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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murder Conviction in Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:32 PM
On November 7, 2017, after a murder trial that lasted almost a week and a half at the Klamath County Circuit Court, James Forshee (62) was convicted for the murder of Emery Connor (42).

The murder occurred on April 17, 2014, in a local Burlington Northern Santa Fe maintenance building in Klamath Falls, OR, where both Forshee and Connor were employed.

The Klamath County Jury that heard the case, after less than two hours of deliberation, returned a unanimous verdict of "Guilty" for "Murder." on November 7, 2017, a Klamath County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Forshee to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years (Forshee will be 83 years old before he is eligible for parole).

The Oregon State Police was the lead agency working within the Klamath County Major Crimes Team. The major crime team consists of investigators from the Oregon State Police, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Parole and Probation, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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

*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:10 PM
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UPDATE on TIP Reward Money Available
The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Appointments available at Gold Beach event to help people enroll in Medicare
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/16/17 2:19 PM
(Salem) -- Curry County residents who are newly eligible for Medicare or want to switch plans are invited to get free, in-person help at enrollment events in Gold Beach this month.

The events will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Southwestern Community College, 29392 Ellensburg Ave. in Gold Beach. To attend, reserve an appointment time by calling 503-947-7088 or emailing miranda.s.mathae@oregon.gov.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program, is sponsoring the events. SHIBA, part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, oversees a statewide network of trained volunteers who educate and advocate for people of all ages who have Medicare. The Medicare help provided at the Gold Beach events and throughout the SHIBA program is free of charge.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

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

Update on Juvenile age and make of vehicle

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

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

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed. 11/15/17
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet November 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 3:08 PM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

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

When: Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954 and call the conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee debrief; health aspects of kindergarten readiness; 2019 work plan; adjourn.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Antibiotics still frequently--and inappropriately--used for viruses
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 1:38 PM
November 15, 2017

But OHA physician says their unnecessary use has been on decline since '08

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses, which can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, is on the decline. Work still needs to be done in Oregon to discourage inappropriate prescribing of these drugs for non-bacterial illnesses, state officials say.

Overall, antibiotic prescriptions for oral medications used in outpatient settings have been steadily dropping in Oregon since 2008, when OHA first recruited Oregon health insurers to voluntarily provide data on their annual numbers of prescriptions. Between 2008 and 2016, annual rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics fell 32 percent, and a 5 percent drop was seen between 2015 and 2016, said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

But Oregon clinicians are still over-prescribing for some conditions such as bronchitis, which is due to a virus in a majority of cases and rarely requires antibiotics, said Thomas, medical director of OHA's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE). In 55 percent of bronchitis cases in Oregon in 2014, patients filled a prescription that likely was unnecessary. Worse still, 90 percent of the patients who filled an antibiotic prescription for bronchitis got a broad-spectrum drug, meaning that it attacks a wide range of different bacteria, increasing the risk of developing resistance among several types of bacteria.

"Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place, so it's always perplexing to see them prescribed for conditions like bronchitis and the common cold," Thomas said.

Nov. 13-19 is "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," an annual national observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. During the observance, AWARE reminds consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people annually acquire serious infections--and 23,000 of them die--from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic-resistant expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses leading to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Oregon AWARE is providing educational materials and technical assistance to HealthInsight, Oregon's Medicare quality improvement organization, as part of its Get Smart initiative to reduce inappropriate prescribing in clinics and other outpatient facilities in four states (the others are Utah, New Mexico and Nevada). In Oregon, about 200 facilities are participating and will use multiple quality improvement strategies to reduce prescribing.

"This is a critical time for providers and stakeholders to join together to preserve the power of antibiotics," says Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, HealthInsight's clinical director.

An information sheet with provider resources is available from HealthInsight at http://healthinsight.org/files/Outpatient%20Antibiotic%20Stewardship/Abx-Awareness-Week-2017-info-508.pdf.

When antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and they can be deadly if someone experiences an allergic reaction.

Consumers should avoiding asking their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE, visit the AWARE website at http://healthoregon.org/aware. For information about the CDC's "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html. The 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Matthew Bell Joins PacificSource Health Plans as Vice President, Idaho Regional Director (Photo)
PacificSource Health Plans - 11/15/17 11:11 AM
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(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Nov. 15, 2017--PacificSource Health Plans has recently hired Matthew Bell as the insurer's new Vice President, Idaho Regional Director. In his role, Bell will serve as a member of the organization's executive management group with responsibilities for all health plan activities in the state of Idaho, as well as an executive leader for issues related to media, legislative, regulatory, business, key provider interactions, and community activities. Bell will formally begin his duties with the organization in late December 2017.

Bell most recently served as Regional Account Executive focused on outreach and network development for University of Utah Health Care. In that role he was based in Boise, Idaho, and served a multi-state region. Prior to holding that position, he was a Senior Partner with White Cloud Analytics in Boise. He also has 12 years of experience with St. Luke's Health System in Boise, serving in progressively responsible roles, culminating as System Vice President for Strategic Planning.

"As we conclude our first decade serving our members in Idaho, we are excited to bring Matt's deep healthcare and management experience to the PacficSource leadership team," said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans. "He brings to this position a keen understanding of the Idaho market that will greatly help us serve our members in the years ahead."

Bell earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in political science at the University of Utah. Outside of work, when he isn't coaching or attending his son's games, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing golf.

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933 in Springfield Ore., PacificSource has local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.



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Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet November 16 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 11:03 AM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, eighth floor (Mary Conference Room), 421 SW Oak St., Portland

The public also can attend remotely through a webinar and conference call. Join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 and call in to listen at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; electronic health record-sourced measures; review 2017 smoking cessation survey; TAG input on coordinated care organization metric guidance documents; 2018 TAG work plan; wrap up and adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

SAIF releases relaxation videos for the most stressful time of year
SAIF - 11/15/17 10:32 AM
Summary: Short, calming videos help workers combat stress.
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While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to financial concerns, it seems everyone has something causing stress. But regardless of whether your stress is due to your personal or professional life, it can be a workplace safety hazard.

According to a Colorado study, employees who reported high stress were 22 percent more likely to suffer a work-related injury.

"If your mind is on your stressor, you may miss a safety precaution or a danger signal," said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. "This could lead to an injury to yourself or a co-worker."

In addition, long-term stress contributes to poor health, which is why SAIF is urging everyone to take a relaxation break.

"Just taking a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on something calming can help reduce stress," said Freewynn. "We hope these videos help workers take a moment to breathe so they can then be a bit more mindful on the job."

Videos featuring scenes from around Oregon--including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Silver Falls, and Bruce Starker Arts Park--are now available at www.saif.com/relax and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JI5mrI9efXP35kEJv2D47c. SAIF will continue to add videos over time.

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Freewynn offers additional suggestions on how to manage stress:

Take a walk or get other physical activity
Eat good nutrition
Improve your sleep habits
Talk to a friend or professional
Practice deep breathing techniques
Make a gratitude list
Drink a cup of tea

"When you take time to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing, it helps you manage your stress and improves your safety," Freewynn added.

Check out saif.com/relax for more information on managing stress, including tips for employers who want to support their employees.

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

Roseburg Resident arrested for numerous sex Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/17 10:03 AM
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On November 2, 2017, Oregon State Police detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with serving a search warrant at a residence in Roseburg, Oregon on the basis that child pornographic images were uploaded (electronically sent) from that address.

During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence by Kelly Shane Rice (29) of Roseburg, Oregon with his stepdaughter (1 year of age) as the victim displayed in the image.

On November 9, 2017, Kelly Rice was arrested without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for 163.670 - Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 163.427 - Sex Abuse I, 163.411 - Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, 163.684 - Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.



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Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 8:41 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2017

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's a law of physics. The colder it gets outside, the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

Another step is to switch to Equal Pay. Under Equal Pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer."

Here are low-cost tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


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Tue. 11/14/17
Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/17 4:11 PM
Honor people who have demonstrated heroic actions or made outstanding contributions in our local community. Nominate them for a Red Cross Hero Award.

PORTLAND, Ore., November 14, 2017 -- The American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on our community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. Each year, for more than two decades, the Red Cross in the Cascades Region has recognized individuals who have lived the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.

Nominating a Hero is easy. Complete the simple online form at redcross.org/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227.

All forms must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017. The heroic actions of nominees should have taken place between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017 in the state of Oregon or SW Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties).

Award winners will be recognized at our Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 9, 2018. View the stories of past Hero Award winners here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.

Nominate heroes in the following categories:
1. COMMUNITY HERO is presented to an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.

2. GOOD SAMARITAN HERO is presented to an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering unusual, significant or unexpected circumstances.

3. FIRST RESPONDER HERO is presented to an individual or group of the public service community (i.e. EMS, firefighter, or law enforcement) who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.

4. GIVE LIFE HERO is presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local communities and throughout the country.

5. MILITARY HERO is presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community.

6. YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO (under 21) is presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

7. VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO is presented to an individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant and positive impact in his or her community.

About the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is the region's premiere fundraising event and a celebration of ordinary people who have taken extraordinary and lifesaving action. Last year's Heroes Breakfast had nearly 600 attendees and honored eight award winners, including the Portland Fire & Rescue team that evacuated people from and responded to a building explosion; a Vancouver youth who resuscitated his grandfather after he suffered cardiac arrest while driving; and a Camas man who pulled a stranger from a car completely submerged in floodwaters.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.



Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open

Wells Fargo sells Portland tower and operations building to Starwood Capital Group (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 2:00 PM
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
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Wells Fargo signs lease for call center in Hillsboro

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo has sold its 40-story Wells Fargo Center building at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave. in downtown Portland to a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The sale includes a five-story operations building across the street from the center at 350 S.W. Jefferson St.

Wells Fargo plans to lease back space and continue to be the anchor tenant in the Wells Fargo Center building, which will retain its name.

The sale will not result in any Wells Fargo employee reductions. Wells Fargo will continue to keep its bank branch and history museum in the building.

Wells Fargo first announced on June 14 that it was putting the property up for sale. The decision to sell is part of a long-term strategic real estate realignment in the Portland market that will enable the company to better serve its team members and manage future growth as customer and business needs change.

Establishing A Call Center in Hillsboro
Wells Fargo has also signed an agreement to lease a building at 23175 N.W. Bennett St. in Hillsboro, starting Jan. 1, 2018, that the company plans to use as a retail banking customer call center.

The building can accommodate up to 900 employees. Wells Fargo plans to relocate some existing team members there as well as new hires.

Wells Fargo will make extensive renovations to the new site and start moving in its first team members next summer. The company plans to start hiring the additional workers late next year.

Job Fair At Beaverton Call Center
In the meantime, Wells Fargo also plans to hire 45 fulltime phone bankers at its Barnhart call center, 18700 N.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. The company will host a job fair there 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers.

If a prospective team member's application is accepted, they will be invited to schedule an on-site interview prior to the career fair. The position pays $14.15-$14.40 an hour with benefits and the opportunity for a quarterly bonus.

Walk-ins are welcome but will only be able to participate in an informational interview at the event.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo Center and ops building , Wells Fargo Center

Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/17 1:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

FBI Arrests North Bend Man for Distribution of Child Pornography
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 1:09 PM
FBI agents, with the assistance of the North Bend Police Department, arrested Kirk Douglas McAmis, age 53, based on a criminal complaint charging him with distribution of child pornography. The arrest, made on November 9, 2017, was without incident.

North Bend Police Investigators are making contact with persons and organizations in the community where McAmis is known to have had contact. Anyone with concerns about interactions between McAmis and other persons known to them should contact the North Bend Police Department at (541) 756-3161.

McAmis is currently lodged in the Lane County Jail. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy Potter is prosecuting this case.

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Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/17 11:22 AM
Reed-Cobb-Bowser House
Reed-Cobb-Bowser House
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The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn in Merlin, Josephine County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn is located on Merlin Road in the unincorporated town of Merlin, approximately seven miles northwest of Grants Pass, in rural Josephine County. Built in 1910-11, the 2-1/2 story Craftsman-style house is associated with early 20th century movement in many parts of western Oregon to promote residential-agricultural development on relatively small, usually 5 to 10-acre parcels. In 1909, a group of wealthy investors led by brothers William T. and Franklin E. Reed began purchasing property around Merlin for the purpose of both speculating on the land itself and fostering the development of an orchard economy in the area. The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House was originally built in 1910-11 as the headquarters and clubhouse for what became known as the Country Club Orchard development, as well as the residence of William T. Reed's daughters, Grace and Marian Reed. Though initially successful, the project soon faltered, and by the early 1920s, undeveloped land began to be sold off to satisfy debt. The house remained in the ownership of William T. Reed, who, upon his death in 1924, passed ownership to Marian and Grace. Grace lived in the house with her husband, Everett Cobb until 1936, when the house was sold to miner Heber E. Bowser and his wife, Clementine, the wealthy heiress of Portland family wealth. Clementine, in addition to owning and managing several successful mines in the area, was also a well-known equestrian, and is responsible for the large and well-appointed horse barn that accompanies the house on the National Register. In addition to its association with the events of local development, the house is also recognized as an exceptional example of the Craftsman style of architecture, widely popular across the United States during the early 20th century.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting, and on October 30, 2017, the house and barn were formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn are the second property in Merlin, Josephine County, to be listed in the National Register. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).



Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Reed-Cobb-Bowser House

Bend company earns safety, health recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/17 10:54 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA has announced that Suterra LLC in Bend has graduated from the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program encourages employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 157 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

With 70 employees at the Bend facility, Suterra LLC is a leading provider of bio-rational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. Through international product sales, the company works to help growers reduce their use of traditional insecticides.

The SHARP program helped the company take a fresh look at its policies and processes, and reinforced the company's ongoing efforts to improve safety, according to Aman Khapoya, vice president of global operations for Suterra.

The recognition that comes with being a SHARP company also serves as a valuable tool to recruit new employees, Khapoya said.

"As our business grows and we compete for new talent, we hope candidates see our achievements under the SHARP program and realize that we are truly committed to the health and safety of our team," he said. "The candidates for whom that safety commitment is important are precisely the ones we want -- and the ones we will need to make Suterra even better."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP, regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

For information about SHARP, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services, which help employers develop worker safety and health programs, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


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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, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Business Email Compromise
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against new version of the Business Email Compromise Scam.

We've talked about this kind of scheme before. The traditional scam starts with Company A, Company B and the fraudster who jumps in between the two. The scammer uses an email address almost identical to the one used by a business executive at Company A as he communicates with a vendor or customer at Company B. The scammer is trying to convince that vendor at Company B to route a payment into the scammer's personal bank account instead of the Company A account. Usually the businesses have a long-standing relationship, and a request to have a big dollar invoice paid by wire transfer doesn't raise any flags.

The newer version of the scam that we are talking about today goes one step further. The scammer isn't just pretending to be the CEO or CFO of Company A -- he actually takes over that persona. He has hacked that executive's email account, and he can get in to read, receive or send emails at will. As an added twist, he can set rules within the email account to automatically forward to himself any email that includes a particular keyword or is from a particular sender. The emails pass through the legitimate executive's account in a virtual sense -- but that executive may never even see them as they get deleted from his inbox immediately.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Avoid free web-based email accounts. Establish a company domain name and use it to create formal email addresses for your employees.

Check the "rules" setting on your account periodically to ensure that no one has set up auto-forwarding for your emails.

Be careful what you post to social media and your company website,
especially information about who has which specific job duties. Also be cautious about using out-of-office replies that give too much detail about when your executives are out of the mix.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.
When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

Require your employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate email accounts. They would need two pieces of information to log-in... something they know (such as a password) and something they have (such as a dynamic PIN that changes constantly).

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as a change in a vendor's payment location.

Train your employees to avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown senders. Doing so could download malware onto your company's computers, making you vulnerable to a hack.

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



Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Written , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Audio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which added 3,800. Both of these industries rebounded from job losses within the prior two months. Three other industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in October: other services (+1,400 jobs); manufacturing (+1,000); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,000). Retail trade cut 900 jobs, posting the biggest monthly job decline.

The big job gain in October, coupled with the upward revision to September, considerably boosted Oregon's over-the-year growth rate. Since October 2016, Oregon has added 45,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, which equals an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. Construction continues to lead the way with 9,400 jobs added, equaling 10.3 percent growth. The second fastest growing industry was transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,400 jobs, or 5.6%). Over the past 12 months, five service-providing industries each expanded faster than the overall economy: information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%), professional and business services (+6,800 jobs, or 2.8%), health care and social assistance (+6,200 jobs, or 2.7%), financial activities (+2,500 jobs, or 2.6%), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000 jobs, or 2.5%). Meanwhile, only two industries posted declines during that time: other services ( 900 jobs, or -1.4%) and mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3 percent in October from 4.2 percent in September, remaining near the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 19th.??NLG



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

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

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



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

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

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



Attached Media Files: Employment in oregpno October 2017

Wells Fargo's Overdraft Rewind to help customers stretch paychecks, avoid fees
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 9:11 AM
San Francisco -- Wells Fargo & Company has introduced a new feature that will automatically "rewind" overdrafts that are assessed on customers' accounts at a vulnerable time -- specifically the day before their payday direct deposit is received, when their account balances might be low.

With the new "Overdraft Rewind" feature, the bank will not charge overdraft or insufficient funds fees if a covering direct deposit is received the morning after their account is overdrawn. Customers do not need to take any action to receive the new benefit, automatically providing a better banking experience for millions of customers nationwide.

"We're always looking for new and better ways to help our customers manage their accounts, and many customers have told us that they are frustrated by unexpected overdrafts the day before their next paycheck is direct deposited into their account," said Ed Kadletz, head of Wells Fargo's Deposit Products Group.

"By looking back at a customer's prior-day transactions when a direct deposit is received by 9 a.m. local time, we're now able to effectively 'rewind' any overdrafts from the previous business day that are covered by that deposit, helping our customers to avoid overdraft fees and bridge the occasional gap between paychecks," said Kadletz.

Wells Fargo also announced today it will no longer charge overdraft fees for any transaction of $5 or less, further helping customers avoid unexpected fees when their account balances are low.

This new per-transaction threshold complements the bank's existing policy of not charging an overdraft fee if a customer's available balance and ending account balance is overdrawn by $5 or less and no items are returned for non-sufficient funds at the end of nightly processing. It is intended to help customers avoid additional overdraft fees for small transactions conducted after an account is initially overdrawn.

In June, Wells Fargo also introduced an alert that will automatically notify its Online Banking customers by email if their account balances drop to zero or less. The automatic alert, which customers can choose not to receive, expands on the wide variety of optional text and email alerts Wells Fargo has offered for a number of years.

On average, Wells Fargo sends out more than 1 million zero and low-balance alerts during the day, giving its 21 million Online Banking customers a chance to avoid an overdraft fee by making a deposit or transferring funds from another account.

The recently introduced overdraft improvements support Wells Fargo's commitment to help customers improve their financial health -- a challenge for many Americans today. Research shows that 57 percent of Americans are struggling financially, and 44 percent say they would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money.

To help more Americans feel more stable and prepared for life's opportunities and challenges, Wells Fargo is providing a growing set of services that make it easier for customers to know where they stand, and make the right financial decisions based on their specific needs and goals.

How Wells Fargo Supports Financial Health
Wells Fargo seeks to provide its customers the personalized, proactive guidance and convenient financial resources they need to support their financial health. These include providing 68 million customers free access to their FICO Credit Score, and a Financial Health Conversations program that has provided personalized plans for more than 23,000 customers since the start of 2015. For Wells Fargo's easy-to-follow financial health guidelines and online tools, see One Little Thing, a financial health resource.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

Marine Board Hosts Meeting Looking for Smooth Chetco River Season
Oregon Marine Board - 11/14/17 8:05 AM
LOCATION CLARIFICATION:

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold an open house at the Southwestern Oregon Community College, 96082 Lone Ranch Pkwy, in Brookings on November 17, beginning at 3 pm in rooms 138 A & B.

This public gathering follows a February 2017 meeting looking for solutions to crowding, user conflict, and competition for productive angling areas. "The Chetco is popular because it is a great fishery with good access," said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. "There's competition between boat and bank anglers, motorized and non-motorized boating anglers, and guides and non-guides. Typically, the most problems occur when good water conditions coincide with the big three-day weekends or holidays in January and February."

The Board rejected a petition in 2016 to restrict boat operation because, said Henry, "boats were just one part of the problem and shouldn't bear the entire solution." He said, "I think we can do a better job putting law enforcement on the river during those busy times in addition to improving signage as well. The Marine Board wants to engage the community to find ways to get along without regulating one group or another off the river."

Ideas discussed in February included a mix of restrictions on boating and fishing, changes to fisheries management, and increased law enforcement with a focus on apprehending illegal guides. "You may not know they're there, but the Marine Board will have more law enforcement on the river in 2018," said Henry. "They'll be looking for unlicensed guides, people interfering with angling, or who are menacing or threatening assault. Etiquette is a two-way street. Showing courtesy and patience are essential on crowded waterways. It doesn't take much to cross the line." The Marine Board will have an online fillable form set up for public reporting and will respond to complaints.

The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized 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 facility grants. The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials. For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group meets November 14 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/13/17 4:38 PM
November 13, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267, jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group (H-TAG)

When: Tuesday, November 14, 10-11 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority, Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street, eighth floor, Mary Conference Room, Portland

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 877-810-9415, participant code 177-3452. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267, 711 TTY, or jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Notice of Regular for the Board of Directors of Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/13/17 4:35 PM
Purpose: To discuss general business matters, program updates, and to take any action related thereto or take such other action that the Board of Directors of the Corporation deem appropriate.
Date: November 20, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. PDT,
Location: Conference Room 322
Oregon Housing and Community Services Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301-1266

View meeting agenda at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/DO/oahac/2017/11-20-2017-OAHAC-Meeting-Agenda.pdf

For more meeting information, contact:
Greg Current
Executive Support Specialist
P: 503.986.6771
greg.current@oregon.gov

DHS Seeking Requests for Application for Private and Non-Profit Entities to approve dementia training required under HB3359
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/13/17 11:36 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Department of Human Services has issued a request for application for private and non-profit entities to approve dementia training required under House Bill 3359.

HB3359 passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. This omnibus bill contains a number of improvements designed to increase the quality and safety of care provided to Oregonians in long-term care settings, such as adult foster homes and assisted living facilities.

HB3359 requires all direct care staff to undergo pre-service training prior to working in a long-term care setting. Additionally, six hours of continuing education in dementia care must be completed by direct care staff each year. HB3359 requires all training curricula to be approved by qualified private and non-profit entities.

The Department of Human Services is seeking applications from private and non-profit entities with sufficient experience and expertise to approve the required training curricula under HB3359. The RFA is located at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/LICENSING/Documents/RFA-Entities-Approve-Dementia-Training-Required-Under-HB3359.pdf

Questions regarding the RFA may be directed to Ann McQueen, Administrator of the DHS Safety, Oversight and Quality Unit at 503-930-7293 or via email at ann.e.mcqueen@dhsoha.state.or.us.

New video: Oregon high school graduates celebrate successes
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/13/17 10:44 AM
In a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpj83eGbF5w) that debuted Friday as part of The Promise of Oregon campaign, high school students describe overcoming obstacles and ultimately celebrating graduation in 2017.

The "Graduation is victory!" video was filmed at Bethel SD (Eugene), Reynolds SD (Portland), Astoria SD and Eagle Point SD (north of Medford). The video is the second in a series of Promise efforts in 2017-18 focusing on improving graduation rates at Oregon high schools statewide. Coming in 2018: expressions of #GRADitude: young people thank those who have kept them on the graduation path.

In addition to the new video, the Promise website (www.promiseoregon.org) contains new resources related to graduation. On the homepage, click on the "Graduation" tab.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched in 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. The newest video is among several featured on the campaign website.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon

Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural Educate Customers on Utility Scams
PGE - 11/13/17 9:24 AM
Portland, Oregon -- On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural are recognizing Utility Scam Awareness Day. Together they are urging community members to be aware of ongoing attempts to defraud utility customers.

Many utility customers throughout Oregon are being targeted by impostor utility scams. Scammers typically use phone and in-person tactics to target these customers. Scammers pose as electric or natural gas company employees, and threaten customers with disconnection if they fail to make an immediate payment -- typically using a prepaid card or other non-traceable form of payment.

Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, including senior citizens and low-income communities. They also aim their scams at small business owners during busy customer service hours. However, with the right information, customers can learn to detect and report these predatory scams.

PGE, Pacific Power, and NW Natural urge customers to be aware of these signs of potential scam activity:
Threat to disconnect: Scammers may make contact by phone and aggressively tell the customer his or her utility bill is past due and service will be disconnected if a payment is not made -- usually within less than an hour.
Request for immediate payment: Scammers may instruct the customer to purchase a prepaid card -- widely available at retail stores -- and then call them back supposedly to make a bill payment to his or her utility company.
Request for prepaid card: When the customer calls back, the caller asks the customer for the prepaid card's number, which grants the scammer instant access to the prepaid funds and the victim's money is gone.
In order to protect themselves, customers should know:
Customers should never agree to immediate purchase of a prepaid card to avoid service disconnection or shutoff. Legitimate utility companies offer a variety of ways to pay a bill, including accepting payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail, or in person. Depending on delinquency, certain forms of payment may no longer be an option. However, payment via a prepaid card will never be demanded.
If someone threatens immediate disconnection or shutoff of service, customers should contact their utility company immediately. Customers with delinquent accounts receive a disconnection notice in advance by mail. Companies never send a single notification one hour or less before disconnection. A legitimate utility company employee will allow the customer to call the office to discuss arrangements.
If customers suspect someone is trying to scam them, they should state that they are calling their utility company for verification. They should then call the number on their monthly bill or the company's website, not the phone number the scammer provides. If customers ever feel that they are in physical danger, they should call 911.

Customers who suspect that they have been victims of fraud, or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers, should contact local law enforcement authorities.

PGE has information about how customers can protect themselves from scams at: https://www.portlandgeneral.com/our-company/news-room/fraud-alert
Pacific Power has customer education materials at: https://www.pacificpower.net/scam
NW Natural has information about customer protections at: 800-422-4012
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Fatal Crash Closed US 97 near Milepost 256 - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/13/17 9:11 AM
Ford Aerostar Van
Ford Aerostar Van
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On November 10, 2017 at approximately 5:37pm, OSP Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on US 97 near milepost 256 in Klamath County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a grey 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup, operated by Austin Haynes (22) of Chiloquin, Oregon was traveling southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane of travel and into the path of a blue 1996 Ford Aerostar van operated by Melquiadez Ibarra (57) of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Haynes was not injured as a result of the crash. Ibarra sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. A right front female passenger in the van, Terry Kirwan (66) of Klamath Falls, Oregon was deceased at the scene.

Haynes displayed signs of impairment and performed voluntary standardized field sobriety tests. Haynes was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Manslaughter, Reckless Endangering, Assault III and Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

US 97 was closed and traffic diverted for over 5 hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. The Oregon Department of Transportation and Chiloquin Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Next of kin has been notified. The investigation is ongoing. Trooper Peter Anderson is the lead investigator. OSP is asking if there are any witnesses to this crash who have not been interviewed to please contact the Oregon State Police Southern Regional Dispatch Center (SCC) at 541-883-5711.



Attached Media Files: Ford Aerostar Van , Dodge 2500

Sun. 11/12/17
Red Cross Responds To Home Fire In Gold Beach
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/12/17 6:12 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster
November 12 2017, at approximately  3:30 p.m. in the 94000 block of Quarry Road in Gold Beach OR. This multi family fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average
of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates
emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community.
Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at
www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Sat. 11/11/17
Oregon National Guard celebrates Veterans Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/11/17 7:21 PM
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171111-Z-OT568-014: An Oregon National Guard joint color guard carries the colors along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard also participated with marching units, vehicles and equipment, the 234th Army Band, and an F-15 flyover. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-023: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers march along the parade route carrying their unit colors during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-026: Oregon Air National Guard Airmen march along the parade route carrying their unit colors during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-027: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team greet spectators along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-043: An Oregon National Guard service member with the 102nd Civil Support Team greets spectators along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The 102nd CST assists first responders in identifying and mitigating unknown chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-047: Oregon National Guard general officers observe the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade from the reviewing stand, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. From left: Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander; Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Oregon Army National Guard Commander. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)



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Update: Lost Woman Identified (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/17 12:29 PM
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Update 11/11/17 at 12:20pm: The woman has been identified and deputies are working to reunite her with family. The person who contacted us recognized her from this information. Thanks to those who shared our social media posts.
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Original post:
SHADY COVE - Deputies need to identify an elderly woman who was found wandering in Shady Cove today. At 7:42am, dispatch received the first call of concern for the woman who was walking north along Highway 62 from Brophy Way. She has been unable to provide deputies with her name or information about her home. Deputies have transported her to a safe location. If you have information, please call dispatch at 541-776-7206.

Case 17-12747



Attached Media Files: 17-12747