiences -- including long-range vision planning and recruitment of physicians and leaders -- will be assets that will serve the Florence community. I especially look forward to continuing Peace Harbor's successful fiscal performance and quality ratings."

Most recently, Hawkins served as Chief Executive Officer for Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa. In this role, he was responsible for overall planning and operations for hospital facility and physician services, physician recruitment, board/medical staff relations, strategic planning, development of financial and quality improvement plans, and leadership development.

Hawkins received a bachelor of accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., and a master of business administration from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. He is a member of the National Rural Health Congress and AHA Governing Council for Rural Hospitals, and serves as treasurer of the PA Mountains Healthcare Alliance and Trustee of CHART (Risk Retention Group).

On joining the Florence community, Hawkins says: "I am excited about moving to the Pacific Northwest; as an outdoor enthusiast, I enjoy trail hiking with my wife, DeAnn, as well as boating and fishing. DeAnn and I are especially excited about experiencing all the great coastal amenities Florence offers."

PeaceHealth also extends its sincere gratitude to retiring CAO Rick Yecny, who has been a driving force both at Peace Harbor as well as in the Florence community. "I would like to express my sincere gratitude for Rick and his tireless dedication to serving as Peace Harbor's CAO," says Rand O'Leary, Chief Executive of the PeaceHealth Oregon network. "Thank you for your compassionate leadership and commitment to PeaceHealth and our Mission."

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Since opening its doors in 1989, Peace Harbor has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-09/5173/108204/Jason_Hawkins.jpg
Health advisory lifted September 25 for Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam
Oregon Health Authority - 09/25/17 4:47 PM
September 25, 2017

Reduced toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory posted Sept. 20 for the Link and Klamath rivers downstream to Keno Dam.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of toxin produced by blue-green algae are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state, federal and local agencies; therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.

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

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the OHA Public Health Division's toll-free information line at 177-290-6767, or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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7th Annual NW Regional Crisis Intervention Team Conference in Bend
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/25/17 3:59 PM

The 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference will be held in Bend, Oregon on October 3 to October 5, 2017 at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes Conference Center, 3075 N. Business 97, in Bend, OR. Presentations/sessions focus on mental health issues in communities, specialized crisis response, and criminal justice/behavioral health partnerships. Conference attendees include law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, mental health professionals and mental health advocates from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The CIT Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The conference and awards banquet are hosted by Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and the CIT Statewide and CIT-King CO Programs, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, CIT-King CO Coordinators Committee, FBI -- Seattle CAAA, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit, Marion County Crisis Outreach Response Team, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), and the Oregon CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE). CIT International board members will also be present to recognize the nominees.

The awards banquet will recognize nominees in the following categories:
2017 CIT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
2017 CIT Corrections Officer of the Year
2017 CIT Non-Commissioned Staff of the Year
2017 CIT Mental Health Practitioner of the Year
2017 CIT Agency Executive of the Year
2017 CIT Supervisor of the Year
2017 CIT Coordinator of the Year
2017 CIT Instructor/Trainer of the Year
2017 CIT Community Resource of the Year

The awards banquet begins at 5:00 PM with the awards presentations at 7:00 PM, followed by a silent auction for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

If you have any further questions or need further information email rwright@cjtc.state.wa.us.
NW Natural's Smart Energy Program Marks its 10-Year Anniversary
NW Natural - 09/25/17 2:56 PM
Milestone number of customers enrolled in carbon offset program

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is celebrating its 10th year of Smart Energy this month. The carbon offset program has more than 39,000 residential and business customers enrolled across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

As of July 31, 2017, participating customers have contributed to the offset or future offset of carbon emissions from natural gas use by more than 610,000 total tons--equivalent to nearly 116,800 cars removed from the road for a year.

"Our goal is to help our customers reduce the environmental impacts of their energy use," said Brian Harney, Smart Energy program manager. "We have come a long way since we created this program, and Smart Energy's success is owed to all the NW Natural customers who participate in it."

An average NW Natural residential customer pays $5.50 a month to participate in the program. NW Natural uses Smart Energy dollars to help fund projects that prevent the release of greenhouse gases such as farms that capture methane from cow manure or organic waste. The captured methane, known as biogas, is an on-demand renewable energy source that can reduce emissions by replacing other fuels with higher emissions. NW Natural works with The Climate Trust to ensure that only verified high-quality offsets are purchased and retired for the Smart Energy program.

With environmental stewardship as one of its core values, NW Natural was the first Local Distribution Company in the nation to launch a carbon offset program 10 years ago.

The company recently ran a campaign to donate $10 to the Oregon State Parks Foundation for every customer that enrolled in Smart Energy by a certain date. As a result, approximately $18,000 will be donated to the OSPF this year.

Steve Mertz, Smart Energy Circle member and owner of Tacovore restaurant, said, "The Smart Energy program is totally consistent with our values. By mitigating our carbon footprint, we can be part of the solution and not part of the problem."

Meet more local Smart Energy Circle customers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, read the Smart Energy progress report, view a map of current projects, and/or enroll in the Smart Energy program at https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/SmartEnergy or call 800-422-4012.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets September 27 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 09/25/17 2:07 PM
September 25, 2017

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

Agenda: Outbreaks update 2017; health care personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination; Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program communications; legislative update; discussion of themes and topics for future 2017 meetings; public comment.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

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

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the HAI Program. The HAI Program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities.

For more information, see the committee's website.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Roza Tammer at 971-673-1074 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Committee website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/PREVENTION/Pages/meetings.aspx

Program website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Pages/index.aspx
No results after additional search conducted for missing subject, Gary Humbard (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/17 1:32 PM
Gary Humbard photo
Gary Humbard photo
Location: Davis Lake area, La Pine, Oregon

BY: Lieutenant Chad Davis, DCSO Detective Division

Missing person: Humbard, Gary Lynn 61 year old male (Photo attached)
La Pine, Oregon

9/25/17Updated Press Release9/25/17

On 09/23/17, 10 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one DCSO Deputy continued the search for Gary Humbard in the area surrounding where his vehicle was located near Davis Lake. Included in this search team, were multiple K9 teams and an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) team. The Crook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit also assisted with multiple K9 teams. Humbard was not located. There are no leads at this time as to which direction Humbard may have left from his vehicle. Searchers worked most of the day, searching through open areas with tall grass as well as densely forested areas with significant dead and down timber.

This case remains an open missing person investigation and future searches will occur as ground conditions and resources permit. Our thoughts are with Mr. Humbard's family.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who has information regarding this case to contact us through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

9/18/17 Updated Press Release9/18/17

On 9/16/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report from a group of hunters in the area of Davis Lake, who had located Gary Humbard's 1999 Ford Explorer at a nearby trailhead. Davis Lake straddles the border between Deschutes and Klamath County in the Deschutes National Forest.

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit responded to the area, along with law enforcement officers from the Oregon State Police and the U.S. Forest Service, and began a search of the vehicle and the area.

One of the hunters reported seeing a single male, later confirmed to be Humbard, exit the vehicle with a backpack on 9/2/17, when they were in this same area hunting on a previous trip to the Davis Lake area. When they returned on 9/16/17, they believed the circumstances surrounding this vehicle were suspicious, so they called dispatch to notify law enforcement. Based upon this information, it is believed Gary Humbard drove to this area in his vehicle on 09/02/17 and left on foot to an unknown destination.

A search of the area around Davis Lake has been conducted both on foot and on ATV's, however no sign of Humbard, his route or destination has been located. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit will be conducting further searches of the Davis Lake area and surrounding trails for Gary Humbard.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would request anyone with information on any sightings or contacts the public may have had with Gary Humbard on 9/2/17, or after in the area of Davis Lake, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911. Please refer to the attached photos of Gary Humbard and a photo of his vehicle.

Further information will be released as information is developed.

End of Update


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a missing person's case involving 61 year old Gary Lynn Humbard of La Pine. Humbard was reported missing on 9/10/17, after not returning phone calls from family members.

A subsequent search of his residence determined both Gary Humbard and his vehicle were both missing. Deputies conducted a search of the surrounding neighborhoods, however neither Humbard nor his vehicle were located.

Humbard suffers from some medical issues that may hinder his ability to drive or walk for very long periods of time. Thus far attempts to ping Humbard's cell phone have been unsuccessful.

Humbard is described as a white male, 5' 10" tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. It is unknown what he is currently wearing.

Humbard is believed to be driving a maroon 1999 Ford Explorer bearing Oregon license plate WZX 682.

Humbard is known to frequent the Eugene area, but there is no specific location known to the Sheriff's Office where he may be going.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to view the attached photos of Humbard and a photo similar to his vehicle.

Based upon the investigation, it is believed Humbard may be a danger to himself, therefore the public is asked to contact 911, if he is seen or his whereabouts are known.

Attached Media Files: Gary Humbard photo
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, September 28
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/25/17 12:42 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. at 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, new business, thanking previous members and those who support the commission, agenda and goal setting for 2018, in addition to setting the agenda for the full commission meeting on October 12, 2017.

People can also call into the meeting. Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Arce at rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, Policy Analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us, or 503-947-5019.
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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/25/17 11:43 AM
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday evening at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) in Pendleton. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

On September 24, 2017 at approximately 8:25 p.m. David Kirby, 38, was found unresponsive in his housing unit. Medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts until outside medial services arrived and continued to no avail. Kirby was pronounced deceased at 9:14 p.m.

Kirby entered DOC custody on September 15, 2015, on two counts of sodomy in the first degree out of Linn County. His expected release date was November 13, 2031.

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

EOCI is a medium-security prison in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues(C), whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The institution has 19 separate general population housing units, comprised of 698 dormitory structured beds and 917 cell-structured beds, a 144 bed Disciplinary Segregation Unit, and an 8 bed Infirmary. EOCI currently has 1697 inmates as of February 1, 2017 and a max capacity of 1767.


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1070/108187/kirby.jpg
Lane County Man Arrested on 33 counts- Columbia County
Oregon State Police - 09/25/17 11:42 AM
On July 19th, 2017, an Oregon State Trooper(OSP)stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Due to evidence found during the traffic stop, an investigation was conducted on the driver and his recent activities. The Trooper, with the assistance of OSP Criminal Detectives, determined the man had been shoplifting and returning "Abreva" cold sore medication for cash at numerous Bi-Marts throughout Oregon and Washington.

The investigation gathered evidence in paper documents, surveillance video and a search warrant for the suspect's computer. The evidence showed the suspect made at least 33 returns of stolen Abreva to Oregon Bi-Mart stores, to the value approximately $4,281.00.

On September 23rd, 2017, the suspect, 74 year old Terrence Lee LIDDELL, a Lane County resident was interviewed and admitted to the shoplifting and returns. He also showed the investigators the printer and stolen Bi-Mart printer paper he used to produce the forged receipts for the returns.

The man was arrested and lodged on 33 counts of Theft I, Forgery I and Possession of a Forged Instrument
15th annual archaeology series slated for Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/25/17 11:33 AM
Terrebonne, OR--Smith Rock State Park will host its 15th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. The Friday evening presentations will all take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

"We are very pleased with the success and longevity of this annual event," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD). "Smith Rock's OAC presentation series is dynamic and relevant to the advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology. Bringing this information to the public's awareness in an enjoyable and accessible forum is our primary goal."


October 6: David L. Minick and David A. Kaiser of the Oregon Archaeological Society present--"A Tale of Two Sites: A Comparison of Two Columbia River Rock Art Locations"

October 13: Rory Becker, associate professor of anthropology from Eastern Oregon University presents--"Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology"

October 20: Erin Woodard, Bureau of Land Management staff archaeologist of the Prineville District presents--"Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon"

October 27: Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute historian and Warm Springs Tribal member presents--"Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River"

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage, and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S. 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three in Lebanon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/25/17 11:17 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on September 25, 2017, at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 33300 block of Brewster Road in Lebanon, OR. The fire affected three adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens four Columbia River Gorge state parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/25/17 11:00 AM
Several state parks remain closed

Corbett, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park. The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the Eagle Creek Fire and the related closure of Interstate 84.

All state park major and historic structures withstood the fire according to Park Manager Clay Courtright, West Gorge Management Unit.

"We're grateful that Vista House still stands as well as other iconic features well-loved by Oregonians and visitors to our state," said Courtright.

Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he added. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

Ainsworth State Park and campground
Benson State Recreation Area
Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
Dalton Point State Recreation Site
George W. Joseph State Natural Area
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor
Guy W. Talbot State Park
Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
Viento State Park
West Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Visit www.oregonstateparks.org for the latest park opening information.
Labor Day Weekend Enhanced Patrol Statistics
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 09/25/17 9:09 AM
Over this Labor Day weekend, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other State Law Enforcement agencies across the state. During this time period, Deputies worked special overtime, federally funded, and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deputies focused on Child seats/Fitting station referrals, texting and speed, and impaired driving.

During this event, 33 hours were spend on DUII enforcement, resulting in 2 DUII's, 1 Driving while suspended, 5 other citations, 33 warnings, and 3 arrests.

There was also 25 hours spent on traffic safety enforcement (seat belts, speed, texting, distracted driving, etc). This resulted in 15 seat belt violations, 9 child restraint violations, 5 distracted violations, 28 speeding violations, 26 other type of violations, and 2 driving while suspended violations.

A reminder to the public of Oregon House Bill 2597, which will go into effect October 1, 2017.

Oregon House Bill 2597 Distracted Driving Fact Sheet
1. The purpose of the law Focus on driving and put away the distractions.

2. Important dates
October 1, 2017: is when the law goes into effect.
January 1, 2018: is when the court has the option to waive the fine for first-time offenders who attend a Distracted Driving Avoidance course.

3. Basic Requirement It is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, GPS, laptop).

4. Exceptions (some are "affirmative defenses", which means you may need to prove to the court)

This new law does not apply to the following:
When using hands-free or built-in devices, if 18 years of age or older.
Use of a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate the device or a function.
While providing or summoning medical help and no one else is available to make the call.
When parked safely, i.e., stopped at the side of the road or in a designated parking spot. o It is NOT legal to use the device when stopped at a stop light, stop sign, in traffic, etc.

Truck or bus drivers following the federal rules for CDL holders.
Using a two-way radio: CB users, school bus drivers, utility truck drivers in the scope of employment.
Ambulance or emergency vehicle operators in the scope of employment.
Police, fire, EMS providers in the scope of employment, (can include when in a personal vehicle if, for example, when responding to an emergency call).
HAM radio operators, age 18 years or older.

5. Fines
First offense, not contributing to a crash: Class B violation. o Presumptive fine $260 (The amount on the ticket; if you don't simply pay, it could go up or down).
o Minimum fine is $130; maximum fine is $1,000.

Second offense, or first offense, if it contributed to a crash: Class A violation. o Presumptive Fine $435.
o Minimum fine is $220; maximum is $2,500.

Third offense in ten years: Class B misdemeanor. o Minimum fine $2,000.
o Could be 6 months in jail.

6. Course for First Time Offenders For a first offense that does not contribute to a crash, the court may suspend the fine if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance course, and shows proof to the court, within four months. Only the fine is suspended -- the violation will still be recorded on the offender's driving record
Sat. 09/23/17
Burn Permits - Fall 2017
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 09/23/17 2:23 PM
The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on October 1, 2017 and ending on October 31, 2017.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $71.00. Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing. Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another. Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action. Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill. More information on these options can be found at http://www.recyclepower.org/wood.asp.

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This information, as well as the burn permit request form is also available on the city website at www.cityofroseburg.com.
Fri. 09/22/17
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Notice for September 2017
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 09/22/17 4:43 PM
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meetings schedule for September 2017. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule and agenda are subject to change.

Special School Board Meeting - September 25 at 5:30 PM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas the Friday before the meeting.

Added Meeting

Facilities Planning Committee - September 26 at 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda will be posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ . For more information, contact James Martin at jamesm@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-8115. A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board.

For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to Superintendent & School Board
Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee meets September 25
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/17 4:21 PM
September 22, 2017

What: The quarterly meeting of the state Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee. The meeting will cover Dental Pilot Project No. 100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project."

Agenda: Review prior recommendations from advisory committee; response from project; review site visit; discuss next site visit.

When: Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to noon. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1E, Portland. Conference line: 888-636-3807, participant code 793800.

Background: Dental pilot projects are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce, and efficacy by teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel; developing new categories of dental personnel; accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

Program contact: Sarah Kowalski, 971-673-1563, sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us.

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Kowalski at 971-673-1563, 711 TTY or sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
"Double Hat Bandit" Arrested
FBI - Oregon - 09/22/17 1:10 PM
Indianapolis, Indiana -- On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Indianapolis FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Whiteland Police Department, arrested Shayne Carson, 54, who is believed to be the "Double Hat Bandit." Carson was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a motel in Whiteland, Indiana.

Carson has been charged in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City with the December 19, 2016, armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in West Valley City, Utah. According to the complaint, he is also a suspect in 13 other bank robberies throughout Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho from December 19, 2016 to July 22, 2017. In these cases, the robber wore two hats. Since then, Carson has also been identified as a suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Those cases remain under investigation.

(The Oregon robberies included one each in Milwaukie, Portland and Eugene.)

On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30pm EST, Carson had his initial appearance and arraignment on the criminal complaint before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It is anticipated he will be transferred to Utah to face the bank robbery charge filed in Salt Lake City.

The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio who worked this case.

The Indianapolis FBI Violent Crime Task Force includes members from the FBI, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Carmel Police Department and Fishers Police Department.

A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Attached Media Files: Carson criminal complaint
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
Lincoln City Police - 09/22/17 12:50 PM
On September 19, 2017, a vehicle drive by Emily Broderick of Lincoln City was traveling eastbound in the 1700 block of SE 14th St when a 3-year-old child ran in front of her. Broderick's right front tire ran over the child's abdomen and legs, causing a large abrasion on the child's right knee and a smaller abrasion on the left knee. The child was conscious and moving during the entire time of contact with first responders, complaining of pain to her right knee. The child was taken to North Lincoln Hospital where she was treated and transferred by Life Flight to Portland Emanuel Hospital.

The 3-year-old child had arrived in the area with her mother to pick up another child from the bus stop. The child's mother, Miranda Pedersen, attempted to grab the child to keep her from running into the street, but was unable to stop her. Witnesses and Pedersen told Lincoln City Police that Broderick was not speeding and there was nothing she could have done to avoid the crash, as the 3-year-old child had "darted" out into the street from behind a parked vehicle and into Broderick's travel lane.

No citations were issued and the crash investigation is closed at this time.
BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/22/17 9:11 AM
Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 27.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Attached Media Files: BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations , Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet September 22
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/17 8:25 AM
September 22, 2017

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee.

When: Friday, September 22, 2-4 p.m. Public testimony will be heard at 2:10 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, OHA Transformation Center Training Room, Suite 775, 421 SW Oak Street, Portland. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 877-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Pamela Naylor at 503-559-2216, 711 TTY or pamela.naylor@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on SR 211 near S Fernwood Drive-- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/17 12:31 AM
On September 21, 2017 at approximately 7:10pm, OSP responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on State Route 211 near SE Fernwood Drive, near Eagle Creek.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold 2004 Dodge Intrepid, operated by Brianna Elizabeth Kelly Kemper, age 26, of Eugene was traveling southbound on SR 211 near SE Fernwood Drive, when for an unknown reason the Dodge left the roadway and drove into a ditch. The Dodge continued southbound in the ditch, collided with the PGE power pole, rolled over and came to a stop on its top. Kemper sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP Albany Troopers made the next of kin notification.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Clackamas County Fire and Rescue, ODOT, AMR, Clackamas County ME's Office and First Call Funeral Home.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108128/IMG_20170921_203159.jpg , Vehicle Photo
Thu. 09/21/17
State Honors and Remembers 169 Fallen Fire Fighers
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/21/17 3:42 PM
The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training hosted the 12th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. The ceremony was held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Tim Moor, President of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and Fire Chief of Redmond Fire & Rescue, was this year's guest speaker.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The names on the memorial span more than a century of service. These are not just names of firefighters. They are the names of co-workers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and friends.

Each name on the memorial tells the story of the Oregon fire service. The memorial recognizes what is believed to be the first line of duty death in Oregon which occurred on August 16, 1891 when Firefighter James Reed of the Protection Engine Company #4 collapsed and died of a heart attack while pulling a hand-drawn fire engine to a blaze in Portland, Oregon.

Following the featured speaker, honor guard members read the names of Oregon's fallen, tolled a fire bell in their honor, and place two wreaths next to the memorial wall recognizing deceased career, volunteer firefighters who protect Oregon' communities, airports, and natural resources.

At the end of the ceremony, the U.S. flag was folded and placed at the memorial wall by the combined honor guard while "Amazing Grace" was played by the combined pipes and drums and a bugler playing the solemn notes of "Taps."

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The State memorial, which was established twelve years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 169 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget.

While no names were added to the Oregon memorial this year, in a few weeks, thousands will gather at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 7 -- 8, 2017 where the names of 67 firefighters who died in 2016 across the United States will be added during a solemn ceremony.

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at http://www.firehero.org

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1187/108123/Fallem_FF_Memorial_2017_C.jpg , Fallen FF Memorial , Fallen FF Memorial , Fallen FF Memorial
FBI Searches for Missing 16-year-old
FBI - Oregon - 09/21/17 2:55 PM
The FBI is asking for the public's help locating 16-year-old Magdalen Pixler. Magdalen went missing from her Hagerstown, Maryland, home on August 8, 2017. Investigation has led agents to believe that there is a possibility that Magdalen may be in the Portland-metro area. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

Race: White
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 153 pounds

The FBI is investigating Magdalen's disappearance in conjunction with local authorities in Maryland. The Hagerstown Police Department is the lead agency.


The flyer from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is attached.

Attached Media Files: Pixler flyer - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Have You Seen Katie Goodright? (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/17 12:46 PM
The Lane County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance locating a missing female, 33 year old Katie Goodright. Katie was last seen by her family approximately 3 weeks ago in Junction City and she has not contacted them since, which is unusual. She is not answering her phone and has not visited friends that she normally maintains regular contact with, either. Katie was reported missing by her family on September 18th, 2017.

Katie is 5'2" tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds with long, straight blond hair and blue eyes. She may be driving a brown, 2003 Chevrolet Blazer, with license plate # ZSH 865.

If you have seen Katie or know her whereabouts, please contact the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 541-682-4141.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/6111/108114/Katie_Goodright.png
Marine Board Meeting in La Pine October 5
Oregon Marine Board - 09/21/17 11:42 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting in La Pine on October 5, at La Pine City Hall, located at 16345 Sixth Street. The meeting begins at 8:30 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Adopt rules for Division 015 --Ocean Charter Vessels to amend definitions; clarify safety and equipment rules
Adopt rules for Division 016 --Outfitter/Guide Registration to amend safety and equipment rules; adopt rules for drug, health and knowledge testing
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0164 --Visual Distress Signals
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-020-0385 --Boat Operations in Yamhill and Marion Counties with respect to wake-enhancing device restriction and deadline
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR -250-016-0040 --Proof of Registration Compliance; Hunt tag program fees
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0650 --Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program with respect to issuing permits to liveries and commercial businesses

The Board will also consider a boating facility grant request from the South Wasco Parks and Recreation District for north Pine Hollow reservoir boat ramp improvements.

The meeting will enter an executive session per ORS 192.660(2)(i) and upon conclusion, will reconvene back to the general meeting to hear the Director's informational agency report.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

Tip of the Week - September 25, 2017 - DISCARDING CIGARETTES FROM A VEHICLE
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/17 11:23 AM

Date: September 25, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
(541) 265-0652

This week's tip idea was suggested by one of our Facebook followers. We appreciate all your suggestions and ideas for tips! Feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a future tip.


Large wildland fires are a part of living in the Pacific Northwest during the summer months. Wildland fires are dangerous, costly, and have a severe impact on air quality. Our partner agencies in the fire service do a great job of providing public information about burning and outdoor recreation restrictions to keep us all educated and safe. Despite their best prevention efforts, firefighters are still called upon to extinguish human-caused wildland fires all over the state.

Discarded cigarettes are a frequent cause of wildland fires along roadways. Even if the discarded cigarette does not start a fire, throwing them out of the car is still a crime under the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Here is a selection of applicable laws pertaining to discarding cigarettes from a vehicle:

Throwing away of lighted matches, cigarettes, and other materials is prohibited
ORS 476.715: "No one shall, at any time, throw away any lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, matches or other lighted material, on any forestland, private road, public highway or railroad right of way within this state." This crime is a Class B misdemeanor and applies year-round.

Offensive Littering
ORS 164.805 § (a, c): "Discarding or depositing any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse upon the land of another without permission of the owner, or upon any public way or in or upon any public transportation facility" or "Permitting any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse to be thrown from a vehicle that the person is operating." This crime is a Class C misdemeanor and can apply to the person who threw out the cigarette and to the person operating the vehicle.

Reckless Burning
ORS 164.335: "A person commits the crime of reckless burning if the person recklessly damages property of another by fire or explosion." This crime is a Class A misdemeanor.

Despite being a criminal act, discarded cigarette butts detract from the natural beauty of our area. Discarded cigarettes can contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful to animals and the environment. By properly extinguishing and disposing of cigarette butts, you are doing yourself, the community, and the environment a favor!

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

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/5490/108111/092517-Discarding_Cigarettes_from_Vehicle.pdf
National Public Lands Day on the Rogue River (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/21/17 8:50 AM
Rogue River
Rogue River
Medford, Ore. -- On September 30, the Bureau of Land Management will host a National Public Lands Day Rogue River clean up! Volunteers are needed from McGregor Park to Nugget Falls on the Rogue River. The event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to register early for water or land clean up crews - boat spaces are limited. Gloves, garbage bags, water, and first aid kits will be provided for all volunteers.

Please note, there are several meeting spots for this clean up. Specific directions will be given when you sign up for a particular spot. Meeting spots include Casey State Park near Lost Creek Lake (on Hwy 62), Dodge Bridge Day use area (off OR-234) TouVelle State Park Day Use Area (Table Rock rd in Central Point), and Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

Lunch and fun for volunteers will take place after the clean up at TouVelle Park at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register for specific crews and locations, contact Sam Whitridge at (541) 414-9064 or info@roguepartner.org.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America's public lands.

Additional information about this event is available at: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/rogue-river-cleanup-npld.

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

Attached Media Files: Press Release , Rogue River , Rogue River
Bend area local killed in late night head-on collision on Highway 97. (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/21/17 8:33 AM
On September 20, 2017 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 97 near mp 103, south of Madras in Jefferson County. The preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2007 Audi sedan was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons it crossed over the centerline. The Audi collided head-on in the southbound lane with a southbound white 2012 Peterbuilt semi-tractor trailer pulling an empty livestock trailer. The driver of the Audi, Jonathan Stern was pronounced deceased at the scene. The truck driver, 64 year old James Mohring sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Redmond area hospital for treatment.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sherrif's Office, the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue and ODOT. The highway was shut for approximately 4 hours.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108099/13.jpg , 2017-09/1002/108099/12.jpg
WIC staffers often first to ID developmental, behavioral issues in kids
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/17 8:16 AM
September 21, 2017

New study finds WIC employees hear about problems during nutrition consultations with families, make referrals to services

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program staff members who provide preventive health and nutrition services for families often are the first to identify developmental and behavioral issues among the young children they're serving, a new study shows.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found that although it is outside the primary scope of their work, WIC staff members frequently raise and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children whose families they are working with.

"WIC staff members spend a great deal of time talking with families about child development concerns while delivering WIC services, even though WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services," said study co-author Julie Reeder, PhD, MPH, senior research analyst with Oregon's WIC Program, based at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division.

The findings by researchers at OHA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) suggest that strengthening the system for referring families to community services that can address developmental and behavioral issues, and enhancing continuity of care between WIC and developmental providers, may improve child outcomes and reduce disparities.

"We know that developmental disabilities affect one in six kids in the United States, and low-income and minority children are at risk for under-identification and treatment of developmental disabilities," said the study's lead author, Katharine Zuckerman, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and OHSU School of Medicine.

For the study, researchers analyzed results from an online survey of more than 150 individuals who work in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC. They found WIC staff members reported frequent interactions with families about topics related to child development. Nearly four in 10 WIC staff were asked about a child's development at least once per week, and nearly three in 10 noticed a developmental concern about a child at least once per week."

"Given that the majority of WIC staff in our study could distinguish many instances of typical versus delayed development in young children, it is likely that many of the developmental concerns raised by WIC staff were well founded," the study's authors wrote.

But even as the developmental concerns were prevalent, WIC staff members felt poorly connected to local developmental resources. The study found that almost 70 percent felt less than very connected with their county's early intervention/early childhood special education program (EI/ECSE) office, and 74 percent felt less than well connected with most pediatric health care providers. WIC staffers who fielded the most developmental concerns also felt poorly connected to primary care and community developmental resources.

The study recommended that WIC staff members be provided more support to effectively refer children with developmental conditions and to improve continuity of care once early intervention or early childhood special education services are initiated.

"...Although WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services and not to diagnose or address childhood developmental delays, WIC staff nonetheless spend significant time engaging with families on this topic in the course of delivery of standard WIC services," the study's authors concluded.

As a result, WIC staff members and families may benefit from additional support for developmental issues. Such support could come in the form of family handouts, trainings for existing staff, additional personnel to handle developmental concerns, or even in the form of improved partnerships with community developmental resources.

"While we are working on enhancing training opportunities for WIC staff, this article really is an awareness-raising tool," Reeder said. "It shows physicians and early intervention staff that WIC staff are a potential additional source of information about developmental delays."

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The study can be found at http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/toc/2017/06000.
Wed. 09/20/17
State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/28/17
State Library of Oregon - 09/20/17 4:42 PM
The Executive Committee of the State Library Board will meet by phone on Thursday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

September 28, 2017
11:30 a.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair


11:30 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

12:00 p.m. Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 20, 2017 Bonebrake

12:15 Other business Bonebrake

12:30 Adjournment Bonebrake

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Two arrested after illegal netting in the Deschutes River Sanctuary (Wasco County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/17 4:09 PM
As a result of numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, conducted a nighttime river patrol on the night of September 18th, 2017.

Troopers located a boat operating without required lighting in the sanctuary with 3 persons onboard. They also discovered the boaters had an 1100+ foot gillnet deployed in the water in violation of restrictions. In addition to this being a closed area to gillnetting, the length of the gillnet, which extended beyond the sanctuary boundary, exceeded state limitations of 800 feet maximum length allowable. Gillnets are prohibited in the Deschutes River Sanctuary throughout the entire year. Two adults were detained along with their juvenile minor child on the water and subsequently taken to the Celilo State Park for further investigation.

26 year old Lane Meanus and 24 year old Ashley Leslie, both residents of Celilo Village, were arrested for multiple criminal acts.

Meanus was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Commercial Fishing Closed Waters and cited for Operating a Vessel Without Required Lighting.

Leslie was given criminal citations for Commercial Fishing Closed Waters and Taking Fish Without Tribal Identification on Person.

The investigation discovered there were 85 Chinook Salmon and 1 Steelhead taken with a current market value of over $3500.00.

Fish and Wildlife preservation is crucial to the sustainment and healthy population management efforts to the entire Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourage anyone witnessing or with knowledge of fish and wildlife violation to report it via the established tip line.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108088/MEANUS.jpg
Health advisory issued for the Link, Klamath rivers to Keno Dam
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 2:24 PM
September 20, 2017

High blue-green algae, toxins found in Klamath County rivers, reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today for the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam, located downstream of Upper Klamath Lake. These areas are south of the city of Klamath Falls, off U.S. Route 97 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in these areas south of Upper Klamath Lake. The toxin concentrations found can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should always avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red. Swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating where ingestion and inhalation exposure can occur is discouraged. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of these water activities in areas where a bloom has been identified, or an advisory issued, can expose people to the toxins being produced. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities that come into contact with a bloom may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area.

Drinking water directly from areas of the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected areas are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

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

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to the Link and Klamath rivers for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake, and from licking their fur in the event they swim in affected water.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit the Link and Klamath rivers and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets September 21 in Hood River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 1:27 PM
September 20, 2017

What: The monthly public conference meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: Reproductive health program changes; public health modernization process measures; State Health Assessment community engagement; proposed TPEP budget changes; CLHO committee structure planning; fiscal 2017 expenditure reporting; and OHA and local public health updates

When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Drive, Hood River

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

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Fugitive captured by Klamath County SRT and U.S. Marshall's Service (Klamath County)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/17 12:09 PM
Release submitted on behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Photo on attachment)

INITIAL INCIDENT: On 06/21/17 at 7:25pm, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to a 911 report of an assault at 37776 Modoc Point Road. An 84-year-old neighbor had been shot in the leg by a male suspect, who had just been involved in a serious assault against a 17-year-old girl. The neighbor intervened in the assault against the girl and was shot by the suspect.

The investigation revealed Charles (Charlie) Jackson (age 35) was the reported assailant of both the 17-year-old girl and the neighbor.

UPDATE: Tonight (09/19/17) at 7:05pm, Charles Jackson was taken into custody and charged with crimes stemming from the June 2017 assaults. Charles Jackson was located, once again, with the same 17-year-old female victim. They were found hiding in a dark and wet campsite near the Cherry Creek Trailhead off Westside Road - between Rocky Point and Fort Klamath, OR.

Jackson was in possession of a rifle and a stolen car when arrested by a tactical team comprised of members from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Special Response Team), and the United States Marshall Service-Fugitive Task Force. In addition, key in the successful operation were spotters and an aircraft provided by Emergency Airlift.

The United States Marshall's Service and the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) were instrumental in helping track and locate the suspect over the past several months.

Attached is a photograph of Charles (Charlie) Jackson. He is being held in the Klamath County Detention Center.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108075/Media_Release_Jackson_Arrest_091917.doc
Honoring Our Fallen Firefighters in Salem (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 09/20/17 10:47 AM
Fire Dog Casey at Oregon Fallen FF Memorial
Fire Dog Casey at Oregon Fallen FF Memorial
The Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial will be held tomorrow, September 21, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy (4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem). The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. and the public is welcome.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by fire service professional, career and volunteer, across our state. A time to honor and remember these brave men and women and to support their families.
This year's ceremony will also have a special tribute to Fire Dog Cody, a retired member of Eugene Springfield Fire and the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard.

Please join us as we pause to remember these five members from Eugene Springfield Fire that died protecting our community.
FF Rex Reed died as the result of a collision between the fire engine he was driving and a train while enroute to a fire on November 28, 1928. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

Capt. Donovan Hodgson died on October 28, 1957 of a heart attack while reporting in at the fire station for a general alarm blaze. (Springfield Fire & Life Safety)

FF Leland Christensen died on October 11, 1966 of a heart attack while fighting a general alarm blaze at the Kendall Ford dealership. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

FF Harold "Bucky" Stinson died October 11, 1966 when a concrete wall collapsed and crushed while fighting the blaze at the Kendall Ford dealership. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

Capt. Horst Rech died September 21, 1978 when the ceiling collapsed on him during his second entry into the fire at DJ's Market. (Springfield Fire & Life Safety)

Eugene Springfield Fire is proud to have two members and Fire Dog Casey serving as part of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard. A team made of fire service members from around the state that come together as a unified group to honor our fallen and provide assistance to their families.

Attached Media Files: Fire Dog Casey at Oregon Fallen FF Memorial
Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee to meet September 22
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:29 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee

Agenda: Discussions on proposed rule language; statement of fiscal impact; next steps in rulemaking process; process review and final questions

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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

Who: The Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from health care and public health stakeholders dedicated to the comprehensive collection of incidence data for cancer surveillance, prevention and control efforts for the state of Oregon.

Details: The meeting is open to the public. Space is limited. People can attend the meeting remotely via telephone by calling 877-810-9415, participation code 975182.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Brad Beauchamp, 971-673-1020, 711 TTY, or bradley.m.beauchamp@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 26 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:04 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve August meeting minutes; make recommendation for dental visits metric; approve local public health process measures.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. Conference call line: 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Tue. 09/19/17
Head on crash kills one and injures two on Highway 18 near Otis. (Lincoln County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 9:27 PM
On September 19, 2017 at about 3:45 p.m., Troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 18 near North Deer Drive just outside of Otis in Lincoln County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a dark green 1995 Eagle Talon, was westbound on Highway 18 at about MP 4. For unknown reasons, it drifted into the oncoming eastbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2016 red Ford Explorer. A white 1993 Subaru Legacy, which was following the Talon, was struck by the Talon as it spun back into the westbound lane. A secondary crash occurred at the scene after a westbound Kia Sedan Struck a stopped Chevy Cavalier a few yards from the original crash.

The driver of the Talon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Driver of the Ford Explorer, 68 year old Robert James and his passenger, 67 year old Barbara James, both residents of Grand Ronde, were transported to a Lincoln City area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Subaru, 25 year old Anjali Singh of Lincoln City was not injured.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending a notification to the family.

Use of a controlled substance by the deceased is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. The Highway was closed for approximately 3 hours and ODOT had established a detour. OSP was assisted on scene by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire Department, ODOT, and Pac West Ambulance.

Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108060/SR18_Crash.jpg