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UPDATE - Name Released - Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 11 near Pendleton - Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/18 9:17 PM
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Leodoro Ruval Caba Ruval Caba, age 50 of Pendleton, suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

He was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

On Sunday, July 22, 2018 at about 3:25 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle roll over crash on OR-11 at milepost 1.7.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a  Chevrolet SUV was traveling south bound on OR-11 when for an unknown reason veered off of the road and struck a power pole.  The SUV rolled  multiple times.  The driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Names will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

OR-11 was not closed following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Pendleton Fire Department, the Milton Freewater Police Department and ODOT.




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UPDATE - Names Released - Single vehicle fatal crash I-5 near Canyonville - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 07/22/18 9:11 PM

Zakary  Mendenhall, age 19 of Roseburg, was operating the Bronco.  Mendenhall suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Passengers in the Bronco, Sydnee Kibbey, age 18 of Myrtle Creek, and Jenaka Black, age 20 of Roseburg, both suffered injuries in the crash and were transported to the hospital.

 

On Sunday July 22, 2018, at approximately 1:50 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a roll over crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 102 northbound in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a brown 1985 Ford Bronco drove of the roadway, rolled and came to rest on I - 5. 

I-5 northbound was closed for an hour and 20 minutes following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and multiple fire/ems agencies.

Names will be released at a later time.


Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Fire Affecting One Person in Oakridge
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/22/18 8:16 PM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018 in the 40000 block of Hills Street in Oakridge, Lane County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Pleasant Creek Evacuation Levels Increased - July 22 (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/22/18 5:45 PM
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Update July 22 at 5:45 p.m.:

Due to increased fire activity from the Grave #3 fire, the evacuation zone in the Pleasant Creek Road area has been expanded. 

Map section 15, previously at Level 2 (Be Set), is now Level 3 (Go).  This includes addresses between 6392 and 7235 Pleasant Creek Road.  Residents of that area can expect to receive Citizen Alert notifications shortly.

A downloadable map attached to this release includes a general area map with current evacuation zones and map sections noted.  As before, be aware that some addresses within the address range given may or may not be included in an evacuation zone.  The zones are based on geographical areas, not specific address or block numbers.  Please refer to the online interactive map to check a specific address:  http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

National Guard personnel will be assisting Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies with road closures to help ensure resident and firefighter safety.  A Red Cross Shelter is set up at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass.

For the latest information on the Garner Complex fires, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/.  The public fire information number is (541) 660-8056.  

 

Update July 20 at 8:00 pm - Deputies are  delivering the new Level 2 evacuation notices Friday night instead of Saturday morning. This affects addresses between 4873 to 5050 Pleasant Creek Road, map section 21. 
 

Update July 20 at 6:30 p.m. - A portion of the Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation zone on Pleasant Creek Road has been increased to Level 3 (Go). This affects two addresses in map section 10: 7499 and 7948. Deputies are en route to notify residents in person. 

Upon recommendation from fire officials, map section 21 will receive Level 2 (Be Set) notifications on Saturday morning. This affects 11 addresses west of the previous Level 2 zone. Residents are urged to prepare now. 

To search specific addresses on the interactive fire map, go to http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

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Update 7/19/18 at 1:20 p.m.:

A portion of the Level 2  (Be Set) evacuation zone has been upgraded to a Level 3 (Go) zone.  Residents in this area, the easternmost section in the four-section zone, have already been notified in person by Jackson County Search and Rescue.  No other changes have been made to the nearby Level 2 evacuation areas.  

Jackson and Josephine Counties have collaborated on an interactive map of active fires and evacuation zones in both counties.  The map is also searchable by address.  Follow this link to view the map: http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

Original release, 7/18/18:

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is issuing evacuation notices to 58 addresses due to a fire in the Garner Complex north of Wimer.  On the afternoon of July 18, 2018, U.S. Forest Service officials notified JCSO that community notifications were advised based on changes in fire behavior. 

JCSO deputies and search and rescue personnel will conduct door-to-door notifications to provide information.  Jackson County Emergency Management will send a notification to affected addresses using the Citizen Alert system.

The following evacuation zones are now in effect:

     Level 2 “BE SET”: Pleasant Creek Road between the addresses of 5047 and 7948. 

Note that a few addresses within that range on Pleasant Creek Road may not receive notifications due to being outside the map sections included in the evacuation advisory.  Officials urge all residents in the area to be vigilant for updates.  Please refer to the map for reference. 

Update (7/19/18) for clarification: Some individual addresses received Level 3 notices in person due to their proximity to the fire (section 14 on the map). This does not affect the other residents in the Level 2 zone. We will keep everyone updated of changes to the evacuation levels.

To sign up for Citizen Alert, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.  More information about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org/.

For more information on the Garner Complex Fire, visit the fire information page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/.  Public information is also available by phone at 541-660-8056.

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Attached Media Files: July 22 - Downloadable pdf map , July 22 - Evac map image

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Brownsville
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/22/18 1:49 PM

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on July 21, 2018, at 6:51 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near the 25000 block of Gap Road just south of Brownsville.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steven Ray Bailey (64) of Creswell, Oregon, was traveling with a companion on separate motorcycles southbound on Gap Road.  Bailey’s 1997 Suzuki motorcycle left the south bound lane of travel, crossing the north bound lane of travel, through a ditch, and collided with a driveway culvert.  Deputies believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.  CPR was performed on Bailey by a bystander and emergency personnel for approximately thirty (30) minutes before Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mr. Bailey was transported to Fisher Funeral Home in Albany.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Brownsville and Lebanon Fire Departments, Oregon Department of Forestry Fire units, and the Linn County Medical Examiner`s Office.

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Garner Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/22/18 10:18 AM

Last night crews continued to tighten and secure control lines. They continue to evaluate where to place containment lines around the Grave Creek and Taylor Creek fires.

The Grave fire continued to spread towards the Pleasant Creek Rd. The State Fire Marshall’s Team was in place working to triage and surface prep around houses to support the wildland firefighters.

Overnight the Taylor Fire continued to spread as crews work to tighten direct fire-lines when possible and work on contingency lines. The fire has spread on the south side onto Forest Service ground. Overnight the State Fire Marshall’s had three Task Forces in place working to assess and surface prep near homes.

The three Spencer Fires, King Mountain Fire, and Swamp Fire have been lined, plumbed and are in mop-up. The Pleasant Fire and Ditch Cr. Fire are still having control lines completed by hand and equipment.

Today there will be 30 aircraft working on the fires including three airtankers. The aircraft time follows strict federal aviation laws regarding the amount they can fly everyday .

Equipment either for firecamp such as tables and chairs or fireline equipment nec-essary for fighting fires on order from the Incident Management Team is in short supply due to all of the fires in the region. We continue to place orders with Red-mond Cache, who have to prioritize for all regional fires to fill orders.

DEFINITIONS: Control lines: A term used for all constructed or natural fire barriers used to control a fire. Containment: When firefighters or other resources stop the forward progress of a fire with secured control lines.

CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS: Level 2 Limpy Cr. Rd, Level 1 for Riverbank Rd., Dutcher Creek Rd. and all secondary roads and streets from Limpy Cr to Pickett Cr. Pleasant Creek Rd: Levels 2 and 3. Grave Cr. Rd is Level 3 north of intersection with Ditch Cr. Rd. Pickett Rd and all cross roads are Level 2 and West Picket Rd. is Level 3. A Red Cross Shelter is set up at the Grants Pass High School at 830 NE 9th Street in Grants Pass. 541-474-5710.

 Additional resources may be accessed at:


Substation Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/22/18 10:13 AM

MORO, OR

More accurate mapping shows that the Substation Fire covered 79,121 acres. Containment reached 82% by Saturday evening. Fire behavior was minimal, with some smoldering in hotspots in Deschutes River corridor and Eight-Mile Canyon. The Oregon State Fire Marshall Red Team is demobilizing today.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman County Sheriff's Office have reduced the evacuation levels for all areas to Level 1. More information about the Ready, Set, Go preparation program can be found at http://www.wildlandfirersg.org

Crews will continue their work to reinforce and overhaul containment lines as they ensure areas are cool to the touch for a distance of 150 feet from the fire edge or any structures. Within the perimeter of the fire, and especially in the burned area in the Deschutes River Canyon, smoke in the interior of the burn may be present and visible for multiple days.  

Access to the Deschutes River is open.  However, boaters should use caution and may have to pull off in areas that have recently burned if they plan to camp between Macks Canyon and Heritage Landing. Black areas may still have hot spots, dangerous stump holes or rolling material. Use caution when setting up camp. Avoid standing trees and snags in recently burned areas that may be weakened by the fire and are at risk of falling.  

It is extremely dry across the region – just one spark can start a major fire.  Avoid parking in dry grass, discard cigarette butts in closed containers and be aware of local restrictions on campfires or fire use. Sparks from vehicles and other mechanical and motorized equipment (dragging chains and tie-downs, failed bearings, flat tires, catalytic converter failure, worn brake pads, hot exhaust systems) are a leading cause of human-caused wildfires.

Percent contained: 82%        Total personnel: 263 firefighters                 Fire size: 79,121 acres

 

For additional information:

    http://www.centraloregonfire.org/; https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/5963/

    www.facebook.com/substationfire2018

 


Sat. 07/21/18
Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Fire Affecting Four People in Albany
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/21/18 11:54 AM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018 in the 1000 block of Hill Street in Albany, Linn County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult and three children.

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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Garner Complex Declared a Conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/21/18 11:24 AM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Garner Complex Fire conflagration.  The Garner Complex Fire is composed of several fires in Jackson and Josephine County and has burned 6,382 acres and is 8% contained. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, four structural task forces from Rogue Valley, Klamath, Lane, and Linn counties will arrive morning and began working to protect structures.  Two more structural task forces will be mobilized this evening.

 Additional resources may be accessed at:


Double Fatal Motorcycle crash at the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint near Enterprise - Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/18 10:07 AM
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On Friday, July 20, 2018, at about 4:32 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near milepost 13 on State Route 3. (Joseph Canyon Viewpoint).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a bronze 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide motorcycle, operated by a male driver and a female passenger, was traveling northbound behind another motorcycle as a group when the lead motorcycle began to slow down and turn into the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint. The driver of the Tri Glide steered around, lost control and overturned on the shoulder.  The passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was transported by air ambulance to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.


Driver: Galen Joseph ROTTINGHAUS, age 79, of Oak Harbor, Washington

Passenger: Patricia Ann EVANS, age 77, of El Cajon, California

The northbound lane of State Route 3 near milepost 13 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Enterprise Fire Department, Wallowa Memorial Hospital Ambulance, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). 

 




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Substation Fire Community Meeting Today at 3:00
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/21/18 9:49 AM

Community Meeting Today at 3pm At the Grass Valley Pavilion in Grass Valley, OR Meeting will be live-streamed, recorded and available to view anytime:  www.facebook.com/substationfire2018

 

MORO, OR – July 21, 2018 --  Progress on containment of the Substation Fire reached 44% by Friday evening. Now 80,763 acres, fire behavior was reduced to creeping and smoldering. Winds were not as strong throughout the day, although gusts of 20-25mph kept firefighters alert for potential hotspots.

Crews are now actively engaged with suppression repair activities and are continuing with evaluation of fire impacts and cataloging of any damaged structures and outbuildings. Mop-up and patrol with reinforcement of containment lines will continue. 

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman County Sheriff's Office have reduced the evacuation levels for all level 3 areas to level 2. This includes areas along the Deschutes River, opening the launch and take-out points in Segments 3 & 4 to use. This will allow jet boat users to access the river via Heritage Landing. Although the area will be open to day and overnight use, boaters should use caution as the Substation Fire remains uncontained and work on the fire will continue for the near future. Avoid standing trees and snags in recently burned areas that may be weakened by the fire and are at risk of falling. Even small snags can cause serious injuries.

All residents and persons planning to travel to the area should check for the latest information regarding possible closures of roads and other areas (www.tripcheck.com).

Across the region, fuels are extremely dry. Avoid parking in dry grass, discard cigarette butts in closed containers and be aware of local restrictions on campfires or fire use.

Percent contained: 44% Total personnel: 307 firefighters Fire size: 80,763 acres

 


Fri. 07/20/18
Folklife Program at Chehalem Cultural Center
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/20/18 5:11 PM

Newberg, OR —Join folklorist Amy Howard and traditional basket maker Connie Graves for a conversation about some of the cultural traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the people who practice them. The talk will be Thursday, July 26th at 6:30 PM at Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132. Refreshments will be provided by the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition.

This open community conversation invites audiences to connect with tradition keeper Connie Graves about basket weaving and other unique cultural traditions. Graves will also display her baskets and demonstrate weaving techniques. Howard spent several days speaking to members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, documenting their traditions, and learning how their customs shape their lives. Please come and chat with Graves and learn how she and others in the community are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to conduct research in the Willamette Valley area of Benton, Linn, Lane, Marion Counties and the Grande Ronde Community to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs are held in each area.

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. Since then, she has interned at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, coordinated public programs, and worked on multiple documentation projects in Utah and Idaho. In 2013, she collaborated with other fieldworkers documenting and producing a book on quilting traditions in the Bear River Heritage Area. In 2015, she and two of her students documented artistic, occupational, and recreational traditions in the Southeast Idaho Snake River Plain for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Together, they created an exhibit and organized public performances at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

For more information about public programs in throughout the Willamette Valley, contact Jennie Flinspach at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Willamette Valley area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Jennie Flinspach, ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-246-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5598/116396/Grand_Ronde_flyer.pdf

Folklife Program At Casa De La Cultural Tlanese
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/20/18 5:07 PM

Salem, OR —Join folklorist Amy Howard, Samoan dancer Tasi Keener, and Tlanese artist Paola Sumoza for a conversation about some of the cultural traditions of Marion County and the people who practice them. The talk will be on Friday, July 27th at 6:30 PM at Casa de la Cultural Tlanese, 1154 Madison St NE, Salem, OR 97301.

This open community conversation invites audiences to connect with Marion County tradition keepers Tasi Keener and Paola Sumoza. Keener, the Director of Paradise of Samoa, a traditional Polynesian dance troupe, will demonstrate traditional Samoan costume and dance. Sumoza, CCO and co-founder of Casa de la Cultural Tlanese, a nonprofit organization committed to sharing Mexican culture through folk dance, community workshops, and traditional events, will discuss the organization and demonstrate traditional Tlanese arts. Howard spent several days in Salem and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their occupations shaped their lives. Please come and chat with Keener and Sumoza and learn how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to conduct research in the Willamette Valley area of Benton, Linn, Lane, and Marion Counties and the Grand Ronde Community to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs are held in each area.

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. Since then, she has interned at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, coordinated public programs, and worked on multiple documentation projects in Utah and Idaho. In 2013, she collaborated with other fieldworkers documenting and producing a book on quilting traditions in the Bear River Heritage Area. In 2015, she and two of her students documented artistic, occupational, and recreational traditions in the Southeast Idaho Snake River Plain for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Together, they created an exhibit and organized public performances at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

For more information about public programs in throughout the Willamette Valley, contact Jennie Flinspach at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Willamette Valley area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Jennie Flinspach, ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-246-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5598/116394/Marion_County_flyer.pdf

Graves Creek Road Evacuations Increased to Level 3 (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/18 4:42 PM
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Update, 7/20/18 at 4:40 p.m.:  Due to increased fire behavior, the Graves Creek Road area previously designated as a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation has been upgraded to a Level 3 (Go).  Residents should leave the area immediately.  Others should avoid the area to make room for emergency vehicles.

Deputies are en route to make evacuation notifications in person.  Fire and law enforcement officials are working together to determine the need for new evacuation zones in the adjacent areas.  In the meantime, residents should remain vigilant and prepare to leave at a moment's notice. 

Those who have not registered for Citizen Alert should do so as soon as possible.  Go to www.jacksoncounty.org/alert to sign up. 

For more information on evacuation levels and preparedness, go to www.rvem.org.

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Original release, 7/20/18 at 8:14 a.m.:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies made evacuation notices overnight for residents near the Grave #3 fire burning in northwestern Jackson County.  This remote area is near the Josephine and Douglas county lines.  The Grave #3 fire is part of the Garner Complex, which also includes the Pleasant Creek fire.

Level 2 (BE SET) evacuations were issued for homes on Graves Creek Road, north of Ditch Creek.  Seven addresses are affected.

Overnight, deputies hand-delivered evacuation notices to all residents in the affected area.  Residents closest to the fire had already left their homes.  Because the area is isolated and communications are limited, deputies urge nearby residents to be alert to changes in fire behavior, and to leave if they don't feel comfortable.

No addresses in this evacuation zone have phone numbers or email addresses registered with the Jackson County Emergency Management Citizen Alert program, so no alerts have been sent.  To sign up for Citizen Alert, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.  

More information about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org/.

For more information on the Garner Complex, go to the local Oregon Department of Forestry Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ODFSouthwest or to the incident management website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/.  The public information phone number for the Garner Complex is 541-660-8056.  

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Attached Media Files: Updated map 7-20 , Evac Level 3 graphic , Graves map - small image

Autopsy Confirms Man Died in Central Point Fire (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/18 3:58 PM
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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man whose body was found near the Bear Creek Greenway following the Peninger Fire.  An autopsy Friday confirmed he died as a result of Tuesday's fire. 

Investigators identified the decedent as Robert Lee Walker, 60, through a fingerprint comparison.  Following autopsy, Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson, MD, concluded that Walker died as a result of thermal injuries sustained during the fire on July 17, 2018. 

Detectives say Walker was homeless and living along the Bear Creek Greenway.  His family has been notified of his death. 

On the morning of Thursday, July 19, Walker's body was spotted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) and Fire District 3 officials who were surveying the burned area by helicopter.  JCSO detectives, Fire District 3 personnel, and a medical examiner investigator responded to the scene.  

Detectives continue their investigation into the fire, which was determined to be human caused.  Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-14794.

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Attached Media Files: Fire scene - Thursday

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for August 3 in Tillamook
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/20/18 3:19 PM

TILLAMOOK, Ore. - Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. August 3 to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor. The meeting will be held in the second floor of the Tillamook County Courthouse, commissioner’s meeting rooms A and B, 201 Laurel Ave., Tillamook. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: an update on fundraising and communication efforts; updates on Valley Segment planning; discussions on funding STIA administrative expenses; and a tour of the new City of Tillamook Cross Town Connector Trail.

The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor connecting eight cities and two counties. The proposed route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov. Individuals needing special accommodations to attend should contact Dennis Wiley at least three days in advance.


Annual NICU Reunion planned for July 22 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield
PeaceHealth - 07/20/18 2:41 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The 39th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 22, from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m., on the back lawn near the Emergency Department at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, 3333 RiverBend Drive in Springfield.

This colorful, fun-filled event brings together hundreds of NICU alumni—and their family members--and the staff who cared for them at a critical time in their young lives. It is a time of sharing, reconnecting and taking stock of how far these children have come after a challenging start.

Highlights this year include:

  • “Ruby” the Neonatal Transport Ambulance
  • A Springfield Police K-9 demonstration
  • Build-a-Bear stuffed animals for NICU graduates
  • Demonstrations by Safe Kids West Oregon
  • Pizza and ice cream
  • Games and crafts

The reunion will take place immediately after the 2018 Race for the Ace 5K, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, a program of the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Families of NICU graduates will be available for interviews. Please contact Sherri Buri McDonald at 541-520-8219 or sburimcdonald@peacehealth.org.

About the NICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend:

Sacred Heart’s NICU was established in 1977 to provide highly specialized services to premature or sick infants. Since then, the unit has had a significant impact in lowering the infant mortality rate in this area. With 36 private rooms for patient families, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart provides Level III care — the highest level of neonatal care — for premature or medically fragile newborns born at Sacred Heart or any of several other hospitals in western and southwestern Oregon.


Marine Board Seeks Written Public Comment on Repealing Rule
Oregon Marine Board - 07/20/18 2:33 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking written public testimony to repeal OAR 250-010-0315, Issuance and Duplicate Fees, relating to floating home and boathouse title and plate fees.  This rule repeal will ensure consistency with Oregon Revised Statute following a legislative revision to statute numbers ORS 830.850, 830.860, and 830.870. 

Written testimony is submitted by email to .rulemaking@oregon.gov">osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov  or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.  Testimony will not be accepted by telephone.

To view the notice, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

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Health advisory for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach lifted July 20
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/18 2:30 PM

July 20, 2018

Health advisory for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach lifted July 20

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay State Park Beach located in Coos County. The health authority issued the advisory July 18 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield ranks sixth in national "beautiful hospital" contest (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 07/20/18 2:28 PM
A glimpse inside the lobby of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend
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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Thanks to an outpouring of support from caregivers, patients and community members, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend ranked sixth in a national contest to determine the most beautiful hospitals in the United States.

With 11,215 votes, RiverBend placed sixth among 68 finalists from across the country. RiverBend was the only finalist in Oregon.

“The honor takes on special meaning as RiverBend approaches its 10th birthday on August 10,” said Marcy Marshall, director of strategic communications and engagement for PeaceHealth Oregon. “We’re so grateful that more than 10 years ago this community stepped forward to build a regional medical center that is beautiful inside and out. RiverBend’s setting along the river, its design, art and furnishings all were chosen to provide a comfortable, healing environment for patients and caregivers. But, of course, the most beautiful aspects of our hospital are the people who work in it and the patients they serve.”

The annual contest is sponsored by Soliant, an Atlanta-based specialty health care staffing provider.  The contest received more than 250,000 total votes for the 68 finalists in 2018.

“Being named among Soliant’s most beautiful hospitals is a significant achievement,” Soliant President David Alexander said. “Each winner joins a distinguished list of outstanding hospitals committed to delivering first-class patient care in environments that foster healing.”

The voting period was from June 1 to July 20. This description of RiverBend was taken from PeaceHealth’s nomination letter:

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Ore., is gorgeous inside and out. The 347-room hospital on 181 scenic acres along the McKenzie River is warm and inviting, and staff are friendly and caring. RiverBend’s lodge-like lobby, with a towering stone fireplace, comfortable seats and grand piano, makes you pinch yourself and ask, “Is this really a hospital?” RiverBend was designed by an architectural firm better known for grand hotels than medical centers. The design was intended to create a tranquil, comfortable setting for families and patients managing health issues. Art throughout the campus was carefully chosen to reduce stress and promote healing. Many of RiverBend’s patient rooms have views of the river, woods and hills. The campus has nearly three miles of bike and walking paths. Patients at this regional medical center truly have an opportunity to experience the healing power of nature.

Learn more here about Soliant’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.




Attached Media Files: A glimpse inside the lobby of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend , PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield

Correction: Recreational use health advisory issued July 20 for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/18 1:37 PM

Correcting location of Odell Lake

July 20, 2018

Recreational use health advisory issued July 20 for Odell Lake

High levels of cyanobacteria toxins found in the Klamath County water body

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Odell Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria (harmful algae) bloom and the toxins they produce. Odell Lake is located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce in Odell Lake. The cyanotoxin concentrations found can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating in areas where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area.

Drinking water directly from Odell Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA public health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Odell Lake are advised to use an alternate water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

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

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

It’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface. OHA relies on laboratory tests of water samples to determine when cyanotoxins are no longer present to lift health advisories.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Odell Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

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

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Final rate decisions released for 2019 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/20/18 1:00 PM

Salem — Small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance can now see the Division of Financial Regulation’s final rate decisions for 2019 health insurance plans. The division reviews and approves rates through a detailed and transparent process before they can be charged to policyholders.

The final decisions are based on the result of a rigorous review, which included public hearings and public comment. The division published preliminary decisions last month before the hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

“Despite federal actions that continue to inject instability into our market, 2019 rates look to be even lower than initially requested,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “The positive effect of the Oregon Reinsurance Program provides relief for Oregonians and helps reverse some of the rate increases caused by actions at the federal level.”

Open enrollment for 2019 plans is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2018.

Individual market

The division has issued final decisions for seven companies in the individual market with average rate changes ranging from a 9.6 percent decrease to a 10.1 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $415 to $486 a month.

The final decisions include a 1.1 percent reduction of the preliminary approved rate of Providence, which was lowered from 10.6 percent to 9.5 percent due to updated loss experience data. Its initial rate request was 13.6 percent. The only other change was to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. The individual rate was adjusted slightly from an increase of 9.2 percent to 9.4 percent. Kaiser’s initial rate request was 14.3 percent.

The rate changes are company-wide averages based on premiums for plans before financial assistance through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace for 2019, even if they did not qualify last year. In 2018, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $138 a month.

Small group market

In the small group market, the division has issued final decisions for nine companies with average rates ranging from a 4 percent decrease to a 7.2 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $295 to $387 a month.

Final rates include significant reductions from the preliminary decisions for several plans based on updated loss experience data. Providence’s small group rates decreased from 8.2 percent to 3.9 percent. UnitedHealthCare Insurance Company changed from 9.4 percent to 7.2 percent, and UnitedHealthCare of Oregon was reduced from 8.9 percent to 6.7 percent.

In 2019, all carriers will maintain their current service area, and two insurers are expanding with Kaiser moving into Lane County and PacificSource moving into Lane and Yamhill counties.

“We remain encouraged to see two carriers expanding into additional counties, and all carriers maintaining their current service areas,” said Stolfi. “We have done a lot of work to help steady the Oregon health insurance market, and continue to explore all avenues to help steady premium rates for Oregonians.” 

Reasons for rate changes include:

  • Medical costs continue to rise, driven by increased use and the cost of new specialized prescription drugs.
  • The Oregon Reinsurance Program, which reduced individual market rates by 6.3 percent for 2019.
  • Uncertainty in the individual market due to factors such as the elimination of the individual mandate penalty, and federal rules around association health plans and short-term/limited-duration plans.

See the chart at https://dfr.oregon.gov/healthrates/Documents/2019-fnl-prpsd-rates.pdf  for the full list of decisions.

The division is not allowing any rate changes based on the temporary suspension of the federal risk adjustment program. Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services temporarily suspended the risk adjustment program while it seeks a quick resolution to ongoing litigation in New Mexico. The program transfers funds from insurers with healthier enrollees to insurers who provide coverage for less healthy members. It is designed to help stabilize the market without additional costs to consumers.

Decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org. Statewide premium comparison tables for ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

 


Reduced Evacuations, Some Containment Indicate Progress on Substation Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/20/18 11:59 AM

MORO, OR – July 20, 2018 – Although gusty winds and uphill fire runs fanned the Substation Fire to 70,421 acres, crews made progress on Thursday, reaching 15% containment by the end of the day. Hand crews, air resources and heavy equipment continued working to mitigate the fire’s spread and reinforce containment lines, while engines and structural firefighters implemented point protection tactics to protect structures.

Today, crews will continue to focus on minimizing risk to the community and protecting agricultural resources. Some crews will shift from firefighting to evaluation and assessment of fire damage to structures. It is anticipated that the total numbers of structure damage and loss will increase due to these efforts.

“Feet and engines are on the ground, at the perimeter and to reach hot spots,” said Alex Haven, operations deputy chief for the Substation Fire. Winds have died down somewhat but hot, dry conditions, and low humidity are still contributing factors to the fire, he said, noting that the fire continues to be an evolving incident.

Friday morning, the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office reduced evacuation levels in Moro, Grass Valley and Kent to Level 2 (“Be Set”). Areas west of these communities continue to be at Level 3 (“Go”).  Incident Command is working the local sheriff’s offices and are looking for every opportunity to further reduce evacuations as well as restore recreational opportunities in the area. Residents and persons planning to travel to the area should check for latest information regarding possible road closures (TripCheck.com) and other areas, including Deschutes River access.

With the addition of the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team, which arrived Thursday afternoon, resources have increased to nearly 300 people.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect for the airspace above the fire. This includes a prohibition on personal drones or radio-controlled aircraft that can interfere with firefighting operations.

To keep abreast of updated information, teams on the Substation Fire are conducting live morning briefings on Facebook (facebook.com/substationfire2018).

The Substation Fire command post and fire crews extend a heartfelt thanks to community members and local agencies who have been so supportive and for working side-by-side with fire crews.

 




Attached Media Files: Substation Fire Evac Map , Substation Fire PIO Map

State offers five insurance tips for wildfire recovery (weekend story option)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/20/18 11:57 AM

Division of Financial Regulation’s Advocacy Team ready to help with wildfire claims

Salem – Residents that have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the wildfires burning across the state can contact the Division of Financial Regulation’s Advocacy Team for help with insurance questions. 

Call the team at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or online at www.dfr.oregon.gov

There are several insurance considerations if you are affected by one of the state’s wildfires. The division has five tips to help residents recover.

  • Coverage is typically available for fire, smoke, and ash damage to your home and personal property. You may also be covered for your additional expenses due to a mandatory evacuation.
  • A typical homeowner policy will cover expenses such as lodging, food, and pet boarding if you are part of a mandatory evacuation. The coverage may be subject to your deductible. It is important to save all your receipts and notify your agent as soon as possible.
  • If possible, make a quick home inventory by taking photos of each room in your home. Pay close attention to what is on walls, in drawers and closets, and storage areas such as the attic or garage.
  • If your home is damaged by a fire, take steps to prevent further damage by making temporary repairs. Make safety the top priority, and save receipts for work that is done.
  • Vehicles damaged by fire, even if parked in the garage at the time, are covered by comprehensive coverage on a typical auto policy.

Oregonians can also contact the division’s advocacy team if they have problems with their insurance company, agent, or claims adjuster. Visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/ins-help/Pages/index.aspx for more information.

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

 

 


DOGAMI Governing Board to Conduct Special Meeting on July 23, 2018
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/20/18 10:50 AM

The Governing Board of the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries will meet in a special session on July 23, 2018 in order to review and approve the agency's budget request for the 2019-2021 biennium. The meeting will be called to order at Noon at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St, Portland in Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is posted on the agency's website at http://www.oregongeology.org


Oregon Health Policy Board, coordinated care organizations meet July 30
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/18 9:50 AM

July 20, 2018

Oregon Health Policy Board, coordinated care organizations meet July 30

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board and CCOs

When: Monday, July 30, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St, Room 1B, Portland. Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; goals and ground rules; CCO 2.0 impact and feasibility discussion; public comment; adjourn.

For more information on the meeting, visit the CCO 2.0 webpage on the OHPB website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0.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 at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Meth seizure and arrest (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 07/20/18 9:30 AM
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During the late night hours of July 18th, 2018, DINT Detectives, along with help from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Sutherlin, Oregon.  The vehicle had been southbound on Interstate 5, traveling at a high rate of speed.  The passenger in the vehicle, 22 year Patrick Todd of Roseburg, was immediately arrested as he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  

A search of the vehicle revealed a concealed handgun, as well as approximately 2 ounces of methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia to include scales, packaging materials, syringes, etc. 

Patrick Todd was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of Firearm.

36 year old Bradley Evans of Winston was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.




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"Operation Ship Shape" Targets Lapsed Boat Registrations (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/20/18 9:30 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 32 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police will be focusing their enforcement efforts on boaters with lapsed boat registrations during the weekend of August 4-5, 2018 for “Operation Ship Shape.” 

“So far this year, marine law enforcement officers are reporting unusually high numbers of unregistered boats,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board.  “This means that those registered boaters who are playing by the rules are carrying the load for everyone else.  Without adequate revenue, the agency is forced to cut funds to our law enforcement programs which ultimately mean fewer patrol boats on the water and longer response times in emergency incidents.” 

“We’re at a five year high for fatalities so far this year, and we cannot afford to reduce our agency’s services, so we’re simply making sure that all motorboats –any boat with any mechanical propulsion, whether gas, electric, diesel or solar, and all sailboats 12 feet or longer, are currently registered.”  Henry adds, “The fine for lapsed boat registration is $265, which is far more than the cost of the boat registration itself.  Fines do not come back to the Marine Board.  When collected, those fines go into the state’s general fund.  It’s better for all of us if you register your boat now than wait for a fine.”

Motorboat registrations are $4.50 per foot, rounded to the highest foot plus $5 for the aquatic invasive species prevention program.  For example, a 16 foot outboard motorboat would cost $77.  Registrations are valid for two calendar years. 

Boaters can renew their boat registration online at www.boatoregon.com/store, or can visit their local registration agent.  Boaters can print off a temporary permit after successfully completing their transaction online or will be issued a temporary permit through an agent for an additional fee.  If you need assistance renewing online, please contact the Marine Board at ine.board@oregon.gov">marine.board@oregon.gov or 503-378-8587.

For a list of registration agents, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osmb/title-registration/Pages/Where-to-Register.aspx.

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OHA accepting applications for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/18 9:04 AM

July 20, 2018

OHA accepting applications for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.

OHA invites applications from people who meet the criteria outlined in HB 4133, Section (3) at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Measures/Overview/HB4133.

Board members are appointed by the Governor. Member terms are in general four years each. As this is a new committee, initial terms of office will be assigned by the Governor so that terms expire at staggered intervals.

To apply, submit the following documentation by September 1 to executive.appointments@oregon.gov.

  1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available at 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 legislation is available on the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/Maternal-Mortality-Morbidity-Review-Committee.aspx.

For more information, contact Cate Wilcox, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-0299 or cate.s.wilcox@state.or.us.

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41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to conduct combat training in California (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/18 8:30 AM
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SALEM, Oregon – The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, is scheduled to conduct a large-scale training exercise, July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett, California. The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to conduct convoy operations to California to participate in this training.  

The exercise is an instrumented brigade field training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) designed to certify platoon proficiency across the brigade in coordination with First Army. The XCTC program brings full training resource packages to National Guard and active duty bases around the country, allowing units to train on their schedule, closer to home, minimizing cost and time away from civilian jobs.

The training exercise prepares the brigade for supporting federal mobilizations. Units will be exercising tactical, operational, communications, and decision-making skills while focusing on problem analysis.

“This exercise keeps our units trained and ready for federal missions and builds upon the brigade’s training from last year’s Warfighter Exercise,” said Col. Eric Riley, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “Improving our Soldiers’ skills, relationships and communications within our units is the ultimate goal of this event.”

There are approximately 3,000 personnel with more than 10 units from multiple states and other supporting elements scheduled to participate:
• Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st IBCT, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, New Mexico
• 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment, Washington
• 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, Oregon
• 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion, Oregon
• 141st Brigade Support Battalion, Oregon
• 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade (CATB), Washington
• 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California

“It will improve our ability to work in a realistic joint training environment while building key relationships not only here in Oregon, but across multiple units throughout the region,” said Riley. “The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team has a long history of success and this exercise will assist in advancing and strengthening that record.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for travel to California to conduct a large-scale training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC), July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, 41st IBCT Public Affairs)




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OMSI ANNOUNCES MASTER DEVELOPER: Gerding Edlen selected to lead the development of OMSI's property
OMSI - 07/20/18 7:47 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 20, 2018) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today it has selected the master developer with whom it will partner on the development of its 18-acre riverfront campus. Gerding Edlen, a Portland, Oregon-based real estate investment and development firm, will provide strategic support and guidance for the OMSI team, working with them and other firms on a long-term vision for the development of the site. 

“We were fortunate to have had so many qualified firms express interest in this project are delighted to partner with Gerding Edlen,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “I was impressed by their demonstrated expertise in developing transformative urban neighborhoods like the Brewery Blocks and South Waterfront, and their ability to work with the City of Portland and other public agencies in securing public funds for public / private partnerships.”

Multiple firms, including many local entities, will be part of the development team led by Gerding Edlen and will play important roles in the development of the OMSI property:

- SERA Architects: Urban Design & Planning
- The Farkas Group: Infrastructure Financing & Development Agreement Advisor
- URBAN.SYSTEMS: Smart City Technology Advisor
- Long Haul Capital: Impact Capital Advisor

“We are very excited to begin this partnership with OMSI,” said Jill Sherman, partner at Gerding Edlen. “Our team has been truly energized by OMSI’s vision and the opportunity to participate in the creation of a new, innovative and sustainable district that will benefit the wider community and enhance OMSI’s mission.”

Over the past two decades, Gerding Edlen has been committed to owning and developing mixed-use, urban-infill sustainable properties that strengthen communities and neighborhoods in major cities across the United States. As early proponents of sustainable development, the firm has more than 75 LEED certified or certified pending properties in its portfolio and is committed to integrating leading-edge sustainability innovations into its properties.

Here in Portland, the firm’s projects include the Brewery Blocks, Wieden + Kennedy, OHSU Center for Health and Healing, along with multiple buildings in the South Waterfront, Vestas’ North American Headquarters, Indigo @ Twelve | West, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Main Campus building, multiple buildings on the PSU Campus, Central City Concern Old Town Recovery Center, and numerous affordable housing projects.

“I am thrilled this Oregon icon is building on its strengths and unlocking the potential for such exciting development on the east side of Portland,” said Sen. Ron Wyden. “Today’s news marks a great step forward for OMSI, which enjoys a well-earned reputation as a go-to place for science education and so much more for our community.”

Next steps for OMSI and the Gerding Edlen team include a planning process, which will lead to an application for a Central City Master Plan and a Development Agreement with the City of Portland for public infrastructure. Gerding Edlen will also begin to work with its team to develop innovative infrastructure solutions that they hope to implement as part of the redevelopment.  

“Today marks an important inflection point for the thriving Central Eastside district,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer. “We are grateful for OMSI’s leadership, not only as an anchor institution for the state and region, but for its commitment to building community and harnessing innovation.”

In addition to creating a center of excellence and sustainability for the region, the OMSI district will also serve as a hub for the city’s Innovation Quadrant and feature a mix of uses and jobs, including growing creative industries, education facilities, research opportunities and visitor attractions such as open space and improved access to the river. 

“I’m excited to see that OMSI has chosen a proven local development partner to help realize the OMSI Master Plan vision,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.  “The OMSI District has long been a priority development opportunity for the City on the east bank of the river. The City of Portland is committed to being a strong public partner to OMSI and Gerding Edlen and I will provide the direct access and leadership needed to move the project forward. Portland’s future is intimately linked to education and innovation and the OMSI campus development within the Innovation Quadrant is a tremendous opportunity to establish a dynamic and thriving district that is accessible, provides equitable opportunities and is a place where people can gather, learn, work and live.”

The property development will also leverage the major investment in mass transportation by TriMet through the OMSI/SE Water Ave station and Tilikum Crossing Bridge, which have connected the district to the greater Portland Metro Area like never before.

The land where OMSI is located and its surrounding areas were donated by Portland General Electric in 1993. PGE continues to support OMSI and the central east side as a big part of the region’s economic future.

“We are pleased to see the OMSI District continue to build momentum as a showplace for sustainability and innovation,” said Dave Robertson, PGE’s vice president of public policy. “We look forward to working with OMSI and other property owners in the area to envision and eventually implement the kind of smart energy systems that will be a cornerstone for our clean energy future.”

Additional points of contact for comments on OMSI’s property development:

Jena Levy, Marketing Manager, Gerding Edlen
jena.levy@gerdingedlen.com | 503.802.6644

Jennifer Arguinzoni, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler
Jennifer.arguinzoni@portlandoregon.gov | 503.823.1129

Steve Corson, Corporate Communications, Portland General Electric
steven.corson@pgn.com | 503.464.8444

Erin Flynn, Board Chair, Portland IQ
eflynn@pdx.edu | 503.725.8490

Brad Malsin, CEIC President, Central Eastside Industrial Council
brad@beamdevelopment.com | 503.595.0140

About Gerding Edlen
Gerding Edlen is a leading real estate investment, development and asset and property management firm recognized for its expertise in creating and owning highly sustainable, urban infill, office, residential and mixed-use properties. Founded in 1996, the firm engages a socially responsible approach to real estate by cultivating properties that strengthen communities, minimize impact on the environment and add profound value to residents and tenants. Gerding Edlen’s efforts are guided by a set of criteria, known as the Principles of Place, where community plays a pivotal role alongside design, technology and sustainability in the success of their properties. This commitment has led the firm to become a recognized national leader of sustainable development, which includes more than 75 LEED certified or certified pending properties. Based in Portland, Oregon, Gerding Edlen’s base of operations has grown from Portland, to a firm that conducts business in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Chicago and Hawaii.  In addition to the Portland office, Gerding Edlen has offices in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA. For more information, please visit gerdingedlen.com. 

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


Thu. 07/19/18
Substation Fire Now Number One Fire in the Nation; Additional Resources Added
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/19/18 6:53 PM

MORO, OR –  Day 3 of the Substation Fire brought high winds, with gusts up to 35-40 mph, making it a challenging day for firefighters.

The winds gave way to growth at the south end of the fire, near Deschutes river canyon, impacting both agricultural and wildland areas. Significant air assets continue to be used throughout the incident, in addition to dozers that helped firefighters make progress towards containment.

The Substation Fire is now considered the number one fire in the nation. Additional resources arrived Thursday afternoon in the form of a Pacific Northwest incident management team. These 60 team members add greater depth to the operational forces currently employed on the fire and will assist in managing all aspects of the fire. The additional resources complement the 217 firefighters, who represent 73 fire agencies across the state, currently assigned to the fire.

The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018. These assets include two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets.

Other air tankers known as “Super Scoopers” and “Fire Bosses” that can drop hundreds and thousands of gallons of water continue to be used, as well as single-engine air tankers that can disperse fire retardant. Aircraft in this fuel type are very useful; they can provide heavy drops on canyon ridges and precision attacks in steeper terrain.

Evacuation levels have been very fluid. Law enforcement and fire officials appreciate the community’s understanding and responsiveness regarding evacuations. Fire officials are working closely with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office to continually evaluate the risk to communities. Level 3 (“Go”) evacuations continue to be in place for Moro and Grass Valley. The communities of Wasco and Kent remain under Level 2 evacuation. Area residents are urged to heed local emergency notifications as well as check the local sheriff’s office Facebook page and the Substation Fire Facebook page (www.facebook.com/substationfire2018) for updates.

Segments 3 and 4 of the lower Deschutes River remain closed.

The American Red Cross shelter at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St remains available to residents impacted by the fire. In addition to sleeping accommodations, the shelter is a resource for meals, community updates, and a cool place to get out of the heat and smokey conditions.

Locally, smoke is in the moderate to unhealthy range. Sensitive groups, such as those with asthma, chronic respiratory disease or cardio vascular disease, are encouraged to avoid smoke exposure, reduce time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activity during smoky conditions.

 


Body Found in Fire Perimeter (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 3:11 PM
Scene photo - Thursday
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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

On the morning of Thursday, July 19, 2018, JCSO and Fire District 3 officials surveyed the fire area by helicopter.  The purpose of the flight was to survey the damage caused by the fire and to help assess needs for future law enforcement and fire suppression efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway. 

During the flight, at 11:23 a.m., a body was spotted within the fire perimeter, next to Bear Creek.  Deputies cordoned off the area.  JCSO detectives, Fire District 3 personnel, and a medical examiner investigator responded to the scene.  

The burned body was found to be that of a man.  The scene was located near a suspected transient camp. 

At this time, detectives are working to identify the man.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.  No further information is available for release at this time. 

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-14794.

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Attached Media Files: Scene photo - Thursday

Silver Creek fire - final update
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/18 3:08 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire are in the final stages of mop-up operations. Most of the remaining hazard trees will be removed today and fire managers expect to begin demobilizing crews tonight. The fire is currently 80% contained and remains at 27 acres. While about 115 personnel are still working the fire, that number will decrease by the weekend. Remaining personnel will continue to locate and extinguish hot spots. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire crews will continue to check the fire through the first fall rains. A Type II helicopter on standby in Salem will be available through the fire season. To date, no injuries or facility damage have been attributed to the fire.

Light smoke may continue to come from the fire, but should not impact operations in Silver Falls State Park. Waterfall areas are accessible during normal park hours. The 214 Trailhead, Howard Creek Horse Camp and Day-use Area, and Camp Silver Creek remain closed. Managers will continue to evaluate those closures and announce any changes.

As fire danger increases statewide and firefighting resources are stretched thin, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY. For current fire restrictions in other areas, visit the ODF Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Supporting media is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5938/.

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Effective Saturday, July 21, all media inquiries about the Silver Creek fire should be referred to Bobbi Doan, Public Affairs Specialist with ODF (obbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov">Bobbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov; 503-945-7506).


Students from Brookings, Oregon to Display World War II Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/19/18 3:03 PM
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Portland, OR – The Remembrance of World War II, an exhibit created by students from Brookings-Harbor High School, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in Portland. The exhibit, which took 60 students from two classes of Junior U.S. History and the State and Local History class four weeks to create, gives a localized perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of the American homefront. Many of the photos featured in the exhibit are on loan from veterans living in Brookings and have never been published before now.  

The Curry Coastal Pilot published a story on the exhibit, stating that the students hoped that they might find a venue where more people could see the exhibit, specifically mentioning the Oregon Historical Society. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk happened to see the article and contacted the students to learn more. After seeing the exhibit through a FaceTime call, Tymchuk told the students that OHS would be delighted to host their exhibit at its museum in Portland. 

“I was tremendously impressed with the research, scholarship, and creativity of the students, and wanted to give others the opportunity to see this exhibit on one of the most eventful and impactful times in history,” said Tymchuk.

Several students and their family members will be traveling from Brookings to Portland to see the exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The students will be available for interviews at 1pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland).

The Remembrance of World War II will be on view in the main pavilion of OHS from July 26 through August 3. Admission to this exhibit is free and is $5 to visit the rest of the museum; view a list of current exhibits at ohs.org. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm.  

 

About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.




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Fairview man hits homerun with $80,000 Keno win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 07/19/18 2:43 PM
David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
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July 19, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – David Brown of Fairview knows exactly what he is going to do with his $80,884 Keno 8-Spot win – go see his Chicago Cubs.

“I had a trip to Chicago planned and now I am going to go see the Cubs play the Cardinals,” he said. “I got to see them last year in Phoenix and now I can see them at Wrigley Field.”

Brown said he is a 40-year Cubs fan and his Lottery win comes at a great time, just before his trip.

“I like to get my Keno tickets and then ignore the Keno board and scan them afterward,” he said. “That way I am surprised. I like being surprised.”

Brown was playing Video Lottery games at the Lighthouse in Oregon City when one of the clerks noticed someone had hit the Keno rolling 8-Spot jackpot. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

“I scanned it and that’s when it said it was a high-tier win!” Brown said. “I immediately signed the back of the ticket and then checked online to see exactly how much I had won. I had a hint that I might have won, but when I saw it I was definitely surprised.”

Brown received $25,000 for matching all eight numbers, and $54,134 for the rolling jackpot on his quick pick ticket. In addition, Brown had a second quick pick ticket worth $1,750 for matching seven of eight numbers.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where the Brown lives, more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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
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Attached Media Files: David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.

Oregon National Guard activated to assist wildfire suppression efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/19/18 1:43 PM
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard (ONG) has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018.

At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. The Oregon Army National Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets. Other air assets include an additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to be on standby for medical evacuations and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting.

Other ONG assets and personnel could be activated if needed, including teams of service members to provide traffic assistance points and firefighting ground crews. Oregon National Guard ground troops have not yet been requested but are available if wildfire conditions worsen. 

Two teams (each with approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen) have already been trained and are “Red Card” certified in preparation for wildfire season with an additional 125-person team scheduled to be certified by August 10. The teams are comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state.

The ONG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how ONG members and assets may be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, land a CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket at Davis helibase near Gates, Oregon, in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area, August 7, 2017. The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts again this year following Governor Kate Brown’s emergency declaration. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)




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Tip of the Week-July 23, 2018-Fire Safety
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 1:22 PM

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

Protect your home from wildfire

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

Campfires

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

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




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South Umpqua Complex Fires: Level 2 Evacuation Notice Issued
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 1:19 PM

DREW, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with South Umpqua Complex Fire officials, have issued a Level 2 or "SET" evacuation notice to residents living in and between the following addresses:

1642 through 3200 (Flats Ranch) Tison Road.

A Level 2, or "SET" evacuation indicates there is a significant danger to the area and residents should either voluntarily relocate outside of the affected area with family or friends. If choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

It is strongly encouraged that residents in proximity of the fire, even if not in the listed evacuation notice, stay informed via media outlets and information from fire officials.

Fire Information:

541-825-3295

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Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5940

Facebook: Umpqua National Forest


Watch Out For Football Ticket Scams
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 07/19/18 1:08 PM

                                                                       BBB Offers Tips to Avoid Online Ticket Fraud 

Eugene, Oregon — July 19, 2018 With the kickoff of professional and college football season upon us, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is advising fans to watch out for ticket scams.   

According to the BBB Scam Tracker, football fans reported losing nearly $4,000 to scams last year. The most common scams around football include reselling fake or non-existent tickets through online classifieds, counterfeit merchandise, price gouging, ticket scalping and scammers who use bots to buy thousands of tickets and resell them at inflated prices.   

Whether you’re cheering on the Ducks or Beavers, BBB advises fans to follow this advice when purchasing tickets:  

  • Pay with protection. Paying with a credit card offers consumers protection if scammed. The credit card company may be able to help obtain a refund if the tickets are fake. Be wary of online sellers that ask to wire money and don’t accept credit cards. 
  • Verify the tickets.To check the authenticity of tickets, ask for a copy of the seller's invoice or purchasing receipt to check where the seller bought the tickets. It's also recommended to contact the original promoter directly. 
  • Check out the seller/broker. Before you decide to purchase tickets on other sites, be sure to look the seller up on bbb.org. Secure, legal sites for second-hand purchases include BBB Accredited businesses SeatGeek and Vivid Seats. These sites guarantee their consumers and sellers a secure transaction. It's also wise to check if the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. NATB members offer a 200 percent purchase guarantee on tickets. Look up the seller on VerifiedTicketSource.com to confirm you are buying from an NATB-member resale company.
  • Look for secure sites. The website should begin with https (the "s" is for secure) and include a lock symbol on the address bar. Also check the official website for a phone number, physical address and email address. Be wary of sites that rely on a contact form instead of offering a customer service phone number. Contact forms make it hard to reach someone from the company. 
  • Shop local. If you’re searching for ticket bargains on classified sites and apps such as Craigslist, eBay Classifieds, OfferUp and Letgo, it’s wise to meet sellers in person in a safe, public place. 

Any?fan who believes they are the victim of a scam is encouraged to report it to BBB Scam Tracker. For more information, consumers can visitwww.bbb.org/tickets.

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ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Northwest & Pacific, which serves more than 15 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii and Western Wyoming.  

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Recreational use health advisory lifted July 19 for Lake Billy Chinook 
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/18 12:41 PM

July 19, 2018

Reduced cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued June 22 and expanded on July 11 for Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras, in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in the reservoir are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, Oregon Health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of cyanobacterial (harmful algae) blooms in all Oregon waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for cyanobacteria by state, federal and local agencies, therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

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

It’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface. OHA relies on laboratory tests of water samples to determine when cyanotoxins are no longer present to lift health advisories.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440. For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select “Algae Bloom Advisories.” 

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Lebanon Fire District Issues Fire Danger Warnings (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/19/18 12:06 PM
A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.
A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.
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Early Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide fire emergency, including a ban on campfires and open flames within state park properties until further notice. Within the Lebanon area this ban would apply to Cascadia State Park and the Thompson’s Mill State Heritage Site.

Fire officials from LFD say that it’s important for the community to recognize that different parks and recreational areas will have different restrictions in place at any given time, and the best course of action is to contact the responsible agency for the area you are traveling to with questions about specific restrictions.

“We have so many different agencies within our fire district that it can become confusing as to what the rules are and who sets those rules.” says Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen. “The Oregon Department of Forestry, Linn County Parks Department, the US Forest Service, the Department of Ag, the DEQ and BLM; all of these jurisdictions exist within the boundaries of the Lebanon Fire District and at times each agency will have different restrictions in place.”

The Lebanon Fire District encompasses 134 square miles of territory and is bordered by a number of neighboring fire agencies. Following this morning’s announcement from Governor Brown, Lebanon fire officials reached out to other local agencies to verify their restriction levels. The restrictions listed below are current as of 11:00 am on 7/19/18 and are in effect until lifted by the issuing agency. Contact the agency listed for more details or for information on when restrictions will be lifted.

Oregon State Campgrounds – No campfires or open flames until further notice.  Contact: www.oregonstateparks.org

Lebanon Fire District – No backyard burning. Recreational fires burning only seasoned firewood are allowed in a designated fire pit with a water source at hand. Recreational fire pits shall not be closer than 25 feet to a structure. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be closer than 15 feet to a structure. There are NO mowing restrictions to residential lawns currently in place. Extreme caution should be taken when mowing brown or dead grass as it poses a significant fire hazard. Contact: Lebanon Fire District, 541-451-1901.

City of Lebanon – No campfires or open flames in city parks, including Gills Landing Campground. Contact: Maintenance Operations Department, 541-258-4918.

Linn County Parks & Campgrounds – Campfires allowed in permanent campfire rings only. Contact: Linn County Parks Department, 541-967-3917.

Oregon Department of Forestry – Campfires allowed in ODF protected land ONLY in an approved site and following an inspection by an ODF staff member; Contact ODF at 541-367-6108 to schedule an inspection. Industrial Fire Protection Level information can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF Contact: ODF South Cascade District Office, 541-367-6108.

The potential for a devastating fire within the Lebanon Fire District increases with every day, as high temperatures reduce fuel moisture levels and increase the ignition potential. This fire season has already shown itself to be a potential record setter for fire damage, and with Linn County crews currently fighting the Substation Fire near The Dalles, department staffing and resources are already being stretched thin. “Our hope is that the public stays aware of the local fire danger and uses good judgement when working with fire.” Bolen said. “We’ll try to share as much information as possible so that our community stays well informed and up to date on local fire conditions throughout the summer.” Should a large-scale fire event occur in Lebanon, similar to last year’s Mt. Hope fire, Bolen says Lebanon firefighters are prepared to handle it.  “We begin preparing for fire season months in advance, so our crews and equipment are ready to go at a moment’s notice. We also have mutual aid agreements in place with our neighboring municipal departments and the support of ODF and the state, if needed.”

For more information on fire season conditions contact any of the agencies listed above or the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD Video of this and other LFD incidents, please subscribe to the Lebanon Fire District YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

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




Attached Media Files: A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.

California Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Federal Prison for Violent Assault Resulting in Serious Injury
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/19/18 11:04 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Victor Joseph Contreras, 23, of Fresno, California, was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison for charges stemming from a March 2016 shooting death on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

According to court documents, on March 19, 2016, Contreras and codefendant Julian Darryl James Simpson attended a party on the reservation. As a result of escalating disputes between suspected gang members at the party, Contreras and Simpson were asked to leave.

When other party goers left the house, Contreras and Simpson opened fire on them using semiautomatic pistols. Simpson fired at least one shot at a victim, striking him in the back of the head, and fired additional shots into a nearby car. Contreras, upon hearing the gunshots, fired more than 20 rounds into the crowd of party goers, striking a second victim just above the ankle. The first victim was medically evacuated to a nearby hospital but later died from his injuries. Contreras fled the scene, but was arrested shortly thereafter. Simpson was arrested a week later in Lewiston, Idaho with the firearm used to kill the victim.

Contreras previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence on July 5, 2017. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Contreras will be on supervised release for 5 years.

Simpson pleaded guilty to second degree murder on October 27, 2017. He was sentenced 25 years in prison followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.

The case was jointly investigated by the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, and prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin, Jennifer J. Martin, Paul T. Maloney, and John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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OMSI LAUNCHES NEW PLANETARIUM CONCERT SERIES: Concert-goers have front row seats to the galaxy while enjoying live music
OMSI - 07/19/18 10:48 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 19, 2018) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is excited to announce a new monthly planetarium concert series - Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome, which combines live musical performances with stunning visuals that invite audiences on an immersive, multisensory journey. 

Every month, musicians from all genres will serenade audiences in the planetarium, showcasing their talent and love of music with lasers, stars, and galaxies flashing across the domed screen. Each concert is a unique opportunity for OMSI guests and music enthusiasts to experience the visual wonders of the planetarium coupled with the musical accompaniment of local artists.  

Concert Schedule

Mondegreen | July 26, 8 p.m.
The “moon rock” duo will perform their debut “Returnity” is an exploration of space, lucidity, peace, mother nature, fractals, and modern-day consciousness.

Wooden Sleepers | August 9, 8 p.m.
This Portland folk-grass band is set to release their deput LP “Storm Floatin’” this fall.  Their Kendall Concerts performance is a chance to hear their album ahead of its October release.

The Brothers Billygoat | September 2, 8 p.m. 
This duo featuring harp, keyboard and percussion will play beneath beautiful and intricate self-made stop-motion films, projected on the Kendall Planetarium’s 52-foot dome.

The Bylines | October 14, 7 p.m. 
A jazz-inspired, story-driven pop duo, who most recently worked with the Oregon Symphony and Carnegie Hall to create the “Lullaby Project”.    

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


Oregon's Youth Unemployment Rate at Record Low
Oregon Employment Department - 07/19/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2017, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976.

The unemployment rate for Oregon teens ages 16 to 19 was 9.5 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate since 1978 when comparable records began. This was a large drop from a year before when the unemployment rate for teens was 20.0 percent.

 
The unemployment rate for Oregon young adults ages 20 to 24 was 7.6 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate recorded for this age category. The last time the unemployment rate for young adults was 7.6 percent was in 2005. In 2016, the unemployment rate for young adults was 9.6 percent.

Having a part-time or summer job used to be the normal situation for many teenagers. The labor force participation of teens averaged around 59 percent from 1978 to 2000. The rate started falling dramatically in 2001 both in Oregon and the nation. During the recession and in the aftermath of the recession it continued to slip.

Oregon’s strong job growth since 2013 attracted more teens and young adults into the labor force. The participation rate of teens ages 16 to 19 increased to 40 percent in 2017. Teen participation is close to its pre-recession rate of 42 percent, but still considerably less than what is was in the 1990s. The participation rate of young adults ages 20 to 24 increased to 74 percent in 2017.

More information is available in “Unemployment Rates for Oregon’s Youth – Lowest on Record.”

 

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

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




Attached Media Files: Oregon's Youth Unemployment Rate at Record Low

Female has been located/Update
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/19/18 9:54 AM

UPDATE: The female, Bobi Wikkala,  has been located and is of no further interest. Lebanon Police Department would like to thank everyone for your support in locating her and she is safe and sound. 

 


Campfires and open flames prohibited in Oregon State Parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/18 9:14 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD.

The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended. 

MG Devereux, OPRD deputy director, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources.

“We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said Devereux. “We appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas.”

The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.

Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.


Interior to Host Press Call on the Endangered Species Act
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/19/18 8:59 AM

WASHINGTON - Today, at 12:00 PM EST, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as well as from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will host a news media telephone briefing regarding the Endangered Species Act. Credentialed members of the news media may RSVP for the call by emailing Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov to obtain the dial-in information.

WHAT: 

Telephone press briefing 

WHO:  

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt
USFWS Assistant Director for Ecological Services Gary Frazer
Senior NOAA Officials

WHEN:

Today, July 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

WHERE: 

RSVP to obtain dial-in information 

RSVP:

This call is only for members of the news media. Email Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov to obtain the dial-in information


Wed. 07/18/18
Substation Fire Evacuations Grow; Fire Crews Battle Winds
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/18/18 9:55 PM

Governor declares state of emergency

Moro, OR – July 18, 2018 – The Substation Fire started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon and moved further east today. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south end of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected.

Level 3 evacuations (“Go”) increased to include Moro; level 2 evacuations (“Be Ready”) grew to include the community of Wasco, south to the community of Kent and several miles east. More than 900 homes are in the Level 2 and level 3 areas.  A Red Cross shelter open at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St in The Dalles.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing threat of wildfire and increasing wildfire activity. The declaration makes available resources from around the state, and from outside of Oregon if necessary.

As of Wednesday afternoon 178 firefighters from 32 agencies across Oregon are focused on protecting structures in the line of the fire.  Additional resources continue to arrive from around the state.

A wide variety of flying air tankers have been deployed to fight the Substation Fire. These include:

  • Two 750-gallon capacity “Fire Bosses”
  • Two ”Super Scooper” air tankers, capable of which are “scooping” 12,000 gallons of water from the Columbia River to drop on the fire
  • A heavy air tanker which drops retardant on the fire
  • Two Type-2 helicopters

A VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), which can carry 12,000 gallons of water, was also deployed.

“I saw neighbors helping neighbors and firefighters going the extra mile to bring this fire under control,” said Public Information Officer Damon Simmons. “While these fires are awful, they show the true spirit of the local residents and Oregonians in general.”

Hwy 97 has been closed intermittently. Travelers are advised to check ODOT TripCheck for up-to-date information.

The Wasco Co. Sheriff’s Office confirmed one civilian fatality as a result of exposure to the fire.

A hotline for Substation Fire information has been established: 503-597-8076. Additional information is available at www.faceook.com/Substation2018.

 

 

 


Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) ***Names Released*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 4:56 PM
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Deputies have identified the drivers in yesterday’s fatal motor vehicle crash as Juan Ortiz-Hernandez, age 36 of Independence and Thomas Simons, age 62 of Monmouth.  Investigators believe Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was traveling west on River Road in a small pickup truck when a motorcycle being operated by Mr. Simons failed to negotiate a curve resulting in a collision.  Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was not injured in the crash but sadly Mr. Simons died at the scene. 

This marks the fourth fatal vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Marion County within the month of July.  These very tragic events are a reminder of our great responsibility when taking to our roadways.  Attached is a link from our partners at Team Oregon who offer some great safety tips for motorcyclists.  https://team-oregon.org/resources/whatwouldyoudo/  

Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  




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Oregon Prosecutor Receives DEA Administrator's Award
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/18/18 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON – Scott M. Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, was one of several prosecutors and investigators recognized today by Acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Uttam Dhillon for their work investigating a transnational opiate trafficking organization.

Kerin and his colleagues were given the prestigious Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement in a ceremony today in Washington.

This case came to the attention of law enforcement as part of “Operational Denial,” an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into the international trafficking of fentanyl and other legal drugs, and was significantly aided by the national and international coordination of agencies led by DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). The operation started in North Dakota in January 2015 as an overdose investigation. To date, 32 defendants have been charged as a result of the investigation.

This case jointly investigated by DEA; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); U.S. Postal Inspection Service; IRS Criminal Investigations; Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force; Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP); Portland Police Bureau (PPB), Drugs and Vice Division; Portland HIDTA Interdiction Task Force; Oregon State Police (OSP); and the Grand Forks, North Dakota Police Department.

Christopher C. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota; Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerin; and Trial Attorney Adrienne Rose of the Criminal Division’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the department’s strategy for reducing the availability of drugs in the U.S. OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack on drug trafficking by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in coordination with state and local law enforcement.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-07/6325/116312/ANNOUNCEMENT-DEA-Administrator-Award-Final.pdf

Silver Creek fire update 6
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/18/18 3:14 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire overnight used an infrared camera to look for hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. Results show crews have made good progress with mop-up operations as they continue to improve lines and extinguish remaining heat. The fire remains at 27 acres and is now 65% contained. Approximately 115 personnel continue to work on the fire. Most of the snags that have posed a threat to firefighter safety are now removed, though some hazard trees remain. Smoke can still be seen from areas of remaining heat, which includes several large standing trees that continue to smolder. Crews will remain focused on mop up for the next couple days.

Visitors to Silver Falls State Park will find pleasant conditions. Light smoke may be visible at times, but heavy smoke is unlikely. Other fires burning in the region may be responsible for increased haze in the area. While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours.

Supporting media will be available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5938/.

More details:

—Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews routinely track and investigate lightning strikes, though tracking technology is imperfect. Embers can remain hidden within trees or thick duff for weeks or months – producing no visible smoke – before emerging as weather and fuel conditions change. On Silver Creek, initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13.

—The Silver Creek Fire demonstrates how changing weather and fuel conditions impact fire behavior. As we move into the hottest and driest part of the year, fire danger increases significantly. Keep informed about current fire restrictions by visiting the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Website:  https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire. Fire managers have been using this platform to minimize fire activity during the hottest period of the day.

—Park Closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

—No injuries or facility damage have been reported.


Fatal vehicle crash Hwy 20 east of Sweet Home - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/18 2:55 PM
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On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at about 2:00 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and Sweet Home Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 20  east of Sweet Home.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a  2001 Pontiac van, operated by Scott A. WARTENA, age 76, of Sweet Home, was traveling west bound on Hwy 20, when for an unknown reason began swerving back and forth in both lanes of travel.  An east bound 2006 Ford Explorer, operated by Linda K. PHILLIPS, age 69, of Boring, saw the white Pontiac van weaving and attempted to avoid a collision.  PHILLIPS was unable to avoid the Pontiac and the vehicles hit head on near the fogline of the east bound lane. 

All involved were transported to area hospitals.  

On Wedmesday,  July 18, 2018 WARTENA died, at the hospital, from injuries sustained in the crash.




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FOLKLIFE PROGRAM AT Guthrie Park Community Center
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/18/18 1:58 PM

Dallas, Ore.—Join folklorist Amy Howard and Guthrie Park Community Center director and musician, Sally Clark, and selected musicians for a conversation about traditional music and music jams in Polk County. The conversation will take place just before the regular Friday night jam on July 20, 2018, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, Dallas, OR 97338.

This open, community conversation invites audiences to connect with Sally Clark and local musicians about traditional music and the Friday night jam at Guthrie Park. Howard spent several days in Dallas and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their cultural traditions shaped their lives. Please come and chat with Clark and others and learn how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

 

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to meet and document culture keepers in the Willamette Valley counties of Polk, Benton, Lane, Mario, and Linn as well as with artists from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Free public programs are held in each county.

 

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

For more information about public programs in Benton, Lane, Marion, and Linn counties, contact Jennie Flinspach at jflinspa@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5598/116304/Polk_Presentation_reduced.pdf

Hendrix Fire Prompts Evacuations (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 1:09 PM
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RUCH, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is issuing evacuation notices to 35 addresses due to the Hendrix Fire near Hells Peak, southeast of Ruch.  On July 18, 2018, JCSO Search and Rescue teams began a door-to-door effort to advise residents of the evacuations and to provide information. 

The following evacuation zones are now in effect:

Level 3 “GO”:  Little Applegate Road to Wagner Creek Road, bordered by USFS roads 2040 on the north and 20 on the south.  This zone affects two addresses: 16001 Wagner Creek Road and 23000 Little Applegate Road (Wrangle Campground).

Level 2 “BE SET”: The Dog Fork community, from Little Applegate Road to west of Yale Creek Road.  This zone contains 31 addresses: 3975 to 4075 Dog Fork Road, and 3812 to 6969 Yale Creek Road.

Level 2 “BE SET”: Wagner Creek Road south of Wagner Gap to USFS road 20.  This zone contains two addresses: 3434 McDonald Creek Road and 16099 Wagner Creek Road.

No addresses in these evacuation zones have phone numbers or email addresses registered with the Jackson County Emergency Management Citizen Alert program, so no alerts will be sent.  To sign up for Citizen Alert, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.  More information about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org/.

For more information on the Hendrix Fire, visit the fire information page on the US Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/home/?cid=fseprd587783.  Public information is also available by phone at (541) 632-3567.

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Substation Fire declared a conflgration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/18/18 12:44 PM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Substation Fire, burning near The Dalles, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team, four structural task forces, and two strike teams from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Central Oregon, Yamhill, and Marion counties arrived early this morning and began working to protect structures.

A Level 3 evacuation was put in place for Eight Mile Road at Emerson Loop Road to Emerson Loop Road and Company Hollow Road, as well as all of Wrentham Market Road and Mason Road.

The following Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations for Sherman County are as follows:

South of Gordon Ridge Rd from the Deschutes River, east to Hwy 97 and south to King Lane, South along Sayers Rd to Payne Loop is a Level 3. The Towns of Grass Valley and Moro are Level 2.

North of Gordon Ridge Rd to Interstate 84 and HWY 206, east to Hwy 97 and south along Henrichs, Doumand and Lone Rock Rd, and south to Rutledge Lane, as well as the area further south between Finnegan Rd to the Deschutes River is a Level 2. 

The area east of HWY 97 to Hwy 206, and south to Fairview Rd is a Level 1.

Deschutes River from Sheers Bridge to the mouth and Deschutes Park are at Level 3.

Oregon’s conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment.  

More information on evacuations is available at Sherman and Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-Sheriffs-Office-643904422378873/

https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/?hc_ref=ARTVrl7XZjg4B1Ea1eVPFIU_hja5N-OGHnbggMctf6KJNRQmvcGcvxVoCJjnXrY5ZWk&fref=nf

 Additional resources may be accessed at:


Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 07/18/18 12:04 PM

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues

The all-girl organization proven to equip girls to create positive change has released new badges in environmental advocacy, space science, robotics, and more.

Portland, OR (July 18, 2018)— Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) revealed 30 new badges yesterday that are now available exclusively for girls ages 5–18 that not only enhance the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout experience, but also address some of society’s most pressing needs, such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. In a safe all-girl space, Girl Scouts develop important soft skills, including confidence and perseverance, as well as hard skills, setting them up for success and preparing them to take action for a better world. Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. The results are proven: girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more than twice as likely to exhibit community problem-solving skills than girls who don’t (57 percent versus 28 percent).

The unique Girl Scout environment provides fun, exciting, and essential experiences that carry into girls’ future careers and life success; the KPMG Women's Leadership Study of more than 3,000 professional and college women shows that early exposure to leadership has a significant impact on a woman’s perceptions of her ability to lead. Additionally, 76 percent of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up, demonstrating how imperative it is for girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts.  

The new programming for girls in grades 6–12 includes:

  • Environmental Stewardship badges, GSUSA’s first-ever badge series focused on environmental advocacy. Girls in grades 6–12 prepare for outdoor experiences and take action on environmental issues. Although Girl Scouts have been advocating for the environment since the organization’s founding 106 years ago, these badges are the first to specifically prepare girls to be environmental advocates who address problems, find solutions, and protect the natural world (funded by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project).
  • Badges that teach girls how to program, design, and showcase robots, completing the suite of Robotics badges GSUSA first introduced for grades K–5 last year.
  • The College Knowledge badge for Girl Scouts in grades 11 and 12, the first badge completely dedicated to college exploration. By showing girls how to research the admissions process, financial aid, and other factors, the badge fills a specific need that girls asked for—and that many do not have support for outside Girl Scouts.
  • Two Girl Scout Leadership Journeys: Think Like a Programmer (funded by Raytheon) provides a strong foundation in computational thinking and the framework for Girl Scouts’ first ever national Cyber Challenge, coming in 2019. The Think Like an Engineer Journey exposes girls to design thinking to understand how engineers solve problems. As with all Leadership Journeys, girls complete hands-on activities and use their newly honed skills to take action on a problem in their community. The programming aims to prepare girls to pursue careers in fields such as cybersecurity, computer science, and robotics.

Girls in grades K–5 can now earn badges in:

  • Environmental Stewardship, through which girls learn how to respect the outdoors and take action to protect the natural world (funded by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project).
  • Cybersecurity, introducing girls to age-appropriate online safety and privacy principles, information on how the internet works, and how to spot and investigate cybercrime (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Space Science, enabling girls to channel their inner NASA scientist as they learn about objects in space and how astronomers conduct investigations (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Mechanical Engineering for Girl Scout Juniors, through which girls in grades 4 and 5 design paddle boats, cranes, and balloon-powered cars, learning about buoyancy, potential and kinetic energy, machines, and jet propulsion. Following last year’s introduction of Mechanical Engineering badges for girls in grades K–3, the addition of these badges for Girl Scout Juniors means that all Girl Scouts in elementary school can now have hands-on engineering experiences.

“Across the country, people are having powerful conversations about the increasingly strong voice of young people who want to change the world and the lack of women in leadership positions in the United States—two topics Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to address,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Whether they are fighting cybercrime, exploring how engineers solve problems, or advocating for issues affecting their community, Girl Scouts are learning how to proactively address some of the foremost challenges of today while also building skills that will set them up for a lifetime of leadership. I am so proud that our new programming continues to push girls to be forward-thinking and equips them with the skills they need to make the world a better place. We believe in the power of all girls, and we invite them to strengthen their unique abilities by joining Girl Scouts.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and inform on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include Code.org, the Cyber Innovation Center, robotics educator and author Kathy Ceceri, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Museum of Science, Boston, and WGBH’s Design Squad Global. Girl Scouts themselves also rigorously tested some of the new offerings, including the Think Like a Programmer activities and the Space Science and Cybersecurity badges, which were announced last year and are now available for girls around the country to earn.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

GSOSW STEM PROGRAMMING

About GSOSW STEM program opportunities, http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/our-council/news/2018/to_the_moon_and_back.html http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/our-council/news/2018/april_is_stem_month_.html

About Girl Scouts of the USA
We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon work supported by NASA Science under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AB90A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

About the GSUSA STEM Pledge, https://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/newsreleases/2017/girl-scouts-announces-STEM-pledge.html

About GSUSA STEM Programming, https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/girl-scouts-andstem.html


Town Hall to Discuss Modernization of the Columbia River Treaty Regime
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/18/18 11:40 AM

U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator Jill Smail will lead a Town Hall on September 6, 2018, in Portland, Oregon on the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty regime. The Town Hall is free of charge, open to the public, and will take place at the Bonneville Power Administration’s Rates Hearing Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This Town Hall will follow the August 15–16 round of negotiations on the Treaty regime in British Columbia and take place in advance of the October 17–18 round of negotiations in Portland, Oregon. At the Town Hall, U.S. government representatives will provide a general overview of the negotiations and take questions from the public; feel free to send questions in advance to iaRiverTreaty@state.gov">ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov. For more information on the Town Hall, including call-in details, please see the Federal Register Notice.

The Columbia River Treaty is an international model for transboundary water cooperation. The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border. The Treaty also has facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation. More information can be found on the Department’s Treaty website.

As the United States continues bilateral negotiations with Canada, our key objectives are guided by the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024, a consensus document published in 2013 after five years of consultations among the Tribes, states, stakeholders, public, and federal agencies. The U.S. negotiating team is led by the U.S. Department of State and comprises the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the Department of the Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 


Photo_I-5 MP 7 NB overturned truck hauling grapes (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/18/18 10:50 AM
Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland
Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland
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ASHLAND - I-5 NB MP 7, south of Ashland: Salvage crews continue to off-load cargo from the semi that rolled earlier this morning while coming down the Siskiyou Summit grade at MP 7. Contrary to earlier reports, the cargo is pallets of fresh green and purple grapes.
Slow lane is open to traffic. Cargo recovery is occurring in the fast lane. Use caution through the crash zone and expect short delays. 

Gary Leaming, ODOT PIO, 541-774-6388




Attached Media Files: Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland

Detectives Seek Tips on Peninger Fire (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 10:04 AM
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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives are working with Fire District 3 investigators to determine the cause of the Peninger Fire.  Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may have information that will assist in the investigation.

The fire was first reported on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 4:01 p.m.  Witnesses described a column of smoke originating from the area of the Bear Creek Greenway, behind the Jackson County Expo and the Family Fun Center.  The fire quickly spread to the east, damaging outbuildings and homes.  Nobody was injured.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who was on or near the Bear Creek Greenway between the Expo and Pine Street during the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  They say some people may not realize they have information that could help in the investigation.  The number for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office tip line is (541) 774-8333.

Case #18-14794

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Attached Media Files: Wednesday morning scene photo

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/18 9:30 AM

July 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, located in Coos County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Nye Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/18 9:24 AM

July 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Nye Beach

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Pedestrian Safety Event Results
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/18/18 8:47 AM

Thanks to a grant obtained through Oregon Impact, the Roseburg Police Department participated in the 3rd and final pedestrian safety crosswalk event for 2018.  The last event was held on Monday, July 16th, 2018.  These events are designed to raise awareness regarding pedestrian safety at crosswalks, and to enforce traffic laws related to crosswalk areas.

During this last event there were 29 citations issued for crosswalk violations, 3 for driving uninsured, 1 for unlawful use of a cell phone, and 2 for driving with a suspended license.  There were also 19 warnings issued for crosswalk violations and 30 informational pamphlets were handed out.

During all three events there were 116 citations issued for crosswalk violations, 13 for safety belt violations, 27 for driving uninsured, 10 for driving while suspended or without a license,  and 3 arrests were made.  There were 17 other citations issued for other traffic violations. 

 

When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the next lane.

At any other crosswalks - whether marked with paint or unmarked - drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.
Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

Safety Tips

Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.
Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.
Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.
Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.

 


Tue. 07/17/18
FOLKLIFE PROGRAM AT Guthrie Park Community Center (Photo)
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/17/18 2:03 PM
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Dallas, Ore.—Join folklorist Amy Howard and Guthrie Park Community Center director and musician, Sally Clark, and selected musicians for a conversation about traditional music and music jams in Polk County. The conversation will take place just before the regular Friday night jam on July 20, 2018, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, Dallas, OR 97338.

 

This open, community conversation invites audiences to connect with Sally Clark and local musicians about traditional music and the Friday night jam at Guthrie Park. Howard spent several days in Dallas and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their cultural traditions shaped their lives. Please come and chat with Clark and others and learn how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

 

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to meet and document culture keepers in the Willamette Valley counties of Polk, Benton, Lane, Mario, and Linn as well as with artists from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Free public programs are held in each county.

 

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. Since then, she has interned at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, coordinated public programs, and worked on multiple documentation projects in Utah and Idaho. In 2013, she collaborated with other fieldworkers documenting and producing a book on quilting traditions in the Bear River Heritage Area. In 2015, she and two of her students documented artistic, occupational, and recreational traditions in the Southeast Idaho Snake River Plain for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Together they created an exhibit and organized public performances at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

 

For more information about public programs in Benton, Lane, Marion, and Linn counties, contact Jennie Flinspach at jflinspa@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

 

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Willamette Valley. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

 

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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Motorcyclist killed in single vehicle crash - Hwy 202 (Nehalem Hwy) - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 07/17/18 1:57 PM

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 202 near milepost 6.

Investigation revealed that a Triumph Motorcycle operated by Damian BURRELL, age 30 of Warrenton, was westbound on Hwy 202, traveling at a high rate of speed while passing, when he lost control of the motorcycle and traveled off the roadway and crashed into the water.  Passing motorists stopped to assist and pulled BURRELL from the water.   

BURRELL suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Oregon State Police were assisted on scene by Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance,  ODOT, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.  


Silver Creek fire update 5
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/17/18 11:55 AM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the Silver Creek fire, located in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. The fire has been mapped at approximately 27 acres and no further growth is expected; it is 100% lined and 55% contained. Around 125 personnel remain on the fire, and will continue mopping up the fire’s perimeter, as well as removing dangerous snags.

Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Known as a lightning holdover, the fire smoldered for several weeks before emerging during a windy period with high temperatures, low relative humidity and drier fuels on the ground.

While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours. Visitors may notice light smoke at times, but the fire is not anticipated to produce heavy smoke.

More details:

—A June 18, 2018 lightning event initially caused the fire. The ignition went undetected for several weeks as the fire smoldered until fuel and weather conditions allowed it to grow. Initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13. Air resources dropped water and retardant to help stop the fire’s spread as crews worked to gain access on the ground.

—Crews will continue heavy mop-up around the fire perimeter for the next several days. Mop-up includes working from the perimeter into the fire’s interior, ensuring all heat has been extinguished. Mop-up is especially challenging on this fire because of thick brush, a heavy layer of duff and dangerous snags. Firefighters have been carefully removing large snags around the fire’s perimeter. Night crews have used infrared cameras to help identify hot spots. Fire managers anticipate maintaining current staffing levels for the next several days to continue this work and secure the fire area.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire.

—Park closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 remain available online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.


Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee meets July 30 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/18 11:40 AM

July 17, 2018

Program contact: Anna Davis, 971-673-2950, anna.l.davis@state.or.us

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee meets July 30 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee

Agenda: Committee members' discussion of SurveyMonkey questions and SurveyMonkey in the Nurse Staffing FAQ. The agenda is available on the OHA's nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

When: July 30, 3-5 p.m. No public comment period is offered.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 612, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. Conference call line: 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board has established a committee to advise the Oregon Health Authority on the SurveyMonkey tool used in nurse staffing surveys. Board members on the committee will review the use of the SurveyMonkey tool, the questions asked in it, and whether to include information about it in the Nurse Staffing FAQ.

For more information, see the agency nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

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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 Anna Davis at 971-673-2950, 711 TTY or anna.l.davis@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Be Prepared For A Natural Disaster
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 07/17/18 11:18 AM

                                             BBB, OEM Offers Tips for Keeping Your Home and Business Safe

Portland, Oregon —July 17, 2018 It is wildfire season in Oregon, and the U.S. Forest Service warns this year could be especially significant for wildfires.  Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are reminding consumers and businesses owners to do their part to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. 

“A major disaster can pose significant challenges for individuals and families, as well as for local businesses” says Andrew Phelps, director at OEM. “Even a minor emergency can interfere with your ability to operate or require funding for repairs. There are steps you and your organization can take to be prepared, the most significant of which is to be 2 Weeks Ready.

While strangers will reach out to help others during a natural disaster, scammers make situations worse by trying to take advantage of victims. BBB reminds those affected by natural disasters to beware of out-of-town contractors soliciting businesses with ill intentions. While they may not all be frauds, they may lack the proper licensing for your area, offer quick fixes or make big promises they can’t deliver. The con artists typically show up after a natural disaster offering to help with cleanup for a low cost. Be sure to research any company before doing business with them and never be pressured into making quick decisions when solicited by a contractor.

Remember, it's just as important to be prepared before disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take to get your home and business ready:

For consumers:

  • Keep documents secure. Store your documents in a safe place that is easy to access such as a safe deposit box. This includes your Social Security card, birth certificate, passport and any other official, hard-to-replace documents. Documents not kept in a safe can land in the wrong hands.
  • Have a plan. Familiarize yourself with your town’s emergency plans for shelter and evacuation. Have a list of emergency contacts, the locations frequented by family members and know the specific needs of household members, including animals.

For additional consumer preparedness information, visit the Individual Preparedness page on OEM’s website.

For businesses:

  • Practice emergency drills. Businesses should practice drills with employees and have processes in place to account for employees in the event of a disaster.
  • Lock up customers' information. Remember to safeguard your customers’ privacy by protecting their data.  Lock up important papers or transfer them to the cloud to keep them safe and intact.

For additional business preparedness information, check out the Business Preparedness section on OEM’s website and complete a Preparedness Scorecard for Businesses. Get more scam tips at bbb.org/scamtips.

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ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including BBB Northwest & Pacific which serves more than 15 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii and Western Wyoming.    

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*UPDATE* Trailer Fire Death Deemed a Homicide (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/18 10:24 AM
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Update 7/17/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has completed its investigation into the death of Tammy Rae Hicks.  Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson, MD, has ruled Hicks' death as a homicide.  The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.  Evidence at autopsy showed Hicks died before her body was burned in a trailer fire on June 30, 2018.  

Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr. remains lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges related to this case.  Any further updates will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Update 7/1/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives say the death at the scene of Saturday’s trailer fire was a homicide. The suspect is in jail, accused of murdering his estranged wife and burning her body.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m, deputies responded with Fire District #3 personnel to a trailer fire in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller indicated a woman was in the trailer, which was fully engulfed before first responders arrived.

Deputies arrested Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr., 52, shortly after arriving at the scene, which was also Kevin Hicks’s residence. Hicks is lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of murder and second degree abuse of a corpse.

Detectives have presumptively identified the victim as Tammy Raye Hicks, 49, of the 12200-block of Table Rock Road. Investigators with the Jackson County medical examiner’s office say the official identity of the deceased is tentative; they will likely need to rely on dental records or DNA comparisons to make a conclusive identification. An autopsy will take place later this week.

The couple separated after deputies arrested Kevin Hicks on October 15, 2017, for assaulting Tammy Hicks in the presence of their four minor children. Kevin Hicks was arrested again the following day when he contacted Tammy Hicks, in violation of the jail release agreement. The children were not present during Saturday’s incident.

Detectives with the multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU), as well as fire investigators, are assisting with the case. The District Attorney’s Office will review the evidence and refer the case to a grand jury.  Additional details regarding the incident will not be released at this time.

Case #18-13354

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Original release 6/30/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating an apparent death at the scene of a trailer fire. Few details are available for release at this early stage in the investigation.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire in a trailer in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller reported a woman was inside the trailer.

Fire District #3 personnel responded to fight the fire, which was fully engulfed. Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives and an investigator from the medical examiner's office responded to assist with the investigation.

Further information, including the identity of the deceased, will be released at a later time.

Case #18-13354

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Attached Media Files: Scene photo , Kevin Hicks booking photo - 6/30/18

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Auction Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 07/17/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against online auction frauds.

We are now fully into summer. With vacations already planned and paid for, many are short on the cash needed to buy those odds and ends for around the house. Instead of paying top dollar at the store, many are turning to online auctions as a way to save money. Such auctions are a great option – if you know how to use them safely.

Most auction sites have rules for both the buyer and the seller. Take time to familiarize yourself to the auction site and all its policies before you bid on anything. Pay special attention to details about payment information, privacy policies, and insurance. Also, before using, make sure that the sites where you register, sign in and bid are secure. Chances are that if the site URL starts with “https,” the page is secure. However, to be safe, try to pay with a credit card that comes with fraud protection. Additionally, take your time to research what other people have to say about the website. Look for reviews or complaints that indicate that a buyer either got a faulty product or never received what they bid on.

These scam artists have been doing it for a while and know exactly what to say and do to steal your money. Here are some warning signs:

  • The seller only has a generic photo of the item. You cannot be sure that the seller actually has the item if there isn't a current picture.
  • A “brand name” product is marked down or on sale for a price much lower than normal. This product could be counterfeit.
  • If you see words such as “used”, “old”, or “vintage”, the item may not be in the best condition.
  • Do not use the “Friends and Family” money transfer method to pay for items, as buyers are not eligible for fraud protection through this method.
  • Do not pay for items using gift cards. These requests almost always indicate a scam since the “seller” can cash out the cards immediately and the auction site has no way to verify that payment.  
  • The seller insists on communicating or paying outside of the auction site’s payment system. The seller might insinuate that the system is too slow and that he needs the money right away to send you your product. No matter what story he tells you, don’t send money outside the established payment system!
  • You get an email stating that you need to verify your account or reply to confirm your purchase of a product. If this happens, go to the auction site itself to log in. There you will be able to see if the site really sent you an email. If so, you can respond there and avoid clicking on any potentially compromising links.

If you have been victimized by an online overpayment scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.




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Marine Patrols Jet Off to the Rogue for On-Water Training (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/17/18 10:00 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its week-long law enforcement jet boat course on the Rogue River between Gold Beach and Foster Bar during the week of July 23 – July 26.  This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

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

“Boating is an apprenticeship where we’re learning every day.  One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator.  Incorporating expertise with students new to jet boating is why our Law Enforcement training is such a rewarding experience for everyone,” says Persichetti.  “This is a unique course in that it is the only one in the nation that offers this type of specialized training.”

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

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

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/AboutUs.aspx.

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The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

 




Attached Media Files: Sheriff's Office Jet Boat Image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon June 2018 New Release
Oregon Employment Department - 07/17/18 10:00 AM

Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s May unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in June.

In June, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1,900 jobs, following a revised gain of 3,200 jobs in May. Job gains were led by leisure and hospitality (+1,800 jobs) and private educational services (+1,000). Three major industries each added close to 600 jobs: health care and social assistance (+700); manufacturing (+600); and construction (+500). Several industries shed jobs in June, including retail trade (-1,000 jobs); information (-800); financial activities (-600); and transportation, warehousing and utilities (-500).

Although Oregon’s payroll employment continued to expand, the rate of growth has moderated in recent months. Job gains averaged 1,500 per month over the past three months. Over the past 12 months, 31,400 jobs were added, good for a growth rate of 1.6 percent. This growth matched that of the U.S. where over-the-year job growth was also 1.6 percent through June. Oregon’s job gains were much faster in 2013 through 2017, averaging 2.8 percent per year and reaching a peak growth rate of 3.7 percent in mid-2015.

Part of the reason for the slowdown in the rate of job growth is likely due to an unusually tight labor market. Many employers are facing increasing difficulty hiring workers. The degree of Oregon’s labor market tightness is reflected in these indicators:
• The number of people working part time for economic reasons is at the lowest since at least 2002, when comparable records began.
• The broadest measure of labor underutilization, U-6, dropped to 7.8 percent in June, which was its lowest reading since at least 2002.
• The number of Oregonians unemployed for 27 weeks or more dropped below 7,000, the lowest level since at least 2002, and far below the more than 100,000 long-term unemployed in 2010 during the aftermath of the recession.
• The number of people entering the labor market without a job was at its lowest level since at least 2000, when comparable records began.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 14th. 


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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the October, November and December 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

 

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

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

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




Attached Media Files: Employment In Oregon June 2018 News Release

Oregon CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to hold meeting and webinar July 20
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/18 9:58 AM

July 17, 2018

Contact: Pete Edlund, 503-559-2216, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Oregon CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to hold meeting and webinar July 20

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority's CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 111/112, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E., Wilsonville

Attendees can also join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277166

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, and updates; public testimony; extended CCO 2.0 update; 2018 incentive measure program changes; 2019 measure set: information for consideration; break; finalize 2019 measure set; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

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Cultural Trust geographic reach "remarkable," says impact report; Per capita funding for culture peaks in rural Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 07/17/18 9:43 AM
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Salem, Ore. – A new impact study of the Oregon Cultural Trust calls its geographic reach “remarkable” and reinforces its unique role as a stable and accessible funding source for arts, heritage and humanities statewide. Produced by ECONorthwest, the report concludes that the Cultural Trust has a wide-reaching influence on people’s experience of culture in Oregon, supporting cultural activities and organizations in every county with higher per capita funding, up to $15 per capita, in rural counties where grant funding can be scarce.

“The Trust effectively allocates resources to rural areas of the state by harnessing contributions from urban areas,” said Terry Moore, ECONorthwest’s senior project director. “It serves as a nexus for the entire cultural community in Oregon and can use this position to amplify the effects of its grantmaking activities.”

The impact study focused on Cultural Trust performance between 2006 and 2016, or 10 of the 17 years since the Trust was founded. During that time donations to the Cultural Trust increased an average of 4.3 percent annually, adjusted for inflation. The non-corporate donor base grew by 7.6 percent.

Between 2006 and 2016 the Cultural Trust distributed $17.5 million in grant funds through its 45 Cultural County and Tribal Coalitions, directly to cultural nonprofits through Cultural Development grants and via its five Statewide Partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation. The funding provided $11.2 million to support 4,958 statewide projects and an additional $6.3 million in partner and collaborative grants.

“This longitudinal view of the Cultural Trust’s impact for cultural projects and programs all across Oregon is truly extraordinary,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Chuck Sams. “The uniqueness of the Cultural Trust in the nation is testament to how highly valued culture is in our state.”

In addition, the impact of the grants was maximized by producing goods and services, generating an additional 70 percent of the grant amounts in economic value and leveraging new funding sources for required matching grants.

Report findings also indicate that the Cultural Trust has tremendous potential to continue to grow contributions and expand its impact. As one donor said, “The Cultural Trust funds culture through a diverse statewide network that ensures its grant dollars are shared wisely. It’s a great funding model – if more donors would participate it could have a transformational impact on the cultural life of our state.”

The Oregon Cultural Trust was created by the Oregon State Legislature in 2001 to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture. The Legislature established an innovative funding mechanism to support that mission: the Cultural Tax Credit. Oregonians who donate to an Oregon-based cultural nonprofit qualifies for the state tax credit by donating the same amount to the Cultural Trust. The program allows Oregon taxpayers who value and support culture to redirect that portion of their taxes to Cultural Trust grant programs.

The Cultural Tax Credit now generates close to $5 million per year for the Cultural Trust. Up to 60 percent of that amount is distributed to nonprofit organizations working on cultural activities in Oregon; the remainder is invested in a permanent fund for Oregon culture.

View the full impact report and/or the executive summary.

The impact report was commissioned by the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Cultural Partners:

The more than 100 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2018 include:

  • the “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years” interactive exhibit at Oregon Historical Society and community programming by the Oregon Black Pioneers in Salem;
  • theater lighting and sound equipment upgrades for the Florence Events Center;
  • the renovation of the historic Baker Orpheum Theatre to become a community performing arts center in Baker City; 
  • exhibits and programs that highlight the LBGTQ community and Native youth as part of a Cultural Diversity Initiative by the High Desert Museum in Bend; and
  • transforming a major gallery at Portland Children’s Museum into The Studio - a clay, maker and multi-purpose art space for families.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to Cultural County Coalitions and several hundred county projects they fund, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

Total grant funds distributed since the Cultural Trust was founded: $23 million.

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Newly Restored Oregon Constitution on View for the First Time Outside of the State Archives in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/17/18 9:37 AM
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Portland, OR – Following a massive statewide crowdfunding campaign, the newly restored Oregon Constitution is now on view at the Oregon Historical Society through September 3, 2018. What started as a penny drive targeted at Oregon students to raise funds to preserve and exhibit the original 1857 Oregon Constitution turned into over $100,000 raised to restore this historic document. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have joined many Oregonians in contributing to this effort, and is the first location outside of the Oregon State Archives in Salem to host the document.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson arranged special TSA clearance as the constitution traveled from Portland to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Massachusetts. The detailed conservation effort included digital imaging to create a record of the document prior to restoration, and some of the “before and after” photos of the constitution are on view in the Oregon Historical Society display.

Mary Beth Herkert, Director of the State Archives Division, shares an overview of the restoration in a video, and the NEDCC further details the complex conservation process in this video. Steps included repairing pages that were loose from the binding (while preserving the original binding), as well as essentially giving the pages a “bath” in order to clean the pages that were starting to discolor due to the type of ink that was used in writing the document. The full effort took a single conservationist four months to complete.

While the constitution is on view, the Oregon Historical Society will host two free public programs in the month of August to invite conversation around this important founding document:

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear: Conversations on Citizenship and the Oregon Constitution

Presented by Manuel Padilla on Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm

Join Manuel Padilla for a dialogue on the foundations of citizenship in the Oregon constitution. The discussion will explore the local people that shaped this concept of citizenship and will then situate the conversations of the past in the current socio-political climate of the present. Have we progressed beyond the considerations and limitations of 1857? Have we transcended past Oregonians’ debates over belonging? Or, is there something of us in them, and something of them in us today?

A White Man’s Democracy: The Drafting of the Oregon State Constitution in the Era of Dred Scott

Presented by Kenneth Coleman on Wednesday, August 15 at 12pm

Kenneth Coleman will discuss the national and regional historical context of the Oregon Constitutional Convention and the ultimate outcome of debates surrounding slavery, racial exclusion, and woman suffrage. He will also consider the meaning of representational democracy in antebellum Oregon, focusing on those Oregonians who had no access to the convention or the right to vote on its final draft.

To learn more about Oregon’s road to statehood and the constructing of Oregon’s Constitution, visit www.ohs.org/constitution. Explore OHS digital history projects for more background on Oregon’s road to statehood and to view the draft copy of the Oregon State Constitution’s preamble and bill of rights that is part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library collection.

View this historic document now through September 3, 2018 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission to the museum is currently discounted to $5 as we renovate our permanent exhibition on the third floor. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

 

About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.




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Media advisory: Silver Creek fire communications change (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/17/18 6:21 AM
Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry
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Assignment editors and reports: there's been a change to the Public Information Officer operating at the Silver Creek fire inside Silver Falls State Park. Ryan Gordon with the Oregon Department of Forestry will take over as the sole PIO starting today. He will work with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from the Salem headquarters to issue a daily release updating acreage, containment, and any other important changes. We expect that release will normally be published around 11 a.m. for as long as is needed, but daily circumstances may require us to shift that schedule periodically.

To make a site visit, please contact Ryan in advance. His cell phone number is 503-779-5278 and email is ryan.p.gordon@oregon.gov. Use both methods to reach him before visiting the site. Cell phone coverage at the park is very limited, but the incident command area has temporary phone and wifi service, and even if you have to leave a message, he should eventually get it and respond.

Thanks for your support so far helping us get the word out about this event.

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Signing off: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry // Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department




Attached Media Files: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry

Mon. 07/16/18
Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets July 30
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/18 4:50 PM

July 16, 2018

Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets July 30

What: The Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is holding a public meeting to develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing Statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Agenda:

  • Agenda overview and introductions.
  • Presentation: background and Oregon opioid overview.
  • Presentation: Acute Opioid Prescribing Guideline overview.
  • Discussion of draft.
  • Meeting summary and next steps.

When: Monday, July 30, 1-3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. No conference call option is available for the public.

Background: The purpose of Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is to set a standard of care in Oregon around safe opioid prescribing for acute pain. The workgroup will develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing Statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, and will address acute opioid prescribing in primary care, emergency departments, dentistry, and after surgical procedures.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson at 971-673-1033, 711 TTY or ew.r.simpson@state.or.us">drew.r.simpson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Man Assaults 7-11 Employee, Steals Candy (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/18 3:50 PM
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WHITE CITY, Ore. – A White City man was jailed this weekend on several charges including robbery. Deputies say Mark Eugene Shepard, 44, assaulted a 7-Eleven employee who confronted him about shoplifting candy, and then fled the scene with the merchandise.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 5:08 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a shoplifting and assault at the 7-Eleven store located at 2410 Antelope Road.  Employees reported a customer tried to “haggle” over the price of a package of gummy bears.  When he wasn’t satisfied with the employee's refusal to lower the price, the customer opened the package and began eating the candy. 

The employee told the customer to either pay for the candy or leave the store without it.  The customer began shouting profanities at the employee.  He “head-butted” the employee in the face and left the store on foot.  

Store managers provided surveillance video of the incident.  Deputies were able to identify the suspect in the video as Shepard, a White City-area transient. 

On Saturday, July 14, at 12:49 a.m., deputies contacted Shepard at a residence in the 2600-block of Falcon Street.  Shepard admitted to being involved in the incident at 7-Eleven.  When deputies took Shephard into custody, they located a pipe with methamphetamine residue on his person. 

Shepard was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:  third degree robbery, fourth degree assault, harassment, third degree theft, second degree disorderly conduct, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.  Shepard was released from jail on July 15 due to capacity restrictions.

Shepard is due to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on August 15, 2018.  The case will be referred to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

Case #18-14326 

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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee meets July 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/18 3:46 PM

July 16, 2018

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee meets July 26 in Portland

What: The regular public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, July 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Please note that space is limited.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor and comprised of private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians’ tobacco use.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget; implementation update; legislative efforts check-in; Place Matters Conference update; communications update: Central Oregon Prevention Campaign; youth survey update.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or ah.barnard@state.or.us">sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Man damages the Bend Police Department and threatens to burn down the community (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 07/16/18 2:02 PM
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Date: Monday, July 16, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018-213264                            

Date & Time of Incident: July 16, 2018 at 2:15am                                          

Type of Incident:  Criminal Mischief                                                               

Location of Incident: 555 NE 15th Street; Bend Police Department

 

Arrestee:

Samuel Wyatt Dennis                    21 year old                             Bend resident

Narrative:

 

On July 16th, 2018 a Bend Police Officer leaving their shift at 2:15 am heard a commotion near the gate of the secured parking lot of the Bend Police Department. The officer interrupted a male striking the security key pad and damaging it beyond being able to use it.

Officers made attempts to contact the suspect, but the suspect sped away in his 1998 Dodge Pickup to avoid contact. Further inspection of the police department and security video footage showed the suspect throwing an object into the secured lot, damaging a police vehicle. The suspect also placed a board through the front door handles inside the Bend Police Department lobby and leaned a heavy metal object against the door. The suspect etched letters into the front glass door and on the concrete in front of the front entry doors.

Bend Police Officers and Detectives started to investigate the case and quickly identified the suspect as Samuel Dennis. Dennis made calls to Bend Fire and Rescue mentioning burning the community to the ground. From the statements and actions by Dennis, and by essentially barricading the police department earlier in the morning, Dennis’ intentions to cause harm to public safety employees seemed legitimate.

Detectives located Dennis’ vehicle at his residence in the 62000 Bunchgrass Loop. Detectives observed Dennis’ vehicle leave for a short time, before returning to his residence. Detectives and officers attempted to contact Dennis in his driveway.

At 10:18 am, as officers attempted to arrest Dennis from his vehicle, but he refused and drove through landscaping before leading Bend Police on a pursuit. As the pursuit continued, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police and Bureau of Land Management assisted with the pursuit.

The pursuit continued at a low speeds. At 10:41, a Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deployed spike strips to disable the truck driven by Dennis. The pursuit took place through the east end of Bend and Deschutes County before stopping in Crook County.  

At 10:46, Dennis’ vehicle stopped on Geo Millican Road just south of Four Corners. Dennis was contained in his vehicle while Crisis Negotiators from the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on scene working on a successful solution with Dennis. Other members from the CERT Team and the Oregon State Police SWAT Team responded to assist in resolving the situation.

Crook County Sherriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bend Fire and Rescue and BLM Fire responded to assist with this incident.

At 12:17pm, Dennis was taken into custody. Dennis was not cooperating with officers on scene and refused to exit his vehicle. Members of the CERT team deployed chemical agents to safely apprehend Dennis. He was evaluated by Bend Fire and Rescue and transported to St. Charles Bend. Dennis did suffer minor injuries while being taken into custody, as he was not complying with officer’s directions.  

Dennis is facing charges of Criminal Mischief I, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude and Disorderly Conduct. This investigation is still on going and will be continued by the Bend Police Detective Division.  

 

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Roseburg Woman Dies in House Fire
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/18 12:16 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - An early morning house fire has claimed the life of a Roseburg woman.

9-1-1 dispatchers received a call of a house fire in the 700-block of Happy Valley Road. It was reported that that there may have been a subject still in the structure at the time of the call. 

Firefighters from Douglas County Fire District #2 and Winston Dillard Fire Department responded along with a deputy. 

It was later confirmed by firefighters that one person, 66 year-old Georgia Fullerton, was located deceased in the residence. Her husband, 79 year-old Jerry Fullerton, was able to exit the residence safely.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working in conjunction with firefighters and fire investigators. At this time, nothing appears to be suspicious.  


Deputies Make Nine Weekend DUII Arrests (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/18 12:08 PM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies made nine arrests for impaired driving over the weekend.  Nearly half of the cases involved intoxicated drivers leaving the Jackson County Fair. 

On the night of Friday, July 13, 2018, deputies arrested two men for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).  In one case, 23-year-old man was reported by a citizen as a possible impaired driver leaving the area of the fairgrounds.  Deputies caught up to him in Eagle Point, where he was arrested for DUII.  He was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24%. 

JCSO deputies arrested seven people for DUII on Saturday.  Those arrested included five men and two women, ranging in age from 21 to 58 years.  

Of the seven drivers arrested Saturday, three were leaving the fair at night.  Deputies arrested a 21-year-old man after a crash on Peninger Road.  He rear-ended another vehicle carrying two women, one of whom was pregnant.  Both women were transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.  No one else was injured.

In a case unrelated to the fair, a 31-year-old woman rolled her car in the 6000-block of Griffin Lane at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  Her two-year-old child was also in the vehicle.  Both were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.  The driver was cited and released at the hospital for DUII, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person. 

Notably, deputies were alerted to two of this weekend’s cases by citizens who called 911 after suspecting an impaired driver.  In each case, the caller provided identifying information and remained on the line with dispatch to help a deputy locate the suspect vehicle.

Deputies remind people to make transportation plans before they begin drinking, whether at home or attending an event. Designate a sober driver, call a cab or ride share service, or call a friend.  If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.

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Silver Creek Fire Update 4 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/16/18 12:06 PM
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News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 16, 2018 // 11:50 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 4

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Main points:

  • Containment is currently estimated at 35% with 75% of the perimeter lined. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes, thick undergrowth and numerous large snags posing safety hazards.  
  • Burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. Improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground, rather than fire growth, has allowed for a more accurate measurement of 27 acres. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • The number of personnel engaged remains at approximately 125.
  • Today’s aerial support includes a Type 1 helicopter, with Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) available if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy . Aerial video from Sunday, July 15 is included.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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***Update-Names Released***Josephine County man Kills ex-girlfriend and then takes his own life - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/18 11:55 AM

UPDATE NAMES RELEASED

The names are being released after the families were notified. The victim, 27 year old, Kristina L. Mehaffey was from the Josephine County area. The suspect, 28 year old, Jeremy L Sweet, also from Josephine County.

 

END UPDATE

 

On July 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00PM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at an address in the Merlin area. When Troopers arrived they located a passenger van in the driveway and the female operator was deceased. Approximately 1 mile from this scene a second vehicle was located and the male driver was pronounced deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation has determined that the male had confronted the female, killing her and then took his own life.  

The names will be released at a later time once the families have been notified. No other information is available at this time.


Oregon Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Detonating Explosive Device in Fred Meyer Store
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/16/18 11:22 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Monte Robin Kaija, Jr., 47, of Portland, was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for detonating a small explosive device at a Fred Meyer store in Southeast Portland, and later possessing a homemade metal pipe bomb.

According to court documents, on May 21, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) received a report of an individual placing a small pipe bomb made of PVC in an aisle of a Fred Meyer store on SE 82nd Avenue in Portland. Portland Fire & Rescue were dispatched to assist PPB with their response. Kaija detonated the device shortly before police arrived on scene, causing damage to a single aisle. Nobody was injured in the explosion, and Kaija fled. While processing the scene, PPB officers identified several fragments of white plastic PVC pipe, pieces of white plastic PVC end caps, electrical tape, and a granular, power-like substance.

After analyzing the materials collected on scene, the Oregon State Police Lab notified PPB that a DNA profile had been collected from a small piece of electrical tape. The DNA profile was matched to Kaija. On August 31, 2016, PPB officers arrested Kaija in a motorhome on SE 96th Avenue in Portland, and discovered a homemade metal pipe bomb in his motorhome.  A certified bomb technician assigned to the Portland Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit responded to the scene and rendered the device safe. As a convicted felon, he was not allowed to possess the destructive devices.

Kaija previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device in violation of 26 U.S.C. §§ 5841, 5861(d), and 5871 on December 12, 2016. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Kaija will be on supervised release for three years.

The PPB and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Hannah Horsley and Paul T. Maloney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-07/6325/116234/SENTENCING-Kaija-Final.pdf

$1.1 million in Powerball prizes are still unclaimed
Oregon Lottery - 07/16/18 9:26 AM

July 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – While the $150 million winning Powerball ticket was claimed last week, there are several other Powerball prizes that have gone unclaimed.

More than $1.1 million in Powerball prizes are scheduled to expire this November if players with the winning tickets don’t come forward. Prizes are good for one year from the draw date of the game. Two of the unclaimed prizes were purchased in Portland and one in Troutdale. Prizes that are not claimed are transferred to the state Economic Development Fund.

The largest of the unclaimed prizes is a $1 million Powerball prize that was won last November 25. The ticket was sold in Portland and the winning numbers are 08-13-27-53-54 with a Powerball of 04. The player matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number.

There are also two $50,000 Powerball prizes from the Nov. 15 drawing that are also still unclaimed. Players matched four numbers and the Powerball. The numbers for that draw are 23-32-44-48-50 with a Powerball of 25.

“I don’t know anyone who would turn down a $50,000 prize,” said Patrick Johnson, public information specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “Anyone who purchased Powerball tickets in the Portland area back in November make sure you check your tickets. If you have a winning ticket, sign the back immediately and claim it at the Oregon Lottery.”

All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million goes into the fund. In fiscal year 2016, more than $5.3 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In fiscal year 2017, more than $5.4 million.

There is also an unclaimed $50,000 Win for Life prize which was sold in Portland on Sept. 30 of 2017.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. 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


UPDATE - Double fatality crash Hwy 211 - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/18 8:38 AM

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2005 Mini Cooper operated by Jesus David Jay THARP, age 33 of Colton, was westbound on Oswalt Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Oswalt and Hwy 211. The Mini Cooper collided with a 2000 Holr motor home operated by Steven Gary DAVIS, age 67 of Estacada. 

THARP and the passenger in the Mini Cooper Dylan James TAYLOR, age 28 of Burns, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Steven DAVIS and the passenger in the motor home Jeanette Sue DAVIS, age 54 of Estacada, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.  

 

On July 15, 2018 at approximately 9;15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 near mp 20. 

Two people are confirm deceased and two people have been transported to the hospital for injuries.

A detour is in place, however expect delays for several hours while the troopers investigate.

No more information to be released at this time.