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04/16/14
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 226 / Highway 22E in Lyons
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female at the intersection of Highway 226 and Highway 22E in Lyons. The victim's name will be released later tonight to allow family additional time for next of kin notifications.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Chrysler 3000 four-door driven by a 54-year old Lyons woman was traveling northbound on Highway 226 at a high rate of speed when it traveled through a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 22E. The vehicle continued straight across the T-intersection and crashed through a guardrail. It went airborne for approximately 70 feet before crashing into an unoccupied parked flatbed truck in a meat market business parking lot.

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An OSP collision reconstructionist is assisting, and investigators are looking into if the driver had a medical emergency that may have contributed to the cause of this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT.

Photographs will be released when the name is released.

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Case Update
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/16/14
Lebanon Police Department

*Case Update*

Nature of Crime or Event: ID Theft, Computer Crime, Fraud, Burglary, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft and Criminal Mischief

Date / Time Occurred: April 7th, 2014 between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Occurred Location: Lebanon and Albany, Linn County, Oregon

On April 7th, 2014, at 6:20 the Lebanon Police Department received several calls from residents in the area of Jadon Street, Lebanon, Oregon where their vehicles and a garage were entered and items were stolen. The suspects entered a vehicle, took the garage door opener and used it to enter the garage.
The Lebanon Police Department also received information from a concerned citizen about the suspect's vehicle that was seen in the area at the times of the thefts. This citizen wrote down the vehicle license plate and gave that information to officers.
Detectives took over the case that same day and were working on leads into the night. Neighbors' security video and other evidence was gathered, including the license plate of the suspect vehicle and the description of the suspect was developed.
A search warrant was executed at the residence of Christopher Ledford in Albany, Oregon. Stolen property was seized and Ledford was taken into custody at that time. This information was released in a prior press release dated 04/10/14.

Update 04/16/14
Using video footage from a 7-11 in Albany, where the second suspect used a stolen credit card, detectives identified the second suspect involved with this case. The suspect was identified as, Christopher Michael Pritchard, date of birth, June 20th, 1988.
Christopher Pritchard was located and arrested on an un-related warrant and transported to the Albany Police Department on April 13th, 2014 where he was interviewed by detectives.
Several additional stolen items were recovered as a result of this arrest and interview.
Pritchard is facing the following charges stemming from the break-ins in the Lebanon area;
Charges:
Burglary I, 7 counts of Identity Theft, 7 counts of Computer Crimes, 7 counts of Fraudulent use of a Credit Card, 8 counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, 3 counts of Theft II, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief II, and Theft III.

The Lebanon Police Department would like to remind people to continue to lock residences and their vehicles at night and take their valuables inside or keep them out of sight.

Any other information regarding this case should be directed to Lebanon Police Detective Justin McCubbins 541-451-1751 ext. 4346. Case number, 14-03910
Lebanon Police Department makes an arrest
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/16/14
Lebanon Police Department


Nature of Crime or Event: Attempt to Elude Police-Felony, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving
Date / Time Occurred: April 16, 2014 @ 6:38 a.m.
Occurred Location: Hwy 34, Linn County, Oregon

On April 16, 2014 at about 6:38 a.m. a Lebanon Police detective was traveling east bound on Hwy 34 in an unmarked police vehicle and was over taken by a vehicle traveling at a very high rate of speed. The detective estimated the speed to be over 90 miles per hour. The driver past several other vehicles weaving in and out of traffic. The detective advised Lebanon Dispatch what he had observed and was attempting to catch up to the driver. At one point the driver was traveling over 100 miles per hour. A Linn County Deputy traveling west bound also observed the driving and turned to assist.
The driver of the vehicle turned onto Denny School Road and the detective and deputy followed. Several other Lebanon Police Department officers responded to assist. The driver continued at a high rate of speed in excess of 80 to 90 miles per hour.

Near the Willamette Speedway, the driver slowed down and turned into the parking lot of the Speedway and stopped.

Police units conducted a high risk stop and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.

The driver, Paul George Wyckhuyse, date of birth, October 23, 1982 of Lebanon was taken into custody and later transported to the Linn County Jail for the following;
Attempt to Elude Police-Felony, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving

This case has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney's office for prosecution.

If you are a witness to this case or were in a vehicle which was passed, please contact Lebanon Police Detective Justin McCubbins. 541-451-1751 ext. 4346
Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 238 west of Jacksonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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A Jacksonville man was injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 238 ten miles west of Jacksonville. The Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation is continuing.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on April 15, 2014 at approximately 4:45 a.m., a 2002 Volkswagen bug driven by PAUL SAGE, age 47, from Jacksonville, was westbound on Highway 238 near milepost 23 when an eastbound 1996 Ford Explorer operated by DAVE WILLIAMS, age 41, from the Applegate, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into the Volkswagen.

SAGE was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, and then he was later flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was wearing his safety restraint.

WILLIAMS, who was wearing a safety restraint, was checked at the scene by paramedics and was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Applegate Fire District 9, and Mercy Flights. The westbound lanes were closed for approximately 5 hours while an OSP collision reconstructionist assisted with the investigation. Senior Trooper Bill Matson is the lead investigator.

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OR 228 to remain closed until this evening (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/16/14
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OR 228 (Halsey-Sweet Home Hwy.) will remain closed in both directions in Halsey until as late as 8 p.m. tonight. A Union Pacific Railroad project to repair failed concrete in the rail crossing will not be complete at 3 p.m. as planned. Motorists needing to access I-5 should plan an alternate route, such as OR 34 to the north.


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OSP Detectives Arrest Grants Pass Man on Multiple Sex Crime Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Division detectives arrested a 37-year old Grants Pass man Tuesday on rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses.

On April 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., OSP detectives arrested JOSEPH A. CALDERON, age 37, at his Grants Pass residence and lodged him in the Josephine County Jail for Rape in the First Degree (1 count), Sodomy in the First Degree (2 counts), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (1 count), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree (1 count), and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (2 counts). A Josephine County Grand Jury indicted CALDERON April 9. Initial bail was set at $100,000.

In June 2013, OSP detectives began an investigation into allegations that CALDERON sexually abused a female several years ago when the victim was between 4 and 12 years of age.

There is no evidence or information at this time that there are other victims.

Questions regarding the case should be directd to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Law Enforcement Working Together to Add Extra Patrols
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/14
Beginning this week and ending 04/27, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management will be increasing their patrols in the forested areas between the Crooked Finger and Butte Creek areas.


These patrols are in response to an overwhelming amount of complaints associated to underage drinking and vandalism during the week of Easter. The Sheriff's Office is asking for area residents to call and report any suspicious activity to their local jurisdiction. Marion County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line: 503-588-5032, Clackamas County non-emergency line: 503-655-8211
FREE Kids Admission and Crafts to Make for Mom at Treemendous Second Saturday on May 10!
World Forestry Center - 04/16/14
Portland, OR- The World Forestry Center Discovery Museum is offering free admission to kids 18 and under on Saturday, May 10 as part of their Treemendous Second Saturday event series.

Kids will have the opportunity to make the perfect gift for Mom at no additional cost, including a hand decorated flower pot planted with fresh flowers, and Mother's Day cards. Crafts and games where kids will learn about trees, will take place between 10:30am - 2pm.


Treemendous Second Saturday
Saturday, May 10
10:30am - 2pm
Free for kids 18 and under


The World Forestry Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to educating people about the world's forests and environmental sustainability. The World Forestry Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to "educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and environmental sustainability."

The Center owns and operates the Discovery Museum located in Portland's Washington Park at 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Magness Memorial Tree Farm demonstration forest located in Sherwood, Oregon and the World Forest Institute, an international fellowship program. For more information, visit www.worldforestry.org or 503-228-1367
Oregon nursing assistant repeatedly breaks world record for powerlifting
Salem Health - 04/16/14
NOTE TO EDITORS: YouTube link listed below; Clean video (no supers/voice track), broadcast and AP style scripts attached to this release.

A certified nursing assistant at Salem Hospital has become a worldwide powerhouse away from her job, while pursuing her passion for powerlifting. Most people would never know it by looking at Christie Luehrs, who is 5'1" and 130 pounds.

"My parents taught me to be independent," said Luehrs. "So I equated it with strength. I needed to be strong." Luehrs, of Salem, has worked at Salem Hospital for nearly 10 years as a certified nursing assistant. She often helps lift and move patients, which sometimes can be challenging.

Luehrs developed her interest in weightlifting in high school. After years of training and countless hours working out, she set a personal goal to break the open world record for powerlifting. The dream came true 13 years later in November 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Luehrs bench-pressed 249 pounds.

Luehrs has since broken that world record three times. In 2013, she benched 251 pounds at an event in Reno, Nevada. In March 2014 in Portland, she bench-pressed 253 and then 264 pounds--more than two times her own body weight.

Luehrs says this is only the beginning of her journey. "I really want to get into the 300 pound mark for bench pressing," she said. "I want to be healthy and live a good, long life. I just have to eat right, exercise and take good care of myself. I want to motivate others to do the same."

Salem Health produced a video about Luehrs, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/M4yzKM_Ovc0.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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04/15/14
OYA goes above and beyond to help feed the hungry (Photo)
Oregon Youth Authority - 04/15/14
The Oregon Youth Authority??1/2s Kila Jager (center) accepts a certificate recognizing the agency??1/2s support for the 2014 Governor??1/2s State Employee Food Drive. Joining her are Marion-Polk Food Share President Rick Gaupo (left) and Shawn DeCarlo, co
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The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) went above and beyond its past support for the annual Governor's State Employee Food Drive by donating nearly 55,000 pounds of food this winter to help Oregonians in need.

When the final amounts were totaled from OYA offices and facilities across the state, staff donated 2,833 pounds of food and nearly $13,000 through fundraisers and payroll deductions. At-risk youth also pitched in by preparing food and running in marathons for facility-sponsored fundraisers. When converted to pounds of food, the monetary support combined with food donations equaled 54,797 pounds. In 2013, OYA donated a combined total of 44,303 pounds.

OYA and other agencies were recognized during a ceremony today in Salem attended by Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes, where it was announced that state employees raised nearly $779,000 for the 2014 food drive. The total represents about 3.2 million pounds of food. Oregon state employees represented the largest employer donation to local food banks to help feed the hungry in the state.

"On behalf of all Oregonians, I thank you for your public service and for inspiring your fellow employees to make this food drive a success," said Governor Kitzhaber. "The food and funds you donated will contribute to strengthening our communities by helping those who need it the most."

OYA Director Fariborz Pakseresht praised OYA's response to this year's food drive as "nothing short of overwhelming. I'm so proud of staff and youth for their enthusiastic and generous support of those in need. I'm also grateful to Kila Jager of the Professional Standards Office, who once again volunteered to lead OYA's food-drive efforts with the help of local coordinators at facilities and field offices."

OYA staff organized various events to benefit the food drive, held throughout February. MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) in Woodburn hosted a 5K fun run/walk at the facility Feb. 28, and all funds collected through the $10 admission fee were donated to the food drive. Oak Creek YCF in Albany organized a salsa-making competition Feb. 14. Hillcrest YCF in Salem held a chili cook off Feb. 26, which attracted entries from throughout OYA. Chili lovers donated $5 or five cans of food for the privilege of sampling more than a dozen pots of chili.

All donations of food, money and time benefited the Oregon Food Bank Network, which serves communities throughout the state. Representatives from the Oregon Food Bank and Marion-Polk Food Share attended today's ceremony to honor agency employees for their support.

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The Oregon Youth Authority is the state's juvenile justice agency, reducing victimization and building safer communities by helping at-risk young people lead productive, crime-free lives. Learn more at www.oregon.gov/oya and follow us on Twitter @OregonYouth


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OR 228 closed near Halsey (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/15/14
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A railroad crossing repair project has resulted in the complete closure of OR 228 (Halsey-Sweet Home Hwy.) in Halsey.

The closure began at 8 a.m. today, April 15, 2014 and will continue until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. The highway is closed to all traffic at the rail crossing.

The closure will allow time for the Union Pacific Railroad to complete concrete repairs at the crossing.

Detour Route Information:

No local detour is available. Motorists need to avoid traveling through this area during the closure period, or use authorized alternate routes, such as OR34 in Tangent to access I-5.


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Update #2: Two Juvenile Suspects Identified in April 13th Intertate 5 / Creswell Cinder Block Incident (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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Update: On April 14, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) received phone calls that led to identifying two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, as suspects in the April 13, 2014, throwing of a cinder block off an Interstate 5 / Creswell-area overpass that struck a vehicle's windshield and injured a woman inside the car.

The lead OSP investigating trooper contacted both suspects and parents at their Creswell residences. They are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. The suspects' names and other information are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, OSP will meet with the Lane County District Attorney's Office when potential charges will be decided.

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On April 13, 2014 at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by MICHAEL BECKER, age 28, from Roy, Washington, was northbound on Interstate 5 in the right lane traveling under the E. Oregon Avenue overpass in Creswell when a cinder block fell from the overpass and came through the windshield. The block struck passenger TIFFANY BECKER, age 30, in her face causing non-life threatening injury.

TIFFANY BECKER was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. She was treated and released. The driver was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation.

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Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 22-23
Oregon Marine Board - 04/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting at the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem on April 22 from 12: 30 pm to 6 pm and April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The April 22nd meeting will be a work session to review and approve boating facility grants and to have a preliminary discussion on the agency's proposed 2015-2017 budget. The April 23rd general meeting will include the following agenda items:

* Rule Consideration on Division 026 -Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. The proposed rule action will adopt processes for reimbursement from the Salvaged Vessel Subaccount and establish a vessel turn-in grant program.
* Rule Consideration for Statewide Rules -The proposed rule action will amend local rules with reference to slow-no wake.
* Rule Consideration on Uniform Waterway Marking System and Private Buoy Placement Applications -Chapter 250, Division 010. The proposed rule action will revise buoy standards of symbol marker language and initiate new rules for the public to submit application requests for placement of private buoys in waters of the state.
* Rule Consideration on Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County OAR 250-020-0032. The Board will consider whether to open the rule, from a citizen petition, to move the boating deadline at Willamette Falls near Oregon City.

The meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 21. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff report can be downloaded at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon March 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/15/14
Oregon Job Growth Hits Fastest Pace in Eight Years

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted monthly job gain of 7,500 in March was the largest since November 2005 when 9,300 jobs were added.

The rapid job growth in recent months may be pulling people back into the labor market. Nearly five years into this economic recovery, rapid gains in construction employment and an end to overall government job declines have lent support to more broad-based economic expansion.

The jobs report indicated economic growth accelerated in March, with many of the major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.

Construction shot up by 1,800, following a gain of 1,300 in February. Leisure and hospitality bounced back from a one-month dip, adding 2,100 in March. In addition, five industries added close to 1,000 jobs: retail trade (+1,200 jobs), financial activities (+900), professional and business services (+1,200), private educational services (+800), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only industry showing a large loss in March was wholesale trade, which shed 1,000 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's economic expansion was rapid and broad-based. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment grew by 46,300 jobs, or 2.8 percent since March 2013 as each major industry added jobs. The private sector added 43,700 jobs, or 3.2 percent, while government added 2,600 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Within the private sector, construction grew at the fastest pace, having added 7,800 jobs or 10.8 percent since March 2013.

In March, seasonally adjusted construction employment broke through 80,000 for the first time since January 2009. After plummeting to near 67,000 in 2010, the industry has once again returned to near 80,000, which was close to its level during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In March, most of construction's job gains were in building equipment contractors, which added 1,400 and was up 2,600 in the past 12 months. The industry is primarily comprised of contractors specializing in electrical; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

These preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses and are subject to later revision.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in March, essentially unchanged from 6.8 percent, as revised, in February and significantly below the year-ago figure of 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Oregon's labor force increased for the fifth consecutive month in March, following nearly two years of monthly declines. Continued job growth, coupled with a high number of entrants to the labor force, has been driving recent labor force growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, April 21st and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 13th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: Oregon March 2014 Unemployment Rate Press Release
Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications April 15 - June 15 to Hire Recruit Troopers in Early 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, now is the time to check us out as OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in early 2015. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, OSP started accepting applications for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions at 12:01 a.m., April 15, 2014. This two month long opportunity to apply runs through 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2014.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29
* Session #2 - Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175.

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04/14/14
Oregon Virtual Academy Board Meeting
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/14/14
Oregon Virtual Academy Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1814/73391/Board_Meeting_Agenda_4-21-14.doc
Citizens Receive Awards from Fire Department
Albany Fire Dept. - 04/14/14
At the April 9, 2014, Albany City Council meeting, Fire Chief John Bradner presented the following civilian awards:
Certificates of Appreciation to Mark and Andrea Ylen for their actions on December 9, 2013, assisting an Albany father and his daughter in getting out of their home safely during a fire.
Civilian Lifesaving Award to Rich Roven for his actions on the evening of February 8, 2014.
On a walk Mr. Roven saw smoke coming from an attic window of a home on Elm Street. Mr. Roven entered the home and attempted to put the fire out. Had Mr. Roven not taken immediate action to help his neighbor when he did, this fire would have caused significant damage but more importantly the resident could have died.
Civilian Lifesaving Award to James Myrick for his actions the morning of December 3, 2013.
Mr. Myrick was traveling on Highway 20 when he witnessed a collision. Mr. Myrick found the other driver injured and trapped inside the car. Mr. Myrick had to reach through a broken window to get the driver's head into a position that assisted with his breathing and to stabilize his neck. He held the driver in this position until the Fire Department arrived. He continued to provide assistance to firefighters while they worked to remove the driver from the car.
Update #3: Ongoing Investigation Leads OSP Detectives to Arrest Former Deputy a Second Time (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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A former Lake County deputy who turned himself in Sunday morning, April 13, after a warrant was issued for his arrest was taken into custody again by Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives that evening and is now lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, was arrested by OSP detectives after new warrants were issued for his arrest for Custodial Interference in the First Degree and Tampering with a Witness. TURKLE was taken into custody without incident after he bailed from Lake County Jail where earlier he turned himself in after arrest warrants were issued for 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.

A 17-year old Lakeview girl, who TURKLE was allegedly involved with in a sexual relationship, was found safe Sunday afternoon when she contacted a local law enforcement officer in Lakeview. The girl was unharmed and had been sought by Oregon State Police (OSP) and local law enforcement agencies since Friday when she was reported missing. She has returned to her family.

OSP detectives are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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Registration deadline nears for Oregon Heritage Conference
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/14
The Oregon Heritage Conference will take place April 23-25 in historic downtown Albany with the theme of "Celebrate, Recreate, Invigorate." The registration deadline is Friday, April 18.

The abundance of opportunities for linking Oregon heritage and recreation will be the hub of workshops, speakers, bus and walking tours, and panels. Whether you want to revitalize an organization, engage with tourists, document and preserve historic buildings and collections, advocate for support, or create new appreciation for Oregon heritage in its many forms, you will want to attend.

Grant McOmie, the award-winning television journalist whose stories about travels on Oregon's backroads blend outdoor recreation and cultural heritage, will be the keynote speaker. Special tours, cutting-edge research expositions, and meeting colleagues from across the state are important bonuses. The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will take place on the evening of April 24.

The Oregon Heritage Conference will take place at several downtown locations including the Albany Regional Museum, the Pix Theatre, the Flinn Block, United Presbyterian Church, Whitespires Church, and several restaurants. The Albany Downtown Association, the Albany Visitors Association and the City of Albany are also assisting with the conference.

The conference schedule and registration form is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


Attached Media Files: News release
Easter Festivities at Lancaster Mall (Photo)
Lancaster Mall - 04/14/14
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The Easter Bunny has arrived at Lancaster Mall. She can be found in the springtime garden near Sears, through April 19, 12pm-7pm daily. Visits with the Lancaster Mall Easter Bunny are always free and professional photo packages are available. All children will receive a small gift while supplies last.

On Saturday, April 19, 11am-3pm, Connection Life Church presents Easter at the Mall. Families will enjoy fun games throughout the mall, a variety of local entertainment on the main stage, and Super Egg Hunts in balloons are scheduled by age group (10 and under) throughout the day. Admission to the hunts is first come first served, free tickets will be available at the display near Starbucks. Participate in the passport game by visiting the various game areas and participating retailers for stamps and be entered to win prizes including a brand new boy's or girl's bicycle. Connection Life Church began serving the Salem/Keizer community in the summer of 2009. Since then, their Easter outreach has grown significantly every year drawing thousands in attendance.

In addition to the Easter festivities the Willamette Humane Society will be on site April 19, in the Conference Room offering pet adoptions and information about volunteer opportunities, pet trainings and other programs & services.

As previously announced Garten Services is hosting a Free Community Shred & Electronics Take-Back Day, April 19, 11am-3pm. The public is invited to bring up to two boxes of personal papers for confidential shredding and to drop off small household electronics for recycling at no cost.

Lancaster Mall will be closed Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 so employees can spend the holiday with family and friends (some major store and restaurant hours may vary). For more information on visiting the Easter Bunny, the Easter at the Mall event or upcoming events visit www.LancasterMall.com.


Attached Media Files: Easter Bunny at Lancaster Mall , Easter Egg Hunt in Balloons
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Winners Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/14
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards next week in Albany. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. April 24 at a dinner. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Cottage Grove Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, for its innovative community partnership that created a historic preservation plan to enhance heritage throughout the city,

-- Oregon State Archives, for perseverance, creativity and outstanding professionalism in re-claiming audio from the 1967 Beach Bill hearings,

-- Illuminate Oregon City Project, for its enterprising approach to historic site rehabilitation, economic development and public art display by the City of Oregon City, Main Street Oregon City, and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance with the historic Oregon City elevator.

-- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, for its exceptional attention to cultural heritage and professional practices while initiating the Warm Springs Audio Preservation Project with the University of Oregon.

-- Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, Newport, for its decade-long grassroots effort to convert and restore a historic house-turned nightclub into a community center.

-- Sand Mountain Society, for 25 years of rehabilitating historic fire lookouts in western Oregon, providing interpretation about the structures and their location, and promoting compatible use of nearby lands.

-- Salemtowne Volunteers, Salem, for their dedication and innovative practices maintaining and restoring historical markers across the state for more than 20 years.

-- Charles Philpot, for outstanding leadership and vision in developing Antique Powerland at Brooks into an active heritage site with 15 partners and museums.


The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Support Services Protect Children & Help Build Strong Families
OR Department of Human Services - 04/14/14
A Guest Editorial by Lois Ann Day, Child Welfare Director, Oregon Department of Human Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oregonians are often surprised to learn that neglect of children, failure of parents to meet children's basic needs, is the most prevalent reason families come to the attention of child welfare. In Oregon, neglect is statutorily defined as abuse and it is the largest category of founded allegations of abuse.

Specifically, neglect is defined as a failure of a child's caretaker to adequately protect a child from harm. It is the inability of parents to meet their children's basic needs. Neglect can include an ongoing pattern of serious neglect by a parent or caregiver, and the pattern can often be corrected only to repeat over the same or new concerns. When it reoccurs, it is most often a result of parents being unable to access services that would help them out of the situation that is challenging their efforts to parent. More than 60% of all incidents of child abuse in Oregon are because of neglect or threat of harm.

Neglect is most often accompanied by several risk factors: extreme poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness of parent/child. Neglect is harmful for children and families, it causes trauma that has lasting impact on children that is increasingly difficult to mitigate. And that accumulated trauma stresses the scarce resources of the state.

We must ask ourselves: isn't there a better way to engage families struggling with these issues? Can we intervene with families earlier? Can we actually engage with families in a way that empowers them to identify their needs and take steps to ensure their children's safety and continue to parent them while addressing the issues that brought them to the attention of the child welfare system? Can we implement a child welfare system that supports parents to make decisions that keep their children at home rather than placement in foster care?

We can and we are. Oregon is in the process of implementing a Differential Response model that can transform child welfare's engagement with families and in many cases (with the right support services), keep children safely at home. During the 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kitzhaber took up the challenge, too. The final budget provided an increase of $92.7 million in total funds in Child Welfare programs to further earlier assistance for families.

Part of the investment was $23.7 million in total funds for statewide implementation of Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs. These programs, created by the legislature in 2011, are statutorily designed to provide a broad array of services to support families and keep children safely at home. Concrete supports are needed to address the underlying issues that lead to neglect. These supports include services that meet families' basic needs, such as food, housing, transportation and employment. In more advanced cases, the need is for services such as drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, parenting support and skill-building. Providing these services in a culturally appropriate manner enhances the family's chances at successfully addressing their challenges.

Across the state, we are working in collaboration with local communities to enhance the service array. These services are to specifically address needs of children and families who come to the attention of Child Welfare through a report of abuse or neglect. Examples of the types of services communities are putting in place are family meeting facilitation; trauma and therapeutic services; enhanced family visitation; youth transition and mentoring services; intensive in-home services; parent navigators; parenting education and classes; parent mentoring and coaching; relief nurseries; housing stability assistance; emergency and short term housing supports; and employment assistance.

In May, Child Welfare will begin providing a new route for families to connect to these services. Differential Response is a redesign of the child welfare system's initial response for families with a screened in report of abuse or neglect. With a differentiated response system, there will be two tracks of response to families. Regardless of the track of response, all families involved with child welfare will receive a comprehensive child safety assessment by child welfare staff. However, some families, where they are able to keep their children safe, will be offered services without opening a case with child welfare.

Just as every family is unique, the department's approach needs to be flexible enough to serve the family's needs. Our design includes specific screening criteria to determine the best response to assess families and increase their success in keeping parenting their children safely at home.

Families can more successfully resolve issues when they take an active role in crafting the solution and where they have the opportunity to partner with child welfare and their community in the identification of services and supports needed. Our goal, and the goal of all communities, is to keep children safe and increase the strength and resiliency of families. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to recognize the essential support families and children have received from Oregon's Legislators and Governor Kitzhaber. We are particularly grateful to have the opportunity to undertake this important work.

~Lois
Oregon Historical Society Presents an Evening of Silent Film at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, April 24 (Photo)
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society is excited to present an evening of silent film on Thursday April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. General admission is $8, and tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance online.

This special screening celebrates recent preservation efforts, notably the restoration of the 1914 silent film The Boy Mayor. The five films that will be shown are among the thousands held within the OHS Moving Images Collection, and will features live piano accompaniment by OHS Library Director Geoff Wexler. The films featured at this event are:

* The Boy Mayor (1914): Hollywood's examination of the trials and tribulations of Portland's underage shadow government
* Sick of Life/Mephisto's Son (1900): The Devil's son becomes disillusioned with life in Hell and looks upwards for meaning and a wife; hand colored early Path film.
* Gold (1922): After a long journey from St. Louis, a gold hungry family must come to grips with the harsh realities of life in an Oregon prospecting camp. Poor decisions are made and children are put at risk but, in the end, the love of one's family perseveres.
* Calumet Baking Powder Advertisement (date unknown): Advertisement for a better baking product as told through an appreciation of the five senses.
* [Raymond Roger's Home Movies] (ca. 1935-1950): 35mm footage of Portland, including 23rd Avenue streetcar, Ringling Brother Circus, Blue Mouse Theater, Vanport Flood, and more; beautiful black and white footage of Portland circa WWII

Also on the program will be Act 1 of The Scourge of Positivism, a musical slide-show-drama presented by the Portland art collective Zenith Tea House, using images and text from the collections of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

The Boy Mayor and [Raymond Roger Home Movies] were preserved in 2013 by Film Technology (Los Angeles, CA) from a 2012 National Film Preservation Foundation grant. Many thanks to Michele Kribs for her work on this project. The Boy Mayor will also be screened in Salem at the Historic Elsinore Theatre on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance online through Tickets West.


About The Boy Mayor

Directed by Henry McRae, The Boy Mayor dramatizes a unique interlude in Oregon's history. In an effort to provide guidance to boys in danger of delinquency, progressive Portlanders established the Newsboys' Home and Clubhouse at SW First and Hall Streets. To raise funds for the home, the organization's leaders began the "Boy Mayor" contest in May of 1912, coinciding with the Rose Festival and modeled on a similar campaign from the previous year.

In July 1914, Eugene J. Rich was chosen as Portland's Boy Mayor. He ran on a platform of public ownership of utilities and better playgrounds, and he took office with four junior commissioners, a junior district attorney, and a boy auditor. Later that year, the Universal Film Manufacturing Company brought Rich to Hollywood, along with Earl R. Goodwin, a Lincoln High School football star, who played Rich's secretary in the film.

The Boy Mayor premiered in Portland at the Star Theatre at SW Washington and Park in December of 1914.

About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.


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Correction to Update #2: Investigation After Man Found Suffering Gunshot Wound in Vehicle Sought Following Ontario Bank Robbery (Photo)
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(Correction to lead sentence. Deceased is not an Oregon resident.)

Update: The deceased has been positively identified as a 71-year old male who is not an Oregon resident. Detectives are continuing to locate next of kin. His name and residence information are not being released at this time. The multi-agency investigation is continuing.

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An adult male sought following a reported bank robbery in Ontario early Thursday afternoon died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital. The man was found suffering a gunshot wound seated in the suspect vehicle after stopping on side of an area road south of Ontario.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m., OSP troopers were notified by Ontario Police Department (OPD) to be on the lookout for a pickup that fled a reported bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Ontario. The pickup driven by an adult male armed with a handgun reportedly fled south as OSP, OPD, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office headed along area roads to locate it.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., an Ontario police officer saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle's description traveling south on Alameda Drive and attempted a traffic stop. The driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While staying back at the patrol car waiting for cover officers to arrive, the driver shot himself.

OSP and OPD arrived shortly thereafter and approached the pickup where they found the male unconscious, slumped over with a gunshot wound to his head. The man initially wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Officers initiated emergency medical care and the man started breathing.

Medics arrived on scene and transported the man initially to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. He was then transferred to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise and was pronounced deceased. His name is withheld pending positive identification and confirmation that next of kin were notified.

A handgun was found inside the pickup.

Alameda Drive was closed at Railroad Avenue and Onion Avenue for 2.5 hours while detectives from the Major Crime Team investigated at the shooting scene. The Malheur Major Crime Team includes members from OSP, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and Ontario Police Department.

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Media Advisory: Press Conference Tomorrow for March Statewide Unemployment
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 will be released tomorrow, April 15, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Communications manager Tom Fuller and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000 Over the Year
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.
Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.

All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon.
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013.

Along with more vacancies, there are fewer unemployed competing for those available jobs. In January, 146,600 Oregonians were unemployed, which means roughly 4 unemployed people for each private-sector vacancy. One year ago, the ratio was 8 unemployed for every job vacancy.

As the labor market tightens, employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need. Employers reported that more than half of their vacancies in the winter were difficult to fill. The share has increased since winter 2013, when 39 percent of vacancies were difficult to fill.

At $16.05, the average wage offered for a vacancy in winter 2014 was $0.74 above the level from the prior year - one more sign of a job market picking up steam.

Food preparation and serving workers, and production workers topped the list of occupations with vacancies, with more than 4,000 apiece.

All regions had more vacancies this year than last. Vacancies have increased significantly in Central Oregon since winter 2014. The Portland Tri-County area had 19,000 vacancies, more than half of the statewide total.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2014 will be released in July.
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release details of the 2013 "Why are positions difficult-to-fill?" responses in May.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 04/14/14
April 14, 2014

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, April 18. The primary agenda items will be the process for selecting the 2015 metrics, and presentations on long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics; population health metrics; and early learning metrics. Public testimony will be heard at 11:45 a.m.

When: Friday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions and parking information: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:
Welcome and consent agenda
Updates
Work plan to select measures for 2015
Presentation: long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics
Presentation: population health metrics
Presentation: early learning metrics
Public testimony

For more information, please visit the Metrics and Scoring Committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas to Spur Innovation and Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/14/14
SALEM - The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.

Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.

The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at: www.oregon4biz.com Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals at: www.oregon4biz.com

The current Innovation Plan, comprised of seven initiatives, is available online at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/

About Oregon InC and Business Oregon
Oregon InC is a private-public statewide advisory council created by the 2005 Oregon Legislature and charged with developing a biennial public investment plan to stimulate economic development and job growth across the state. The council works in partnership with Business Oregon, which works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
A Man, A Car, A Fire and A Train ***Update Photos*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/14
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Clues as strange as the head line, but these were the circumstances deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were sorting through this Saturday when they responded to the 2900 block of Wintel Road SE.

Deputies were initially called to the area because Kyle Randall, age 24 was knocking on doors and asking residents for a place to sleep. After arriving deputies noticed a plume of smoke in the distance that turned out to be a car fire.

When they went to investigate the fire they located the burned out carcass of the vehicle Mr. Randall had been driving. So after interviewing Mr. Randall and evaluating the scene deputies believe the following occurred.

At around 5:00 a.m. Mr. Randall was driving east on Wintell Road when he drove through a stop sign and ran into a passing train. The train hooked his vehicle and drug him approximately 300 feet. Mr. Randall came to a rest, exited his vehicle and then sought out shelter from nearby residents.

Mr. Randall was not injured in the crash, he was however arrested for DUII and taken to the Marion County Jail. At the jail his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.


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Update: Missing Lakeview Girl Found Safe, Unharmed
Oregon State Police - 04/13/14
MARRIAH ANDREWS, a missing 17-year old Lakeview, Oregon girl, was found safe Sunday afternoon after she contacted a law enforcement officer in Lakeview. She was unharmed and Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives have notified her family. Detectives and local law enforcement agencies have been trying to find her since Friday when she was reported missing.

OSP appreciates the public's interest in this matter and thanks the media and those who assisted via social media to get the word out. No other information will be released.

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Update: Former Lake County Deputy Turns Self In; Public's Help Sought to Find Missing, Endangered 17-Yr Old Lakeview Girl (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified former Lake County deputy KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, turned himself in Sunday morning at the Lake County Jail on outstanding warrants issued Saturday for his arrest related to an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with the missing 17-year old Lakeview girl. The girl, MARRIAH F. ANDREWS, is still missing. Anyone with information to help find ANDREWS is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 947-2267.

TURKLE, age 42, from Lakeview, was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for 3 counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor. TURKLE, who worked for Lake County Sheriff's Office for over 10 years, resigned a week ago while he was under investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

On Friday, April 11, 2014, OSP detectives contacted TURKLE after receiving information that MARRIAH ANDREWS was reported missing by her family. ANDREWS was last seen Friday morning in the Grants Pass area where she was staying with a friend and reportedly left with an adult male who was later identified as TURKLE. ANDREWS is described as a white female, 5'4", 130 lbs, with blonde hair, blue eyes and a pierced nose.

OSP detectives are continuing their investigation and ask the public to contact them if they know where ANDREWS is.

Photographs of both individuals are provided with this release.

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04/12/14
Update #3: Added Names - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 near Scottsburg (Photo)
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Update: Names of the occupants in the other involved vehicle who had minor injuries. Driver TODD SIMS, age 40, from Hillsboro, and passenger CLAY CLARK, age 31, from Cave Junction.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday morning's traffic crash on Highway 38 near Scottsburg that resulted in the death of a Gold Beach man and minor injuries to two others.

On April 12, 2014 at approximately 6:07 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on Highway 38 near milepost 18. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed one person was deceased, and two others were injured in a vehicle that went down an embankment and was stopped by several trees about 100 feet from the Umpqua River. The crash involves a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven the deceased and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants reportedly transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by JOSHUA DALE RAY CARTER, age 22, from Gold Beach, was westbound on Highway 38 when it crossed the double solid center lines and collided nearly head-on with the eastbound Ford truck. The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway where some helicopter fuel leaked from a container down an embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River. Four drums containing herbicide fell out of the back of the truck into the brush.

Regional HazMat teams from Coos Bay and Roseburg responded to handle the hazardous material spill and coordinate clean up. There appears to be no danger to fish or wildlife from the spilled materials. Roseburg Forest Products, Scottsburg Fire Department, and Lower Umpqua Ambulance also assisted at the scene. The US Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.

The Toyota pickup came to rest on the highway and CARTER was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver and passenger received minor injuries. SIMS wasn't transported to a hospital but planned on seeing a doctor later. CLARK was transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. The vehicle they were driving is registered to Applebee Aviation out of Banks, Oregon.

Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours and then one lane was blocked with ODOT helping traffic get through the area. Mast Brothers Towing removed the vehicles. According to ODOT's website TripCheck.com, the highway is fully open now.

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Stolen Vehicle Refuses to Stop for Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/14
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Yesterday at about 10:30 p.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a red Honda Civic for a lighting violation on Hazelgreen Road NE. Once the deputy initiated the traffic stop the vehicle immediately took off and lead the deputy on a pursuit over several miles throughout Marion County.

During the pursuit deputies observed the driver and passenger switch places while driving down the roadway. The pursuit took deputies through portions of rural Marion County and then finally back toward Salem where the Salem Police Department deployed spike strips, flattening the vehicles tires.

After the tires on the vehicle deflated deputies attempted to PIT the vehicle but missed and a short distance later the vehicle crashed into a tree in the 2900 block of Tide Court NE. Once the vehicle crashed one of the three occupant's attempted to run but was quickly apprehended.

All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salem Hospital where they have been treated and released. The first driver of the car, Joann Wills, age 40, was booked into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude (Vehicle), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The Second driver Shawn Woddard, age 41 was book into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude, (Vehicle), Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The third passenger was released without charges.


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#ProjectNat (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/14
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Earlier this afternoon the Marion County Sheriff's Office began receiving tips from its community partners about a large party with underage drinking set to take place somewhere in Marion County. The party was said to be organized via Twitter and to have a trend of #ProjectNat.

The Sheriff's Office attempted to be proactive and try and prevent to party from happening so using our social media we broadcasted the party's information and contacted the party's organizer trying to make him aware of the consequences of his actions.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. tonight the party was located at Packsaddle Park in rural Marion County. When deputies arrived they found a stage, a bon fire, alcoholic beverages and several party goers. Deputies also located the parties organizer Nathaniel Gray, age 19, of Salem.
Mr. Gray was uncooperative with deputies and as a result of his actions he was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor offensive littering and providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.
In addition to his criminal charges the Sheriff's Office has been informed that the Gates Fire Department may seek penalties for its reimbursement from Mr. Gray for its response to extinguish the bonfire.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for its out pouring of tips that lead us to the early intervention of this event. This type of public interaction is key to our children's safety in this digital age.


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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 / Clear Lake Road north of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road about four miles north of Eugene. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup driven by WILLIAM ANDREW CHAPPELL IV, age 29, from Eugene, was eastbound on Clear Lake Road approaching Highway 99. Witness information indicates the driver entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99. The pickup traveled off the highway and struck a traffic light pole on the SE corner of the intersection before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road.

The initial impact heavily damaged the pickup's left side. CHAPPELL was using safety restraints but he fell out of the damaged vehicle as it was coming to a stop. CHAPPELL was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, and ODOT. One northbound lane of Highway 99 and Irving Road was closed during the investigation. All lanes were opened about 1:00 p.m.

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Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Two people were injured Friday morning in a commercial truck crash on Highway 126E about five miles east of Vida in Lane County.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer containing computer servers driven by FRANK BENSON, age 64, from Carmichael, California, was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 32 when the truck and trailer traveled partially onto the right shoulder. BENSON attempted to steer back into the eastbound lane but the trailer struck a tree and power pole. The truck and trailer overturned onto their side and came to rest across the highway blocking both lanes.

BENSON was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Co-driver/passenger CHARLES TRONCIN, age 46, from Vallejo, California, was asleep in the truck's sleeper berth and was transported by air ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to the same hospital.

BENSON was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain Lane of Travel.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, McKenzie Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed for over 3 hours.

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Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/11/14
PR 10 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May:
New line will bring more renewable wind energy west

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration will begin construction of the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project in May. The new line is expected to carry over 800 additional megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing. BPA will hold two "Meet the Builder" open houses in late April.

The 38-mile, 500-kilovolt line in Washington will connect the new Central Ferry Substation in Garfield County to the existing Lower Monumental Substation in Walla Walla County. It is expected to be energized in December 2015.

"Building the right facilities in the right place at the right time is a key principle of our long-term transmission services planning process," said Richard Shaheen, BPA vice president for Engineering and Technical Services. "Specifically, this project will add critical transmission grid capacity, support new transmission requests from generators in the Snake River area and be a welcome boost to local and regional economies."

For more than 75 years, BPA has been the major developer of energy infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Electric utilities and electric power consumers depend on BPA to maintain reliable transmission service at low rates and meet growing demands for electricity.

Over the past several years, numerous power generation projects, including large wind projects, have requested interconnection with the BPA system in the Snake River area. After studying the transmission system and identifying where capacity is available, BPA determined that there is not enough available transmission capacity to accommodate the requests. Building the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental project will allow BPA to meet the requests for transmission and allow additional power to flow between areas east of the Cascade Mountains to heavily populated areas in the west.

In August 2011, the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project was put on hold because of uncertainties regarding the need for the new line. However, in August 2013, BPA notified customers, landowners and stakeholders that it was moving forward with construction of the line. Existing customer need coupled with an agreement for Portland General Electric to acquire Phase 2 of Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Wind Project, which PGE renamed the Tucannon River Wind Farm, required construction activities to begin this spring.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that supports PGE's balanced energy portfolio. Tucannon River will help PGE satisfy Oregon's renewable energy standard, which requires the utility to supply 15 percent of the electricity its customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

In early 2011, BPA completed an environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering design for the project. BPA issued a record of decision to build the line in March 2011. Since then, BPA has conducted additional environmental review of some access road modifications and a material yard.

The contractor hired to build the new line is MYR Group, a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market throughout the United States. It has the experience and expertise to complete electrical installations of any type and size. MYR Group's power line capabilities include transmission, overhead and underground distribution and substation projects.

Two "Meet the Builder" open houses are being held so the public can learn more about the construction process and schedule, speak with representatives from the MYR Group and meet the BPA project team.

For more information, visit the project website at www.bpa.gov/go/centralferrylomo.

April 22, 2014
4-7 p.m.
Best Western Plus, 7 E. Oak St., Walla Walla, Wash.

April 23, 2014
4-7 p.m.
Best Western Plus, Dayton Hotel and Suites, 507 E. Main St., Dayton, Wash.

BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that markets renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.
173rd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/11/14
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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations April 14-17, 2014, between approximately 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field.

"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Fighter Wing commander. "We understand the disruption to the community during night flying weeks, but we try our best to minimize the noise impact."

The community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Most of the training will occur in military operating airspace east of Lakeview.

Baenen explained why night flying is crucial for student pilots, "It's because of this training that the United States Air Force has the advantage over our enemies."


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Update: Death Investigation - Dirt Road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation into the death of a 66-year old man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the back of a burning pickup on a dirt road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls. An autopsy conducted Thursday, April 10, by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Rocky Point Fire & EMS responded to a reported vehicle fire on a dirt road about a mile south of Highway 140W near milepost 51. OSP troopers responded, and after the fire was extinguished they found the body of a deceased male in the bed of a charred pickup.

Initial investigation identified the deceased male as JOSEPH E. HUNTSTIGER, age 66, from Klamath Falls. A handgun was found with the victim.

An OSP arson detective responded to the scene to assist with determining the cause of the vehicle fire. The fire started in the rear of the camper but the cause is undetermined at this time.

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Garten Services & Lancaster Mall to Host Free Community Shred & Electronic Take Back Day (Photo)
Lancaster Mall - 04/11/14
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Salem, Ore. -- Garten Services, Inc. and Lancaster Mall are co-hosting a Free Community Shred & Electronics Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location for the event will be in the SW corner of the Lancaster Mall parking lot off Center Street, between Best Buy and Macy's.

The public is invited to bring up to two boxes of personal papers for confidential shredding by Garten Services at no cost, and to drop off small household electronics for recycling as well: TVs, telephones, computers, printers, scanners, AV/sound equipment, cables and peripherals. (Note: No appliances, please.) North Salem High School will provide volunteers to assist with collection of the public's shred and recyclable items.

Garten Services is a non profit organization founded in 1970 that provides vocational and retirement services to more than 500 people with disabilities each year. Lancaster Mall has been a key retail hub for the Willamette Valley since 1971. Both Garten Services and Lancaster Mall are both local EarthWISE businesses, certified sustainable through Marion County Public Works Environmental Services.


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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of Two People - Highway 97 south of Bend
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
Two people were arrested last Friday in connection with an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 about four miles south of Bend after a trooper located approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 12:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Hyundai Elantra displaying Oregon license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 for a speed violation. During the traffic stop the two occupants were identified as driver CARMEN D. ZAVALA, age 32, from Madras, and passenger DAVEY L. CULPUS, age 28, from Warm Springs.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led troopers to discover approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the car's trunk and rear passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $60,000.

ZAVALA and CULPUS were arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Upcoming Spring Forum Event Promotes Why Agents are the Answer to Navigate Healthcare Reform
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/11/14
Portland, Ore (April 11, 2014) The 2014 Portland Association of Health Underwriters (PAHU) Spring Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 29th, from 7:30am to 4:30pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This unique event provides attendees the opportunity to hear about various aspects of the ongoing healthcare reform and why agents are the answer to help businesses and individuals navigate this reform process.

Spring Forum provides attendees the opportunity to hear from several exciting and engaging speakers. Paul Spindel will be discussing how we use ethics, values and boundaries to assist in our decision making. Tom Kramer will share his legal perspective of how to assist clients amidst new employer and individual mandates. Wendy Shaw and Elma Friend will impart some of their Medicare knowledge in their session, Medicare 101. The keynote speaker, Allison Clarke, will be presenting "The Leader Who Never Dies" which is a highly interactive keynote for individuals who inspire others and want to leave their mark on the world. Laura Cali, Oregon's Insurance Commissioner, will discuss the next steps for health insurers amid ongoing Affordable Care Act reform. Dave Sanders will discuss his innovative healthcare company Zoomcare. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is available at www.pahuonline.org. Member registration is offered at $135 and non-member registration is offered at $185.

To learn more about how licensed insurance agents can support your health insurance needs, please visit www.agentsaretheanswer.com. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tim Rasch at 503-293-6440 or email at trasch@larrysherwood.com.
Nearly 50 Oregon Students to Compete in State Level Competition for National History Day
Oregon Historical Society - 04/11/14
Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 12 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Concordia University. The event is open to the public, and media are welcome to attend; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

This year, 48 students from Jefferson, Umatilla, and Washington counties have entered websites, exhibits, papers, and documentaries into the Oregon History Day competition. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Weston Foundation, the Oregon History Day winners will receive free airfare to the National History Day competition, taking place June 15-19 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C.

Two years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to our state, and has seen the competition grow year over year. Last year, OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperoned thirteen finalists to the national competition, and two Oregon students won awards for "outstanding entries." Finalist Olivia Winter from Timber, Oregon, wrote a paper titled "Perkin's Mauve: A Turning Point in Western Textile History and Culture," and her brother, Dominick, submitted a website to the competition titled "From Quill Pens to Metal Type: Gutenberg's Press." The website can be seen at http://35410023.nhd.weebly.com/.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2014 National History Day is "Rights and Responsibilities," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary.

Over 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the finalists' work at the national competition in June. Scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
Wells Fargo reports record quarterly net income
Wells Fargo - 04/11/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported record net income of $5.9 billion, or $1.05 per diluted common share, for first quarter 2014, up from $5.2 billion, or $0.92 per share, for first quarter 2013, and up from $5.6 billion, or $1.00 per share, for fourth quarter 2013.

"Our solid first quarter results again demonstrated the ability of our diversified business model to perform for shareholders," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "Our 265,000 team members remained focused on achieving our vision of serving the financial needs of our customers as we grew loans, deposits and increased cross-sell. First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission, which included a proposed 17 percent common stock dividend increase to $0.35 per share in the second quarter of this year and higher planned share repurchases compared with 2013 repurchase activity. As we move forward in 2014, I am optimistic about the opportunities ahead and believe that we are well positioned for growth."

Chief Financial Officer Tim Sloan said, "We are very pleased with Wells Fargo's performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year. Income tax expense in the first quarter was $227 million lower than the prior quarter, driven by a $423 million tax benefit recognized in the first quarter."

The full news release is posted at wellsfargo.com.

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04/10/14
Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. on behalf of the Oregon State Fair Council // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 10, 2014

Media Contact: Kerry Tymchuk, Chair, Communications Committee, Oregon State Fair Council
Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society
Office: 503-306-5203

Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward

Salem OR - Oregon State Fair Council President Gene Derfler and Oregon State Parks Director Lisa Van Laanen announced today the signing of an agreement to initiate the transfer of management and control of the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to the Oregon State Fair Council. The Parks Department will continue to support the Council as the transition continues.

The Oregon State Fair Council is a public corporation that was created by legislation approved by the Oregon State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber in 2013. Governor Kitzhaber then appointed eleven members to the Council, which held its first meeting in January 2014, and will meet for the fourth time on April 17.

"With the signing of this agreement, the State Fair Council can now officially move forward to fulfill our mission of creating a new sustainable business model for a vibrant and financially stable Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center," said Derfler, a former President of the Oregon State Senate, who was unanimously elected by other Council members to serve as Council President.

The Council is focused on continuing the strong tradition of the Oregon State Fair and creating a business plan for the operation of the Exposition Center. The 149th annual Oregon State Fair will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from August 22-September 1, 2014.

The Council will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to seek input and participation in shaping the future of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.

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Two Vehicle Crash Results In Serious Injury (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/14
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A man who witnesses say forced one vehicle off the roadway after he crossed the center line struck another vehicle sending both men to the hospital. Pavel Bobko, age 32, of Salem was driving his silver Dodge Caravan on Cordon Road NE between Sunnyview Road NE and Carolina Road NE this afternoon around 2:00 p.m. That is when witnesses say it left its lane of travel and collided head on with a white Dodge Dart driven by Isiah Ursprung, age 40, of Salem.

Both men were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with what investigators are describing as serious injuries. The Marion County Traffic Safety Team's CRASH Unit had the road closed for nearly two hours while they investigated.

Although it is early in the investigation alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in today's crash. As of this time the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further details about this incident.


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Marine Board Seeks Input on Fee Options
Oregon Marine Board - 04/10/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding an open house on Monday, April 21 from 3 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm and invites recreational boaters to come to the agency's office at 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. The agency Director, Scott Brewen will give an overview of the agency's budget and business model as well as the documented trends in boating uses in Oregon.

"The intent of this first meeting is to start a two-way dialog with registered recreational boaters that will continue through this year and into the 2015 legislative session. By 2015, it will have been 12 years since a fee increase, so it's time to engage our customers and see what ideas they have to keep our existing service levels," says Director Scott Brewen. "Our goal is to share information about our funding sources and perhaps discover other solutions or options from boaters. We're at a point where we have to present the Oregon Legislature with budget concepts at a time when there are significant variables in the air. It's important for boaters to understand where the revenues come from and how they are used to provide services to boaters." Brewen adds.

Free parking is available and this meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Friday, April 18.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.
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Lebanon Police Department
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/10/14
Nature of Crime or Event: Burglary I, 7 counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, 3 counts of Theft II, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief II, and Possession of Methamphetamine (More arrests and charges are expected as this investigation continues)

Date / Time Occurred: April 7th, 2014 between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Occurred Location: Lebanon and Albany, Linn County, Oregon

On April 7th, 2014, at 6:20 the Lebanon Police Department received several calls from residents in the area of Jadon Street where their vehicles and a garage were entered and items were stolen. The suspects entered a vehicle, took the garage door opener and used it to enter the garage.
The Lebanon Police Department also received information from a concerned citizen about the suspect's vehicle that was seen in the area at the times of the thefts. This citizen wrote down the vehicle license plate and gave that information to officers.
Detectives took over the case that same day and were working on leads into the night. Neighbors' security video and other evidence was gathered, including the license plate of the suspect vehicle and the description of the suspect was developed.
Detectives located a current address for the suspect and the vehicle was later located at the registered owners address, 1823 27th Avenue SE, Albany, Oregon.
Detectives applied for a search warrant for the residence and the registered owner, Christopher David Ledford, date of birth, January 15th, 1975 of 1823 27th Avenue SE, Albany, Oregon.
The search warrant was executed at 9:53 a.m. Ledford was the only one home at the time of the search warrant was served.
Detectives from the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office assisted.
Over 100 items of evidence were seized during the search of the residence and Ledford's vehicle.
Ledford was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail for the booking process.
All the seized items were brought back to the Lebanon Justice Center and secured in the evidence room for processing.
Items that can be claimed by the rightful owners will be released to them at a later time.
Some of the items located are believed to be items that were stolen from the North Albany area.

Charges:
Burglary I, 7 counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, 3 counts of Theft II, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief II, and Possession of Methamphetamine
More arrests and charges are expected as the investigation continues.

The Lebanon Police Department would like to remind people to lock residences and their vehicles at night and take their valuables inside or keep them out of sight.
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/10/14
A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday morning. As with all unanticipated inmate deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on April 10, 2014, inmate Dean Wayne Guiley, 53, was found unresponsive in his housing unit. He was pronounced deceased at 7:27 a.m.

Guiley entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 14, 2001, on three counts of Kidnapping I and one count of Assault II out of Lane County. His earliest release date was January 2043.

Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Douglas County citizens are lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/10/14
Approximately 300 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Roseburg on April 26th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 80 (9.1%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Mark Your Calendar for the Roseburg March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 AM

Where: Stewart Park in Roseburg

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Visit marchforbabies.org and find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Fred Meyer, Liberty Tax, Brooke Communications, and KPIC. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by March of Dimes' number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Lane County residents are lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/10/14
Approximately 600 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Lane County on April 26th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 80 (9.1%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Mark Your Calendar for the Lane County March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 AM

Where: Alton Baker Park in Eugene

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Visit marchforbabies.org and find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, PacifcSource Health Plans, Kendall Auto, Home Federal Bank, Cascade Title, Feynman Group, KOOL FM, KDUK, and KVAL. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by March of Dimes' number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Search reopens for Oregon Arts Commission|Oregon Cultural Trust Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/10/14
Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search has elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews.

While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists.

"We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. "If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it."

The executive director is a full-time, executive service position located in Salem, Ore. The successful candidate will become part of the state's Executive Service team. The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization or two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization and 45 to 48 quarter hours (30 to 32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. The salary range is from $64,608 to $95,136 per year plus benefits.

For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement. The announcement can be found at www.Oregonjobs.org and is scheduled to close at the end of the day on Monday, April 28. Interested candidates should apply now.

Interested candidates, or those wishing to recommend a candidate, should contact Lawson at (503) 373-7677 with questions.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


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Wells Fargo First Quarter Earnings Information
Wells Fargo - 04/10/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is scheduled to announce its first quarter 2014 earnings on Friday, April 11, at 5 a.m. The news release will be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings.

The company will host a live conference call on Friday, April 11, at 7 a.m. You may participate by dialing 866-872-5161 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-643-1962 (International). The call will also be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings and at http://us.meeting-stream.com/wellsfargocompany_041114.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on April 11 through Friday, April 18. Please dial 855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (International) and enter Conference ID #75709909. The replay will also be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the internet, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.
Deported Felon Arrested Following Menacing Incident Near Oregon City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), arrested a 28-year old man Wednesday night on numerous charges related to an investigation that the suspect shot at another vehicle while traveling on Highway 213 off Interstate 205. Subsequent investigation determined a BB gun was used and the suspect was in possession of heroin. Troopers also confirmed the suspect was a deported offender on felony probation out of Multnomah County following a conviction on heroin-related crimes.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., a 21-year old female called OSP Northern Command Center dispatch reporting that ten minutes earlier a man in a silver Ford pickup fired a BB gun, striking the side of her car after she exited southbound Interstate 205 onto Highway 213 in the Oregon City area. For an unknown reason, the Ford pickup almost rear-ended her car as she exited the freeway and pulled along the passenger side. The male passenger in her car yelled "Gun" when he saw the Hispanic male driver in the Ford pickup pointing it at the car. The car's two occupants both said they heard something hit the side of the car after the man shot a BB gun at them.

As an OSP trooper contacted the complainant in a convenience store parking lot off Interstate 205 to obtain information, CCSO called OSP advising they stopped the Ford pickup on Highway 213 near Molalla.

The trooper responded to the CCSO stop location. The detained driver provided a Mexico driver license that was later determined to be fake with a false name and date of birth. Subsequent investigation also led to the discovery of a BB gun in the pickup, approximately 5 grams of suspected heroin, and over $6,600 cash.

The driver was taken into custody and initially transported to the OSP Portland Area Command office. Upon arrival, he admitted the license was fraudulent and purchased to be used as false identification. The suspect provided another name and date of birth that also proved to be false. He said he was deported over 2 years ago and had illegally returned about a month ago.

After lodging the suspect in Clackamas County Jail, fingerprints were taken and run through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). As a result, the suspect was positively identified as DANIEL JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN, age 28, a deported offender on felony probation supervision out of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (MCDCJ). Prior to learning JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was back in Oregon, MCDCJ had him listed on "Inactive" status because he was known to have been deported and wasn't actively being supervised but was being monitored in case he returned.

In addition to an ICE hold, JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Menacing
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Menacing

Upon confirming JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was in custody in Oregon, MCDCJ filed a detainer because of his known probation violation related to the arrest.

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Salem Hospital receives Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award(TM); Only large Oregon hospital recognized as national leader for patient experience
Salem Health - 04/10/14
Salem Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the second consecutive year. This distinction places Salem Hospital among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience. Salem Hospital was identified for providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Salem Hospital is also the only large hospital in Oregon to achieve this honor.

"As a Magnet(R) organization, everyone here is aware of our commitment to positively impact the patient experience through clinical excellence resulting in good clinical outcomes as well as high patient satisfaction," said Marty Enriquez, vice president and chief nursing officer at Salem Health. "We believe that patient experience is intertwined with the quality of our care and is key to delivering the best possible outcomes for those we serve."

Healthgrades evaluated 3,582 hospitals that submitted patient surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from March 2012 - April 2013, to assess those hospitals that are leading the nation in delivering the best patient experience. To be eligible for the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, hospitals had to meet additional clinical quality requirements. This ensures recipient hospitals are delivering strong outcomes in addition to an excellent patient experience during the hospitalization. The top 15 percent of this national group (447 hospitals) achieved the 2014 award, and Salem Hospital is 1 of only 4 recipients in Oregon, and 1 of 394 hospitals to rank in the top 10 percent nationally.

In January, Healthgrades announced that Salem Hospital was a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and Critical Care Excellence Award. The patient experience award continues to solidify Salem Hospital as a national leader for both excellent clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

"It takes great effort, involving many people at all levels of large organizations to achieve the type of culture change necessary to improve the patient experience," said David Barlow, director of service excellence. "Achieving high patient satisfaction involves partnering with families in significant ways to improve care and welcoming participation from our guests in the design of structures and process that ultimately help us serve others better. Wherever we have success with tests of change and innovation we share those across our system with the intent to bring that same positive experience to all patients."

Healthgrades evaluated Salem Hospital's performance as assessed by the hospital's patients across 27 different questions that roll up to ten distinct measures. Ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in a patient room to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patient's needs, the measures also include whether a patient would recommend this hospital to friends or family.

"As consumers are becoming more active participants in their health care, measured performance surrounding the patient experience at a hospital is an increasingly important consideration for patients in choosing where to receive their care," said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy for Healthgrades. "Consumers can rest assured that those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Experience Award demonstrate a commitment to exceptional focus on the needs of the patient during their stay at the hospital."

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: healthgrades.com today.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Driver Cited in Alcohol-Involved Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in NE Lane County
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
A female driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an investigation into Wednesday afternoon's single vehicle injury rollover crash on Highway 126E near S. Belknap Springs Road in northeast Lane County. The OSP investigation indicated alcohol was a contributing factor.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 4:05 p.m., OSP was notified of a rollover crash with driver entrapment on Highway 126E near milepost 18. An OSP trooper arrived on scene about 50 minutes later and contacted an off-duty Warm Springs police officer who stopped to help.

Subsequent investigation revealed a 2013 Honda Civic driven by WANDA L. KELLER, age 65, from McKenzie Bridge, was eastbound on Highway 126E passing other vehicles at a high rate of speed. A witness traveling westbound reported having to pull onto the shoulder as the Honda approached. The Honda swerved back to the eastbound lane, hit a dirt berm on the shoulder and launched in the air for 80 - 90 feet before landing and rolling onto its top against a guardrail.

KELLER was extricated by Upper McKenzie Fire & Rescue firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Her injuries were non-life threatening. She was cited by OSP for DUII and Reckless Driving.

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Linn-Benton residents are lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/10/14
More than 200 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Corvallis on April 26th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 80 (9.1%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Mark Your Calendar for the Linn-Benton March for Babies in Corvallis

When: Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 AM

Where: Kmart - Corvallis

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Visit marchforbabies.org and find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Georgia Pacific, Samaritan Health, Pacific Power, IBEW Local 180 and Kaiser Permanente. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by March of Dimes' number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Pacific Power - 04/10/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 10, 2014
503-813-7291
tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Technology upgrades, grid hardening and vegetation management drop outages by 40 percent
PORTLAND, Ore.--Power outages are getting fewer and farther between for Pacific Power customers as targeted long term investments to strengthen the utility's power grid are showing positive results.
Since 2007, the number of outages has dropped markedly, by 40 percent. The average duration of a customer outage has dropped 28 percent, according to year end 2013 figures.
"It is great to see that our targeted projects reducing the number of outages, vastly improving our ability to isolate outages when they do occur to minimize inconvenience to our customers," said Doug Butler, vice president of operation.
To ensure that customers receive the safest, most reliable and affordable service possible, the company is focused on continuous improvement. These improvements in service were due in part to the utility's investments in several key projects, including:
* Targeted Circuit Program: Since 2007, Pacific Power has completed 480 targeted projects on 220 circuits. The intensive investment, which includes proactive animal protection and technical upgrades, will continue in the coming years on a priority basis for the other nearly 700 circuits in Pacific Power's grid.
* More resilient lines: Pacific Power has pioneered the use of specially-constructed cable that absorbs incidental knocks by branches and animals without power being lost. In addition, the company has also developed techniques to make line splices stronger in areas especially hard hit by wind, rain and snow.
* Substation Upgrades: Technicians have upgraded substation equipment to handle an increase in demand, to improve equipment performance or to maintain or restore service when electricity needs to be rerouted.
* Vegetation Management: Crews worked to keep our electric lines free from trees and brush, helping to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of service to our customers. The company has trimmed nearly 1 million trees in the last two years. Vegetation-related outage events are down by 30 percent since 2007.
Butler concludes: "We are proud of the improvements we have made. Our program to improve reliability has been successful; of course weather and other unexpected events can always wreak havoc with this work, which disappoints us and our customers, but we still are working hard to make sure as few customers as possible are affected whenever a problem occurs on the power lines that serve our customers."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Serious Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 58 west of Willamette Pass Ski Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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One person was injured early Thursday morning in a commercial truck rollover crash on Highway 58 about one mile west of the Willamette Pass Ski area. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the driver.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 1:15 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with medical supplies driven by TEODOR MARGINEANU, age 64, from Portland, was westbound on Highway 68 near milepost 61 when MARGINEANU failed to safely negotiate a right curve. The truck and trailer crossed both eastbound lanes, struck a guardrail damaging approximately 300 feet of railing and then tipped onto the left side before coming to rest blocking the right eastbound lane. The trailer split open spilling a portion of the interior load onto the highway.

Co-driver/passenger WILLIAM MORRIS, age 50, from Nampa, Idaho, was asleep in the truck's sleeper berth and received serious, non-life threatening injury. He was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

MARGINEANU was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Maintain Lane and later given a ride by a trooper to an area hotel.

OSP troopers from Oakridge and Springfield responded to investigate the crash. Senior Trooper Cecil Arient is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Fire & EMS, Northwest HazMat Inc., and ODOT. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about four hours. One eastbound lane is now closed until the vehicles are removed and ODOT assesses guardrail damage. Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.

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Advisory: OSP Roseburg Area Command Office Building Closed to Move to New Location
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office is moving to a new location, prompting an administrative closure for one week starting 3:00 p.m., April 10. OSP patrol troopers, fish & wildlife troopers, and criminal detectives will still be working on the road and out of other police facilities during the move.

OSP Lieutenant Douglas Ladd said the closure is necessary to facilitate movement of the telephone switching system and other IT components from the current facility to the new location at 6536 Old Highway 99N. The new location is at the 129 interchange off Interstate 5.

During the closure, Ladd noted the office will be closed to the public and all phone and data lines will be non-operational. OSP law enforcement operations will not be affected.

The new facility is tentatively scheduled to open for business Thursday, April 17.

Anyone can still request contact with an OSP trooper assigned to the Roseburg Area Command office through the Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 440-3333.

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Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan (Photo)
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/09/14
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SALEM - On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.

The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.

"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."

The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE, and Deloitte LLC.

Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.

Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro president Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears, and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie, and InSpec Group.


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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves property exchange
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // News Release // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 9, 2014

Bend OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved an exchange proposal affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area in Coos County at its April 9, 2014 meeting in Bend. Under the exchange, 280 inland acres of the 878 acre property would be traded to Bandon Biota for a future golf course. The state park system would gain 111 acres of adjacent oceanfront property, 97 acres of wetland property on the Coquille Spit north of Bandon, $300,000 in cash to control gorse (an invasive plant) on state park property, $450,000 to satisfy match for a federal grant to acquire 11 acres at Whale Cove on the coast on Lincoln County, and $2.5 million to purchase an as-yet unidentified major new state park property.

The commission vote was 4-2 in favor. Commissioners Brad Chalfant of Bend and Robin Risley of Cannon Beach voted against the motion, citing their desire to name a specific property as the target for the $2.5 million fund. Commission Chair Jay Graves of Portland acknowledged the concern, noting that the commission as a whole would also have preferred to name a specific property.

"In the end, the timing makes it too complicated to try and name a new incoming property today," says Graves. "Properties that are important enough to pursue right now can't wait for the exchange to reach fruition."

With the commission's action, the proposal now moves to the federal Bureau of Land Management for next steps. The portion of the Bandon State Natural Area included in the exchange originated with the federal government, and was sold to the state on condition the property remain open to public outdoor recreation. This condition must be removed before the property can be transferred to Bandon Biota, a process which could take several months or longer.

"We're bringing more oceanfront property into the system, and if the federal interests are satisfied successfully, we'll also secure funding to acquire another significant property in the future," says Graves. "Taken as a whole, the Commission decided the package represents an overwhelming public benefit to the state park system."

"I would have preferred to name a property," says Commissioner Chalfant. "At this same meeting, we heard information about Beltz Farm and it would have been a perfect fit for this. In fact, Beltz was our priority from the beginning, but we want to acquire only from willing sellers, and it wasn't available at the time."

The 300-plus acre Beltz Farm property contains ocean beaches, wetlands, and forests and sits north of Pacific City and south of Sand Lake. The property is privately owned and separated from the Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island by the Sand Lake estuary. It is slated to be acquired by the nonprofit arm of EcoTrust for $1.7 million as soon as May, and the Parks and Recreation Commission expressed strong interest in acquiring it from EcoTrust with Oregon Lottery funds dedicated to state park acquisitions by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

"The Bandon exchange isn't going to directly fund Beltz, but it's key to making Beltz and other important acquisitions happen," says Chalfant.

"This is a significant natural property," says Commissioner Risley. "It's been an important estuary to preserve for decades because of its location, beauty, and natural character."

The commission did not take an action related to the Beltz property, but information is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/Commission_packet_2014-4.aspx and after staff study the purchase, it could come back to the commission for action as soon as June.
Applications for Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship available
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Would you like to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the next year? The Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first-round deadline is June 6, 2014.

For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx or contact Cara Kaser at cara.kaser@state.or.us or (503) 986-0670.


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Go green, get green
Pacific Power - 04/09/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 9, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Go green, get green
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For 13 years, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy in the western region. Since 2006, these customers also have helped put more than 70 new small scale community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California. These projects have added more than 4.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- many highly visible and very helpful in making green energy a part of our everyday lives in communities. We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community and educational benefit for our customers."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $6 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m.
June 30, 2014.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.


Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
OMSI Serves Up a Season of Food Science
OMSI - 04/09/14
For Immediate Release


OMSI SERVES UP A SEASON OF FOOD SCIENCE
OMSI Eatery Hosts a Tasty Lineup of Full Course Meals, Blind Tastings and More

Portland, Ore. (April 9, 2014) ¬¬-- Get a taste of science this spring at OMSI's eatery, Theory, where visitors are encouraged to explore the science of food. Echoing OMSI's emphasis on health and wellness, Theory champions sustainable practices and wholesome eating.

Here is the list of upcoming events Theory:

Cook for Life
Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking with Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Tse of Regence and nutritional information from Dr. Julie Briley of the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult. https://www.omsi.edu/events/cook-for-life/041514
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/041814

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/050914

Low Carbon Diet Day
Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Week, OMSI and Bon Appetit Management Company will turn Theory into a fun culinary classroom offering ways that guests can minimize their carbon "foodprint" through tasty alternatives to beef and dairy. Through educational demos by OMSI and the makeover of popular dishes by Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, guests will learn that they don't have to go entirely meatless to make their diet a climate-friendlier one.

Blind-Tasting Bingo
Thursday, April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind-Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. With their eyes covered, the players/guests will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!
https://www.omsi.edu/events/blind-tasting-bingo/042414

Mother's Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 11, 8-11 a.m.
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.
https://www.omsi.edu/events/mothers-day-breakfast/051114


ABOUT BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, and specialty venues in 32 states, including eBay, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Getty Center. All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, from stocks to sauces and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker welfare. It has received numerous awards for its work, from organizations including the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States and Food Alliance.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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Videos offer primer on investing, seeking professional financial help
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/14
To recognize Financial Literacy Month in April, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has produced a series of videos about investment basics and how to choose a financial professional to help people get started with their retirement planning.

The 13 videos, created by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, break down the six most common investment products, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate, and describe the characteristics, responsibilities, and compensation of a stockbroker, investment advisor, and financial planner. The division licenses and regulates some of these financial professionals.

"Many people feel they lack the knowledge it takes to invest," said David Tatman, the division's administrator. "We encourage them to take the initial steps with these easy-to-understand videos to gain more confidence and begin to take control of their financial future."

Viewers can choose to watch individual videos based on their interest or need, or watch one video that includes all the topics. Videos can be found on the division's website at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/consumer_info/BasicsInvestmentPlanning.html.

Financial Literacy Month, designated in 2004 through a resolution by the U.S. Senate, was established to help Americans to learn to make wise investments and improve financial literacy.

About us:
The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS) helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help in Investigation of Fawn Deer Shooting in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect(s) involved in the shooting of a fawn deer in late March in Douglas County. A reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) Reward Program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this investigation.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., unknown suspect(s) drove near the 1600 block of Melqua Road about 1.5 miles east of Melrose Store, shot a fawn deer and left it in a ditch along the side of the road. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper responded and is conducting an investigation.

A reward of up to $500 is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association TIP Reward Program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Don Frerichs at (541) 440-3334 ext 4540 or email don.frerichs@state.or.us.

More information about the Turn-In-Poachers Program is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/f_w_tip.aspx

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Before you dig in your yard, call 811 to have utility lines located
NW Natural - 04/09/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Just as the weather is getting nice enough for yard projects, NW Natural reminds you to do one thing before you start working outside: call 811 before you dig. April is National Safe Digging Month, and a good time to remember that you or your contractor must call 811 to have underground utility lines located two business days before digging.

The most common cause of damages to a natural gas line is someone accidentally digging into it. Whether it's been hit by a garden shovel, backhoe, trencher, post-hole digger or other tool, a damaged line can be a serious safety hazard and lead to unwanted fines.

"We know that it only takes one accident to create major damage, service disruptions and possible injuries," said Scott Gallegos, NW Natural damage prevention supervisor. "That's why it's important for everyone to remember to make that one quick phone call to 811 before any digging occurs."

NW Natural tracks the number of damages to its gas lines each year. The company recorded slightly more damages in 2013 than in 2012.

The company also tracks requests to locate its pipelines and responded to 13 percent more calls last year over the previous year.

"Responding to more calls for locates is a step in the right direction," added Gallegos. "But we still have a long way to go to see the number of damages go from 500+ per year down to zero."

If a gas line has been accidentally damaged, remember these simple tips: Smell. Go. Let us know. If you smell an odor like rotten eggs from a natural gas line and/or hear a hissing sound, immediately leave the area on foot and follow these tips:
* Do not use your telephone, cell phone or any electronic or battery-powered device.
* Do not light matches.
* Do not operate any electrical switch including lights.
* Do not create any other source of ignition or spark that could ignite the gas.
* Evacuate the area on foot.
* Call NW Natural's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-800-882-3377 once you're away.

NW Natural encourages you to visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety for information about digging safely.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 695,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Gunshot Wound (Victim Identified)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
The victim in the shooting incident has been identified as Christopher Martinez, age 23, of Salem. Mr. Martinez has been discharged from Salem Hospital and no further information about his medical condition is available at this time.

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Last night at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sheriff's Deputies began receiving reports of multiple guns shots in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE. Approximately one hour later deputies were called to the Salem Hospital to investigate a male with a gunshot wound to his right knee.

The victim a 23 year old male, of Salem, was taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The victim told investigators that he was riding his bicycle in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE when an unknown person operating a dark blue sedan began shooting at him.

Detectives are asking the public for any witnesses who may have seen the incident to please come forward. Specifically detectives are seeking two males on bicycles who helped the victim immediately after he was shot. If you were a witness or may have information regarding this incident please call Detective Christopher Bangs at 503-932-3244. You may remain anonymous.
SE Portland Teen Arrested for Attempt to Elude - Interstate 5 in Salem Area
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
An 18-year old Portland resident was arrested Tuesday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) after he attempted to elude a trooper at speeds in excess of 120 mph for a brief distance on Interstate 5 in Salem area.

On April 8, 2014 at approximately 10:20 p.m., an OSP senior trooper obtained a speed reading on a 2004 Acura passenger car northbound on Interstate 5 at milepost 254 at 95 mph. The trooper lost sight of the vehicle briefly in traffic but spotted it near milepost 257 as it was following too closely behind another vehicle in the left lane. The Acura moved to the center lane and accelerated to over 120 mph as the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle.

The driver didn't yield to the trooper, continuing at a high rate of speed before 'slowing' to 105 mph near Keizer until stopping north of the Keizer interchange. The trooper, with the help of Keizer police, took OLIVER BRASSARD, age 18, from southeast Portland, into custody for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph.

During the traffic stop, a northbound vehicle reportedly slowed to approximately 15 mph as the driver was distracted, looking to the side of the freeway. The vehicle was struck by another northbound vehicle and then a third vehicle almost struck the other two cars. There were no reported injuries. OSP was assisted at the crash scene by Marion County Fire District #1 and Rural Metro ambulance.

April is national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month. Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind off the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction), and hearing something not related to driving (auditory distraction).

OSP urges all drivers to focus on getting to where you want to go safely and avoid distractions. When approaching emergency vehicles actively engaged on the side of the highway, don't 'rubberneck' but focus ahead on your driving and move over for the safety of law enforcement and first responders.

No photographs or other information for this release.

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Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Navigational Aid Near Cape Kiwanda, OR, Seeks Public Comment
Oregon Marine Board - 04/09/14
SEATTLE -- The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to make a change to the Aids to Navigation system off Cape Kiwanda near Haystack Rock, Ore., and is seeking public comment.

The proposed change is to the sound signal on Cape Kiwanda Bell Buoy, LLNR 665, from a bell to a whistle. A whistle is more consistent and reliable than a bell, and is easier to maintain due to its durability in an offshore environment.

This sound signal marks Haystack Rock and the beach landing area just south of Cape Kiwanda.

Coast Guard District offices publish a weekly Local Notice to Mariners. The LNM is the official Coast Guard publication that lists current conditions of ATON, proposed changes to ATON, approved marine events and various announcements for waterway safety. A more detailed description and a graphical representation of these proposed changes can be found on the 13th District LNM on the Coast Guard Navigation Center's web site: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict®ion=13.

The LNM lists contact information for mariners to submit comments via mail, phone or email on this or any other proposed change to ATON. If additional information is required, please contact CDR Daryl Peloquin, 13th District Waterways Management Branch Chief, at 206-220-7273.
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State heritage boards meet April 23 in Albany
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Three state heritage boards will meet April 23 in Albany, including a joint work session, during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will meet for a work session on communications at 9 a.m. in the Albany City Council chambers, 333 Broadalbin St. SW. The session will last for one hour.

The boards will then meet separately. (The details of each meeting are listed below.) Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by call 503-986-0690.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 10:15 a.m. in the City Council chambers for a work session on its draft bylaws. The Commission will begin its formal meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Council chambers. Items on the agenda include consideration of four Oregon Heritage Tradition nominations, updates on projects related to the goals in its 2014-2019 Oregon Heritage Plan, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Albany Masonic Lodge, 431 1st Ave W. Items on its agenda include approval of the 2014 Historic Cemetery Grants, potential legislation, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.

State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will meet at 10:15 a.m. at Pizza King, 231 Lyon St. In 1998, the Governor established the Council to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails.

The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails. The Council meets three times a year. Guided by local residents and public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss marking, interpretation and protection of the trails.

The Council's meeting agenda is available at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "Historic Trails").


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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 NB Off Ramp at Harvard Avenue in Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year old Grants Pass woman at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp at milepost 125 and Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The crash occurred directly in front of Roseburg High School but didn't involve any students. The names of all persons involved are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2010 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by GAIL WEAVER, age 56, from Myrtle Creek, was exiting Interstate 5, hit a curb on the west side of the off ramp and drove through brush. The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy four-door traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels. The Honda continued across the intersection hitting a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by ERIC JENKINS, age 40, from Eagle Point, and then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance.

The Subaru's 24-year old driver, MATTHEW CORTEZ, and 23-year old male passenger, G. REINHOLD PRINCE, both from Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Rear seat passenger LAURA BETH CORTEZ, age 53, from Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance to the hopsital and pronounced deceased after arrival.

WEAVER was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation.

The Nissan's driver and 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, ODOT, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

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Last Call: Oregon DHS Direct Care Career Fair in Salem on Friday, April 11
OR Department of Human Services - 04/09/14
Help for local job seekers: The Oregon Department of Human Services will hold a Direct Care Career Fair on Friday, April 11, 2014, highlighting jobs providing care for adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about a variety of jobs caring for some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, for example in the Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU). Help individuals achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.

This is a great chance to meet DHS site managers, direct care staff and more. They will be available to answer your questions and help you get started with a rewarding career.

Details: DHS Direct Care Career Fair will be held on April 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the AFSCME Building, 1400 Tandem Ave. NE in Salem.


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04/08/14
Aggressive Driving Unit Nabs High Speed Motorcyclist ***Updated with date and time*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/14
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When a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Driving Unit saw a motorcycle weaving and acting aggressively within its lane of travel he suspected the rider to be up to no good. And as soon as the rider turned onto McCleay Road SE from Cordon Road SE the deputy's suspicion was confirmed.

When the rider later identified as David Ladeby, age 26, of Salem made his turn, he accelerated and rocketed out of sight of the deputies unmarked Ford Mustang. When the deputy finally caught Mr. Ladeby at the intersection of 62nd and McCleay Road SE he followed Mr. Ladeby as he turned onto 62nd. This is when Mr. Ladeby accelerated and the deputy followed initiating his radar as the speeds climbed to over 117 miles per hour. As the deputy activated his lights, Mr. Ladeby continued his acceleration, reaching 133 miles per hour.

Once Mr. Ladeby saw the deputy he immediately pulled over. Mr. Ladeby stated to the deputy that he believed he did not exceed 95 to 97 miles per hour and he was apologetic for his behavior. Mr. Ladeby was cited for careless driving and violation of the maximum speed limit. Careless driving carries a maximum fine of $260.00 and the violation of the maximum speed limit in excess of 100 miles per hour carries a fine of $1150.00 and up to a 90 day license suspension.

With the weather clearing and the roads drying the Sheriff's Office often sees an increase in these types of aggressive driving incidents. The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind the public that we share the roadway and operating any machinery at these high speeds can have a deadly consequence. Please drive safely and obey all traffic laws.

This occurred yesterday approximately 3:00 p.m.


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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 04/08/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 8, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Warmer weather is drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of spring, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Oregon National Guard recognizes April as Month of the Military Child (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/08/14
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SALEM, Ore., - The Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program is scheduled to sponsor a number of events across the state to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military families in honor of Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child is a legacy of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and is designed to applaud military children and youth for the sacrifices they make to support America's armed forces.

To honor military kids for their sacrifices and courage, this campaign allows for community members and military personnel alike to pay tribute to these military kids for their service.

As part of this nation-wide campaign, the Oregon Guard Youth Program is sponsoring forums from Ontario to Salem to highlight the challenges military children often face when a loved one is called to serve their state and nation. The goal of these events is to celebrate the sacrifice of military families and create a safe environment to help nurture youth and children to share their experiences as military kids.

The program will sponsor sessions at the following locations and dates throughout Oregon:
Eugene: April 12, Young Leaders Conference and Youth Military Ball
Salem: April 15, AG Gilbert Discovery Center
Springfield: April 20, Putters
La Grande: April 22, Cook Memorial Library
Burns: April 26, Burns Armory

Oregon has more than 10,000 children who have a parent currently serving in the military, and hundreds more connected to military service through other relatives. Recognizing this special populations' sacrifice, dedication and their strength is a priority of Month of the Military Child, because when parents serve in the military, their kids serve too.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program visit their website at http://www.orng-smfs.org/FP/youth%20program.html
or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-National-Guard-Oregon-Military-Department/63030240817?ref=hl#!/ORNG.ChildandYouthProgram


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Oakridge Man Recovering from Injuries After Spending Night in Crash Vehicle along US Forest Service Road southeast of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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An Oakridge man is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after spending a night in his crashed vehicle off a remote US Forest Service Road near Hills Creek Reservoir southeast of Oakridge.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 1:20 p.m., a citizen driving on US Forest Service Road 23 near milepost 11 south of Highway 58 came upon a vehicle crashed along side the road with an injured man lying outside next to the car. The injured man, RUSSELL B. HAYES, age 59, from Oakridge, was conscious and got himself removed from the vehicle after crashing Sunday afternoon, April 6, at about 4:00 p.m.

The citizen who spotted the car and injured man had to drive to Oakridge where he reported the incident and Oakridge Fire Department personnel responded.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Senior Trooper Marshall Maher was on boat patrol at Hills Creek Reservoir and saw the emergency responders. He returned to shore and drove to the scene in the OSP pickup to investigate. Preliminary investigation indicates HAYES was negotiating a right curve, traveled across the road and struck several trees.

HAYES was transported by ambulance to a nearby landing site where an air ambulance took him to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by US Forest Service law enforcement.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Partnership for Coastal Watersheds receives State Land Board Award (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/08/14
Left to right: Sec. of State Kate Brown, Chris Hood, Bessie Joyce, Craig Cornu, Tom Hoesly, Jenni Schmitt, Don Ivy and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Left to right: Sec. of State Kate Brown, Chris Hood, Bessie Joyce, Craig Cornu, Tom Hoesly, Jenni Schmitt, Don Ivy and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
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Partners commended for community involvement and outreach

Salem - The State Land Board on April 8 honored the Coos Bay-area Partnership for Coastal Watersheds with the 2013 Land Board Partnership Award.

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a member of the Land Board, praised the partnership for their inclusive efforts to develop a locally-driven blueprint for responsible development, and to help the Coos Bay community prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon's south coast.

"The Coos Bay partnership is a perfect example of Oregonians doing things right," said Wheeler. "What they've been able to accomplish in four years is impressive, and they did it by bringing together a cross-section of people from the private and public sectors to collaborate on far-reaching issues."

In the first phase of the partnership, focused on Coos Bay's Charleston and South Slough areas, members developed a 20-year Community Vision; a State of the Watersheds assessment; and an Action Plan to help chart a course for their vision. The second phase includes developing an environmental and socio-economic inventory for the Coos estuary and additional collaborative monitoring tools.

"Our goals are to provide community access to the latest data to help our community plan projects, monitor the estuary, and understand the potential effects of rising sea levels," said Don Ivy, one of the project participants and a former cultural resource coordinator with the Coquille Tribe.

Chris Hood, another project participant and a planner with Stuntzner Engineering and Forestry, LLC said he's pleased the project is making scientific information more freely available to local decision makers. "We're compiling in one easily accessible place technical information that's normally found only by searching through many different reports and journals. These data are too important not to make more accessible to everyone."

The partnership was launched in 2009 by the South Slough Reserve and the Coos Watershed Association. Funds have been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

Their list of past and present collaborators includes local tribes, economic development organizations, local businesses, the local community college, and a wide variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The State Land Board is marking their tenth year of giving awards for projects and efforts that promote responsible, sustainable stewardship of state resources or that benefit Department of State Lands-related programs. The Department serves as the South Slough Reserve's administrative partner.

Since 2004, 25 projects have been honored, representing all regions of Oregon.


The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Consumer alert: Long-term care insurance rates on the rise, talk to your financial adviser about what is right for you
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/14
As long-term care insurance rates continue to rise, the Oregon Insurance Division is urging consumers to carefully examine their options and how this type of insurance fits into their overall financial strategy.

"Consumers facing rate increases may have options to reduce their premiums," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "For consumers thinking of buying this type of insurance, it's important to consider whether it complements their long-term financial goals."

In recent months, the Insurance Division has approved long-term care rate increases affecting more than 29,000 Oregonians, and several other rate increases are pending. The division has reduced the increases during the review process - companies originally requested an average 45 percent increase, but the division approved an average 26 percent increase.

"While these increases are still significant for consumers, they are much lower than what was originally requested," Cali said. "By reducing the rate increases, we hope to give policyholders the ability to maintain their coverage or to adjust their benefits so that they can still afford it and be able to access benefits should they need long-term care."

Long-term care insurance covers people who are chronically ill in a variety of settings - at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, for example. Typically, people begin paying premium before they need benefits. They become eligible for benefits if they can no longer perform certain daily activities such as eating, dressing, or bathing or if they have a mental impairment such as dementia.

Long-term care is a relatively new type of insurance and insurers nationwide have been raising rates over the past several years. That's due to the fact that policyholders kept their policies longer than expected and are living longer than projected, using more benefits. In addition, low interest rate returns are not keeping pace with increases in the costs of long-term care services.

Consumers will receive letters from their insurance companies at least 45 days before an increase takes effect. The Insurance Division has also asked companies to notify policyholders of their intentions for future rate increases.

In many cases, consumers facing rate increases can reduce their premium by reducing the benefits covered by their policy. For example, they could reduce their inflation protection, which means their policy would cover a smaller percentage of the costs of care in the future. Other options for reducing benefits range from reducing the daily benefit amount to shortening the benefit period.

Deciding how to pay for long-term care services should be part of your overall retirement planning, Cali said. As part of National Retirement Planning Week (April 7-11), the National Retirement Planning Coalition has collected the latest resources to help consumers and financial professionals focus on long-term financial goals, available at www.retireonyourterms.org.

A summary of the recent long-term care rate increases in Oregon is attached. For a complete list of all the policies affected as well as pending requests, go to http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/?pg=ltc_welcome.html. For general information about long-term care insurance, go to http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/long-term-care/Pages/ltc_overview.aspx or call the Insurance Division consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894.


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OSP Bend Troopers Targeting Distracted Driving-Related Violations During "Distracted Driving Awareness" Month (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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During April, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month.

OSP, ODOT, law enforcement in Oregon and around the nation, along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) consider distracted driving to be an emerging highway safety issue that must be addressed. OSP troopers will be participating in a special week of enforcement, April 10 - 15, as well as other dates during the month. Enforcement efforts will be stepped up toward preventing traffic crashes that may be connected with distracted driving.

During the special enforcement week, the OSP Bend Area Command office will put extra troopers on patrol during unannounced times using ODOT-provided roadway departure grant overtime funding targeting Highway 20 (east and west), Highway 97 (north and south), and Highway 126 west of Redmond. Distracted driving-related behavior may be factors in roadway departure crashes such as head-on, sideswiping another vehicle, fail to obey traffic control devices, fail to maintain lane of travel, and rolling over or colliding with a fixed object off the highway.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind of the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) and hearing something not related to driver (auditory distraction).

OSP and ODOT remind drivers of all ages that a lot can happen during a period of distracted driving, no matter how brief it may be. For example, when sending or receiving a text, a driver's eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph (the posted speed on the targeted highways listed above), this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

According to ODOT, from 2008 - 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

Now is a good time for all users of the transportation system to put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely.

Note: Since Oregon's cell phone law went into effect in January 2010, OSP troopers during the next four years (2010 - 2013) reported over 21,000 enforcement contacts resulting in more than 8,100 citations and 13,000 warnings. Effective January 1, 2014, Senate Bill 9 changed Oregon's traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device from a class D violation to a class C violation. The minimum fine for a class C violation is $142, and the fine for this offense can be as high as $500.The fines increase is aimed at reducing the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting. Since the penalty change took effect, OSP troopers during the first two months of 2014 reported 460 citations and 381 warnings.

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Wells Fargo introduces interactive "Get College Ready" web site for parents and college-bound students (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/08/14
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High school graduation is coming up fast for students and parents in the Pacific Northwest. To help them prepare financially for college, Wells Fargo has launched the Get College Ready website at www.wellsfargomedia.com/GetCollegeReady.

The new, interactive site provides information about how to prepare a financial plan for college, education award letters, financing products and resources, and options to cover non-tuition expenses such as books, meal plans, rent, campus events, cell phone and movies.

"As a father of three, I can relate to the questions that parents and students ask when trying to understand all the factors that go into paying for a college education," said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo's Education Financial Services.

"The Get College Ready website is a user-friendly interface that will help bring clarity to the financial milestones that parents and students face when preparing for college," Rasmussen added. "We're in the business of serving customers and working collaboratively to position them for success. This tool is a key ingredient to help them achieve their dream of a higher education."

The Get College Ready website includes the following features:

Knowledge Check: An interactive quiz to test knowledge and understanding of the different financial responsibilities involved in getting a college education.

Calculator: The Wells Fargo's College Cost Calculator can help provide an estimate of how much money someone might need to borrow annually for college.

Mr. Fellows Videos: A fun video series featuring Mr. Fellows, a college "advisor" who explains the ins and outs of the college financial aid journey in five easy steps.

Website visitors can also learn more about Wells Fargo's products and services for students, such as insurance, college credit cards, bank accounts and Hands on Banking (an interactive program to help kids, teens, young adults and adults learn about the basics of finances and money management).

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,000 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). The firm has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

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Salem Hospital offers opportunities for new volunteers
Salem Health - 04/08/14
Salem Hospital is looking for new volunteers to help in a variety of ways--including way finding and offering assistance at the newly remodeled Salem Cancer Institute.

"We're looking for people who would like to be an integral part of the Salem Hospital family to help patients, families, visitors, and our hospital staff," said Earlene Naylor, volunteer services manager. "Volunteering provides a great opportunity to experience health care and make a contribution to health care in our community."

Volunteer opportunities include:

* Providing information and guiding patients throughout Salem Cancer Institute
* Greeting and way finding on Salem Hospital campus and at Walton House
* Helping in reception areas

Volunteer perks include:

* Free flu shot annually
* Discount cards for local and online businesses
* Meal tickets
* Free fountain drink
* Ongoing hospital education
* Discounts at the hospital fitness center and cafeteria
* Discount at hospital retail pharmacy (after 90-day trial period and ending when you retire from volunteering)
* Studies have shown that people who volunteer improve their health and well-being, feel better about themselves, and live longer!

Volunteers typically provide service once a week for four hours either in the morning or afternoon. Hospital volunteers range in age from 14 to 94 and demonstrate excellent customer service at every turn. Contact Volunteer Services at 503-561-5277 or apply online through salemhealth.org (click on "Careers" and then "Volunteer Opportunities").

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Half million Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/08/14
The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding nearly 500,000 Oregonians that they still need to file personal income tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline. That's only one week away.

"Based on last year's totals, we expect another 470,000 returns by April 15," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That's nearly one-third of all the returns we receive during tax season."

Revenue says about one million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. Oregonians are overwhelmingly filing returns electronically, with a statewide average of almost 92%. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically, Revenue encouraged anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all the required forms are included in your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent little mistakes that will slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Presenting the 2014 Class of Oregon Heritage Trees
Oregon Travel Experience - 04/08/14
On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program will introduce three new heritage trees in a public ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The statewide dedication will take place at Veneta Zumwalt Park (near Eugene) where a plaque will be unveiled in honor of the Ellmaker Grove, a group of trees located within the park.

Oregon Travel Experience will host the event in partnership with the Friends of Zumwalt Park. Featured speakers at the event include Megan Clark, great, great granddaughter of Enos and Elizabeth Ellmaker. Clark's ancestors built their farm and blacksmith shop on an 1857 Donation Land Claim, using the tree canopy as shelter for their livestock, and as a pathway from a branch of the Applegate Trail to their smithy.

Doug Card, a retired University of Oregon sociology professor and local historian, will give a brief presentation as will members of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and the Oregon Travel Information Council.

Two other heritage trees will be honored in separate events later this summer, but will be inducted into the Class of 2014 Heritage Trees at Friday's dedication. The R.V. Short Fir, located in Wilsonville, and the Aurora Colony Black Walnut, share in this year's honors.

Among the Ellmaker Grove's incense cedars and big leaf maples, a magnificent tree affectionately known to Oregon Country Fair goers as the "mother oak," stands as testament to the care it has received over the ages. From the local Kalupuya to the first European settlers, the tree stood sentry as the Ellmakers harvested cord-wood and wheat to help fund the construction of Deady Hall at the UO.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and will find other tree-related and Earth Day activities occurring regionally during Oregon Arbor Week.

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) oversees the official Oregon Heritage Tree Program and is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation-related services. OTE builds programs that help drive new traffic into nearby communities, contributing to local economic prosperity. The agency manages 29 rest areas across the state, permits highway logo signs and administers to two heritage programs: Heritage Trees and Historical Markers.
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Update #2: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Forest Grove (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Highway 47 at NW Verboort Road north of Forest Grove. The deceased individuals names are released in this update.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 9:25 a.m., OSP, WCSO, local fire and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 47 near NW Verboort Road about a mile north of Forest Grove. Upon arrival, two people in a passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial scene investigation indicates at 2002 Hyundai four-door passenger car driven by a 18-year old female was stopped westbound on NW Verboort Road. The car pulled into the path of a northbound 1996 Freightliner box truck driven by CORY JORDAN, age 44, from Gaston. JORDAN had little time to react before the collision and both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The car's female driver and 19-year old female passenger, both from northwest Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The are identified as driver KIDEN ESTHER DILLA and passenger AYAN MOHAMED OSMAN.

JORDAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The 32,000 lb. truck he was driving was unloaded.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 47 was closed in both directions with ODOT personnel on scene coordinating a traffic detour for 5 hours.

OSP troopers and OSP collision reconstructionists from the North Plains, McMinnville, Portland, and St. Helens offices responded to the scene. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. A chaplain from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with initial next of kin notification.

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Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
Applications are now being accepted for a program created to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of parcelization or new development.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. This voluntary program provides financial incentives -- via conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important "working forest" areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon. Applications for Forest Legacy funding are now being accepted for Fiscal Year 2016.

Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 16, 2014. Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives.

To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated in Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).
Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted by close of business May 16, 2014, to:

Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills. Currently, Oregon has two projects awaiting federal fiscal year 2013 appropriation, both in eastern Oregon. Gilchrist Forest is ranked 6th nationally; followed by the Blue Mountain Heritage, ranked 11th nationally.

A conservation easement is a legal restriction placed on a piece of property to protect a specific resource, or several resources, such as a working forest. By stripping off certain property rights to the property - such as development rights - conservation easements can be used to keep forestlands for forestry purposes in perpetuity for enjoyment by future generations.

For more information:
Fiscal Year (FY) Forest Legacy Program Project Application Instructions
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/FY%202015%20Oregon%20Application%20Instructions.pdf

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml

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Historic cemeteries workshop slated for April 23 in Albany
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/07/14
A workshop that provides basic information about the care and development of historic cemeteries will be offered April 23 in Albany.

The Historic Cemeteries 101 workshop, presented by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, will include information about four key areas of cemetery operation: recordkeeping, mapping, protection and public events. The workshop presenters are veteran cemetery enthusiasts from several regions of the state.

The commission maintains a list of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, provides grants, and helps train people in the care of cemeteries, including grave markers, structures, railings and curbs, ironwork, fencing and historic plantings. There are approximately 850 listed historic cemeteries in Oregon.

The workshop is part of the Oregon Heritage Conference, but may be registered for separately. There is a $10 fee for workshop registration. Workshop registration is required and can be done by using the form at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/2014_OHC_Registration_Form1nonfillable.pdf

For more information about the Heritage Conference, visit the conference website at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx or contact commission coordinator Kuri Gill at kuri.gill@oregon.gov
Winners of 2014 Urban & Community Forestry awards announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
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In celebration of Oregon Arbor Week (April 7-13), Oregon Community Trees (OCT) - the state's urban and community forestry council - announces the 2014 recipients of the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards.

The award recipients are:

Tree City of the Year: City of Philomath

In 2013, the City of Philomath removed many scrub and crabapple trees from an area that had long been an eyesore as people entered the city. The city enlisted help from a local grade school to help plant 47 trees on the newly-cleared land. Not only did the kids have fun while planting the trees, they also learned about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide. As the trees grow, they will beautify the area and provide shade for a local creek. The project has been a huge success and the city has received numerous compliments from local citizens. Water samples have already shown a decrease in stream temperature as well as reduced levels of some chemicals in the stream. Recognizing Philomath's accomplishments in promoting healthy urban and community trees is especially appropriate in 2014, which marks Philomath's 20th year as a Tree City USA.

Organization Award: Greenworks

GreenWorks is a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in Portland, Oregon, and has been working with the City of Portland Parks & Recreation Department to design Werbin Park -- the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood in northeast Portland. During the summer 2013, GreenWorks provided outreach for underprivileged neighborhood children, using the park project to teach the children about park design and construction. GreenWorks partnered with Verde and Hacienda's Expresiones after school program to develop six weeks of activities for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Student participants visited the Werbin Park project site, other similar parks, and the GreenWorks office, learned about the design process, experienced firsthand how construction drawings are developed, and engaged in activities to develop their own design skills. Through this unique outreach effort, GreenWorks demonstrated their support for the Cully Neighborhood's commitment to social equity and provided an amazing learning opportunity for local children, who will ultimately become the primary users of Werbin Park. GreenWorks greatly deserves recognition for including this exceptional outreach effort in the design phase of their scope of work.

Individual Award: Laura Lesher

Laura Lesher has made outstanding contributions to urban forestry in the Salem area. She has served on the City of Salem's Shade Tree Advisory Committee, the Oregon Community Trees board of directors, and is a Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) graduate. She has also served on the City of Salem's tree advisory board for 7 years -- as chair for the last 5 years. During that time she has shown the highest degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and courtesy in often difficult and emotional tree hearings before the committee. She also has served on the several other sub-committees related to Salem's urban forest, including the current street tree code revision committee. She often utilizes her expertise in team building and collaboration and acts as an advisor and mentor to others who are interested in trees. Laura has advocated for trees by serving on Oregon Community Trees' Board of Directors for 5 years, where she provided valuable expertise in board development and team building. Laura exudes positive energy in all undertakings and has a true passion for trees and the urban forest.

Organization Award: Angell Job Corps

Angell Job Corps receives this award in recognition of this organization's success and continued efforts in teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent citizens. They strive to place their students in meaningful jobs or on track for additional education. Angell Job Core has directly influenced many students to achieve their goal of becoming arborists. After graduating from Angell Job Core, many students have earned positions with commercial urban forestry companies such as General Tree Service, Collier Arbor Care, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, and other arboriculture-related companies. We salute Angell Job Corps for their contributions to social justice as well as their excellent track record in training young professionals in community forestry.

About These Awards
For the 21st year, the O.C.T. awards recognize individuals and organizations for their exceptional, inspiring accomplishments and leadership in enhancing Oregon's urban and community forests.

Anyone can make nominations for these awards, which are given annually for leadership in community and urban forestry.

For more information, please visit: www.oregoncommunitytrees.org


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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation at Port of Brookings Leads to Water Pollution Charge for Boat Captain (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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A commercial crab boat captain was cited by an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper for Water Pollution in the First Degree related to an investigation into last week's dumping of an estimated 5,000 pounds of rotten, skinned mink carcasses into the water at the Port of Brookings in Curry County.

During the night of April 1 and early morning hours of April 2, boat captain CHARLES CASE, age 48, from Brookings, and the crew of "Ann Me", a commercial crab boat, allegedly dumped the mink carcasses into the port waters. During the morning of April 2, the Port Manager contacted law enforcement and the Department of Environmental Quality to investigate and determine who was responsible. That morning, Port of Brookings workers began coordinating the removal of the rotten mink carcasses from the port waters.

During the weekend, port workers had retrieved approximately 3,000 pounds of bloated, floating carcasses out of the water as the workers were forced to wear protective clothing and masks lined with "Vicks" vapor rub to combat the smell. Clean up is continuing as the mink continue to float to the surface.

On April 5, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper assigned to the investigation contacted CASE and the boat's crew for interviews. Based on the investigation, CASE was cited to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for one count of Water Pollution in the First Degree, a class B felony.

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Focused School Zone Traffic Safety
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on the morning of April 3, 2014, his office focused patrol efforts in various speed zones near several schools in Linn County. The focused efforts were emphasized during the morning commute. These schools included Hamilton Creek School in Lebanon, Central Linn Elementary in Halsey, Mari Linn School in Lyons and Clover Ridge School in Albany. The deputies stopped 17 vehicles for various violations, ranging from seat belt violations to speed violations. Our goal was to educate drivers and remind citizens of traffic safety within school zones. Sheriff Bruce Riley holds our children's safety as a priority and we will continue more random enforcement of school zones in the future. Please remember the posted school speed zones are there for a reason. Please continue to drive safe.
Oregon History Museum Opens New "Lincoln's Legacy" Exhibition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/07/14
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Rare Documents and Artifacts Pay Tribute to America's 16th President
Opens Saturday, April 12

Portland, OR - Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical artifacts and manuscripts, the Oregon History Museum will open on Saturday, April 12 an original exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Entitled, "2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy," the exhibition focuses on the time period between January 1, 1863, when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and January 31, 1865, when Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution banning slavery.

"Seven score and nine years have passed since Abraham Lincoln's death," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, "but his remarkable life and legacy continue to fascinate Americans. This incredible exhibit offers a unique opportunity to better understand one of America's greatest leaders and what was certainly the most challenging time in our nation's history."

The exhibit features extremely rare documents and artifacts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to see a first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln; a House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators; military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman, the actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories , and pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater. In addition, the exhibit includes numerous Civil War-era costumes that were worn by actors in director Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning movie, Lincoln.

The exhibit also features a touch-screen video game, "Lincoln's Challenge," which will allow visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War.

To kick off the exhibit on Saturday, distinguished actor and Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate will give his "Town Hall" program on Saturday, April 12 at 11 AM and 2 PM. With a striking resemblance to Lincoln, Holgate captivates his audiences through this exciting living history performance.

MEDIA NOTE
Media are welcome to preview and tour the exhibit April 8-10. Please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or rachel.randles@ohs.org to schedule a time for a tour. Media are also welcome to attend the exhibit opening reception for OHS members on Friday, April 11, at 5:30 PM - please RSVP to Rachel Randles if you are planning to attend.

AVAILABLE PRESS PHOTOS & CREDITS

1)Emancipation Proclamation | Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection

2)Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | This rare image of Lee is one of only eight known photographs featuring him in full military uniform. The photographer, Julian Vannerson, served in the Virginia Infantry's 24th Battalion and was well regarded for his photographs of Confederate leaders. Credit Mark Family Collection

3)Thirteenth Amendment | On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. This official House of Representatives copy of the Amendment from December 18, 1865, on vellum, was signed by Speaker Schuyler Colfax, Clerk Edward McPherson, thirty-four senators, and ninety representatives. Credit Mark Family Collection

4)Damask from Lincoln's chair at Ford's Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection

5)Snare drum played at Lincoln's funeral, 1865 | William Henry Brooks, a Union soldier and future Portland resident, played this drum as part of the consolidated drum corps during President Lincoln's funeral procession from Springfield to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 1865. Credit Oregon Historical Society.

6)Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game

About the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


Attached Media Files: Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall , Snare drum played at Lincoln’s funeral, 1865 | Credit Oregon Historical Society , Damask from Lincoln’s chair at Ford’s Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Thirteenth Amendment | Credit Mark Family Collection , 2) Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection
Go! Calendars, Games & Toys Joins Lancaster Mall (Photo)
Lancaster Mall - 04/07/14
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Salem Ore.- Go! Calendars, Games & Toys is now open at Lancaster Mall. After experiencing superior sales as a temporary tenant at Lancaster Mall during the holiday season, operator Calendar Holdings LLC will remain in the 4,810 square foot space. The store offers board games, brain teasers, puzzlers, puzzles, and high quality toys that are durable, educational and fun. From the most popular, to the hard-to-find and all of the classics. A new and unique selection of 2015 calendars will be restocked in September.

Calendar Holdings LLC, based in Austin, Texas, is America's premier seasonal retailer of calendar, game, and toy products. The first stores opened in 1993 and more than a thousand stores are operating in malls across the United States under the Go! Calendars, Go! Games and Go! Toys brands. Stores range in size from free-standing kiosks to a 6,000 square foot multi-concept superstore.

"Lancaster Mall welcomes Go! Calendars, Games & Toys, we are excited to have this unique business join the Mall family", said Bunni Oslund-Fisk, Mall Manager. Go! Calendars, Games & Toys joins the strong list of local, regional and national tenants at Lancaster Mall including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas. Lancaster Mall is owned by Lancaster Development, LLC, and managed by C.E. John Company, Inc.

For more information on Go! Calendars, Games & Toys and the growing list of tenants at Lancaster Mall visit www.lancastermall.com.


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Forestry Board to meet in Canyonville 4-14, tour Douglas Complex site 4-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
On April 15 the Board of Forestry will tour the site of Oregon's largest wildfire of 2013, the 48,000-acre Douglas Complex near Glendale. At its business meeting in Canyonville on April 14, the board will address agenda items on water quality, management of state forests, and other topics.

Highlights from the April 14 meeting include:

STREAM PROTECTION RULE ANALYSIS
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will report on ongoing work involving possible new forest practice rules designed to maintain cold water in streams. With the board, they will also discuss emerging policy issues pertaining to riparian (streamside) protection.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEAVE-TREE AND DOWNED-WOOD REGULATIONS
Landowners in Oregon's Coast Range are 97 percent compliant with forest practice regulations that require them to leave green trees or snags and downed logs when conducting clearcut timber harvests, according to a completed study. The Oregon Forest Practices Act calls for their retention to provide wildlife habitat and maintain healthy soil.

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS
ODF staff will describe progress in evaluating alternative forest management plans for the northwestern Oregon state-owned forests. Last June, the board directed ODF to explore alternative forest management plans that would be financially viable and improve conservation outcomes.

HIGH-VALUE CONSERVATION AREAS
The board will receive an update on ODF's efforts to implement an administrative rule change adopted last year that created the new "high-value conservation area" land management classification on state-owned forests.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS
A board subcommittee on federal forests will update the full board on its draft work plan. The subcommittee focuses on federal forest policy issues, with an aim to help the board interact with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, the Legislature and others on management of the 18 million acres of federally owned forestland in the state.

APRIL 14 MEETING DETAILS
The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Birch-Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, in Canyonville. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, (2014 meeting link).

SPECIAL NEEDS
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

APRIL 15 FIELD TOUR DETAILS
The board will meet for a field tour outside of Glendale near the site of the 2013 Douglas Complex fires. The tour will examine the complexity of forest management, wildfire management, and post-fire salvage and restoration operations in the context of multiple public and private landowner objectives. A tour briefing will be held at 8 a.m. in the Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center in Canyonville. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to provide their own lunch and potentially their own transportation if additional van seating is unavailable.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The 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.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at www.oregon.gov/odf.
Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigate Shooting Incident (Photo) update with correct spelling of victims name
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
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On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at about 5:37 pm, Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the 27000 block of Reese Creek Road, about five miles northwest of Monroe, for a woman with a gunshot wound. Medics from the Monroe and Corvallis Fire Departments also responded.
Gale Fogelstrom, age 60, from Monroe, Oregon, was treated for two gunshot entrance wounds. The wounds were on the left side of her lower back and the other on her left buttocks. It appears that the bullets had not exited from the victim.

On initial assessment, the injuries do not appear to be life threating. She was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital by a REACH helicopter. There is no condition update at this time.

BCSO Deputies investigated the incident and were preliminarily able to determine that Gale Fogelstrom had walked south about half a mile on Reese Creek Road from her residence to get a newspaper from a newspaper box. While walking, Ms. Fogelstrom told deputies that she heard about 40 rounds of ammunition being fired, which is fairly common for the area. She was walking north, back towards her residence when she was struck by two bullets. She continued to walk down the roadway before being picked up by motorist. Ms. Fogelstrom was given a ride to her home where her boyfriend called 911.

After an initial investigation, deputies spoke to Jeffery Field, age 47, and Lena Potter, age 37 at 24863 Dawson Road. They told deputies they had been target practicing on their property at the time the victim had reported being shot. They had been shooting north, down the heavily forested hill. Reese Creek Road is north about 100 yards directly below the hill. They were unaware anyone had been struck by gunfire. Deputies were able to recover the two handguns and ammunition Jeffery Field and Lean Potter had been using.
No arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Detective Justin Bowers at 541-766-6858.


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National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 7 - 11: Travel Safely Through Road Construction Work Zones (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) along with our law enforcement partners join ODOT and transportation agencies across the country in raising awareness about the importance of traveling safely through road construction work zones during "National Work Zone Awareness Week", April 7 - 11, 2014.

This year's theme, "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake", aims to raise awareness of speeding and the effect speed and unsafe driving has on work zone safety. Traffic crashes cause serious injuries and death. Nationally, an average of 595 people is killed in work zone crashes each year. According to ODOT, during the last 3 years there were 21 fatalities in work zone crashes.

ODOT's work zone safety program is aimed primarily at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes that occur in all roadway and utility work zones in Oregon. This is achieved through a comprehensive program which includes engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

OSP troopers work closely with ODOT to address safety concerns in highway work zones on state highways and freeways. ODOT provides overtime grant funding to OSP to put troopers on overtime working in many work zones throughout the state. The following is a brief review of the overtime work OSP troopers have done during the last two years in work zones:

2012
* 8,080 overtime hours worked in 48 work zones
* 9,819 vehicles stopped
* Issued 4,224 citations, including 1,995 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 11,838 traffic-related violations (note: a traffic stop may result in a warning issued for more than one violation)
* Arrested 67 DUII drivers

2013
* 11,076 overtime hours worked in 51 work zones
* 14,196 vehicles stopped
* Issued 6,728 citations, including 3,698 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 12,959 traffic-related violations
* Arrested 54 DUII drivers

National studies show that driver inattention and distraction is the biggest factor in work zone crashes. Excessive speed is the next biggest problem. Some other work zone facts provided by ODOT include:

* Over 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Road construction is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
* More drivers and their passengers than workers die each year in National and Oregon work zones.
* Work zone crashes tend to be more severe than other types of crashes.

Additional information about National Work Zone Awareness Week and work zone safety in Oregon is available on ODOT's website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx.

A new Public Service Announcement about work zone safety is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZKhgTtCXw

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Beware paving, other home repair scams/Pretend "contractors" offer too-good-to-be-true deals
Construction Contractors Board - 04/07/14
Salem - An Estacada couple recently received an offer they couldn't refuse - a promise to pave their entire driveway for $1,500. The $1,500 was the most homeowner Fern Mathews said they could afford.

That wasn't a problem for the workers who showed up at their house. We'll work with you, one of them said. In fact, he had an extra truckload of material so he could give the Mathews a good price. Minutes later, the project was under way.

But instead of a freshly paved driveway for $1,500, the Mathews ended up with a thin coat of soft, sandy gravel. And, once the two men started putting down material, they insisted on being paid $4,700 to finish the work. In the end, Fern wrote a check for $3,200.

"They make you nervous," the 67-year-old said. "It's just a scary situation."

That didn't stop her, however, from using a contact the men gave her to track them to a motel. Once she realized she wasn't getting a real paving job or her money back, she took down their license plates and contacted law enforcement.

"Our top priority is to protect our most vulnerable citizens -- including the elderly," said Lt. Rob Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "We urge property owners throughout Oregon to exercise their good judgment when hiring a contractor, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true.

"We also encourage family members and neighbors to look out for citizens who may be especially vulnerable to financial scams."

While the CCB and law enforcement agencies are investigating the Estacada incident, Fern remained stuck with a mushy driveway as of early April. She warns others to beware of traveling construction workers who offer unrealistic discounts.

"Always use reputable contractors, check references and never pay all the money up front," added Berri Leslie, interim Construction Contractors Board administrator.

The contractors board recommends that property owners get a written contract for home improvement projects, even small ones.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and state regulators say the numbers of driveway, roof, and other home improvement scams will only increase as temperatures warm.

Here are some key ways to spot thieves:
* You don't call them - they show up at your doorstep.
* Their vehicles often show out-of-state license plates.
* They say they have leftover materials so they can give you a great price.
* They quote an initial low price, then demand more to finish the project.
* Generally, they are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). (Call the CCB at 503-378-4621 to verify that a contractor is licensed to work in Oregon.)

If you encounter a situation like this, call your local law enforcement agencies or the Construction Contractors Board.

Wurpes said that once money changes hands, as it did in Fern's case, it becomes harder to pursue criminal charges against fraudulent contractors. Often, the cases must be resolved in civil court -- meaning additional time and expense for the victim.

"We're proud to partner with the Construction Contractors Board to combat this type of crime and make sure that perpetrators are held accountable whenever possible," Wurpes said. "Working together, we really can make a difference."

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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


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04/05/14
Oregon National Guard ceremony marks re-dedication of Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo Release) (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/05/14
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., April 5.

The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

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140405-Z-OT568-004: The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-129: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key with a rendition of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center during a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center prepare to cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-157: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. Mayor Lewis Key (center) and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, were in attendance for the celebration. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-173: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon; Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key; and Pvt. Vance Knudson (second from left), the youngest member of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, cut the cake with a saber to celebrate the re-dedication of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, while Col. Christian Rees (left), Director of Installations, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (right) look on, during a ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the military police detachment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 near Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Saturday morning double fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. The names of the four occupants in one of the vehicles are released after confirmation of identities and next of kin notifications for the deceased persons.

Updated information indicates on April 5, 2014 at approximately 1:22 a.m., a 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by BREANNA J. LARKINS, age 19, from Portland, with three male occupants was eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 17. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled partially off the roadway onto the gravel shoulder and struck a mailbox. The car then slid sideways into the westbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 1996 Ford Thunderbird. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.

Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, OSP and ODOT responded to the scene.

LARKINS and right front male passenger JARED BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, age 21, from Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Two rear seat male passengers were injured. TYLER L. SIMS, age 21, from West Linn, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. SKYLAR PARKER-MILLER, age 19, from Troutdale, was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital with minor injuries. The two deceased occupants and the passenger with minor injuries were using safety restraints. Safety restraint use by the seriously injured male passenger is pending further confirmation.

The Ford's driver, KENNETH E. HENLEY II, age 29, from Albany, received minor injury and was taken by an OSP trooper to Lebanon Hospital. He was using safety restraints and was treated and released.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Casey Hunter is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed over four hours during the investigation. No photographs to be released at this time.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
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The following news release is approved for release by Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton:

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information is released in this update.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2011 Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The Ford Ranger pickup's occupants are identified as driver CAYDEN THOMAS FITCH, age 18, and passenger/father BRYAN FITCH, age 43, from Lincoln City. BRYAN FITCH is employed as an Oregon State Police trooper out of the Newport Area Command office and was off duty traveling with his son when the crash occurred.

The Toyota RAV4 occupants are identified as driver MICHAEL JOSEPH MOYLETT, age 69, and passenger/wife ESTELLA MOYLETT, age 61, from Gresham.

Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest off the north side of the highway in bordering bushes and trees. All involved occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.

"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."

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Preliminary Information: Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information will be released at a later time following approval from the District Attorney's office and confirmation of next of kin notifications.

Preliminary investigation indicates on April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup was traveling eastbound and the sport utility vehicle was westbound.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from Keizer Police Department and OSP. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway has been closed since the crash occurred with a detour in place established by ODOT. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

No photographs for released at this time.

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President Declares Disaster in Oregon for 2014 Winter Storm (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/04/14
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The President has declared a disaster declaration for Oregon to help recover from damage caused by the Severe Winter Storm in February 2014. FEMA is providing financial assistance for emergency work, and repairs or replacement of public infrastructure in Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties.

The majority of the damages were to public utilities as a result of snow, ice, winds and flooding in the affected counties. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will continue to work closely with the affected counties during the recovery process that will include mitigation efforts against future disasters.

The Presidential Declaration triggers release of Federal funds and activates assistance programs. OEM will coordinate between the affected public infrastructures owners, counties and FEMA, OEM Director Dave Stuckey said.

"The State and FEMA will be working with counties to assist with the recovery efforts," Stuckey explained.

According to the declaration, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. Federal funding will be available to utilities and other impacted entities to develop and implement projects focusing on the reduction of future risk.

Declarations make federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities. Funding is also available for projects involving hazard mitigation.

OEM coordinates the State Hazard Mitigation Program to assist in preventing or reducing long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

"FEMA and OEM will work together to administer the funding, and expects to open a Joint Field Office in Salem next week" said Stuckey.

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Western Oregon University receives approval for institutional governing board
Western Oregon University - 04/04/14
Western Oregon University (WOU) received approval today to become an independent state university from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE). Currently WOU is governed by the OSBHE, but with this affirmative decision, the institution will begin transitioning to full self-governance and its own governing board to be effective July 1, 2015. This is the same governance change taking effect on July 1, 2014, for the three largest state institutions - Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University - as part of the state's transition to a decentralized public university system.

"The decision today positions Western and its future board to pursue their vision of innovative academic initiatives and programs that best help us continue to do what we do best: educating Oregonians in a smaller, personalized setting," said President Mark Weiss. "Western appreciates the board's confidence in our mission, strategies, and financial sustainability conveyed through this endorsement. Furthermore, we want to thank members of the OSBHE and the Oregon University System Chancellor's Office who have spent the better part of the last year focused on discussions and analysis in order to reach an informed decision."

WOU will now begin identifying potential board member candidates, among whom the governor will make his selections and submit to the Oregon State Senate for confirmation. The board's role is to define policy for the institution; specific authority allows it to hire/fire the president, endorse the creation of new academic programs, approve tuition increases (up to five percent), issue revenue bonds, or approve biennial budget requests before they are submitted to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. Every Oregon county is represented in the student population, and WOU has the highest percentage of Oregon undergraduates out of the seven state institutions. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success and is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Two New Sergeants Sworn in by Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/14
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Today at 1:30 p.m. family, co-workers and friends gathered to watch as Kate Abraham and Warren McDaniel were sworn in as Institutions Division Sergeants by Sheriff Jason Myers.

Sergeant Abraham was born and raised in the Stayton and Sublimity area. She first started her career with Marion County at the age of 15 as a Search and Rescue volunteer. In 1996, Sergeant Abraham left Marion County and began working for the Department of Forestry as a fire fighter. After three years Sergeant Abraham returned to Marion County as a cadet working Marine Patrol.

In 2000 Sergeant Abraham made the leap from volunteer and was hired on in the jail as a temporary employee and later as a full-time employee in 2002. Since then she has worked various specialty assignments within the Jail such as intake and transports.

Sergeant McDaniel was born and raised in the Scio and Lebanon area. In 1993 he joined the Air Force where he worked as a Munition Systems Specialist. After the Air Force, Sergeant McDaniel became a mechanic, before being hired by the Sheriff's Office institutions division in 2008. During his time with the Sheriff's Office he has worked numerous specialty positions including Classification and is a member of our Security Threat Group Team.

Sheriff Myers was very pleased with the additions to the Office's Leadership Team, saying, "These two new Sergeants are going to do a great job for our office and community."
Sergeants McDaniel and Abraham are filling positions vacated by Sergeants who have retired from the Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
OMSI Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13
OMSI - 04/04/14
For Immediate Release

OMSI CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK APRIL 7-13

PORTLAND, OR (April 4, 2014) -- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will honor its more than 600 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 7 - 13.

OMSI is hosting a number of special activities throughout the week, concluding with a volunteer appreciation celebration and awards presentation on Sunday, April 13 at the museum. This year OMSI will recognize more than 140 volunteers who have contributed at least five years or 2,000 hours of service, with 24 of those having contributed more than 20 years or 5,000 hours of service.

"Volunteers are a shining light in today's society. Their energy and spirit are contagious, and together we make OMSI a welcoming and fun place for learning," said OMSI President Nancy Stueber.

Many Portlanders say volunteers built OMSI, and in fact they quite literally did when in August 1957, more than 400 volunteer bricklayers laid 102,000 bricks in one day to raise the walls of the new building at Washington Park. Today, volunteers support every aspect of OMSI's programs, contributing over 100,000 hours of service to OMSI each year.

"This year more members of the community than ever before have offered their volunteer assistance to OMSI. We appreciate all of their support, both working with the public and behind the scenes, to help OMSI achieve its mission," said Carol Cruzan, manager of volunteer services.

OMSI has partnered with 10 Portland visitor attractions in recognizing their volunteers by offering free reciprocal admission during specified weeks in April and May. These partners include the Oregon Zoo, Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, the Portland Children's Museum, Pittock Mansion, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Architectural Heritage Center, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Fifteen additional partners from around the region have joined the program, including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the High Desert Museum, Cascades Raptor Center, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium, Clark County Historical Museum, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Maryhill Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, Gordon House, the Oregon Garden, the University of Oregon Natural and Cultural History Museum, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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FBI Director James Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to a Portland Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program
FBI - Oregon - 04/04/14
On Friday, April 4, 2014, FBI Director James Comey presented the Director's Community Leadership Award to the Second Chance Program run by Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Tami Wallis, the Second Chance program manager, accepted the award from Director Comey during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters. Second Chance is a program that pairs adult mentors with youths ages 12 to 17 who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system.

"We know that some kids need the help and opportunities offered by programs such as Second Chance to break the cycle of bad choices that lead them into the justice system," said Gregory T. Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These mentors truly care about encouraging and supporting these youth as they work to get an education, gain life skills, and find the path to a successful and productive life as a member of our shared community. We are proud to have nominated Big Brothers, Big Sisters' Second Chance program, and we applaud the work they do."

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Volunteers who work with the Second Chance program at Big Brothers, Big Sisters commit to meeting with their matched youth at least three to four times a month over at least an 18-month time period. Each volunteer must pass a background check and participate in training specifically designed to help them deal with the challenges of helping these youth transition back into the community. They also receive continuing guidance, training, and resources.

"I was matched last August with a 17-year-old and have experienced positive experiences together--laughing, car dancing at red lights, singing at the top of our lungs, watching movies, and just talking. After several months, she texted me asking for help. This was significant because it meant she could trust and depend on me. Now, she just calls me for fun. She definitely brings me joy, and I feel like our relationship is bringing her joy as well," said Caresse, a Big Sister.

Since Big Brothers, Big Sisters established the Second Chance program in 2010, it has supported more than 43 youth from throughout the Portland Metro area. The program is seeing big improvements in those children in terms of social confidence (up 67 percent), scholastic competence (up 100 percent), educational expectations (up 100 percent), grades (up 50 percent), and parental trust (maintained or up 83 percent).

Second Chance mentors include adults previously involved in the justice system, educators, lawyers, police officers, members of the faith-based community, and others who have a passion for working with older at-risk youth.

Media may download a high resolution image at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2013/portland

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Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/04/14
At approximately 9:45 a.m., Friday, April 4, three inmates engaged in a fight on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A portion of the institution remains on partial/modified lockdown, but regular visiting will occur as scheduled.

EOCI is a medium security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release & Agenda
Oregon State Library - 04/04/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Salem at the Oregon State Library from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 16, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on April 16th, the Board will review a recommendation from the Reimagining Ready to Read Grant Task Force, review a vision for the Oregon State Library, and discuss the 2015-2017 OSL Budget process. An open forum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
April 16, 2014
Oregon State Library
Room 202
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda



1:30 p.m. Approval of the Minutes of the February 21, 2014 Meeting - Bonebrake

1:40 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees - Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

2:00 Report of the State Librarian - Dahlgreen
Activities Since the Last Meeting

2:30 Open Forum** - Bonebrake

3:00 New Business:
Vision Document of the Oregon State Library - Dahlgreen
2015-2017 Budget Development Process Range
Transfer of the Oregon Center for the Book to Oregon Humanities - Dahlgreen
Recommendation from Reimagining Ready to Read Task Force - Anderson

3:55 p.m. Plans for next meeting
Adjournment - Bonebrake

** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Future of Public Health Task Force meets April 16
Oregon Health Authority - 04/04/14
April 4, 2014

What: The fifth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

* Explore approaches to delivering governmental public health services.

* Begin to develop framework for recommendations.

* Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

May 12, 2014, Bend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 18, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative time)

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, policy officer, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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In-Car Tracking Device Helps Troopers Find Stolen Car, Arrest Driver - Interstate 84 east of Baker City
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Sunnyside, Washington Police Department and a car dealership using an in-car tracking device, located a stolen vehicle and arrested a woman Thursday afternoon at an Interstate 84 rest area about 30 miles east of Baker City.

On April 3, 2014 at approximately 12:18 p.m. (Mountain Time), OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Sunnyside Police Department regarding a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Impala believed operated by an adult female. A Sunnyside, Washington car dealership, from where the car was sold, was assisting the police in locating the stolen car by tracking it using an in-car tracking device indicating its last known location was eastbound on Interstate 84 east of Baker City.

OSP troopers from Baker City and Ontario were dispatched to be on the lookout for the stolen car. One of the troopers contacted the car dealership by phone and was told the car was stationary at the Weatherby Rest Area near milepost 335. The trooper asked that the car be remotely disabled through the tracking device to prevent he car from leaving the rest area and possibly being involved in a pursuit once it was back on the road.

At approximately 1:07 p.m. OSP troopers arrived in the rest area and saw a citizen was trying to help the woman jump start the car. The troopers detained the female driver identified as MELISSA N. ROMAN, age 29, from McAllen, Texas. She was accompanied by her three children ages 11, 9, and 4.

Subsequent to the investigation, ROMAN was arrested and lodged in the Baker County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. While in a jail holding cell, a Baker County corrections deputy saw via video surveillance ROMAN attempting to discard a glass pipe down a drain. The deputy interceded and seized the pipe that fielded tested positive for methamphetamine. She was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The three children were released to the custody of Department of Human Services. The woman was reportedly driving with the children back to Texas.

Questions regarding the stolen vehicle investigation should be directed to Sunnyside Police Department.

No photographs available for this release.

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OBA Endorses Legislative Champions
Oregon Business Association - 04/04/14
Oregon Business Association's Political Action Committee (PAC)announced its early support of members of the Oregon House of Representatives running in the November 2014 general election. John Russell, President of Russell Development Co. is OBA PAC Chair.

Senate champions will be announced on Monday, April 7.

"This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon's economic competitiveness and quality of life," Russell said.

OBA's PAC supports candidates from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, OBA seeks to support independently-minded individuals who are balanced in their approach to solutions and have a clear vision of how to help grow the state's economy.

PAC members spent the past several weeks meeting with candidates and learning more about their goals and ideas. Candidates were given the opportunity to meet with the PAC for a 30-minute interview, and answered a questionnaire. Those who attended were asked the same set of questions regarding their goals and statewide issues.

Each of these candidates has a positive record of leadership on OBA issues, and also has the potential to champion OBA issues in the future.

OBA will host a bi-partisan reception celebrating these legislators and their accomplishments on Tuesday, April 29 in downtown Portland.


Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario
Representative Cliff Bentz has served in the Oregon House since his appointment in 2008. He holds degrees from Eastern Oregon State College and Lewis & Clark University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and Partner at Yturri Rose, LLP. Bentz is also a farmer and owner/operator of a real estate business and an advocate for rural education and economic development.


John Davis, R-Wilsonville
Representative John Davis is fourth-generation Oregonian, a native of Clackamas and Washington counties, a husband, a father, and a business and real estate attorney. Davis graduated summa cum laude from George Fox University, then dedicated a year of service through the AmeriCorp*VISTA program where he served as Programs Director for a community non-profit. He was elected to the Oregon House in 2012 and elected Republican Deputy Leader in 2013. Davis is an advocate for increasing school days in Oregon, as well as supporting technology, innovation and education to revitalize Oregon's economy.


Val Hoyle, D-West Eugene
Representative Val Hoyle was sworn in to represent House District 14 in the Oregon Legislature on September 29th 2009. She is currently House Majority Leader. Hoyle has 32 years of experience as an advocate, community volunteer, campaign worker and small business professional. Hoyle has worked as a legislative aide and policy analyst for State Senator Floyd Prozanski and prior to the 2011 Session she was the director of the 100% access initiative for United Way of Lane County. The 100% access initiative brings health care and community leaders together to provide affordable and accessible health care to the people of Lane County. Hoyle also has a successful business background with 25 years of experience in domestic and international sales, wholesale distribution and retail management in the sporting goods industry. She has worked for bicycle manufacturers Burley Design, LLC and Cane Creek, LLC to improve sales and marketing systems in the U.S. and internationally.


John Huffman, R-The Dalles
Representative John Huffman was appointed to the Oregon House in 2007 after years of raising a family, running businesses and serving his community in The Dalles. Huffman is an active member of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served on its Economic Development Committee for many years. He helped efforts to attract Google to the Port of The Dalles, as well as to develop the National Scenic Area Discovery Center. As an appointee to the Bi-State Advisory Council, Huffman helped direct millions of dollars in grants and loans to economic development projects throughout the Columbia River Gorge.


Mark Johnson, R-Hood River
Representative Mark Johnson is a long-time resident of District 52. He grew up in the community of Parkdale and attended Hood River County schools from grade 1-12. After attending Whitworth College in Spokane, Johnson moved back to Hood River. He was elected to his first term in the State House of Representatives in November of 2010 and was then re-elected to his second term in November of 2012. During the 2013 session, Johnson served on the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency Committee. He was also appointed to Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee.


Tina Kotek, D-Portland
Representative Tina Kotek is serving her fourth term in the Oregon House. Serving as Speaker of the House during the 2013 Legislative Session, Kotek made education and economic development her priorities. She led the effort to make a historic $6.75 billion re-investment in public education, working to rehire teachers, bring down class sizes, and add school days. She also oversaw a number of efforts to speed the economic recovery, help more Oregon students access a higher education, and strengthen opportunities for Oregon's middle class families. Kotek holds a B.S. in religious studies from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in international studies from the University of Washington. She lives in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland.



John Lively, D-Springfield
An Oregon native, Representative John Lively was born in LaGrande and raised in Springfield. He graduated from Thurston High School, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. He spent four years serving our country in the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. He has called Springfield home for 49 years. He served as mayor of Springfield from 1976-1985. Lively was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He is a champion of removing barriers on new businesses or the ability of existing business to expand. He also supports working with local communities to support their job creation efforts.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/3972/73091/Spring_2014_Endorsements_House.pdf
Department of Forestry names new State Forests Division Chief
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) named Liz Dent as chief of its State Forests Division this week.

Dent, who had been the division's deputy chief since May 2012, succeeds Mike Bordelon who retired after 28 years with ODF.

Dent, of Corvallis, received a Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and a Masters degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University. After graduating from Oregon State, she worked on fish habitat and water quality projects for the U.S. Forest Service, and has been with ODF since 1995, working in a variety of nationally recognized water quality and monitoring leadership roles.

"The State Forests Division has a full plate in the coming years with challenges to address, and opportunities to build upon. I am honored to be the State Forests Division chief, with the opportunity to help lead the division towards successful outcomes," Dent said.

"We are fortunate to have a wide range of stakeholders engaged, all with diverse perspectives on state forest management," she added. "This proves an exciting time for change, and fortunately ODF is resilient and well-versed in embracing changing times. Those out in the field, and those in Salem are exceptionally good at what they do, and that makes me proud to be part of this organization."

The division is responsible for managing nearly 850,000 acres of state-owned forestland, ensuring these lands produce a broad range of benefits including timber, revenue to help support local public services, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for Oregonians. ODF-managed lands are mostly concentrated in six state forests in western and central Oregon, and account for about three percent of the state's forestland base.

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Linn Sheriff Warns Public of Tax Fraud
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/04/14
With the tax season upon us, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens to be on the lookout for possible ID theft involving IRS tax refund fraud.

ID theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Other states like Washington are reporting a growing number of others filing taxes using your name and Social Security number. As of today, our office has taken 2 reports involving tax fraud in rural Linn County.

Sheriff Riley recommends that everyone check and monitor their financial accounts and credit report. Be smart on your passwords and be careful where you purchase items when Online. Do not open E-mails from unknown sources and always shred sensitive documents that might contain personal information. Don't give out your Social Security Number and make sure you keep personal information secure in your home.

If you believe you have been a victim of tax fraud or your personal information has been stolen, please contact your local law enforcement agency. For information from the IRS please visit http://www.irs.gov and click on the identity theft tab.
04/03/14
Three People Arrested For Armed Robbery (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/03/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on April 1, 2014, at 6:46 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 emergency phone call from a Lebanon women reporting she had been robbed at gunpoint by several people. Leslie Hall, 48-years old from Lebanon said two males and one female pointed a handgun at her and took her purse.

Hall said the robbery happened on Cyrus Road near Albany. Cyrus Road is a dead end road located in the Knox Butte area, northeast of Albany. Hall told deputies she knew who the female suspect was but did not know who the male suspects were.

Deputies learned that Hall and her two friends, Randy Watkins 25-years old and Larissa Charles, 21-years old both from Lebanon, were in Halls vehicle together. Hall said they were giving Charles a ride to Albany when Charles directed Hall to drive towards the Knox Butte area near Cyrus Road.

Charles told Hall she was lost and directed her to stop behind a Ford Ranger pickup which was parked alongside the road. Hall believed they stopped behind the pickup in hopes of asking for directions.

Hall told deputies when she stopped behind the pickup, Charles grabbed Hall's purse, yelled "you're being robbed," then got out of the vehicle. Two males from the parked pickup then approached Hall's vehicle with guns drawn and confronted Hall and Watkins.

One male suspect ordered Watkins to give him everything out of his pockets while the other male suspect ordered Hall to give him her car keys. Both Hall and Watkins were told they would be shot if they did not do what they told them.

Hall got into a struggle with one of the males over the keys to the car and she was able to drive away from the suspects. Watkins was able to jump into Hall's vehicle as she began to drive away.

No injuries were reported.

On April 2, 2014, at 12:45 p.m., Linn County Detectives located Larissa Charles and James Harris, 25-years old from Lebanon, at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Oak Street in Lebanon. Detectives seized a taser from Harris which Hall reported was in her stolen purse. After searching Charles's apartment, detectives seized a .357 revolver, over a quarter pound of processed marijuana, user amounts of methamphetamine, Oxycodone, heroin paraphernalia, packaging material, and a digital scale.

Charles and Harris were both arrested for Robbery I and taken to the Linn County Jail. Harris also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.

On April 2, 2014, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Highway 34 near Columbus Street on the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Martin Wilson, 40-years old from Lebanon. Detectives searched the pickup and found a holster for a handgun used in the robbery and user amounts of methamphetamine.

Wilson was arrested and charged with Robbery in the first degree and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. He was also taken to the Linn County Jail.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

Arrested Subjects:
Charles, Larissa Leigh DOB: 06/07/92
Harris, James Michael DOB: 10/12/88
Wilson, Martin Matthew DOB: 09/22/73


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/2993/73084/Charles_mug.jpg , 2014-04/2993/73084/Wilson_mug.jpg , 2014-04/2993/73084/Harris_mug.jpg
Salem Man Arrested After Refusing to Appear for Jury Duty (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/03/14
McCalmon
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James McCalmon II, age 48, of Salem was summoned for grand jury duty and when he showed up he agreed to be a member of the grand jury, reporting that he had no conflicts that would prevent him from appearing. The Grand Jury is a special council of citizens that hears criminal cases over a period of two weeks, generally a four or six day commitment. Citizens of Marion County have a duty to serve on jury duty when summoned by the court.

Mr. McCalmon failed to appear for his Grand Jury appointment on Tuesday April 1st. Deputies were ordered by the court to locate him and bring him in front of the court to explain himself. However when deputies went to find Mr. McCalmon at his residence there was no answer at the door. Deputies left a card for Mr. McCalmon to call the court and left the residence.

On Wednesday April 2nd, the court ordered deputies to return to his house and find him. This time deputies located Mr. McCalmon, arrested him and brought him before the court.

During the court hearing Mr. McCalmon admitted to working a grave yard shift and knowing that he needed to call the court but admitted that he did not call. After hearing Mr. McCalmon's story the court relieved Mr. McCalmon of his jury duty obligation, found him in Contempt and he was taken to the Marion County Jail where he spent 24 hours.


Attached Media Files: McCalmon
Update: Named Released - Death Investigation - OC&E Woods Line State Trail east of Klamath Falls
Oregon State Police - 04/03/14
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the State Medical Examiner's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the brush off OC&E Woods Line State Trail near Olene in Klamath County. There was no obvious sign of foul play.

The deceased man is identified as CODY HAROLD PEMBERTON, age 60, from Klamath Falls. The State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an examination Thursday afternoon and told detectives the cause of death is pending toxicology test results.

According to Sergeant Robert Fenner, on April 2, 2014 at approximately 12 noon, OSP Klamath Falls troopers and detectives responded and confirmed the body of a fully clothed deceased adult male was found a quarter mile from Olene Store in the brush about 30 yards off the trail. A hiker reported finding the deceased male, identified as PEMBERTON, while traveling along the trail.

Detectives learned PEMBERTON was dropped off at the trail on Monday and failed to contact a family member as originally planned.

The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is a rails-to-trails conversion into a non-motorized path for walking, jogging, cycling, and equestrian use.

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Three history scholars to present research findings April 25 in Albany
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/03/14
Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 25 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Albany. The presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Pix Theatre, 321 SW 2nd Ave. and are free and open to the public.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Roger Roper, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools and topics are:

Elizabeth Morrison, Oregon State University, "Unearthing Oregon's Past: An Environmental History of Aggregate Mining in the Willamette Basin"

Ivan Sandoval Cervantes, University of Oregon, "Being Zapotec, Latino and Oregonian: Zapotec Indigenous Identities in Oregon"

Lou Watson, Pacific Northwest College of Art, "Roadside Attraction: Situational Aesthetics and Place-Identity of NE Sandy Boulevard (57th to 82nd), Portland, Oregon"

Chris Bell, cultural resources program coordinator with the Oregon Department of Transportation, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments. To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


Attached Media Files: News release
North Bend School District Board Meetings
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 04/03/14
April 7, 2014
A Special Meeting of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, April 7, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the North Bend School District Office, 1913 Meade Street, North Bend, OR., to consider guaranteeing a lease between the Lighthouse School and the Airport District for the purpose of relocating the school to the property commonly known as the Xerox building.

April 14, 2014
A Regular Meeting of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, April 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the North Bend City Council Chamber, 835 California Street, North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at www.nbend.k12.or.us
Screening of HBO documentary "American Winter" to be held at Western Oregon University (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/03/14
American Winter
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estern Oregon University will hold a screening of the Oregon-based award-winning HBO film American Winter on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in room 105 of the Health and Wellness Center. American Winter is a vivid illustration of what is happening to families across America, including working families losing their homes, people who remain jobless or underemployed, children going hungry, families losing utilities in the dead of winter and lives being devastated by medical costs. Produced with support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, American Winter was shot in Portland, Ore. by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz. A panel discussion with 211 Information, Oregon Center for Public Policy and the Marion-Polk Foodshare will follow the film. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring a cash or food donation for local food pantries.

As the economy slowly recovers from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, a record number of American families find themselves caught in a daily struggle for basic needs. At the same time, the social safety net intended to help those in crisis has been impacted by budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources available to vulnerable families. Framed through the very personal stories of eight families, American Winter reveals the devastating fallout of the mortgage meltdown, unemployment, the health care crisis and a shrinking social safety net. Woven into the film are local economic experts, policy analysts, religious leaders and social workers, all of whom give context to the families' stories.

The eight families profiled in the film were among thousands calling "211 Info", a Portland referral hotline connecting callers with community resources and social services. As one operator explains, "I can't count the number of people I've spoken with who start their conversation with 'I never believed I would be in this situation.' They say, 'I have always worked.'"

The film is an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of Oregon families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, threats to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream. For countless middle-class families who have experienced job loss or an unexpected financial setback, the American Dream has become an American nightmare. Working families, including over 16 million children, seemingly on a path toward economic security, have discovered how quickly they can slip from the middle class into poverty.

The event is sponsored by WOU 082, WOUFT and the Rural Organizing Project. For more information, contact Jackson Stalley at 503-838-8894 or stalleyj@wou.edu.


Attached Media Files: American Winter
WOU awarded grant to close opportunity grant gaps for culturally and linguistically diverse students
Western Oregon University - 04/03/14
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently awarded $200,000 to Western Oregon University's Teaching Research Institute and College of Education, one of nine competitively funded grant awards, to support Project High Five - Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication and Community. The project is a collaborative endeavor between WOU, Central School District (CSD) 13J, the Ella Curran Food Bank, and the Oregon Child Development Coalition to develop a strong Professional Development School (PDS) partnership program between CSD and WOU and will advancing the ability of teachers to meet the needs of culturally and/or linguistically diverse students, which is a key component of Oregon's 40-40-20 goal. This PDS partnership program is based on principles of culturally responsive pedagogy while strengthening and expanding English Language Development (ELD) for English Learners and being actively involved with community partnerships and service to the community.

Project High Five builds upon the work of two prior WOU grant funded endeavors that developed a contextualized, content-based English Language Development (ELD) model. Over the past 18 months, WOU has worked with teachers and administrators at CSD to reshape and expand the district's ELD model according to district needs and research-based practices. The model "is a research-based approach that keeps the students in their home classrooms and anchors the learning of English to content that is already part of the students' academic day," said Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney, the project director. "This model offers an opportunity for students to receive ELD‐focused instruction that integrates the presentation of topics or tasks from subject matter." The Oregon Department of Education named the contextualized ELD model an "Equity Promising Practice."

"Becoming culturally responsive requires strong links between schools, families and communities to increase student success by removing barriers that block educational achievement. Project High Five will strengthen the trust, understandings and commitment between Central School District and Western Oregon University resulting in improved outcomes for K-12 students, pre-service and in-service teachers and increased community collaborations," said Dr. Chloe Hughes, project co-director.

A important aspect of Project High Five is the rigorous program evaluation included within the project. "We want to be able to collect enough meaningful data that we can clearly demonstrate the impact of this innovative model," said Dr. Christina Reagle, project evaluator. "We hope to be able to document how this type of project contributes to Oregon's 40-40-20 goal."

About TRI
TRI's mission is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals. Originally established in 1961, the work at TRI has followed a course congruent with state and national issues in education and human services. TRI houses seven Centers focused on informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for all individuals. Funded through external grants, the Centers conduct programs of research, develop evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increase system capacity to effect change. TRI manages a yearly grants' expenditures budget of $6.5 - $7 million.

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in the western United States. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is a member of the seven-campus Oregon University System and is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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CBPS Public Meeting Schedule for April, 2014 - Updated
Coos Bay School District - 04/03/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of April, 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Please note change in date for the Regular School Board Meeting

April 1
* Achievement Compact Meeting at 4:00 PM

April 7
* Superintendent Advisory Team at 12:00 noon

* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link and is subject to change. http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

April 9
* Coos Bay Schools Facilities Outreach Committee at 6:30 PM

April 21
* Special School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM.

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend.

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/03/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training April 24, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Tammera Hinshaw at least 48 hours before the meeting at(503)373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.


1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the January 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-008-0010 & OAR 259-008-0011 Proposed Rule Change
Fingerprint Procedure Changes
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by TPC on February 5, 2014,
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 Temporary Work Permit Definition
Private Security Services - Definitions
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-060-0120 Additional Certification Requirement
Private Security Professional Certification and Responsibilities
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-061-0040 & 259-061-0300 Proposed Rule
Private Investigator Moral Fitness
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

F. *Proposed Training Standard
Firearms Private Security Instructor Curriculum
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 19, 2014.

G. *John Slyter - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

H. *Shawn King - DPSST#49251 - Dept of Corrections - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

I. *John Crowder - DPSST#43014 - Enterprise PD - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

J. *Ray Rockafellor - DPSST#42493 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

K. *Dwayne Gift - DPSST#30008 - Dept of Corrections EOCI - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

L. *Sean Sothern - DPSST#28796 - Portland Police Bureau - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on November 12, 2014.

M. *Ronald Swanson - DPSST#19084 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

N. *Policy Committee Changes
Corrections:
Jeff Wheeler - Oregon Sheriffs Jail Command Council - New appointment

2. OAR 259-008-0070 and OAR 259-060-0600 - Temporary Rule - Linsay Hale Error Correction

3. OAR 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule - Linsay Hale Intermediate and Advanced Certification Chart Date Extension

4. Background Investigations - Linsay Hale

5. Annual Director Evaluation - Chair Barker

6. Five Year Review of Revocation/Denial Cases - Steve Winegar

7. Director Update - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
* Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
* Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
* Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
* Private Security Policy Committee - Jeff Martin, Chair
* Telecommunications Policy Committee - Rob Poirier, Chair

9. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

10. Next meeting date: July 24, 2014


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
04/02/14
OSP Criminal Investigations Division Sex Abuse Investigation Leads to Arrest of Fort Klamath Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 58-year old Fort Klamath man Tuesday evening after a warrant was issued for his arrest for Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On April 1, 2014 at approximately 8:20 p.m., OSP troopers contacted EFREN M. VALENCIA, age 58, at his residence in the 52000 block of Highway 62 and took him into custody. A Klamath County Circuit Court judge issued a felony warrant for Sex Abuse in the First Degree after a grand jury indicted VALENCIA following an investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division. VALENCIA was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

The investigation centered on alleged criminal conduct toward a known female victim when she was less than 12 years of age. In October 2013, OSP arrested VALENCIA related to another sex abuse investigation into allegations involving a second known female victim who at the time was also under 12 years of age.

Lead investigator is Detective Don Miller.

Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power - 04/02/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 2, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1

Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power customers now getting special envelopes with their monthly bills

PORTLAND, Ore. - Beginning in April, just in time for Arbor Day and Earth Day, Pacific Power customers will receive their billing statements in new reusable envelopes they can also use to send their payments back to the company. This switching from the traditional two-envelope combination to a single reusable envelope will help keep operating costs low and benefit the environment.

"Last year alone, we sent more than 16 million return envelopes to customers, yet only 5 million were used to return payments," said Karen Gilmore, Pacific Power vice president of customer service. "With reusable envelopes we're eliminating the need for a separate return envelope, just one of the many, innovative ways we are saving our customers money and conserving resources. This change has the potential to conserve up to 3,200 trees, 3.7 million gallons of water and avoid nearly 1 million pounds of carbon emissions each year."

To learn more about Pacific Power's new reusable envelopes and watch a 1-minute video showing how to use them, visit pacificpower.net/reusableenvelope.

"We know this represents a change, but the savings are real," said Gilmore. "We've tested this with customer groups and they were surprised how easy it was. With the video and other outreach plans, we want to make this fundamentally beneficial change as easy as possible."

Customers with questions can also call to speak with a customer service representative anytime, toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Pacific Power is one of the first businesses in the region to use these special envelopes. The company is informing customers about the new envelopes in a variety of ways, including its Voices newsletter, the company website, social media and outreach to senior service agencies and other community organizations.

"We're proud to be one of the first companies to take this step," said Gilmore. "The environmental benefits will expand as more companies follow. That is good for everyone."

About 179,000 of Pacific Power's 733,000 customers are using paperless billing and other secure payment options that don't require any envelopes. To learn more about these payment options, customers can visit pacificpower.net/pay.

Environmental respect is an important value Pacific Power shares with its customers. For more information about ways the company is working to conserve natural resources, develop renewable resources, reduce emissions and protect habitats, visit pacificpower.net/respect.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Engraving Day held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/02/14
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the names of two of Oregon's fallen were added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The memorial honors more than 178 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) approved the addition of two officers during the 2014 ceremony. It is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon's fallen officers and they families they left behind. Below is information on the two officers whose names were etched on the memorial today and will be officially honored during next month's ceremony.

Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department will be the 180th officer to be honored on the state's memorial. On November 3, 2014, Clackamas County Fire District #1 and Oregon City Police units were dispatched to a report of a house fire on November 3, 2013. Police were sent to deal with a report of an armed male at the fire scene. Reserve Officer Robert Libke (DPSST #51035) of the Oregon City Police Department was shot at the scene of the house fire. Officer Libke was transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he died from his injuries on November 4, 2013. Officer Libke, age 41, left behind a wife and unborn child. Officer Libke served as a reserve officer with the Oregon City Police Department since 2009. Officer Libke graduated from the 276-hour Clackamas County Reserve Officer Academy on February 11, 2010. Officer Libke grew up in Portland and graduated from Marshall High School in 1991. He worked as a general supervisor at Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland.

Deputy Charles H. Basye of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be added to the memorial this year through the historic recognition process. Deputy Basye was murdered by an inmate during an escape from the Jackson County Jail on June 12, 1917 and his death was unknown for many years until research done by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office located additional details of his death.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

Three photos attached.


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Deputy Not Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Car While on Traffic Stop (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/14
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"I was sitting in my car filling out a citation and suddenly I was thrown forward." These are the words of Deputy Justin Kinyon who was struck by another vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Lancaster Dive NE near Glendale Avenue NE at about 1:00 p.m., yesterday.

Deputy Kinyon was pulled to the right in his fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated. According to witnesses, Mohammed Ali, age 53, of Salem was driving his Ford, Windstar van in the right hand lane as he approached Deputy Kinyon's traffic stop. Mr. Ali attempted to move over into the left lane to go around the traffic stop but did not see the vehicle beside him.

This forced the second vehicle into the turn lane and Mr. Ali took evasive action to avoid hitting the second vehicle. Mr. Ali over corrected and crashed into Deputy Kinyon. Thankfully neither Deputy Kinyon nor Mr. Ali were seriously injured in the collision.

An investigation of the crash was completed by Marion County Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham. As a result of his actions Mr. Ali was issued a citation for driving without a license and careless driving. Mr. Ali was operating his vehicle with an instruction permit and not a valid Oregon license. Deputy Kinyon did not return to duty after the crash and Mr. Ali was taken to the Salem Hospital for evaluation.

Sergeant Cunningham wants to take time and remind drivers that when you encounter an emergency vehicle on the side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated please follow these simple steps. Please, slow your vehicle by at least five miles per hour and move to the left if there is another lane available and that lane is clear, failure to do so could result in a fine of $260.00.

According to Sergeant Cunningham this law was enacted after an Oregon State Trooper was killed while on a traffic stop on Interstate 5 just south of Salem approximately 10 years ago.


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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking for Waterway Markers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/02/14
A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
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The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed changes to the Uniform Waterway Markers rules that describe standards for signs and buoys used to convey regulatory or informational messaging to boaters. The proposed rules will also establish procedures for political subdivisions and private individuals to apply for a permit that would allow them to place their own waterway markers.

A public hearing on the proposed rules for Uniform Waterway Markers will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the State Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St NE, Salem beginning at 6:00 pm. Public testimony will be accepted, but no decisions will be made at this public hearing.
Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearings on Thursday, April 17.

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone or social media will not be accepted into the official record.

The Marine Board may choose to adopt the draft rule language, adopt a modified version of the draft rule language, or take no action at their next Board meeting, scheduled for April 23, in Salem. Since the public comment period will be officially closed at the conclusion of the April 17 hearing, no additional comments will be accepted at the Marine Board's April 23rd meeting from the public in attendance.

For more information on the proposed changes, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
Revenue department offers new ID theft-reporting tools
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/14
Amid a growing number of reports of federal tax returns being filed by identity thieves, the Department of Revenue has established new ID theft reporting options for Oregonians.

"ID theft and tax fraud can go hand-in-hand," said JoAnn Martin, Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator at Revenue. "We want it to be as easy as possible for potential victims to protect their tax accounts."

Revenue's website now features a webform for reporting ID theft quickly and easily. The ID theft page includes links to information about filing reports with other important entities like the IRS and credit reporting agencies. Taxpayers without Internet access can call 503-947-2000, a phone line dedicated to receiving ID theft reports.

As the April 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns approaches, Revenue officials anticipate additional reports of identity theft. Several recent reports have been triggered when an Oregonian tries to file their federal tax return and it's rejected by the IRS because a return was previously filed using their Social Security number. Revenue's best advice?

"File as soon as you can and if you suspect you've been a victim of identity theft, notify us immediately," Martin said.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/861/73028/20140402_ID_theft_release_final.pdf
David Eaton Sentenced for Murder of Estranged Wife
Marion Co. District Attorney's Office - 04/02/14
On April 1, 2014, David Paul Eaton was sentenced by Judge Thomas Hart for the murder of his wife, Elena Lobodina Eaton. He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years for the November 26, 2012 murder of his estranged wife. The victim lived in Russia at the time the couple met via the internet. The defendant traveled to Russia twice to meet her and in 2010 the victim came to Oregon where the couple married that year. The defendant told detectives that in the midst of an argument over their pending divorce, he retrieved a gun from the bedroom and shot Elena Eaton four times as she stood in the hallway.
FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/02/14
John Doe 28 photos
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public across the country and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

** There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown. **

The suspect appears to be a white man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: ECAP Fact Sheet , Operation Rescue Me Fact Sheet , John Doe 28 poster , John Doe 28 photos
04/01/14
DATE CORRECTION (June 21 Award Ceremony) - Book Cover Design Contest for Students Announced with $150 Grand Prize
Oregon Historical Society - 04/01/14
Portland, OR - Calling all aspiring artists, graphic designers, and history aficionados! While we are taught to never judge a book by its cover, a striking design can make all of the difference between picking up your next favorite read, or passing it over while browsing countless shelves at the bookstore. And while made-up stories are no good for history tests, imagining the past through historical fiction can be enriching for readers and writers. Think you have what it takes to design an award-winning book of Oregon historical fiction? Enter the Oregon Historical Society, The Oregon Encyclopedia, & Ooligan Press Book Cover Design Contest!

The contest is open to all Oregon and SW Washington middle and high school students. To enter, students must send a high-resolution PDF of their book cover to bookcover@ohs.org. A book title and "blurb" of 75 words or fewer must accompany the design, and should describe the imagined story and its link to Oregon history. Students must include their name, contact information, school, and grade level in their email submission. Submission deadline is May 31, 2014 at midnight. The grand prize winner will receive $150, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $50. Additional contest details can be found at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/content/design_contest/.

Contest winners will be announced at the Oregon Historical Society's Summer Community Day on Saturday, June 21. Community Day is a quarterly free day that features programs and activities for the whole family. In addition to the contest announcement, join local historical fiction authors Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Lois Leveen for a conversation on their popular historical fiction novels. Feldman is the author of the Ooligan Press published novel Blue Thread and its companion novel The Ninth Day. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, which is based on the true story of one daring woman willing to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.

Additional Contest Rules:
One submission per applicant; digital applications only accepted. A selection of covers will be featured on the Oregon Encyclopedia website during 2014; contest submission indicates permission to post the cover. Applications will be judged by a panel of OHS staff and publishing industry professionals. Submissions deemed inappropriate by the review panel will not be considered.

About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.

About The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are among the most knowledgeable scholars in the state. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, and is supported by Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

About Ooligan Press
Ooligan Press is a general trade publisher rooted in the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2001, Ooligan is a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing. Affiliated with Portland State University, the press is staffed by students pursuing master's degrees in an apprenticeship program under the guidance of a core faculty of publishing professionals.
Marion County K9 Rushed Into Surgery (Photo) ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/01/14
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The Sheriff's Office and its family of K9 handlers is pleased to announce that Max is out of surgery and already up and walking around. Max was saved by the early intervention of his handler Deputy Bush and his, spleen.

Yes, his spleen! According to Deputy Bush the spleen prevented the stomach from completely twisting and possibly killing Max. Max will remain in the hospital over night for observation and is expected to be taken home tomorrow.

According to Deputy Bush, "Bloat" can occur in a dog with a large chest cavity. Deputy Bush stated, "It's an emergency! It's life or death!" If your dog is showing signs of bloating or blockage contact your vet immediately as this may be signs a life threatening condition.

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This morning at 7:00 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 Max was rushed to the emergency vet clinic by his handler Deputy Shawn Bush. After arriving at the clinic, Max was diagnosed with a twisted stomach or "bloat" and he has been rushed into surgery at the Aumsville Pet Clinic.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and its K9 Team are asking to keep Max in their thoughts and prayers while he battles his way through this very serious health condition.

To learn more about our K9 Team or to make a donation please go to http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/EnforcementDivision/k9.htm

Further updates on Max will be made as soon as they are available.


Attached Media Files: Max and Bush
Albany Man Arrested for Road Rage Incident (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/01/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies have arrested an Albany man for a road rage incident. On March 27, 2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call from a 17-year old female reporting someone had just punched and broke the passenger side window to her 1995 Mercury Tracer.

The incident occurred in the 2100 block of Old Salem Road, Millersburg. A female passenger, Cheyenne Lea Ford, 18-years old, from Albany, sustained cuts on her face from the broken glass hitting her. Also in the vehicle were friends of the driver, a 17-year old female and a 16- year old male, who both witnessed the incident.

Deputies went to the location and learned the suspect vehicle had stopped in the middle of the road; the male driver exited his vehicle and walked back to the Mercury Tracer. After words were exchanged, the male walked back to his pickup and the car drove around the pickup to leave. As the vehicle passed the male, he lunged toward the car and punched the passenger window of the vehicle with his fist.

Deputies were able to identify Robert Raymond Ramsey, 45-years old from Albany, as the suspect. Deputies were also able to retrieve a surveillance video from a local business which aided in the investigation.

Deputies arrested Ramsey on March 31 at approximately 11:00 p.m. and took him to the Linn County Jail. Ramsey was charged with Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II, Reckless Endangering and Disorderly Conduct II.

Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public that aggressive or reckless driving often leads to road rage incidents, which potentially can end in violent encounters. Please be courteous to others and avoid contact with aggressive drivers. Using obscene gestures and words will often make matters worse. Always protect yourself by keeping your doors and windows locked. Try to avoid stopping or confronting an aggressive driver. If an aggressive driver confronts you, call 9-1-1 or drive to the nearest law enforcement agency or other safe area.


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Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
SALEM - Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to Hannover Messe, the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world, to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.

Business Oregon is providing Export Assistance grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to help defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have reported actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.

"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize millions of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for Oregon small businesses."

The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.

In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing opportunities.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/01/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014


CONTACTS:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

Tom Unger, Wells Fargo
(503) 886-2051
ungert@wellsfargo.com


Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards

SALEM, Ore. -- Some of the most outstanding volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and achievements at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

The awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards (see winners list below). The winners serve in areas stretching from Medford to Portland and Newport to Ontario, and places in between.

"These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service."

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by April 17 at:
www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/2014.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner.

"Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees' dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

The winners of this year's awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteer received a record 114 nominations this year, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

State-Level Winners

Youth Volunteer:
Grant Crim of Coquille
American Cancer Society Volunteer
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 22 months, Grant Crim has devoted himself to supporting the American Cancer Society, especially through his support of the Relay for Life fundraiser. A past relay participant, Crim joined his local Relay for Life of South Coos County event planning committee in August 2012 as the team development chair. He recruited new teams, mentored existing teams, prepared monthly meeting agendas, facilitated monthly team captain meetings and served as spokesman for his local event. Averaging 15-20 hours per week in Relay for Life volunteer service, Crim has put in about 1,560 hours since 2012. He shares his personal story of survivorship at local civic clubs, high school assemblies and Relay for Life events. He wrote and helped produce a song and several videos about his experiences spreading awareness about cancer and fundraising. In memory of his late friend Natalie Hill, he started a national #LLLN (Live Life Like Natalie!) fundraising and cancer awareness campaign.

Adult Volunteer:
Christy Martinez of Carlton
City of Carlton Police Department Volunteer
The Carlton Police Department is an accredited police agency because of Christy Martinez. The department has only three full-time officers and no support staff. Over the past two years, Martinez has volunteered to help with support staff duties. She created a high professional level for operating standards at the agency, allowing it to receive accreditation earlier this year. She volunteered about 125 hours per month on the accreditation project alone. In addition, she established a Child Identification Day in Carlton to coincide with a national effort to protect children, and she is instrumental in facilitating Project 365, a year-long community improvement project associated with National Night Out. Over the past 25 years, she has been involved in Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation, basketball coaching and many other efforts. Many people had no idea she with diagnosed with cancer five years ago because, despite how she felt physically, she rarely missed work or volunteer obligations.

Elder Volunteers:
Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean of Ontario
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Volunteers
Brothers Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean started the nonprofit Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in 2008. The all-volunteer organization's mission is to provide a voice for, support and honor, recognize and advocate for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The organization, with nearly 100 volunteers, provides space where people can come to find resources and assistance, as well as camaraderie. The resources include help with benefits and financial and mental health assistance. One veteran said he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Verini and Dean. The veteran was close to ending his life when these two award winners helped him see how important he was and that he had a place in society. In addition to starting and volunteering at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, Verini has served on the City Council for eight years, and Dean is a consultant for the Treasure Valley Community College BizCenter. They are both Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and serve on the Visitors and Convention Board.

Youth Volunteer Program:
Josephine County Foundation of Grants Pass
Josephine County Foundation is a high school student-led organization that serves a key role in an economically depressed community. In fall 2011, guided by teachers and community leaders, students from Hidden Valley High School formed the foundation, which now has student officers from all five high schools in Josephine County. The foundation teaches students about philanthropy, community service project planning, nonprofit management, fundraising and more. Through grant writing and other fundraising, the students have raised $160,000 for community projects and scholarships. For example, they held a free vision clinic in December 2012 that provided eye exams and glasses to 150 low-income residents. One eyeglasses recipient cried afterward, saying it was the first time she'd been able to clearly see her granddaughter. Other projects included a "Care Faire" that provided free dental cleanings, a needs assessment of all fire stations in the county and a "Business Bootcamp" for middle school students.

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program:
Josephine Community Libraries of Grants Pass
Without the volunteers at Josephine Community Libraries, 83,000 Oregonians wouldn't have access to a public library. Josephine Community Libraries formed in fall 2007, after the county closed its libraries due to funding cuts and the failure of a ballot initiative for a library district. The nonprofit today operates all the county's libraries, with volunteers filling core roles: cataloging and shelving books, providing information to library users, hosting children's story times, checking books in and out, marketing, communications, fundraising, outreach, facilities maintenance and more. The system has 360 dedicated volunteers. About 2,500 patrons check out items from the libraries each month, and 1,700 patrons use the public Internet computers. The system also has special programs for children: First Steps for toddlers, K-9 Reading Buddies for young readers, story times and the Summer Reading Program. It also has the Expanding Opportunities Program, which provides deeper access to library resources and community partners, helping people improve their prospects in education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Large Business Volunteer Program:
Willamina Lumber of Willamina
The employees have rallied to help their community in many ways. They've formed a committee that identifies community needs and projects to address them, and it sets financial goals to meet those needs. Employees have competitions for deductions from their paychecks to make donations. They've donated thousands of dollars to causes ranging from Christmas presents for low-income families in Sheridan and Willamina to a youth program called "Night Court" that provides youth sports programs in the evenings. They've built swing sets in the park, planted flowers in town and cut wood and donated it to keep people warm. They not only hold food drives and donate enough food to last the food bank for three months, but they volunteer at the food bank to put the food away. The local churches and other organizations try their best to meet the needs in the community, but not one could even come close to meeting them without the mill and its employees.

Statewide Business Volunteer Program:
Fred Meyer Volunteer Program of Portland
Fred Meyer's volunteers support many causes throughout Oregon. For example, for more than 15 years, Fred Meyer has supported SOLVE, an organization that organizes volunteers to improve the environment. In 2013, Fred Meyer employees donated more than 1,000 service hours to SOLVE's Spring Beach Cleanup, Project Oregon and Fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup. They pulled invasive weeds, planted native shrubs and trees and cleared watersheds and coastlines of trash. The company has also been a national corporate team member of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for nine years. Company volunteers field 50 teams at 32 Relay for Life events across Oregon. In addition, the employees encourage people to get screened, refer people to the 24/7 phone line, donate hair for wigs for chemotherapy patients and collect toys for kids going through cancer. Fred Meyer provides sponsorship dollars based on the level of commitment of its employees volunteering for a cause.

Lifetime Achievement:
Fred Smith of Roseburg
Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County, Special Olympics, Umpqua Gleaners Volunteer
Fred Smith has spent more than two decades volunteering at numerous organizations. For the past 20 years, he has served as an advocate for children in the foster care system through CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Douglas County. He has volunteered for 18 years for Special Olympics, serving as program assistant, area outreach chair, coach, games director, area fundraiser, public relations director and organizer of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For the past 23 years, Smith has volunteered for Umpqua Gleaners, helping to harvest and deliver food for low-income residents. When harvest is over, Smith helps split wood for low-income and disabled households. He has also served for 20 years as a board member for Douglas County's Child Advocacy Center, Douglas CARES. Smith says the violence he saw at home and during World War II left an impact on his soul that's manifested in his volunteerism today.


Regional Winners

Youth Volunteers
Morgen Brown (Milton-Freewater) - Fill a Backpack, Make a Smith
Raven "Bree" Miotke (Salem) - Chain Reaction Club
Taylor Vaandering (Aloha) - Oregon District 4 Little League Challenger Baseball

Adult Volunteers
William Hayes (Sisters) - Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department
Gigi Lambert (Portland) - Portland Council PTA Clothing Center
Margo McAlpine (Grants Pass) - Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility
Jaymi Silbernagel (Scio) - Lourdes Public Charter School


Elder Volunteers
Rosalie Betschart (Portland) - Albertina Kerr
Chris Hull (Hermiston) - Umatilla Court-Appointed Special Advocates
JL Liddane (Dayton) - Greater Yamhill Watershed Council
Wanda Nesbit (Rogue River) - Rogue River Mural Society
Brad Smith (Corvallis) - Benton Habitat for Humanity
Judi Swift (Portland) - American Cancer Society

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program
Calvary Baptist Soup Kitchen (Newport)
Dallas Fire Extrication Team (Dallas)
Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness (Bend)
Store to Door (Portland)

Large Business Volunteer Program
Consumer Cellular (Redmond)
Portland General Electric "PGE Volunteers" (Portland)


Lifetime Achievement
Doug Leash (The Dalles) - Old St. Peter's Landmark
Karen Manfrin (McMinnville) - Yamhill County Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Phillip Margolin (Portland) - Chess for Success
Cyndi Monson (Medford) - American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Providence Medford Medical Center
Sigrid Scully (Hood River) - Start Making A Reader Today, Foster Grandparent Program, Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1810/72997/2014-GVA-Winners-Press-Release.pdf
Oregon Growth Board to Meet on April 7 in Portland
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Oregon Room on the Mezzanine Level at 2 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. in Portland.

The meeting agenda can be found here: : http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Growth-Board/2014meetings.php
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/01/14
Board to consider legislative concept, hear reports

Salem - Two awards honoring an exceptional stream project and an exemplary partnership effort, will be presented by the State Land Board at their public meeting on April 8:

Stream Project Award: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration, a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin. Partners include The Freshwater Trust, Sandy River Basin Partners, local governments, conservation groups, Mt. Hood National Forest, PGE and Bureau of Land Management. The project is supported by funding from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.

Partnership Award: Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, a collaborative effort among public- and private-sector citizens in the Coos Bay Community. The partnership's goals are to develop locally-driven approaches to responsible development, and to help prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon's south coast. Past and present partners include the South Slough National Research Reserve, the Coos Watershed Council, the Coquille Indian Tribe, local economic development organizations, the International Port of Coos Bay, local businesses, and a wide variety of government agencies. Funding has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

The stream award recognizes responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, and the partnership award recognizes people and programs that work together to help advance the goals of the Department of State Lands. The Department is the South Slough's state administrative partner.

In other business, the board will be asked to authorize the Department of State Lands to proceed with drafting a legislative concept related to marine renewable energy.

The informational agenda includes the annual reports on Common School Fund investments and the Estates Program.

The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Agenda:

http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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03/31/14
Witnesses Sought In Friday Night Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 03/31/14
The Salem Police Department continues to investigate a pursuit that ended in an injury motor vehicle crash Friday night at Hawthorne and Sunnyview NE. Investigators believe there were at least two other vehicles at the intersection who witnessed the crash; however, they left the scene prior to giving statements.

Just before 12:30 AM Saturday morning, an officer attempted to stop a 2007 Chrysler Sebring on Lancaster Dr NE, but the driver failed to yield. The vehicle turned westbound onto Wolverine and then southbound on Coral. The vehicle stopped briefly to let two passengers out, then continued southbound on Coral Av before turning westbound on Sunnyview. At Sunnyview and Hawthorne the Chrysler disobeyed a red traffic light and crashed into a 2002 Lincoln Navigator.

The driver of the Chrysler, Miguel Carranza-Ventura, 29 years of age, fled the scene but was captured following a K-9 track. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility after being treated at Salem Hospital for minor injuries. He was charged with felony and misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Assault II and III, felony hit and run, Reckless Driving, and a Parole Violation. A passenger in the Chrysler, Moriah Fragua, 27 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital where she underwent surgery.

The driver of the Lincoln Navigator, Elvira Anaya, 37 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

It is believed that potential witnesses, confused by the chaos of officers treating the injured, as well as chasing the driver who had fled on foot, simply drove away from the scene. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to telephone Officer Zohner at (503)588-6171.
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Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/31/14
SALEM - Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.

Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.

"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."

The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.

Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.

Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Update: Motorcyclist Facing Several Charges After Serious Injury Traffic Crash While Attempting to Elude Trooper (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a Yakima, Washington man following Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper. The seriously injured man's name and other information is being released in this update.

On March 30, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a recklessly operated motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 68 west of Mosier after initially confirming it was traveling 110 mph in a 65 speed zone approaching the trooper from behind. The motorcyclist attempted to elude eastbound at a high rate of speed and the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle east of Mosier as troopers also began to set up in The Dalles area to assist if needed.

About ten minutes later, Klickitat County, Washington 9-1-1 received a call from an unidentified man saying he was hurt in a motorcycle crash while attempting to elude police in Oregon. The man wasn't able to provide an exact location before his cellphone call was dropped and ended.

OSP and Wasco County Sheriff's Office started checking the area between The Dalles and Mosier. An OSP sergeant traveling westbound spotted the motorcycle crash scene and injured man across the freeway about 4:03 p.m. near milepost 76 west of the Rowena interchange. The sergeant stopped, ran across the freeway and requested medical respond as he started initial emergency care. The motorcycle had left the freeway coming out of a sharp left curve and collided head-on with a tree.

The motorcyclist, KENNETH S. MARAVELIAS, age 27, from Yakima, Washington, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet. On Monday, March 31, OSP cited MARAVELIAS to appear in Wasco County Circuit Court for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, No Valid Operator License and other traffic violations.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue and ODOT. One eastbound lane was closed during the scene investigation.

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Salem Police Investigate Apparent Accidental Drowning
Salem Police Dept. - 03/31/14
Dustin Hill, 33 years of age, was found deceased in a drainage ditch west of the 2000 block of 25th St SE Sunday at about 5:00 PM. Hill had been reported as a missing person earlier in the day after he had failed to return home the previous night. Family members had been out searching for him when they discovered the body. Hill was observed to be highly intoxicated the previous evening and the death appears to be an accidental drowning. The results of toxicology testing are still pending.
OMSI Update: Apr.-May Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 03/31/14
OMSI EXHIBITS, EVENTS & SHOWS UPDATE
April & May 2014

OMSI HOURS
Tuesday - Sunday; 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed - specific dates listed on website: omsi.edu/hoursandprices


FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Tony Hawk | Rad Science
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View February 1 - May 4

What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it? Jump into the physics behind extreme sports this spring at Tony Hawk | Rad Science. Set in a realistic skate park scene, the exhibition's highly interactive elements introduce museum visitors to physics principles typically reserved for the classroom: gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance. It breaks down the science of tricks and turns, inspiring visitors to consider a different side of sports--how working with physics can impact technique and ultimately enhance athletic performance.

Local Supporting Sponsor of Tony Hawk | Rad Science is Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering visitors a FREE Junior One Day lift pass (value $39) when they present an OMSI Youth Admission ticket. www.omsi.edu/tony-hawk for details.


NEW INFO
Dinosaurs Unearthed
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View May 23 - September 2

Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at OMSI--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history. Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.


Tickets:
Adult $13; Free to Members
Youth (3-13)/Senior (63+) $9.50
Prices include admission to the museum.


EVENTS

Reel Science
Second Wednesday of each month
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $5 for non-members & $4 for members.

April 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Featuring Virginia Butler, PhD, professor of anthropology at Portland State University

May 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: The Princess Bride
Featuring local fencing expert

NEW INFO
April 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Particle Fever Opening Night
In The Empirical Theater
Join us for an exciting evening talking about the Higgs Boson, how it was discovered and what it tells us about the universe. Hear from local expert, Dr. Jim Brau, Philip H. Knight Professor in the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon, and watch the gripping documentary, Particle Fever.

April 27, 2:30 - 6 p.m. (Pre-tasting, 1 - 2:30 p.m.)
Eat Mobile
Tickets on sale April 2
Part food festival, part cart competition, EAT MOBILE showcases the mouth-watering cuisine from 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts. The event highlights the food that makes Portland's food scene so special while vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award.

NEW INFO
May 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Condor's Shadow: A Documentary
In The Empirical Theater
The California condor is an almost mythical sight when its 10-foot wingspan is spotted aloft, and its odyssey epitomizes man's impact on the wilderness. It's an epic tale of allowing something majestic to almost slip away, then loudly answering the mandate to recover it. The Condor's Shadow chronicles how a driven few are working against the odds to help the iconic species fly free once again.

Immediately following the movie, learn more about condor recovery efforts in a panel discussion with filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin, lead field biologist Joseph Brandt, and Oregon Zoo condor keeper Kelli Walker.


Theory Eatery

Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Cook for Life: Cooking for Kids
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on cooking for healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking for Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Abby Tse of Regence and nutritional information from the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult.
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine in OMSI's restaurant, Theory. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen

April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The players/guests--eyes covered--will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

NEW INFO
May 11, 8-11 a.m.
Mother's Day Breakfast
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.




OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI.edu/afterdark

OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month (except December due to holidays).
Cost: $13 regular admission; $6 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.

Get a head start on the science fun: drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

April 30, 6 - 10 p.m.
Pirates
Climb aboard and try your hand at sword fighting, ship building and hostage negotiation.

NEW INFO
May 28, 6 - 10 p.m.
Guilty Pleasures
Chocolate, bacon, coffee...you just can't say no. Find out why as we explore guilty pleasures and the science behind them.


OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Portland - Hollywood Theater
Science Pub Portland-Hollywood Theater is a monthly event open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
Glacial Earthquakes: Using Seismic and GPS Observations to Map Changes in Glaciers and Ice Sheets
With Dr. Meredith Nettles, associate professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University

NEW INFO
May 5, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Mystery of Terroir in Oregon: The Relationship of Geology, Soils and Climate to Wine
With Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of geology at Portland State University

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater
Science Pub Portland Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.
Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Note: Due to programming changes at the Mission Theater, this series of Science Pub will relocate to the Crystal Ballroom for a 4-month trial period starting in June. The last event at the Mission Theater will be on May 20.
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
Viruses from Hell: A Voyage of Discovery
With Ken Stedman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and founding member of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University

NEW INFO
May 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Green Horizon: Can Green Infrastructure Address Runoff & Climate Change Challenges?
With Jennifer Cherrier, PhD, associate professor in the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A&M University

Science Pub Hillsboro
Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stories from the Digital Rim: How Technology is Shifting the Borders of Entertainment
With Tawny Schlieski, research scientist and media expert in Intel Lab's User Experience Research Group

NEW INFO
May 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wetland Ecology
With Beth Middleton, PhD, research ecologist, GS14, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS

Science Pub Corvallis
Science Pub Corvallis is a monthly event held as a partnership between OMSI, Oregon State University (OSU) oregonstate.edu and the Downtown Corvallis Association (DCA) downtowncorvallis.org.
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR
Plan to arrive early to choose your seating and place your food/beverage order.

April 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
Natural Gas Vehicles
With Chris Hagen, OSU-Cascades

NEW INFO
May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Future of the Oceans
With Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Science Pub Eugene
Science Pub Eugene is held on the second Thursday of the month at Cozmic Pizza and is open to anyone and everyone; no RSVP is necessary. Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge.

April 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: The Good, the Bad, and the Righteous
With Steve Strauss, Director of Oregon State University's Outreach in Biotechnology program

NEW INFO
May 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
Native Pollinators of the Willamette Valley
With August Jackson, assistant site manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum


$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Support comes from local sponsor Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

April 6
May 4


THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/empirical-theater
With renovations complete, the new Empirical Theater at OMSI is now open. Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater will expand the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages.

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a thrilling immersive experience about one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people and how archaeology is revolutionizing our understanding of Jerusalem's past.


Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history images and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder--and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

Gravity 3D
Now Playing
Presented on the giant screen in astonishing Dolby 3D, this Oscar-nominated space thriller returns for an encore engagement. An astronaut (George Clooney) and scientist (Sandra Bullock) on a shuttle mission find themselves stranded in space when debris strikes their ship during a space walk. With no link to Earth and no hope of rescue, their fear turns to panic as they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

NEW INFO
Particle Fever
Opens April 15
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Follow six scientists involved in the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Pushing the edge of human innovation, these scientists join colleagues from over 100 countries in the pursuit of a single goal: to recreate the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.


PLANETARIUM SHOWS
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium
Starting January 1, 2014

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Space exploration--our greatest adventure--is having a big impact on our lives in many ways. Discoveries made through space exploration are helping us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty. Equally as important, it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What's happening above is coming back down to Earth! Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS
Now Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
January 1 - April 30
Laser Beatles -- Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, All Together Now, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Octopus's Garden, Get Back, The End

NEW INFO
Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
May 1 - August 31
Jazz Fantasia -- In the Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra, Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi, Mac the Knife - Louis Armstrong, Sequencer - Al Di Meola


EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

April
8:15 p.m.
Laser Nirvana - Songs include: Come as You Are, Sliver, Lithium, Floyd the Barber, Pennyroyal Tea, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, Smells Like Teen Spirit,
Love Buzz, Heart Shaped Box, Plateau, and All Apologies,

9:30 p.m.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall - Songs include: In The Flesh?, The Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Comfortably Numb, In The Flesh

NEW INFO
May
8:15 p.m.
Laser Michael Jackson Song List - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, The Way You Make Me Feel, ABC, Black Or White, Human Nature, Thriller, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Billie Jean


9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Vision Bell - Keep Talking, One Slip, Astronomy Domine, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Have A Cigar, Wish you Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Day of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall ( Pt. 2), Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING

Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members
Submarine: $5.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above)
Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50

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Oregon Reads 2014: Remembering William Stafford at the Oregon State Library
Oregon State Library - 03/31/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Oregon Reads 2014: Remembering William Stafford at the Oregon State Library

Oregon residents are invited to participate in Oregon Reads 2014 at the Oregon State Library on the capitol mall in Salem. Oregon Reads is a statewide celebration of the literary life of William Stafford, our most celebrated poet.
Visit a new exhibit entitled "Remembering William Stafford," honoring the centennial of the birth of the former Oregon Poet Laureate (1975-1990). The exhibit features photographs of the poet loaned by Mike Markee and Vince Wixon, hand-printed broadsides of Stafford's poems, and a selection of poetry books authored by Stafford. This exhibit will be on display all year in the 2nd floor lobby of the State Library, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Read poetry by and books about William Stafford from the Oregon Poetry Collection (OPC). The OPC, a joint project of the Oregon State Library and Oregon Poetry Association, is a growing collection of books by poets who lived, worked, were educated, or born in Oregon. The collection currently has more than 1600 titles, including more than 50 titles by William Stafford. All Oregon residents may check out these and other books from the reference room on the 2nd floor of the State Library.
Attend a lecture about William Stafford presented by his son, Kim Stafford, on April 16, 2014 at noon in room 102/103 at the State Library. Kim, a writing professor at Lewis & Clark College and founder of the Northwest Writing Institute, will weave in his own poetry and writing as he talks about his father's life and work.
Gregory T. Bretzing Named Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/31/14
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
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Director James B. Comey has selected Gregory T. Bretzing to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI's Portland Division. Mr. Bretzing most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bretzing began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crime matters. He was the case agent of a large, multinational organized crime and corruption case and received the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Task Force Investigation of the Year award, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator's Award.

In September 2000, Mr. Bretzing was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he was instrumental in tracing funds used by the hijackers to carry out the attack.

Mr. Bretzing was promoted in August 2002 to unit chief in the Terrorist Financing Operations Section. He was recognized for his work by the CIA and received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his contributions to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts.
In January 2004, Mr. Bretzing transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in September 2007 and led the office's Criminal Branch. In August 2009, he was assigned as the FBI on-scene commander in Afghanistan, where he served for four months.

In December 2009, Mr. Bretzing returned to Salt Lake City as the assistant special agent in charge and assumed responsibility for Salt Lake City's National Security Branch in July 2010. Mr. Bretzing was appointed as an inspector in August 2012.

He attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree in accounting.
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Attached Media Files: FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
Update #3: Missing Oregon State Hospital Patient Located (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) psychiatric patient missing since March 29th is now back in custody and care of OSH staff. On Sunday afternoon, March 30, GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, was brought to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis after local medics responded to a park on a medical call. PAGE initially provided a false name but was later suspected by one of the hospital's doctors of being the missing OSH patient. Corvallis police responded to the hospital, positively identified PAGE and notified Oregon State Police.

There is no information indicating that PAGE received help to leave custody of OSH. How he traveled from Salem to Corvallis is not known at this time. Upon conclusion, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division investigation will be reviewed with the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detective confirmed this morning that GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, a psychiatric patient reported Saturday, March 29, on unauthorized departure from the Oregon State Hospital was located. For security reasons at this time, no other information is being released pending return back to the care and custody of the staff at Oregon State Hospital (OSH).

According to a Oregon Health Authority news release issued March 29, the patient, GREGORY A. PAGE, was not considered to be a danger to himself or others. The Oregon State Police was conducting an investigation to help locate him and bring him safely back to the hospital.

PAGE was first admitted to the Oregon State Hospital on October 14, 1994, and most recently on March 27, 2012, as a forensic commitment from Lane County. In 1994, PAGE was deemed Guilty Except for Insanity for attempted murder. He was sentenced for 20 years for under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Patients under the jurisdiction of the PSRB live in a variety of settings, from independent living in the community to the Oregon State Hospital.

PAGE is a resident of one of the group homes on the grounds of OSH that are staffed 24-7 and designed for patients who receive treatment but do not need to live within the secure perimeter of the state hospital.

He was last seen at the Denny's on Market Street in Salem at approximately 8:30 a.m. PAGE was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. when nursing staff discovered he was not in his room during hourly rounds.

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Update #2: Correction & Added Info - Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Correction: The offending driver's correct age is 42, not 32 as originally listed. OSP investigation is continuing and no other information regarding it is being released at this time.

Note: The celebration of life for the victim, Karen Greenstein, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland High School. According to a news release sent Sunday by Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, friends, family and Emergency Service workers from all agencies are invited to attend.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the early Thursday morning two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. Additional details and names are released in this update. OSP is seeking information from witnesses related to this fatal crash investigation.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality.

Preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 42, from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, from Ashland.

SCOTT was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.

GREENSTEIN was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was enroute home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP is asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111. Investigators are looking for witnesses to any driving prior to the fatal crash involving the silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan along Interstate 5, including information related to a report that prior to the crash a vehicle matching the van's description was seen sideways on the southbound off ramp at exit 21 about three miles south of the scene.

OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Fire District 5 and ODOT.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on part of the offending driver. Safety restraint use by both drivers is pending confirmation. OSP is investigating this crash as a criminal investigation.

The southbound lanes are still closed at this time. OSP troopers on scene anticipate southbound lanes will remained closed until around 12 noon. Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally. Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver-involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?

* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example - trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:

* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious - headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Photograph of offending driver's vehicle provided with release.

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03/30/14
Albany Teen Killed by Train
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/30/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a 16-year- old girl that was struck and killed by a train near Highway 99E and Beta Drive, Albany.

On March 29, 2014, at about 11:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a Union Pacific Railroad employee reporting that a person was walking south on the railroad tracks in a dark, unlit area. The caller told dispatch that the person was struck by a southbound freight train traveling approximately 40 MPH. The train was estimated to be about one mile long and the rear train cars were still blocking Ellingson Dr. after the train was able to come to a stop.

The victim was identified as Sara-Tessa Raechelle Lytle, from Albany.

Emergency Personnel from the Tangent Fire Department and Linn County deputies searched the area and located Lytle near the railroad tracks at about 11:26 p.m. The investigation reveals that Lytle was alone at the time she was hit by the train.

Lytle was a student at West Albany High School. The school district advises that grief counseling is in place for students returning to school tomorrow.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home removed the body from the scene. The investigation is continuing.
03/29/14
Oregon State Hospital patient on unauthorized leave (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/14
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A 60-year-old psychiatric patient from the Oregon State Hospital was reported to be on unauthorized leave on Saturday, March 29.

The patient, Gregory A. Page, is not considered to be a danger to himself or others. The Oregon State Police are conducting an investigation to help locate him and bring him safely back to the hospital. Anyone seeing Page should call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Page was first admitted to the Oregon State Hospital on October 14, 1994, and most recently on March 27, 2012, as a forensic commitment from Lane County. In 1994, Page was deemed Guilty Except for Insanity for attempted murder. He was sentenced for 20 years for under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Patients under the jurisdiction of the PSRB live in a variety of settings, from independent living in the community to the Oregon State Hospital.

Page is a resident of one of the group homes on the grounds of OSH that are staffed 24-7 and designed for patients who receive treatment but do not need to live within the secure perimeter of the state hospital.

He was last seen at the Denny's on Market Street in Salem at approximately 8:30 a.m. Page was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. when nursing staff discovered he was not in his room during hourly rounds.

Hospital officials, who reported the escape to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Page as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 215 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. He may also be wearing a bright blue coat and silver-rimmed glasses.

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03/28/14
County groups to discuss state forestry issues April 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/28/14
County commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, April 4, in Salem.

Goals of the combined Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) and Council of Forestry Trust Land Counties workshop agenda include:

* Reviewing the alternative forest management planning process to date
* Developing criteria for acceptable outcomes of an alternative forest management plan
* Identifying ideas for agreement with the Board of Forestry decision in the fall of 2014
* Reviewing draft proposals being considered for county revenue distribution

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
OMSI - 03/28/14
For Immediate Release


Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
Willamette Week's Seventh Annual Eat Mobile Takes Place April 27

Portland, Ore. (March 28, 2014) - Known for its extensive and creative food cart scene, Portland is an international hotspot for mobile eats. On April 27 from 2:30-6 p.m. (pre-tasting from 1-2:30 p.m.), visitors can feast on cuisine from more than 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts stationed in OMSI's north parking lot. Willamette Week's Eat Mobile 2014 is part food festival, part food competition, presented in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

While the event highlights the food and people that make Portland's food cart scene so special, vendors will compete for the coveted Carty and People's Choice Awards. The Carty Award, one of the highest accolades a Portland food cart can receive, is an honor created by Willamette Week and Eat Mobile to recognize outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment. The equally coveted People's Choice Award is chosen by Eat Mobile's visitors--all are encouraged to cast a vote! Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

In an effort to achieve 100% sustainability, Eat Mobile is powered with solar, wind and bio-diesel generators. All food waste will be composted and beverage containers recycled.

Participating food carts include: 808 Grinds, 50 Licks Ice Cream, Garcelon's Soup & Grilled Cheese, Hapa Ramen, Hungry Heart PDX, Gonzo, Kesone Asian Fusion, Little Boba Truck, Topped Art, Ramy's Falafel Fusion, So Cold Shaved Ice, Thrive, and more!

Tickets go on sale April 2, 2014 at omsi.edu. General admission is $30 and includes samples from each of the participating carts. A limited number of pre-tasting tickets at $50 will also be available. This level of admission includes a complimentary drink ticket and will allow attendees to sample for an hour and a half before the event opens to the general public.


Event Details:
Date--Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time--Pre-tasting, 1-2:30 p.m.; General Admission, 2:30-6 p.m.
Location--OMSI's North Parking Lot
Prices--Pre-tasting, $50; General Admission, $30
Tickets on sale April 2, 2014 - online at omsi.edu.



ABOUT WILLAMETTE WEEK
Since 1974 Willamette Week has remained Portland's definitive source for news, arts and culture, politics and events -- providing audiences with an independent and irreverent understanding of how their worlds work so they can make a difference. wweek.com.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.
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Second Person Arrested In Ongoing Currency Forgery Investigation in Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
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An ongoing investigation following the arrest earlier this month of a woman in possession of counterfeit money led to the arrest Friday morning of a Klamath Falls man at a local motel. The man was in the process of forging currency in his motel room when contacted by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Klamath Falls Police Department.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 2:15 a.m., OSP troopers, with the assistance of Klamath Falls police, contacted a motel room at the Cimarron Motel Inn at 3060 South Sixth Street. Contact at the motel stemmed from an ongoing forgery investigation following the March 18 arrest of STEPHANIE VIGIL, age 30, by OSP during a traffic stop in which VIGIL was in possession of counterfeit money and methamphetamine.

Officers contacted the room's occupant identified as VERNON EDWARD SCHAEFFER, age 36, from Klamath Falls. SCHAEFFER was in the process of forging fake currency and had at least twenty fake $20, $50, and $100 bills. In addition to the fake currency, officers seized a color copier/scanner, paper, a small amount of methamphetamine and other evidence.

OSP arrested SHAEFFER and lodged him in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

* Twenty (20) counts of Forgery in the First Degree
* Twenty (20) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

OSP is continuing the investigation.

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Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/14
March 28, 2014

Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Patients and medical records transferred to Oregon State Hospital

The Blue Mountain Recovery Center will close March 31. Built in 1948, BMRC was originally the admission and treatment building of the former Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Most recently, it provided hospital-level care for up to 60 patients who had been committed to the Oregon Health Authority for psychiatric treatment.

The remaining BMRC patients have been transferred to the Oregon State Hospital's Portland and Salem campuses. Construction of a new psychiatric facility in Junction City is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, and it will begin serving patients in spring of 2015. The new facilities in Salem and Junction City were designed to provide a therapeutic environment that best supports recovery from mental illness.

Upon closure, Oregon State Hospital will take possession of the archived medical records of former patients of Blue Mountain Recovery Center, Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center, and Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Records will be available after May 1, 2014. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of former patient medical records should mail or fax their request to Oregon State Hospital:

Mailing address
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
Oregon State Hospital
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-945-9855

For questions about medical records, please contact the Oregon State Hospital Health Information Department at 503-945-2976.

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Wet weather in southwest Oregon brings potential for landslides (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/28/14
The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
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SOUTHWEST OREGON - Heavy rainfall Friday in southwest Oregon will bring increased potential for landslides in the mountains. The National Weather Service has issued a flood potential outlook for Coos, Curry and Josephine counties.

Be alert to changing weather conditions throughout the weekend, and use extreme caution when travelling. Watch for signs of a landslide, which could include collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rock and debris. Listen for loud, unusual sounds. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave the area immediately.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. The most dangerous places include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas, at http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them at www.oregongeology.org/sub/Landslide/Landslidehome.htm.

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Attached Media Files: The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
Marine Board Partners with RBFF for Lapsed Boater Renewals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/28/14
RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
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During the week of April 1, a select number of boaters with lapsed motorboat registrations will be mailed reminder notifications as part of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's registration marketing program (RBFF).

Boat owners who have not renewed their boat registration that expired on 12/31/12 will be included in the mailing. Approximately 10,000 renewal notices will be mailed and the results analyzed by RBFF to evaluate whether targeted mailings with angling or boating-focused messaging encourages owners to renew their registrations. The notices and mailing costs are funded entirely by the RBFF with 21 other states participating in the project, along with Oregon.

Motorboat registrations with the Marine Board are a flat, $3 per foot and the cost of registration includes a $5 surcharge toward the aquatic invasive species prevention program, which is a dedicated account. Registrations account for 36 percent of the Marine Board's revenues, that help pay for boat ramps, restrooms, parking, boarding floats, law enforcement, environmental programs and boating safety education.

For more information about the Marine Board, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/About-Us.aspx.

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Six Injured, Including 5-Yr Old Ejected Child, in Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Meacham in Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Interstate 84 west of Meacham in northeastern Oregon that resulted in serious injuries to a 5-year old boy who was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 11:37 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by BEATRIZ MURILLO, age 38, from Salem, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 234 when MURILLO lost control on black ice. The vehicle rolled several times crossing through the median before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder.

The Suburban was occupied by six family members. A 5-year old boy was not properly restrained and was ejected from the rolling vehicle, coming to rest seriously injured in the westbound lanes. The child, whose name is not available, was initially transported by air ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. He was then taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for treatment of serious injuries.

The other five family members, including driver MURILLO and 44-year old passenger LUCIO MENDOZA, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Other names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Michael Wolf is the lead investigator. No photographs available for this release.

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal EMS, Pendleton EMS, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed approximately 1 hour.

OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to remember that proper safety restraint usage is the single most effective way to protect against injuries or death in a motor vehicle crash. The greatest danger to unbelted children and adult occupants is ejection from the vehicle. An unbelted or improperly restrained occupant is five times more likely to be ejected than one who is belted.

The odds of surviving ejection are estimated at one in four - compared to a one in two hundred fatality rate for occupants who remain inside the vehicle. Ejection is the principal reason that minors are prohibited from riding in an open bed of a pickup truck.

For child safety seats, follow the manufacturer's instructions or attend a free child safety seat clinic (see below for resources). For adults, "proper use" means the lap belt is placed low across hips with the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

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OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

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Representatives throughout Oregon scheduled to attend Emergency Management Workshop (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/28/14
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management 2014 Emergency Preparedness Workshop will take place in Sunriver, Ore., Apr. 1-3, with more than 140 State, private, non-profit, county, tribal and city emergency management leaders from throughout Oregon scheduled to attend.

The workshop will provide education and networking opportunities designed to further develop Oregon's disaster resilience capabilities.

"In the past year, Oregon has endured drought, fire and extreme winter weather," said Office of Emergency Management Director Dave Stuckey. "Emergency management is always a challenge and this conference will help Oregon remain collaborative, adaptable and responsive."

The conference will include a variety of presentations from subject matter experts covering all aspects of emergency management including FEMA Assistant Administrator Grants Directorate Brian Kamoie.

Office of Emergency Management Grants Coordinator and Conference Coordinator, Sidra Metzger-Hines, said 34 of 36 Oregon counties and 6 of 9 tribes from Oregon will be represented at the conference.

"This is a great response and the representation of locals at this conference provides an opportunity for Oregon to map the way forward as a whole community when it comes to emergency management," Metzger-Hines explained.


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03/27/14
Wet weekend weather could bring Oregon landslides
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/27/14
PORTLAND, Ore.-The National Weather Service anticipates a strong, wet storm for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington tonight. Saturated soil conditions could lead to additional landslides, especially in the Coast Range, Willapa Hills, North Oregon Cascades, and Columbia River Gorge.

Plan to be alert to weather conditions throughout the weekend. Flooding is not expected at this time, but additional landslides are possible. Caution should be used when traveling. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk.

According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/
Landslide and debris flow resources: www.oregongeology.org/sub/Landslide/Landslidehome.htm
Landslide fact sheet (PDF): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/publications/landslide-factsheet.pdf
Update: Photo - Woman Treated & Released From Hospital After Spending Hours Trapped in Vehicle off Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
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A Meridian, Idaho woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off Highway 95 near Rome in southeast Oregon. The woman's vehicle was spotted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employees who contacted police and medical responders.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 7:07 p.m., ODOT employees reported to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch that a vehicle was seen off Highway 95 near Rome Hill an estimated distance of over a hundred yards in a ravine. Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency responders were dispatched to the remote area. ODOT employees hiked down to the vehicle and confirmed that a conscious, injured adult female was trapped inside.

The woman, identified as TARAH M. COLWELL, age 32, from Meridian, Idaho, told the ODOT employees she was trapped inside her damaged passenger vehicle since early that morning after it went off the highway to where it came to rest.

An air ambulance and ground medical personnel were dispatched to the area. Jordan Valley Ambulance and rescue personnel arrived about an hour after the report came in to remove the woman out of the ravine back to the highway for transport to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. According to the hospital, COLWELL was treated and later released. Malheur County search and rescue resources were also requested to respond but were advised to disregard after the woman was rescued.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The vehicle may not be recoverable.

No other information available for this release.

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Lebanon Father Arrested for Murder by Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on January 21, 2014 at 10:36 p.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive 3 month old male located at 37017 Middle Ridge Drive, Lebanon.

The infant was identified as Wade Mitchell Brown. Deputies learned CPR was being performed and that Wade was being transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Approximately 2 hours later, at 12:26 a.m., on January 22, 2014, Wade Brown died at the hospital.

The investigation revealed there were three other people present at the time Wade was found unresponsive on January 21, 2014. They were Wade's mother, Kayla Harris, 21 years of age, from Lebanon, Wade's father, Kyle Brown, 27 years of age, from Lebanon, and their 19 month old daughter.

On a later date the 19 month old child was taken into protective custody by the Department Human Services.

Detectives learned that Kayla left Kyle alone in the bedroom with Wade and toddler daughter so that she could take a shower. Kayla told detectives Wade was awake and breathing at the time she went to shower. Upon her return a short time later, she found that Wade was not breathing.
Kyle, and their infant daughter, who was asleep in a playpen, were the only people with Wade.

Kayla Harris immediately called 9-1-1 for help. Detectives seized evidence from the residence that included drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana.

While at the hospital, detectives noticed bruising on Wade's face as well as other parts of his body which is consistent with abuse.

On March 26, 2014, a Linn County Grand Jury heard testimony from over 20 witnesses and issued Murder By Abuse, Manslaughter In The First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine indictments on the father, Kyle Lee Brown. A no bail warrant listing the above charges was signed by a Linn County Judge.

On March 27, 2014, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Linn County Detectives and Deputies took Kyle Lee Brown into custody on Milton Street near Park Street in Lebanon, Oregon. Kyle was arrested without incident and transported to the Linn County Jail.


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/27/14
March 27, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 1 in Portland, where OHA staff and the board will continue to work on the board's recommendations to Governor Kitzhaber. The board will hear a general progress report on the work, as well as a presentation on the Sustainable Rate of Growth work group. The board also will hear an update on OHA's data and measurement strategy - including the payment process for coordinated care organization quality incentive measures - and an update on selection of new health plans by the Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB). The board will hear public testimony beginning at 3 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 1, 1-3:15 p.m.

Where: Market Square Building, ninth floor, 1515 S.W. Fifth Ave. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream, and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page.

Agenda:
* Director's report
* OHPB recommended actions: progress report
* Sustainable Rate of Growth work group update
* Data and measurement update, including:
- Health plan quality metrics work group and metrics alignment
- CCO quality incentive payment process and timeline
* Coordinated care model spread: PEBB health plan selection and Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) update

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Prolific Burglar Arrested By Salem Police (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/27/14
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Salem Police detectives served a search warrant in the 500 block of Plaza Del Rey NE yesterday at about 2:00 PM in connection with a burglary investigation. At the same time the suspect, Owenn Mitchell, 31 years of age, was stopped on a traffic stop at Park Av and D St NE and taken into custody without incident.

Sometime during the night of March 22nd, Withnell Dodge, 2650 Commercial St SE, was burglarized. Among the items taken was a credit card. Purchases in the Salem area with the credit card led police to Mitchell.

Mitchell was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with Burglary I, four counts of Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Felony, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Misdemeanor, two counts of Forgery II, and Theft I. Evidence located during yesterday's search warrant links Mitchell to additional burglaries that recently occurred in Keizer, so additional charges are likely.

Mitchell is not a stranger to the Salem Police Department. On January 1st at about 2:00 AM, Mitchell was arrested at the Vista Post Office, 3624 Commercial St SE, after he was caught prying into post office boxes. He was cited and released for Mail Theft, Criminal Mischief II, and PCS Meth.

On the night of February 21st, Capitol Chevrolet and Capitol Toyota, 700 block of Auto Group Av SE were burglarized. On the night of February 23, these same businesses with the addition of Capitol Subaru, were again burglarized. Taken from the Subaru dealership was a 2005 Subaru Impreza.

On February 27th, Mitchell unwittingly agreed to meet detectives in the 3300 block of Marietta Av SE to sell the stolen Subaru. He was lodged in jail, charged with Burglary I, Theft I, PCS Meth, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Identity Theft. At the time of this arrest, he was found in possession of US Savings Bonds.

On March 10th, Mitchell was again taken into custody after it was determined the US Savings Bonds had been taken during a burglary of a residence in the 600 block of Plaza Del Rey NE. He had more US Savings Bonds in his possession at the time of his arrest. An ATM card that had been stolen from a mailbox in the 700 block of Weeks Av NE was also found in his possession. Mitchell once again went to jail, charged with Identity Theft and Forgery I.

Anyone with information concerning any of these crimes is asked to telephone Salem Police detectives at (503)588-6050.
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MEDIA ADVISORY - Oregon Business Development Commission to Meet April 4 in Tillamook
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/27/14
MEDIA ADVISORY

The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations in Tillamook on Friday, April 4. The first portion of the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be held at the Tillamook Creamery Board Room, 4185 Highway 101 South. The second portion, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at the Officers Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officers Row, in Tillamook.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Preliminary Information: Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning the investigation into early Thursday morning's two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. The southbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to Highway 99 with anticipated closure and possible delays for a few hours.

Preliminary informtaion indicates on March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 25. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was extricated from the vehicle and is being taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are on scene investigating. OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No more information expected for release until later today.

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03/26/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 3 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Portland Man - Interstate 84 near North Powder in Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident after the trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2013 Ford Fusion displaying Arizona license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 282 for a speed violation. The driver was identified as JESUS MACIAS, age 35, from Portland.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside a suitcase on the rear seat. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $7500.

MACIAS was taken into custody and lodged in the Union County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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$237,500 awarded to boost capacity for 17 Oregon arts organizations
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
As part of its multi-year Sustaining Oregon's Arts program, the Oregon Arts Commission has awarded $237,500 in Capacity Building Grants to 17 Oregon arts groups. The grants, which range from $3,100 for upgrading Triangle Productions' office equipment to $24,500 for a capital campaign position at the Salem Arts Association, fund specific projects designed to strengthen the organizations and help them better achieve their missions.

Capacity Building Grants enable groups to respond to technology and environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and/or strengthening management and board governance.

"These grants help arts groups keep pace with changing technology or respond to one-time challenges or opportunities," said Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant panel. "The number of grant requests we receive, which far exceeds what we are able to fund, demonstrates that this is an area of great need for the arts field."

Applications from 40 organizations totaling $756,664 were received.

2014 Capacity Building Grants were awarded to:

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $22,400
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center, allowing All Classical to enhance programming, build audiences and further develop financial capacity and stability. The new facility will provide adequate, healthier space for volunteers, interns and staff, in addition to accommodating on-site meetings by the board of directors.

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $6,400
To support the design and installation of exterior signage and other projects to increase organizational visibility. Included will be design and production of a new council brochure, new projection capability for meeting spaces and enhancements to the website for user and donor functionality.

Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW), Portland: $22,300
To support a full technology systems upgrade to manage the organization's artistic programs and generate earned and contributed revenue, including a new computer network and an updated website. The new technology will allow CMNW to more fully utilize its Customer Relationship Management software.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $10,000
To support the purchase of new workstations and software, replacing decades-old donated computers with a new, compatible system. The upgrade will allow the museum to increase efficiency and expand programs and services to better meet community needs.

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $12,000
To support the creation of a new website that improves user navigation and is accessible to mobile devices, adding a content management system for staff and volunteers and integrating the opera's blog. The website will include design updates and a new video more accessible to younger audiences.

Eugene Symphony, Eugene: $19,000
To support the adoption of a cloud-based database to integrate analyze, and maximize the use of patron data. The database will enable the symphony to significantly enhance messaging for its communications, cultivation and stewardship efforts while ensuring patrons and donors feel their relationship with the Symphony is fully recognized and valued.

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $10,000
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center. The move will provide space for the recruitment of skilled volunteers to track and manage patron data, as well as for board meetings; it also will inspire closer collaboration with fellow tenants Portland All Classical and Portland Opera.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $17,000
To support the purchase of computers, software and a new phone system. The technology upgrade will allow staff to be more productive and efficient, enhance the ability to plan, organize and market programs, simplify program registration and increase public access to Josephy Library resources and Josephy Center programs.

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,500
To support the adoption of a new cloud-based database to integrate ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, email marketing and collaboration. The database will allow the company to advance its five-year strategic plan to improve fiscal growth with enhanced communication and better understanding of its users.

Literary Arts, Portland: $20,000
To support re-mastering Literary Arts lecture archives and make them available to anyone across the state through a new online interface and associated marketing plan. The project will remove geographic barriers to participation in Portland Arts & Lectures, reaching new audiences and strengthening the organization's mission to promote reading and writing statewide.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland: $7,900
To support an upgrade to the organization's financial management and network security systems, increasing Newspace's ability to effectively and efficiently process visitor donations, class registrations and related communications. The upgrade also will better separate office and web systems, ensuring that Newspace customer data is more secure.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $22,300
To support the creation of a new website in advance of the organization's 50th Anniversary Season. The website will allow functionality for use on tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices, better enabling the Opera to attract and retain younger audience members. It also will be more cost-efficient to maintain and will provide greater patron security.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,200
To support the migration to a new integrated relational database that will capture donations, ticket purchases and patron information in one central system. The new system will enable the theater to strategically market to people who have purchased tickets to similar shows; easily identify donors in specific categories to maintain or expand giving relationships; re-engage lapsed donors; and encourage first-time charitable giving by ticket-holders.

Salem Art Association, Salem: $24,500
To support a temporary increase in the Grants Manager position, enabling the manager to work full-time toward completion of the association's Access Art capital campaign. The campaign will fund the installation of an elevator, allowing access to the upstairs gallery space, and the renovation of the Bush Barn Annex to accommodate space for workshops and a studio.

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $5,600
To support the purchase of upgraded computers and software that will increase system capacity and allow the institute to better manage relationships, grow revenue, develop new partnerships and attract more volunteers.

triangle productions, Portland: $3,100
To support an upgrade of office technology to enhance marketing and sales efforts. The new equipment will enable staff to create quality marketing materials in-house, enhance presentations and utilize point-of-sale technology as well as improving services to patrons.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Wash., Portland: $15,300
To support technical upgrades including replacing current accounting program, migrating data and updating scheduling software. The new equipment and software will save staff time by eliminating the need for manual hand entry to connect the accounting and scheduling systems, reduce opportunities for error, improve user experience with the Educator's Guide, and improve back-end reporting so Young Audiences can better track and evaluate program use.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Cherry City Orchid Society presents "The Greatest Show on Earth - Orchids: Beautiful to Bizarre"
Lancaster Mall - 03/26/14
Salem, Ore. - The Cherry City Orchid Society is pleased to present "The Greatest Show On Earth - Orchids: Beautiful to Bizarre" show and sale at Lancaster Mall. This two day event will be held Saturday, April 5, 1pm-9pm show, 10am-5pm sale and Sunday, April 6, 11am-4pm show, 11am-4pm sale.

The Cherry City Orchid Society is an American Orchid Society (AOS) affiliated nonprofit organization. The AOS judging system is one of the most highly respected horticultural award systems in the world. At nationwide monthly judging and worldwide sanctioned shows, highly trained AOS judges evaluate and recognize new and superior forms of orchid species, improved forms of orchid hybrids and plants exhibiting superior culture.

With an astounding number of varieties, orchids are known for their delicate beauty and exotic character. They are a long-lasting and particularly elegant type of flower. Their graceful appearance draws immediate attention and their reputation as an exotic and unusual flower evokes a sense of refinement and innocence. Evolving through history, the meanings of orchids include love, beauty, luxury, and strength.

Visit www.cherrycityorchidsociety.org or www.lancastermall.com for more information on "The Greatest Show on Earth - Orchids: Beautiful to Bizarre" Show & Sale and other upcoming events.
Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team Dismantles Heroin & Meth Operation in Newport; Two Arrested (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
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Two Newport residents were arrested Tuesday when Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) detectives, assisted by Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police, served search warrants at two locations and seized a large quantity of heroin and methamphetamine, firearms, and a large amount of currency.

On the morning of March 25, 2014, LINT detectives served a search warrant in the 400 block of SW 7th Street in Newport. A search of a residence led to the seizure of evidence related to the delivery and possession of heroin, along with a firearm and a large amount of currency. An occupant of the residence, GIANG HOANG LE, age 36, was not there but officers learned LE was staying at another residence in the same complex.

Officers contacted the residence where they believed LE was at and found him and his girlfriend, BRITTNEY MARIE WOOD, age 24. LINT detectives obtained a search warrant for the second residence at the complex. A search was conducted with the assistance of a Newport police K-9 team and detectives seized approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of heroin, and other evidence including two loaded handguns. Over $20,000 cash was also seized associated with the investigation.

Over the past several months, LINT detectives received information that LE was selling methamphetamine and heroin in the Newport area. LE and WOOD were taken into custody by LINT detectives and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges:

GIANG HOANG LE
* Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm

BRITTNEY MARIE WOOD
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Warrant (Marion County): Fail to Appear - Burglary in the First Degree

LINT is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. LINT urges anyone with information regarding this case or suspected drug crimes in Lincoln County to call (541) 265-8101.

Photograph Sources:
LE and WOOD photos - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Drug, firearms and cash photo - LINT

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Update: Motorcyclist Dies From Injuries Sustained in March 22nd Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed through the Medical Examiner's office that a 24-year old Newberg man died early Wednesday morning, March 26, at a Portland hospital from injuries sustained Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County.

CURTIS PETERSON, age 24, was critically injured March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., while operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28. PETERSON failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the highway where he was ejected.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he was being treated until he passed away. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/03_23_2014_seriousinj_mtc_hwy99w_mp28.aspx

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Clackamas County Master Gardeners(TM) presents: 30th Annual Spring Garden Fair Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014.
Clackamas Co. Event Center - 03/26/14
COME CELEBRATE OUR 30TH YEAR WITH US! The Clackamas County Master Gardeners(TM) have been bringing you their Annual Spring Garden Fair since 1984. What began as a small fuchsia sale in a parking lot now boasts 15,000 attendees over two days and almost 200 vendors.

Join us the weekend before Mother's Day, Saturday, May 3th and Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby. We are rolling out the red carpet just for you! Special celebrations include a Little Red Wagon Contest and Door Prizes to make your day.

Whether you are looking for that special something to grow or that certain piece of art to put the finishing touches on your natural oasis, we are again welcoming your favorite garden vendors from the Pacific Northwest. Veggies and herbs, perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs, as well as garden inspired art will be offered just for you! Our vendors understand the demands of the fair and are prepared with enough inventory to keep filling up their booths right through to the end of the fair on Sunday afternoon. We work hard to bring you local vendors and services offered by local youth groups, to help make your day more enjoyable. The Plant Taxi students will cart your purchases around the fair and to your vehicle for a donation. Our parking lot is staffed by local high school volunteers who are earning important service credit for their education. We believe in local people helping local organizations!

Our FREE 10 Minute University(TM) classes will help you gather enough sustainable gardening information to ensure success in your garden! Our newest class, "Attracting Pollinators to your Garden" will be held along with favorites such as "Growing Tomatoes", "Growing Blueberries" and "Managing Slugs and Snails". If you don't have time to stop and enjoy a class, drop by and Ask an OSU Master Gardener(TM) any garden questions you may have. The New Plant Introductions and Silent auction will give you a chance to preview the latest and greatest in plants for this year.

Our Exhibits Center has many educational displays and Coffee Thyme: grab a snack while you peruse the wonderful exhibits! Another free service: pH Soil Testing for your garden. Just another way to help assure everything you buy will grow!

Stop in at the Potting Station where Master Gardeners(TM) will plant your selections into purchased containers and include the Black Gold(TM) potting soil for free. Purchase a ticket for hourly Raffle drawings for a chance to take something truly special home. With prizes drawn every hour and Grand Prizes donated by our vendors, the Raffle is one of our most popular features each year.

Check in your purchases at our free Plant Check while you grab lunch at the Good Thyme Food Court: there is something for everyone. Whether you need to wet your whistle or you are looking for something sweet, our food vendors are sure to have what you are wanting. Stop in for lunch and enjoy a break on the grassy area with picnic tables.

Get your little red wagon and we will see you there at the Fair! Admission to the fairgrounds is $3; 16 and under are admitted free. Parking is free and ATM's are available on-site.

ABOUT OSU MASTER GARDENERS: Master Gardeners(TM) are volunteers trained by Oregon State University in the science of gardening. We provide free advice that is research-based, reliable, and localized for our area. We promote sustainability by encouraging gardening practices that conserve water, improve soil health, and protect the environment. We enjoy sharing gardening successes. The Spring Garden Fair is a major fundraiser of the Clackamas Chapter. Proceeds from the event go to fund an endowment providing horticultural scholarships at Clackamas Community College, as well as community grants and programs of Oregon State University and in Clackamas County.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 18 to Jean Bremer, 503-655-8631, jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

You can read more about us on our page: http://cmastergardeners.org/SpringGardenFair.htm We also have a Facebook page with photos and other info regarding our vendors and details about the fair: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SpringGardenFair/
Red Cross Responds to Lincoln County House Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/26/14
Disaster action team members of the American Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in the 400 block of NE 36th St. in Newport, Ore. Two adults and a pet were affected by the event. Red Cross provided food, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Dinosaurs Roar to Life at OMSI
OMSI - 03/26/14
EMBARGOED RELEASE
Please run on or after May 4, 2014


UNCOVER FEATHERED SECRETS AND FEROCIOUS STORIES
AS DINOSAURS ROAR TO LIFE AT OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Animatronic Exhibition Opens May 23

Portland, Ore. (March 26, 2014) - Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history.

Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Now believed to have had feathers, scientists understand that some dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds.

"Dinosaurs are intriguing subjects that provide rich opportunities for science learning," says Nancy Stueber, OMSI President. "This exhibition is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the latest scientific findings while igniting our imaginations as the creatures seemingly come to life. We couldn't be more excited."

Each of the life-like animatronic dinosaurs has been custom designed and handcrafted for the exhibition by a team of "paleo-artists" using the best available data from paleontologists on how each species actually looked and sounded.

For many, the exhibition's feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile will be the most striking dinosaur. Long considered the quintessential reptilian dinosaur in appearance, scientists believe the predator may have been covered in downy protofeathers from the time of its hatching through adolescence. Other guests may find the awesome size of the 15-foot tall Gigantoraptor to be the biggest surprise, especially when they realize the specimen from which the model is based had not yet reached its full size at the time of its death.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens Friday, May 23, 2014 and closes Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Admission for adults is $13; youth (3-13) and seniors (63+), $9.50; member adults, $5; member youth/senior, Free. Prices include admission to the museum. Visit omsi.edu for more information.

About Dinosaurs Unearthed:
Dinosaurs Unearthed, located in Richmond, British Columbia Canada, creates outstanding guest experiences for indoor and outdoor venues around the world. The company produces traveling exhibitions that are engaging, entertaining and grounded in current science. Since 2007, many exhibitions have opened to great success throughout North America, Australia and Europe, inspiring millions of guests in museums, science centers, zoos and other venues. Recent Dinosaurs Unearthed North American exhibitions have appeared in Chicago, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Berkeley, Vancouver and Winnipeg. www.dinosaursunearthed.com

About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI):
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 8-9 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/26/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 26, 2014

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year on April 8-9 at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center at 3075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend OR.

On April 8, Commissioners will tour state parks in the area starting at 10 a.m., then attend workshops at The Riverhouse.

On April 9, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at The Riverhouse to discuss acquisition priorities and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes two actions related to property -- one an exchange affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area, and the other an update to the list of 2013-2015 acquisition priorities - - plus separate items related to contracts, the 2015-2017 budget, and other topics.

The full meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

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Women Veterans Conference in Eugene March 28-29
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 03/25/14
SALEM -- Female veterans from every branch of military service, era and background are invited to attend the free semi-annual Oregon Women's Veterans Conference in Eugene, March 28-29, at the Eugene Hilton and Conference Center, located at 66 E. 66th Ave.

Co-sponsored by the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), the conference serves as both an educational tool, and as a celebration of the service and sacrifices of women veterans throughout history.

A variety of workshops addressing veterans' benefits, women's wellness, employment and small business tips will be offered. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 or other proof of military service with them to the conference.

ODVA Director Cameron Smith, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said the conference is a significant opportunity to bring women veterans together to both educate and build camaraderie within their ranks.

"So many women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces don't realize that they are a veteran," said conference coordinator and Oregon Army National Guard officer Renee French. "This free conference will again be a unique opportunity for Oregon to honor its women veterans and thank them for serving."

It is estimated Oregon has more than 28,000 women veterans.

Several dynamic speakers will be featured at the conference including Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg, Oregon State Rep. Julie Parrish, and the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the ODVA, retired Air Force Col. Mary J. Mayer.

On-line registration is required to attend the conference. Seating is limited, but registration remains open. The conference agenda is posted on-line.

For more information about the conference or to register, go to, www.oregon.gov/ODVA/pages/WOMENVET.aspx.
Douglas County Families and Business Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/14
On Saturday, April 26th, at Stewart Park in Roseburg, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Joining those dedicated to the cause are local businesses, including Cow Creek, Liberty Tax, Fred Meyer and Kmart.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 3.1-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including activities for kids, music, BBQ, ice cream and more. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,160 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Fred Meyer, Liberty Tax and KPIC. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Linn, Benton Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies! (Photo)
March of Dimes - 03/25/14
The Olsen Family
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On Saturday, April 26th, at Corvallis Kmart, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

The Olsen family is one of many mission affected families walking this year. Jamie and Richard's boys, Peyton and Slayde, were both born too soon. Peyton was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 3 pounds, 4 ounces and spending 6 weeks in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) before going home. Slayde was born at 25 weeks weighing a mere 1 pound, 11 ounces. With a grade 2 brain bleed and breathing issues, Slayde spent 111 days in the NICU and endured heart surgery before coming home. Today, the boys are healthy, happy 9 and 5 year-olds, and the Olsen family is dedicated to making sure other parents don't experience the same trauma.

The Olsen's are joined by George Munn, the Linn/Benton March for Babies Chair. George, VP at Georgia Pacific, Halsey, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a father, he took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k and 10k walks kicking off 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including a Home Depot Kids' Clinic, and a yummy hot dog lunch provided by Farmers Insurance Agent Gary White of Philomath. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,160 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Georgia Pacific, Samaritan Health, Pacific Power, IBEW Local 180 and Kaiser Permanente. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.


Attached Media Files: The Olsen Family
April is National Child Abuse Month
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/25/14
Did you know that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18? Did you know that 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18? In 2010, 80 percent of the children who died due to abuse and neglect in the United States were under 4 years-of-age. Did you know that in 2013, the ABC house had 554 child abuse assessment cases?

April Is National Child Abuse Month and the Lebanon Police Department, in partnership with the ABC House, and the Linn County Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, will be raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect. Walk a Mile for a Child will have registration at Western University of Health Science at 200 Mullins Dr., at 4:30 p.m. the mile walk beginning at 5:00 p.m., on Thursday April 3, 2014. The cost of the walk is $10 per individual and $5 for 12 years of age and under prior to March 25th. After March 25th the cost will be $15 per individual and $10 for 12 years of age and under. All proceeds will go to the ABC House. A ceremony is planned for 5:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Justice Center, following the walk.

Chief of Police Frank Stevenson, Mayor Paul Aziz and other dignitaries will speak on behalf of child abuse prevention at this public event. Come and learn how working together can make a difference!

The blue pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health and happiness. The Justice Center will be blue with lights and a pinwheel garden to remind passersby that we all have a responsibility to help with the abused.

Do your part to stop the hurt in our community. Attend this event and help tie blue ribbons to the Justice Center trees, and light a blue glow stick in honor of those who have been abused. Help us paint the town blue and raise awareness for child abuse prevention!

Blue light strands are available at the Justice Center for $5.00 per set, we encourage the community to light up a window or a tree, Gateway Imprints (580 Park St.) is offering free awareness kits, shirts available for sale as well.

See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonPD or contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for more information.
See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonPD
Lane County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/14
On Saturday, April 26th, at Alton Baker Park, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Those dedicated to the cause are joined by Chad Cordell, the Lane County March for Babies Chair. Chad, Director of Business Development at Cascade Title, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a father, he took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 6.1-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including music, dance performances, BBQ and more. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,160 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, PacifcSource Health Plans, Kendall Auto, Home Federal Bank, Cascade Title, Feynman Group, KOOL FM, KDUK, and KVAL. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Registration now open for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/25/14
CONTACT:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2014

Registration now open for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon

SALEM, Ore. -- Registration is now open for the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon, which will recognize outstanding Oregon volunteers for their hard work and achievements.

Details:

What: Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon
When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24
Where: Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE
Who: We encourage participation by award winners, nominees, family, friends, volunteer colleagues and other Oregonians who share a commitment to community engagement
Cost: $30 per individual ticket (winners will receive one ticket to attend). Tables of eight are also available. People must register in advance.
Register: To register, or for more information, visit our website at http://www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/. Register by April 17.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Before the luncheon, the Commission will hold a hearing to gather public input on volunteering throughout Oregon. That hearing is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. and will also be held at the Salem Conference Center.

Oregon Volunteers is the State Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Its mission is to strengthen our communities by inspiring Oregonians to actively engage, volunteer and serve. Oregon Volunteers promotes and supports AmeriCorps, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteerism and civic engagement to strengthen Oregon communities. For more information about Oregon Volunteers, please visit http://www.oregonvolunteers.org.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 banking stores; 9,000 ATMs; the Internet (wellsfargo.com) and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. Last year Wells Fargo was named the most generous company in America and the most generous bank in Oregon.
Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package scheduled to participate in Alaska Vigilant Guard Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/25/14
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The Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to participate in the Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, March 25 - April 3.

The unit's mission is to respond to man-made or natural events and provide a robust, quick-response search and extraction, with the varied capacities of decontamination, medical triage, treatment and stabilization, and fatality recovery.

Oregon's CERFP unit will work alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise will tie into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

Two groups from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing provide the medical support (to include a trained medical team embedded within the search and extraction team), and fatality recovery elements, and Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 3670th Maintenance Company and the 224th Engineer Company provide personnel for the decontamination, search and extraction, and command and control teams.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

Follow our Facebook and Twitter posts using #AKVG

To see the Flickr photo album of our Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/

PHOTOS:
140324-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-002: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-005: Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (center), Director of the Air National Guard, poses for a photo with members of the Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24. Clarke was in Oregon to attend a Silver Star ceremony for a member of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. He also met with the CERFP as they prepared to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140325-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) load into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 25, as they depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)


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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 10 lbs of Marijuana, Pending Court Appearance for 2 Utah Men
Oregon State Police - 03/25/14
Two Utah men are facing charges in Lake County Circuit Court after a traffic stop Saturday by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper led to the seizure of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana from their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 22, 2014 at approximately 12:22 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped at 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle displaying Utah license plates for a traffic violation eastbound on Highway 140 near Adel east of Lakeview. The two occupants were identified as driver JAMES K. CLARK, age 33, from Salt Lake City, Utah, and passenger DANIEL KEENER, age 40, from Magna, Utah.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 10 pounds of marijuana inside a suitcase in the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $25,000.

CLARK and KEENER were taken into custody. They were later cited and released to appear in Lake County Circuit Court for felony Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

No photographs available for this release.

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Salem Police Conduct Sweep to Enhance Victim Safety
Salem Police Dept. - 03/25/14
The Salem Police Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) teamed up with deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division on the evening of March 21 to conduct a domestic violence offender compliance and victim safety sweep.

Eight Salem police officers and a Salem Police domestic violence victim advocate partnered with nine Marion County deputies to conduct the release agreement compliance sweep of known domestic violence offenders. Officers and deputies made unannounced visits to locations where court release agreements restricted the presence of specific domestic violence offenders.

When offenders are arrested and booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility and released pending trial, they are issued a release agreement that they must sign. The document is a court order with various instructions and/or restrictions, the most common being an order to have no contact with the alleged victim, and often also restricts the offender from specific locations. It was these locations and victims that were visited by the officers and deputies to check for compliance by the suspects.

Twelve locations were visited by the teams, and four offenders were arrested for being in violation of the no contact portion of the release agreements. There was also one suspect arrested for a parole violation.

There are annual domestic violence sweeps that are conducted in our area, and the Salem Police DVRT will be conducting additional operations to enhance the safety of victims in our community.

The Salem Police Department is committed to the safety of our community, and the Domestic Violence Response Team will continue to focus on the safety of domestic violence victims and to reduce the incidents of repeated domestic violence.
Burglars Caught in the Act in Gates ***Updated with date and time of occurrence*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/14
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This incident occurred 03/24 at about 11:45 a.m.
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Alert neighbors in the 100 block of Maple Street in Gates called the Sheriff's Office and reported that two men were at a residence and stealing items from inside. The residence has been vacant for several months and was broken into after the suspect's pried open the plywood covering the front door.

When deputies arrived they quickly surrounded the house, that it is when Melvin Roehm, age 46 walked out the front door carrying an arm load of stolen property. While deputies were taking Mr. Roehm in custody his accomplice attempted to run out the back door.

The second suspect Joshua Archer, age 34 was immediately taken into custody by a Marion and Linn County deputy who were watching the back door. All of the stolen property was recovered and Mr. Roehm was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with Burglary I. Mr. Archer was cited and released from the scene.

The Sheriff's Office is always seeking alert neighbors to be a part of our Neighborhood Watch Program. For more information on this program please call the Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981.


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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/14
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local organizations including the Marion County Community Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the City of Salem Police Department, Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Salem-Keizer School District 24-J, the Department of Human Services and the Hands and Words are not for Hurting Project will spearhead activities during the month of April as part of a national "Child Abuse Prevention Month" effort.

On Monday March 31st officials will gather at 8:30 am in front of the Marion County Courthouse with PGE to begin hanging blue ribbons on the large tree on the northwest corner of the block. The ribbons will symbolize the 10,054 confirmed victims of child abuse in the State of Oregon in 2012.

Below are a few tips that can help prevent child abuse.

1. Be a nurturing parent. The best gift you can give your child is YOU. The love and attention you give now will stay with your child forever.

2. Be available. Develop the kind of relationship that allows your children to come to you for help and support for themselves or their friends.

3. Get involved. Get to know your child's friends and the homes where your children play. Volunteer in their classrooms or coach their teams.

More information on combating child abuse can be found at www.parentforthefuture.com. The public and media is invited to attend the event on Monday, project organizers will be on hand to distribute information


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State to auction coins, jewelry, collectibles from abandoned safe deposit boxes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 03/25/14
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Public invited to April 3-5 event in southern Oregon

White City - About 1400 lots, ranging from diamond rings to baseball cards, will be offered for sale at a public auction in White City, near Medford.

Location:
885 Industrial Circle, White City, OR (9 mi. north of Medford)

Auction Preview:
Thursday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Public Auction:
Friday, April 4, 9:00 a.m. (jewelry and miscellaneous)
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. (coin and currency)

The location is the auction facility of the auctioneer, Liska and Associates.

Every year the Department of State Lands, which manages the state's unclaimed property program, receives hundreds of boxes, envelopes and packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when owners cannot be located for two years.

Before scheduling a sale, unclaimed property staff looks for owners by posting their names on a searchable online database and by performing specialized individual searches. Any unclaimed contents are sold at public auction. The proceeds from the sale are posted to the owner's account and are available forever to be claimed.

Unclaimed funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund until claimed by owners or their heirs. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Additional information, including auction catalogs:

State Lands: 503-986-5257 (Salem)
http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/UP/Pages/up_auction_2014.aspx

Liska: 541-471-0916 (Grants Pass)
http://www.liska-auctioneers.com/2013/other-auctions/april-4-5-safetyauction/


The State Land Board consists of Governor John A. Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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PHOTOS: Oregon Air National Guard combat controllers awarded for heroism (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/24/14
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron were honored for their heroism during an award ceremony today, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

The Airmen recognized were Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones with the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson with the Bronze Star.

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard were in attendance at the ceremony.

Biography for Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is the Director, Air National Guard:
http://www.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130416-029.pdf

Fact Sheet for Silver Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7729

Fact Sheet for Bronze Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7771&page=1

PHOTOS:
140324-Z-CH590-336: U.S. Army Capt. Seth Nieman (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews (right), a combat controller with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, with the rarely awarded Silver Star, March 24, during a ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. Matthews' actions saved Nieman's life, along with other Special Forces teammates, during an ambush near Jalrez, Wardak Province in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2012. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-276: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (third from left) and Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant James W. Hotaling (center) following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke; Chief Master Sergeant James Hotaling (a former Oregon Air Guard member); Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-280: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson; Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-302: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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Deputies Arrest Gun Wielding Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/14
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"I've got problems," is what Jose Brown-Ceballos, age 24 told deputies after he brandished a handgun at a passerby. Yesterday at about 2:04 p.m., deputies responded to the area of 47th Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE after Mr. Brown-Ceballos lifted his shirt, exposing a gun and asking a passerby, "What are you looking at."

The victim in the case was able to give an exact description of Mr. Brown-Ceballos which aided Deputies in locating him. Mr. Brown-Ceballos was arrested without incident near the area of the call and found to be in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

Mr. Brown-Ceballos is a convicted felon with a past history of burglaries. He is currently in the Marion County Jail and facing the charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of Weapon and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Mr. Brown-Ceballos also had warrants for Assault IV, Menacing and Harassment.


Attached Media Files: Brown-Ceballos
Update: Name Released - Numerous Citizen Driving Complaints Help OSP Troopers Find, Arrest Reckless Driver in Salem
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 26-year old male Monday afternoon on traffic-related charges after more than 15 citizens called in driving complaints as he drove southbound on Interstate 5 from the Wilsonville area toward Salem. The driver is identified as JEREMY ENGLISH from southwest Portland. He was lodged in Marion County Jail for Reckless Driving and 18 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

On March 24, 2014 at approximately 12:35 p.m., the first of several citizen driving complaints were phoned into to OSP Northern Command Center of a gold passenger car, later identified as a 1999 Ford Taurus, southbound on Interstate 5 at high speeds, passing on shoulders, and using all three lanes of traffic.

At 12:50 p.m. an OSP trooper got visual on the vehicle near Brooks and as it had slowed down approaching the Salem area. After exiting Interstate 5 onto Salem Parkway Avenue, at approximately 12:53 p.m. the trooper attempted a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield to the trooper's patrol car until stopping near Hyacinth Street NE.

OSP troopers took ENGLISH into custody without incident.

OSP and ODOT reminds all travelers that many people are hitting our highways day and night during spring break period, March 22 - 30. During last year's spring break, six people died in 6 separate traffic crashes on Oregon's roads.

OSP urges all motorists to join their law enforcement officers in keeping our roads safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your traffic lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

Everyone traveling - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - all have the individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. As in this incident, immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

No photographs for the release.

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Injury Traffic Crash Involving Log Truck - Highway 241 east of Coos Bay (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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A 32-year old Coos Bay woman received non-life threatening injuries Monday morning in a collision with a loaded log truck along Highway 241 near Allegany east of Coos Bay. One lane is still closed while ODOT coordinates removal of the loaded log truck that is partially off the highway and blocking one lane.

According to Senior Trooper Jeff Smith, on March 24, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by MELISSA J. LaRUE, age 32, from Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 241 near milepost 15 when it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 1988 Kenworth truck pulling a trailer loaded with logs driven by JAMES COOK, age 46, from Coos Bay. The truck came to rest over an embankment with the trailer stopping blocking one lane.

LaRUE was transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

COOK was checked at the scene but refused transport to a hospital. Both drivers were using safety restraints.

OSP, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Millington Fire Department, and ODOT responded to the scene.

Traffic updates related to the partial road closure are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 31 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Minnesota Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop last Wednesday about 15 miles north of Madras on Highway 97 led to the seizure of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a Minnesota man. OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been conducting follow up investigation and has authorized the release of the information related to the arrest.

On March 19, 2014 at approximately 1:10 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring displaying Minnesota license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 75 for a traffic violation. The vehicle's driver was identified as DANIEL R. VAGLE, age 31, from Big Lake, Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of an OSP drug detection dog led to the discovery of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana in a large duffel bag in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $75,000.

VAGLE was taken into custody by troopers and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Vagle photograph - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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February 2014 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon's Counties
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/24/14
Benton County had Oregon's lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February at 5.3 percent. Harney County (11.6%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fourteen of Oregon's counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 6.9 percent and 12 were below the nationwide rate of 6.7 percent. Grant County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 3.7 percentage points.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon's six broad regions between February 2013 and February 2014. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+2.7%). The Portland area (+2.2%), the Willamette Valley (+1.9%), Southern Oregon (+0.4%), Eastern Oregon (0.3%), and the Oregon Coast (+0.2%) also saw job growth over the year.

For additional information on your local area, please visit QualityInfo.org and select an area on the Regional Information map.

Next News Releases
The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for March on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released on Monday, April 21, 2014.


Attached Media Files: 2014-03/930/72787/February_2014_Local_Rates.pdf
Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day
American Diabetes Association - 03/24/14
Take it. Share it.

Americans are urged to take the Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day(R) and to share it with everyone they care about to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

"The sooner you understand what you are dealing with, the better chance you can get ahead of small changes that can make a big difference. The Risk Test is the first step."- Manuel Trujillo, type 2 diabetes

Portland, OR - Tuesday, March 25, 2014, is the 26th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a one-day, "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million Americans. In Oregon and Southwest Washington, nearly 345,000 people live with diabetes, one third of those people are not aware that they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes(R).

An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes. Over 675,000 residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington have pre-diabetes, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is fighting to Stop Diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease.

"Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating," said Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of The American Diabetes Association of Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southern Idaho. "The American Diabetes Association hopes that this Alert Day will encourage people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with their loved ones. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes."

To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association provides the Diabetes Risk Test, asking users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting www.diabetes.org/risktest or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar's Head Brand(R) - a leading provider of premium delicatessen products - will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000. Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test. Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

Meet Manuel Trujillo
Manuel Trujillo played college football. He was once strong and fit. His father passed away in 1996 from complications of diabetes, a disease that is two times more likely in his culture. Yet in 2008, Trujillo began experiencing symptoms of diabetes and ignored them. He had stopped exercising and gained weight. During a routine eye exam he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His A1C (a blood test that provides an average of your blood glucose control over a 2-3 month period) was a 12. Long periods of time with a high A1C like his can lead to the same complications that took his fathers life. Trujillo didn't want that to be his story and set on a journey to change his life. After significant lifestyle changes and a commitment to healthy eating and exercise, Trujillo lowered his A1C to 6.1 (the American Diabetes Association recommends people with diabetes maintain a 7 or lower) in only 4 months. "Somewhere inside each of us, with this disease, there is a little voice telling you that something has to change. Don't ignore it any longer. Today is the day. Diabetes never takes a day off. Diabetes will not be my legacy and I hope it's not going to be yours," says Trujillo.

His story is like so many in our community and can serve as motivation to the hundreds of thousands in Oregon at serious risk of developing a disease that can be prevented. Trujillo is available for interviews by request.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes(R) and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.


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Attached Media Files: American Diabetes Association Alert Day
Correction to Update #2: Additional Information & Photo - OSP SWAT Helps Take Two in Custody Following Attempt to Elude in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Two people were taken into custody Sunday morning after trying to hide in a residence leading to an over two hour standoff with Oregon State Police (OSP), Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department. OSP is continuing the investigation. The name of the female and a list of charges are provided in this update.

The male suspect is identified as BRENT WALDORF, age 23, from Madras. He was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony warrant - Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (Wasco County)
* Felony warrant - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Felony Attempt to Elude & Reckless Driving (Jefferson County)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Arson in the First Degree

The female suspect is identified as CHALLIS SHAREI HEATH, age 23, from Warm Springs. She was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Arson in the First Degree
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop 1992 Honda Civic four door for disobeying a stop sign southeast side of Madras in Jefferson County. The driver failed to yield, attempting to elude by driving through a field, across Madras and onto Highway 361 into the Metolius area.

About 10 minutes later, the male and female occupants abandoned the car in an alley and fled on foot. OSP, with the help of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department, tracked the two people to a residence in the 500 block of Washington Street in Metolius. Contact with the residence owners confirmed the two suspects were inside trying to hide.

One of the suspects was believed to be WALDORF who was wanted on outstanding warrants and thought to be potentially armed. OSP activated SWAT personnel from central Oregon and Willamette Valley. After some of the SWAT personnel arrived on scene, they made entry and took both people into custody at approximately 10:15 a.m. While inside, SWAT officers learned the suspects set a fire in the kitchen and it was put out with fire extinguishers.

Waldorf photograph - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's two vehicle head-on traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 57-year old Oregon City woman and critical injury to an 18-year old Boring girl along Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County. Updated information and names are released in this update.

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by AMANDA J. GRAHAM, age 18, from Boring, was eastbound on Highway 212 near Peterson Road about milepost 6. For an unknown reason at this time, the pickup crossed the double solid centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Mazda Protege four-door driven by CHERYL ELAINE HILL, age 57, from Oregon City.

HILL was critically injured and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she died after arrival.

GRAHAM was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe is the lead investigator. Both drivers were using safety restraints and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Boring Fire District, AMR ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was re-opened at 3:00 a.m.

OSP and ODOT reminds all travelers that many people are hitting our highways day and night during spring break period, March 22 - 30. During last year's spring break period, six people died in 6 separate traffic crashes on Oregon's roads.

All motorists are urged to join their law enforcement officers in keeping out highways safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon OSHA fines WildCat Haven for safety violations following worker's death
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined WildCat Haven $5,600 for safety and health violations after an animal keeper was attacked and killed at the Sherwood sanctuary. The sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure and cage latches did not fully secure dangerous cougars, Oregon OSHA found.

"Sadly, as is so often the case, this workplace tragedy may have been prevented if the employer had followed and enforced its own guidelines when employees entered the cougar enclosures," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator.

Renee Radziwon Chapman was attempting to clean one of the cages at the sanctuary when one or more cougars attacked her on Nov. 9, 2013. The victim was working alone at the facility.

Oregon OSHA cited WildCat Haven for two serious violations, each with a penalty of $2,800. The investigation found the sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure by allowing keepers to work alone on a frequent basis.

The second violation identified an inadequate latch design on the cougar cages. If the locks were not fully closed, they could inadvertently pop open. In order to fully secure the latch, keepers were required to enter the cage and attach a carabiner onto the latch's lock fitting. The enclosure itself was also poorly designed with no separate entry door. As a result, cougars in two separate chambers needed to be secured in order to safely enter.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.


Attached Media Files: Oregon OSHA citation
Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
Highway 212 west of Boring near milepost 6 is re-opened to traffic following Sunday night's two vehicle traffic crash that is now confirmed fatal after one of the involved drivers, a 57-year old female, died at a Portland hospital. The surviving driver, an 18-year old female, is being treated for injuries at a Portland hospital. Names and other information will be released later today.

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03/23/14
Oregon FBI On-Call PIO
FBI - Oregon - 03/23/14
PIO Beth Anne Steele is on leave until Monday, March 31st. Until then, media please utilize the on-call pager at (503) 208-6241 for assistance. Thanks.
Linn Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/23/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the early morning hours of March 23, 2014. The crash was reported at 6:48 a.m. by a nearby resident who lives at 34645 Oakville Road, which is south of Albany.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1991 Acura Integra, was identified as 33-year-old Shayna Johnson of Philomath.

The investigation reveals Ms. Johnson had been traveling south on Oakville Road when she lost control of her vehicle near the intersection of Walnut Drive. Ms. Johnson's vehicle crossed the opposing lane of travel, sliding into the ditch.

The Integra then crashed through a horse fence where it rolled, ejecting Ms. Johnson from the vehicle. Ms. Johnson was found deceased, lying in the field near her vehicle. At this time it is unknown why Ms. Johnson's vehicle left the roadway and it does not appear any other vehicles were involved.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Albany Fire Department. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
Update: Name Released - Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's critical injury motorcycle crash that occurred on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County. The operator's name is released in this update. He is still in critical condition.

According to Sergeant Jose Orosco, on March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle operated by CURTIS M. PETERSON, age 24, from Newberg, was southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28 and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle traveled off the highway and the operator was ejected, coming to rest in a grassy area adjacent to the highway.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is in critical condition. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation. Speed and alcohol are suspected contributing factors. Trooper Nic Cederberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Newberg and Dundee fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was closed over an hour before one lane was open.

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03/22/14
Motor Vehicle Accident at Sunrise Market (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/14
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Late this afternoon, Daniel Alik was arrested for DUII, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Mr. Alik drove his car into the ice machine outside of the Sunrise Market in the 3500 block of Silverton Road.
This pushed the ice machine through the glass window of the store front. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Mr. Alik was twice the legal limit by the time he arrived at the Marion County Jail.


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Lebanon Man Dies in Snowmobile Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/22/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of a Lebanon man.

On March 22, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Linn County 9-1-1 dispatch received a call reporting the crash near Hoodoo Ski Bowl on the Santiam Pass.

The victim, identified as George Elmer Eichner, age 67 from Lebanon, was operating his snowmobile when he crashed into a tree. Eichner was part of a snowmobile club and was riding with a friend, Alen Lee Wargnier 44 years old, of Keizer.

Black Butte and Camp Sherman medics were called to the scene and Life Flight was activated.

Eichner, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a severe head injury. Approximately one hour later, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Hoodoo Ski Patrol, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Medics and Camp Sherman Medics.

Eichner's body was taken to the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


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03/21/14
Linn Deputies Arrest Two Lebanon Women for Burglary (Photo)
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies have arrested two Lebanon women for committing a daytime burglary. On March 21,2014, at approximately 8:40 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call from a resident of the 42000 block of Kingston -Lyons Drive, southeast of Stayton.

The caller said that he had confronted two women in a red Volvo that was on his property. The caller became very suspicious due to his residence being burglarized the prior day. The female driver denied any wrong doing and fled across a field leaving the property down the long driveway.

The caller was able to get a vehicle description and the license plate of the suspect vehicle. The caller went to his residence and discovered it had been broken into a second time. Items reported stolen included several guns, chainsaws, tools and other miscellaneous items.

Deputies immediately broadcast the suspect vehicle information to fellow deputies in the area.
At Approximately 9:00 a.m. while on routine patrol, a deputy located the suspect vehicle on Hwy 226 near Richardson Gap Road, east of Scio. Deputies stopped the vehicle and contacted both suspects.

Both occupants were interviewed and subsequently arrested on numerous charges. Deputies obtained consent to search the vehicle and found stolen property from the victim's residence.

The suspects arrested were Christina J. Rivera, 30 years old, from Lebanon and Deana R. Paul, 43 years old, also from Lebanon.

Both were taken to the Linn County Jail and charged with Burglary I, Burglary II and Criminal Trespass II.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be added.


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Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron awards Airmen with high honors (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/21/14
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to honor a group of Airmen with the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, with a Silver Star and Bronze Star medals, during a ceremony on Monday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, located at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, in Clackamas, Ore.

Scheduled to attend are Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

The Airmen scheduled to be recognized are Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones with the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson with the Bronze Star.

"The 125th STS has a proud history of displaying valor and heroism in combat," said Maj. TJ Awada, commander of the 125th STS. "The actions of Sergeants Matthews, Jones, Matlock, and Thompson are in keeping with the highest traditions of this squadron and the Oregon National Guard.

On Nov. 27, 2012, the vehicle Matthews' was riding in struck an improvised explosive device, triggering a coordinated ambush near Jalrez, Wardak Province in Afghanistan. Despite being ejected from the vehicle, and sustaining head injuries and multiple lacerations, he immediately came to his feet and faced small-arms fire from 12 different enemy fighting positions, some as close as 30 meters.

Although seriously wounded, Matthews returned fire and made his way back to the overturned vehicle to aid his wounded teammates. He located his team leader, who was ejected from the vehicle and seriously wounded, and moved him to safety while continuing to exchange fire with the enemy. As his Special Forces teammates regrouped, Matthews coordinated close air support and medical evacuation for the wounded. Despite being exposed to enemy fire, he continued to direct close air support, which eventually repelled the enemy.

"His heroism under fire while directing close air support allowed friendly forces to recover all personnel with no loss of life and maneuver out of the ambush's kill zone. Sergeant Matthews' actions undoubtedly saved the lives of his wounded teammates and an Afghan interpreter," the award citation reads.

On Oct. 6, 2012, Matlock's team began receiving intense enemy fire while conducting a patrol in Arabon Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Matlock dove into a nearby irrigation ditch and returned fire while coordinating air support to suppress the enemy fire pinning down his team. He crawled to a vantage point where he determined that two Special Forces and two Afghan partner force soldiers were severely wounded. Matlock soon realized that his team leader was also injured. With complete disregard for his own safety, Matlock jumped to his feet and ran to the aid of his teammates. He rendered first aid while coordinating medical evacuation flights and close air support. As medical evacuation helicopters arrived, he carried one of his injured comrades to safety while under enemy fire.

On Oct. 8, 2012, Jones served as the primary joint terminal attack controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team conducting a tactical ground movement in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. The team's lead vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, triggering a coordinated ambush. Jones immediately returned fire while coordinating close air support aircraft overhead. After the initial volley of enemy fire, Jones exited his vehicle and rushed to the command element, which was pinned down by enemy fire. As he made his way to the front of the convoy, Jones continued to engage the enemy and provide air support. While coordinating airstrikes, Jones lost line of sight communications with the aerial support. Without regard for his personal safety, Jones immediately moved to an exposed position in order to regain communications and continue aerial coordination to repel the enemy assault.

Between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2011, Thompson served as a joint terminal attack controller attached to an Army Special Forces team, conducting more than 35 combat patrols in the rugged terrain of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. During one mission, insurgents ambushed his team with machine gun and small arms fire. Thompson returned fire, enabling the team to reach cover. He quickly relayed the location of two insurgents he identified, enabling Afghanistan Local Police to defeat both insurgents. Also, during a separate patrol, his team came under heavy small arms fire from insurgents. Thompson returned fire, re-supplied the M-249 machine gunner, and directed mortar fire. He then controlled fixed-wing air support, initiating an enemy withdrawal. Throughout the deployment, Thompson controlled 34 aircraft during multiple life-threatening missions.

The 125th STS was officially established on May 1, 2005, and is headquartered at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The 125th Special Tactics Squadron currently has 79 members made up of Combat Controllers (CCT), Special Operations Weathermen (SOWT), and numerous support positions. Members of the unit undergo a rigorous two-year training program where they graduate as combat divers, military free-fall and static-line parachutists and are trained to operate in any environment in the world.


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Biography for Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel is the Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command:
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107995/lieutenant-general-eric-e-fiel.aspx

Biography for Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is the Director, Air National Guard:
http://www.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130416-029.pdf

Fact Sheet for Silver Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7729

Fact Sheet for Bronze Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7771&page=1


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Spring Break Message: Drive Safely to Save Lives (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation urge all drivers to drive safely and save lives during the spring break period, March 22 - 30, 2014.

Many people traveling this spring break, either alone or with family or friends, will hit our highways day and night. During the 2013 spring break period (March 23 - 31), six people, ages 17 - 79, died in six separate traffic crashes on Oregon roads.

"Fatal and serious injury crashes are almost always preventable, usually attributed to driver error, and the impacts to those affected can be devastating," said OSP Major Travis Hampton. "OSP troopers are joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners around the country encouraging all motorists to pledge their support for highway safety and to comply with all traffic safety laws."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), highway fatalities rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States and are the leading cause of deaths among teens. Over 33,000 people dying on our nations' roadways is unacceptable.

Last year, preliminary numbers show Oregon recorded 314 traffic fatalities, a drop of nearly 7 percent from the number of fatalities in 2012. Through March 19, 2014, 50 people have died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The Oregon State Police and ODOT urges all motorists to join their law enforcement officers in keeping our roads safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your traffic lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

Everyone traveling - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - all have the individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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OSP & Corvallis Police Theft Investigations Lead to Arrest of Albany Woman (Photo)
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Investigations by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Corvallis Police Department led to the arrest Friday of a 34-year old Albany woman on multiple charges related to theft and identity theft charges.

In January 2014, an OSP senior trooper assigned to the Oregon State University office started an investigation into the theft of a man's backpack from inside the Women's Building on the Oregon State University campus. The backpack contained the victim's personal property, identification and credit cards.

During the investigation, OSP learned the victim's credit card was used at Corvallis-area Fred Meyer and Safeway stores. Video surveillance images led to a suspect being identified associated with separate investigations conducted by both OSP and Corvallis police.

On the morning of March 21, 2014, OSP troopers and Corvallis police, with the assistance of Albany Police Department, served a search warrant at 3216 21st Avenue SE in Albany. Subsequent to the search warrant service, MERIDETH KACHEL, age 34, was taken into custody and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges associated with the Corvallis police investigation:

* Identity Theft
* Theft in the Second Degree
* Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree
* Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card

Evidence was recovered at the residence belonging to the victim in the OSP investigation. OSP cited KACHEL to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on the same charges associated with the OSP investigation.

Investigations are continuing.

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Forest stewardship agreements available for public review
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on proposed forest stewardship agreements for three forested tracts located in Lane County. The agreements involve the following:

- 353-acre parcel southwest of Eugene, owned by Joseph J. Brown
- 162-acre parcel along Deadwood Creek, owned by Alpha Farms Cooperative, Inc.
- 447-acre parcel east of Cottage Grove, owned by Cerro Gordo Silviculture, LLC

A stewardship agreement is a voluntary written plan, with authority designated within state statutes, whereby a landowner agrees to meet the natural resource protection standards of the Oregon Forest Practices Act through alternate practices. Authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 2006, the agreements provide incentives for landowners who voluntarily meet or exceed regulatory requirements to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.

Members of the public may review the proposed stewardship agreements in person at the Oregon Dept. of Forestry headquarters office, 2600 State St., in Salem. Or to receive electronic copies of the plans by email, contact: Mike Kroon at the Salem ODF office, 503-945-7399, mkroon@odf.state.or.us.

Comments may be submitted by postal mail to:

Mike Kroon, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem OR 97310

Or by email to:

mkroon@odf.state.or.us

Comments on the stewardship plans must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 15, 2014.

Landowners and the Oregon Department of Forestry work collaboratively to create the stewardship agreements, which are long-term agreements that consider natural resource conservation and routine forest management from a property-wide perspective, rather than at the scale of single projects.
Renewable energy projects in Northwest receive $1.9 million from Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power - 03/21/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 21, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Renewable energy projects in Northwest receive $1.9 million from Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power's popular renewable energy program in its eighth year of investing back into communities

PORTLAND, Ore.--From solar panels atop a junior high school in the Yakima Valley to a wind project on the southern Oregon Coast, to a geothermal facility in Klamath Falls, 15 renewable energy projects are closer to reality thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Together, the 12 solar installations and one hydro, one geothermal and one wind project will receive up to $1.9 million in 2014. These projects will bring more than 2 megawatts of renewable energy capacity online. This is the eighth year Blue Sky customers have funded projects, which since 2006 have helped more than 60 facilities produce power and demonstrate the viability of renewable energy in their communities. Blue Sky customers have invested more than $6 million in projects during that time.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important effort along with our Blue Sky customers."

"The Blue Sky program which funds these projects, has one of the highest participation rates you'll find nationwide," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer service, Pacific Power. "One of the reasons the Blue Sky program is so popular is that customers choose to participate and then can see what they are getting. In addition to supporting the renewable energy industry, they are helping fund on-the-ground, working renewable projects in their own communities."

Projects receiving funding are:
City of Corvallis Waste Water Treatment Plant Solar Field
Corvallis, Ore., $400,000
Solar, capacity: 150 kilowatt
Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, Ore., $250,000
Geothermal, capacity: 1.75 megawatt

Pendleton Army Air Support Facility and Armory (Oregon National Guard)
Pendleton, Ore., $250,000
Solar, capacity: 150 kilowatt

City of Astoria Bear Creek Hydro
Astoria., Ore., $169,000
Hydro, capacity: 30 kilowatt

St. Mary's School
Medford, Ore., $150,000
Solar, capacity: 40 kilowatt
Alameda Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Portland, Ore., $139,167
Solar, capacity: 55 kilowatt

West Valley Junior High School
Yakima, Wash., $91,586
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Marine Life Center
Charleston, Ore., $86,661
Wind, capacity: 10 kilowatt
Lava Ridge Elementary School
Bend, Ore., $76,950
Solar, capacity: 39 kilowatt

Bend Parks & Recreation District Administration Office
Bend, Ore., $76,940
Solar, capacity: 39 kilowatt

Boise-Eliot Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Portland, Ore., $97,476
Solar, capacity: 50 kilowatt
Maggie Gibson Plaza
Portland, Ore., $48,450
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt
Hood River Valley High School
Hood River, Ore., $38,744
Solar, capacity: 20 kilowatt
Coyote Trails Nature Center
Medford, Ore., $32,451
Solar, capacity: 12 kilowatt
The Next Door, Inc.
Hood River, Ore., $17,555
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt

Most projects are on schedule to be completed in 2014. The upcoming application period for the 2014 round of Blue Sky community project awards will begin in April of this year and closes in June.

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 10th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Salem Police Investigating Internet Fraud (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/21/14
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Detectives from the Salem Police Department served a search warrant at about 9:00 AM today in the 5300 block of Baxter Ct SE in connection with a fraud investigation. Taken into custody was 56 year old Karl Schick. Two individuals had reported purchasing firearms or parts of firearms from him over the internet and that Schick had failed to deliver the goods. It is believed that there are other, yet to be identified, victims. Schick is already on felony probation for frauds he committed in 2009.

Karl Schick was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility this morning. He has been charged with two counts of Theft I by Deception. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to telephone Detective Michael Korcek at (503)540-2459.
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Search and Rescue Volunteers Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor ****Update**** (Photo)
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****UPDATE****
In response to numerous questions, the Sheriff's Office would like to provide additional information in regard to the Wenger's responsibilities with our Search and Rescue Program. First, we would like the media to understand that this is an ongoing investigation and some of the information requested will not be released, as we do not want to compromise the investigation.

Mr. Wenger became a volunteer for the Sheriff's Office in 1994 when he joined the "Team 18" Search and Rescue Program. Mrs. Wenger joined the program as a volunteer in 2003. The "Team 18" program is a non-profit organization, primarily comprised of juveniles that perform search and rescue functions for the Sheriff's Office. Mr. and Mrs. Wenger were crew leaders of the Search and Rescue's "Team 18." The Team currently has 57 volunteers who are available for assisting other Search and Rescue Teams in ground searches for missing persons, evidence of crimes, and other related missions.

As part of their duties, the Wengers trained "Team 18" members and arranged for their deployment in a time of need or crisis. The Sheriff's Office is shocked and disheartened by the Wengers' alleged actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim in this case. The Sheriff's Office is committed to providing a safe environment for all of its youth-related programs.

Sheriff Myers commented, "Individuals' personal actions like this undermine the public's trust and confidence placed in our office. The moment this was reported, we took action to ensure that the individuals would be held responsible and that those within the Team 18 program would be safe." Sheriff Myers further stated that, "Our goal now is to focus on the members of Team 18 who are obviously just as shocked and upset as we are."

We will continue to work with the Keizer Police Department and their investigators during this criminal investigation. At this time, the Sheriff's Office is not prepared for any further comment or questions.


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On Monday, March 17, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff's Office received a complaint that two of its Search and Rescue volunteers had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old volunteer. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Sheriff's Office asked the Keizer Police Department to conduct an investigation of the allegations.

On March 20, 2014, the Keizer Police Department arrested Casey Wenger, age 33 and his wife Rosa Wenger, age 31. Mr. Wenger is charged with Sex Abuse II and 30 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I. Ms. Wenger is charged with Sex Abuse III and 20 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I. Both are being held at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned on March 21st at 3:00 p.m. The Wengers have been terminated as Marion County volunteers, effective immediately.

All further questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Keizer Police Department.


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Tax credit for the severely disabled or disabled children reinstated
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/21/14
SALEM--The 2014 Legislature passed SB 1534 allowing all taxpayers, regardless of income, to claim the severely disabled or disabled child exemption credit.

This immediately affects nearly 1,500 taxpayers who have filed, or are filing, their 2013 income tax returns. Those who haven't yet filed may take advantage of the credit; those that have already filed may amend their return.

Previously, taxpayers above an income threshold didn't qualify. The recent change removes the income cap. "Any Oregon taxpayer that qualifies for the severely disabled or disabled child exemption may now take the credit," said JoAnn Martin, administrator of the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.

The Oregon Department of Revenue is sending letters to tax practitioners and taxpayers they identified who claimed these exemptions, but didn't qualify because of the previous income cap. Attached to the letter will be an amended schedule with special filing instructions. Following the special instructions will ensure priority processing of the amended return.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@state.or.us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the amount of calls the department receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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$67,500 In Cultural Tourism Grants Announced To Help Communities Draw Visitors to Arts Events
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/21/14
Seven Oregon arts-based projects have been awarded $67,500 in 2014 Cultural Tourism Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission to help draw out-of-town audiences to their events and activities. The grants, which range from $7,500 to $10,000, were awarded to groups in Ashland, Eugene, Hood River, Jacksonville, Portland and Salem.

Cultural Tourism Grants support projects and partnerships that advance arts-based visitor/destination activities, strengthening the links between the arts, the tourism industry and local economic development.

The 2014 grant recipients, which include established arts organizations such as the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as the Salem Art Association and Hood River's Independent Film Festival, were approved Friday by a panel led by Arts Commission Vice Chair Libby Tower that included Doug LaPlaca, the president and CEO of Visit Bend, Leslie Scott of Eugene's Oregon Truffle Festival and Kate Sokoloff of Sokoloff Creative in Portland. The recipients were selected from a pool of 15 applicants requesting a total of $131,919. The recommended funding distribution ensures a balance of projects in and outside of the Portland Metro area.

"Cultural Tourism Grants play an important role in demonstrating the impact of the arts on driving tourism and local spending," said Tower. "One of the Arts Commission's ongoing goals is to ensure the critical connection between the arts and economic development is recognized and encouraged."

Cultural Tourism Grants were initiated in 2008 through Oregon's Culture, History, Art, Movies, Preservation (CHAMP) cultural reinvestment initiative.

The 2014 Cultural Tourism Grant recipients are:
Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River: $10,000 - To support the Columbia Center for the Arts' third annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, scheduled for Nov. 7-9 at five downtown locations in Hood River.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (UofO), Eugene: $10,000 - To support the exhibition of 17 original watercolors by Diego Rivera not previously exhibited outside Mexico. The Museum will exhibit these seminal works illustrating the Quiché-Maya sacred book, the "Popol-Vuh," the creation story of the Maya, Oct. 15, 2014 through Jan. 15, 2015.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $10,000 - To support the creation and implementation of coordinated digital and print advertising to bilingual and ethnic-specific audiences in Oregon and northern California to attract new tourists of color throughout the nine-month season, particularly to plays and events related to CultureFest in September 2014.

Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts Festival, Jacksonville: $7,500 - To support Taste of Summer, an annual kickoff event held in downtown Jacksonville that includes music, wine, art, family activities and food, promoting local businesses and activities to out-of-state tourists and encouraging them to visit, extend their stay and patronize local businesses.

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $10,000 - To support the Portland Art Museum's exhibition, "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden," the Museum's first collaboration with the Louvre featuring more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures from some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The Museum will promote "Tuileries" along the I-5 corridor to attract overnight leisure travel, one of Travel Oregon's Key Initiatives. The exhibit will run June 14 through Sept. 14.

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland: $10,000 - To support the Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) in its 11th year featuring 10 days of contemporary visual and performing arts from around the world in venues throughout Portland. TBA will partner with another Portland-based festival, FEAST, to lead a joint marketing and advertising campaign in the San Francisco area.

The Salem Art Association, Salem: $10,000 - To support the Salem Art Association's targeted marketing efforts to increase festival participants from the Portland metropolitan area, and increase overall attendance and art sales at the 2014 Salem Art Fair & Festival.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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NW Natural Ranks 2nd in the West in J.D. Power Business Customer Study
NW Natural - 03/21/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) ranked second in the West in the annual J.D. Power 2014 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study.

Now in its ninth year, the study measures satisfaction among business customers with their gas utility company in four regions. Overall satisfaction is measured by six factors: billing and payment; corporate citizenship; price; communications; customer service; and field service.

NW Natural scored 710 on a 1,000-point scale, following Southern California Gas Company which had a ranking of 722 points.

"We're honored to have our business customers rank us so highly in the J.D. Power study once again," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural president and CEO. "It's a testament to how hard our employees work to provide this important group of customers with the best service possible."

The study found that across the board satisfaction with proactive communications from all gas utilities improved significantly among business customers. It also found that awareness of a utility's corporate citizenship is a high driver of customer satisfaction and increased as well.

The 2014 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 9,500 online interviews with business customers who spend at least $200 monthly on gas. The study was fielded from May through July 2013 and October through December 2013.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 695,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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North Bend School District Special Board Meeting
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 03/21/14
A Work Session of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, March 31, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Hall of Champions, 2323 Pacific Ave., North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at http://www.nbend.k12.or.us/NB13_Board/Meetings/NBSD13-School-Board-Meetings-And-Agenda.htm
Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team Announces Extra Patrol Over Spring Break (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team, announced today that they will be providing extra patrols over the week of spring break. The patrols will be conducted on rural and arterial roadways located within the borders of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham stated, "I want drivers to be able to enjoy their vacation and have a safe driving experience while in Marion County." That is why deputies will be focusing on aggressive drivers and drivers operating their vehicles under the influence.

These types of extra patrols are made possible through grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation. For tips on aggressive driving or traffic enforcement related literature, please call our Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981 or visit our website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/EnforcementDivision/trafficenforcement.htm


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03/20/14
Five Injured in Multi-Vehicle Traffic Crash - Highway 126 west of Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/14
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Five people were injured Thursday afternoon in a four-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 126 at the entrance to Cline Falls State Park west of Redmond. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited one of the involved drivers.

On March 20, 2014 at approximately 2:02 p.m., a Toyota Camry driven by DONNA WOODMAN, age 54, from Redmond, was westbound on Highway 126 stopped waiting to turn left into Cline Falls State Park when it was struck in the rear by a Dodge Neon driven by a 16-year old female from Redmond. After impact, the Dodge Neon slid off the right shoulder and struck a parked pickup. The Toyota was pushed into the eastbound lane where it collided with an eastbound Subaru Legacy driven by HELEN HAGEN, age 70, from Culver.

The Dodge's driver, two occupants of the Toyota, and two occupants of the Subaru were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. Senior Trooper James Reeher was the lead investigator.

The Dodge's juvenile female driver was cited for Following Too Close. Her name is not available for this release.

The highway was blocked about 45 minutes.

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Media Advisory: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Will Rally on Tuesday at U.S. Supreme Court
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 03/20/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon will participate in a women's health rally at 7am Tuesday, March 25th outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Staff is available for interviews that morning in Washington, or at any time locally.)

The court will be hearing oral arguments in a pair of cases that will have an impact on thousands of Oregonians - Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. In each of these cases, employers at for-profit corporations want to deny their employees the right to receive insurance coverage of the costs of birth control, because the employers' personal religious beliefs forbid such medical treatments.

The added danger in these cases is the slippery slope they could create. If the court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby/Conestoga, it would open the door for corporations to interfere with other important medical decisions of their employees (access to vaccines, blood transfusions, mental health care and more) or to exempt themselves from other federal and state laws.

The Arizona "right-to-discriminate" bill is a recent example of the slippery slope Hobby Lobby/Conestoga could create - if businesses can claim that they are religious entities, they could try to pick and choose between laws in order to discriminate against women, the LGBT community, people with disabilities or illnesses, etc. - all under claims of religious freedom.

"Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon believes birth control should be treated like any other preventive service - without the burden of co-pays," says Executive Director Laura Terrill Patten. "The fact is, 99 percent of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives. Our message is clear: Health care decisions belong to a woman, not her boss."
Salem Fire Begins Recruit Firefighter Academy
Salem Fire Dept. - 03/20/14
The Salem Fire Department will begin a recruit firefighter academy at the department's training facility on March 24, 2014 as part of the department's recent hiring process. This is the first recruit academy held since February 2010.

To maintain staffing levels and replace vacancies that have occurred over the previous year, the department conducted an extensive recruitment process for firefighter/paramedics in the winter of 2013 and hired fifteen recruits that will begin their initial training next week.

The 2014 recruit class includes 12 entry-level firefighters and 3 lateral-transfer firefighters that come from other career fire departments. The class includes 8 people that currently reside in Oregon as well as 7 that are relocating from other states. All recruits are certified as paramedics and have completed extensive testing requirements that included written exams, emergency medical scenarios, physical agility tests, and comprehensive interviews.

All recruits will participate in an initial two week training academy that is designed to meet State and National standards for entry-level firefighter. Following the academy, the entry-level recruits will be assigned to 24-hour training shifts for a 12 week period, working out of Fire Station 11, which is located at 1970 Orchard Heights Road NW. The lateral-entry recruits will continue their day shift academy for 2 weeks and then begin their 24-hour assignments in other fire stations in the City. During this phase of training, the recruits will participate in rigorous hands-on training that includes firefighting techniques, fireground operations, and emergency medical care.

Following successful completion of Phase 2, the new firefighter/paramedics will be assigned to their stations and continue with their 12 month probationary period, while continuing to train in all aspects of the fire department operations and completing their initial on-the-job training.

The 2014 academy includes the following recruit firefighter/paramedics:

Entry-level

Paul Amar, Klamath Falls, Oregon
Nathaniel Arguien, Salem, Oregon
Steve Cudeck, Salt Lake City, Utah
Peter Desmarteau, Independence, Oregon
Dylan Harvey, Roseburg, Oregon
Dustin Labrousse, Fallon, Nevada
Tyler Mendel, Castle Rock, Colorado
William O'Connell, Salem, Oregon
Matthew Shore, Salem, Oregon
Daniel Steffen, Salem, Oregon
Brent Stepman, Hamilton, Montana
Joseph Weigand, Salem, Oregon

Lateral-transfer

Allan Kehrer, Prince William County Fire & Rescue, Herndon, Virginia
Josh Massie, City of Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena, California
Ian Poulos, Hobbs Fire Department, Hobbs, New Mexico

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Former Foster Care Youth and the Affordable Care Act
OR Department of Human Services - 03/20/14
On January 1, 2014, Oregon began providing Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) benefits to former foster care youth under the age of 26. Oregon's program is called the Former Foster Care Youth (FFCY) Medical Program.

A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows children/dependents under the age of 26 to stay on their parent's health insurance. Recognizing that children who are discharged from the foster care system as an adult (18-20) do not always have that option, the ACA includes a provision allowing former foster care youth to remain on Medicaid until age 26, regardless of income.

"We are working with our caseworkers, community partners and stakeholder networks to help us get the word out, so these young adults can get enrolled in health care coverage" said Sherril Kuhns, Federal Compliance Manager for the Oregon Office of Child Welfare.

Youth can request a FFCY application from their DHS caseworker, Independent Living Program (ILP) provider or FosterClub Dedicated Outreach Representative. Other options include:
Phone: The DHS Children's Medical Unit (CMED) can take applications over the phone, please call 503-945-5720 or 503-947-2598.
Email: Applications can be requested or submitted via email 5508.c-med@state.or.us.
Mail: Applications are also available online on the DHS Independent Living Program website; look for FFCY Medical Program Referral Form. To submit application print, complete and mail application to CMED, 500 Summer Street NE, E-69, Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: Completed applications can be faxed to 503-945-7032
Subcommittee of county advisory group for state forestry to meet March 21 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/14
A subcommittee of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, March 21, in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) Revenue Distribution Subcommittee agenda include:

* Discussion on what a successful pooled revenue distribution formula would look like.
* Review work done to date on the revenue distribution formula, which culminated in the Version 2 approach based on revenue history.
* If needed, explore ideas for other revenue distribution methodologies.
* Review analyses done for the subcommittee review.
* Plan for the subcommittee to report/make recommendation at the April 4 FTLAC meeting.

As scheduled, the subcommittee will convene a single time and adjourn.

The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Clatsop Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be available.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Be ready for an earthquake, wherever travel takes you
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/14
OREGON - Exploring Oregon during spring break? Take time to plan for an earthquake or tsunami before setting off on your adventure.

"A Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could happen anytime - even during vacations," says State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "Plan now to be ready no matter where you are."

March is Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month in Oregon, and also marks the anniversaries of two eye-opening disasters for the state: the March 11, 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami and the March 27, 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami.

"Oregon's tectonic setting is a mirror image of Japan's," says Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) geotechnical engineer. "The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami showed us how destructive a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami could be, and emphasized the need to prepare."

Preparing for a major Cascadia earthquake also gets Oregonians ready for other types of earthquakes. The most damaging Oregon earthquakes of the past century, the magnitude 6.0 and 5.9 Klamath Falls earthquakes and magnitude 5.6 Scotts Mills earthquake, were caused by shallow crustal faults.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?
The Oregon Coast: A Cascadia earthquake will generate a tsunami, so know where high ground is and how to get there. The Oregon Tsunami Clearinghouse, www.OregonTsunami.org, is a one-stop resource for all essentials, including evacuation brochures, evacuation route maps, and preparedness kit checklists.

A city: If you're outside, move to an open area. Glass, bricks and other debris may fall from buildings, and utility poles and wires, signs, and street lights may topple. If you're inside, "drop, cover and hold on" under a study table or desk, and don't go outside until the shaking stops.

The mountains: During an earthquake, move away from cliffs and steep slopes where debris may fall, or a landslide may occur. Be alert for falling rocks and trees.

Road trip: If you're driving when an earthquake hits, stop the car away from buildings, bridges, overpasses, trees and utility lines. Put your parking brake on, and stay in the car until the shaking is over.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Create a travel version of your emergency plan. Identify an out-of-state relative to check in with during a disaster. (Be sure to choose someone who's not traveling at the same time.) Pick a safe meeting place at your destination - consult evacuation brochures and local maps - and make a plan for reuniting after a disaster. "Having a conversation about who you'll call and where you'll meet is an easy step that's so important," says McConnell. "Discuss as you're packing, or when you're all in the car together."

- Build an emergency kit for your car. Include necessities such as bottled water, high-calorie snacks, first aid kit, flashlight, road maps, emergency contact list and emergency cash. Checklists for car, home and personal kits are available at www.oregongeology.org/sub/emergencykit.htm
Seal the deal
Pacific Power - 03/20/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 20, 2014
503-813-7291

Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Seal the deal
Whether buying or selling a home, energy efficiency helps provide value and Pacific Power has a checklist to help you

PORTLAND, Ore.--The residential real estate market is leaving the winter doldrums and kicking into high gear as the weather improves. National surveys show home prices climbing 10 percent above last year's levels while the number of sales is uneven month to month.

As prices goes up, buyers want to make sure they are getting the best value in a home with energy efficiency measures that provide comfort year-round. For sellers, adding some energy efficient features may help you get that selling price you desire.

Either side of the negotiating table, an efficient home is a great idea and a worthwhile investment.

"Energy efficiency is a big selling point," says Amy Graham, president of the Oregon Association of Realtors. "Smart buyers demand good insulation and an efficient heating and cooling system. The successful sellers know the features to add to make their homes more attractive."

To help out, Pacific Power has developed a handy checklist of what to look for. Check it out at bewattsmart.com/checklist. Of course, the checklist is great if you are planning to stay in your home as well. Here are a few top tips:

* Ask if an energy inspection, rating, audit, check-up or assessment has been done on the home. Request a copy of the report and contact information for whomever completed the report so you may follow-up with them if need be. If a seller has had this done, put it front and center for a potential buyer to see.
* For new homes, ask if the home is ENERGY STAR(R) Certified. If so, ask for the HERS Index Score. The lower the score, the better the energy performance.
* For existing homes, ask the seller for the utility costs for the past 12 months. A savvy seller can have this information on hand to make the home's efficiency part of the value from the start.
* Insulation & weatherization. Are the attic, walls, crawlspaces and basement insulated? Have all joints, seams and penetrations been sealed with caulk, foam, gaskets or polyethylene? Is the attic ventilated using soffit and roof vents?
* Heating & Cooling. Is the heating/cooling system a high-efficiency system? Check the yellow EnergyGuide label on the water heater to determine the efficiency of the unit. A water heater tank that is warm to the touch needs additional insulation. Newer water heaters installed in the last few years are highly insulated and should not be warm when touched. Sellers can make a simple project pay dividends by insulating the hot water heater.
* Windows. Are the windows single, double or tripled glazed? Check for air leaks around the window frames.
* Lighting. What percentage of the light bulbs in the home are incandescent, compact fluorescent or light-emitting diodes (LED)? Compact fluorescent and LED bulbs offer greater energy savings. Another low cost project for a seller to burnish the home's energy efficiency.
The tips can help you find a home that will keep you comfortable year round for years to come and help you keep your energy bills as low as possible. When thousands of us do that, we are putting off the need for new power plants and transmission lines, which also helps hold the line on power costs. Already, Pacific Power is projecting that two-thirds of the growth in electricity use in the next 20 years will be through energy efficiency savings.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Fern Ridge School Board Selects Next Superintendent
Fern Ridge Sch. Dist. - 03/20/14
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Contact: Andrea Larson, Vice Chair School Board
Fern Ridge School District 28J
541-954-9090
alarson@fernridge.k12.or.us

Fern Ridge School Board selects Dr. Sally J. Storm as the next Superintendent
Concluding its search for a superintendent to succeed Dennis Friedrich whose term ends June 30, 2014, the Fern Ridge School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Sally J. Storm has been selected to be the district's next Superintendent effective July 1, 2014. Storm and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement that will be finalized at a public meeting. The Board anticipates making the official offer for the position at a special board meeting on March 31, 2014.
"We had a field of 23 excellent applicants for our superintendent position. However, Sally Storm emerged as the right choice to be our next Superintendent," Board Chair Twinkle Morton said. "She has the qualities, experience and leadership skills identified by our community, staff and students to lead Fern Ridge into the future." The Board reviewed the candidate applications with the assistance of a screening committee that included administrators, staff, and community selecting several candidates for initial interviews. The Board then conducted a round of interviews, followed by investigating the candidates' backgrounds and references. All those contacted as references had high praise for her knowledge about education and ability to build relationships. After the background checks, the Board invited Storm for a second interview which was more extensive and detailed than the first.
Storm distinguished herself in the field of applicants throughout the search process by demonstrating a record of proven success. She is currently the Superintendent of McKenzie School District in Finn Rock, OR, a district of 235 students where she has served since 2007. Before taking the position as Superintendent at McKenzie SD, she worked as Team Leader for School Improvement in the WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, WA for 4 years. Storm's previous experience also includes serving as Director of Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction at ESD 123 in Pasco, WA. She was the Superintendent/Principal at Dixie School District in WA for 2 years. She has teaching experience in a variety of subjects for the Kennewick School District and teaching graduate education courses in leadership at Washington State University and University of Oregon. Storm has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Washington State University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Washington University.
"Developed while growing up on a ranch, I've held this core understanding throughout my career firmly believing that effective and successful school leadership does not occur without rolling up your sleeves and applying elbow grease." Storm said. "I am adamant that all our students be valued and challenged and that we all believe each child is capable of achieving success. I'm excited about the Board selecting me to be the next superintendent for Fern Ridge schools and look forward to beginning the journey to help all our students achieve."
Paddlers -Remember to Carry Your Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/20/14
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"So far so good, but we've got a long way to go," state officials say about the on-going efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and keeping new ones from entering the state. Even key legislators such as Representative Caddy McKeown see the progress being made -and see that more needs to be done to protect our waterways. That's why the Marine Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) work in tandem to administer the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program, where the Marine Board administers the financial aspects and ODFW implements statewide inspection stations.

Manually powered boats (paddle and oar) 10 feet long and longer are required to purchase a permit and carry it when operating the watercraft. Non-resident paddlecraft operators are also required to purchase a permit and carry it when boating in Oregon waters.
The Marine Board sells both an annual and two-year Tyvek tags for paddlecraft and can be purchased through the Marine Board's office in Salem or online through the Marine Board's new storefront. Permits expire on December 31 of the current year for the one year permit or
December 31 of 2015, depending on which permit is purchased. Out-of-state permits for non-motorized boats are also $5.

"What's nice about purchasing your AIS permit through the Marine Board is boaters aren't charged a processing fee," says Glenn Dolphin, Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Coordinator for the Marine Board. "The permit is a flat, $5 for a one year and $10 for two years." Funds are dedicated and used only for the aquatic invasive species prevention program. Annual permits for paddlers can also be purchased from any ODFW license agents for $7. Oregon's registered motorboat owners already contribute to the AIS program through a $5 surcharge on their boat registration fee. Out-of-state permits for motor boats are $20.

In 2013, revenue generated from AIS Prevention Permit totaled $724,175. State, county and local law enforcement agents issued 1,281 warnings and 569 citations related to AIS violations. Additionally, law enforcement supported ODFW watercraft inspectors with boater compliance on 15 different days resulting in 30 citations issued for failure to stop at a watercraft inspection station. Of the 7,441 watercraft inspected in 2013, 279 were contaminated with aquatic invaders, 228 with aquatic vegetation and 17 watercraft were contaminated with either quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Utah. A complete report is available for download at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/docs/AISPP_Annual_Report.pdf.

Boat inspection stations are now open and are focusing on highways entering Oregon. Travelers entering the state are asked to look for "Boat Inspection Ahead" signs and be prepared to pull off the highway for inspection. An inspection takes about 10 minutes if boats are free of aquatic species. If a boat is found to be contaminated with aquatic invaders, it will be cleaned by a mobile decontamination team. All trailered boats and paddlecraft are required to stop for an AIS inspection when traveling past an open station.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed legislation that created a self-supporting aquatic invasive species prevention program. The program is designed to educate boaters about the threat of aquatic invasive species and what boaters can do to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that are already in Oregon, like the New Zealand mud snail. Revenue generated by the permit fee is used for inspection/detection, decontamination, law enforcement and education efforts.

For more information about the aquatic invasive species prevention permit program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/pages/index.aspx.
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Washington Man Arrested After Fatal Traffic Crash Leads to Death of 7 Yr Old Girl, Critical Injuries to Mother - Highway 395 in Hermiston (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/14
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A 29-year old Washington man is in custody following Wednesday night's fatal traffic crash in Hermiston that resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl and critical injuries to her mother. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on March 19, 2014 at approximately 8:21 p.m., a 2010 Kia Soul driven by LESLIE ROQUEZ, age 29, from Irrigon, Oregon, was northbound on Highway 395 stopped in the left lane at the intersection with Punkin Center Road when it was struck from behind by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by JESUS MORAS NAVA, age 29, from Paterson, Washington.

After the vehicles came to rest, JESUS MORAS NAVA fled on foot and was found hiding near the scene by a Hermiston police officer.

LESLIE ROQUEZ was critically injured and initially transported by Hermiston Ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center. She was later flown by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of critical injuries.

Her daughter, TELEEYA ROQUEZ, age 7, was seated in the rear middle position properly restrained in a booster seat and safety belt. TELEEYA ROQUEZ was pronounced deceased at the scene.

JESUS MORAS NAVA was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center by Hermiston Ambulance where he was treated and released. OSP took JESUS MORAS NAVA into custody and lodged him in the Umatilla County Jail on the following initial charges:

* Manslaughter in the Second Degree
* Felony Hit & Run
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Assault in the Second Degree

The drivers were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Hermiston and Pendleton offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services, and ODOT. The highway was closed over four hours.

No scene photographs for release.

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9-1-1 Professionals to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/20/14
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 89th Basic Telecommunication Class on Friday, March 21, 2014.

The graduation will begin at 11 am and will be held at the Academy in Salem. The class consists of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

# Members of the Graduating Class#

Dispatcher Latosha Bowles
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kyle Burnett
Frontier Regional Communications

Dispatcher Sara Cima
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Rebecca Easton
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Maureen Fennimore
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Cassandra Flatt
Frontier Regional Communications

Dispatcher Emily Hendricks
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Jessica Jordan
Coos Bay Police Department

Dispatcher Jennifer Leighton
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Melissa Luna
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Mary Matsen-Reed
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Angela McColley
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Joan Merrell
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Miranda Moulton
Harney County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Diana Pappas
Seaside Police Department

Dispatcher Erin Rodman
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Sarah Smith
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Samantha Steele
Tillamook County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Thomas Steinke
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Tristan Thompson
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Kariane Turnbull
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Ryan von Brandt
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Megan Ziegler
Deschutes County 9-1-1


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 212 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Correction: OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 1.6 lbs of Heroin, Arrest of 2 California Men - Interstate 5 near Medford
Oregon State Police - 03/20/14
Correction to driver's last name to read "JIMENEZ"

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Two California men were arrested last Saturday during an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop along Interstate 5 near Medford after approximately 1.6 pounds of heroin was found concealed inside their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 15, 2014 at approximately 12:05 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2011 Honda Accord displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 33 for a speed violation. The car's two occupants were identified as driver JOSE NUNEZ JIMENEZ, age 22, from Inglewood, California, and passenger ANTONIO NUNEZ SALCIDO, age 51, from Norwalk, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of a drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 1.6 pounds of heroin concealed in the trunk area. Estimated value of the seized heroin is $55,000.

Both men were taken into custody and lodged in Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Heroin.

No photographs available for this release.

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03/19/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of $20 Counterfeit Bills, Arrest of Klamath Falls Woman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/19/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a 30-year old Klamath Falls woman after the trooper found counterfeit $20 bills in her purse along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

On March 18, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Pontiac four-door occupied by 4 people for a vehicle license violation on Boardman Avenue near Avalon Street in Klamath Falls. The car's driver was identified as STEPHANIE J. VIGIL, age 30, and the three other occupants were determined to be on felony probation for various previous convictions.

During the traffic stop, officers from OSP, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and a drug detection dog from Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) came to the scene to assist the trooper. Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led the trooper to find an envelope inside VIGIL's purse containing a stack of printer paper sheets with a total of sixty-two (62) $20 counterfeit bills on them. A baggie of suspected methamphetamine was also found in her pocket.

VIGIL was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Forgery in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. After arriving at the jail, a corrections deputy found a small amount of methamphetamine concealed on her person. She was also cited by OSP for Driving While Suspended.

The three passengers were not arrested and were released at the scene.

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Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lincoln County Crash Team, is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 101 about three miles south of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name is released in this update.

On March 19, 2014 at approximately 8:40 a.m., a witness traveling southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 130 reported a car passed their vehicle southbound at a high rate of speed, traveling off the highway and through a wide turnout where it went off a cliff. The 2008 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle was spotted resting approximately 250 feet below on rocks near the surf line.

Emergency responders from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire District, Pac West Ambulance, and Oregon State Police responded to the scene and confirmed the vehicle contained a deceased adult female who was ejected. A rope rescue team consisting of personnel from Yachats, Central Coast, Newport, Toledo and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue were called out to reach the victim below. The U.S. Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and boat resources to help. Their helicopter moved the victim up to the highway.

The victim is identified as ADRIANA STAR RUIZ, age 23, from Lincoln City.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are leading the investigation with the assistance of members of the interagency Lincoln County Crash Team. Agencies with representatives of the team were Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.

ODOT also asssisted at the scene. No lanes were closed but several emergency response vehicles and personnel were at the scene until clearing about 12:50 p.m.

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Deadline approaching for property tax deferral for disabled, senior citizens
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/19/14
SALEM--The filing deadline for Oregon's property tax deferral programs is fast approaching.

Both current participants that need to recertify their eligibility this year and new applicants for the programs have until April 15 to file the necessary paperwork, according to program manager Bronson Rueda.

"Eligible Oregonians who want their property taxes paid in November must meet the April 15 filing deadline," Rueda said. "If we don't get their forms by April 15, we can't pay their property taxes this year."

Only certain current participants need to recertify this year. They received recertification forms by mail in February and need to return them directly to the Department of Revenue. New applicants for deferral should send their paperwork to their county assessor's office.

Deferral allows eligible seniors and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed.

Oregon's deferral programs have 6,500 active participants and more than 2,000 inactive accounts. Eligibility criteria have changed in recent years, so citizens interested in deferral should obtain the most recent application form or contact Revenue's Deferral Unit for the latest information.

Applications and information about the program can be obtained from county assessors' offices, by calling 503-945-8348, or by visiting www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-03/861/72674/031914_Deferral_Deadline_Release.pdf
Red Cross Assists Person Affected by House Fire in Coos County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/19/14
Red Cross disaster this afternoon assisted one adult who was affected by a single-family fire in the 43000 block of Powers Hwy that occurred on 3/17/14 in Coos County. Red Cross helped with food, clothing, seasonal garment, comfort kits and bedding, and information about health and mental health services.
THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Stanley Cup to Visit Portland (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/19/14
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Iconic Hockey Championship Trophy to be displayed at the Oregon Historical Society and Moda Center Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Portland, OR - The Stanley Cup, the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League champion, will visit Portland on March 21 and March 22. The visit is sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, the Portland Winterhawks, and the Oregon Historical Society. The Winterhawks and OHS also partnered on an exhibit entitled "Rose City Champions," which salutes the one hundred year history of hockey in Oregon and is on display at OHS until April 1.

First awarded in 1893, and named for Lord Stanley of Preston, a 19th century Governor General of Canada, the Stanley Cup is made of silver and nickel alloy. It stands 32.25 inches tall and weighs 34.5 pounds. The first American team to play for the Stanley Cup was the Portland Rosebuds, who held the trophy in 1916 after winning the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and their name remains engraved on the trophy to this day. Also on display with the Stanley Cup will be the Lester Patrick Cup, which was the championship trophy of the Pacific Coast Hockey League and the Western Hockey League from 1949 to 1974. The Patrick Cup was won by the Portland Buckaroos in 1961, 1965, and 1971.

The Stanley Cup and the Patrick Cup will be on display for public viewing at the following times and locations:

Friday, March 21
Oregon Historical Society | 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission (Free for OHS members, Multnomah County residents, and children 5 and under; $11 general admission; $9 for students and seniors; and $5 for youth (ages 6-18).

Moda Center
At the Portland Winterhawks Playoff Game (6 p.m. - for ticketholders only)

Saturday, March 22
Oregon Historical Society | 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission (Free for OHS members, Multnomah County residents, and children 5 and under; $11 general admission; $9 for students and seniors; and $5 for youth (ages 6-18).

"We are delighted to join together to bring the Stanley Cup to Portland and to give Oregon's many hockey fans the opportunity to see this iconic and beloved trophy" said Doug Piper, President of the Portland Winterhawks, and Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

"I've been a hockey fan ever since my mom ran over me with a Zamboni," said Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear. "Columbia is honored to play a role in the Stanley Cup's visit to Oregon."

Beaverton-based Leupold and Stevens and Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters are also participating sponsors of the public exhibitions of the Stanley Cup and Patrick Cup.

About Rose City Champions: 100 Years of Hockey Exhibit

This spring, step out onto the ice and into one hundred years of hockey history in the new Oregon History Museum exhibition Rose City Champions: 100 Years of Hockey. The story of hockey in Portland began with the Portland Rosebuds, the first US team to play for the Stanley Cup. The Rosebuds gave way to the Buckaroos, a colorful part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League and WHL, and eventually led to the formation of today's record-setting Portland Winterhawks.

Featuring an array of artifacts including vintage hockey sticks, team uniforms, and trophies on loan from collector Scott Petterson and the Winterhawks organization, Rose City Champions focuses on the many important "firsts" in hockey and examines the role of Portland as a leader in this sport. Learn more at http://ohs.org/exhibits/current/rose-city-champions.cfm.


About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.

The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Museum admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


Attached Media Files: Portland on the Stanely Cup , The Stanley Cup , The Stanley Cup
Oregon announces 2013 workplace deaths
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/19/14
(Salem) - Twenty-nine people covered by the Oregon workers' compensation system died on the job during 2013, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. It's a slight decrease from 2012's figure of 30 deaths and continues a downward trend seen in recent years.

The year 2010 marked the state's all-time low of 17 deaths. That figure was likely tied, in part, to the economic downturn. In 2011, there were 28 deaths and, in 2009, 31 people died on the job.

Construction saw the largest concentration of deaths in 2013, with seven workers killed in that industry. Logging resulted in six deaths. The construction industry also accounted for a significant number of deaths in 2012 (five total), illustrating the high hazard nature of the work.

"Each workplace death illustrates the need to continue our commitment to preventing these tragedies," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS. "Although workplace safety in Oregon has improved significantly in recent decades, there is still much we can do to ensure all of our workers can come home to their families at the end of the day."

On-the-job injuries have been on the decline in recent decades. In the 1990s, there was an average of 55 workplace deaths per year. In the 1980s, the average was 81 deaths. The statewide rate of reported workplace injuries and illnesses has also decreased more than 50 percent since the late 1980s. Oregon started tracking workplace deaths in 1943.

"While this report tends to confirm an overall downward trend in Oregon worker deaths, it also confirms what we know all too well," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA, a division of DCBS. "Too many workers die on the job in Oregon and those deaths can be prevented."

Oregon OSHA offers educational workshops, consultation services, training videos, and website information to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs.

DCBS compiles fatality statistics from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers' compensation insurers during the calendar year. The data reported may exclude workplace fatalities involving self-employed individuals, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to individuals with out-of-state employers. These workers are either not subject to Oregon workers' compensation coverage requirements or are covered by other compensation systems.

Deaths that occur during a prior calendar year may appear in the compensable fatality count for a later year because of the time required to process a claim.

Complete data on all deaths caused by injuries in Oregon workplaces, regardless of whether they are covered by workers' compensation insurance, are computed separately and reported in the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) administered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2013 CFOI count is not expected for release until fall 2014.

The link to the full DCBS fatality report can be found here:
http://www.cbs.state.or.us/imd/rasums/ra_pdf/wc/fatal/annual_rpt_13.pdf

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
03/18/14
Marion County Deputies Locate Stolen Vehicle After Helping Find Stolen Vehicle (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/14
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Last night at approximately 7:30 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were assisting the Salem Police Department in attempting to locate a stolen vehicle that had been seen driving in the area of Market and 45th Street NE.

After assisting Salem PD, an alert deputy who was clearing the scene, was passed on 45th Avenue NE by a 1999 Mazda Miata, a separate stolen vehicle unassociated to the earlier call. The deputy recognized the Miata as a vehicle that had been stolen on 03/16/2014 by Daniel Gordon, age 51.

The deputy attempted to stop Mr. Gordon in the stolen vehicle and he failed to yield to the lights and sirens. Mr. Gordon drove to the driveway of a residence in the 4500 block of Beth Street NE where he parked and exited the car.

After exiting the car Mr. Gordon ran from the deputy around the back of a neighboring house where he attempted to jump over a fence. After failing to jump over the fence Mr. Gordon turned, faced the deputy and refused to obey the deputy's commands. The deputy used his Tazer on Mr. Gordon and Mr. Gordon was arrested without further incident or injury.

Mr. Gordon is being held at the Marion County Jail on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude the Police and Parole Violation.


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Update: Photos - Elderly Woman Rescued After Several Hours Down Embankment in Crashed Car south of Ashland (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/14
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A 71-year old Talent-area woman was rescued Tuesday morning by firefighters after her car was found several hundred feet down a steep embankment off Old Highway 99 (Old Siskiyou Highway) east of Interstate 5 south of Ashland.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on March 18, 2014 at approximately 8:46 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) and firefighters from Ashland and Jackson County responded to a report that an ODOT employee spotted the wreckage of a 2000 Mazda Protege down a steep embankment off Old Highway 99 near the exit to Mt. Ashland ski area. An elderly woman was found inside the wrecked car.

Firefighters from Ashland Fire & Rescue and Jackson County Fire District 5 and an OSP trooper used ropes to access the woman inside the vehicle. She was removed and taken approximately 100 yards up the steep embankment to the roadway. An air ambulance helicopter transported her to Providence Medford Medical Center where she was examined for possible injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates the woman intentionally drove off the highway during the night and she was inside the car for several hours before the ODOT employee spotted her. Hospital staff said she didn't appear to have any physical injury and she was being held for a mental health evaluation. Her name is not being released at this time.

In addition to both responding fire departments, OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT. The highway was closed about two hours during the rescue and vehicle removal by a local tow company.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - Oregon Economic Recovery Review Council Meeting - March 27
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/18/14
MEDIA ADVISORY
The Oregon Economic Recovery Review Council will hold a regular meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at Business Oregon, Room 201, 775 Summer St. NE. in Salem.


Attached Media Files: 2014-03/1504/72646/ERRC_Agenda_3_27_14.doc
Arbor Week is coming - let's count the ways to celebrate (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/18/14
Many parents and teachers help kids plant trees during Arbor Week
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"The time is always ripe to do right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Counting the ways to celebrate Arbor Week

In Oregon, we commemorate Arbor Week (April 7 - 13 this year) more so than Arbor Day. It's a great opportunity to get together with children, neighbors and friends to make a difference. Many cities are already making plans for how they'll celebrate.

Here's a few ways some cities and communities around the state are planning to celebrate:

The city of Salem is hosting a 9 a.m. tree planting event April 5 at Morningside Elementary School; Portland's "Arbor month" includes tree identification workshops and an Arbor Day Festival April 26th at Portland Farmers Market.

Sweet Home is holding an Arbor Day Poster Contest and a photo contest for schoolchildren, while in Medford, creative city staff are hosting a pirate-themed "Arrrbor Day" event April 5 to bring history, shipbuilding and the culture of trees together.

Finally, the small city of Echo celebrates its 25th anniversary as a Tree City USA on April 17 with a celebration that includes tree learning stations for kids and a tree trivia competition.

Other ways to celebrate
If you're a city or county employee or a community organizer, you might like to arrange for a more formal event. Typical activities include reading an Arbor Day Proclamation and inviting the public to join in a tree-planting activity.

* Is there a 5th-grader in your family? Encourage him or her to participate in the Arbor Day National Poster Contest on the Arbor Day website (www.arborday.org) .
* Organize a "Big Tree" or "Oldest Tree" search in your city. Once the results are in, publish a booklet with a map listing the locations of the trees, or, try organizing a walking tour.
* Is there a public park or downtown area that needs cleaning up? Get a group together to pitch in and clear the area of litter. Plant trees, shrubs and flowers to beautify it even more.

Other ideas? Arrange for welcoming comments by elected officials or community leaders, and invite scouts or veterans groups to present the flag. You might also invite older members of the community, including garden clubs and those who appreciate trees, and take pictures of them alongside trees that were planted years ago.

Ideas for school teachers and others
Lastly, everyone can enjoy reading a book about trees, learn to identify trees around the yard and neighborhood, or try volunteering. Consider contacting a local tree-planting organization like Friends of Trees. You'll meet new people, and make a difference in your community.

Closing thoughts
Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. On that day, more than one million trees were planted.

Today in many communities around the world and in cities across our country, lack of support for strong tree programs has resulted in a decline of street trees. In fact, a recent U.S. Forest Service study indicates that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is on the decline at a rate of about 4.0 million trees per year. Oregon Arbor Week is the perfect opportunity to help turn this trend around.

In Oregon we set aside "Arbor Week" to honor trees and educate people about their many benefits - benefits that include clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and higher property values. This year, take some time to plan plan a community event, organize a hike with friends, or prepare a fun family activity.

Enjoy Arbor Week and remember: healthy, well cared-for trees will pay our communities back with benefits for years to come.


Attached Media Files: Many parents and teachers help kids plant trees during Arbor Week
BPA offering $20,000 in science and energy education grants
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/18/14
PR 09 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

BPA offering $20,000 in science and energy education grants

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering $20,000 in science and energy education grants to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

"Science, technology, engineering and math education is absolutely vital to the energy industry in the Northwest, and this program represents an investment in future innovators, leaders and workforce in that industry," said Greg Delwiche, BPA deputy administrator.

A total of $20,000 will be awarded. BPA anticipates making five to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The educational grant program is in its third year. Projects funded in 2013-2014 were:

Martin Sortun Elementary School, Kent, Wash. - $1,400 for energy robotics kits and teacher training that engaged 360 students in third through sixth grade in energy concepts such as energy transfer, generation, operation of the electric grid, and renewable energy.

Central Klickitat Conservation District, Goldendale, Wash. - $2,314 for a comprehensive program of classroom instruction and field trips on electric energy and conservation in the Northwest for 540 students in seventh through 12th grade.

Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program, Yakima Basin, Wash. - $2,500 for classroom visits and field trips for 700 students in fourth through 10th grade in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Students learned about the life cycle of the salmon and operations of the river to meet multiple demands, capped off with a field trip to see the historic return of salmon to Cle Elum Lake for the first time in 100 years.

Polson Middle School, Polson, Mont. - $2,134 for a school-wide sixth-grade science education project focusing on energy stewardship, including experiments, building models, collecting data, and developing reports and conclusions about alternative sources of energy. Students presented their findings in a "Creativity Showcase" event for families and the community.

Benton Conservation District, Kennewick, Wash. - $3,700 for "Salmon Power!" where students raised tanks of salmon in their classroom, studied hydroelectric generation and dam operations, and learned how their actions can conserve electricity and aid salmon.

Springfield School District, Springfield, Ore. - $3,120 for materials and teacher training for a project that allowed 1,000 sixth graders and 140 high school physics and engineering students to build, test and modify a small-scale hydropower generator.

Clackamas County Friends of Extension, Clackamas County, Ore. - $5,000 to develop and administer the state's first curriculum on renewable energy and energy conservation topics designed to meet state science and engineering education standards. The project reached 1,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Clackamas County.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, which is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA, was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working locally to advance energy education.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 9, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2014-2015 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Changes in Speed Limits Near Keizer (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Marion County Public Works Department wants to make the public aware of a change in speed zones along River Road N, Clear Lake Road NE, and Quinaby Road NE.

On Monday 03/24/2014, the 55 mph posting currently in place on Clear Lake Road NE from River Road N into the City of Keizer will be lowered to 40 mph. The 25 mph posting in place on Quinaby Road NE between River Road N and the railroad tracks will be raised to 35 mph. The 55 mph posting along River Road N will remain in effect.

Any questions regarding the speed zones changes should be directed to the Marion County Public Works Department at 503-588-5036. For any enforcement related questions please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls Below 7 Percent
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/18/14
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in February, its first time below 7.0 percent in more than five years. The last time the state's rate was lower was in August 2008 when the rate was 6.7 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has been steadily trending down for more than four years as the economy has recovered from the Great Recession. Recent declines were coupled with moderate employment growth as indicated by the more than 2,000 jobs added in both January and February.

In February, seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,900 following a revised gain of 2,100 in January. February marked the 8th consecutive monthly gain. The private sector has expanded even longer; the last private-sector job loss was 20 months ago.

Manufacturing added 1,000 jobs in February when a loss of 100 is the normal seasonal pattern. The components with the largest gains were food manufacturing (+400 jobs), computer and electronic product manufacturing (+200), and transportation equipment manufacturing (+200).

Food manufacturing continued its steady expansion of the past eight years, hitting a new February record of 25,300 jobs. Gains in recent years have accelerated in most component industries with particularly rapid expansions in these three: tortilla, confectionery, and seasoning and dressing.

The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses.These preliminary estimates are subject to later revision.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, March 24th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 15th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Starlin Moran at 503-947-1794.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Attached Media Files: Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls Below 7 Percent
Preliminary Information: Post - Weekend & St. Patrick's Day DUII Arrest and Fatality Statistics (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers working between 12:01 a.m., Saturday, March 15, through 4:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 18, reported 36 DUII arrests statewide, including 14 arrests on St. Patrick's Day. Preliminary information also indicates 3 fatal traffic crashes occurred during that period, all involving motorcycle operators.

Of the 36 reported DUII arrests during that period by OSP troopers, fourteen (14) occurred Saturday, ten (10) on Sunday, and twelve (12) on St. Patrick's Day between 12:01 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. OSP offices reporting two or more DUII arrests during this period were:

* Portland Area Command office - 8 DUII arrests (7 weekend)
* Salem Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests (4 weekend)
* Springfield Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Grants Pass Work Site - 3 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Bend Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (3 weekend)
* Central Point Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Ontario Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (1 weekend)

Last year when St. Patrick's Day was on a Sunday, OSP troopers reported 29 DUII arrests between 12:01 a.m., Saturday, through 4:00 a.m., Monday. Seventeen (17) arrests occurred on St. Patrick's Day between 12:01 a.m., Sunday, and 4:00 a.m., Monday.

There are 3 confirmed fatal traffic crashes that occurred March 15 through March 17, each involving motorcycles whose operator was killed. Two of these crashes occurred on Saturday in southern Oregon and the third was on Monday along Highway 20 in Lincoln County that resulted in the death of a 65-year old California man. OSP is not aware of confirming information that any of the 3 fatalities were alcohol-involved. Excessive speed may have been a contributing factor in each fatal crash.

Prior to this year according to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), over the years 2007 - 2013 there were 4 traffic fatalities on St. Patrick's Day. No deaths were recorded 2008 - 2011 and in 2013.

Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and ODOT thank each person who celebrated St. Patrick's Day and pledged to play it smart by driving sober or using a designated driver.

Note: DUII arrest numbers for other law enforcement agencies are not reported to OSP.

Photographs are from Monday's fatal traffic crash scene on Highway 20.

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Oregon State Library Board Budget & Strategic Planning Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda
Oregon State Library - 03/18/14
The Budget and Strategic Planning Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet via phone March 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on March 28th, the Committee will discuss the Emergency Board session in May where OSL will request their second year of 2013-2015 funding. The Committee will also hear a report from the State Librarian on the 2015-2017 budget process and the progress on the formation and charge of the Legislative work group.

For call-in information please contact Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BUDGET AND STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
MEETING
March 28, 2014
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair
Via Phone

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Report on formation of Legislative Task Force, charge and membership

9:30 Discuss preparations for May 2014 Emergency Board funding request

10:30 Report from State Librarian on 2015-2017 budget process

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Warmer weather brings backyard debris burning safety reminders
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/18/14
A look around the backyard this time of year likely will reveal a mix of old and new: daffodils and other early flowers popping into bloom, side by side with dead grass and the husks of last summer's annuals. As you begin spring clean-up, please consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. But if burning is your only option, here are some tips to prevent that debris burn from becoming Oregon's next wildfire.

CALL BEFORE YOUR BURN - If you're planning to burn, check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry district, fire protective association or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions or regulations, and whether a permit is required. Fire officials may designate certain days for burning based on weather and wind conditions.

KNOW THE WEATHER FORECAST - Never burn on dry or windy days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is easy for open burning to spread out of control.

CLEAR A 10-FOOT RADIUS around your pile - also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.

KEEP YOUR BURN PILE SMALL - A burn pile is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.

ALWAYS HAVE WATER AND FIRE TOOLS on site - When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire. If you used sand or dirt to knock down a fire, go back and drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out.

ATTEND YOUR BURN AT ALL TIMES - A burn left unattended for only a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.

NEVER USE GASOLINE or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. (Every year, 55-60 percent of all burns treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.)

MAKE SURE IT'S OUT - Completely extinguish your debris burn before leaving. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.

BURN ONLY YARD DEBRIS - Some plastics, treated lumber and other manufactured products give off toxic fumes when burned. State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE COSTLY - State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. ODF spent over $190,000 in 2013 on fires caused by debris burning.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, http://keeporegongreen.org/.
03/17/14
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 west of Burnt Woods in Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 03/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and pickup that occurred along Highway 20 west of Burnt Woods in Lincoln County. Names of the involved persons are released in this update.

On March 17, 2014 at approximately 12 noon, a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by ROLLIN ALBERT FISHWOOD, age 65, from Highland, California, was eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 31. According to a witness, the motorcyclist had passed their vehicle and moved back into the eastbound lane when it collided into the back of a 1992 Ford F150 pickup preparing to turn right into a driveway.

FISHWOOD was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

The pickup's driver, BOYD L. EAGLESON, age 91, from Eddyville, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are investigating. OSP was assisted at the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and ODOT. The highway was reduced to one lane for about 4 hours.

No photographs for release at this time.

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