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Sat. 05/28/22
Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 05/28/22 8:32 PM

On Saturday May 28th, 2022 at about 11:55AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a fatal vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 10.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound black 2020 Tesla Model Y, operated by Fredrick Scheffler II (49) of Portland, lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound grey Hyundai Tucson van, operated by Kyle Rieger (26) of Warrenton. 

Scheffler II sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Rieger was transported by EMS in serious condition.

Hwy 26 was partially closed for 3.5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Seaside Fire Department, Hamlet Fire Department and ODOT.


Fri. 05/27/22
Missing child alert -- Trenton Yellowtail is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/27/22 4:59 PM
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(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Trenton Yellowtail, age 14, a child in foster care who went missing from Portland on May 26. He is believed to be in danger.

Trenton is suspected to in the Lents neighborhood of Portland. He may also be trying to travel to Washington or Montana. 

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

Name: Trenton Yellowtail
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: June 3, 2007
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 170 pounds
Hair: Dark brown
Eye color: Brown
Other identifying information: Trenton often wears a hoodie. When he was last seen his face was swollen due to injuries. 
Gresham Police Department Case #22-19408
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1451699

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

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

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Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - June 3, 2022
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 05/27/22 4:34 PM

May 27, 2022

 

The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2022. The meeting will be held electronically due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. You can find all meeting materials on our website.

Webinar Meeting Only

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h2euoHmbRbC5w0odqHsrgw

 

AGENDA:

9:00: Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call 

 

9:05: Public Comment

 

9:15: Report of the Chair

 

9:30: Report of the Director

 

9:45: Disaster Recovery & Resilience (pg.04) 

            Ryan Flynn, assistant director, Disaster Recovery & Resilience

  • Transaction Recommendations: John Wright, DRR Development Project Manager, Marion County Commissioner Danielle Bethell
    • Mill City 15 acres
    • Talent Mobile Estates
  • Draft CDBG-Disaster Recovery Action Plan:  Ryan Flynn, assistant director, Disaster Recovery & Resilience, Chelsea Catto, chief policy officer, Disaster Recovery & Resilience

10:45: 15 min break

 

11:00: Affordable Rental Housing Division (pg. 33)

             Natasha Detweiler-Daby, interim director, Affordable Rental Housing

  • MF Housing Transaction Recommendations: Tai Dunson-Strane, production manager 
    • Molalla Apartments
    • Saltzman Road Apartments
    • SCM Main Street fka Blackbird and Main Apartments
    • Plaza Los Amigos Apartments 
  • Wildfire Direct Project Recommendations: Becky Isom, LIFT Senior Program Analyst, and Amy Cole State Development Resources Manager
  • Preservation Funding Cap Update: Natasha Detweiler-Daby, interim director, Affordable Rental Housing
  • Preservation Pool Project Recommendation: Martin Jarvis, State Tax Credits Program Analyst
  • Portfolio Stabilization Preservation Fund: Chrislyn Prantl, Asset Management and Preservation Manager
  • 4% LIHTC and PAB Verbal Update: Natasha Detweiler-Daby, interim director, Affordable Rental Housing
  • Reference memo in packet (not prioritized for discussion):
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    •  Market Cost Offset Fund                   

 

12:00: Meeting Adjourned




Attached Media Files: HSC Monthly Meeting Agenda

Washington State Man Indicted After Escape from Federal Prison Camp
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/27/22 3:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal indictment was unsealed today charging an Edmonds, Washington man for escaping from a satellite prison camp at the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Sheridan, Oregon.

Andrew Cain Kristovich, 38, has been charged with one count of escaping from custody.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours of April 25, 2022, correctional officers at FCI Sheridan, a federal prison located in Yamhill County, Oregon, discovered that Kristovich was missing from his assigned bunk. Kristovich was serving a 60-month sentence after being convicted in the Western District of Washington for conspiring to distribute controlled substances and unlawfully using a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

Later, on April 25, 2022, law enforcement officers were dispatched to a residence in Vancouver, Washington for a welfare check. The officers met a female who reported that Kristovich had told her he was getting released from prison and asked her to pick him up. After the woman picked him up, Kristovich sexually and physically assaulted her and then fled with her vehicle. On April 27, 2022, the woman’s vehicle was found locked and abandoned in a retail parking lot in Edmonds, Washington.

On May 14, 2022, a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Kristovich in Carson City, Nevada. Kristovich was found in possession of a semi-automatic rifle.

Kristovich made his initial appearance in federal court in the District of Oregon today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo. He was ordered detained pending further court proceedings.

If convicted, Kristovich faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, three years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

Kristovich also faces Washington State felony charges in Clark County Superior Court for second degree rape, second degree assault, second degree robbery, and theft of a motor vehicle.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Ashley R. Cadotte, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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

Domestic violence is a serious crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. It is frequently hidden from public view. Many survivors suffer in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you need assistance or know someone who needs help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Many communities throughout the country have developed support networks to assist survivors in the process of recovery.

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Board of Forestry hosts hybrid public meeting on June 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/27/22 3:19 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a hybrid meeting starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the department’s YouTube channel.

The board’s business agenda includes:

  • Fire season readiness
  • Forest protective association budgets
  • Wildland-urban interface and wildfire risk mapping deliberation
  • 2023-2025 Agency budget development
  • Pacific Coast regional forest carbon analysis
  • Department of Land Conservation and Development - Climate and resource assessments
  • Facilities Condition and Capital Management Plan
  • Human resources dashboard
  • Public affairs reporting
  • Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee testimony

View the agenda and board meeting details.

Live testimony is available for item #1 - State forester and board member comments, decision items #3 - Forest protective association budgets and #4 - 2023-2025 Agency budget development. Sign-up is required and instructions to provide live testimony are available online. Sign-up closes Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Written comments can be submitted before or up to June 22 to oardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov">boardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov, with the appropriate agenda item included with the submission.

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

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


Public input sought on updating rules on limitations to payments for Vocational Rehabilitation services
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/27/22 2:00 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is seeking public comment on changes to its administrative rules. The public may testify at public hearings or submit written comments from Wednesday, June 1, 2022 through Thursday, July 21, 2022. 

VR seeks input on the proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 582-070-0030 Limitations of Payments. All input will be reviewed, and the proposed rules may be modified as a result of public input during this period. Proposed changes include:

  • Clarify the rule contents
  • Update references to Vocational Rehabilitation as the Program
  • Remove gender designation (he/she, his/hers with they, them, theirs)
  • Change to a contribution schedule for financial needs tests that will be adjusted annually
  • Remove OAR 582-070-0030 (7) Services Not Provided: (k) Gender reassignment surgery

The proposed rules will be posted on the VR Policies web page.

Updates to OAR 582 align with requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014 and with state and federal requirements. 

How to comment or provide testimony:

Oregon Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation 
Robin Brandt, Policy Analyst
500 Summer Street NE, E-87
Salem, Oregon 97310-1018

  • Attend virtually: Participate using Zoom on your computer or by phone.
  • Phone: During the hearing, dial in as indicated for each meeting.

Public Hearings for OAR 582-070-0030 Limitations of Payments

Public hearings will be held virtually on June 22 from 9-10 a.m. and June 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Staff will be available for comments for at least 30 minutes after the hearing starts. The hearings end when comments conclude and will be recorded. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided at every public hearing. 

You can request accommodation in other languages, large print, braille or any other format you prefer to submit public comment or attend a public hearing. Contact Robin Brandt at 503-507-5226 or by email at .Policy@dhsoha.state.or.us">VR.Policy@dhsoha.state.or.us. We accept calls from all forms of relay service for people who are Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing or have a speech disability. Please let us know of any accommodations at least a week in advance. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Time: June 22, 2022 9 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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About Vocational Rehabilitation: Oregon Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job or advance in their career that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide services that are individualized to help each eligible person receive services that are essential to their employment success


Fire Season Restrictions go into effect June 1st within the City of Grants Pass and Josephine County (Photo)
Grants Pass Fire/Rescue - 05/27/22 1:54 PM
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Fire Season begins Wednesday, June 1st, at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be “Low” (green). The adopted City Municipal Code 9.15 Regulated Closure Fire Restrictions will take effect at that time..

Beginning Wednesday, the following restrictions will take effect within the City of Grants Pass:  

  • Smoking in areas of flammable vegetation is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at locations designated by the Fire Marshal. Still allowed will be natural gas, propane, and charcoal BBQ’s, smokers as well as natural gas and propane ornamental fires.
  • Power saw use is permitted all day during low fire danger. Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. A Firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal in areas of flammable vegetation is permitted all day during low fire danger.
  • The mowing of dried, cured grass is permitted all day during low fire danger.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine in areas of flammable vegetation not specifically mentioned is permitted when conducted in a cleared area and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.
  • The City Fire Marshal or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

 

For more information about the City of Grants Pass Fire Season regulations, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200




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Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board 3 meets June 1
Oregon Health Authority - 05/27/22 1:48 PM

May 27, 2022

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139

PHD.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board 3 meets June 1

What: The Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board (ATAB) 3 is holding a public meeting.

Agenda items: Administrative tasks; Oregon Trauma Registry data; state and committee reports; county EMS protocol updates; Stop the Bleed training.

When: Wednesday, June 1, 3-5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.

Where: Virtual meeting only. Meeting link:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1607944586?pwd=eDIwZEpFOW5qWEtieVYzWnBZOFg0QT09

  • Landline: 1 669 254 5252
  • Meeting ID: 160 794 4586
  • Passcode: 629657

Contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, EMS & Trauma Systems Committee Coordinator, OHA Public Health Division, at 503-490-3717 or ausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us">stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us

Background: Oregon Administrative Rules 333-200-0050 through 300-200-0080 define the ATAB's functions, rules and policy and guidelines for the Area Trauma Plan. Visit the Area Trauma Advisory Board website: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ProviderPartnerResources/EMSTraumaSystems/TraumaSystems/Pages/atab.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 with these services or other related services please contact Stella Rausch-Scott, 503-490-3717 (voice/text), ausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us">stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 business hours before the meeting. To best ensure our ability to provide an accommodation please contact us even if you are only considering attending the meeting. The earlier you make a request the more likely we can meet the need.


Missing child alert -- Mercedes "Bow" Dunnington is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/27/22 10:05 AM
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UPDATE: A previous version of this alert did not include a picture of Mercedes “Bow” Dunnington. This version does include a picture of her. No other edits were made to this alert. 

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Mercedes “Bow” Dunnington, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Bend on May 27, 2022. She is believed to be in danger.

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

Bow is known to spend time at the local parks, gas stations and homeless encampments in Bend. She also goes by the name Katie. 

Name: Mercedes “Bow” Dunnington
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Jan. 10, 2006
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 187 pounds
Hair: Dyed blond 
Eye color: Green
Other identifying information: Bow was last seen wearing a fleece red and black button up jacket with a hood.
Bend Police Department Case #22-28935
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1450997

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

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

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Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council approves BHRN grant agreement for drug treatment, recovery services in Jefferson County
Oregon Health Authority - 05/27/22 9:42 AM

May 27, 2022

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459,

timothy.heider@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council approves BHRN grant agreement for drug treatment, recovery services in Jefferson County

The Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council (OAC) this week approved a Behavioral Health Resource Network (BHRN) grant, funding drug treatment and recovery services in Jefferson County.  

Best Care Inc., which offers a wide range of support services, will coordinate the BHRN for the Jefferson County region. The approved budget is slightly more than $2 million over an 18-month contract.

Among other services, Best Care will offer a transition house, offering low-barrier housing opportunities with Warm Springs Tribal members as a priority population. The transition center will also provide wraparound support services.

To receive funding, successful applicants within each Oregon county must provide a slate of services through a funded provider network or BHRN.

This represents the second award from approximately $265 million in funds allocated through regional BHRNs to support substance use treatment providers across Oregon.

It is expected that as many as 10 more BHRNs across the state will receive approval by the end of June.

As of today, OAC subcommittees have approved applications for BHRNs in 33 Oregon counties.

What has been approved so far

More information on the approval process for BHRNs can be found here.

Earlier this month, the OAC voted to adopt a new 18-month grant spending timeline that will extend from July 2022 through December 2023. This means that regardless of when a grant agreement is final, the grant will be extended through December 2023.

Funding will be released no later than 20 days after a BHRN receives full approval and all agreements between Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the providers are executed.

OHA will continue to provide frequent updates on the funding process.

Other M110 funds to be disbursed

A three-month extension will be offered to Access to Care (ATC) grantees through Sept. 30, 2022. The grantees will receive a pro-rated amount based on their prior award, bringing the total funds disbursed to approximately $39.9 million.

These funds will prevent a lapse of funding or interruption of service for grantees while the OAC continues to review and approve applications.

Access to Care grantees comprise 70 substance use treatment programs that provide treatment, housing, vocational training and other life-changing support services.

Read more about Measure 110

Background: In November 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020, which became effective on Dec. 4, 2020, to better serve people actively using substances or diagnosed with a substance use disorder. In July 2021, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 755, which amended the act and made it more feasible to implement.

People who provide drug treatment and recovery services and advocates for criminal justice reform wrote Measure 110 in response to the high rate of drug addiction and overdoses in Oregon, and the disproportionate impact of those outcomes on Oregon’s communities of color.

Their goal was to establish a more equitable and effective approach to substance use disorder. OHA is working with the Measure 110 OAC to develop a first-in-the-nation health-based approach to substance use and overdose prevention system, which is more helpful, caring and cost-effective than punishing and criminalizing people who need help.

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Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee Open Vacancies -- Recruitment
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/27/22 9:08 AM

Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee

Open Vacancies – Recruitment

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Department or DPSST) is accepting letters of interest for three current vacancies on the Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee (PLAC).

The PLAC will consist of three members to be appointed by the Director, each appointment is subject to ratification by the Board at its next regular meeting. Membership of the PLAC will consist of the following:

  • Currently licensed polygraph examiner, employed as a law enforcement examiner
  • Currently licensed polygraph examiner from the private sector
  • Currently licensed polygraph examiner from the private sector

This membership is voluntary, and members receive no fiscal or material benefit for their service.

The PLAC’s duties include providing advice and assistance to the Department and Board regarding the following:

  • Development, review, or revision of exam questions for the examination for licensure as a polygraph examiner;
  • Evaluation and selection of polygraph examiners courses to be recommended for approval by the Department;
  • Upon the request of the Director, the review and recommendation of professional standards cases presented by the Department; and
  • Providing consultation in the form of subject matter expert review regarding, but not limited to, polygraph instrumentation and technical or professional practices with the polygraph

Members of the PLAC will be initially appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for one additional three-year term. The PLAC will meet at least once per calendar year and additionally as needed.

For further information regarding membership on the PLAC, please visit: PLAC Memo Info

Additional information about the Department and the Board, including Board and Committee rosters and meeting minutes can be found on the DPSST website: Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon 

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit an interest form by mail, email or fax to DPSST using the required form: Policy Committee Interest Form

Recruitment will close June 23, 2022. Please have your interest form submitted prior to the deadline.


Historic cemeteries commission awards grants to multiple projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/27/22 8:02 AM

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) has awarded $63,700 in grants to 19 historic cemetery projects throughout the state. The funds will help support preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Individual award amounts ranged from $1,439-$6,544.

Funded projects:

  • Marker repair at the Aurora Community Cemetery in Marion County.
  • Marker repair and interpretation at the Goodrich/Warren Cemetery in Yamhill County.
  • Monument repair and cleaning at the Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.
  • Marker repair at the Jefferson Historic Cemetery in Marion County.
  • Tree removal at the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery in Medford.
  • Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation program will offer training in marker assessment and repair and research the history of the Oceanview Cemetery in Astoria.
  • Repair markers, install memorials on unmarked graves and install a bilingual interpretive sign at the Fern Hill Catholic Cemetery in Yamhill County.
  • Fence the Fort Harney Cemetery in Harney County to discourage cattle.
  • Clean and repair headstones at the Hubbard Cemetery.
  • Repair headstones and trim trees at the IOOF West Point #62 Cemetery in Lane County.
  • Provide a volunteer training and complete marker cleaning at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Lane County.
  • Correct and replace temporary markers in the Logtown Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Repair markers in the Sterlingville Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Complete repair of vandalized monuments in the Lafayette Cemetery in Yamhill County.
  • Remove and trim trees at the Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery.
  • Install a fence at the Butte Falls Cemetery.
  • Gravel the road, install markers for unmarked graves, create an interpretive sign, and install a flagpole at the Westfall Cemetery in Malheur County.
  • Remove trees at the Tygh Valley Pioneer Cemetery in Wasco County.

Historic cemeteries are documented by OCHC and must include the burial of at least one person who died 75 years before the current date. 

The historic cemetery grant program is offered annually by the OCHC, part of the Oregon Heritage Program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The grant program is supported by lottery and other funds. 

OCHC maintains a list of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in the state. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 




Attached Media Files: 2022-05/1303/154921/2022OregonHistoricCemeteriesGrantAwards.pdf

Thu. 05/26/22
Former Aequitas Senior Executive and Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to a Creditor
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/26/22 4:18 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A former senior executive and chief financial officer of Aequitas Management, LLC, and several other entities formerly owned by Aequitas, pleaded guilty today to submitting a false statement to an Aequitas creditor to obtain a $4.2 million loan for the now-defunct company.

Nelson Scott Gillis, 69, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to a bank.

According to court documents, Aequitas created and operated investment funds that purchased trade receivables in education, health care, transportation, and other consumer credit areas. Aequitas borrowed funds from other financial institutions, including Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., to purchase these trade receivables. On or about January 12, 2015, Aequitas entered into a loan agreement with Wells Fargo to establish a $100 million line of credit. Six months later, on or about June 30, 2015, Gillis signed an amended loan agreement with Wells Fargo on Aequitas’s behalf

By early January 2016, Aequitas’s general counsel advised Gillis and other executives that the company would soon default on payments due to Private Note investors, causing an “event of default” on Aequitas’s loan agreement with Wells Fargo. Despite that advice, on or about January 15, 2016, Gillis signed and, with others, submitted to Wells Fargo an “advance notice,” requesting that Wells Fargo advance $4.2 million to Aequitas with a false certification that Aequitas was not confronting a potential event of default.

On August 11, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Gillis had been charged in a 34-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. Gillis was charged alongside former Aequitas CEO Robert J. Jesenik, 62, of West Linn, Oregon, and former Aequitas executives Brian K. Rice, 55, of Portland, and Andrew N. MacRitchie, 56, formerly of Palm Harbor, Florida. Jesenik, Rice, and MacRitchie are all on pre-trial release pending a five-week jury trial scheduled to begin on April 3, 2023.

Gillis faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, an $8.4 million fine, and five years’ supervised release. He will be sentenced on June 27, 2023 by U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

As part of his plea agreement, Gillis has also agreed to pay restitution as determined by the government and ordered by the court.

This case is being investigated by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. It is being prosecuted by Ryan W. Bounds, Christopher Cardani and Siddharth Dadhich, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Oregon to provide 12 months of continuous postpartum medical coverage to individuals
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/22 3:57 PM

May 26, 2022

Media Contact: Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon to provide 12 months of continuous postpartum medical coverage to individuals

Federal decision ‘critical to ensuring health and well-being of mothers and their babies’

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has approved Oregon’s request to expand Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, known as Oregon Health Plan (OHP), to one year postpartum.

The change, approved and announced Wednesday, will allow individuals to maintain continuous OHP coverage and access medically necessary physical, oral and behavioral health services for 12 months after childbirth.

Currently, most states continue pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage for only 60 days after childbirth. The expansion of coverage was made possible by a new state plan opportunity included in the American Rescue Plan.

Medicaid covers 42% of births in the nation. A report published by the HHS Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) highlights the inequity that rates in pregnancy-related deaths are two to three times higher among black non-Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native populations compared to white populations. The report further explains that one in three pregnancy-related deaths occur between one week and one year after childbirth. The extension of coverage is aimed at advancing Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) goal of eliminating health inequities by 2030.

The postpartum period is an important time for physical recovery; addressing pregnancy spacing and family planning needs; managing chronic conditions that may have been exacerbated during pregnancy; providing breastfeeding support; and ensuring mental health.

“Providing postpartum support and care is critical to ensuring the health and well-being of mothers and their babies,” states Interim State Medicaid Director Dana Hittle.

Visit Medicaid.gov to learn more about the Medicaid and CHIP state plan amendment extensions of postpartum coverage in Oregon.

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California Real Estate Developer Faces Federal Charges for Using Stolen Identities to Obtain COVID-Relief Program Funds
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/26/22 2:58 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal indictment was unsealed today charging a California real estate developer with using stolen identities to fraudulently obtain more than $1.5 million in loans intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alfred E. Nevis, 52, of Arroyo Grande, California, has been charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.

According to court documents, from April 1, 2020, through at least August 6, 2020, Nevis is alleged to have used the identities of multiple individuals known to him—including current and former employees, business associates, and their spouses—to illegally obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The EIDL program was one of several economic relief programs originally authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). It enabled SBA to issue low-interest loans to small businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic and associated mitigation measures.

To facilitate his scheme, Nevis used the stolen identities to register straw corporations, obtain Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) from the IRS, and submit loan applications to SBA on behalf of the newly-registered corporations. In one instance, Nevis claimed a straw corporation called Isley Farms, registered in Oregon, had 12 employees and generated more than $725,000 in revenue in a 12-month period ending in January 2020.

Between April 1, 2020 and July 23, 2020, Nevis submitted at least 12 EIDL applications using the identities of at least eight individuals without their knowledge or permission. Together, these applications generated nearly $1.4 million in fraudulent loan disbursements. SBA approved one final EIDL for $150,000 in August 2020, bringing Nevis’ total fraud proceeds to more than $1.5 million. Nevis is further alleged to have laundered at least $160,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Nevis made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and released pending a 3-day jury trial scheduled to begin on August 2.

Nevis faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in prison, fines of up to $500,000, and 3 years’ supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and the SBA Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan W. Bounds is prosecuting the case.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal law, enacted on March 29, 2020, designed to provide emergency financial assistance to the millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Justice Department’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

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Boating on Oregon's Waterways -- Plan, Pay Attention, Share (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/26/22 2:00 PM
A furry first mate keeping a sharp lookout and ready for some boating adventure
A furry first mate keeping a sharp lookout and ready for some boating adventure
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There’s something magical and alluring about boats - and such a wide variety on the market. Regardless of what’s calling you to the water and the type of boat you’re in, be sure to plan ahead, pay attention and share the water so everyone can have a fun time.        

The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to explore the Boat Oregon Online Map, where you can find a boat ramp near you. Take a few minutes to plan ahead and check out the Marine Board’s interactive boating access map with all of the public boat ramps and data layers including local rules for boat operations. Check the weather forecast, water levels or tides, see if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for the activities you’re doing. Boaters can also check the Marine Board’s website to find out what equipment is required based on the size and type of boat. 

“Be sure to keep a sharp lookout by paying attention to your surroundings, continually scanning port to starboard and keeping a close eye on what’s ahead,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Oregon State Marine Board. “Brush up on the rules of the road, start out slow because of debris in the water from this past winter, and whatever you do – don’t text and drive. Taking video and pictures, along with social media texting can be fun, but the operator needs to maintain focus and awareness to what’s going on around them,” says Paulsen. “The captain is responsible for the safety of everyone on board, but everyone needs to pitch in and be an active, alert crew, working together.”

High water levels in some areas this spring cover many wing dams (also known as pile dikes) on rivers and bays and are just below the surface. Paulsen adds, "Motorized boaters need to keep their distance from the shoreline up to several hundred feet out, so they don’t inadvertently hit one of the piles.” Boaters are encouraged to learn where the wing dams are located based on the waterbody where they’re boating from NOAA Charts.  The navigation charts can be downloaded for free.

The Marine Board also recommends boaters play it safe by:

  • Boat Sober. Abstain from consuming marijuana, drugs or alcohol, which impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination and cause dehydration. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Impairment can lead to a BUII arrest. Every boat operator needs all their senses on high alert because conditions change quickly. Swift currents, changing weather and debris require boat operators to be focused and skilled to avoid an accident. Waterway congestion with other river recreators also demands sharp situational awareness.
  • If you are feeling tired, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, dehydration and wave motion contribute to fatigue. Continually monitor the weather because it changes quickly.
  • Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone boating on Class III whitewater rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway. The water temperature for most waterways is below 50 degrees this time of year and wearing a life jacket is the most important piece of equipment for surviving the first few seconds of cold water immersion.  What’s the downside to wearing one?
  • Never boat alone – especially when paddling.  Always let others know where you are going and when you’ll return. Print out a downloadable float plan to leave with friends and family.
  • Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway. Congestion is a given in many popular locations, especially with nice weather. By staying in calmer water near the shore, paddlers can help ease conflict with motorized boats and sailboats that need deeper water to operate. Non-motorized boats are encouraged to use the shoreline adjacent to the ramp to help ease congestion and operate closer to shore where there are larger motorboats nearby. Regardless of your boat type, stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area prior to launching your boat. This makes launching faster and everyone around you, happier.
  • In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boating safety education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. Paddlers of non-motorized boats 10’ and longer are required to purchase and display a waterway access permit. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity. Boaters engaged in towed watersports in the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River between river miles 55 (confluence of the Yamhill River) and 26.6 (Willamette Falls) need to also take a Towed Watersports Education Course and boat owners need to apply for a Towed Watersports Endorsement verifying the maximum load weight for the boat is under 5,500 pounds.

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit Boat.Oregon.gov.

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Gov. Kate Brown Declares July 25-29, 2022, Oregon Private College Week
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 05/26/22 1:30 PM

On May 11, Governor Kate Brown declared July 25-July 29, 2022, Oregon Private College Week, siting that “Oregon’s private, nonprofit, independent college and universities are vital to Oregon’s goal for a more educated and skilled workforce, enriching local communities, and contributing to our state’s education attainment goals.”  During Oregon Private College Week, twelve campuses will welcome hundreds of prospective students and their families.

“We invite prospective students and their families to discover best-in-class private higher education during Oregon Private College Week. Twelve institutions will throw their doors open to help students find the school that’s the right fit for them. Get all your questions answered by faculty, current students, and admissions staff,” said Brent Wilder, President of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”). “Campus visits are the single-most important way for students to learn about the academic experience, financial support, and campus social opportunities. We are thrilled to welcome back students in-person for Oregon Private College Week.”

Together, the independent, nonprofit colleges and universities that comprise The Alliance offer degrees in more than 260 fields of study, including engineering, business, law, and computer science. Alliance institutions confer 32.3% of all education degrees in Oregon, 34.6% of all health profession degrees, 14.2% of all business and marketing degrees, and 11.5% of all public administration and social services degrees.

The majority of undergraduate students (64%) enrolled in Alliance member institutions finish their bachelor’s degrees in four years – the highest rate of completion in the state.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to visit, explore, ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, talk to admissions staff, and tour the campuses. College officials will also counter with facts many commonly held myths about private higher education:

  • Private college students are economically, socially, and racially diverse. One in four undergraduates at Alliance member institutions are eligible for Federal Pell grants. Nearly twenty percent of undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college and 33% of undergraduates identify as a student of color. Forty percent of all undergraduate students hail from Oregon.
  • Private colleges are focused on student success. One of the best indicators of success is class size, and the student-to-faculty ratio averages 12:1 at Alliance institutions. Faculty utilize high-impact teaching strategies that include service learning, research with faculty, internships/field experiences, and study abroad options.
  • Private college is affordable. Eighty-nine percent of undergraduates at Oregon private, nonprofit colleges and universities receive institutional aid and 99.6% of first-generation students with financial need receive aid.

Information sessions and tours will begin on host campuses at 9am and 2pm every day, Monday-Friday, July 25-July 29. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, please visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.

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The Alliance is comprised of 13 private, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities. These institutions deliver high-quality experiential learning with high-impact teaching strategies. The Alliance is the collective voice of private education in public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org or email info@oaicu.org.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E-Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 05/26/22 12:25 PM

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at approximately 8:36 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near milepost 78.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound black Tesla Model S, operated by Howard Berry (67) of Milwaukie, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a power pole. Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash.

Berry and two of his passengers, Richard Edlund (67) of Milwaukie and John Ruppert (66) of Tigard, were all transported by air ambulance with injuries. A fourth passenger, Koelby Edlund (37) of Canby, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Hwy 138E was closed for approximately 30 minutes. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Diamond Lake Volunteers, Air Reach, Pacific Power, And ODOT. 


State announces timelines to release more than half a billion dollars in funding to support behavioral health treatment, workforce retention and support services; $132 million in funding to be distributed to treatment programs starting this week
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/22 12:12 PM

May 26, 2022

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459,

timothy.heider@dhsoha.state.or.us

State announces timelines to release more than half a billion dollars in funding to support behavioral health treatment, workforce retention and support services;

$132 million in funding to be distributed to treatment programs starting this week

State health officials at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have announced a plan to distribute a package of $517 million in investments aimed at improving behavioral health services in Oregon. This includes $132 million which will flow to treatment providers starting this week.

The investments will be used to bolster the behavioral health workforce and expand treatment services. The state also will distribute funds to provide housing and other support services to people with mental health and substance use issues.

Key elements of the new grants are designed to eliminate health inequities.

The funding includes:

  • Approximately $132 million in one-time grants to stabilize a behavioral health workforce that was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are currently being distributed to treatment providers.
  • Approximately $155 million in behavioral health provider rate increases to sustain and support behavioral health services, some of which would begin to take effect July 1, 2022 (pending legislative and federal approval).
  • Approximately $230 million for supportive housing and residential treatment programs, which they will begin to receive later this summer.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Legislature and to Governor Brown for providing these critical investments,” Steve Allen, OHA’s behavioral health director said.

“These resources are intended to provide immediate support to behavioral health workers and give programs a sustainable base of funding they can count on to make behavioral health treatment more accessible and equitable in Oregon.”

Workforce

OHA is issuing grants to 159 organizations across the state to recruit and retain employees for behavioral health service providers. These funds are beginning to be distributed directly to treatment programs this week. The funds were allocated by the Legislature through House Bill 4004 to supplement staffing losses exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The median award is approximately $334,000.

Providers must use at least 75 percent of the funding for wages, benefits and bonuses and the remainder for non-compensatory forms of retention or recruitment. To ensure accountability and that these dollars are spent on bolstering the behavioral health workforce, OHA will get reports about how and where these dollars will be spent. Lean more about the workforce stability grants.

“Rarely does an email bring tears, but this one did,” said Janice Garceau, behavioral health director for Deschutes County Health Services in response to receiving notification of the workforce investments for programs in her county. “This will make a meaningful difference.”

Rate increases

OHA is also proposing increasing provider payment rates to better coordinate access to care, incentivize culturally and linguistically specific services, invest in workforce diversity and support staff recruitment. The legislature allocated $42.5 million last year, which is expected to bring approximately $112 million in matching federal Medicaid funds.

The $155 million in rate increases will not only increase funding for treatment programs, it will also increase access for people who need mental health and substance use treatment. In total, this increase would put an extra $109 per Medicaid member into the behavioral health system.

Under the proposed fee-for-service rate increases for providers:

  • Programs providing children with intensive psychiatric treatment would receive rate increases of approximately 37 percent.
  • Substance use disorder residential treatment services would receive rate increases of approximately 32 percent.
  • Adult residential mental health treatment programs would receive rate increases of 30 percent.
  • Some providers will receive an over 20 percent bump for providing culturally and linguistically specific services.
  • Adult outpatient mental health treatment programs would receive rate increases of approximately 28 percent.

OHA is working on getting federal approval for these increases, and providers that bill OHA directly through Medicaid on a fee-for- service basis this summer.

These fee-for-service increased payments will be retroactive to July 1, 2022. In addition to the fee-for-service increases, OHA will be providing increases to coordinated care organizations that should be passed along to behavioral health providers beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

Supportive housing and residential treatment

The funding for supportive housing and other residential options includes $100 million in direct awards to Oregon’s counties which will be issued by the end of summer. In addition, a competitive grant program totaling $112 million will expand housing and residential services for mental health treatment and substance use disorders.

These grants follow two earlier rounds of funding.

In the fall of 2021, OHA awarded $5 million in planning grants to 100 community organizations and four Tribes. In addition. OHA awarded $10 million earlier in 2022 to projects that could expand residential treatment capacity in the short-term, resulting in the availability of 70 additional beds.

The $112 million grant program will support longer-term projects, including new construction and renovation to further expand licensed residential and supportive housing services.

The remaining $20 million has specifically been identified to support Oregon’s federally recognized Tribes for funding housing and residential treatment projects. Qualifying programs will receive awards in late summer and funding would continue through spring 2023.

The county funding will be used to develop housing options, expand residential treatment capacity and increase access to low and no-barrier shelter options.

The goal of the competitive grants is to create substantially more capacity in Oregon’s continuum of community-based residential and housing services for people with behavioral health needs, offering culturally responsive, person-centered programming. 

This will ensure that people are supported in settings that best meet their needs and will create more equitable and effective housing alternatives for people with serious and persistent mental illness, requiring a higher standard of care. 

New funds are separate from M110 grants

These investments are separate from, and in addition to, the Measure 110 grants that are currently being awarded to Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs) around the state to expand substance use treatment.

To date, the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council has approved BHRN applications in 29 Oregon counties. Last week, OHA funded the first BHRN in Harney County.

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Marijuana Search Warrant 05/25/22 (Photo)
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/26/22 11:33 AM
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INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: 1- James Filomeo, 28 years-old

                    2- Sheridan Westin, 24 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana                                       

DETAILS:

On May 25, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) executed a search warrant in the 1200 block of Pickett Creek Road regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 4,300 marijuana plants and approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana were located inside multiple greenhouses and an indoor growing area on the property.  The marijuana plants and processed marijuana were seized and destroyed.  Multiple firearms and pieces of equipment were also seized along with approximately $40,000.

28 year-old James Filomeo and 24 year-old Sheridan Westin were taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana. 

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.




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Oregon Psilocybin Services shares legal memorandum on religious/entheogenic practitioner proposal
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/22 9:52 AM

May 26, 2022

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Services shares legal memorandum on religious/entheogenic practitioner proposal

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Psilocybin Services Program has posted advice it received from the Oregon Department of Justice regarding licensure and regulatory requirements for religious/entheogenic psilocybin practitioners.

The advice is available at oregon.gov/psilocybin, under the Resources column, “Legal Memorandum” tab.

The Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board is comprised of volunteer members who are appointed by the Governor. The Board provides recommendations to OPS related to the implementation of Measure 109, the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act. All Board meetings and subcommittee meetings are open to the public and information is posted on the Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) website: www.oregon.gov/psilocybin.

The religious/entheogenic practitioner proposal that the Board discussed today proposes a separate category of privileges for religious/entheogenic practitioners and holds religious/entheogenic practitioners to a lessor standard of licensure or regulation by OHA.

For the latest updates, subscribe to the distribution list at oregon.gov/psilocybin.

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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 the Oregon Psilocybin Services team at 971-341-1713, 711 TTY, or OHA.Psilocybin@dhsoha.state.gov.


Leader of Hillsboro Methamphetamine Distribution Cell Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/26/22 9:16 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—On May 25, 2022, a Hillsboro, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison for leading a Hillsboro area methamphetamine distribution cell that was part of a conspiracy to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl from Mexico for resale in Oregon and Washington State.

John Armas, 44, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, Armas’ Hillsboro methamphetamine distribution cell was part of a larger drug trafficking network led by Victor Alvarez Farfan, 50, of Oregon City, Oregon. Armas would receive pounds of methamphetamine at his residence from Farfan or associates of Farfan and, in turn, transfer it to various co-conspirators for storage or further distribution. From May 2018 through October 2018, Armas planned and coordinated the transfer and distribution of more than 5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

On October 17, 2018, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a nine-count indictment charging Armas, Farfan, and 20 co-defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances; use of a communication facility, including cellular telephones, in the commission of a controlled substances felony; maintaining drug-involved premises to manufacture and distribute controlled substances; interstate distribution of drug proceeds and money laundering.

On October 24, 2018, a coordinated law enforcement operation led by the FBI with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) Task Force and the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF) resulted in the arrest of Armas, Farfan and many of their co-defendants. As part of the operation, investigators searched Armas’ Hillsboro residence and seized a  handgun and drug packaging material.

On January 13, 2020, Armas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. On November 23, 2021, Farfan became the last of 23 co-defendants charged in the conspiracy to plead guilty. On March 4, 2022, Farfan was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

This case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and is the result of a joint investigation by FBI, HSI, WIN, and CCITF. Forfeiture was litigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division.

WIN includes representatives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Tigard Police Department, Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Program, and FBI. CCITF includes representatives from Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Canby Police Department, Oregon State Police, HSI, and FBI.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative, which provides for the establishment of permanent multi-agency task force teams that work side-by-side in the same location. This co-located model enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations.

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Grants awarded for main street projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/26/22 8:24 AM

SALEM, Oregon –

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 28 matching grants worth $5,000,000 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from façade improvement to basic facilities and housing with awards ranging from $23,850-$200,000. 

The department funded applications that best conveyed the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development, best fit within the community’s long-range plan for downtown vitality, and community need. 

Funded projects include:

  • Several projects will bring long-vacant buildings back into use including projects by the Chiloquin Vision In Progress, City of Malin, Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce (project in Spray), Dallas Downtown Association, Downtown Cottage Grove, Harney County Opportunity Team, Klamath Falls Downtown Association, Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance, and Sheridan Revitalization Movement, Sutherlin Downtown Development, Inc. 
  • Several projects were for housing increases or improvements including projects in Beaverton, La Grande, and Lebanon.
  • Two former local government properties will be refurbished to support local business in Independence and Maupin. 
  • Roof and electrical improvements will be made to six commercial buildings in downtown Reedsport. 
  • Several communities were selected for work to repair or restore their historic theaters: Marquee and façade repairs at the Alger Theater in Lakeview; sign restoration and façade repair at the Liberty Theatre in North Bend; and structural work for the Orpheum Theatre restoration in Baker City. 
  • Restoration of the Malmgren Garage in downtown Talent following near destruction in the 2020 Almeda fire. 

Other communities awarded grants include Albany, Moro, Stayton, Gold Beach, Oregon City, and Monmouth.

The grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds. The legislature included the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant in the lottery bond package approved in 2021. An additional grant round will occur in 2023. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the bill. 

To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant or the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 




Attached Media Files: 2022-05/1303/154887/2022_OregonMainStreetRevitalizationGrantAwards.pdf

Wed. 05/25/22
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Douglas County Sheriff's Office-Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 05/25/22 7:15 PM

On May 25, 2022, at approximately 08:00 AM, Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Weaver Road in Myrtle Creek to investigate a domestic violence complaint.  

Upon arrival the suspect, Spencer Cassanova Heckathorne (60), had fled the scene. Probable cause was established to arrest Heckathorne for the crimes of Menacing and Recklessly Endangering.  Shortly after 10:00 AM, DCSO Deputies and officers from the Myrtle Creek Police Department located Heckathorne on Weaver Road near his residence.  Heckathorne rammed two deputies in their vehicles before crashing into a ditch.  After exiting his vehicle Heckathorne remained uncooperative and engaged a uniformed Deputy.  The Deputy fired his duty weapon and Heckathorne was struck one time. Deputies quickly began rendering aid to Heckathorne who was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

OSP Major Crimes Detectives from the Springfield and Roseburg Area Commands responded to assist Douglas County Major Crimes Team and is leading the investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting Incident.  The Douglas County Major Crimes team is comprised of members from the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon State Police.  

Additional details regarding the investigation will be made available through the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.          


Deer Ridge Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/25/22 7:11 PM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Neal Allen Burch, passed away May 25, 2022. He was incarcerated at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (EOCI) in Madras and passed away at the facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. 

Neal Allen Burch entered DOC custody on January 25, 2018, from Grant County. His earliest release date was September 8, 2024. Burch was 44 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 men and women who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) is located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. DRCI is a multi-custody prison that currently houses 750 minimum-custody incarcerated adults. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education and trades programs, mental health treatment, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work crews. Construction began in October 2005 with the first minimum-security adults in custody (AICs) arriving in September 2007. DRCI is the largest minimum-custody facility in the state and Oregon’s newest prison.

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Attached Media Files: Neal A. Burch

Northwest Digital Heritage celebrates one year of increasing access to Oregon and Washington's digital collections
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/25/22 3:12 PM

Salem, OR – Northwest Digital Heritage, a collaboration between the Oregon Heritage Commission, State Library of Oregon, and Washington State Library, is celebrating a year since it’s launch in May of 2021. 

Northwest Digital Heritage is a collaborative, regional effort to help support and increase access to digital collections from libraries and cultural heritage institutions throughout Oregon and Washington. Since its official launch in late May 2021 – and despite a myriad of challenges during the pandemic – the project has met some significant milestones during its initial year, including: 

  • Over 190,000 digital item records from Oregon and Washington-based collections now available via the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)’s Northwest Digital Heritage (NWDH) hub 
  • Collections from 115 different libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations represented 
  • An advisory group from contributing institutions formed to help identify potential access points for collections  
  • Ongoing outreach to other organizations to pull future collections into Northwest Digital Heritage 

Over the next two years, the project plans to bring even more organizations and collections across the Northwest region into the fold, and both the Oregon Heritage Commission and the State Library of Oregon are very excited to bring new funding opportunities, a centralized digital repository, and in-person digitization support to Oregon libraries and organizations. 

The project partners are especially looking forward to finding tools and pathways for small heritage organizations to participate and increase access to the unique collections across the region. The Oregon Heritage Commission’s role in this partnership is to serve as a liaison with small heritage organizations, including museum, libraries, genealogical societies, etc. in Oregon and provide grants, technical assistance, and solutions for getting their cultural heritage materials digitized and accessible online. This is a key project of the Oregon Heritage Commission as it addresses all four goals of the 2020-2025 Oregon Heritage Plan.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact coordinator Katie Henry at (503) 877-8834 or y@oregon.gov">katie.henry@oprd.oregon.gov

To learn more about Northwest Digital Heritage, please visit northwestdigitalheritage.org.

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Volunteers needed June 11 at Crissey Field State Recreation Area
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/25/22 2:59 PM

A 100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years centennial event

Brookings, Oregon—Crissey Field State Recreation Area rangers need 20 volunteers 
10 a.m. -1 p.m., June 11, 2022, to help restore wetlands at the Winchuck River mouth that will allow endangered or threatened species to thrive. The work will include measures to prevent invasive plant spread to other sensitive park areas. 

Participants must register in advance.  Registration ends June 5. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and will work with hand tools and move on gravel and uneven surfaces. Tools and other equipment will be provided. Bring drinking water and gloves and wear clothes suitable for the weather conditions. 

The 100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years series commemorates the Oregon State Parks centennial. Visit the event calendar to see the other opportunities scheduled in 2022. Join the events and participate in the legacy of service that has sustained the state parks system for the past century. 

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Grants Pass Detectives Arrest the Knifepoint Robber (Photo)
Grants Pass Police Department - 05/25/22 2:51 PM
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Grants Pass, Ore. – This afternoon, at the end of an intensive investigation, Grants Pass Police Detectives arrested Xavier Bruce Durham, a 22-year-old male, for 1st-degree Robbery, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2nd-degree Theft, and Menacing. Detectives identified Durham as the man who had robbed a woman of her purse outside the NW 6th Street United States Post Office on Monday, May 23rd. As previously reported, Durham threatened the woman with a knife, took her purse and contents, and fled the scene in a waiting vehicle. The victim was not seriously injured. Durham was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation. Anyone having information about this robbery or related crimes is asked to contact the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260.

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Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/ Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice Meeting Scheduled 6-1-22
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/25/22 11:30 AM

GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MEDAL OF HONOR/MEDAL OF ULTIMATE SACRIFICE 

MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Governor’s Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor will hold a teleconference meeting on June 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST or Department) located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Suzy Herring at (503) 378-2427 or via email at ring@dpsst.oregon.gov">suzy.herring@dpsst.oregon.gov.

 

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for August 23, 2021, Meeting 

     Approve minutes

2. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0100 and OAR 259-090-0010

     Review and Amendment of the Rules Adopted by the Commission

3. Medal of Honor Application Discussion 

     Presented by Shelby Alexander

4. Chair and Vice Chair Elections 

     Presented by Suzy Herring

5. Next meeting – TBA

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to public meeting law, and will be digitally recorded.


Death investigation- Union County
Oregon State Police - 05/25/22 8:34 AM

On May 23, 2022, at approximately 7:25 P.M., law enforcement received a call from an individual reporting a homicide. Oregon State Police Troopers along with Union County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence in unincorporated Union County.  

Upon arriving on the scene, law enforcement found an adult female deceased.  A suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The Union County Major Crime Team was activated with the OSP Criminal Division taking the lead role.

The investigation is on-going, and any further releases will be done through the Union County District Attorney’s Office.


Oregon Health Policy Board Behavioral Health Committee to hold public meeting in June
Oregon Health Authority - 05/25/22 8:13 AM

May 25, 2022

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239, ia.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">aria.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Health Policy Board Behavioral Health Committee to hold public meeting in June

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Behavioral Health Committee

Agenda: Agenda will be posted to the website prior to the meeting.

When: June 6, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Virtual:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1615920136?pwd=UnVjMGxIZzRucGtxN0U2ekl6UWhhQT09

Join by phone: 669-254-5252

Zoom Meeting ID: 161 689 7835

Zoom Passcode: 413375

The meeting will include time for public comment. Comments may also be sent ahead of time to HC@dhsoha.state.or.us">BHC@dhsoha.state.or.us

Purpose: In 2021, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2086, which included multiple provisions and called for the establishment of the Behavioral Health Committee of the Oregon Health Policy Board. The committee’s purpose is to increase the quality of behavioral health services and transform Oregon’s behavioral health system through improved outcomes, metrics, and incentives. The committee will direct this work for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and will be supported by staff from OHA’s Office of Behavioral Health Services

The Behavioral Health Committee will use a health equity lens. It will center the voices of those with lived experience, community members impacted by health inequities, and members of the community with behavioral healthcare knowledge.

Read more about the Behavioral Health Committee.

Questions? Email questions to:  HC@dhsoha.state.or.us">BHC@dhsoha.state.or.us

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:

  • 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 call 503-784-3737, 711 TTY, or HC@dhsoha.state.or.us">BHC@dhsoha.state.or.us or at least two business days before the meeting.


Medford Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison Under Armed Career Criminal Act
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/25/22 8:00 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.—On May 24, 2022, a Medford man with a long criminal history, including multiple convictions for strangulation and assault, was sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

James Calvin Patterson, 46, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and five years’ supervised release. Patterson’s sentence will run concurrently to a 45-month sentence recently imposed for a drug conviction in Jackson County Circuit Court.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours of March 30, 2019, two officers from the Medford Police Department observed a white compact car stopping in the middle of the road to pick up a passenger. Suspecting possible drug activity, the officers initiated a traffic stop. As one officer approached the vehicle, the front passenger, Patterson, began moving his hands around and near his midsection and waistband. Concerned Patterson was armed, the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle. Patterson initially did not move, but then quickly reached toward his waist band. Eventually Patterson excited the vehicle and, after initially complying with some of the officer’s commands, attempted to flee on foot.

Before long, the officer regained control of Patterson and forced him to the ground. As the officer tried to handcuff him, Patterson continued reaching for this waistband. After a struggle, officers successfully handcuffed Patterson. When they stood him up, a loaded pistol fell from his waistband.

Shortly after his arrest, Patterson made multiple recorded jail phone calls on which he admitted to possessing the firearm, acknowledged he was facing 15 years in prison, and stating he would have shot the officer if he had the chance.

On May 16, 2019, Patterson was charged by criminal complaint with illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Later, on June 5, 2019, a federal grand jury in Medford indicted Patterson on the same charge. On December 9, 2021, he pleaded guilty.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with assistance from the Medford Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marco A. Boccato of the District of Oregon.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Donor Giving Group at Oregon Community Foundation Surpasses $500K in Investment in Oregon and Pacific Northwest Climate Action Work (Photo)
Oregon Community Foundation - 05/25/22 6:54 AM
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Donor Giving Group at Oregon Community Foundation Surpasses $500K in Investment in Oregon and Pacific Northwest Climate Action Work  

'Climate Change & Healthy Habitats’ will support 16 Climate Action/Environmental Justice Groups with $216,500 in new funding  

Bend, OR – Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) announced today that the Climate Change & Health Habitats Collective Giving Group (CC&HH), a group of climate-oriented donors, has now made a total of 37 grants to 21 climate solutions and environmental justice organizations amounting to $532,105 since 2017. The five-year milestone comes as the group awards 16 organizations grants totaling $216,500 this year. This funding supports climate action work to ensure that Oregonians, including communities of color and rural communities, can live and thrive in our changing climate. 

“Oregon Community Foundation is honored to support the expansion and growth of the Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group as they continue to learn, grow and invest together to address Oregon’s changing climate and preserve land and water in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest,” said Carlos Garcia, Program Officer, Environment, Oregon Community Foundation. “We’re grateful to the donors, organizations, and communities that are working together for the benefit of current and future Oregonians.”  

Increasingly, OCF donors have expressed urgency to address the changing climate impact through a rapid and collaborative response in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. This growing group of OCF donors regularly talk with and learn from nonprofit and community leaders throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. 

“The relationships and learning that have transpired over these years, informed by experts from across the state and Pacific Northwest, have resulted in robust and strategic funding for so many important climate-focused and environmental justice organizations,” said Anne George, Senior Donor Relations Officer, Oregon Community Foundation.  

Following is a small snapshot of some of the organizations that the Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group is supporting this year via Oregon Community Foundation (a complete list can be found in OCF’s online Press Room): 

 

Beyond Toxics $15,000 

For work to ensure that communities have equitable access to healthy food, clean air, and clear drinking water, and for underserved communities to be included in the decision-making processes impacting their well-being. Working primarily in the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley, Beyond Toxics supports working class, rural communities, and communities of color striving for environmental health.  

“Beyond Toxics is dedicated to successfully organizing in historically disadvantaged communities to build out action on environmental and climate hazards,” said Lisa Arkin, Executive Director, Beyond Toxics. “With Climate Change & Healthy Habitat support via OCF, our vision for equitable access to healthy air, a stable climate and resilient neighborhoods is more attainable.” 

 

Climate Solutions$25,000 

To help shape state climate action by using research, communication, and community outreach. Climate Solutions works in partnership with businesses, communities, labor unions, and environmental and public health organizations. 

“In recent years, Oregon has passed nationally significant climate policies and made investments in solutions that place us at the forefront of climate commitments. It is now the job of groups like Climate Solutions to make progress on the ground to cut carbon pollution, help create good paying jobs, and address equity,” said Gregg Small, Executive Director, Climate Solutions. “That means scaling up solutions such as installing more electric vehicle charging stations, getting highly efficient heat pumps into low-income housing, and increasing the number of electric buses taking our children to school.” 

A complete list of 2021-2022 CC&HH grants can be found in OCF’s online Press Room. Since the group was founded, membership has expanded from 8 funds represented by 11 people to 28 funds represented by over 45 people. 

“I am thrilled to be involved and engaged with Oregon Community Foundation’s Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group,” said Megan Colwell, Portland community member and OCF donor. “I appreciate the mix of expertise, unique perspectives and ultimately the collaboration that occurs in our funding decisions to support work to address climate change and protect and restore healthy ecosystems.” 

The CC&HH Collective Giving Group’s shared learning has resulted in investments in climate change action, transportation electrification, and natural climate solutions, including the protection of natural spaces such as landscapes and wetlands to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. 

“OCF looks forward to continuing to support this donor-driven effort to help them make an impact regarding climate action in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest,” continued Anne George. “We are excited to work with new as well as returning members in the coming months as we begin our next grantmaking cycle.” 

About Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group through OCF 

Through OCF, this diverse donor group with expertise in business, academia, medicine, law, agriculture, and forestry has created a vehicle to meet, learn, plan, and recommend grants that support efforts to address climate change and protect healthy ecosystems. OCF donor members learn from and engage with nonprofits across the region addressing climate change and recommend grants to further those efforts. To learn more about and support the work of the Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group through Oregon Community Foundation, please visit: Climate Change & Healthy Habitats Collective Giving Group » Oregon Community Foundation (oregoncf.org)

For questions or more information about joining the CC&HH donor giving group, please contact Anne George, Senior Donor Relations Officer, Oregon Community Foundation, via email at: ge@oregoncf.org">ageorge@oregoncf.org 

About Oregon Community Foundation 

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) works with donors and volunteers to award grants and scholarships to every county in Oregon. From 2020 to 2021, OCF distributed more than $560 million, supporting more than 4,000 nonprofits and 6,000 students. With OCF, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds that meet the needs of diverse communities statewide. Since its founding in 1973, OCF has distributed more than $2 billion toward advancing its mission to improve lives for all Oregonians. For more information, please visit: oregoncf.org. 

 

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NOTE: Full list of grantees (16) is attached for reference. We also have this web landing page available to view/share: https://oregoncf.org/news/donor-giving-group-invests-in-oregon-and-pacific-northwest-climate-action-work/
 




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Tue. 05/24/22
Oregon Heritage Commission to meet June 6 and seeks to fill vacancy
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/24/22 3:34 PM

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet June 6 via zoom. The agenda includes reviewing museum grant recommendations, information from Department of Land Conservation and Development on Goal 5 Cultural Areas Rulemaking, a presentation of preliminary results of an Economic Impact Study of heritage activities in Oregon, and review of a Heritage Tradition application. To register for the virtual meeting visit here

There is an appointed position on the Oregon Heritage Commission that will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic, and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment but we are particularly seeking applications from those living in the Southern Oregon region. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, heritage tourism, or education/higher education, and who have experience working with diverse cultural groups. 

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state and will offer virtual options to attend meetings. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Appointed Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at www.oregonheritage.org and from Commission coordinator Katie Henry at 503-877-8834 or katie.henry@oprd.oregon.gov

To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown’s Boards and Commissions webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/board-list.aspx.  

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Marijuana Search Warrant (Photo)
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/24/22 2:13 PM
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INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

                  2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana  

DETAILS:

On May 20, 2022, Medford Police Department (MPD) executed a search warrant regarding stolen property in the 3000 block of Quartz Creek Road. During the execution of their warrant approximately 4,800 marijuana plants were located in multiple greenhouses and approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana was located in the residence. MPD contacted the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) and informed JMET of their discovery.

Prior to arrival multiple individuals had fled the scene before they could be detained. 

JMET responded, seizing and destroying the 4,800 marijuana plants and 500 pounds of processed marijuana. Additionally, while on scene, JMET located two small deer that had been caged. JMET was able to dismantle the cage to a point that the deer could be released. No harm was done to the deer. At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released. 




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Southwest Washington Man Indicted for Overdose Death of Portland Teen
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/24/22 1:54 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal grand jury in Portland has returned a superseding indictment charging a Vancouver, Washington man for his role in a fentanyl distribution scheme that led to the overdose death of a Portland teenager.

Manuel Antonio Souza Espinoza, 24, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, resulting in death; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

“Our community is flooded with counterfeit prescription pills that can take an innocent victim’s life in the blink of an eye. Sadly, taking a pill to get high does not have the same stigma or barrier to entry for many unwitting victims, leading to tragic results,” said Scott Erik Asphaug, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “We urge everyone, regardless of age, to talk with their friends and loved ones about the risks of taking pills not prescribed to them by a medical professional. Please help to protect those closest to you while we in law enforcement continue to battle this urgent public health and safety crisis.” 

“HSI, along with our law enforcement partners, pursue those fueling the opioid epidemic in this region which is claiming the lives of so many young victims,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Robert Hammer, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in the Pacific Northwest. “This heartbreaking story is a constant reminder to the public that the only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.”

“All overdose cases are tragic, but this one involving a person so young was heartbreaking, and our sympathies are extended to his loved ones,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “I’m grateful for the ongoing and important work of the members of PPB’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, investigative assistance from the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force, and our federal partners. Any time an arrest like this is made, our city gets a little bit safer. However, addressing this issue is going to take more than law enforcement.  We need the community to recognize this problem and help us promote awareness that these fentanyl pills and powder are lethal and are a significant threat to our community.”

According to court documents, the investigation that ultimately led to Espinoza’s arrest began after the tragic overdose death of a Portland teenager who, in March 2022, ingested a counterfeit “M30” Oxycodone pill manufactured with fentanyl. The investigation revealed that Espinoza—a known, high-volume Portland area drug dealer—was the third-level supplier of the counterfeit pills. On March 31, 2022, using a confidential informant, investigators arranged a controlled purchase of 1,000 pills from Espinoza. When Espinoza arrived at the agreed upon location, he was immediately arrested. Investigators located the 1,000 pills in his vehicle along with a loaded .40 caliber handgun with extended magazine.

On March 31, 2022, Espinoza was charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Later, on April 21, 2022, a federal grand jury in Portland indicted him on the same charges.

Espinoza made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and ordered detained pending further court proceedings.

If convicted, Espinoza faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Asphaug, Special Agent in Charge Hammer, and Chief Lovell made the announcement.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Portland Police Bureau, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott M. Kerin is prosecuting the case.

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

Opioid abuse affects communities across the nation. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that there were more than 100,000 drug overdoses in the U.S. during the 12-month period ending April 2021, an increase of nearly 29% from the previous 12-month period. Synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) accounted for more than three quarters of these deaths. Drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of injury or death in the U.S.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A 3-milligram dose of fentanyl—a few grains of the substance—is enough to kill an average adult male. The availability of illicit fentanyl in Oregon has caused a dramatic increase in overdose deaths throughout the state.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

This prosecution is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the U.S. by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Oregon warns recipients of food boxes about recall of Jif peanut butter
Oregon Health Authority - 05/24/22 1:46 PM

May 24, 2022

Media contact: Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843, COVID19.Media@dhsoha.state.or.us">ORCOVID19.Media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon warns recipients of food boxes about recall of Jif peanut butter

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is warning the people of Oregon to be on the lookout for Jif brand peanut butter that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company for the peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local partners are investigating this outbreak.

The recalled peanut butter was distributed in retail stores and other outlets throughout the country. It includes creamy, crunchy and natural varieties.

Jif peanut butter was included in food boxes distributed through OHA’s food box program. OHA has investigated further and determined that the recall lot does include the Jif peanut butter that was distributed in the food boxes. This only impacts the peanut butter product inside the food box which can be exchanged for a replacement or refunded. 

Starting today, staff with the Oregon Health Authority is visiting all OHA food hubs and inspecting respective food boxes in order to substitute any recall product for new.  This work will require the remainder of this week to accomplish and all food hubs are being notified this evening. All warehoused Jif products that are waiting to be distributed have been thoroughly inspected and replaced.

To see if your jar of Jif peanut butter is being recalled, check the lot number that is printed below the "Best if Used by" date on the label.

Products with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425, with the digits 425 in the 5th-7th position, are being recalled. This information is printed on the back label of the jar.

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A list of recalled products and their numbers can also be seen on the FDA's website. If you happen to have a jar included in the recall, you should throw it away immediately. After throwing the peanut butter out, OHA recommends washing and sanitizing any surfaces or containers that might have come into contact with the peanut butter.

For many infected people, symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact and often include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people who are infected recover within four to seven days and do not need any treatment. More serious and severe cases can occur, though, so OHA recommends contacting your health care provider if you believe you have been infected.

Currently, there are 14 cases across 12 states, two hospitalizations, no deaths and no cases in Oregon.

OHA recommends that all peanut butter distributed from April 15 through May 23 be immediately thrown away or exchanged at a retail store.

Product can also be reimbursed directly by Jif by following their instructions at: https://jms-s3-mkt-consumer-p-pmc6.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/recall.html.

Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should visit www.jif.com/contact-us or call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.

Please share this information with your community members and partners who may have received a food box.

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Pathological Examination- OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking public assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for shooting a wolf in the Sled Springs Wildlife Management Unit- Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/24/22 1:02 PM
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Update on pathological examination.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division has closed its investigation into the death of OR 106. 

On January 8th, 2022, Fish & Wildlife Division Troopers responded to the location of a deceased, collared wolf on Parsnip Creek Road, in Wallowa County, OR. Troopers located OR 106, a lone female wolf dispersed from the Chesnimnus Pack. Initial observations suggested the wolf died as the result of gunshot wounds.

Based upon these observations, OR 106 was transported to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Forensic Lab in Ashland, OR. for pathological examination. According to the veterinary examination report, which was received in early March, OR 106 died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and pelvic area. The report indicated that the associated trauma was most consistent with a vehicle collision, though other wounds were suspicious of intraspecific fight wounds. A previous gunshot injury to the wolf’s left hind leg was also noted, and though not completely healed, it didn’t appear to be debilitating and was not associated with the cause of death. 

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division would like to thank the USFWS Forensics Lab for their diligent efforts with the pathological examination, and their continued support.

On January 8, 2022, at 10:36 A.M. a concerned citizen reported to the Oregon State Police and ODFW personnel of finding a collared deceased wolf on Parsnip Creek RD in Wallowa County, approximately 6 miles southeast of Wallowa, OR. OSP Troopers and ODFW personnel responded to the area and located a deceased collared wolf.  The initial investigation revealed that the wolf likely died as a result of being shot.  The wolf, OR 106, was a two-year-old collared female.  OR 106 was a lone wolf that dispersed from the Chesnimnus Pack. 

OSP is urging anyone with information regarding this case to call the Oregon State Police Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, OSP (677), or email at TIP@state.or.us. Reference case # SP22006179.

 

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

5 Points-Mountain Sheep

5 Points-Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

 

 CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish




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Suspect arrested in Medford area stabbing
Medford Police Dept. - 05/24/22 11:56 AM

On May 23, 2022 at approximately 10:30 P.M., Officers responded to the area of the 9th Street Foot Bridge to investigate a stabbing incident.  Upon arrival, Officers located one male victim, age 44, who had been stabbed in the upper thigh.  The suspect fled the scene prior to the responding Officer’s arrival at the scene.  Officers rendered aid to the victim until paramedics arrived on scene and transported him to the hospital.  The victim’s injuries were not life threatening and he was treated and released. 

 

A Detective was called out to assist with the investigation and determined the victim and the suspect were acquaintances and the stabbing occurred during an altercation between the two.  The suspect was identified as Andrew Charles Davis, but he was not located immediately.  The suspect’s identity was disseminated to the oncoming patrol shifts as there was probable cause to arrest Davis.     

 

On May 24, 2022 at approximately 7:45 A.M., a Medford Patrol Officer located Andrew Davis walking in the 1100 block of West Main Street and he arrested Davis.  Davis was lodged at the Jackson County Jail by the investigating Detective. 

 

Suspect:

Davis, Andrew Charles

Medford Area Transient

Age 44

 

Charges:

Assault 2 - $100,000.00 bail

Unlawful Use of a Weapon - $7,500.00 Bail

Disorderly Conduct - $2,500.00 Bail 


A Busy Monday for Grants Pass Police
Grants Pass Police Department - 05/24/22 11:42 AM

Grants Pass, Ore. – Yesterday proved to be an extremely busy day for the Grants Pass Police Department. In addition to the Bank Robbery at First Interstate Bank on Union Ave, there was also a robbery at knifepoint near the downtown Post Office, and an Arsonist was arrested near Baker Park. Luckily no one was seriously injured during any of the crimes.

As previously reported, at approximately 11:00 am, the First Interstate Bank on Union Avenue in Grants Pass was robbed. After demanding money, the male suspect fled from the bank on foot to the parking lot of the nearby Walgreens where a vehicle was waiting for him. The suspect left in an unknown direction. Nobody was physically injured during the robbery, but many were in fear for their safety.

No weapons were displayed by the male suspect who was described as an approximate 6’4” tall white male in his 30s to 40s, weighing 220 to 240 pounds and having some facial hair. The male wore a black beanie cap, black glasses, and a bright orange shirt over a dark long-sleeved shirt. The vehicle the robber fled in was described as a white Kia Optima with tinted windows.

At approximately 1:57 PM, officers were dispatched to the area just outside the United States Post Office on NW 6th Street regarding a male subject robbing a woman of her purse at knifepoint. The male fled the scene in a vehicle prior to officers arriving. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a puffy jacket with a hood pulled over his head. The suspect fled in a silver or gold-colored sedan on SW G Street. The female victim was not seriously injured.

At approximately 3:03 PM, police dispatch was notified of an occupied building full of smoke on East Park Street. Police examined the scene and located a basement on the exterior of the building which appeared to have been broken into, and was the apparent source of the fire. Police located a male determined to have started a fire beneath the residence within the unlawfully entered basement. Grants Pass Fire and Rescue responded, put the fire out, and preserved the building from any further damage. The suspect was identified as Rosendo Shane Garcia. Garcia is believed to have intentionally set debris on fire beneath the building causing smoke damage. Garcia was charged with Arson in the First Degree in addition to other charges. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and smoke damage. 

If anyone has information related to any of these three crimes, the Grants Pass Police Department is asking that you call with the information at 541-450-6260, or message us through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/grantspasspolice/.

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OHA approves certificates of need for 2 inpatient rehab facilities
Oregon Health Authority - 05/24/22 10:42 AM

May 24, 2022                                                                                                           

Media contacts: Jonathan Modie, OHA, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA approves certificates of need for 2 inpatient rehab facilities

Final orders issued to Encompass Health, Post Acute Medical, LLC

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued final orders approving certificates of need for inpatient rehabilitation facilities proposed by two companies: Encompass Health Corp. and Post Acute Medical, LLC.

Both companies filed certificate of need applications in late 2018 to build freestanding 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. The Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Oregon would be located at Northeast Belknap Court in Hillsboro, and Post Acute Medical’s hospital would be at 13333 SW 68th Parkway in Tigard.

Encompass Health is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., and Post Acute Medical, LLC is based in Enola, Pa.

OHA’s Certificate of Need (CN) Program issued draft recommendations in January 2020 proposing to approve both companies’ applications and issued proposed decisions for approval in March 2020. With the final orders for both sites, both companies are authorized to move forward with construction of their hospitals.

Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) provide specialized treatment and services for patients needing an intensive rehabilitation program. They treat patients who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, or other severe injury or illness.

IRFs are meant to focus on the gap between being in an acute-care hospital bed and returning to activities of daily living with improved functional status. IRFs are required to provide intense rehabilitative therapies for a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week.

According to research on IRFs around the country, there is strong evidence that, for some patients, placement at an IRF following a hospital stay leads to better long-term health outcomes.

Oregon statute ORS 442.315(1) requires organizations proposing IRFs to apply for and obtain a certificate of need from OHA prior to development of such a facility.

OHA’s Certificate of Need Program is a regulatory program designed to discourage unnecessary investment in health care facilities, technology and services. As the name implies, the purpose of certificate of need programs is to evaluate the plans for a service or facility being considered to certify that there is a real need for it.

Historically, the focus of such programs has been to promote access, ensure quality and help control costs by limiting market entry to those facilities and services that are found to be needed, appropriately sponsored, and designed to promote quality and equitable access to care.

Each state Certificate of Need program implicitly incorporates these principles by predicating certification of regulated services on the basis of community or public need. Unnecessary investment in unneeded facilities and services may result in the building of facilities that are not financially viable and may also put financial stress on existing providers, resulting in higher costs and disruption to the health care system.

Oregon’s Certificate of Need Program, administered through the Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement Section at the OHA Public Health Division, is a standardized program that has existed since 1971. Nationally, 36 states and Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia have CN programs. Three additional states have variations of the program.

The final orders can be viewed on the Certificate of Need website.

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Oregon Employment Department Metro/County Economic News April 2022
Oregon Employment Department - 05/24/22 10:38 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2022

SUPPORT BUSINESS • PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT


April 2022 Employment News in Oregon Counties and Metropolitan Areas


In April, unemployment rates declined in 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties. Unemployment rates in seven counties did not decline, but held steady over the month. The unemployment rate in Gilliam County increased over the month. Twelve counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 3.7% in April. Eleven counties had unemployment rates below the national rate of 3.6%.


Klamath County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (5.4%) in April. Other counties with relatively high unemployment rates were Grant (5.3%), Curry (5.1%), Crook (5.0%), and Lincoln (5.0%). Benton County registered the lowest unemployment rate in April, at 2.9%. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in April included Wheeler (3.0%), Washington (3.1%), and Hood River (3.1%).

Between April 2021 and April 2022, total nonfarm employment rose in each of the six broad regions across Oregon. The five Portland metro counties and Willamette Valley region experienced the fastest job growth over the year at 3.8% each. Employment also grew at a relatively fast pace in the Central Oregon region (2.8%). Growth occurred at a slower pace in Southern Oregon (0.8%), Eastern Oregon (0.7%), and along the Coast (0.7%).

 

Next News Releases

The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for May 2022 on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The May 2022 county and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released on Wednesday, June 22 2022. 

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The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. Everyone has a right to use OED programs and services. OED provides free help. Some examples are sign language and spoken language interpreters, written materials in other languages, braille, large print, audio and other formats. If you need help, please call 971-673-6400. TTY users call 711. You can also ask for help at OED_Communications@employ.oregon.gov




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Rock & roll up your sleeve: Give blood or platelets with the Red Cross
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/24/22 10:22 AM

Donors have chance to win VIP trip to Graceland and more by coming to give in June 

 

(Portland, OR) May 24, 2022 — Elvis Presley is known for being the first global rock and roll icon. He was also a blood donor himself! While times have changed, the need for blood has not − donors can leave a lasting legacy themselves by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation with the American Red Cross. 

In honor of the new Baz Luhrmann film, Elvis, all who come to give in the month of June will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including round-trip airfare to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and Elvis Entourage VIP tour, courtesy of Graceland, a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar and more. Additionally, those who come to donate June 1-30 will also receive a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.

 

It’s critically important the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply for patients this summer. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit https://rdcrss.org/findappt1 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

 

Final days of COVID-19 antibody testing

All Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through June 3. Donors can learn if their donation has the antibody levels needed to potentially help COVID-19 patients with a weakened immune system. 

 

Here are a few upcoming blood donation opportunities June 1-15:

 

6/3 – Rock Creek Church, 4470 NW 185th Ave, Portland, 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

6/3 – Lake Oswego City Hall, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

6/3 – Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Wy., Medford, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

6/4 – Salem Blood Donation Center, 1860 Hawthorne Ave, Salem, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

6/6 – Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., Portland, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

6/8 – Motel 6, 1572 NE Burnside Rd., Gresham, 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Find more blood donation opportunities available in your area at https://rdcrss.org/findappt1.

 

Health insights for donors 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.  

Blood drive safety 

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. Oregon and Washington still require masks to be worn at all blood collection sites. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.  

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit https://rdcrss.org/findappt1 , call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Residential Structure Fire - 807 NE Garden Valley Boulevard - 5-24-22 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 05/24/22 10:21 AM
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At 3:59 a.m. on May 24, 2022, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported residential structure fire at 807 NE Garden Valley Boulevard.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved two-story residential structure. Firefighters made an exterior attack of the structure and extinguished the fire.  The primary and secondary search found no victims and overhaul was completed.  One vehicle suffered heat damage.  The primary home sustained extensive structural and water damage. 

A fire investigator was on scene and the fire remains under investigation.  Nineteen firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista Utilities, Pacific Power, Roseburg Police Department, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 




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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense by knowing the top ten red flag fraud signs. (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/24/22 10:00 AM
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Scammers never stop; they work around the clock to cash in on the latest scheme hoping to steal your money or your identity. You’ve heard many of their pitches: they pretend to be romantically interested in you, say they are a relative in trouble, or pretend to be collecting money for a charity after a natural disaster.  

Soon, the cycle of fraud begins. When the FBI or another law enforcement or government agency issues a release about their scheme, they adapt and make enough changes to their pitch to convince the victims their claims are real. It’s time to crush their crime sprees.  

Thing about it this way, “scams change, red flags don’t!” No matter what type of story you hear via email, text, phone, social media, by mail, or in person, scams change, but the below red flags don’t. Here are our top ten signs the person you are communicating with is trying to scam you. The person;  

Requests payment via gift cards, wire transfers, or virtual currency. 

Creates a sense of urgency or deadline to pay quickly. 

Demands secrecy from you. 

Poor grammar or misspellings. 

Payments offered in amounts higher than listed price. 

Email addresses disguised to seem legitimate. 

Unsolicited emails, texts, etc., requesting you confirm usernames and/or passwords. 

Requests to move to a new platform to communicate. 

Requests to access your personal bank account to pay you for a service. 

Unsolicited emails with links or attachments. 

No matter what type of story someone is telling you, as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

If you believe are a victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office. 

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Attached Media Files: Red Flag Fraud audio , Red Flag Fraud gfx

Fatal Crash on Hwy 199-Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 05/24/22 8:35 AM

On Monday, May 23, 2022 at about 10:29 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at milepost 19 on Hwy 199 near Selma. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound white Volkswagen Bug, operated by Jesse Kozechen (29) of Brazil, swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed for a turning vehicle. The operator over-corrected and lost control, sliding into the southbound lane where it collided with a Ford Escape, operated by Eileen Huss (62) of Selma. 

Kozechen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Huss was transported with injuries. Huss’s two-year-old passenger was uninjured. 

Hwy 199 was closed for two hours while the Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. 

OSP was assisted by AMR, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and ODOT. 


Committee for Emergency Fire Cost to meet in-person with virtual option on June 7, 2022
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/24/22 8:30 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Emergency Fire Cost Committee will meet in-person at the ODF Headquarters in Salem on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 10 a.m. A virtual option will be available. Please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment, please contact ystal.bader@odf.oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Financial status of the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF)
  • Insurance policy update
  • Weather update
  • Update on any changes to large fire cost collection efforts
  • Agency/Fire Division report
  • EFCC Administrator report

The meeting is open to the public to attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the end of the meeting as noted on the agenda. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting ystal.bader@odf.oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee oversees the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF), established by the Oregon Legislature as an insurance fund with the purpose of equalizing emergency fire suppression costs among the various Oregon Department of Forestry protection districts. The emergency funding system is designed to operate as an insurance policy whereby all districts contribute (pay premiums) into the fund so that money will be available to any individual district to pay fire suppression costs on emergency fires. View more information on the EFCC webpage.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 20-Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 05/24/22 8:14 AM

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 at about 11:55 pm, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a fatal single vehicle crash on Hwy 20 at milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Peterbilt CMV towing an unloaded chip trailer with a single occupant, David Damon (67) of Shady Cove, was traveling eastbound and drove onto the shoulder before overcorrecting.  The CMV crossed the center line and the westbound lane before striking several trees on the westbound shoulder.

Damon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hwy 20 was closed for approximately eight hours following the crash. Lane usage, seatbelt usage, and distracted driving are being investigated as contributing factors.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Fire Department and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT. 


Oregon Marijuana Exporter Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/24/22 8:09 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—On May 23, 2022, a former resident of Milwaukie, Oregon was sentenced to federal prison for illegally exporting marijuana grown in Oregon to Georgia for resale and laundering the proceeds.

Dante Baldocchi, 30, currently a resident of Altadena, California, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and four years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, between January 2017 and June 2020, Baldocchi purchased marijuana in Oregon and arranged to have it shipped via freight to Georgia where he and others sold it to distributors in the Atlanta area and in North Carolina. Baldocchi and his associates shipped portions of the proceeds from Georgia back to Oregon in vacuum-sealed bags and other portions concealed in buckets of drywall spackle.

On June 9, 2020, a federal search warrant was executed on Baldocchi’s then-residence in Milwaukie. Investigators located more than 330 pounds of marijuana grown in Oregon.

On August 19, 2021, Baldocchi and an associate—Hunter Lacaden, 27, of Portland—were charged by criminal information with conspiring to distribute marijuana and commit money laundering. On October 13, 2021, Baldocchi pleaded guilty to both charges.

On September 21, 2021, Lacaden pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana. On March 28, 2022, he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and IRS-Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia E. Jarrett prosecuted the case.

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Mon. 05/23/22
Grants Pass Police Searching for Bank Robber (Photo)
Grants Pass Police Department - 05/23/22 4:25 PM
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Grants Pass, Ore. – This morning just before 11:00 am, the First Interstate Bank on Union Avenue in Grants Pass was robbed. After demanding money, the male suspect fled from the bank on foot to the parking lot of the nearby Walgreens where a vehicle was waiting for him. The suspect left in an unknown direction. Nobody was physically injured during the robbery, but many were in fear for their safety.

No weapons were displayed by the male suspect who was described as an approximate 6’4” tall white male in his 30s to 40s, weighing 220 to 240 pounds and having some facial hair. The male wore a black beanie cap, black glasses, and a bright orange shirt over a dark long-sleeved shirt. The vehicle the robber fled in was described as a white Kia Optima with tinted windows.

Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to call Grants Pass Police Detective Brown at 541-450-6345.

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Attached Media Files: Unknown Robbery Suspect , Unknown Robbery Suspect , Robbery Vehicle

Marijuana Search Warrants (Photo)
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/23/22 3:38 PM
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INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 19, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana                                      

DETAILS:

On May 19, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with Oregon State Police, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) executed a search warrant in the 3000 block of Southside Road regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 4,400 marijuana plants were located inside multiple greenhouses on the property.  The marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

23 year-old, Vincent R. Lopez, was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) executed a second search warrant on May 19, 2022 in the 200 block of Forest Glen Road regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 1,200 marijuana plants were located inside multiple greenhouses on the property.  The marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. 

Two individuals were detained for officer safety however, the primary suspect is still outstanding.

At the time of this press release the` investigations are ongoing and no further details are being released.




Attached Media Files: Forest Glen Rd 3 , Forest Glen Rd 2 , Forest Glen Rd , Southside Rd 4 , Southside Rd 3 , Southside Rd 2 , Southside Rd

Oregonians get early glimpse of 2023 health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/23/22 2:26 PM

Salem – Oregon consumers can get a first look at requested rates for 2023 individual and small group health insurance plans, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced today.

In the individual market, six companies submitted rate change requests ranging from an average 2.3 percent to 12.6 percent increase, for a weighted average increase of 6.7 percent. In the small group market, nine companies submitted rate change requests ranging from an average 0 percent to 11.6 percent increase, for a weighted average increase of 6.9 percent. Our initial review has found that insurers have identified inflation, medical trend, and enrollment changes as factors in the proposed increases. See the attached chart for the full list of rate change requests.

Oregonians will also see an uptick in premiums due to the expiration of temporary enhanced subsidies for on exchange individual market plans. The additional premium support has helped to lower monthly premiums by an average of 46 percent since enactment in 2021. Under the enhanced subsidy structure, people between 151 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level can get a bronze plan for as low as $1 per month, with other plans varying in costs. The loss of subsidies will equate to an approximate $11.9 million increase every month for Oregonians.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the department’s Division of Financial Regulation on May 16. The requested rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. Every county has at least four companies available for people to buy insurance on the individual market.

Over the next two months, the division will analyze the requested rates to ensure they adequately cover Oregonians’ health care costs. The division must review and approve rates before they are charged to policyholders.

“Oregon continues to have a strong and competitive insurance marketplace, with four carriers offering plans statewide and Oregonians in most our counties having five or six companies to choose from, ” said Insurance Commissioner and DCBS Director Andrew Stolfi. “The Oregon Reinsurance Program continues to allow Oregonians to find reasonable rates.”

The Oregon Reinsurance Program continues to help stabilize the market and lower rates. Reinsurance lowered rates by 6 percent for the fifth straight year. 

Virtual public hearings about the 2023 health insurance rates will be held July 27-28. A web address to watch the public hearings will be posted at oregonhealthrates.org. At the hearings, each insurance company will provide a brief presentation about its rate requests, answer questions from the division, and hear public comment from Oregonians.

“We look forward to a thorough public review of these filings as we work to establish next year’s health insurance rates.” Stolfi said. “We encourage all Oregonians to join us for the virtual public hearings and provide feedback on their health insurance plans.”

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which opens later this month and runs through July 7. The public can submit comments at oregonhealthrates.org and during the public rate hearings.

Preliminary decisions are expected to be announced in early July, and final decisions will be made in early August after public hearings and comment periods end.

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

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


Fatal Crash on Hwy 219-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 05/23/22 2:11 PM

On May 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 219 at French Prairie Rd NE.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Harold Crane (79) of Aurora, was northbound on French Prairie Rd NE and failed to stop at a stop sign. The Ford Ranger pickup collided head-on with a Mack CMV, operated by Santana Tadlock (26) of Salem, which was southbound on Hwy 219. 

Crane sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Tadlock was uninjured. 

The roadway was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, St. Paul Fire Department, Gervais Police Department and ODOT. 


CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to meet May 26
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/22 1:30 PM

March 24, 2022

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to meet May 26

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group.

When: May 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

  • Join the webinar at

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619382642?pwd=OVBzSmF6TDNpclZUWXMveUNBcVA3UT09

  • Conference line: 669-254-5252, meeting ID: 161 938 2642, passcode: 159017.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions (1:00-1:10); Updates (1:10-1:20); TAG periodicity survey (1:20-1:35); Health Equity measure – Language services reporting (Part 2) (1:35-1:55); Open forum: CCO validation questions on 2021 metrics (1:55-2:15); 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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Fatality accident in Selma. Illinois Valley Fire District
Illinois Valley Fire District - 05/23/22 12:54 PM

Correction on date 

05/23/2022, IVFD, AMR, Sheriffs Department, OSP, ODOT and Oregon  Towing responded to a two vehicle, fatality accident on Hwy 199 and Clear Creek Rd.  

Highway was closed during the incident and until OSP releases the scene from the investigation. 

There will be no pictures posted at this time.  OSP is the lead on the investigation. 


Bureau of Land Management announces Pacific Northwest fire restrictions to protect local communities
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 05/23/22 11:31 AM

Portland, Ore. – Fire restrictions will go into effect on May 27 for all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The BLM encourages all visitors to be aware of active restrictions and closures as we continue to see high visitation rates across Oregon and Washington. 

Fire restrictions help reduce the risk of human-caused fires. Starting May 27, the use of fireworks, exploding targets or metallic targets, steel component ammunition (core or jacket), tracer or incendiary devices, and sky lanterns will be prohibited. 

“Fire restrictions help protect our first responders, local communities, and public lands from accidental wildfires,” said Barry Bushue, BLM Oregon/Washington State Director. “We are continuing to see drought conditions across Oregon and Washington. By following fire restrictions, the public can help us focus our fire resources on naturally caused fires.”

Those who violate the prohibition can be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a prison term of up to one year. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

May is also ‘Wildfire Awareness Month’. Visit Firewise USA to learn more about how to keep you and your family safe.

For more information on Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington seasonal fire restrictions and fire closures, please see www.blm.gov/orwafire. To learn more about fire careers with BLM Oregon-Washington, click here.

 

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




Attached Media Files: 2022-05/5514/154786/FINAL_SIGNED_BLM_OR_WA_Fire_Prevention_Order_May2022_508ks.pdf

City of Keizer earns workplace health, safety recognition following advancement in Oregon OSHA program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/23/22 11:11 AM
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Salem – The City of Keizer continues to strengthen its commitment to workplace health and safety, achieving third-year certification as part of Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP, primarily set up to help small- and mid-sized businesses, coaches employers on how to effectively manage workplace safety and health. The program encourages Oregon employers to work with their employees to identify and correct hazards and to continuously improve. In turn, companies are recognized for their success in reaching specific benchmarks during the five-year program. An employer may graduate from SHARP after five years of participation. 

The benefits of the program include lower injury and illness rates, decreased workers’ compensation costs, increased employee morale, lower product losses, and community recognition. 

Although departments of other city governments have achieved SHARP certification, the City of Keizer is the first city in Oregon to earn the designation on a citywide – not just department-level – basis. During the City of Keizer’s SHARP journey – formally started in 2018 – the city has engaged in numerous project and process improvements designed to strengthen on-the-job protections for its workers. Examples include everything from installation of eyewash stations at key locations and the completion of training for all new safety committee members to implementation of exhaust and dust collection systems in pump stations and improved training and access to information for emergency evacuation coordinators.

In assessing the city’s efforts as a SHARP participant, Oregon OSHA consultants recently concluded that the city “has consistently followed through with all evaluations, training, programs, and procedures for both the safety and health of all employees.”

Machell DePina, human resources director and safety administrator for the City of Keizer, said the city decided to pursue SHARP after completing a safety manual project and after the city’s safety committee indicated it wanted to “ensure a continued focus on safety, not just a binder that is put on a shelf.”

So, DePina said, the city decided “to go for what hasn’t been done before – certification of a municipality in the SHARP program.”

Putting a focus on workplace safety through SHARP has shown employees the city is committed to proactively addressing their concerns, DePina said. Meanwhile, the SHARP designation has caught the attention of prospective job candidates who have noted the designation shows the city takes safety seriously. 

“It’s hard, but important, work,” DePina said of SHARP. “Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we need to do what we can to ensure they go home as well or better than when they arrived.”

Employers that have been operating for more than a year are eligible to apply for SHARP. Before the process begins, employers must agree to several requirements, including:

  • A comprehensive safety and health assessment of the workplace
  • Significant involvement of employees in the safety and health program
  • Correction of hazards, and improvement of the safety and health management system

Learn more about SHARP.

Learn about Oregon OSHA’s consultation services, offering free help with improving workplace health and safety programs – no fault, no citations, no penalties. 

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to 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.oregon.gov/dcbs/.

 

 



 


 

 




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UPDATE - Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Mercedes "Bo" Dunnington has been found
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/23/22 11:00 AM

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Mercedes “Bo” Dunnington. 

Bo, age 16, is a child in foster care who went missing from Bend on May 15. She was found May 21. 

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

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

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Celebrate the Oregon State Parks Centennial on State Parks Day, June 4, with free parking and camping
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/23/22 11:00 AM

Free parking, free RV and tent site camping, and special events highlighting the Oregon State Parks centennial are planned for State Parks Day on Saturday, June 4.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 26 locations that charge them and waive camping fees for all tent, RV and horse campsites. 

State Parks Day has been a tradition since 1998 as a way to thank Oregonians for their support of the state park system over many decades.

“State parks are here because Oregonians know our state parks are special. You’ve invested in them, helped care for them and kept them open to all. Thank you.” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “This year’s State Parks Day is even more meaningful in light of our centennial. We hope you will come out and wish Happy 100th Birthday to Oregon State Parks.” 

State Parks Day Events

Several special events and service projects are planned June 4 to celebrate State Parks Day and the Oregon State Parks centennial. 

Monmouth: A free community birthday party is scheduled 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Oregon’s first state park, Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site. The event will feature a dedication, interactive demonstrations and exhibits, a classic car show, giveaways and birthday cake while supplies last. 

Port Orford: Cape Blanco State Park and the Cape Blanco Heritage Society will host a celebration of the state parks centennial and the 150th anniversary of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The event, scheduled at the lighthouse grounds, will feature live music, raffles, a lighthouse diorama presentation, food by the Rotary Club of Port Orford and a Coast Guard flyover at 2 p.m. 

St. Paul: Champoeg State Heritage Area will host a living history event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will experience an authentic fur trappers’ encampment that hearkens back to the early 1800’s when fur trappers and their families camped along the Willamette River at this location.

Medford: At Valley of the Rogue State Park, visitors are invited to watch two professional wood carvers create new sculptures they will donate to the park. They will be working 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 4 and 5 at the Valley of the Rogue rest area.   

Two volunteer service projects are also scheduled June 4 at Wallowa Lake State Park in Joseph and at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park in Florence. 

Additional special events and service projects celebrating the centennial will be posted throughout the year on the Oregon State Parks event calendar

About Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The mission of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. The department manages 254 Oregon State Parks comprising more than 100,000 acres. 

A hundred years ago, state parks were barely an idea in Oregon. A 5-acre donation in 1922 became Oregon’s first official state park. Join us in 2022 to celebrate the places Oregonians hold dear: the viewpoints, the waterfalls, the trails and the historic landmarks. Share photos and memories on social media with the hashtags #oregonstateparks and #oregonstateparks100. Learn more at stateparks.oregon.gov


Applications open to fund Oregon electric mobility projects
Pacific Power - 05/23/22 10:29 AM

Media hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Applications open to fund Oregon electric mobility projects
More than $1.3 million available in grants to help state go electric

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 23, 2022--Nonprofits, local governments and other non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are encouraged to apply for the Electric Mobility Grant. Launching in May 2022, more than $1.3 million will be available for electric mobility projects in Oregon.

Grant funding is made possible by the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which is administered by the state Department of Environmental Quality and aims to reduce the carbon intensity of Oregon’s transportation fuels. Pacific Power raises funds through the sale of Clean Fuels Program credits, which the company aggregates on behalf of customers who charge their electric vehicles at home. 

“Electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure are increasingly in-demand by customers and communities across the state,” said Cory Scott, vice president of community and customer solutions. “This grant program is just one of the ways Pacific Power is helping prepare communities for more electric vehicles on the road.”

Starting in 2020, Pacific Power has awarded more than 20 unique E-Mobility Grants to nonprofits, local governments, hospitals and other non-residential customers served by Pacific Power in Oregon. 

“Pacific Power is unique in that we serve diverse communities throughout Oregon, including large metro areas and rural communities, major corridors and vacation destinations, “said Kate Hawley, senior product manager, electric transportation. “We have supported many innovative projects over the last few years,  and we look forward to seeing what is in store for this year.”

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as school and transit districts, 501(c)(3) organizations and city, county, and regional governments. Applications will be accepted up to Aug. 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. Recipients will be announced in November 2022. Grant recipients must complete projects within 18 months from the date of award. 

In addition to the Electric Mobility Grant, Pacific Power is pleased to make Electric Vehicle (EV) grant matching support funds available to non-residential customers in Oregon who plan to secure additional funding to support Pacific Power customers with EV-related projects. Additionally, grant writing support is available  for non-residential customers to apply to EV-related grants to support Pacific Power customers. 

Pacific Power also offers customers an electric vehicle charging station technical assistance program. The program supports non-residential customers interested in installing electrical vehicle supply equipment or electrifying their fleet with technical assistance. The technical assistance program is available at no cost and includes a site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for siting, configuring, installing, and managing equipment.

For detailed eligibility requirements, charging station project qualifications, additional technical assistance program details, application forms and more information about the benefits of electric vehicles, please visit pacificpower.net/ev.

Application materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 2 million customers with value for their energy dollar through safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

 

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Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council subcommittees meet week of May 23, 2022
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/22 10:28 AM

May 23, 2022

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239, ia.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">aria.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council subcommittees meet week of May 23, 2022

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council and its subcommittees to approve Behavioral Health Resource Network applications.

Agendas: Posted on the Oversight and Accountability web page prior to each meeting.

When/Where:

All meetings are virtual.

Subcommittee #1:  

Tuesday, May 24, 4-7 p.m.  https://youtu.be/7W4yTuthJRw

Thursday, May 26, 4-7 p.m. https://youtu.be/PPO00bwXxTQ

Subcommittee #2:

Thursday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. https://youtu.be/Fs3iZFX_b34

Friday, May 27, 12-4 p.m. https://youtu.be/rqKEWariNc4

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the establishment of Behavioral Health Resource Networks throughout Oregon. The OAC will hold regular meetings to accomplish the necessary steps to fund and set up the networks.

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110.

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

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

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