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Tue. 04/16/24
Benton Co. Government - 04/16/24 10:23 AM

The Benton County Historic Resources Commission, in collaboration with the Natural Areas, Parks, and Events Department, and the State Historic Preservation Office, is pleased to announce the Fort Hoskins’ Commander’s House Chimney Restoration Workshop. This workshop aims to educate participants on the repointing of a historic chimney using lime-based mortar.

  • Date: Sunday, April 21, 2024
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Location: Commander’s House, Fort Hoskins, 22953 Hoskins Rd, Benton County

Limited to 8 participants, attendees are required to sign up in advance to secure their spot. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from expert instructors and can coordinate with them for further involvement in chimney repair beyond the workshop.

This event is free of charge and offers a unique hands-on experience in preserving local historical heritage. Media personnel are welcome to attend and cover the event.

For more information or to register, please contact Inga Williams at Inga.Williams@bentoncountyor.gov

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/4171/171543/IMG_20170917_115950.jpg , 2024-04/4171/171543/IMG_20170917_115538.jpg , 2024-04/4171/171543/IMG_7477.jpg

Museum receives $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities award (Photo)
High Desert Museum - 04/16/24 9:00 AM
By Hand Through Memory Hall
By Hand Through Memory Hall

BEND, OR — The High Desert Museum will receive $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of 10 in the nation selected for funding for the exceedingly competitive Public Humanities Projects: Exhibition category, the agency announced Tuesday.

The funding will support the Museum’s revitalization of its permanent exhibition dedicated to the Indigenous cultures of the region. By Hand Through Memory opened in 1999, supported in part by NEH funding. Hand in hand with Native partners, the Museum has been working on a new version of the exhibition for several years.

This award is the second grant for the project: In 2019, NEH awarded the Museum $45,000 to support the planning of the renovation. The agency also awarded the Museum $500,000 in 2023 to support an associated expansion of the Museum, bringing the total commitment to the Museum’s future to $1,045,000.

“For more than four decades, the High Desert Museum has set the gold standard for showing and telling both Oregonians and visitors our state’s history,” U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said. “Indigenous history is essential to that mission, and I’m gratified this Central Oregon treasure has secured such a significant federal investment to enable it to update and expand the permanent exhibition devoted to Native perspectives and experiences.”

“We’re immensely grateful to NEH and Senators Wyden and Merkley for this transformational investment,” said High Desert Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “The revitalized exhibition will be centered in Native voices and knowledge, sharing the rich stories of Indigenous communities throughout the Plateau region. The NEH funding is vital for realizing our vision.”

The Museum is presently working on exhibition design with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a firm that has handled museum projects ranging from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. to the First 

Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, an effort sharing the stories of the 39 Tribes in Oklahoma that opened in 2021.

The exhibition renovation is part of the long-term vision for the future of the Museum, which includes more capacity for educational programming, immersive experiences to bring visitors into the forest canopy, a permanent art exhibition space and a gathering space for Museum events. The Sisters-based Roundhouse Foundation helped launch work on this vision with a $6 million gift in 2021.

The Museum opened in 1982. Founder Donald M. Kerr envisioned the space as an immersive experience that highlights the wonder of the High Desert, often saying that its mission is to “wildly excite and responsibly teach.” He also intended for the Museum and its programs to spark dialogue and bring people together in conversations about what they want for the region’s future.

Today, the Museum shares up to nine rotating temporary exhibitions, serves more than 8,600 participants with school field trips, and provides free and reduced-price admissions to more than 25,000 visitors. It welcomed more than 216,000 visitors in 2023.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that supports cultural institutions in their efforts to facilitate research and original scholarship, provides opportunities for lifelong learning, preserves and provides access to cultural and educational resources, and strengthens the institutional base of the humanities throughout the nation.


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



Attached Media Files: By Hand Through Memory Hall

UCC Board of Education Meeting - Agenda Revision
Umpqua Community College - 04/16/24 8:27 AM

The agenda for the Umpqua Community College Board of Education regular meeting on April 17, 2024, has been revised. There will now be a second work session at 6:00 pm in TAP 14. The revised agenda and other pertinent meeting information can be found at https://umpqua.edu/about/governance-operations/governance/board-of-education/board-meetings/.

Mon. 04/15/24
Public Meeting Notice: Dog Control Board
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/24 10:07 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 216, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

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

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting. To view the live stream or post meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon.

Please contact the Sheriff's Office located in Room 210 of the Justice Building at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 541- 440-4449, if you need an accommodation.

Sweet Home Fire Hosts "Bond Information with the Chief"
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/15/24 5:25 PM

Sweet Home Fire invites the community to join us for informational sessions regarding upcoming Bond Measure 22-203 which will appear on the May ballot. We will be hosting these informational sessions from 5:00-6:30 pm:

Tuesday May 7th at Station 21 - 1099 Long street Sweet Home

Wednesday May 8th at Station 24 - 49258 Santiam Hwy Cascadia

Thursday May 9th at Station 23 - 25995 1st St Crawfordsville

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation Week (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/24 3:56 PM

The second week of April every year, the Lane County Sheriff's Office takes time to recognize and thank those that answer approximately 91,000 calls every year in our county, documenting about 74,000 incidents.  

Dispatchers take calls and send deputies or medics to help. They will stay on the phone with you during the worst moment of your life while you wait for help to arrive. They are the ones who send that help, they are the ones who watch over the deputies, medics, and firefighters sent to help you. They are the first, first responders you will probably never meet.

The Sheriff’s Office has around a dozen full-time Dispatchers serving the citizens of Lane County 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. At any given time, there are 2 to 4 dispatchers working. They dispatch for not only the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, but also Coburg Police Department, Oakridge Police Department, Oakridge Fire Department, Lane Community College Security (after hours), Junction City Police Department (nights), Parole and Probation, and the investigative team for the District Attorney’s Office.  During major incidents, officers from other agencies will often switch to our radio channels as well.

In the course of a day, a Dispatcher answering phones may go from answering questions about how to get a restraining order, to giving CPR instructions, to taking a call of house that was broken into, to deescalating a violent dispute until deputies arrive. 

When the phone rings they never know what’s going to be on the other side. They answer the phone armed with their extensive training and years of experience, prepared to answer a simple question or help save a life.

Thank you to all our dispatchers that have devoted their careers to helping others!

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/6111/171530/Dispatch_Appreciation_Week.png

UPDATE: Demonstrators block Interstate 5 in Lane County - Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police - 04/15/24 3:10 PM


As a result of this morning’s demonstration, 52 people were arrested for disorderly conduct. Two individuals were additionally charged with conspiracy and theft 2. All suspects are in custody at the Lane County Jail. 

Six vehicles were towed from the scene. 

Today’s incident required a significant law enforcement response. Responding agencies included: 

  • Eugene Police Department – 31 officers; 1 transport van 
  • Springfield Police Department – 22 officers; 1 transport van
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office – 20 deputies; 2 jail vans    
  • Oregon State Police – 48 troopers 
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response – 6 personnel 
  • Springfield Fire Department and Eugene Fire Department  

OSP would like to thank area law enforcement agencies for their partnership and response to this incident. 



LANE COUNTY, Ore. 15 April 2024 – At approximately 10:00 a.m., Oregon State Troopers responded to I-5 southbound at milepost 194 in Eugene to reports of protesters blocking the interstate. Protesters blocked all southbound traffic lanes near the Barlow Bridge. 


Throughout the incident, demonstrators were given continuous lawful orders to disperse before dozens of people were arrested for disorderly conduct. At least one individual was discovered to be in possession of a firearm.


The interstate traffic was stopped for approximately 45 minutes. Southbound lanes are now open; however, law enforcement remains on the scene while observers continue to gather along the highway. 


Oregon State Police supports an individual’s right to lawfully protest and express concerns over world events. However, today’s actions put Oregon’s motorists in danger as well as the protestors who blocked the roadway.


At this time, future comments will be limited due to the ongoing criminal investigations. 


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About the Oregon State Police

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

Supporting families to prevent child abuse moves forward in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 04/15/24 2:19 PM

(Salem) – This year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month theme, Doing Things Differently: Moving from the Challenge to the Change, emphasizes the importance of innovative prevention-based approaches to supporting children and families. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is committed to advancing programs that address poverty and other challenges families face that could put children at risk. 

As Governor Tina Kotek’s proclamation states, “Child abuse is a preventable public health issue, and Oregon's children and families deserve intentional, sustainable investments in their health and wellbeing.” 

Prevention-based approaches link families in Oregon to voluntary assistance programs from community organizations and ODHS such as food benefits, cash assistance and services for domestic violence survivors. The goal of prevention is to keep children safe by providing support that stabilizes families and prevents unnecessary child welfare involvement.  

To expand the agency’s child abuse prevention efforts, ODHS is working with the Doris Duke Foundation to establish the Opt-in for Families initiative in Oregon which will be supported by a $9 million investment by the foundation. The grant will help develop and test a pilot program serving families who have been the subject of reports to the ODHS Child Abuse Hotline but whose circumstances are not considered child abuse as defined in Oregon statute. Opt-in for Families will refer these families to voluntary programs for economic and other supports, evaluating their effectiveness in improving child safety and family stability. Similar programs that support families’ economic stability are being piloted in Klamath Falls and are being introduced throughout the state.  

As a result of these and other efforts, the number of children in foster care in Klamath County has dropped by 60 percent with a 72 percent drop in Tribal children in the system.  

April also marks the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline’s (ORCAH) fifth anniversary. ODHS centralized ORCAH in 2019 to change the former model of localized child abuse reporting, multiple hotline numbers and lack of operational coordination to an updated model based on national best practices. The new model has improved child safety, screening consistency and coordination with law enforcement, as well as employee retention.  

With centralization of the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline, wait times to report abuse reduced by an average of one minute, 59 seconds, down from the 2022 average wait time of two minutes, 42 seconds. The hotline team answered 6 percent more calls compared with 2022. Timely answering of calls ensures rapid response and Child Protective Services assessment to ensure child safety. Other key improvements related to child safety are detailed in the recent 2023 ORCAH annual report. 

In addition to centralizing the hotline, ODHS initiatives to prevent and address child abuse include family coaching programs and improved tracking of caseload ratios to ensure caseworkers have adequate time to connect families to prevention-related services. For more information on 2023 work to support children in families in Oregon, see the Oregon Child Welfare Assessment Findings Report published by Public Knowledge. 

Oregon needs everyone to contribute to preventing child abuse. Children and families are stronger when communities come together to support them before they reach crisis.  

“As individuals and as a community, we play a part in preventing child abuse. We encourage everyone to make a commitment this month to learn new ways to strengthen child and family well-being,” ODHS Child Welfare Director Aprille Flint-Gerner said. “Together, we can make a difference.” 

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, ODHS asks everyone in Oregon to be aware of help available to families to meet their basic needs which is critical in preventing conditions that can result in child abuse. This includes sharing information about food banks, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) availability, and educational resources. ODHS values its collaboration with community organizations to prevent child abuse and ensure families in Oregon know about the resources available to help them.  

If you suspect a child is being abused, please contact the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). The Oregon Child Abuse Hotline receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  


More information for resources and support: 

  • To learn more about food resources including SNAP visit NeedFood.Oregon.gov
  • 211info.org (also by dialing 211) offers connection to local and regional resources for food banks, housing assistance, and mental health services. 
  • Lines for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to substance abuse and suicide prevention: call or text 988. 
  • Friends and neighbors can help break the social isolation some parents may experience or encourage parents to seek support when needed by calling the Oregon parent helpline: 971-221-5180. 
  • Oregon Child Abuse Solutions: https://oregoncas.org/ 
  • Prevent Child Abuse Oregon: https://preventchildabuseoregon.org/ 
  • Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries: https://www.oregonreliefnurseries.org/ 

Other resources 

About the Oregon Department of Human Services 

The mission of ODHS is to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. 




DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting 05-16-2024
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/15/24 2:02 PM




Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. May 16, 2024, in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST or Department) located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Samantha Kossa at (971) 209-8235.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Police Policy Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.


1. Introductions

2. Approve the February 22, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Administrative Closures Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
    Presented by Melissa Lang-Bacho

    a) Steven Bellshaw; DPSST No. 22870
        Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Police Certifications

    b) Emigdia Camas; DPSST No. 51141
        Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police and Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications

    c) Anthony Christensen; DPSST No. 55811
        Basic Police Certification

    d) Summer Danneker; DPSST No. 58025
        Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications

    e) Travis Grindle; DPSST No. 43070
        Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory Police Certifications

    f) Matthew McCandless; DPSST No. 55017
        Basic and Intermediate Police Certifications

4. Andy Ashpole; DPSST No. 47945; Newport Police Department
   Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

5. Katelyn Bailey; DPSST No. 56238; Wasco County Sheriff’s Office
   Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

6. Matthew Barbee; DPSST No. 47086; Tigard Police Department
    Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

7. Carl Bell; DPSST No. 55552; Gladstone Police Department
    Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

8. Shawn Carnahan; DPSST No. 39921; Columbia County Sheriff's Office
    Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

9. Sean Considine; DPSST No. 64682; Central Point Police Department
    Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

10. Robert Gorman; DPSST No. 36970; Oregon State Police
     Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

11. Sterling Hall; DPSST No. 58719; Pendleton Police Department
     Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

12. Paul Johnson; DPSST No. 39931; Klamath Falls Police Department
     Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

13. Kevin Lanier; DPSST No. 57215; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
     Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

14. Quinn Lindley; DPSST No. 56901; Monmouth Police Department
     Presented by Melissa Lang-Baco

15. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0500
     Agency Name Change Correction
     Presented by Jennifer Howald

16. Agency Update

17. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting – August 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.

DPSST Applicant Review Committee Meeting Cancelled 04-24-2024
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/15/24 1:18 PM




Notice of Meeting Cancellation

The Applicant Review Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training meeting scheduled for April 24th, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., has been cancelled.

The next Applicant Review Committee meeting is scheduled for May 22nd, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

Marine Board Meeting April 23, 24 in Astoria
Oregon State Marine Board - 04/15/24 12:00 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board will convene its quarterly meeting in Astoria on April 24, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Astoria Public Library Flag Room, 450 10th Street, beginning at 8:30 am. Preceding the board meeting, agency staff and board members will take a boating facility tour of nearby access, first visiting the recently completed Westport Park mixed-use boating facility and ending with the Columbia River Maritime Museum. 

The Board agenda includes the following items:

  • Director’s Report
  • Key Performance Measures (KPMs) Update for the Legislature
  • Agency Budget Overview
  • Legislative Concepts
  • Facility Grants for Board Approval

Grant No.


Project Scope


 Bend Park & Recreation District 

 Miller's Landing nonmotorized launch & ADA access 


 City of Tigard 

 Cook Park boarding dock replacement 


 Port of Bandon 

 Port restroom and shower 


 Port of Columbia County 

 Scappoose Bay ADA paddlecraft launching dock 


 Oregon State Parks 

 Mongold boarding dock replacement 


 Jackson County 

 Emigrant Lake West boarding dock replacement 


 City of St. Helens 

 Courthouse Dock short-term tie-up dock repairs 

Public comments for this meeting will be accepted in writing or by attending the public comment portion at the beginning of the hybrid meeting. To provide oral testimony, register with Jennifer Cooper no later than 5 pm on April 21, 2024. Public comments will also be accepted in writing until the end of the day on April 21, 2024. Register to speak or send written comments t.cooper@boat.oregon.gov">o jennifer.cooper@boat.oregon.gov or by U.S. Mail to Oregon State Marine Board, Attn: Jennifer Cooper, 435 Commercial St NE Ste 400 Salem, OR 97301. 

To view the agenda and board materials and for a link to the meeting live stream, visit the agency’s Public Meetings page. Meetings are conducted using Microsoft Teams and viewing may require the installation of a free Teams app for mobile devices.



Missing child alert -- Alyce Butrick is MISSING AND IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER (PHOTOs) (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 04/15/24 11:02 AM
Alyce 2
Alyce 2

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Alyce Butrick, age 15, a child in foster care who was last seen in the Tigard area of Washington County on April 9, 2024, at 9 p.m. She may be with a person named Danny. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Alyce Butrick and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.  

Alyce may be in the Portland-metro area, near NE 82nd Avenue. 

  • Name: Alyce Butrick (sounds like “Alee-see”)
  • Preferred Pronouns: she/her
  • Date of birth: June 27, 2008
  • Height: 5-foot-7-inches
  • Weight: 150 pounds
  • Hair color: Black
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Other identifying information: no known tattoos; she is Tongan and Alaskan Native
  • Tigard Police Department (may be Washington County Sheriff's Office) case #24-0007162
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2017024

Alyce is supposed to be taking medications but does not have them with her.

Sometimes when a child is missing, they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

Attached Media Files: Alyce 2 , Alyce 1

Oregon honors the state's dedicated 911 professionals during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 04/15/24 8:54 AM

SALEM, Ore. – April 15, 2024 – This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, an annual event that honors the essential role emergency response coordination professionals play in keeping the nation’s communities safe and secure. Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has proclaimed April 14-20 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in the state and encouraged all Oregonians to join in the observance.

Oregon has 43 standalone 911 centers known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) that serve as the first and single point of contact for people seeking immediate relief during an emergency. Nearly 800 dedicated telecommunicators across the state answer at least 2 million emergency calls annually for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. These 911 professionals respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance during intense personal crises and community-wide disasters.

“Oregon’s 911 telecommunicators are heroes devoted to public safety and helping others. They work long hours, remaining calm in all types of situations and quickly constructing plans of action based on limited information,” said Oregon Department of Emergency Management State 911 Program Manager Frank Kuchta. “These individuals are lifelines in an emergency, and this annual observance honors their skills, dedication and commitment to helping Oregonians.”

Many 911 professionals are certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) and receive training on how to process requests for medical assistance and how to dispatch medical providers. Some go on to receive specialty training in crisis intervention, law enforcement support and tactical dispatching, while others receive intermediate and advanced certifications and become leaders in the field. All 911 professionals work diligently behind the scenes to help people during emergencies ranging from mental health crises, car accidents, missing person reports, burglaries and domestic violence disturbances. 

Since early 2020, Oregon’s public safety telecommunicators have had the added responsibility of serving throughout a pandemic, historic wildfires, heatwaves, winter storms, floods and severe staffing shortages.

“On any given day, our public safety dispatchers have an incredibly stressful job; during the last several years, that’s been compounded as they’ve responded to unprecedented disasters in which they were the first to answer the call,” said Kuchta. “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week brings well-deserved attention and recognition to these invaluable professionals.”

The critical work of Oregon’s public safety telecommunicators directly supports the operations of federal, state and local government agencies, including emergency management, highway safety, and search and rescue. Oregon’s 911 program was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature and is managed by the Oregon Department of Emergency Management. Learn more at oregon.gov/OEM.


Photo Caption: Oregon's 911 telecommunicators serve as the first and single point of contact for people seeking immediate relief during an emergency. (Oregon Department of Emergency Management)

Photo Caption: Oregon Governor Kotek proclaimed April 14-20 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in the state and encouraged all Oregonians to join in the observance. (Oregon Department of Emergency Management)

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3986/171503/NPSTW_Proclamation_2024.pdf , 2024-04/3986/171503/Oregon-911-1-800x530.jpg , 2024-04/3986/171503/Oregon_911_Dispatchers.jpg , 2024-04/3986/171503/BOEC_004.jpg , 2024-04/3986/171503/BOEC_003.jpg

Today is Tax Day; File a return or extension by midnight
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/15/24 8:54 AM

Salem, OR—Midnight tonight, April 15, 2024, is the deadline to file tax year 2023 state and federal personal income tax returns and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers of the tools available to make the experience easier for both those who haven’t yet filed their 2023 return and those who have.

Through April 14, Revenue has processed 1.67 million of an expected 2.2 million returns and issued nearly 1.4 million refunds.

Free filing options

Revenue reminds those who haven’t yet filed, that filing electronically is the fastest way for taxpayers to get their refund. Oregon Free Fillable Forms performs basic calculations and is ideal for taxpayers who don’t need help preparing their returns and want the convenience of filing electronically. The IRS offers a similar option for filing federal taxes electronically.

New this year, the department is also offering Direct File Oregon, which allows taxpayers to file their Form OR-40 through Revenue Online. Direct File Oregon is not currently linked with the IRS Direct File. Taxpayers will need to file a separate federal return with the IRS before filing an Oregon return with Direct File Oregon through Revenue Online.

Information about other available free tax preparation tax preparation software is available on the Revenue website, along with a list of organizations providing free or reduced cost assistance.

What’s My Kicker? calculator

In 2024 Oregon is returning $5.61 billion in surplus revenue to taxpayers in the form of a “kicker” tax credit. Taxpayers will receive their kicker as part of their refund, or the kicker can reduce the tax they owe.

Taxpayers, who have not filed their 2023 return, should not guess at their kicker amount. They can determine the amount of their kicker using the What’s My Kicker? calculator available on Revenue Online. To use the tool, taxpayers will need to enter their name, Social Security Number, and filing status for 2022 and 2023.

Where’s my refund? tool and video

Taxpayers wondering about the refund on their 2023 tax year return, can use the Oregon Department of Revenue’s Where’s My Refund? tool to check its status and, if they want more information, watch a video outlining the refund timelines to better understand the process.

Doug, the new virtual assistant

The agency’s new virtual assistant Doug is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Revenue Online to answer general tax questions. 

Doug, an avatar Oregon fir tree, is located in the upper right hand corner of the Revenue Online homepage.  With just a few clicks of the keyboard, users will be able to access instant, helpful, insightful answers. It's important to note that Doug does have some limitations. The virtual assistant is pre-programmed with answers to common questions, therefore, users with detailed questions pertaining to their unique circumstances are encouraged to consult their tax preparer or contact the department directly.

If you file a paper return

Taxpayers who haven’t yet filed their 2023 return and file a paper return should make sure it’s post-marked by today or place it in one of the drop boxes available on both the east and west sides of the Department of Revenue Building in Salem, or outside the DOR offices in Portland, Gresham, Eugene, Medford, and Bend.

DOR staff will be on hand in the atrium of the Salem headquarters building today until 5 PM to accept and stamp tax returns as having been filed timely.

Filing an extension. 

Individuals who are not able to file by midnight can file an extension directly with the Oregon Department of Revenue or with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If the IRS extension is granted, the Oregon extension is automatically granted. A timely filed extension moves the federal tax filing deadline and the Oregon filing deadline to October 15, 2024.

Taxpayers should only request an Oregon extension if they:

  • Don’t have a federal extension.
  • Owe Oregon taxes.
  • Can’t file your return by April 15, 2024.

Remember that having a filing extension is not an extension to pay any tax owed. Taxpayers who can’t pay the full amount they owe, should pay what they can to avoid late payment penalties.

First quarter 2024 estimated payments due today

Today is also the due date for first quarter estimated payments. In most cases, taxpayers must make estimated tax payments for tax year 2024 if they estimate their tax after withholding and credits (including refundable credits) will be $1,000 or more when they file their 2024 Oregon return. Taxpayers can make their payments on Revenue Online or mail their payment with a voucher. Taxpayers mailing their payment should mail it separately from their return or other correspondence. Oregon Estimated Income Tax Instructions, Publication OR-ESTIMATE, can be found on the Revenue website. 

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, see a list of approved tax preparation software products, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments. For questions not answered on our website, call 800-356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988 or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), we accept all relay calls. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended wait times.

Are you ready to vote, Lane County?
Lane Co. Government - 04/15/24 8:30 AM

Election Day is quickly approaching, and the Lane County Elections office would like to encourage voters to register to vote or update their voter registration now, to be election-ready for the May 21, 2024 Primary Election. Voters in Lane County must register to vote or make changes to their party affiliation no later than April 30, 2024.


Oregon is a closed primary state. All voters will have an opportunity to vote on issues and nonpartisan positions. Only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for their respective party’s candidates in a primary election. It is important to confirm or update your party affiliation now, but no later than April 30 if you wish to vote in a party’s closed primary. 


“This is the time when every voter should be confirming their registration, including checking their address and party affiliation,” said Lane County Clerk Dena Dawson. “And, if you aren’t registered to vote, you still have a chance to participate in this election if you get registered by April 30.”


The voter registration deadline is April 30, 2024. If a voter registration form is hand delivered, it must be received no later than 5:00 pm at the Election Office (275 W 10th Ave., Eugene) on that day. If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2024. If registering via www.oregonvotes.gov, it must be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2024.


Local ballots will be mailed starting on May 2, 2024.  To track the status of a ballot, visit www.oregonvotes.gov/MyVote.


Voters may return their ballot by regular mail, ballot drop box, or at the Elections Office. For ballot drop box locations, visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/elections.   


Voters with questions can email elections@lanecountyor.gov or call 541-682-4234.


About the Lane County Elections Office:

The Elections Office, located at 275 W. 10th Avenue in Eugene, is responsible for conducting elections in Lane County.  The elections office manages voter registration, the processing of mail ballots, recruitment and training of election workers, and certification of elections.



Science Celebration Dinner Highlights Scholarship Opportunities at Umpqua Community College
Umpqua Community College - 04/15/24 8:00 AM

Roseburg, Ore., April 15, 2024 – A Science Celebration Night presenting information on a $45k scholarship program supporting industrial science careers, will be held on May 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Health, Nursing and Science Center (HNSC) at Umpqua Community College.

This free event and dinner will present the benefits of the pathway to students and parents while celebrating brand new scholars and current participants moving on to the university level. 

The scholarship program, also known as the “Oregon Pathways to Industrial Research Careers,” is a partnership between UCC and the University of Oregon, with financial support from the National Science Foundation. Interested students and community members can learn about the program and meet with faculty from UCC and UO. Students at several stages of the pathway will speak about their experience.  

High school and college students interested in, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, or computer science, and their families, are encouraged to attend.

Please sign up before May 1 by visiting umpqua.edu/opirc or calling (541) 440-7736 if planning to attend.

About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at www.umpqua.edu.

Lane County Storm Drain Cleaning Assistance Program accepting business signups through May
Lane Co. Government - 04/15/24 7:51 AM

After launching last fall, Lane County’s Storm Water Management Program is back and accepting business applicants. 


This voluntary program allows businesses in Lane County to help maintain storm drains for a reduced flat fee of $65 per drain. Last fall, nearly 100 businesses from across Lane County signed up to participate in the program, which Lane County coordinates in partnership with Stormwater Protection Systems (SPS).


Lane County-based businesses can sign up each fall and spring in anticipation of heavy rainfall and more water entering the storm drain systems. To register a company for the fall program, visit LaneCountyOR.gov/SCAP and sign up by May 31.


Storm water often drains directly into rivers and streams without treatment, resulting in pollutants from parking lots and roadways contributing to water quality issues. Storm drain cleaning and maintenance are vital in ensuring clean waterways by removing contaminants like heavy metals, oil, pesticides, and fertilizers while reducing parking lot flooding.


“We all have a vested interest in keeping our community’s waterways clean,” said Lane County Waste Reduction Supervisor Angie Marzano. “This is a low-cost, high-impact way for businesses to make a real difference in those efforts while meeting their responsibilities.”


Businesses are responsible for cleaning and maintaining privately owned storm drains in their parking lots. The program aims to make this service more affordable and encourage biannual cleanings.


The $65 per drain fee covers debris removal from standard parking lot drains, power washing in and around the drain, and disposal of all contaminated sediment. The program does not cover additional fees for jetting, repair, or oversized storm drains. 


Interested businesses can register or get more information at LaneCountyOR.gov/SCAP or email SCAP@ LaneCountyOR.gov.



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Sat. 04/13/24
Death Investigation - Newport, Oregon
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/13/24 5:53 PM

On 04/13/2024, a hiker from the Newport area located human remains in a dispersed campsite just outside the city limits of Newport, OR. The hiker reported the incident to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the area and were directed to the campsite, which was located approximately 100 yards into thick foliage from the roadway. The remains appeared to have been exposed to the environment for a prolonged period of time. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives conducted a death investigation before the Lincoln County Search and Rescue Team assisted in removing the remains. The remains have been tentatively identified but will undergo advanced testing to make a final determination. No identifying information is being released at this time. No suspicious circumstances have been determined and there is no concern for community safety.

If anyone has any information relating to this incident, please call the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 541-265-0669. Reference case number 24S-06357.


Fri. 04/12/24
Benton County Children & Family Mental Health Program relocates (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 04/12/24 12:31 PM

This month, the Children and Family Mental Health Program will relocate from their current leased space at 1318 NW 9th Street to a new building on 4185 SW Research Way in Corvallis.  

Benton County Behavioral Health expanded to include Children and Family Mental Health services in June 2021. The program provides therapeutic services, including outpatient, school-based, and wraparound services for youth under age 18 with a mental health diagnosis and identifiable treatment goals. The program was implemented to help meet the ever-growing needs of the community when it comes to serving youth and addressing their mental health concerns. They have been operating in their current location since January of 2022. 

“Our current building is too small for us and can limit what we’re able to do with the children and families we serve,” said Kristi Reher, Program Manager. “Our team is great at getting creative to make it work, but this new building will offer way more opportunities for us to provide the quality of services we want to offer our clients and that our families deserve.” 

The new facility is located on Research Way, the same road as the Benton County Sunset and Kalapuya buildings, as well as the local Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) building, offering further opportunity for increased collaboration between the agencies. 

“We work in close collaboration with the Developmental Diversity Program, ODHS, and the Juvenile Department, so it will be really beneficial to be right next door to them,” said Reher. 

The timeline of events for the relocation is as follows: 

  • April 15 – Last day of services at 1318 NW 9th St, Corvallis. 
  • April 16-23 – All appointments scheduled during this time will be held virtually via telehealth or out in the community while the team works to pack up and move into the new facility. No office visits are available during this time. People needing assistance should call 541-766-6767. 
  • April 24 – services begin at 4185 SW Research Way, Corvallis. 

For more information about the program, visit their website. 


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

El Programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias del Condado de Benton cambia de oficina 

Este mes, el Programa de Salud Mental para Niños y Familias cambiará de oficinas de su espacio rentado en 1318 NW 9th Street a un nuevo edificio en 4185 SW Research Way en Corvallis.  

El Programa de Salud de Conducta del Condado de Benton se agrandó para incluir servicios de salud mental para niños y familias en junio de 2021. El programa ofrece servicios terapéuticos, incluyendo servicios ambulatorios, escolares para jóvenes menores de 18 años que tienen un diagnóstico de salud mental y que tienen objetivos de tratamiento identificables. El programa se implementó para ayudar a satisfacer las crecientes necesidades de la comunidad cuando se trata de atender a los jóvenes y abordar sus problemas de salud mental. Han estado ofreciendo servicios en su oficina actual desde enero de 2022. 

"Nuestro edificio actual es demasiado pequeño para nosotros y puede limitar lo que podemos hacer con los niños y las familias a las que servimos", dijo Kristi Reher, directora del programa. "Nuestro equipo es excelente y creativo para hacer su trabajo, pero este nuevo edificio nos ofrecerá muchas más oportunidades para brindar la calidad de los servicios que queremos ofrecer a nuestros clientes y que nuestras familias merecen". 

La nueva instalación está ubicada en la calle Research Way, la misma calle donde se ubican los edificios de Sunset y Kalapuya del Condado de Benton, así como el edificio local del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregón (ODHS), lo que ofrece más oportunidades para una mayor colaboración entre las agencias. 

"Trabajamos en colaboración con el Programa de Diversidad del Desarrollo, ODHS y con el Departamento Juvenil, por lo que será realmente beneficioso estar al lado de ellos", dijo Reher.    

Las fechas importantes para la reubicación son las siguientes:  

  • 15 de abril: último día de servicios en 1318 NW 9th Street, Corvallis. 
  • 16 al 23 de abril: todas las citas programadas durante este tiempo se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de telesalud o en la comunidad mientras el equipo trabaja para empacar y mudarse a las nuevas instalaciones. No habrá visitas disponibles en el consultorio durante este tiempo. Las personas que necesiten ayuda deben llamar al 541-766-6767. 
  • 24 de abril: los servicios comienzan en 4185 SW Research Way, Corvallis. 

Para obtener más información sobre el programa, visite su sitio web. 


El Condado de Benton es un empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades y acción afirmativa y no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad en la admisión o el acceso a nuestros programas, servicios, actividades, contratación y prácticas de empleo. Este documento está disponible en formatos e idiomas alternativos a pedido. Comuníquese con Cory Grogan al 541-745-4468 o pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/4171/171483/SP.jpg , Benton County Children & Family Mental Health Program relocates

Regional Forest Practice Committee for eastern Oregon meets April 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/12/24 10:59 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Regional Forest Practice Committee for eastern Oregon will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19 in the Screen Shop, at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3561 Klindt Dr., The Dalles. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment, please email estresources.committees@odf.oregon.gov">forestresources.committees@odf.oregon.gov. 

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • ODF updates and member training requirements
  • Updates and informing post-disturbance harvest rulemaking
  • HCP update
  • Planning and priority for guidance development
  • Forest Practice Technical Guidance comment review

The public may attend in-person or online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by emailing estresources.committees@odf.oregon.gov">forestresources.committees@odf.oregon.gov.

Regional Forest Practices Committees are panels of citizens – mandated under Oregon law – that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. In 1971, the legislature enacted Oregon’s Forest Practices Act which includes three Regional Forest Practices Committees, serving the Eastern, Northwest, and Southwest regions of the state. Under Oregon law, a majority of the committees’ members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Oregon’s forests are among the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic, and social benefitsView more information on the RFPC webpage.

Two-vehicle collision in southeast Salem leaves one dead
Salem Police Department - 04/12/24 10:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: April 12, 2024

Two-vehicle collision in southeast Salem leaves one dead

Salem, Ore. — Just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, April 11, emergency responders were called to the intersection of Kuebler BV and Battle Creek RD SE on the report of a two-vehicle collision.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles crashed when the driver of a Honda sedan traveling eastbound on Kuebler BV initiated a northbound turn onto Battle Creek RD in front of a Mercedes sedan traveling westbound on Kuebler BV. The two vehicles collided with the Honda coming to rest on the north-west corner of Kuebler BV and Battle Creek RD, leaving that driver deceased.

The driver of the Honda is identified as David Joel Luna, age 22, of Salem. 

The driver of the second vehicle is identified as Hunter Dillon Quinn, age 20, of Salem. He was transported to Salem Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Quinn is cooperating with the investigation.

Travel along Kuebler BV between Battle Creek RD and 27th AV SE was affected for approximately three hours for investigation and clearing of the scene.

Electrical power in the area was affected due to the impact from one of the involved vehicles into utility boxes in the area. Portland General Electric continues their work today. Customers should contact the company directly for updates.

Temporary stop signs for traffic control at the intersection of Kuebler BV and Battle Creek RD are in place until electricity is restored.

The incident remains an active investigation, and as such, no arrest or citation has occurred. 

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Woodburn Man Arrested for Discharging Firearm in City Limits (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 04/12/24 7:57 AM

On Monday, April 8, 2024, at approximately 3:30 AM Lincoln City Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of N Highway 101 on the report of gunshots. Officers learned that an intoxicated male had exited a bar in that area, walked to a nearby vehicle, retrieved a handgun, and then fired several shots into the air before leaving in a different vehicle.

Thanks to eyewitness statements and video surveillance, Officers were able to identify the male as 38-year-old Hugo Melo Garcia of Woodburn, Oregon.  Officers attempted to locate Melo Garcia but were unable to do so.

On April 8, 2024 at approximately 9:00 PM LCPD Officers located a male matching Melo Garcia’s description returning to the initial vehicle, but he was determined not to be Melo Garcia nor directly involved in the incident.

On April 9, 2024 at approximately 6:00 PM Melo Garcia came to the Lincoln City Police Department to turn himself in.  He was taken into custody on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and transport to the Lincoln County Jail.

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to thank the local businesses in the area for their assistance with this case.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/6142/171473/Media_Release_Patrol_Car_Sunrise.tiff

Thu. 04/11/24
Single Vehicle Crash in White City Kills Driver (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/11/24 5:11 PM

JCSO Case 24-1981

WHITE CITY, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Fire District 3 responded to a fatal single vehicle crash in White City this afternoon. The crash occurred near the intersection of Avenue A and Atlantic Ave today at approximately 1:49 p.m.


The driver was pronounced deceased on scene. Next of kin has been notified. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased. We will not be releasing the name of the deceased at this time.


JCSO deputies and Medical Examiner detectives are investigating the crash. Preliminary details indicate a Toyota Tacoma was traveling at high speed in the 4000 block of Avenue A when it struck a parked semi truck and power pole, and caught fire. This case is under further investigation and there is no more information available at this time.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/6186/171468/IMG_1732.jpeg

Fatal Crash - HWY 101 - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 04/11/24 2:54 PM

Clatsop County, Ore. 10 Apr. 24- On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 12:43 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a three-vehicle crash on Hwy-101, near milepost 13, in Clatsop County.

The preliminary investigation indicated southbound traffic was stopped for a vehicle attempting to turn left onto Turlay Ln. A southbound Toyota Sienna, operated by David Timothy Schalk Jr. (53) of Astoria, crossed the double yellow line and began passing the stopped traffic in the northbound lane.  The Toyota struck the northbound guardrail and was redirected back into the northbound lane where it struck a northbound Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Marti Ree Lindhorst (68) of Salem. The collision caused the Dodge Ram to roll into the southbound lane and collide with a Kia Soul, operated by Tara Lynne Ragan (55) of Astoria, which was stopped in the southbound lane.

The operator of the Toyota (Schalk Jr.) was injured and transported to a local hospital. 

A passenger in the Toyota, Kaleb Allen Shaffer (48) of Warrenton, was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Dodge (Lindhorst) was injured and transported to a local hospital.

The operator of the Kia (Ragan) and passenger, Wendy Lee Sides (53) of Seaside, were injured and transported to a local hospital. 

The highway was impacted for approximately 5.5 hours during the on-scene investigation. 

OSP was assisted by the Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Department, Warrenton Fire, and ODOT.


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

Biden-Harris Administration delivers historic milestones, new actions for clean energy on public lands
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 04/11/24 2:14 PM

Finalized rule to further promote responsible solar and wind energy development on public lands, including through 80% lower fees

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today announced a series of historic milestones and actions to promote responsible clean energy development on public lands and help achieve President Biden’s goal of creating a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.  

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced that the Department has now permitted more than 25 gigawatts of clean energy projects – surpassing a major milestone ahead of 2025 – enough clean energy to power more than 12 million homes across the country. This includes solar, wind and geothermal projects, as well as gen-tie lines on public lands that are essential for connecting clean electricity projects on both federal and non-federal land to the grid.

“Since Day One, the Biden-Harris administration has worked tirelessly to expand responsible clean energy development to address climate change, enhance America’s energy security and create good-paying union jobs. Surpassing our goal of permitting 25 gigawatts of clean energy by 2025 underscores the significant progress we have made in helping build modern, resilient climate infrastructure that protects our communities from the worsening impacts of climate change,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The Interior Department will continue to advance projects that will add enough clean energy to the grid to power millions more homes and help ensure a livable planet for future generations.”

The Department today also announced a final Renewable Energy rule from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that will lower consumer energy costs and the cost of developing solar and wind projects, improve renewable energy project application processes, and incentivize developers to continue responsibly developing solar and wind projects on public lands. Consistent with the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to create high-quality jobs in the clean energy economy and support American manufacturing, the final rule includes additional incentives for use of project labor agreements and American-made materials.  

“Our public lands are playing a critical role in the clean energy transition,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis. “Finalizing the Renewable Energy Rule is a significant milestone that will allow the Interior Department to continue leading the way on renewable energy while furthering President Biden’s commitment to building a clean energy economy, tackling the climate crisis, protecting lands and waters, promoting American energy security, and creating jobs in communities across the country.”

In addition, the BLM announced that two solar projects – the Arica and Victory Pass projects in California – are now fully operational, adding 465 megawatts of clean electricity to the grid. With these two projects coming online, more than 10 gigawatts of clean energy are currently being generated on public lands, powering more than 5 million homes across the West.

“Renewable energy projects like Arica and Victory Pass on public lands create good-paying jobs and are crucial in achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “Investing in clean and reliable renewable energy represents the BLM's commitment to addressing climate change. BLM personnel are working tirelessly to efficiently review and approve projects, with significant and thoughtful engagement from states, Tribes and other partners, to ensure we supply families and communities with clean energy that will lower costs and help tackle climate change.”  

Surpassed President Biden’s Goal of 25 Gigawatts by 2025 
The Department and BLM have worked diligently to review and approve dozens of new clean energy projects, including solar, wind, and geothermal projects, as well as interconnected gen-tie lines that are vital to clean energy projects proposed on non-federal land.

Today’s announcement that the Department has surpassed the goal to permit 25 gigawatts of renewable energy includes the approval of more than double the number of projects than were approved during the previous Administration. The Department has now permitted nearly 29 gigawatts of clean energy – enough to power more than 12 million homes across the country. In addition to specific project approvals, the Department has also leased eight new areas in Solar Energy Zones with the capacity to generate nearly 2.5 gigawatts of additional clean energy.  

As the Department continues its momentum to spur a clean energy future, the BLM is currently processing permits for an additional 66 utility-scale clean energy projects proposed on public lands in the western United States. These projects have the combined potential to create thousands of good-paying jobs, add more than 32 additional gigawatts of renewable energy to the western electric grid and power millions of more homes. The BLM is also undertaking a preliminary review of about 200 applications for solar and wind development, as well as more than 100 applications for solar and wind energy site area testing. The BLM continues to track this clean energy permitting progress through an online dashboard.  

These investments in a clean energy future help further the President’s Bidenomics strategy and Investing in America agenda, which are growing the American economy from the middle out and bottom up – from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to driving over half a trillion dollars in new private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments in the United States, to creating good-paying jobs and building a clean energy economy that will combat the climate crisis and make our communities more resilient.  

Finalized Renewable Energy Rule to Continue Responsible Development 
The Department today also announced the update of its renewable energy regulations to promote the development of solar and wind energy on public lands. The final Renewable Energy Rule will reduce capacity fees for these projects by 80 percent and facilitate development in priority areas by streamlining application review, delivering greater certainty for the private sector and the opportunity for more clean energy for American households.

The Energy Act of 2020 authorized the BLM to reduce acreage rents and capacity fees to promote the greatest use of wind and solar energy resources. The BLM initially reduced these fees through guidance in 2022. Today’s final rule codifies further reductions, improving financial predictability for developers pursuing long-term projects on public land.

The final Renewable Energy Rule will facilitate development in identified priority areas for wind and solar energy while maintaining appropriate flexibility to ensure a fair return for the use of public lands. It expands the BLM’s ability to accept leasing applications in these priority areas without first going through a full auction but retains the BLM’s ability to hold competitive auctions where appropriate.  

The final rule continues the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to creating American manufacturing jobs while helping to build a clean energy economy, including by providing financial incentives for developers to use project labor agreements and domestic materials. The BLM sought comment on these additional incentives in last year’s proposed rule and developed the final provisions following public feedback, including from labor unions and a wide range of clean energy industry stakeholders.  

Today’s rule also complements the BLM’s ongoing efforts to advance responsible clean energy development by updating the Western Solar Plan. The BLM is currently taking comment on a draft analysis of the Utility-Scale Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, with the goal of streamlining the BLM’s framework for siting solar energy projects across the West in order to support current and future national clean energy goals, long-term energy security, climate resilience, and improved conservation outcomes.  

Announced California Solar Projects are Fully Operational 
In another step towards achieving President Biden’s vision of a fully carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, the Department today announced the Arica and Victory Pass solar projects are both fully operational. These projects, the first two approved under the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), are located in eastern Riverside County, California. With the completion of these two solar projects, the BLM has also surpassed 10 gigawatts of renewable energy generation from projects on public lands.

The two projects represent a combined infrastructure investment of about $689 million, will generate $5.9 million in annual operational economic benefit, provide power to nearly 139,000 homes, and add up to 465 megawatts of clean energy generating capacity and 400 megawatts of battery storage. The Department issued final approval for construction of the Arica and Victory Pass solar projects in 2022.  

The DRECP is a landscape-level plan created in collaboration with the State of California for more than 22 million acres, focused on 10.8 million acres of public lands, in the desert regions of seven California counties that balances renewable energy development with the conservation of unique and valuable desert ecosystems and outdoor recreation opportunities. To approve these sites for renewable energy projects, the Department and the BLM worked with Tribal governments, local communities, state regulators, industry and other federal agencies.

The BLM today also announced the beginning of construction for the Camino Solar project in Kern County, California. The 44-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility is expected to power nearly 13,400 homes. The project will employ around 150 people during peak construction, include a 34.5-kV underground electrical collector line, and connect to the existing Southern California Edison Whirlwind Substation through the Manzana Wind Substation and associated 220 kV generation-tie line.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

04-11-24 2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest Winners (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 04/11/24 12:34 PM


April 11, 2024

2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest Winners


            (Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress, along with the Douglas County Public Works Department – Engineering Division and the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission are excited that the Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest is back after a hiatus due to the world-wide pandemic.  The Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission has hosted the Traffic Safety Poster Contest for 45 years with a goal of educating young people about traffic safety.  39 local area students were selected as winners of the 2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest.  The winners (see attached page) were selected by Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission at their March 26, 2024, meeting.   This year, the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission awarded more than $ 2,600 in cash prizes to local area students.  Click on the link below to watch a video of the winners on the Douglas County e-Government Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=428181706568320

            The Traffic Safety Poster Contest, which began in 1976, is open to all public, private, and home schools in Douglas County for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The contest provides area teachers and students the opportunity to learn about traffic and road safety issues that affect kids, teenagers, and adults.  Students are then encouraged to design, draw, color or sketch an impact poster that brings attention to traffic safety issues to be entered into the contest.  The contest also provides an opportunity for teachers, staff, and students to share and demonstrate safe driving practices with their peers and families. 


            Students are encouraged to submit colorful hand-drawn posters related to suggested traffic safety topics and themes.  The entries are judged based on set criteria, including depiction of proper traffic safety principles, creativity, and visual impact. Winners are awarded for each age division for which entries are received. Grade school students were asked to design a poster answering one of three predetermined questions and title the poster with a suggested phrase. For example: Question: “What can cause a bicycle accident?” while using a sample phrase like, “Signal Your Intentions.” Meanwhile, middle and high school students designed posters around one of three predetermined safety topics, such as “Safety Awareness.”  Traffic Commission board members expressed how impressed they were with the number of great entries, and it made it difficult to choose the winners.  The Commissioners, Public Works Staff and Traffic Commission board would like to thank all the schools, teachers and students that participated and assisted with the contest, their efforts are appreciated very much. 


Contest winners for grade levels K-5 will receive:

First: $20, first place ribbon and certificate; Second: $15, second place ribbon and certificate; Third: $10, third place ribbon and certificate; Honorable Mention: Honorable mention ribbon and certificate 

Contest winners for grade levels 6-12 will receive:

First: $200, first place ribbon and certificate; Second: $100, second place ribbon and certificate; Third: $50, third place ribbon and certificate; Honorable Mention: Honorable mention ribbon and certificate.


            In addition to cash prizes, the winning posters will be displayed at the 2024 Douglas County Fair and highlighted on the county’s website and social media platforms.  The Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission acts as an advisory body to the county commissioners and promotes traffic safety activities and programs for the citizens of Douglas County. They work in conjunction with Douglas County Public Works Department – Engineering Division.  Traffic Safety Commission meetings are held quarterly or on an as needed basis. 



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


2024 Winners: 45th Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest


1st Grade

1st Place                                 Riley Brenden                      Glendale Elementary School

2nd Place                                Teagan Sether                      Glendale Elementary School

3rd Grade

1st Place                                 Evonna Summers                West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

2nd Place                                Allen Lopez                          West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

3rd Place                                 Skyler Corrington                West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

Honorable Mention                   Ellery Mackey                     Canyonville Elementary School

4th Grade

1st Place                                 Garet Brown                         Winchester Elementary School, Roseburg

2nd Place                                Chance Moore                     Winchester Elementary School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Addison Martz                     West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

Honorable Mention                 Steven McFarland               West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

5th Grade

1st Place                                 Ace Noah                              Tri-City Elementary School, Myrtle Creek

2nd Place                                Lukas Artac                          Hucrest Elementary School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Javian Spencer                     Tri-City Elementary School, Myrtle Creek 

6th Grade

1st Place                                 Addi Kloxin                          Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

2nd Place                                Sadie Attebury                     Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Kaydence Guthrie                Sutherlin Middle School

Honorable Mention                  Raven Cappa Farrell           Sutherlin Middle School

7th Grade

1st Place                                 Mya Mercado                      Sutherlin Middle School 

2nd Place                                Rylee Burdett                       Sutherlin Middle School

3rd Place                                 Ashlee Pennington              Canyonville School

Honorable Mention                 Abigail Hargraves               Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

8th Grade

1st Place                                 Emma Halligan                    Sutherlin Middle School 

2nd Place                                Morgyn Singleton                Sutherlin Middle School

3rd Place                                 Zayla (Kie) Smith                Reedsport Charter School

9th Grade

1st Place                                 Jayde Hollingsworth            Reedsport Charter School

2nd Place                                Lenora Leiby                        Reedsport Charter School

3rd Place                                 Hayden King                        Roseburg High School

Honorable Mention                  Annika Bryan                      Reedsport Charter School

10th Grade

1st Place                                 Karen Rojas                         Reedsport Charter School

2nd Place                                Julianna Maduzia                South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek

3rd Place                                 Nev Miland                          South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek 

Honorable Mention                  Mercedez Merrifield            South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek

11th Grade

1st Place                                 Caydence McCurry             Riddle High School

2nd Place                                Shukiya Darling                   Riddle High School

3rd Place                                 Asael Parra                           South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek 

12th Grade

1st Place                                 Emberlynn Logo                  Reedsport Charter School 

2nd Place                                Madison Bryan                    Reedsport Charter School

3rd Place                                 Niome Lofton                      Reedsport Charter School

Honorable Mention                   Jacob Ferguson                    Reedsport Charter School

Please note: There were no entries for kindergarten or second grade this year

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UCC Board of Education Meeting
Umpqua Community College - 04/11/24 10:55 AM

The Umpqua Community College Board of Education will meet on April 17, 2024. At 4:00pm, there will be a work session in room 16 of Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall (TAP). The regular meeting will begin at 5:00pm in TAP 16. Instructions for virtual access to the regular meeting and other pertinent meeting information can be found at https://umpqua.edu/about/governance-operations/governance/board-of-education/board-meetings/

Babies, baby chicks don't mix: OHA article highlights Salmonella risks of backyard poultry for newborns
Oregon Health Authority - 04/11/24 10:53 AM

EDITORS: Dr. Paul Cieslak of OHA is available for interviews until noon today. Contact OHA External Relations at PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov to set something up.

April 11, 2024

Media Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Babies, baby chicks don’t mix: OHA article highlights Salmonella risks of backyard poultry for newborns

PORTLAND, Ore. — Outbreaks of Salmonella infection linked to backyard poultry have been well documented, but a recent Oregon public health investigation highlights the risks of home chicken flocks for newborn babies.

An Oregon Health Authority (OHA) report in today’s edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) details an investigation into a case of salmonellosis – the disease caused by Salmonella bacteria – in a newborn whose parents kept backyard poultry.

OHA and Crook County epidemiologists investigated the case as part of a routine, multi-state review of backyard poultry-associated salmonellosis outbreaks reported to CDC from across the country during 2023.

According to the report, the baby boy was born at a hospital about 150 miles away from his parents’ home. The newborn was discharged with his mother to a relative’s home the day after his birth, but four days later was readmitted to a second hospital with bloody stool and lethargy, prompting health care providers to collect a stool sample for analysis. The sample tested positive for a strain of Salmonella known as Thompson.

Neither parent had symptoms of salmonellosis, nor had they been diagnosed with the disease. However, the baby’s father, who tended the family’s backyard poultry at the family’s home 150 miles away, was present at the hospital during the child’s birth and stayed with the child and the child’s mother at the relative’s home when the baby fell ill.

The newborn had not traveled to the home where the backyard poultry were kept during the time between his birth and his hospital admission for his illness.

Nearly a month after the newborn was admitted to the hospital with salmonellosis symptoms, state and county epidemiologists collected environmental samples from the chicken bedding in the family’s backyard poultry coop, where the child’s father had previously had contact. Two of the samples matched the Salmonella Thompson strain found in the child.

Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at OHA’s Public Health Division and co-author of the MMWR article, said epidemiologists don’t know the exact mechanism by which the newborn was exposed to the Salmonella Thompson strain. But it’s telling that the newborn’s family started keeping backyard poultry only about a month before the child’s birth.

“It’s possible one of the parents was shedding the organism even though they weren’t showing symptoms and exposed the baby during or after his birth,” Cieslak said. “The bacteria also could have been carried from the family home to the newborn on clothes, shoes or other belongings. Once it’s on surfaces, it can be transported and transmitted fairly easily.”

The case is a strong reminder about the importance of hygiene when tending backyard poultry, “especially when persons at risk for exposure are newborns and young infants whose intestinal flora and immune systems are still developing,” the article’s authors wrote. “In addition to adhering to recommended hygiene practices, families contemplating raising backyard poultry should consider the potential risk to newborns and young infants living in the household.”

The CDC has the following recommendations for backyard flock owners:

  • Always wash hands with soap and water immediately after touching backyard poultry, their eggs or anything in the area where they live and roam. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Consider having hand sanitizer at your coop.
  • Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink around them. This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick. Keep your backyard flock and supplies you use to care for them (such as feed containers and shoes you wear in the coop) outside of the house. You should also clean the supplies outside the house.
  • Always supervise children around backyard poultry and make sure they wash their hands properly Don’t let children younger than 5 touch chicks, ducklings or other backyard poultry. Young children are more likely to get sick from germs such as Salmonella.
  • Collect eggs often. Eggs that sit in the nest can become dirty or break. Throw away cracked eggs. Germs on the shell can more easily enter the egg through a cracked shell. Rub off dirt on eggs with fine sandpaper, a brush, or a cloth. Don’t wash eggs because colder water can pull germs into the egg. Refrigerate eggs to keep them fresh and slow the growth of germs. Cook eggs until both the yolk and white are firm, and cook egg dishes to an internal temperature of 160°F to kill all germs.
  • Call your health care provider right away if you have any of these severe symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F.
    • Diarrhea for more than three days that is not improving.
    • Bloody diarrhea.
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down.
    • Signs of dehydration, such as not peeing much, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up.

The article’s lead author was Stephen Ladd-Wilson, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, OHA. Other co-authors included Karen Yeargain, Crook County Health Department; Samuel Myoda, Ph.D., and Mansour Samadpour, Ph.D., Institute for Environmental Health Laboratories, Seattle; and Karim Morey, Oregon State Public Health Laboratory, OHA.


Detectives arrest one in connection with mail theft, multiple federal charges pending (Photo) -- UPDATE 2
Salem Police Department - 04/11/24 10:30 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: March 26, 2024

CONTACT:     Salem Police Communications Office | spdmedia@cityofsalem.net


Detectives arrest one in connection with mail theft, multiple federal charges pending

Additional personal documents discovered, list updated

Updated 04/11/2024 | 10:30 a.m.

The effort to return documents to more than 200 people continues. As the investigation has progressed, detectives discovered additional documents belonging to more individuals. 

The list of persons whose documents are ready for return has been updated.

Residents or business owners who suspect they may have lost documents through theft are urged to review the list on the weblink at salempd.info/document-return.

To begin the recovery of the property, the document owner must:

  • Complete the online form.
  • Pick up the property at the Salem Police Station, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address is 333 Division ST NE.
  • Bring valid identification, such as your government identification or driver license.

Further instructions are available on the webpage.

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Police to return personal and financial documents collected in the investigation

Updated 03/28/2024 | 2:00 p.m.

Felony Crimes Unit detectives finished sorting through all the documents seized as part of a lengthy mail theft investigation which resulted in the arrest of Ross Benjamin Sierzaga, age 33, of Salem on March 25. 

To help expedite the return of hundreds of personal documents to their rightful owners, a webpage with information has been created. Residents who suspect they may have lost documents through theft can determine if they are on the list of individuals who can recover their property.

Things to know:

  • The web address for the page is salempd.info/document-return
  • If your name is listed, complete the form to start the process of retrieving your property.
  • Items must be picked up by the owner. 
  • The owner must present valid identification, such as your state-issued ID or driver license.
  • You may pick up your property at the Salem Police Station, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address is 333 Division ST NE.
  • Additional instructions are available on the webpage.

All residents should note, any unopened mail collected as part of this investigation will be returned by the US Postmaster. 

Any Salem residents who have been a victim of mail theft but have not yet reported it, should do so at salempd.info/online-report. Theft of mail should also be reported to the US Postal Inspection Service online or by calling 1-877-876-2455.

Detectives urge any victims of identity theft to visit the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft website, www.identitytheft.org, for helpful information and recommend an identity theft alert be registered with the three major consumer reporting companies, EquifaxExperian, and TransUnion.

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Originally published 03/26/2024 | 1:30 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — A 33-year-old Salem man was arrested yesterday, March 25, during the service of a warrant at an apartment in southeast Salem.

Salem Police patrol officers arrested Ross Benjamin Sierzega on Monday afternoon without incident on multiple warrants stemming from a nearly two-year investigation by Felony Crimes Unit detectives into incidents of mail theft and related crimes in the Salem area. 

Following the arrest, a search warrant was served in partnership with the United States Postal Inspection Service at Sierzega’s apartment in the 3300 block of Crawford ST SE. The search of the dwelling resulted in the seizure of two lock cores from community mailboxes, several counterfeit mailbox keys and tools to manufacture the counterfeit keys, multiple checks, bank cards, and financial documents not in Sierzega’s name, and approximately 30 pounds of mail. In addition to the evidence collected, detectives seized a short-barreled shotgun and home-made body armor.

Sierzega is currently in custody of the US Marshals Service on federal charges related to this investigation. In addition to 11 outstanding Oregon warrants, Sierzega was charged with the following:

  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun
  • Felon in possession of body armor
  • Identity theft
  • Forgery, first-degree
  • Criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree
  • Possession of burglary tools

Sierzega will make his initial appearance in federal court today, March 26, on a federal warrant which was based on charges of mail theft, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud. Under US Code, manufacture of a counterfeit mail key carries a maximum sentence of 10 years upon conviction. 

Of the investigation, Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack noted, “I know so many residents have been directly impacted in recent years all across our city as victims of this far too prevalent and pernicious crime. The suspect’s arrest hopefully brings some sense of justice to victims and signals to those who would steal mail and commit fraud that we take these crimes seriously.”

The chief of police also commended the collaborative work done by Salem Police detectives and the US postal inspectors involved, “My thanks to the detectives who were relentless in their investigative efforts. I am also grateful for the excellent working relationship we have with the US Postal Inspection Service.”

Felony Crimes Unit detectives will spend the next several weeks reaching out to victims to return stolen property seized in the investigation. The US Postal Inspection Service will handle the processing and return of the stolen mail.

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OHA study: No link between COVID-19 vaccine, cardiac deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/11/24 10:24 AM

EDITORS: Dr. Paul Cieslak of OHA is available for interviews until noon today. Contact OHA External Relations at PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov to set something up.

April 11, 2024

Media Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

OHA study: No link between COVID-19 vaccine, cardiac deaths

Article published in CDC’s MMWR finds no deaths attributed to mRNA shots

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 vaccination is not linked to death from cardiac causes among previously healthy young people, according to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study, appearing today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), examined nearly 1,300 deaths among Oregon adolescents and young adults – ages 16 to 30 – occurring over 19 months during 2021 and 2022. It found that none of the fatalities that happened within 100 days of receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose was attributed to vaccination.

The findings answer a question that’s lingered since early 2021 as state and federal public health agencies rolled out new mRNA vaccines during the pandemic: Do rare cases of myocarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccination put people at increased risk for cardiac death?

Study co-authors Paul Cieslak, M.D., and Juventila Liko, M.D., M.P.H., of OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, say suggestions of an association between receipt of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose and sudden cardiac death among healthy adolescents and young adults are not supported by the Oregon data they reviewed.

“According to information recorded on death certificates, among 1,292 deaths of persons 16 to 30 years of age from June 2021 to December 2022, none was found to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccination,” said Cieslak, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations.

Of 40 deaths that occurred among persons who had received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose, only three occurred within 100 days after vaccination. However, two of the deaths were attributed to chronic underlying conditions, and the cause was undetermined for one. No death certificate attributed death to vaccination.

Cieslak noted there were 30 deaths among persons this age that were caused by COVID-19. Among these 30 decedents, he said, the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) database had records for 22 (73%), only three of whom had received any COVID-19 vaccination.

“Studies have shown significant reductions in COVID-19-related mortality among vaccinated persons; during the first 2 years of COVID-19 vaccine availability in the United States, vaccination prevented an estimated 18.5 million hospitalizations and 3.2 million deaths,” Cieslak and Liko wrote in their report.

The researchers acknowledged two limitations in their findings.

First, they could not exclude the possibility of vaccine-associated cardiac deaths more than 100 days after COVID-19 vaccination. They also pointed out that published data indicate potential adverse events associated with vaccinations tend to occur within 42 days of vaccination.

Second, although nearly a million adolescents and young adults had received a COVID-19 vaccination during the period of the study, the research could not exclude a rarer event among vaccinees in this age group.

“Nevertheless,” Cieslak said, “it is clear that the risk, if any, of cardiac death linked to COVID-19 vaccination is very low, while the risk of dying from COVID-19 is real. We continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older to prevent COVID-19 and complications, including death.”


Heritage Tree Dedication Ceremony will be held in Clatsop State Forest on Friday
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/11/24 10:08 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Travel Information Council and its volunteer Oregon Heritage Tree Committee will hold a Hertiage Tree Dedication Ceremony highlighting a giant grand fir tree that will become 84th Oregon Heritage Tree.  The event will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Clatsop State Forest’s Northrup Creek Horse Camp. A heritage designation recognizes trees with statewide or national significance. The giant grand fir is 19.8 feet in circumference, 208 feet tall, and approximately 200 years old. 

The tree is part of the Department of Forestry’s Big Tree Trail.

“ODF created the Big Tree Trail in 2012 when they identified numerous large conifer and deciduous trees in close proximity to one another. Inducting the Big Tree Trail as an Oregon Heritage Tree helps honor this special trail of trees that are believed to be among the top five largest in the state,” said Brad Catton, ODF’s Astoria District Operations Coordinator. 

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northrup Creek Horse Camp is located at 87644 Northrup Creek Road, Clatskanie, Oregon, 97016. 

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is the first state-sponsored heritage tree program in the country. It was established in 1995 to increase public awareness of the important contribution of trees to Oregon’s history and the significant role they play in the quality of our daily life. The program is administered by the Oregon Travel Information Council and a committee of dedicated volunteers from across the state. For more information regarding the Heritage Tree program visit www.oregontic.com/oregon-heritage-trees

For more information on recreation opportunities in Oregon’s state forests visit Oregon Department of Forestry : Recreation : Recreation : State of Oregon

Tip of the Week for the week of April 15, 2024 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/11/24 10:00 AM


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is a significant reminder that sexual assault, roofie awareness, and personal safety are important topics throughout the year. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. You can find additional statistics and resources such as “Understanding Consent”, “Safety and Prevention”, and more at www.rainn.org.

The best tip for preventing sexual assault is: don’t sexually assault someone. While this is the best way to prevent sexual assault, below are some tips to help prevent exposure to date rape drugs and predators with harmful intentions. 

There are more than fifty predatory drugs that can be used to sedate someone. These drugs, including rohypnol, ketamine, and GHB, are often known as “roofies” or “date rape drugs”. These predatory drugs relax the body and can feel similar to being drunk. As they pass through your system their effect increases. This can lead to confusion, breathing trouble, blurred vision, and memory loss. These drugs stay in the bloodstream for approximately four hours and testing for them often yields little or no evidence. This makes it very difficult to prove and even harder to prosecute. 

Below are some tips to help prevent exposure to these drugs and predators with harmful intentions. If you are drinking: 

  • Be Aware of Strange Smells or Flavors. 
    If the drink is hazy or doesn’t taste like it normally should, don’t drink it. Be sure to pour it out so that no one drinks it.
  • Cover Your Cup. 
    Never set down or lose sight of your drink. Hold the cup by covering it with your palm.
  • Order Your Own Drinks. 
    Don’t accept any beverages from strangers or people you don’t trust. It is safer to only accept drinks directly from the bartender.
  • Avoid Community Containers.

Say no to drinks made in a punch bowl or pitchers. Instead, go for a canned or bottled beverage that hasn’t been opened.

  • Don’t Share Drinks with Others.
    You don’t know if your friend has kept a watchful eye on their cup. People can have very different reactions to the same drug. This means they could have ingested something harmful and not feel it’s effects yet.
  • Sip Your Drink Slowly.
    Taking time to consume your beverage gives you more time to become aware of any symptoms which can indicate your drink has been altered.

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



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Owners of Local Debt Consolidation Service Indicted in Federal Court, Additional Victims Sought
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/11/24 9:55 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The owners of ConsoliDebt Solutions, LLC, a debt consolidation service that operated in Oregon and other locations between April 2019 and April 2024, have been indicted in federal court for knowingly and intentionally defrauding their customers.

Javier Antonio Banuelas Urueta, 54, and Dalia Castilleja Saucedo, 38, both residents of Oregon and Washington State, have been charged in a seven-count indictment with conspiring to commit and committing mail and wire fraud.

According to the indictment, from approximately April 2019 and continuing until their arrests, Banuelas and Castilleja are alleged to have devised and carried out a scheme whereby they used ConsoliDebt Solutions to collect money and property from various clients in exchange for purported debt consolidation or reduction services. Banuelas and Castilleja directed their clients to deposit funds directly into ConsoliDebt bank accounts, transfer funds to the company, or mail in personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders. 

Banuelas and Castilleja are further alleged to have used client funds to pay for various personal expenses such as car leases, loan repayments, residential rent, and various wire transfers.

Banuelas was arrested Tuesday in Portland, Oregon. He made his first appearance in federal court the same day and was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and ordered detained pending further court proceedings. Castilleja is still at large.

Mail and wire fraud are punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release per count of conviction.

Anyone with information about Banuelas, Castilleja, or ConsoliDebt Solutions, LLC, are encouraged to contact Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) by submitting a tip online at  https://www.ice.gov/webform/ice-tip-form or by calling (866) 347-2423.

This case was investigated by HSI. It is being prosecuted by Rachel K. Sowray, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Attached Media Files: PDF Release

SOLVE's Oregon Spring Cleanup begins April 13: More than 100 Volunteer Opportunities are Open for Registration (Photo)
SOLVE - 04/11/24 9:34 AM

Portland, Ore., April 11, 2024 – The Oregon Spring Cleanup, presented by Portland General Electric, kicks off this Saturday. From April 13 to April 22, more than 100 volunteer opportunities are open for registration in celebration of Earth Day. Families, community members, neighborhood associations, and environmental enthusiasts are invited to participate in the biggest event on SOLVE's annual calendar. 

Everyone is invited to join SOLVE, event leaders, and partners from across the Pacific Northwest in a collective celebration of Earth Day. The SOLVE calendar showcases a variety of events throughout Oregon and SW Washington between April 13 and April 22, with the majority of events culminating on April 20. Diverse initiatives address specific environmental needs with opportunities ranging from beach cleanups to neighborhood and city litter pickups. Further activities include restoring natural habitats through native tree and shrub plantings, weed pulls, and mulching projects. Each project contributes to the enhancement of our shared surroundings.

With over 100 projects to choose from, the Oregon Spring Cleanup invites enthusiastic volunteers to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and brighter planet. Interested individuals can browse the map of projects to find events near them, learn about each opportunity, and sign up for a meaningful contribution to the environment. Participating in the Oregon Spring Cleanup provides an excellent opportunity to bond with family members, coworkers, and neighbors, while collectively contributing to preserving some of Oregon's most stunning locations.

As SOLVE anticipates another successful event, valued partner Portland General Electric, shares their commitment to the cause: " PGE proudly supports SOLVE's efforts to make our communities cleaner and greener. In 2023, our employees and their families volunteered with SOLVE for more than 220 hours. We're excited to join community members again this Earth Day to help improve our beautiful state." said Kristen Sheeran, Senior Director of Policy Planning and Sustainability, Portland General Electric.

Anyone who cannot attend an Oregon Spring Cleanup event this year can support SOLVE by individual giving. A donation of any size will help SOLVE host more events year after year and provide volunteers with free supplies, event leader training, and all the support they need to run a successful event.

For more information, please visit www.solveoregon.org/oregon-spring and be part of the collective effort to create a cleaner, greener planet.

Along with Portland General Electric, other event sponsors include Clean Water Services, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Fred Meyer, Metro, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, KOIN, The Standard, Swire Coca-Cola, Holman, Demarini-Wilson, TriMet, and PepsiCo.


About SOLVE 

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings people together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon and Southwest Washington to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information. 


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Road Construction: Green Hill Road
Lane Co. Government - 04/11/24 9:16 AM
Road Name: Green Hill Road 
Location: Green Hill Road Bridge - #039C51 (South of Barger Drive over Amazon Creek) 
Begin Construction: Milepost 3
End Construction: Milepost 3.5
Dates and times: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 11 to June 30, 2024 
Reason for construction: Bridge rail repairs. There will be one lane closure and traffic will be controlled by flaggers. 
Alternate routes: Royal Avenue, Barger Drive, and Bodenhamer Road 



PUC Hosts Virtual Meeting for Public to Comment on NW Natural's Proposed Rate Increase
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 04/11/24 9:12 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting an event on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT. This event provides a convenient opportunity for the public to comment on NW Natural’s proposed increase to natural gas rates.

NW Natural filed a request to increase overall revenues by $154.9 million. If approved, residential customers living in single-family homes using an average of 55 therms per month would see a bill increase of $14.38. Actual percentage increases will vary depending on customer type, usage, and the rate paid. NW Natural’s proposed impacts for Oregon customers are noted below.

Customer Types


Small Commercial 

Medium Commercial 

Large Commercial 

Large Industrial


Percentage increase from current rates











 NW Natural asserts these proposed rate increases are necessary to account for the construction of seismically resilient regional resources, addressing capacity constraints on the system, actions to comply with federal pipeline and safety requirements, a meter modernization program, modernization of information and technology service systems, and inflation. Additionally, NW Natural may have other rate changes on or after November 1, 2024, such as rates associated with the company’s Purchase Gas Adjustment, that could increase or decrease the overall rate impact for customers.

NW Natural’s general rate case filing is undergoing a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated on behalf of natural gas customers by the PUC, the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, and others. These public comment events are part of that investigation, which will conclude in October when the Commissioners rule on the request. The Commissioners may approve or modify NW Natural’s request and will only approve rate increases if fully justified by the company. New rates, if approved, are expected to go into effect November 1, 2024.  

Ways to Comment

Interested individuals may participate in the live event listed below to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this case as well as submit written comments. 

Comment via Zoom or phone 

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment. The Commission will attempt to accommodate all individuals arriving before 7 p.m. PDT and may close the meeting at 7 p.m. if there are no members of the public waiting to comment at that time. Members of the publish who want to comment are encouraged to sign into the meeting as close to 6 p.m. as possible. This event will not be livestreamed.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3xi2Ycp

Spanish translation services are available for community convenience at no cost. For those individuals needing translation services, log into the Zoom platform and select English or Spanish on the bottom of the page. Translation services are not available for the meeting phone-in option.

Submit comments to the PUC by April 23, 2024

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this case, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to ings@puc.oregon.gov">puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify Docket No. UG 490 in the request.

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc.

Benton County Announces Alsea Safe Routes to School Crossings Project (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 04/11/24 8:28 AM

Benton County Public Works is pleased to announce funding has been secured with the support of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Alsea Safe Routes to School Crossings project and is asking for feedback from the community.

The Alsea Safe Routes to School Crossings project will focus on implementing intersection safety enhancements along Alsea Highway at Second Street and Third Street. Benton County Public Works is currently in the design phase of the project, with construction anticipated to commence in the Summer of 2024.

Key project details include:

  • Timeline: Construction scheduled for Summer 2024
  • Status: Design in progress
  • Funding Source: State Sidewalk Improvement Program (SWIP) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Pedestrian and Bicycle Program fund
  • Description: The project will entail drainage enhancements, installation of new ADA sidewalk curb ramps, curb extensions, and the installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crossing at Third Street. Additionally, Benton County Public Works is collaborating with ODOT to secure approval for striped crosswalks and permanent speed feedback signs upon entry into Alsea.

For further information and updates, to contact the project team, and share your feedback, please visit the project website at Public Works Projects - Benton County or call 541-766-6812. 


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please call Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or email pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov

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Wed. 04/10/24
Public Notice - Central Douglas Fire & Rescue Authority Regular Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2 - 04/10/24 4:05 PM


The Board of Directors of Central Douglas Fire & Rescue Authority will hold its Regular Board meeting at Winston Dillard Fire District located at 250 SE Main St. Winston, OR 97496 on Monday April 15, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. To comply with House Bill 2560, those that wish to participate can attend through videoconferencing or telephonically. If you plan on attending the meeting, please call the business office at 541-673-5503 during normal business hours prior to 4:00 p.m. on Monday April 15, 2024, for instructions.

The Board agenda to include but not limited to:

  1. Monthly Financials
  2. Agent of Record Contract Award
  3. Ambulance Billing Contract Award
  4. Budget Committee Member Appointment
  5. Chief’s Report


The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to administration at 541-673-5503.

Public Notice - Winston-Dillard Fire District No. 5 Regular Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2 - 04/10/24 4:04 PM


The Board of Directors of Winston-Dillard Fire District No. 5 will hold its Regular Board meeting at WDFD Fire Station at 250 SE Main St., Winston, OR on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. A supplemental budget adjustment will be considered at this meeting. To comply with House Bill 2560, those that wish to participate can attend through videoconferencing or telephonically. If you plan on attending the meeting, please call the business office at 541-679-8721 during normal business hours prior to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2024, for instructions.

The Board agenda to include but not limited to:

   1. Monthly Financial Report

  2. Badge Pinning

  3. Resolution 2024-03 ~ Supplemental Budget and Appropriation Resolution

  4. FY24-25 Budget / Appoint Budget Committee Members

  5. Agent of Record Contact Award   


The meeting location is accessible to person with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Winston-Dillard Fire District No. 5 at 541-679-8721

Board of Forestry hosts a planning retreat on April 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/24 4:03 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet April 24 for a planning retreat. The annual retreat offers the board and department leadership a chance to facilitate a final discussion about their shared strategic plan, the Vision for Oregon’s Forests and review the latest developments for the State Forests Trust of Oregon. 

No public comment or testimony will be accepted during the retreat. The public can attend in-person in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem or observe via a livestream on the department’s YouTube page.

During this informal annual retreat, board members will focus on:

  • New Vision for Oregon’s Forests content
  • Goals, strategy and feedback review
  • State Forests Trust of Oregon update

View the agenda and retreat details. 

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at estryinformation@odf.oregon.gov">forestryinformation@odf.oregon.gov.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. Read more information about the board.

Public Notice - Douglas County Fire District No. 2 Regular Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2 - 04/10/24 4:02 PM


The Board of Directors of Douglas County Fire District No. 2 will hold its Regular Board meeting at the Winston Dillard Fire Station located at 250 SE Main St. Winston, OR 97496 on Monday April 15th, 2024, at 5:30 pm. A supplemental budget adjustment will be considered at this meeting. To comply with House Bill 2560, those that wish to participate can attend through videoconferencing or telephonically. If you plan on attending the meeting, please call the business office at 541-673-5503 during normal business hours prior to 4:00 p.m. on Monday April 15, 2024, for instructions. 

The Board agenda to include but not limited to:

  1. Monthly Financials
  2. Volunteer Badge Pinning
  3. Resolution 2024-05: FY24 Supplemental Budget and Appropriation
  4. Agent of Record Contract Award
  5. Addendum to MedCom IGA – Termination 
  6. Annexation Request


The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to DCFD #2 at 541-673-5503.

Lane County Diesel Repair Shop and Shop Owner Plead Guilty to Clean Air Act Violations
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/10/24 4:00 PM

Shop and shop owner agree to pay criminal fines and complete terms of probation

EUGENE, Ore.—A Lane County, Oregon, diesel repair shop and its owner pleaded guilty today in federal court to knowingly and intentionally tampering with pollution monitoring devices on at least 184 vehicles in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Diesel & Offroad Authority, LLC, located in Veneta, Oregon, and its owner and operator, Christopher Paul Kaufman, 38, a resident of Veneta, pleaded guilty to tampering with pollution monitoring devices.

As part of their plea agreements, Diesel & Offroad Authority and Kaufman have agreed to pay $150,000 each in criminal fines and serve three years terms of probation. 

“Diesel & Offroad Authority and its owner put profits over our community’s health and safety by amplifying diesel engines’ noxious fumes,” said Nathan J. Lichvarcik, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eugene and Medford Branch Offices. “We will continue working closely with our partners at EPA to hold accountable businesses that violate our nation’s environmental protection laws.”

“The defendants in this case illegally tampered with the onboard diagnostics systems and removed the emissions control components from hundreds of diesel trucks,” said Special Agent in Charge Lance Ehrig of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID) in Oregon. “The pollution that results from vehicle emissions can lead to serious health conditions and has been linked to increased respiratory disease and childhood asthma. This guilty plea demonstrates that EPA will vigorously prosecute those who violate laws designed to protect our communities from harmful air pollution.”

According to court documents, beginning in at least 2018 and continuing through 2022, Diesel & Offroad authority tampered with and disabled emissions control systems of at least 184 diesel vehicles in violation of the Clean Air Act. Diesel & Offroad Authority charged its customers approximately $2,300 each for the emissions modifications and collected more than $378,000 for the unlawful services over an approximately four-year period.

As owner of Diesel & Offroad Authority, Kaufman oversaw and participated in the illegal modification of vehicles, including by procuring various automotive parts used in the process and engaging in and directing employees in the removal of emissions control equipment.

On March 12, 2024, Diesel & Offroad Authority and Kaufman were charged by federal criminal information with violating the Clean Air Act by tampering with pollution monitoring devices.

Diesel & Offroad Authority and Kaufman will be sentenced on July 17, 2024.

This case was investigated by EPA CID. It is being prosecuted by William M. McLaren, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

If you witness an environmental event that may lead to an immediate threat to human health or the environment, please call 9-1-1. After alerting local emergency authorities, please also report incidents to the EPA’s Report a Violation website (https://echo.epa.gov/report-environmental-violations) or by calling the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.


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UCC's Vintage Singers Perform Spring Concert: Music from Around the World
Umpqua Community College - 04/10/24 4:00 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore., Apr. 10, 2024 – The Umpqua Community College Performing and Visual Arts presents the Vintage Singers performing in their spring concert: Music from Around the World on May 3 at 7:00 pm and May 5 at 3:00 pm at the Whipple Fine Arts Center on the UCC campus.

The Vintage Singers, under the direction of Donna Spicer will perform a variety of choral music by composers from France, Japan, Scotland and the US. Soloists include Lisa Ollivant, Dr. Cordell Smith, Robyn Keeney, Mya Warren, Savaun Deng and Juan Martinez. The concert will also include piano duets by Tammy Finch-Johnson and Gwen Soderberg-Chase.

Admission is at the door, $15.00 general admission, $10.00 seniors, and students are free. For more information, contact 541-440-4691 or music@umpqua.edu.

About Umpqua Community College 
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at umpqua.edu.

Western Oregon University rugby teams qualify for nationals (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/10/24 3:42 PM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s men's and women's+ rugby clubs have qualified for the Rugby 7s Collegiate National Championships

This is the first time both teams qualified in the same year, and the first time Western’s women's+ team has made it to the Rugby 7s national championships. The national tournament will be held in Boyds, Maryland between  April 26 - 28. 

To assist with travel costs, both teams are holding the following fundraisers. 

In-person fundraisers: 

  • Friday, April 12, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.,  stop by the Werner University  Center on Western’s campus to purchase a Western Rugby t-shirt, hoodie, sweat pants, or Rugby ball. All forms of payment are accepted. Due to construction, please check out our updated parking routes.
  • Sunday, April 14, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., stop by Les Swab in Independence for a $15 car cleaning. All forms of payment are accepted.

Online fundraisers:

Western is currently the only institution across all divisions to have both men’s and women’s+ teams qualify this year.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

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Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest After Driver Brandishes Handgun (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 04/10/24 1:46 PM

On Tuesday April 9, 2024, Lincoln City Police arrested 61-year-old, Gregory Valdivieso of Toledo, Oregon after he brandished a gun during a road rage incident.

At about 2:46 PM, Lincoln City Police Officers responded to a report of a driver who brandished a handgun at another driver while they were traveling through Lincoln City. The victims reported that the suspect initially pointed his fingers at them in the shape of gun as he passed them outside the south end of town. Once in the city, the victims began passing the suspect driver and as they did he brandished a handgun so they could see it. The victims advised they had recorded this on their cell phone.  

Lincoln City Police Officers located the suspect vehicle at the south Circle K Store parking lot. The driver was contacted and identified as Gregory Valdivieso. Mr. Valdivieso initially denied having or brandishing a gun during the incident, but after being confronted that there was video evidence of the incident, admitted there was a gun in his vehicle.

An LCPD Officer applied for and was granted a search warrant to search Mr. Valdivieso’s vehicle. During the search the officers located a handgun that matched the description of the one brandished by Mr. Valdivieso during the incident.   

Mr. Valdivieso was arrested on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Menacing. He was subsequently transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the listed charges.  

With traffic congestion increasing as the summer months arrive, the Lincoln City Police Department would like to encourage all drivers to keep safety for themselves and others at the forefront of their mind while driving.  

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

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Oregon State Fire Marshal issues grants to boost staffing ahead of wildfire season (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 04/10/24 12:36 PM
Molalla Fire responding to a call in 2023 with staff funded from last year's grant
Molalla Fire responding to a call in 2023 with staff funded from last year's grant

SALEM, Ore. – To boost the number of firefighters across Oregon before wildfire season, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced it has awarded $6 million in grants to 191 local fire agencies across the state. 

The 2024 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program is in its third year. Local agencies in the Oregon structural fire service were eligible to apply for up to $35,000. The funding will allow agencies to bring on additional firefighters or increase on-duty hours during the 2024 fire season. A list of agencies awarded funding can be found here.

The 2023 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program was integral to the success in protecting communities, adding more than 1,500 paid firefighters to the Oregon fire service. These added resources allowed agencies to attack fires and keep them small and away from communities and added capacity to respond to other calls, ultimately saving lives. Read about the successes here.

“The staffing grant program has been a huge success for the Oregon fire service and our district,” Sublimity Fire District Chief Alan Hume said. “It allowed us to staff our station during the busiest time of the year, which we previously couldn't do. This resulted in quicker responses with adequate staffing for not only our district, but our neighboring agencies. Last year we had several fires in our area with the potential to develop into larger, extended duration fires. We were able, as region, to keep those fires smaller.”

“This grant has provided us the ability to respond to all requests for emergency services, including automatic and mutual aid requests in our district,” Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District Chief Sean Hartley said. “This program is instrumental in keeping fires in our community small and allowed us to respond to multiple calls for service at the same time.”

This 2024 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program is part of a multi-pronged approach to combat wildfire in Oregon. Over the last three years, the OSFM has made strategic investments to modernize the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System and help communities become more wildfire adapted. 

This grant is part of the OSFM’s Response Ready Oregon initiative. The OSFM is looking for sustained funding for this program and is exploring all options to continue this highly successful grant in 2025 and beyond.


The OSFM’s Response Ready Oregon initiative was created to help boost capacity and modernize wildfire response within the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS). The goal of Response Ready Oregon is to keep fires small and away from communities, reducing costly conflagrations.

Attached Media Files: Molalla Fire responding to a call in 2023 with staff funded from last year's grant

Ten million in grant dollars help to create resilience in Oregon communities
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 04/10/24 10:12 AM

(Salem) – Forest fires, heat domes, landslides, floods, drought, pandemics -- all natural disasters that kill thousands of people and destroy billions of dollars of property and habitat each year. That’s why it’s important that each community builds up its resilience to these hazards. 

Now, there is help for Oregon’s many communities. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Office of Resilience and Emergency Management (OREM) has a $10 million grant called the Resilience Hubs and Networks Grant to give out to eligible people and organizations. The funding comes from the 2023 Oregon Legislature to build resiliency within communities. 

This grant money is part of a long-term goal of having our communities create resiliency so they can prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. With this grant a community can design what they need to be resilient,” Ed Flick, OREM Director said.

Applicants could be just about anyone -- schools, cities, counties, non-profits, Tribes -- if they can show how the funding would benefit their community. We’d like to get grant dollars out to populations and areas of Oregon that are not as prepared for climate impacts. Many rural and frontier communities don’t have the tools and resources as larger cities,” Jenn Bosch, OREM Grants Program Administrator, said. 

"A Resilience Hub is a living, breathing part of the community already, such as a community center, a Boys and Girls Club, something that is part of their daily life, like a food bank. It’s place they would think to go to get help, such as shelter in an emergency. What they can apply for is very open,” Bosch said. 

The things people and groups could apply for includes almost anything that would build and strengthen the communities’ resilience, such as medical supplies, child care, emergency communications equipment, generators, training, water purification, vehicles and more. It also includes things communities can apply for called “typed packages.” These packages are those big containers often used for storage, called Conex boxes. OREM will pack the Conex containers with emergency supplies specific to sheltering in-place or enduring a disaster until further relief arrives, and OREM will deliver to that site. 

The network part of the grant is to help communities communicate and share resources more effectively. 

“The goal is to break down silos. Here’s an example of what this is - Government doesn’t generally set up shelters – it’s the churches, non-profits and community groups. But often they don’t know what the group down the street is doing. We’re asking them to work together to apply for the grant. Let’s say church is opening shelter but they don’t have food, but in working together with other community groups, they would then know the food bank might have food ready to supply to them,” Bosch said.  

Last July through December, Bosch with Spencer Karel, OREM Policy Chief, and partner in the grant process, traveled Oregon on a listening tour. They met in-person or virtually with more than 80 community groups, ODHS programs, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Energy and other state agencies. 

“We wanted to hear from them. It was an amazing opportunity to build the grant and really make it work for the communities. A Resiliency Hub in Grants Pass will look different than one in Wheeler, and those will also look different from one in Tillamook. We’re hopeful that the applications will reflect the broad need,” Bosch said. 

She stressed that applying for this grant is easy. The application is a like a survey that the applicant can fill in what they are requesting, with six essay questions. OREM is also partnering with Portland State University to assist applicants that need help completing their application. Information about this help can be found on the OREM website. 

“We want to make sure the people who generally don’t apply for or get grants feel like they have a fair opportunity to potentially receive a grant this time – small, rural, frontier areas especially,” she said. 

So far there are more than 65 applicants for the grant money. Applications close April 30. 

Just to sum up why this grant money to create resiliency is important for communities throughout Oregon, Bosch said, “It saves lives and saves money.” 

To learn more about the Resilience Hubs and Networks Grant and to find the application, visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/emergency-management/Pages/resilience-grants.aspx.


The Benton County Fair & Rodeo Proudly Presents the 2024 Main Stage Line-up! (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 04/10/24 9:15 AM

The Benton County Fair & Rodeo has released its concert line-up and shows that are free with fair admission:

Wednesday, July 31

  • 6:00 p.m. - Vikki the ventriloquist
  • 6:45 p.m. - Jeff the magician
  • 7:30 p.m. - Matt the comedian

Thursday, August 1

  • 7:00 p.m. - Kurt Van Meter  
  • 8:30 p.m. - Jessta James 

Friday, August 2

  • 7:00 p.m. - Remedy  
  • 8:30 p.m. - Shot of Poison   

Saturday, August 3

  • 7:00 p.m. - Boomtown Saints  
  • 8:30 p.m. - Sawyer Brown  

The Main Stage is sponsored by Pioneer Connect.


Jessta James - Hailing from the mountains of Big Sky Country, Jessta James has been a surprise to most who have witnessed his rise. He's a self-taught singer, songwriter, music producer, film maker and actor who has continued to break the rules since day one. Jessta’s early sound was constantly evolving. Pioneering the combination of organic country sounds with the cadence and grit of real hip hop, his journey took him from touring with rap legends to performing at the CMA Fest in Nashville. 

Opening for Jessta James is rising country music star Kurt Van Meter. Kurt’s story is that of true American folklore. From an early age riding shotgun in his dad’s pick up in Southern Oregon, to his football career at Oregon State University, to his stint as a law enforcement officer, to his days riding bulls and listening to the all-time great country artists like Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and even Box Car Willie while working the fields.... Kurt Van Meter doesn’t just sing about country music ideals — he has lived them.


Shot Of Poison - Shot of Poison (SOP) is a group of talented, veteran, rock musicians who've created the world's best tribute to the 35th anniversary of the greatest, hard-rocking, glam-slam party band ever - Poison. SOP's intention is to bring audiences the look and sound they expect, to make the very best modern-day Poison experience. For these guys, the word "supergroup" is truly apt. Since their first show in Dec. 2017, SOP has achieved major milestones and amassed numerous distinctions that few other tributes ever do. The band has been recognized and praised by Poison's Bret Michaels, performed live on stage with his band, appeared on E! Entertainment Television, and played alongside original hard-rock stars of the '80s at major festivals across the country.    

Opening for Shot of Poison is REMEDY, a 5-piece high energy rock performance band, playing the best dance songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Get ready to dance to a jukebox of great memories!


Sawyer Brown - Since 1984, the band’s high-energy reputation, uncompromising dedication to their fans, with their relentless drive to stay true to themselves has never wavered. For the last 40 years, “The Boys” legendary live shows have captivated audiences with no sign of ever slowing down. Today, Sawyer Brown keeps on delivering their unapologetically blue-collar, grass-roots message through music. One of their fan favorite songs says it all. “They were searching” when they came along. It was rock-n-roll in a country song. There were five of us thinking that we can. This is the life and times of a traveling band. 

Boomtown Saints - With their debut single “All Trucks Go To Heaven” climbing into the top 30, the Billboard charts followed by their sophomore release "Blacktop Don't" becoming the #1 independent song on country radio for 12 weeks (reaching #13 on the charts), 8 Track Entertainment and Warner Music Group recording artist BOOMTOWN SAINTS is the next "it" duo in country music.

Concerts are free with paid admission to the fair. Seating in the outdoor venue is first come, first serve. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music under the stars.  

Fair tickets are on sale now! Visit www.bentoncountyfair.net for up-to-date information regarding fair schedules and ticketing or call 541-766-6521.

If you would also like to become a sponsor or reserve a VIP Diamond table, please call the fairgrounds office at 541-766-6521. 


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please call Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or email pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov

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DPSST Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee Meeting 05-14-2024 Cancelled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/10/24 8:25 AM




Notice of Meeting Cancellation

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training meeting scheduled for May 14th, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

The next Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2024, at 1:30pm.