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Wed. 11/22/17
Burglary Suspects Identified, Lodged in Jail (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/22/17 1:21 PM
17-20466 Arrest
17-20466 Arrest
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RUCH - In October, we asked for help identifying suspects seen on surveillance video during burglaries at Ruch Elementary School. The burglaries to the school occurred on September 25 and October 1. This week, detectives arrested both suspects.

Jason James Luthi, 37, and Megan Justina Bobb, 29, both of Ruch, were lodged in jail on November 21, 2017, on burglary and theft charges. Luthi was charged with an additional count of theft in the first degree by receiving in relation to a burglary in the 100-block of Lomas Road on November 12 (Case #17-23815).

Detectives believe Luthi and Bobb have been involved in additional crimes in the Ruch area in recent months. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the JCSO tip line at 541-774-8333.

Case 17-20968, 17-20466



Attached Media Files: 17-20466 Arrest , Jason Luthi , Megan Bobb

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting | December 1, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/22/17 1:10 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR | Conference room 124 A/B
Phone in: 1-877-273-4202 | Pass code: 4978330

AGENDA:
Meeting Called to Order / Roll Call
Public Comment
November 3, 2017 Meeting Minute Approval
Residential Loan Consent Calendar
Multifamily Funding Decisions
Multifamily Energy Program Recommendations for Approval
BREAK
Veteran Program Updates
- Vets RFA Awardee Summary
- Veterans Homeless Framework Discussion
Housing Finance Updates
- 4% LIHTC/Gap Funding Parameters Discussion
- Potential Impacts of Anticipated Federal Tax Reform Bills
Multifamily & Asset Management Modernization and Consolidation Update
Housing Stabilization Updates
- Rent Guarantee Program
- IDA Program
Report of the Director
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned

Update - Jeanene Beck Investigation
Lincoln City Police - 11/22/17 11:28 AM
Following an extensive investigation by the Lincoln City Police Department and the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team, detectives have concluded that Jeanene Beck did not die under suspicious circumstances. There have been no signs of foul play detected throughout this investigation.

On Sunday, November 19th an autopsy was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office. Preliminary reports from their office reveal that the probable cause of death is drowning.

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/17 11:03 AM
November 22, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave, third floor Room 4. Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: OHA Director's report; OHPB committee updates; Healthcare Workforce Committee updates and promising strategies; Public Health Advisory Board updates; High Cost Drugs Committee development; CCO Maturity Assessment discussion.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.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
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Jeff Scroggin at 541-999-6983, 711 TTY, or jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Vehicle Found Submerged In the Willamette River (Jefferson) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/22/17 11:00 AM
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Correction location is in the Willamette River

Last night, November 21st, at around 8:00 p.m., a ferry boat operator located a vehicle submerged in the Santiam River near the Buena Vista Ferry ramp. Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and with the assistance of fire personnel located the vehicle and what appeared to be a deceased, elderly person inside. Due to the darkness, cold weather and fast current deputies could not safely bring in a dive team to recover the vehicle.

This morning at 8:00 a.m., a dive team with the Linn County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and assisted in the recovery of the vehicle and the person inside. At this point deputies are investigating the case as a tragic accident. Deputies are not prepared to release any information pertaining to the driver or the vehicle until next of kin can be notified. More information will be released as it become available.



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OHCS Releases $40 Million to Assist Homeless and At-Risk Oregonians
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/22/17 10:22 AM
SALEM, OR -- Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is pleased to announce the release of $40 million in funding to provide homeless prevention and assistance to Oregonians statewide. These resources will be implemented by Community Action Agency partners across the state and delivered through the Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) program and State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) administered by OHCS. Both of these resources are used to immediately get Oregonians off the street and into shelter and help them eventually find long-term, stable housing.

"OHCS and the Community Action Agencies have an important opportunity to use this historic investment to make significant progress toward our goals of reducing homelessness, reaching the hardest to serve, and ensuring that Oregonians have a safe and stable place to call home," said Governor Brown.

In recognition of the homeless crisis facing communities across the state, the 2017 Oregon Legislature invested a historic $40 million (a fourfold increase) in funding to prevent and end homelessness. The Legislature also approved $1.5 million to further help homeless veterans in Oregon. The most recent homeless Point-in-Time count found 13,953 people in Oregon are without a permanent place to call home. This number represents a 6% increase, or an additional 777 people, compared to the last count in 2015.

"OHCS and our partners take the stewardship of this investment very seriously," said Margaret Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "We recognize the potential for dramatic impact with these funds and are excited to partner with the Community Action Agencies. With these funds we can prevent more Oregonians from falling into homelessness, rapidly rehouse people living on the streets, expand community shelters, and plan ahead for cold weather."

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Attached Media Files: Press Release

Need a good holiday meal discussion topic? Try family health history
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/17 9:38 AM
November 22, 2017

Oregonians encouraged to talk about chronic diseases that can run in families

For some people, preparing for the Thanksgiving meal means getting ready to debate politics, endure a relative's relationship advice or defend your pick for the best "Game of Thrones" episode.

The Oregon Health Authority suggests another dinner table discussion topic this holiday season: family health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving "Family Health History Day" to help focus attention on the importance of family health history and the role genetics plays in overall health. Common diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as rare diseases like hemophilia and cystic fibrosis, tend to run in families, and Thanksgiving is a good time to raise the subject when everyone--including many people you don't see but once a year--is in the room.

"Family health history is often called the first genetic test. It can help people, their families and clinicians see potential risks and take action to reduce those risks or catch a disease early," said Summer Cox, genetics coordinator in the OHA ScreenWise program.

OHA offers the following tips for discussing family health history:
--Start with your parents: Close relatives such as parents and siblings are the most telling when it comes to your health history. Start with them and branch out from there.
--Use free online tools and resources:
----My Family Health Portrait at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/FHH/html/index.html
----Does It Run In the Family? at http://www.geneticalliance.org/publications/fhhtoolkit
----The Talk Health History Campaign at http://www.talkhealthhistory.org/
--Talk to a doctor or genetic counselor: Make your family health history a topic of conversation at your next doctor's appointments. If you have concerns, asked to be referred to a genetic counselor.

OHA also offers genetic information and counseling through the ScreenWise program at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Women/HealthScreening/Pages/Index.aspx. The program supports a statewide network of providers in offering breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular and genetic screening for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Information on patient eligibility for the ScreenWise program is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/WOMEN/HEALTHSCREENING/Documents/ELIG_SW_Checklist_FY17.pdf.

For further guidance and screening, contact 211 at http://211info.org/.

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Tue. 11/21/17
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/21/17 3:41 PM
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:00 on December 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room A235 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

Mini Basic Facilitator Development
Instructional Materials
Instructors
Next Steps / To Do's

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


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Marion County Deputies Adding Patrols Thanksgiving Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/17 3:25 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is adding extra DUII patrols to our roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Starting November 23rd and ending November 26th, your deputy sheriff's will be working extra hours to detect and arrest intoxicated drivers enhancing the safety of our resident and vacationing motorists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2015 (6 pm on Wednesday, November 25, to 5:59 am on Monday, November 30), there were 301 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the nation. So please, if you chose to celebrate at a football game or over a good holiday dinner, have a plan to get home safely.



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**Update to Fatal Crash**
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/17 3:20 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the pedestrian hit and killed this morning on Seven Mile Lane was identified as Anna Dirkje Evan, 77, of Albany. The investigation reveals Evan was walking across the street from her house early this morning to get her newspaper, while it was still dark outside. She was in the middle of the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling eastbound. Evan died immediately at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Alpha Mathews, 24, of Albany, was driving to work in his 2012 Dodge Ram pick-up when he struck Evan. Mathews has been cooperative with the investigation. At this time there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

This is an unfortunate incident for all involved and deputies are still investigating the factors involved in the crash.

Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet in Roseburg Dec. 5
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/17 1:57 PM
Date: Nov. 21, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473

SALEM, Ore.--The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Windmill Inn, 1450 NW Mulholland Drive, Roseburg. The agenda includes discussing and recommending an operator to the Oregon Board of Forestry for the Operator of the Year Award. The award recognizes an operator for excellent work that exceeds the Oregon Forest Practices Act natural resource protection laws. The laws require re-planting, maintaining forest roads, and protecting streams and habitat for fish and wildlife.

The northwest and eastern Oregon committees will meet soon to recommend awards for those areas. The board will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 2018 meeting.

The committee will also discuss and may take action on these topics:
Private Forests Division update
Compliance Audit Report
Enforcing aerial herbicide use laws (ORS 527.672)
Cable assist logging
Eastern Oregon/Siskiyou streamside protection review

This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome. The agenda includes time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practices Committees are advisory groups made up of forest landowners and the public who advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

Forests are among Oregon's most valued resources, providing a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Committee looking at how to balance air quality and controlled burning will meet in Roseburg on Dec. 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/17 1:29 PM
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- On Wednesday, Dec. 6, a broad-based committee will meet in Roseburg to discuss forestland smoke. The Smoke Management Program Review Committee will continue its task of recommending improvements for how the state can use controlled burns to improve forest health and protect nearby residents from wildfire while minimizing smoke impacts on communities to protect public health.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Frear St. in Roseburg. It will last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an opportunity for public comment during the noon hour. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

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

The committee is seeking to produce a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee's work will be presented to the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission in 2018. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state's Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission. The Smoke Management Plan is part of the state's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act.

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

The committee is expected to hold one more meeting -- on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in Salem.
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GINGERBREAD ADVENTURES RETURNS TO OMSI: Architects and bakers team up to create tasty masterpieces
OMSI - 11/21/17 1:14 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 21, 2017) -- This holiday season, jingle all the way to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to see towering sculptures, sweet science demonstrations and a build-it-yourself workshops at the second annual Gingerbread Adventures.

Five local architecture firms and bakeries have teamed up to design and build gingerbread sculptures focused on the theme "Illusions":

Soderstrom Architects & Bon Appetit Management Company with "Keep Portland Meird"
SRG Partnership & Nothing Bundt Cakes with "Gingerbread City"
LRS Architects & Jaciva's Bakery with "The Illusement Park"
ZGF Architects & Papa Haydn with "Once Upon an Elf"
Dangermond Keane Architecture & Sugar Street Portland with "Ev-illusion"

Gingerbread Adventures, sponsored by New Seasons, highlights the innovation and food science that goes into assembling elaborate gingerbread sculptures. Food science intertwines biology, technology, engineering, architecture and physics in the creation of these artistic creations showcasing Portland's diverse cultural experience, innovative food scene, and architectural expertise.

"Last year was so much fun and everyone really enjoyed it -- the bakers, the architects, our guests and even our staff! Gingerbread Adventures is a great way to blend food science with a beloved holiday tradition," said Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI events director. "We are excited for this to become an event families look forward to year after year."

There will be more than just amazing sculptures on view. Located in OMSI's Auditorium, guests can play with DIY gingerbread building workshops, cookie lab experiments, holiday-themed illusions, brain teasers and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the "People's Choice Award," selecting their favorite gingerbread sculpture.

Returning this year is the popular food science workshop: How Does the Cookie Crumble? Adults will spend an evening learning how buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes. Then, they'll have a chance to design, build and test their own quake-proof gingerbread house. Two dates offered: Dec. 14 and 19; 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m. tickets are $18 per gingerbread house (up to 2 people per house).

Gingerbread Adventures is included with general admission to the museum and will be on view in the OMSI Auditorium through Jan. 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

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



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/865/109835/Gingerbread_Adventures_Team_and_Sculpture_Description.pdf

OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Week
Oregon State Police - 11/21/17 11:57 AM
OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Week. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Eugene.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (more traveling tips at the bottom of this release). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripchceck.com

Winter travel - Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon's mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting tripcheck.com. Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.

November 24th and 25 - Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has traditionally been backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.

November 25 - Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Eugene at 4PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

DPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/21/17 11:50 AM
COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-808-6929- and Participant code: 8917117

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes -- August 15, 2017
Approve the minutes of the August 15, 2017 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

3. Proposed Rule Change for OARs 259-060-0010, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0135 and 259-060-0300 - SB 39 and suspension of armed professionals and firearms instructors for failure to complete annual refresher training/marksmanship
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4. Review of Public Comment and Rulemaking Hearing Summary for the Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-060-0300 Establishes Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. Department Update

6. Subcommittee Reports

7. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- February 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

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

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Sam Carter named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties (Photo)
Pacific Power - 11/21/17 11:18 AM
Sam Carter is the new regional business manager for Douglas and Coos counties.
Sam Carter is the new regional business manager for Douglas and Coos counties.
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Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 21, 2017

Sam Carter named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties

ROSEBURG--Roseburg native Sam Carter has been named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties.

Pacific Power serves more than 60,000 customers between the two counties. Carter will work with community leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector on energy issues, but also help improve the communities in general.

"I grew up in Roseburg and except for a short stint away to attend college, I've essentially lived here my whole life," said Carter, who worked as government relations manager and sales and marketing director at Sutherlin-based Orenco Systems before joining Pacific Power. "I absolutely love this area and I'm very much looking forward to getting more involved in the communities that Pacific Power serves and helping them grow and thrive."

Carter belongs to Rotary and is on the board of directors for the Umpqua Basin Water Association. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1999 with a degree in crop and soil science. He began work at Orenco, which designs and markets innovative wastewater collection and treatment technologies, in 2001. He and his wife Julie love to travel and are busy raising two teenage daughters who are very active going to school and playing volleyball. Off the job, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, fishing, and golfing.



Attached Media Files: Sam Carter is the new regional business manager for Douglas and Coos counties.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 11/21/17 11:00 AM
On Monday, November 20, 2017, at 5:58 pm, Douglas County Dispatch received a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash near the Log Cabin Grocery (4751 NE Stephens Street, Roseburg.)

Deputies determined the pedestrian, 62 year-old Clel Huntley of Roseburg, was crossing Stephens Street while in the designated crosswalk when he was struck by a Dodge Caravan driven by 69 year-old Roseburg resident Nancy Jewell.

Huntley was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with non-life threatening injuries.

Jewell was cited for Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian.

OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of a Black Tail Deer (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/21/17 10:10 AM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Newport is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a black tail deer that was discovered on Gravel Creek road near Horner Ranch.

On Friday, November 3rd, 2017, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist located a black tail buck that was shot and left on Gravel Creek road. The deer appeared to have been shot the night prior and was left with no meat taken. Oregon State Police is investigating the unlawful killing and waste of the black tail deer.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against the Dangers of Using Social Media While Traveling
FBI - Oregon - 11/21/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against the dangers of using social media while traveling.

You know you've been there. You are scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, and your friends are posting annoying photos of themselves at some beautifully exotic beach... or mountain climbing in some gorgeous remote location. Some day... you think... you will be the one to show off your family photo from the happiest place on earth. Or, maybe, a shot of yourself lounging on a sailboat in the Caribbean.

Social media is often the fastest and easiest way to communicate -- that is make your friends jealous -- when you are away. But hitting "submit" on that post it is not always the safest way to go.

By telling people where you are -- and are not -- you are giving criminals a huge advantage. Here are just some of the ways you are making yourself, and your family, vulnerable:

Burglars now know that your home is an easier target.

Family members may become more susceptible to virtual kidnapping scams. The bad guy knows you are traveling in whatever country. He calls your mom, convinces her you have been taken hostage and demands money. She can't get ahold of you because you are busy parasailing, and she ends up paying the ransom while fearing for your life.

Fraudsters can use your flight info or other details to launch a "phishing" attack on you. You receive an email or text from your supposed airline about your flight... only to find out later that you have now downloaded malware or given out more personal info that can be used for identity theft.

So what to do?

Check your social media account privacy settings to make sure you are using the most secure options available. Only let chosen friends view your account.

Resist the urge for more followers, and only accept those people you know face-to-face as friends.

Don't post pictures on your feeds until you return home.

Don't post information about your flights, hotel reservations or specific activities that you are doing. Likewise, do not "check in" from any of these locations.

Finally, take this time to just unplug and enjoy. There will be plenty of opportunities to make your friends jealous after you return.

If you 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.



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**UPDATE** Sutherlin Man Arrested For Manslaughter I Following Fatal Car Crash (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 11/21/17 9:58 AM
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UPDATE 11/21/2017

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is now investigating this crash as a homicide.

On November 20, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified that Nathaniel Layne Cagle of Sutherlin succumbed to his injuries sustained in the traffic crash.

The driver of the vehicle, Lejay Tyler Cole of Sutherlin, who was intoxicated at the time of the crash, has been arrested on an additional charge of First Degree Manslaughter.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 3:18 am, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call of a vehicle crash in the 2500-block of Old Melrose Road in Roseburg.

Emergency services were dispatched to the single vehicle crash. Deputies determined the vehicle had been operated by 19 year-old Lejay Tyler Cole of Sutherlin. Cole's passenger, 21 year-old Nathaniel Layne Cagle also of Sutherlin, was critically injured in the crash.

Cagle was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and was later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene where he remains in critical condition.

Cole was determined to be under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested for DUII (Misdemeanor), Recklessly Endangering Another (Misdemeanor) and Assault in the 2nd Degree (Felony). He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail.



Attached Media Files: Cole, Lejay

Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet in Forest Grove Nov. 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/17 9:51 AM
Date: Nov. 21, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473

SALEM, Ore.--The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove. The agenda includes discussing and recommending an operator to the Oregon Board of Forestry for the Operator of the Year Award. The award recognizes an operator for excellent work that exceeds the Oregon Forest Practices Act natural resource protection laws. The laws require re-planting, maintaining forest roads, and protecting streams and habitat for fish and wildlife.

The southwest and eastern Oregon committees will meet soon to recommend awards for those areas. The board will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 2018 meeting.

The committee will also discuss and may take action on these topics:
Private Forests Division update
Compliance Audit Report
Enforcing aerial herbicide use laws (ORS 527.672)
Cable assist logging
Eastern Oregon/Siskiyou streamside protection review

This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome. The agenda includes time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practices Committees are advisory groups made up of forest landowners and the public who advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

Forests are among Oregon's most valued resources, providing a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Seven Mile Lane near Albany
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/17 8:47 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash this morning on Seven Mile Lane and Columbus Street near Albany. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the road. The crash was called in at 6:39 a.m. Deputies are actively investigating the crash and are being assisted by Albany Police Department, Linn County Road Department and the Albany Fire Department.

Seven Mile Ln. is now closed from Columbus to Three Lakes Road while deputies conduct their investigation. Sherriff Riley asks that people find an alternate route to travel around the area. An update will be provided after the family of the victim has been notified and more details are known.

Mobile Home Fire at Harbor Village RV Park
Newport Fire Department - 11/21/17 8:25 AM
At 3:53 AM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 923 SE Bay Blvd, Harbor Village RV Park. Upon arriving, first in fire department units found heavy smoke coming from a doublewide mobile home. Once they entered the structure, they found fire had spread from a bathroom down the hallway. The building was unoccupied.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to nearby homes. At the same time, crews ventilated the smoke and ensured the fire was completely extinguished.
Newport Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Toledo Fire Department, Newport Police Department and Pacific West Ambulance. Newport Fire Department responded with two fire engines, one rescue truck, one chief officer and nine firefighters.
The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical failure in a wall outlet. There were two smoke detectors in the home, however neither were sounding when fire crews first arrived. Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors on every level of your home and test them regularly.

Deputies to Feast On Thanksgiving DUII's (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/17 8:00 AM
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The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be conducting DUII saturation patrols over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. From November 22 to November 26, 2017, deputies working grant-funded overtime will be out looking for impaired drivers. Primary emphasis will be in the rural areas of Jackson County.

Thanksgiving should be a time to celebrate with friends and family. Please join us in keeping this holiday season tragedy-free. Here are some tips for those who include alcohol in their celebration:

HAVE A PLAN: Plan to drive sober or designate someone else to do so. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.

DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.

GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.

PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.

HELP A FRIEND: If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Impaired driving has fatal consequences. If you suspect an impaired driver on the road, contact local police immediately. You could save a life.



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Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Notice for November 2017
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 11/21/17 7:43 AM
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meetings schedule for November 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.

Added - Facilities Planning Committee -- November 30 at 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda will be posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ on Monday, November 27. For more information, contact James Martin @ jamesm@coos-bay.k12.or.us. A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board.

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

Oregon to continue health coverage for kids despite Congress' failure to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program
Oregon Health Authority - 11/21/17 6:00 AM
November 21, 2017

In response to a letter from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority will continue health coverage for 80,000 children and 1,700 pregnant women who rely on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for vital health services such as prescriptions, doctor's visits, preventive care and emergency care.

Congress failed to renew funding for the program in September, but Oregon secured $51 million in one-time left over CHIP funds to last through December. After that the state runs out of money to cover children on CHIP.

OHA notified the Governor's office that because Congress hadn't acted, many Oregon children could lose their health benefits at the end of the year.

In her letter, the Governor asked OHA to work with its coordinated care organization partners to extend coverage through the end of April even if that means creating a shortfall in the state's budget to fund the program.

"These kids are from vulnerable families and they rely on CHIP to pay for vital medical care," said Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "It would be a tragedy for them to lose coverage or have an interruption in coverage because Congress has failed to act."

CHIP covers children from low- and middle-income families whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid but who may struggle to afford to buy coverage in the marketplace.

Currently 120,000 Oregon children and 1,700 pregnant women rely on the federally funded program.

Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Oregon must continue to cover 40,000 children in the program whose families meet the federal Medicaid income guidelines. Eighty-thousand children whose family income exceeds those guidelines are in danger of losing coverage if Congress does not act.

OHA has asked the coordinated care organizations to continue coverage for these kids through April.

CHIP funding has been an integral part of Oregon's health transformation effort, which includes providing coverage for all Oregon kids. Ninety-eight percent of children in the state have health insurance.

Watch a video featuring a family that was helped by the CHIP program.

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Links:

Governor Kate Brown's letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cO4Oy2eB8Bq9KaueY49Kap4QnQIXuU6H/view?usp=sharing

Video of a family that was helped by CHIP: http://www.95percentoregon.com/feature-stories.html

Mon. 11/20/17
Deputies Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/17 5:16 PM
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WHITE CITY - A driver who fled from a crash that left two children injured is now in custody. On Monday, deputies arrested Rowdy Winterhawk Decker, 37, of Klamath Falls, on multiple charges including the felony crimes of second degree assault, third degree assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured ("hit and run").

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5:33 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Antelope Road and Lakeview Drive in White City. Deputies determined Decker was driving a red 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Lakeview Drive from Highway 140. Decker did not stop at the intersection with Antelope Road and collided with an eastbound 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Toyota rolled over and came to rest on its side.

Two young children in the Toyota were transported to the hospital with injuries, including a broken arm. An adult female passenger went by private vehicle to the hospital for observation. Three additional passengers in the Toyota, including one child, were not injured.

Decker fled the scene on foot and was not located despite an extensive search. A 30-year-old female passenger in Decker's vehicle initially fled with him, but returned to the scene. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of eluding police in a vehicle and reckless driving.

On Monday morning, deputies located Decker at a relative's home in White City. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in jail. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for prosecution.



Attached Media Files: 17-24291 Scene , Rowdy Decker

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Reports Inmate Death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/20/17 3:56 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died this morning of natural causes at an area hospital. His death was expected.

Matthew Tracy, 65, was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017. He had been housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Intake Center in Wilsonville.

Tracy entered DOC custody on September 21, 2017 on three counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Jackson County. His earliest release date was May 31, 2026.

Next of kin has been notified.

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




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Attached Media Files: Matthew Tracy

Western Oregon University Enrollment Shows Uptick in Transfers, Strong Diversity
Western Oregon University - 11/20/17 3:48 PM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University has released official enrollment figures for fall 2017, and highlights include a higher-than modeled enrollment number and a strong showing in diverse populations.

As a reflection of consistent declines in the number of high school graduates in Oregon, WOU's spring enrollment projections had modeled a drop in enrollment of up to 5 percent. However, actual enrollment numbers came in much higher, with a drop of less than two percent. Increases in transfer students and international students offset much of the change in first-time freshmen.

"Western Oregon University continues to be a top destination for Oregon high school graduates," said Rex Fuller, president of the university. "And we are thrilled to welcome a larger population of transfer students, both from our partner community colleges and other institutions. Our strategic plan prompts us to be the campus of choice for transfer students, and these numbers show we are headed in the right direction."

WOU also stands out as one of the most diverse Oregon public university campuses, including the following statistics:
The highest percentage of students of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander heritage, continuing an established trend. In Feb. 2017, the Chronicle of Higher Education named WOU the top mainland university in the country for students of that background.
The highest percentage of students identifying as Black or African-American among all state public universities, at 3.4 percent
The highest percentage of Hispanic students of all state public universities, at 14 percent
Virtually tied at the top with Eastern Oregon University for the percentage of American Indian or Alaska Native students.

WOU has established enrollment partnerships with two Oregon community colleges, and several more are in the works. These agreements help smooth the path for transfer students to transition to WOU, bearing out the university's vision to be the top destination for degree-seekers.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,300 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Holidays are Here; If You See Something, Say Something(TM) (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 11/20/17 2:02 PM
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
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Salem, OR -- November 20, 2017 -- If You See Something, Say Something. This is the hallmark slogan of a nationwide campaign launched by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. Oregon's Office of Emergency Management recently partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" public awareness initiative.

OEM encourages everyone this holiday season be watchful in any event or gathering with crowds, at airports and at shopping malls. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1. Suspicious activity might be a vehicle parked in an odd location, an unattended backpack or unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest.

"Informed and alert Individuals play an important role in keeping our communities safe," says OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "We want to remind people to pay attention to their surroundings -- during the holiday season and throughout the year -- and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1."

The "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign--originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign--is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper law enforcement authorities.

The Department launched the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign in conjunction with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative--an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and fusion centers for analysis.

OEM is promoting the initiative with other state agency partners including the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fusion Center and Oregon Military Department.

Print and broadcast PSAs are available for media use in a variety of lengths and sizes. To obtain copies, contact public.info@state.or.us.

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Attached Media Files: OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.

Woman Missing One Year; Detectives Seek Answers (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/17 1:29 PM
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SHADY COVE - This week marks one year since the 2016 disappearance of a Shady Cove woman. Malina Nickel, 30, was last seen just before Thanksgiving. Detectives are hoping someone will come forward with information that will lead them to her.

Family members told deputies they found Malina's car, a white 2002 Ford Escape, abandoned near the Trail post office on November 25, 2016. A witness reported seeing a male walking away from Malina's vehicle and getting a ride to a gas station in Shady Cove on the night of November 23. The male has not yet been positively identified. Malina was reported missing by her mother on November 28. Malina's personal belongings were found in her residence and she had made no mention of leaving the area.

Detectives say Malina was known to use drugs and had a warrant for her arrest at the time she went missing, but their focus is on solving her disappearance. They have followed up on numerous tips, interviewed potential witnesses, and searched specific locations. At this time, all leads received have been investigated. The process has proved challenging as most tips have turned out to be based on speculation or rumors.

Malina is a mother to two children. Her friends and family have organized rallies and utilized social media to help spread the word about Malina's case. They have also spoken about the case for an article in Dateline NBC's "Missing in America" series.

Detectives are confident someone holds the facts that will help them close the case. Those with information are asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 774-8333. Refer to case 16-24006.


Media Opportunity - Tuesday, 11/21/17
Detective Sergeant Scott Waldon will be available for interviews between 10:00 am and noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2016, at the JCSO main office (5179 Crater Lake Hw.). Contact Sergeant Julie Denney (PIO) for scheduling requests or additional information.



Attached Media Files: Malina Nickel , Malina Nickel

Death Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 11/20/17 10:35 AM
CORRECTION

The initial 9-1-1 call took place at 10:07 PM. The first release inaccurately stated the call was received at 10:07 am.

UPDATE 11/20/2017

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation into the death investigation.

The male victim has been identified as 23 year-old Josman Cereceres of Portland, Oregon.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has concluded Cereceres died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. Next of kin has been notified.

There will be no criminal charges.

END UPDATE

On Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:07 pm, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a shooting at a residence in the 300-block of Temple Brown Road in Roseburg.

Deputies and EMS responded to find a 23 year-old male with a critical gunshot wound. The male was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation, however primary indications are this is an accidental self-inflicted incident.

Additional details will not be released until Monday at 10:00 am.

Reminder: Today, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening of Christmas Valley Branch (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/20/17 8:34 AM
The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley today, Monday, November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community."

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: TODAY, Monday November 20, 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm
Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4992/109780/Reminder-Pacific_Crest_Credit_Union_opens_Christmas_Valley_Branch.docx , Pacific Crest Credit Union is the only financial services institution locally serving consumers and businesses in Christmas Valley, Oregon

Oregon Employers Will See Lower Unemployment Tax Rates in 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/20/17 8:27 AM
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will be lower in 2018. Tax rates will drop to schedule three for employers that pay into the unemployment insurance system.

Tax schedule three includes an average rate of 1.97% for the first $39,300 paid to each employee. In 2017 Oregon operated on schedule four which had an average rate of 2.26%. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

Oregon annually adjusts employer tax rates using eight tax schedules based on the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates represents part of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund law. Each September a formula contained in state law determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous Unemployment Insurance experience.

The last time Oregon was on tax schedule three was in 2009. A healthy economy and strong job growth helped to contribute to the reduction.

As a result of this approach, Oregon has one of the strongest trust funds in the nation. The trust fund provides support for temporarily unemployed workers, their families, and communities while minimizing the impact on employers. This approach allows this support without having to reduce benefits to workers, increase employer taxes, or borrow from the federal government as most other states had to do for the Great Recession.

The Oregon Employment Department mailed notifications to businesses last week regarding their individual tax rates and encourages employers to wait until they receive their individual notice before attempting to contact the department with questions. Any employer who has not received their notice within the next couple of weeks should contact the Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Insurance Tax Section. Contact information may be found online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov.

Sat. 11/18/17
Missing Woman Located - Deceased
Lincoln City Police - 11/18/17 12:35 PM
On November 17, 2017, at approximately 12:57PM, Jeanene Beck was reported missing from the Rodeway Inn located at 1070 SE 1st Street in Lincoln City. A resident of Gresham, Oregon, her and her twenty-three year old autistic son was visiting Lincoln City.

It was reported by her son that Ms. Beck had been out for dinner, returning to the motel room Wednesday evening on November 16th. At about 9:00PM on November 16th, Ms. Beck left the motel room to have a cigarette. Ms. Beck's son indicated that his mother had not returned to the motel room.

Family members and friends came to Lincoln City to assist in searching for Ms. Beck.
Later in the evening of November 17th at approximately 9:40PM, a female body was located in the canal that runs behind the Rodeway Inn. Members of the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team were called to assist in the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the female body was that of Jeanene Beck who was reported missing earlier in the day. Upon initial examination, there were no visible signs of injury. Ms. Beck's body was recovered.

Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, there is no danger to the public. An autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for some time Sunday by the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office.

The Lincoln County Major Crimes Team consists of detectives from Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police Department, and members of the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office in addition to the Lincoln City Police Department.

No further information will be available until Monday, November 20th.

Prepared by: Chief Keith Kilian

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Single Vehicle Crash Kills Two (Woodburn) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/17 11:43 AM
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This morning around 9:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 2500 block of East Lincoln Street near Woodburn, after a resident found a badly damaged vehicle in their farm field. When deputies arrived they began to investigate and discovered two adult men deceased inside the cab of the truck.

Deputies believe the men were traveling east on East Lincoln when they failed to negotiate a curve launching them over an estimated 80 foot embankment, causing the vehicle to roll onto its top and killing both occupants instantly. Deputies believe the crash occurred sometime over night and speed is being investigated as a factor. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any names associated with the crash until next of kin notification can be made.



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Residential Structure Fire - 519 W. Harrison Street - 11-18-17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 11/18/17 8:24 AM
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At 4:51 a.m. on November 18, 2017, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 519 W. Harrison Street. The structure fire was reported by the occupants of the home.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a single family home with light smoke showing. Firefighters ensured all occupants of the home were safely outside and quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to a bathroom. The fire damage was contained to the room and contents. One patient was evaluated for smoke inhalation and refused treatment.

The structure which is valued at $132,000 sustained approximately $32,000 in damage. The cause of the fire was investigated and determined to be caused by clothing being stored next to an operating electric wall heater in the bathroom. A smoke detector was found in the residence but failed to operate due to a battery not being in place.

A total of 9 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Bay Cities Ambulance and Pacific Power.

The Roseburg Fire department would like to remind citizens that a working smoke alarm saves lives. It is vital that you have a working smoke alarm in your home to ensure your family's safety from a fire. Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Remember the following safety tips:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).

Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.

Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms such as cooking smoke or shower steam.

Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

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



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Update #2 ** OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Ten Vehicle Crash on I-5 Southbound Two Miles North of Woodburn (Photo)
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Attached is a photo of what the mobile sawmill would have looked like before the crash. A witness also reported the pick-up possibly having a black or black two tone paint on the bed of the truck. Please call OSP at (800) 452-7888 if you have any information on the crash or can help identify the driver of the pick-up.

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Update
On November 14, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Northern Command Center (NCC) was notified of a large metal object that had fallen off of a pick-up truck. The pick-up was pulling a flat bed trailer and the object fell off of the trailer. A minute later NCC started to receive calls of vehicles hitting the object. The driver of the pick-up initially stopped and started to run to the object. Once vehicles started to hit it he turned around, got back into the pick-up, and fled the scene. The driver was only described as a male adult.

In total ten vehicles hit the object. Most of the vehicles received minor damage except for one which flipped several times and the occupant from that vehicle was transported to the hospital with injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

The object was found to be a large band saw and was described as being approximately five feet long by two feet tall and was red and black in color. The pick-up was described as a larger style personal vehicle such as a Ford F250 type vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information, who has not already spoken to police, please call the Oregon State Police at 1(800) 452-7888.

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The Oregon State Police and Emergency workers are on scene of a ten vehicle crash on I-5 North of Woodburn. The preliminary information is a large metal object fell off of a pick-up truck onto the interstate. Shortly after OSP was notified vehicles began to hit the object. One patient has been transported for injuries and the scene is still under investigation.

Please check www.tripcheck.com for traveling information.



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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 3:21 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Health advisory lifted November 17 for all of Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/17 2:52 PM
November 17, 2017

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Howard Bay and updated September 1 to include all of Upper Klamath Lake, located northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials recommend people continue to be cautious about allowing pets in the lake because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Federal, state and local agencies are able to monitor only a fraction of Oregon's lakes and waterways for blue-green algae, so people should be their own best advocates when it comes to keeping themselves, their families and their pets safe.

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

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

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FBI Arrests Portland Man on Child Pornography Production Charge: Juan "Carlos" Ramon Has Reportedly Held Significant Positions of Trust with Children
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 2:46 PM
FBI Agents arrested Juan "Carlos" Ramon for production of child pornography at his Portland home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Ramon allegedly approached two young Louisiana girls via an app called "Musical.ly" The complaint further alleges that Ramon convinced the children, ages 6 and 8, to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. A musical.ly user has the ability to generate a video, generally lasting between 15 seconds and 1 minute, which the user can then share with others using the site.

The complaint further alleges that Ramon contacted many other minors for explicit material.

Investigators believe Ramon may have had the opportunity for direct contact with children over a period of years as a result of various jobs he has held. Investigators believe that Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. They also believe he previously worked for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN School program in Gresham.

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

Parents who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Ramon should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents should tell their child that if Mr. Ramon did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

This investigation began in late June 2017 when a family contacted the Ouachita Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office about what was believed to be victimization of children. A deputy sheriff with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office who also serves as a Task Force Officer with the FBI's New Orleans Office and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force there, investigated this case.

Ramon made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak today and was ordered detained.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 2:18 PM
The Bureau of Land Management continues to seek public nominations for positions on four Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM is considering nominations for 30 days, until Dec. 1, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"Restoring trust in the federal government and being a good land manager are two of my top priorities at Interior, and state and local input, particularly in communities surrounding public lands, is imperative to building trust," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Nobody knows the land better than the people who live and work it. Council members provide a valuable service to the Department and offer a variety of perspectives that assist in solving land and resource use issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Southwest Oregon RAC, Southeast Oregon RAC, and John Day/Snake RAC have different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

In addition, the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has eleven positions open for public nomination:

a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area;
two persons who are grazing permittees on Federal lands in the CMPA;
two persons who are recognized environmental representatives, one to represent the State as a whole and one from the local area;
a person who has no financial interest in the CMPA to represent statewide interests;
a person who participates in mechanized or consumptive recreation in the CMPA, such as hunting, fishing, or off-road driving;
a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;
a person to serve as the State government liaison to the Council;
a private landowner within the CMPA; and
a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Questions, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:

John Day-Snake RAC: Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

Southeast Oregon RAC: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

Southwest Oregon RAC: Christina Breslin, BLM Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504, 541-618-2371.

Steens Mountain Advisory Council: Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, 541-573-4519.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency'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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 12:20 PM
UPDATE

Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.

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The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Wanted Poster: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal

*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo)
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The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

OHA TIP-$500.00
Local Rogue Valley OHA chapter-$500.00
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon-$1,000

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Central Point is asking for the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of three black tail deer that were discovered just outside of Butte Falls.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Oregon State Police investigated three black tail deer that were dumped just outside of Butte Falls. Only the heads and some meat were taken. The deer appeared to be dead only a couple of days. Currently, there is an archery deer season in this unit.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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Fatal Crash in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 11:22 AM
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On Thursday November 16, 2017 at approximately 6:43pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on US-20 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2001 Acura car, operated by 39-year-old male was traveling east on US-20 when the Acura veered off the road and struck a tree. The male suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Lebanon Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.

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Oregon State Police is asking Public Assistance in a Reckless Driving Case Involving a Firearm Near Cottage Grove
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 10:55 AM
On November 17th, 2017, at approximately 9:20 AM, a gold Mazda pickup was seen driving recklessly before a collision with a commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the pickup exited the pickup armed with a firearm and was taken into custody by law enforcement a short time later. There are no outstanding suspects at this time. The Oregon State Police is primary on the investigation.

Northbound traffic was stopped for a short time, and possible witnesses may have left the scene when traffic began moving again. Witnesses to the incident, collision, or driving behavior of a gold pickup, are asked to contacted the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888

Additional information will be released at a later time.

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DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 9:41 AM
Boardman to Hemingway Project will create jobs and provide infrastructure to develop America's energy resources

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a move that will improve the nation's energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

"The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America's energy independence," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Today's decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region."

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid.

"This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to market," said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. "It is a great example of the Administration's America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production."

"It's great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done," said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "I'm pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I'm confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership."

"BLM's approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region."

"The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward," said Senator James Risch. "I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project."

"The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work."

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions' ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President's all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America's energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

The final documents and maps showing the Agency Preferred Alternative are available at: http://bit.ly/2hRuQfS.

The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/17/17 8:50 AM
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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2012 through 2016, there were more than 3,600 cooking-related fires reported in Oregon causing seven deaths, 200 injuries, and more than $33 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn them off and keep the doors closed.
When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, if you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

More turkey fryer safety tips:
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx

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Red Cross Responds ToMulti Family Fire Affecting Six In Coos Bay
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/17 7:18 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster
Friday morning November 17 2017, at approximately  12:05 a.m.  in the 63000 block of East Port Road in Coos Bay, OR. This multi family fire affected six adults and pets.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average
of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates
emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community.
Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at
www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Branch in Christmas Valley (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/17/17 7:13 AM
The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley on November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4992/109737/Christmas_Valley_Grand_Opening.docx , Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch in Christmas Valley, Oregon, becoming the only financial services provider locally serving residents.

Thu. 11/16/17
Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:47 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Online/Social Media Awareness
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:35 PM
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in calls involving persons sending Facebook friend requests then using messenger to converse leading to the citizen sending nude photos. Immediately after the new Facebook friend sends the citizen a video of the act or photos and demands payment to keep it off the internet. The persons are using various Facebook accounts and names. This is a reminder, if you do not know the person, be cautious when accepting them as a friend or engaging in conversations with them, you do not know their intentions.

Respectfully submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Phone Scam in Lincoln County
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:31 PM
On 11/5/17, The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who received a phone call from "Dish Network". The gentleman representing "Dish" called stating they were checking signals and knew the citizens name and that she was a Dish customer. The scammers called from two different numbers. The keen citizen contacted the true Dish fraud department who told her they possibly had a data breach on their website, ultimately they created her a new account and changed her passwords. REMEMBER do not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal information. Be alert and protect yourself.



Respectfully Submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:10 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Lebanon Man Hospitalized Following House Fire; Dog Perishes In Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 11/16/17 4:03 PM
Heavily damaged kitchen.
Heavily damaged kitchen.
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Fire investigators have determined that the refrigerator inside of a home at 1206 Cascade Drive in Lebanon was the cause of a fire which destroyed most of the home, killed the family dog, and sent one male occupant to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation on Monday afternoon. Ronald Fields, 55, was asleep in his bedroom with the door closed at the time of the fire. He awoke to a strange smell and when he opened his bedroom door the entire hallway was charged with thick black smoke. Fields attempted to exit the home but was forced back into the bedroom by the intense smoke and heat. A second attempt proved successful and he was able to escape the flames building within the fully involved kitchen, however the family's pet dog succumbed to the smoke and was discovered by firefighters during the suppression effort.

Fields' daughter Stacy Heyne, 31 of Lebanon, was also in the home with her infant son at the time of the fire and called 911 to report a fire in the kitchen. The Lebanon Fire District was notified at 1:58 p.m. and the first unit arrived just 3 minutes later. Heavy fire was reported from the rear of the structure and firefighters deployed hose lines to the rear of the house to attack the blaze. Mr. Fields was cared for by LFD firefighter/paramedics until a medic unit arrived and transported him to Lebanon Community Hospital. 21 firefighters were on scene for 2 hours and 24 minutes.

On Tuesday six members of the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team spent roughly 4 hours investigating the fire and were assisted by a Deputy State Fire Marshal from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and two members of the Oregon State Police. Evidence showed that the fire started in the back of the refrigerator near the motor and compressor and spread up the wall to the kitchen cabinetry and a nearby table used as a printer stand. Once it became well established, the fire quickly consumed more room contents and caused the nearby sliding glass door to fail, introducing more oxygen to the fire and intensifying the blaze.

The Lebanon Fire District credits the closed door of the bedroom with saving Mr. Fields' life and reminds citizens to always sleep with their doors closed to prevent deadly smoke and toxic gasses from entering their sleeping areas. House fire fatalities rarely occur from burns but are almost always a result of asphyxiation and smoke inhalation. Just one breath of super-heated smoke and gasses can lead to unconsciousness and ultimately death. It is also recommended to periodically clean the dust and grease build up from kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and ranges. For more information on how to protect yourself from fire in the home or for a free home fire and life safety evaluation contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

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



Attached Media Files: Heavily damaged kitchen. , Refrigerator compressor and motor.

Donations now being accepted for annual police toy drive (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/16/17 3:50 PM
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
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The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986.

"We've already received toy donations," said Support Division Lieutenant Ben Bales who supervises the department's Volunteer Services Section. "The volunteer office is starting to look like Santa Central."

With donations from the public, the toy drive is able to gift toys to approximately 250 families each year. "It's fantastic that after three decades the community joins us in helping to make the holidays brighter for Salem children in need," shared Bales.

Toys should be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Toys will be accepted through December 13.

Each year, the Salem Police Department enlists the assistance of community collaborators, such as Family Building Blocks, Oak Park Community Church, Salem-Keizer School District's Community Outreach Coordinators, and the Community & Partners of East Salem. These organizations generously give of their time to help identify families, sort the toys by age, and wrap all the presents.

Residents can stop by the Salem Police Department at their convenience to make their donation as the lobby is open to public around the clock. However, to make dropping off donations more convenient, the department also connects with local businesses who kindly open their locations as donation collection sites and include:
Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate Square S, #110
Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S

For more information about donations, please call the Salem Police Volunteer Services Section at 503-588-6499, option 1.
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Attached Media Files: 2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster

Tip of the Week November 20, 2017 - - HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 3:14 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: November 20, 2017

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

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR SHOPPERS AND SALES PERSONNEL

Your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office offers the following shopping safety tips as the holiday season is fast approaching. We have also included some tips for sales personnel who are likely to see more counterfeit money during this time of year.

Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
Don't carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you don't attract attention.
Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
Allow for darkness. It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.
Instruct children on holiday safety measures. Know where your children are at all times. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.
Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.). Place them in the trunk or take them with you. This includes portable GPS units.
Never hide spare keys in or on your car. These hiding places are easily discovered. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances. Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready.
Do not drive across parking stalls. Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
Drive defensively and courteously.
Report all suspicious activity.
And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience.

And now, here are some tips for sales personnel concerning counterfeit money.
Do not return suspected money to the passer.
Stall the suspect as long as possible.
Get a good description of the suspect, anyone with the suspect, and of the suspect vehicle as well as the license number.
Call 911 as soon as possible.
Try not to handle the bill; put it in a protective covering such as an envelope.
Release the suspected bill only to police or to the United States Secret Service.
Inform the police if there is video footage available of the suspect.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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

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



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109728/112017-Holiday_Shopping_Tips.pdf

***Name Released*** Two Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Santiam Pass - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:49 PM
Update on 2nd deceased driver name
The driver of the Ford was identified as Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon).

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On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van towing a trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck a westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Linda A DAVIS, age 70, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon), was also pronounced deceased. His identity is still being withheld at this time as his family has not yet been located.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
End Release

Previous Release:
On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck an westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available and next of kin for the deceased have been notified.

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon Marks Transgender Awareness Week, Highlights Need for Inclusive, Compassionate Care
Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon - 11/16/17 2:28 PM
Eugene -- November 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care.
 
"Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is proud to provide quality, compassionate, and non-judgmental health care to transgender men and women in our communities, said Lisa Gardner, President and CEO. "Our services and programs are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our goal, every day, is to make each person who comes through our doors feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for while providing the best possible care."
 
Transgender people face many barriers and challenges when accessing health care. A 2015 national survey of transgender and gender nonconforming people found that:
33 percent of respondents reported having at least one negative experience with a health care provider in the past year related to being transgender, including verbal harassment, being refused treatment, or having to teach the health care provider about transgender people to receive appropriate care.
23 percent of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to in the past year because of fear of being mistreated as a transgender person. American Indian (37 percent) and Middle Eastern (34 percent) respondents were more likely to not have gone to a provider due to fear of being mistreated.
14 percent of respondents reporting having no health insurance.
78 percent of respondents wanted to receive hormone therapy at some point in their life, but only 49 percent have ever received it.
  
"Transgender people, like everyone else, have a fundamental need for quality health care, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The unfortunate reality is that, in addition to the economic and geographic barriers many people face when seeking health care, transgender people face additional, unique challenges when it comes to getting the care they need. This, in part, in why we supported the passage of HB 3391 in Oregon," stated Gardner. "Effective this past August, commercial health plans regulated by the State of Oregon are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, as a means to overcoming some of the barriers to accessing health care for transgender and gender-non conforming people in Oregon."


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Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for over 50 years.  PPSO provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year at six health centers.  PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families.  Education and training programs make over 8,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in southwestern Oregon.  PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STD prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, HPV vaccinations, and vasectomies. For more information, visit www.ppsworegon.org.
 

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatal in Josephine County (Photo)** Update on Juvenile Name**
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:11 PM
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Update
The juvenile's name is listed below.

Update on Juvenile age and make of vehicle

On November 14, 2017, at approximately 7:00 P.M., OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash at the intersection of Elk Lane and Majestic Drive.

The preliminary investigation revealed Joseph "Joey" Jones (age 14 from Grants Pass) was on a long board skateboard, traveling downhill on Majestic Drive when he entered onto Elk Lane. When he entered Elk Lane he was struck by a southbound Mercury SUV. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Mercedes was occupied by the driver Mallory Perez (age 32 from Grants Pass) and her nine year old daughter. Perez is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

Elk Lane was closed for approximately two hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department.



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Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/17 1:25 PM
Emily and Justice Prosise
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Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org



Attached Media Files: Emily and Justice Prosise

Man Arrested After Making Threats on Local College Campus
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:20 AM
Today at 10:00 a.m., an employee at the Brooks Campus of Chemeketa Community College was approached by a male who made verbal threats to harm her. At the time of the incident approximately 40 deputy Sheriff's with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were on campus training and she reported the activity directly to them.

The campus and surrounding area was asked to lockdown while deputies searched the area. At 10:49 a.m., Jose Lara-Anaya, age 39, of Woodburn was located near the campus and arrested for the crimes of disorderly conduct and menacing. Mr. Lara-Anaya is a transient who was intoxicated and suffering from what appeared to be mental health issues.

Currently Mr. Lara-Anaya is being taken to the Marion County Jail where he will be lodged and given a mental health evaluation. Deputies would like to thank Chemeketa Community College, Salem Police Mobile Crisis Response Team and local businesses who provided information that aided in locating Mr. Lara-Anaya.

Mr. Lara-Anaya booking image will be available once he has been processed at the Marion County Jail. Please watch our web page for updates.

Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Millersburg Theft
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:17 AM
Sheriff Bruce Riley reports this morning at 1:59 a.m., deputies responded to a reported theft in progress of a Kubota Backhoe. The incident occurred at NE Clearwater Dr., near the intersection of Nestucca Avenue in Millersburg. This is the location of several new construction homes.

The caller told Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch that someone was at one of the vacant homes and attempting to hook up a pickup to a trailer with a backhoe that was left on site. Multiple patrol deputies converged on the area and were able to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

The operator and sole occupant was identified as Everado Torres, 25, of Salem. The investigation revealed Torres was in possession of and operating a red 1998 GMC pickup stolen out of Silverton Oregon. The vehicle had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Junction City. Torres had moved the backhoe to gain access to a flatbed trailer, which he was towing away from the area when contacted by deputies. Torres also had in his possession numerous tools and car keys, some of which were identified as stolen by the owner of the pickup.

A large tool box was also in the rear of the stolen vehicle. Deputies were able to locate the owner of the tool box in Corvallis, who was unaware it had been stolen. Torres had outstanding warrants from the Albany Police Department and was driving while suspended.

After confirming the property was stolen, Torres was taken into custody and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Theft I, Giving False Information to Police, Failure to Carry or Present a License and Driving While Suspended.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Sherwood Police Department as they contacted related business and property owners to determine ownership of the various property and vehicles.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets November 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:59 AM
November 16, 2017

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

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; hear concept for how benchmarks will be set.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 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.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.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
· 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.

Case Resolution in August Market Robbery Spree (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 10:55 AM
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The Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Lane County District Attorney's Office are pleased to announce the resolution of three armed robbery cases. On November 9, 2017, Adam Bradley Smith was sentenced to a total of 330 months in connection with a spree of three robberies that occurred between August 13, 2017 and August 17, 2017.

The first robbery occurred on August 13, 2017 at the Fern Ridge Market and the second robbery occurred just two days later at the Alvadore Market. On August 15th, the Lane County Sheriff's Office put out a news release requesting the public's assistance in identifying the suspect from still shots of video surveillance. A tip from a community member in response to that request identified Smith as a suspect.

On August 17, 2017, a third robbery occurred at the Chevron on Hwy 99 and Irving. Through analysis of the surveillance video from all three incidents, it was determined that the same individual was responsible for all of the armed robberies. Further investigation by Lane County Sheriff's Office detectives confirmed that Smith was the person in the surveillance videos.

On August 17, 2017 shortly after 5:00 pm, Adam Bradley Smith was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail where he remained until he was sentenced on November 9th to 330 months for all three robberies. Robbery in the first degree is a Measure 11 crime subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 months per count.

Lane County Sheriff's Office detectives have recovered two firearms involved in the robberies, which were instrumental in the resolution of the cases, along with the community's assistance in identifying Smith.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Lane County District Attorney's Office for their diligent work in the prosecution of this case, the Eugene Police Department who contacted Smith on August 17, 2017 and assisted the Sheriff's Office in taking him into custody, and to the community member who provided the invaluable tip on Smith's identity.



Attached Media Files: Smith

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:34 AM
November 16, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who represent coordinated care organizations. This position serves a four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2018. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:
1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor's Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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SAIF farm safety seminar Nov. 30 in Eugene
SAIF - 11/16/17 10:09 AM
What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health.

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

When: Thursday, November 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Lane Events Center, located at 796 W 13th Avenue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Narcan (Naloxone) Administered to Inmate Suffering Overdose in Lincoln County Jail
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 8:49 AM
On Monday, November 13, 2017 Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies responded to a medical emergency in the E Pod housing unit of the Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 6:00pm a deputy assigned to the E Pod housing unit was alerted to one of the cells by an inmate who pressed their emergency call box button. When the deputy responded, the inmate appeared to be in distress and told the deputy he had ingested Heroin. The deputy recognized signs of possible overdose and requested the response of jail medical staff and an ambulance to assist.

While waiting the arrival of Pacific West Ambulance, deputies and medical staff administered Narcan to the inmate. Narcan (Naloxone) is an opiate antidote. Opiates include Heroin and many prescription pain medications such as Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, and Methadone.

The inmate was monitored by jail staff until Pacific West Ambulance arrived on scene and transported him to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for further treatment.

"We are very appreciative of the quick actions of our corrections staff to render the appropriate aid to one of our inmates suffering a medical emergency," stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. "They relied on their training and available resources, in this case Naloxone, which we obtained for this very situation," Landers said.

The Sheriff's Office obtained 35 units of Naloxone in July of this year through a donation from Samaritan Health Services. The Sheriff's Office maintains Naloxone in all of the housing units of the jail as well as all of their patrol cars for administration in the field.

Following the incident, the jail was locked down for a full search of the facility. Newport Police Department's Canine Team, trained in drug detection, assisted with the search. No additional controlled substances were detected during the full scale search of the facility.


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Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109707/Media_Release_-_Naloxone_Admin_11.16.2017.pdf