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Wed. 09/19/18
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Washington County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/18 6:16 PM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19,in the 5200 block of SW 160th Avenue in Aloha, OR. This single-family fire affected 2 adults. 

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets September 26
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/18 2:20 PM

September 19, 2018

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets September 26

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: Discuss how Oregon health care facilities use National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data for performance benchmarking; review Legacy Health’s development of its role as an Ebola Assessment Center; summarize 2016-17 Oregon health care worker influenza vaccination data; revisit travel screening activities in Oregon health care facilities; report data and discuss future opportunities for Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) assessment work; brainstorm topics to address at future meetings and for future reports; public comment.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is at 2:55 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, oza.p.tammer@dhsoha.state.or.us">roza.p.tammer@dhsoha.state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use 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 material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Diane Roy at 971-673-1093, 711 TTY or oy@dhsoha.state.or.us">diane.m.roy@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


DOGAMI Governing Board to meet October 1 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/19/18 2:02 PM

The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, October 1 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.


Telephone Service Outage Affecting 911
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/18 12:12 PM

RIDDLE, Ore. - A telephone service outage in the Riddle area is affecting approximately 293 Frontier customers. The outage may prevent those affected from dialing 9-1-1. Those customers can still reach emergency dispatchers by dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone, if they have service. Otherwise, the Riddle Fire Department has been staffed with personnel until further notice. 


UPDATE ---- OSP investigating fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near Lafayette - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/18 8:38 AM
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Investigation revealed  that a red 1999 Mercury Sable, operated by a 17 year old female, was southbound on HWY 99W behind a box truck. A John Deere tractor, operated by Christopher Current, age 49, of McMinnville, was on Mineral Springs Rd attempting to turn left to go northbound on HWY 99W.  After the box truck made a right turn on to Mineral Springs Rd, the tractor entered the intersection colliding with front passenger side of the Mercury Sable.

The front passenger of the Mercury Sable, a 17 year old male, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The third occupant of the Mercury Sable, a 16 year old male, along with the driver, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by McMinnville Police Department,  McMinnville Fire Department and ODOT.

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor on Hwy 99W near mile post 33 - approximately 1 mile south of Lafayette.

There is one confirmed fatality.

ODOT has set up a detour in the area but delays and intermittent closures should be expected.

This crash occurred at approximately 8:15 AM.

 




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Tue. 09/18/18
Woman Arrested for Mail Theft, Forgery (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/18 4:48 PM
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WHITE CITY, Ore. – An arrest in White City caps off a three-month investigation into theft and fraud.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say a woman stole mail from at least 100 people and used personal and financial information to steal identities and make fake checks.  

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 9:59 a.m., Amanda Marie Sims, 36, was arrested in White City.  She was lodged in jail on 100 counts of mail theft, six counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery, and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.  Bail at lodging was $847,500.

The case began on June 22 when a woman attempted to cash a forged check at a White City convenience store.  Deputies traced the check back to Sims.  On July 1, deputies served a search warrant at Sims’ residence.  They found stolen mail and equipment used to make or alter checks. 

JCSO detectives continued the investigation, which included obtaining bank records and other documents, and interviewing witnesses.  They learned Sims received at least $10,000 by cashing or depositing fraudulent checks.  She also used stolen bank information to pay bills, and gave forged checks to other people.  Detectives are still working to determine the total amount of losses to victims in the case.

On Tuesday, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, a local multi-agency team funded by the U. S. Marshal’s Office, found Sims hiding in a mobile home park in the 3200-block of Antelope Road.  Sims was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges related to this case. 

Two men at the residence were found to have warrants for their arrest.  Moises Rodriguez-Regalado, 29, and Edgar Limon Sigala, 23, were lodged in jail.  Detectives do not believe they are involved in the fraud case.  

Detectives say the mail stolen by Sims in relation to this case came from mailboxes in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue areas.  They would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been a victim.  Callers can contact Detective Gabe Burchfiel at (541) 770-8939. Refer to case #18-12702.

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Burn Permits - Fall 2018 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 09/18/18 4:40 PM
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The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on October 1, 2018 and ending on October 31, 2018.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $73.00.  Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing.  Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another.  Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action.  Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill.  More information on these options can be found at http://www.recyclepower.org/wood.asp.

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

 




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Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Twin Rocks Beach lifted September 18
Oregon Health Authority - 09/18/18 4:28 PM

September 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Twin Rocks Beach lifted September 18

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a recreational use health advisory for contact with marine water at Twin Rocks Beach, located in Tillamook County. The health authority issued the advisory September 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

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

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

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

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Recreational use health advisory for water contact at D River Beach lifted September 18
Oregon Health Authority - 09/18/18 4:16 PM

September 18, 2018

 

Recreational use health advisory for water contact at D River Beach lifted September 18

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a recreational use health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory September 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

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

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

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

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Interior Department Finalizes New Waste Prevention Rule
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/18/18 3:38 PM

WASHINGTON - As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing goal to reduce the regulatory burden on the American people and foster economic growth and energy development by using innovation, best science, and best practices, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced a final rule that revises the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule).  The new rule, which included a 60-day public comment period, will reduce unnecessary burdens on the private sector and restore proven regulations at a time when investment in Federal onshore oil and gas is skyrocketing.

“Sadly, the flawed 2016 rule was a radical assertion of legal authority that stood in stark contrast to the longstanding understanding of Interior’s own lawyers,” said Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt. “The Trump Administration is committed to innovative regulatory improvement and environmental stewardship, while appropriately respecting the clear and distinct authorities of the States, Tribes, as well as the direction we receive from Congress.”

The BLM reviewed the 2016 rule and found that it had considerable overlap in existing State, Tribal and Federal regulations. Additionally, the agency determined that the previous administration underestimated the cost in the 2016 rule.  

The rule was reviewed as part of Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, and Secretarial Order 3349, American Energy Independence, issued March 29, 2017.  The BLM found that many parts of the 2016 rule were unnecessarily burdensome on the private sector.

Publication of the final rule in the Federal Register is forthcoming. The rule is effective 60 days after publication. A pre-publication version of the final rule can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xP2qE.


Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Emergency Vehicle Instructors National Conference (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/18/18 1:43 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) was honored to host more than 140 emergency vehicle operations (EVO) instructors from around the nation at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today.  The group is in Oregon as part of the A.L.E.R.T. International Conference being held in Portland. 

A.L.E.R.T. International is dedicated to the encouragement and correlation of research and development as well as the sharing of information, ideas and innovations in the area of emergency vehicle response operation. Additionally, A.L.E.R.T.’s mission is to provide assistance to states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers in the field of emergency vehicle operations. Another aspect of the mission is the promotion of a positive, professional image of emergency response trainers.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST has been active in ALERT International for more than 25 years.  We have gained lots of information from this organization that has been implemented within our training programs.  Sadly we know each year a large percentage of law enforcement officers die in the line of duty responding to emergency incidents.   Research done by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of death for officers in 15 of the past 20 years.  We are committed to reducing the number of line of duty deaths by providing up to date training programs."

Presentations offered as part of the 2018 ALERT Conference included:  Vehicle Based Problem Solving (Oregon State Police), Building an Emergency Vehicle Operations Program from Scratch (Maryland Police Training Commission), Vehicle ambush (Lake Oswego Police Department), Vehicle Box-In Techniques (Portland Police Bureau), Changing the Way We Instruct Driver Training (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), Cognitive Driver Training - Updated Research by Dr. Jonathan Page (Cognitive Neuroscientist and Author) and many others.

For more information on ALERT http://www.alertinternational.com/

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The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.




Attached Media Files: ALERT Portland Police Bureau , ALERT Driving Course , ALERT Oregon State Police Presentation

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Disaster Charity Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/18/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against charity fraud.

With Hurricane Florence hitting the east coast last week… and the on-going disaster recovery efforts stretching from Hawaii to Puerto Rico… you need to be able to tell the legitimate charities from the frauds.

It is no secret that charity scams spike after significant events, particularly natural disasters. The news and your social media feeds are filled with photos of chaos and destruction. You feel helpless, and the fraudster knows it. These criminals will create fake social media accounts and websites to make it easy for you to give. Just click the link, and you will feel like you’ve made a difference. Unfortunately, if you pick the wrong organization, those most in need will never see your donation.

Along with the Federal Trade Commission, FEMA and other partner agencies, we offer these tips for safe giving:

  • Donate to charities you know and trust.
  • Designate the donation to go to a specific disaster relief effort as opposed to a general fund.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited e-mail or social media posts.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any e-mail or social media solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.
  • Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to, but not exactly the same as, those of reputable charities.
  • Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
  • Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services. They also won’t ask for donations via gift cards.
  • Most legitimate charity websites end in .org rather than .com.
  • Make contributions directly, rather than relying on others to make a contribution on your behalf.

Those affected by recent disasters can use your help – and there are plenty of legitimate charities out there to do that work. You just need to do your research before giving.

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




Attached Media Files: TT - Disaster Charity Fraud - Audio file , TT - Disaster Charity Fraud - Graphic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon August 2018 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 09/18/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s July unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in both July and August.

The number of Oregonians unemployed shrank in recent months. In August, the number of unemployed people dropped to 80,500, which is down from 88,000 in August 2017. The low number of unemployed reflects a very tight job market. Many people just entering the labor force are getting snapped up by employers. In August, there were only about 20,000 new entrants to the labor force who were unemployed; this was only one-third the number of such “unemployed entrants” seen in the early 2010s. This means that there are far fewer Oregonians just entering the workforce who can’t find a job. Meanwhile in August, of the unemployed Oregonians, 28,000 had lost their job—a historically low level, given that in 2009 there were five times the number of unemployed due to job loss. 

In August, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by a modest 900 jobs, following a revised gain of 3,400 jobs in July. Monthly gains in August were concentrated in construction, which added 800 jobs, and trade, which added 800 jobs in wholesale trade and 700 jobs in retail trade. These gains were offset by losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,100 jobs) and government (-600 jobs).

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 42,000 jobs, or 2.2 percent, since August 2017. More than one-quarter of payroll employment growth was in the construction industry, which added 11,400 jobs, expanding by 11.6 percent. Over the year, no other industry has grown nearly as fast as construction. Next in line are four major industries that each grew slightly slower than 3 percent: manufacturing (+5,500 jobs, or 2.9%); professional and business services (+6,900 jobs, or 2.8%); leisure and hospitality (+5,700 jobs, or 2.8%); and health care and social assistance (+6,400 jobs, or 2.7%). Rapid growth across the industries isn’t universal, as several industries remained close to their year-ago job totals, including wholesale trade (700 jobs, or 0.9%); retail trade (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+300 jobs, or 0.5%); government (no change in jobs, or 0.0%); and information (-200 jobs, or -0.6%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, September 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 16th. 


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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February, and March 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

 

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

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

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon August 2018 News Release

Missing Abducted Child Located Safe near Newport
Oregon State Police - 09/18/18 9:05 AM

On Monday September 17, 2018, the Newport Area Command received information a missing child, from Orange County, California was possibly in the Lincoln County area. Kaia Fina (age 11) was reported to still be with her biological mother Sera Fina (age 42). There was an active felony warrant for Sera Fina’s arrest for child abduction.

Information received was Kaia Fina was reported missing on September 6, 2018 at approximately 10:30 PM from San Clemente, California. Her foster parent was last to have seen Kaia and it was believe Sera had picked Kaia up. An attempt to locate was provided to law enforcement agencies with descriptions and vehicle information.

Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office spent the majority on Monday, September 17, 2018 trying to locate Kaia and Sera Fina in a black 2007 BMW. At approximately 7:40 PM, Trooper Wertz conducted a welfare check on a 2006 Lincoln Navigator parked on the shoulder of US HWY 101 near Beverly Beach State Park. Trooper Wertz quickly identified both Kaia and Sera from photos from Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Sera Fina was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the issued child abduction warrant and fugitive complaint. The bail was listed as $150,000. The Department of Human Services responded to care for Kaia. It was discovered Sera Fina had recently purchased the vehicle they were found in and no longer had the suspected vehicle.

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Home Inventory Week sparks two tasks to save time, money, and stress following a disaster
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/18/18 8:37 AM

(Salem) – More than 500,000 acres have been burned, and approximately 4,000 Oregonians have been warned to evacuate their homes this wildfire season. Over 300 earthquakes have also shaken the state this year, including a 6.2 magnitude quake just off the coast in August. These alarming facts mean it is critical for Oregonians to get prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters.

National Preparedness Month has arrived, and Sept. 16-22 is Home Inventory Week. This week is designated to an often overlooked part of disaster preparation, protecting your personal property.

To recognize this week, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation encourages Oregonians to do two simple tasks that will save time, money, and stress when disaster strikes:

  1. Build a home inventory – Take video or photos of each room in your home, paying close attention to walls, drawers, closets, and storage areas. Recalling your personal property is a daunting task following a disaster. A home inventory eases the post-disaster stress, and enables your insurance company to move forward with processing your claim.   
  2. Review your insurance coverage – Take time to discuss your policies with your insurance company or agent. Make sure you have the right coverage and know what to expect when you file a claim for disasters such as fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, theft, and ice storms.

“These simple projects are easy to do, and should be an essential part of every Oregonian’s disaster prep,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “Home Inventory Week is an ideal time to add these money-saving, stress-reducing tasks to your to-do list.”

Oregonians are encouraged to visit dfr.oregon.gov/preparenow for videos, apps, and resources to help complete these simple tasks. The site also provides social media tools to help residents share their experience and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get prepared as well.

 

The division is joined in this effort by the League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Sheriffs Association, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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

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

 


Startup Stalls, Receives F Rating From BBB
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 09/18/18 8:36 AM

`                                               Space Goat Productions Fails to Deliver Product to Supporters  

Eugene, Oregon —?Sept. 18, 2018?A start-up company that promised to deliver board games based on the popular sci-fi movies “The Terminator” and “Evil Dead 2” failed to deliver on its promise, earning itself an F rating from Better Business Bureau.  

The company, Space Goat Production has received 14 complaints from consumers who allege the company failed to deliver products promised to backers of their Kickstarter campaign. The Bellingham-based business launched the fundraising campaigns in 2016. They asked for monetary donations in order to launch their board game company. “The Terminator” board game received more than $220,000 pledges, while the “Evil Dead 2” game received more than $722,600. The company received pledges from more than 8,200 customers.  

An Oregon man reports he was an original backer on the company's Kickstarter campaign to help fund the product. He paid $80 but never received the product. He is asking for a full refund.  

Consumers report the company never delivered on their promise. While some customers did receive a refund, others report they never received more than one, or any, communication about the status of the game.  

Before supporting a startup’s crowdfunding request, BBB recommends doing your research. When you donate to a startup, it’s important to know who is behind the call for investors. Research the person or company behind the campaign to see if they have a track record for fulfilling promises. You also want to know if they have had successful campaigns in the past.  

To file a complaint, visit bbb.org/complaints.

 

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


SAIF offering free forum for reforestation employers
SAIF - 09/18/18 8:31 AM

Summary: Training in Medford will focus on payroll reporting and injury prevention.

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From payroll reporting to work visas, the reforestation industry has a lot of complex employment issues. SAIF is hoping to help employers by offering a free half-day forum to discuss top concerns.

“We are hearing from employers there is a lot of confusion around workers’ compensation and reforestation,” said David Jordan, regional office director for SAIF’s Southern region. “We want to create an opportunity to discuss those collectively.”

The forum will feature educational sessions on state subjectivity, class code reporting, and industry loss trends and prevention, as well as a panel discussing intersections between the H-2B visa program and workers’ compensation.

There will also be an open forum discussion on the customer experience with SAIF.

SAIF is offering two sessions—one in English from 9 a.m. to noon, and one in Spanish from 1 to 4 p.m.—on Tuesday, October 9, at the Smullin Center, 2825 E Barnett Rd., Medford. Lunch will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. for attendees of either session.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Employers interested in attending the forum can register by phone at 541.857.4204 or online by visiting saif.com/trainings, selecting “classroom,” and then clicking on Medford trainings.

 About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.   

 


Mon. 09/17/18
UPDATE - 3 vehicles involved in crash on Hwy 22E east of Gates - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/18 8:53 PM
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Investigation shows that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by Eric Ellis (57) of Detroit was eastbound on Hwy 22E when it went into the westbound lane and sideswiped a 2012 Ford PU pulling a travel trailer, operated by Owen Barth (48) of Dallas.  The Honda Civic continued and hit a 2014 GMC PU, operated by Ryan Wolvert (41) of Oregon City.

Ellis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Barth and Wolvert were not injured.

Hwy 22E  was closed for about 3.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Gates Fire, ODOT, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Keizer P.D.

 

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on the scene of a three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near mile post 37 - east of Gates.

One person has sustained fatal injuries and has been pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 PM.  Expect delays and closures for several hours.

No more information is available at this time.




Attached Media Files: 2018-09/1002/118025/Hwy_22.jpg

National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/17/18 5:25 PM

Salem, OR. – Sept. 17, 2018 – The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.  

The test was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 20, although FEMA held October 3 as a back-up date. According to FEMA, a backup date was planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.


Oregon Military Department Employee Charged with Wire Fraud and Making False Statements
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/17/18 2:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dominic Caputo, 46, of Clackamas County, Oregon, was indicted today on allegations that, as a civilian program manager for the Oregon National Guard Oregon Sustainment Maintenance Site (OSMS), he submitted false reimbursement requests to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and misrepresented the operational status of equipment used to maintain a war-ready posture.

The court unsealed a five-count indictment alleging Caputo falsely certified that the refurbishment of equipment was complete or in-process. Caputo’s certifications prompted CECOM to remit payment for more than 1,300 pieces of equipment at a cost of more than $6 million to OSMS with the expectation the equipment was ready to be shipped to other military installations and put back into service, when it was not.

Caputo faces four counts of wire fraud, and one count of false statements in a document.

Caputo made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S Magistrate Judge Beckerman and was released pending trial. A 7-day jury trial is scheduled for November 20, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown.

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

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/6325/118024/INDICTMENT-Caputo-Final.pdf , Indictment

Motorcycle passenger dies in crash on Hwy 395 near Lakeview - Lake County
Oregon State Police - 09/17/18 2:21 PM

On September 16, 2018 at about 3:55 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motor cycle and passenger car on US 395 near milepost 141. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Jacob Alexander Lepeilbet (26) from Caldwell, Idaho, was traveling northbound on US 395 near milepost 141 when, for an unknown reason, failed to stop for a white 1995 Ford Taurus stopped in the northbound lane signaling to turn left. The motorcycle impacted the rear of the Taurus at highway speed. 

The passenger on the motorcycle, Hailey Michelle Ernest (35) from Boise, Idaho, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. 

Lepeilbet suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Lake District Hospital and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. 

The driver of the Taurus, Ronald Allen Foltz (59) from Lakeview, Oregon, sustained minor injuries.

US 395 was closed for over three hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Lake County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 


Oregon to Honor Fallen Firefighters in Salem on Thursday, September 20 (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/17/18 2:09 PM
Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard
Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard
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The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) extend an invitation to attend the State's 13th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial this Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem. We are honored to have Doug Grafe, Chief of Fire Protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry, as this year’s guest speaker. 

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial stands as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by 169 men and women who died in the line of duty protecting our communities, airports and natural resources around our great state.  The memorial also allows us to honor a pledge made to the families of the fallen - we will never forget!  We are thankful that no names are being added to the Oregon memorial during this year’s ceremony which signifies that Oregon did not suffer a firefighter line of duty death in 2017.  Sadly we know that is not the case on a national level as the names of 103 career and volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and previous years will be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy on October 6 and 7, 2018 in Emmitsburg, Maryland."

Please note the event is held outside rain or shine.

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen, Fire Program Manager, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

For More Information on Oregon and National Firefighter Memorials:

Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial  https://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/pages/fallenfirefightermemorial.aspx

National Fallen Firefighter Foundation – National memorial https://www.firehero.org/2018/08/28/2018-flag-raising-national-fallen-firefighters-foundation/

Those honored on the State memorial include:

Fire Fighter Name

Agency

Date

James  Reed

Protection Engine Co #4 - Portland

1881

George P. Wrenn

Corvallis Fire Department

1882

Fred  Wagner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1890

Tom  O'Keefe

Portland Fire and Rescue

1891

John G. Hewston

Portland Fire and Rescue

1892

Tom  Grenfell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1896

Warren  Bodge

Medford Fire Dept.

1910

David  Campbell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1911

William  Higdon

Portland Fire and Rescue

1912

Emil  Gustafson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1916

Francis H. McCormick

Portland Fire and Rescue

1919

Karl  Gunster

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

Oscar H. Lehman

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

James S. Baldwin

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Oscar B. Gabriel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Amos R. Willits

Medford Fire Dept.

1923

Fred H. Rittenour

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

Adolph W. Wefel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

William E. Wilbur

Portland Fire and Rescue

1926

Rex  Reed

Eugene Fire and EMS

1928

Harry  Josephson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

William John McCreery

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Charles A. Ryan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Walter  McBride

Portland Fire and Rescue

1929

Richard D. Laisner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1930

Henry Krimbel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1932

Clement Kemmer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Gustave Adolph Stephan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Frank L. Kearney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Harry B. Morrow

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Walter Godfrey Duncan

Sandy Fire Dist. #72

1934

H.U.  Gardner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

William D. Heath

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

Floyd G. McMullen

Salem Fire Department

1935

Melvin Claude Richardson

Oregon National Guard

1935

Frank E. Platt

Portland Fire and Rescue

1937

Harry R. Howard

Portland Fire and Rescue

1939

Ernest W. Bills

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Peter P. Kumpf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Carl G. Markstrom

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

John  Dawes

Mill City RFPD

1941

Elmo St. Clair Bradford

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

Malvin L. Brown

555th Parachute Battalion - US Army

1945

Joseph Frederick Allerton

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

William  Inglesby

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Gregory A. Warner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Marion  Stark

Portland Fire and Rescue

1947

Alfred E. Berg

Portland Fire and Rescue

1948

Daniel G. Shaw

Portland Fire and Rescue

1949

Clayre Lavon Miller

Tillamook Fire District

1949

Jerry  Bain

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1951

R.E. “Bob” Olivier

Taft-Nelscott-DeLake Fire Department

1954

Harold J. Dean

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

W.F.  McCall

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

John A. McKy

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

Warren  Nott

Milwaukie Fire Department

1956

Al  Troge

Multnomah County Fire District #10

1956

George  Mead

Oregon City Fire Department

1956

Donovan  Hodgson

Springfield DFLS

1957

Victor D. Brown

Portland Fire and Rescue

1957

Glenn H. Ferrington

Multnomah County Fire District #14

1958

Roy W. McFarland

Roseburg Fire Dept.

1959

L.L.  Longton

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1960

John T. Metcalf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1960

Wayne  Osterby

Astoria Fire Department

1961

John J. Richards

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1961

Earl  Edwards

La Grande Fire Dept.

1962

Eldon L. Everton

Grants Pass Fire Department

1964

Leland N. Christensen

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Harold  Stinson

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Virgil L. Spencer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1966

Dale  Fleming

Multnomah County Fire District #1

1968

Sam P. Baseel

St. Helens Rural Fire Dist.

1969

Leland Roger Marshall

Coquille Volunteer Fire Department

1969

Richard  Christensen

Washington County Fire District #2

1969

C.T.  Arnold

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1970

Ben K. Coburn

Thurston-Walterville RFPD

1970

Henry  Martin

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Luis  Rodriguez

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Jack  Stephens

Portland Fire and Rescue

1971

Richard  Waldorf

Molalla Fire Protection District

1972

Fayet Arthur Scoggin

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1974

Carl E. Kerr

Scio Fire Protection District

1975

Sanford Causey

Coquille Fire Department

1976

S.L.  Finley

USFS Siskiyou National Forest

1976

Lee Kenneth Register

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

Dale Laverne Smith

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

John L. Devaney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1977

Roy  Bratten

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1978

Horst  Rech

Springfield DFLS

1978

Russ  Williamson

Washington County Fire District #1

1978

Richard  Underhill

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1979

Ronald  Huddleston

Oregon Department of Forestry

1980

Paul F. Yost

Lyons RFPD

1981

Clyde E. Golden

Mill City RFPD

1982

Michael K. Maine

North Bay RFPD, N. Bend

1982

Robert W. Thompson

Veneta RFPD

1982

David C. Stephens

Bureau of Land Management, Sweet Home

1984

Elwin I. King

Fair Oaks RFPD, Sutherlin

1984

Barbara A. Booth

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Richard H. Bowers

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Mary L. Francis

Crow Valley RFPD, Veneta

1985

Michael Allen Lehman

USDA Forest Service

1986

Mark  Giles

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

James  Moore

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

Russell  Brine

Elkton RFPD

1987

Wendell L. Beck

Crooked River Ranch Fire Dist.

1988

Joseph J. Stroda

Halsey-Shedd RFPD

1988

Louis A. Mohr

Pine Grove RFPD, Hood River

1988

David Alfred Schas

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1988

William D. Mills

Oak Lodge RFPD #51

1989

William  McAdams

Aurora RFPD

1990

Julius C. Starr

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1990

Clark N. Gilkison

Fair Oaks RFPD

1991

James Shannon Campbell

Oregon Department of Forestry

1992

Brian L. Hill

Oregon Department of Forestry

1993

Sydney B. Maplesden

Oregon Department of Forestry

1994

Kathi Julie Beck

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Tamera Jean Bickett

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Scott A. Blecha

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Levi J. Brinkley

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Douglas Michael Dunbar

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Terri Ann Hagen

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Bonnie Jean Holtby

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Robert Alan Johnson

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Jon Roy Kelso

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Phillip  Sherburn

Aumsville Fire Department

1995

Henry Walter Howe

Brownsville RFPD

1995

Robert  Chisholm

Gearhart Volunteer Fire Dept.

1997

George P. Converse

USDA Forest Service

1998

Tony B. Chapin

Willamina Fire Department

1998

Santi  Arovitx

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Richard  Hernandez

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Kip  Krigbaum

Columbia Helicopters

2001

John Robert Hazlett

Odell Fire District

2001

Randall E. Carpenter

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Jeffrey E. Common

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Chuck  Hanners

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Bartholomew Blake Bailey

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Daniel Eric Rama

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Retha Mae Shirley

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Alan W. Wyatt

USDA Forest Service, Rio Grande NF

2002

Paul E. Gibson

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

David Kelly Hammer

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jeffrey D. Hengel

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jesse D. James

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Leland Price, Jr.

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Richard Burt Moore, II

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Mark Robert Ransdell

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Ricardo M. Ruiz

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Larry A. Brown

Kingsley Field FD, Klamath Falls

2003

D. Craig Mackey

Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane

2003

Thomas Howard Kistler

Polk County Fire Dist. #1

2003

Randall  Harmon

Superior Helicopter, Grants Pass

2003

Richard W. Black

Weyerhauser, Eugene Helicopter Ops.

2003

Lawrence J. Hoffman

Oregon Department of Forestry

2004

Shawn  Blazer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Scott  Charlson

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Edrik  Gomez

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Matthew  Hammer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Caleb Renno

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Bryan  Rich

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

David  Steele

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Roark  Schwanenberg

Carson Helicopters, Inc.

2008

Robert A. Hales

Scappoose Rural Fire District

2008

Jesse Trader

County Fire and Security

2013

Oscar Montano-Garcia

Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc.

2013

John Hammack

R&K Water Service

2013

Mark James Burns

Medford Fire and Rescue

2016




Attached Media Files: Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard , Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard , Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard

Portland Marijuana Business Owner Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Tax Crimes
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/17/18 1:23 PM

Oregon’s first state-legal retail marijuana proprietor sentenced for federal tax crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Matthew Price, 32, of Portland, was sentenced today to seven months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $262,000 for willfully failing to file federal income tax returns in four consecutive years.

“Matthew Price attempted to live a double life—advising OLCC officials on how to regulate state-legal marijuana sales, while privately evading his personal and business tax obligations,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Marijuana businesses and business owners are subject to the same federal tax laws as every other business and will be scrutinized for criminal wrongdoing. Tax cheaters will not be tolerated in any industry.”         

According to court documents, in 2010, Price, then 25 years old, came to Portland with the financial backing of a business partner in Colorado to start a state-legal marijuana business in anticipation of Oregon’s full retail legalization. Price had previously been working in a marijuana store in Colorado owned by his business partner. In December 2010, Price began operating a marijuana farmers market in Portland called Cannabliss. In mid-2013, Price and his business partner converted the business to a medical marijuana dispensary. In 2014, the pair opened two additional Cannabliss dispensaries, a second in Portland and one in Eugene, Oregon.

Price failed to file personal income tax returns in four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, despite retaining the services of three different certified public accountants. Price’s taxable income steadily grew from $42,000 in 2011 to $590,000 in 2014. In 2015, Price was a member of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) Recreational Marijuana Technical Advisory Retail Subcommittee. In this capacity, Price, with other retailers, advised the OLCC in its rulemaking process for Oregon Measure 91, the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act.

Price previously pleaded guilty to four counts of willfully failing to file personal income tax returns in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203 on May 31, 2018. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Price will be on supervised release for three years with six months of home detention.

The IRS Criminal Investigations investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Seth D. Uram, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/6325/118018/SENTENCING-Price-Final.pdf

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/18 1:06 PM

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a four-year term on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Johnson was the Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Astoria until her retirement in September 2014, after 35 years with the City. She staffed the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, and Design Review Committee for the City for over 27 years. Johnson currently works as a contract planning consultant for the City of Astoria and serves as a project manager for larger projects such as restoration of the Doughboy Monument and the design and construction of the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Having helped to complete the Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan and implementation of codes for three of the four Riverfront Districts, she is currently working on completing the code implementation for the last Urban Core District. She is also an active volunteer at the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Flavel House Museum.

“I am excited to be part of the Oregon Heritage Commission,” Johnson noted about her appointment. “I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember. I believe we are a product of our past and we need to preserve the history of our State and Nation to help form our future. Preservation is not just preserving structures. It is about people, our cultural history and the built environment.”

“Johnson has engaged with many of the Commission’s programs through her work and brings a wealth of preservation experience to the group,” said Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator. “We are pleased to have her on the Heritage Commission.” 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the 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, commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@Oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or visit the Commission’s website at www.oregonheritage.org.


Hospital charity care spending continues to climb in Q2
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 09/17/18 12:55 PM

 

Contact:

Dave Northfield

Director of Communications

(503) 479-6032 (o), (503) 329-1989 (c)

thfield@oahhs.org">dnorthfield@oahhs.org

 

HOSPITAL CHARITY CARE SPENDING CONTINUES TO CLIMB IN Q2

 

Oregon’s community hospitals are again spending more on charity care despite having one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the country, according to a newly released financial performance report by Apprise Health Insights from the second quarter of 2018. Despite the increase, median operating margins held steady from the same period last year.

 

Median charity care as a percentage of total charges increased to 1.7% (compared to 1.6% in Q2 2016). Seven of the last eight quarters have seen an increase in seasonally adjusted Charity Care.

 

Meanwhile, operating margins stabilized after large drops in 2017. Median margins came in at 4.5% in Q2 2018 after a drop to -0.8% in the final quarter of last year. The overall median operating margin for Oregon hospitals in 2017 was 0.5%

 

“These numbers show that, despite expanded coverage, many Oregonians are uninsured or can’t pay the deductible in their health plan,” said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “Hospitals treat everyone regardless of ability to pay, but it’s important to note the increases in charity care indicate lack of adequate coverage. That’s an issue our state needs to continue to tackle.”

 

The charity care numbers stand in contrast to the widely held view that charity care has been essentially eliminated in Oregon due to the Affordable Care Act. While charity care costs are below pre-ACA levels, they are on an upward trend as many patients continue to need free or reduced-price services.

 

Inpatient discharges continue to decline in Q2 2018 over last year, dropping by some 100,000. That corresponds with an increase in outpatient visits, which rose by around 200,000 in Q2 2018 over the same quarter in 2017. Outpatient utilization has climbed steadily in Oregon for several years.

 

To read the entire report, visit OregonHospitalGuide.org under “Understanding the Data” or click here.

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Medford Police Investigate a Homicide
Medford Police Dept. - 09/17/18 11:55 AM

UPDATE

On September 15, 2018 Medford Police investigators received information that homicide suspect, Jesse Allen, was inside a residence in the 700 block of Linn Rd, Eagle Point. The Medford Police SWAT Team surrounded the residence and Allen surrendered without incident. He was interviewed by investigators and subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail. He has been charged with Murder. The weapon believed to have been used in the homicide has been recovered. 

The victim has been identified as 21 year old, KayLynn Klosterman. An autopsy will be performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office on September 18, 2018.

Please refer to Jackson County District Attorney's office for additional information.  

 

 

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Medford Police Case #: 18-18718

On September 14, 2018 at 2:30pm, Medford Police officers responded to the 3000 Block of Arrowhead Drive, after a report of several gunshots being heard from inside of an apartment and a male subject observed running from the location.

Officers entered the residence and located an adult female deceased inside. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Medford Police detectives are investigating this incident as a Homicide and have identified 20 year old, Jesse Allen, as the suspect. He has not yet been located. The motive and events leading up to the shooting remain under investigation.

Allen is described as a white male adult, 5’8” tall and 150 lbs. He has blonde hair and blue eyes but may have a shaved head. He has several tattoos on both arms and very distinct tattoos on his neck that display the letters “TVS” in block lettering.

Allen is believed to be driving a white 2013 Toyota Corolla with tinted windows, bearing Oregon license plate 431 KWV.

The Medford Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding Allen’s whereabouts to call 911 immediately. Do not confront Allen as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators have identified the victim. Her name will be released upon next of kin notification.  

The Medford Police Department is being assisted in this investigation by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.




Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle , Suspect Vehicle , Suspect Photograph , 2018-09/6231/117985/Jesse_Allen_Booking.docx

DPSST's Tami Atkinson Recognized with State's 9-1-1 Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/17/18 11:05 AM
Tami accepting award
Tami accepting award
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At the annual Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers (APCO) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference last Wednesday night in Bend, DPSST’s Telecommunications Training Program Coordinator Tami Atkinson received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is Oregon APCO-NENA’s highest award, created to recognize a distinguished member of the chapter who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of emergency communications in Oregon.  Candidates are chapter members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the chapter and who have made significant contributions to emergency communications in Oregon and the Oregon APCO-NENA chapter over his/her lifetime.

Tami began her public safety communications career as a dispatcher with Lincoln County Communications (LinCom) in 1984.  During the past 34 years Tami has accomplished a lot.  While at LinCom, Tami was actively engaged as a trainer, coach, supervisor, and also served as acting director.  She also worked on the consolidation of LinCom into Willamette Valley Communications Center in Salem.  Tami has served as Oregon APCO/NENA President and she co-chaired the training committee for the organization’s recent Western Regional APCO conference.  Tami’s career path would eventually lead her to DPSST where she serves as our Telecommunications Training Program Coordinator.

In her role at DPSST, Tami oversees the State's 9-1-1 Training Program that provides basic and advanced training to more than 900 men and women around Oregon who answer our calls for emergency assistance. 

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "Oregon's 9-1-1 and emergency medical dispatch standards and training program is used as a national benchmark of excellence in large part due to Tami's hard work and dedication and the partnerships she has created and maintains with our public safety partners around the state.  We are very proud to have Tami on our team and are excited that the Oregon Chapter of APCO and NENA has honored her with their Lifetime Achievement Award." 

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The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.




Attached Media Files: Tami accepting award , Tami and Family

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 09/17/18 11:01 AM

September 17, 2018

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Willow Creek Reservoir

Testing confirms reduced cyanotoxins in Morrow County lake

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued July 26 for Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in the lake is below recreational guideline values for human exposure.

Although the advisory has been lifted, conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and nutrients in the lake. People should always be aware that blooms can develop on any water body under the right environmental conditions, and can grow and disappear throughout the season.

People should always be aware of their surroundings before entering a water body, especially around shorelines, shallow water areas, coves and physical structures such as docks, as these are areas where blooms tend to develop, officials say. You are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

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

It's possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Oregon State Police Lieutenant Graduates From the FBI National Academy (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/17/18 9:00 AM
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FBI Academy
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Oregon State Police Lieutenant Jeff Fitzgerald recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-September, Lt. Fitzgerald and two other Oregon law enforcement officers completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

There is a highly competitive process local law enforcement officers must go through to be selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews with the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

"Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the opportunity to attend the National Academy each year," said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The Academy gives them the chance to share best practices and explore many facets of law enforcement leadership with others from across the country and the world."

Lt. Fitzgerald started his law enforcement career more than 19 years ago with the Oregon State Police. He was assigned as a trooper out of Grants Pass in 1999 and promoted to patrol sergeant in Central Point in 2005. Later in 2005, he transferred Grants Pass and held that position for six years. In 2011, he transferred to the Major Crimes Section in Central Point for four years before OSP promoted him to the Patrol Lieutenant position in Grants Pass. In 2018, he transferred to his current position of SW Region Criminal Lieutenant where his responsibilities include the supervision of major crimes, drug enforcement and arson detectives in Southwest Oregon. His area encompasses the Springfield, Coos Bay, Gold Beach, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Central Point, Klamath Falls and Lakeview offices. 

"The Oregon State Police is honored to have our agency represented at the FBI National Academy by Lieutenant Jeff Fitzgerald. Jeff is an exceptional leader and typifies the agency values of Honor, Loyalty, Dedication, Compassion and Integrity,” said Travis Hampton, Oregon State Police Superintendent. “We'll be glad to have him home to begin application of his new skills and professional relationships. The OSP treasures our relationship with the FBI and pleased to supply quality applicants to the program.”

During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Fitzgerald’s National Academy classes included: Leadership in Investigations For Violent Crimes; Behavioral Science For Law Enforcement Leaders; Essentials For Law Enforcement Leaders; Contemporary Issues in Police and Media Relations; Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Fitness in Law Enforcement. The program allows participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States and around the world. While in the academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.




Attached Media Files: FBI Academy , Lt.FitzgeraldOSP , Lt.Fitzgerald

Sun. 09/16/18
UPDATE - Fatal Vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near McMinnville - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/18 11:42 AM
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On September 15, 2018 at approximately 1:10pm Oregon State Police, McMinnville PD, Yamhill Co. S.O., Amity PD, and ODOT responded to a two vehicle head on collision on HWY 18 near Milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Joseph Hawkins (19) of Salem, with no passengers, was traveling eastbound when he crossed into the westbound lanes hitting a 2005 Subaru Legacy head on.

Hawkins sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Subaru, Roger Verdier (70) of Vancouver, WA. was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. 

His two passengers, Mary Verdier (59) of Vancouver,WA. and Susan Heffel (60) of McMinnville, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The reason Hawkins entered the oncoming lanes is unknown at this time. 

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 18 mile post 48 - near the McMinnville airport. 

Expect delays and intermittent closures in the area while the investigation continues.




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Sat. 09/15/18
Crash Claims the Lives of Two Douglas County Men
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/18 8:27 PM

GLIDE, Ore. - Two men lost their lives Friday night in a serious crash on Little River Road. 

Emergency dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a crash in the 2300-block of Little River Road at about 9:00 pm. 

Deputies along with fire and EMS personnel responded to find a 2004 Mazda M3 sedan which had significant damage and struck a tree. 

An investigation revealed the vehicle was being operated by 20 year-old Cody James Scheler (also known as Cody Cunningham) of Glide. Both Scheler and his 21 year-old passenger, Isaac Alan Hartwick of Roseburg, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputies are continuing their investigation and believe speed is a contributing factor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471, referencing case number 18-4106.

Glide Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District #2, Bay Cities Ambulance, and REACH Air Ambulance.


Jackson County man arrested on sodomy charges
Oregon State Police - 09/15/18 3:40 PM

On September 13, 2018, Oregon State Police Detectives arrested Blake V. Northway, age 55 of Medford, on multiple counts of Sodomy.

Northway is a Deportation Officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assigned to the Medford office.

The arrest is a result of a joint investigation between the Oregon State Police and ICE - Office of Professional Responsibility.   “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold its officers to the highest standards of professional conduct and does not tolerate those who violate the law, said ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman.  ICE will continue to cooperate until this case has been resolved. “

Northway has been relieved of all authority and will be placed on leave pending the results of the criminal investigation.

Northway was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.  

These charges are not related to Northway’s position with ICE. 


Fri. 09/14/18
Motorcycle crash takes life of Terrebonne resident - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/18 10:30 PM
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On Friday September 14, 2018 at about 4:30 pm, Oregon State Police along with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Odem Avenue, south of Terrebonne. 

The investigation revealed that a black 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 68 year old Terrebonne resident Robert Constant, had been traveling northbound when traffic congestion forced vehicles in front of him to slow.  Constant lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down while attempting to stop.  The motorcycle slid and crashed into a green 1995 Geo Metro, operated by 51 year old Culver resident Traci Sauls, who sustained minor injury.

Constant was transported by ground ambulance to a Redmond Area Hospital and then was transported via air ambulance to a Bend Area Hospital.  Constant was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. 

Speed and following distance are believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.  The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.




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Recreational use health advisory lifted for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/18 3:28 PM

September 14, 2018

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Cullaby Lake

Testing confirms reduced cyanotoxins in Clatsop County lake

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued August 21 for Cullaby Lake. Cullaby Lake is located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Cullaby Lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, the cyanotoxin level in the lake remains well above the OHA guideline value for dogs, so health officials recommend keeping pets out of the lake.

Although the advisory has been lifted, conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and nutrients in the lake. People should always be aware that blooms can develop on any water body under the right environmental conditions and can grow and disappear throughout the season.

People should always be aware of their surroundings before entering a water body, especially around shorelines, shallow water areas, coves and physical structures such as docks, as these are areas where blooms tend to develop, officials say. You are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

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

It's possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Southern Oregon event to focus on workplace safety, health
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/14/18 2:04 PM

(Salem) – A three-day event in southern Oregon will feature a variety of workshops and presentations designed to help employers and workers improve on-the-job safety and health. Topics include everything from fall protection and safety committees to forklift safety and combustible dust.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages employers, workers, and safety professionals to mark their calendars for the Oct. 16-18 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Bob Edwards, a human and organizational performance consultant, will deliver the keynote presentation, “Failure and Success: They Aren’t that Different!” Edwards draws on a range of experiences from the military and corporate worlds to show organizations that, when people make errors, it’s important to shift the focus from blaming them to examining the systems in which they work.

Other conference topics include:

  • Hearing conservation and noise control
  • Chemical hazards
  • Scaffold user safety awareness
  • Advanced accident investigation for safety committees
  • Prevention of heat stress injuries and illnesses
  • Recordkeeping update

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference, on Wednesday and Thursday, is $175. Optional pre-conference workshops range from $50 to $130. For more information or to register go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern18.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

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

 


Body of California Man Recovered at Toketee Falls (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/18 1:52 PM
Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue personnel work to recover Lewinstein's body Thursday night.
Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue personnel work to recover Lewinstein's body Thursday night.
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IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - The body of 23 year-old Brian Lewinstein of Berkeley, California was recovered from Toketee Falls late Thursday night. 

Lewinstein fell into the first pool at Toketee Falls after crossing a safety fence to take a photograph from above the falls on Sunday, August 12, 2018. A large scale search and rescue mission was performed by members of Douglas County Search and Rescue in the days and weeks following the initial response. 

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at about 5:45 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting two hikers observed Lewinstein's body in the second pool of the falls. Deputies along with Search and Rescue personnel immediately responded to perform a recovery mission, which included steep angle rappelling. At approximately 10:00 pm, mountain rescue personnel brought Lewinstein's body back to the trail. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified Lewinstein and his family has been notified. 

"We are glad that we were able to provide his family with some answers and sincerely hope that they are able to find some comfort in the fact that he was located. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and friends," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell.




Attached Media Files: Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue personnel work to recover Lewinstein's body Thursday night. , A search and rescue volunteer readies ropes used to rappelling down to the second pool at Toketee Falls Thursday night.

Red Cross: 20,000+ People in More Than 200 Shelters Overnight as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/14/18 1:46 PM

 Local Red Cross sends nearly 40 to help; Holds trainings to recruit new volunteers to deploy

 

EUGENE, Ore., September 14, 2018 — The American Red Cross is helping people in multiple states as Hurricane Florence pummels the Carolinas with strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous tidal surges. More than 20,000 people sought refuge in more than 200 Red Cross and community shelters Thursday night. As of midnight, 14,000 people were in 124 shelters in North Carolina, and 5,600 people in 59 shelters in South Carolina. An additional 430 people stayed in 23 shelters in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Maryland.

 

Thirty-six local Red Cross Cascades Region (serving Oregon and Southwest Washington) disaster responders from Albany, Astoria, Beaverton, Bend, Clatskanie, Eugene, Florence, Gold Beach, Grants Pass, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Junction City, Medford, Monmouth, Newberg, North Plains, Portland, Salem, and St. Helens, Oregon; and Lyle, Longview, and Vancouver, Washington, are already on the ground in Hawaii, North Carolina and South Carolina to assist with hurricane preparations.

 

RED CROSS RESPONSE About 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been mobilized to help shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served 47,000 meals and snacks in North Carolina and South Carolina. To bolster relief efforts, the Red Cross is mobilizing nearly 100 emergency response vehicles and more than 120 trailers of equipment and supplies, including 100,000 ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 42,000 people.

In order to be ready to assist in the relief efforts related to these potential disasters, the local Red Cross is recruiting volunteer disaster responders. People interested in volunteering for the Red Cross as a disaster responder are encouraged to attend one of several training sessions taking place across the region next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Riverbend Annex in the Rainer Conference Room
123 International Way
Springfield, OR 97477
Register: https://medfordredcrossorientation.eventbrite.com

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – SALEM
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Red Cross West Salem Office
675 Orchard Heights Rd. NW
Suite #200
Salem, OR 97304
Register: https://salemredcrossorientation2.eventbrite.com

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – LA GRANDE
1 – 4 p.m.
Red Cross La Grande Office
1806 Cove Ave.
La Grande, OR 97850
Register: https://lagranderedcrossorientation.eventbrite.com

 

Friday, September 21, 2018 – PORTLAND
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Red Cross Portland Office
3131 N Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Register: https://portlandredcrossorientation2.eventbrite.com   

 

Friday, September 21, 2018 – ASTORIA
6 - 9 p.m.
Clatsop Community College
Astoria Campus
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103
Register: https://astoriaredcrossorientation.eventbrite.com   

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.

The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.

 

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD More than 140 blood drives have been canceled through early next week due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in over 4,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Eligible donors in unaffected areas are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets to help maintain the nation’s blood supply. There is a critical need to platelet and type O blood donations. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people

affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make

a donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this

disaster.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have

safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness

information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching

for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies

about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian

aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that

depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more

information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.




Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross - 20,000 People in More Than 200 Shelters Overnight as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

Deadline extended for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee applications
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/18 1:30 PM

September 14, 2018

Deadline extended for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee applications

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division has extended the deadline for applications for the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. The deadline has been extended to allow time for additional applications across all the recommended areas of expertise as outlined in HB 4133.

OHA invites applications from people who meet the criteria outlined in HB 4133, Section (3).

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

To apply, submit the following to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Oct. 15:

  1. A completed executive appointment interest form, available on the Governor’s Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
  2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
  3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the legislation is available on the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/Maternal-Mortality-Morbidity-Review-Committee.aspx.

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

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DPSST Fire POlicy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/14/18 10:46 AM

For Immediate Release                                                         

September 14, 2018

Contact:          Mona Riesterer
                        (503) 378-2431

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on September 24, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Dial-in number: 888-398-2342 and Participant code: 4256088

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda items:

1Introductions

2.  Approval of May 23, 2018 Fire Policy Meeting Minutes   

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0010 and OAR 259-009-0059; Application for Personnel Affiliation

      and Certification Eligibility (E-1 Form)

     Presented by Kayla Ballrot

4.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0062; Fire Ground Leader

      Presented by Kayla Ballrot

5.  McEwen, Cheyenne DPSST #36822 – NFPA Operations Level Responder & Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2); 

      Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District 1

        Presented by Kayla Ballrot

6.  Morey, Samantha E. DPSST #18786 – Application to Instruct and Approved DPSST Course, NFPA Fire Fighter 1, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NDPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with and Aerial Device, First Responder Operations, NFPA Fire Instructor I, NFPA Fire Officer I, NFPA Fire Officer II certifications for failure to meet the minimum standards for a Fire Service Professional

    Presented by Kayla Ballrot

7.  Morey, David R. DPSST # 13538 – NFPA Fire Fighter I, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NFPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Pumper Operator, Fires Responder Operations, On Scene Incident Commander, Wildland Interface Fire Fighter, Wildland Interface Engine Boss, Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader, Hazardous Materials Technician, NFPA Confined Space Rescue, Basic Fire Fighter, and NFPA Fire Instructor I

   Presented by Kayla Ballrot

8.  Department Update

Next scheduled FPC meeting – November 28, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Fire Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting


JCSO Marine Patrol Wins National Award (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/18 6:49 AM
ODW Award
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies have been recognized for their work in enforcing impaired boating laws.  This week, JCSO received the “Top Agency” award for “Operation Dry Water,” a nationwide effort to keep waterways safe from alcohol-related fatalities.    

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, JCSO representatives were presented with the award during the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) conference in Indianapolis.  The Oregon State Marine Board nominated JCSO for the honor.  JCSO was one of three agencies nationwide to receive the Top Agency award.

Deputies Jason Denton and Ian Lance combined to arrest nine boaters for boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII) during the “Operation Dry Water” enforcement weekend, June 29 to July 1.  The nationwide event is part of a year-long awareness campaign sponsored by NASBLA.  According to NASBLA, alcohol is responsible for 15 percent of boating fatalities, making it the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. 

Oregon’s laws for driving and boating under the influence of intoxicants (DUII and BUII) are generally similar.  Unlike driving laws, however, Oregon boating laws allow open containers of alcohol in boats, and boat operators are allowed to consume alcohol. 

Like vehicle drivers, however, boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  The “legal limit” for both is .08% blood alcohol content.  BUII laws are enforceable on any public waterway and pertain to any kind of boat, including motor boats, rafts, and other paddle craft.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/boaters.  Information about statewide boating laws and regulations can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board website: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Statewide-and-Local-Regulations.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: ODW Award , Dep Denton and Dep Lance

Thu. 09/13/18
Classroom "Grandpa" Sentenced for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/13/18 5:52 PM
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
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MEDFORD, Ore. – A former classroom volunteer arrested for sexually abusing two kindergarten students is headed to prison.  Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree sexual abuse in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

As part of a negotiated settlement, Lodge received a sentence of 75 months in prison, without the possibility of early release due to Measure 11 sentencing guidelines.  He has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest on December 9, 2017.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lodge after investigating a report that Lodge sexually abused a 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School in White City.  Detectives later learned of a second victim in the class.  A grand jury indicted Lodge on charges related to the abuse of both girls. 

During an interview with detectives, Lodge confirmed both girls’ claims that he touched their genitals on the inside of the their underwear.  Lodge told detectives he found opportunities to touch the girls when others weren’t looking.  He said he even did so in the middle of the classroom, using his body to shield the act from the teacher.  The girls reported that Lodge told them to keep the abuse a secret.

Lodge was known as “Grandpa Jerry” to the children in the class.  He was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS).  The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley.  Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say as soon as the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with the Eagle Point School District and PRS cooperated fully with the criminal investigation; they prevented Lodge from having any further contact with students. School officials and JCSO detectives held a meeting with parents in the classroom following Lodge's arrest to answer questions about the incidents.

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Attached Media Files: Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017

Cannabis Commission's Product Integrity Subcommittee meets September 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 09/13/18 4:01 PM

September 13, 2018

Cannabis Commission’s Product Integrity Subcommittee meets September 21 in Portland

What: The monthly public meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission’s Product Integrity Subcommittee

Agenda: TBD

When: Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Conference call line: 877-848-7030, access code 753428.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight-member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, they advise the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis.  For more information, please visit the commission's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the 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 material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Shannon McFadden at 971-673-3181, 711 TTY or shannon.m.mcfadden@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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17 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/13/18 3:20 PM
The Circus Project. Courtesy of Oregon Arts Commission.
The Circus Project. Courtesy of Oregon Arts Commission.
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A total of 17 Oregon arts organizations have received $10,000 awards totaling $170,000 in FY2019 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support projects across the state.

“We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of students around the state will be enriched as a result,” said Arts Commission Chair Christopher Acebo, who chaired the review panel. “The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn.”

 Arts Learning grants are designed to: support high-quality projects that provide a responsive opportunity for learning in and through the arts to benefit K-12 students; foster exchange of knowledge between artists and educators; and impact the achievement, skills and/or attitudes of learners. 

Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and responsiveness, project support and project impact.

Note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations’ base location, the population they reach may be outside of their immediate community -- often in rural and underserved parts of the state.

Organizations receiving FY2019 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Portland      

To support Architects in Schools - a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd-5th grade Oregon classrooms.

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton        

To support one year's delivery of arts instruction for 800 to 900 K-12 students and teachers in the Arts Center and in Eastern Oregon schools.

Caldera, Portland    
To support Geography of We: Planting the Seeds of Creativity which will provide 300-400 youth with year-round arts instruction and creative mentoring.

Fishtrap Inc, Joseph

To support and enhance Fishtrap’s youth programs, which offer a continuum of writing instruction for students across Eastern Oregon.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene 

To support the launch of residencies that merge arts and academics (Arts Integrated Residencies) at five Lane County schools, serving 400 students.

Open Signal, Portland        

To support Echo AiR, an interdisciplinary media arts and performance program for incarcerated youth to become the authors of their own narratives.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association, Ashland        

To support a year of Oregon Shakespeare Festival School Visit Partnerships for 23 Oregon schools – a multi-year program of residencies, arts instruction and professional development.

Portland Art Museum, Portland

To support the expansion of K-12 student programs, focused outreach and school tours for nearly 20,000 students in the Greater Portland region.

Portland Center Stage, Portland     

To support 26-30 hours of workshops for secondary schools in the Portland metro area and a 21-hour playwriting residency at Rosemary Anderson High School.

Portland Opera Association, Portland       

To support a statewide arts education program reaching 15,000 K-12 students through live opera performances, in-class workshops and a teachers’ guide.

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland

To support whole school arts integration at two Reynolds School District elementary schools serving 945 students and 36 educators.

Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls       

To support at least 1,920 hours of performing arts instruction in eight Klamath County elementary schools to support district learning initiatives.

Stories Alive, Ashland

To support the expansion of the Story Machine program to six elementary schools in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Circus Project, Portland

To support 65 hours of circus arts instruction with 20-40 middle school students through a year-long partnership with Self Enhancement Inc.

The High Desert Museum, Bend    

To support Kids Curate, an arts learning program that provides inspiring interdisciplinary educational experiences to underrepresented students.

Young Audiences of Oregon Inc, Portland 

To support delivery of an arts-integrated literacy program to a low-income population of approximately 360 students at four Washington County schools.

Youth Music Project, West Linn

To support music education for youth in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

                   

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. 

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

 




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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets September 20 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 09/13/18 3:08 PM

September 13, 2018

Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets September 20 in Salem

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 20, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, Callan Conference Room, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem. The public can also attend via toll-free conference line at 888-278-0296, participant code 4294893.

Agenda: After the public comment period, topics will include an update on the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) Conference, update from the Social Work department on communicating with counties regarding .370 patients, report on discharge planning process for patients who are under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB), and more.

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority Director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

For more information, see the board’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.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 include:

  • 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 Jacee Vangestel at 503-945-2852, 711 TTY or jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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HERC Genetics Advisory Panel meets October 10 by conference call
Oregon Health Authority - 09/13/18 2:20 PM

September 13, 2018

HERC Genetics Advisory Panel meets October 10 by conference call

What: A public meeting by conference call of the Health Evidence Review Commission’s Genetics Advisory Panel

When: October 10, 9-11 a.m.

Where: The public may attend via a listen-only conference line by calling 888-204-5984, participant code 801373. People wishing to give public testimony may do so at the Lincoln Building OEI Conference Room, Ste. 750, 421 SW Oak Street, Portland.

Agenda includes:

  • 2019 CPT codes for genetic services.
  • Prenatal genetic testing guideline
    • Amniocentesis and CVS CPT codes.
  • Non-prenatal genetic testing guideline.
  • Microarray testing for developmental delay.

For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/CSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx. The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting.

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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 Daphne Peck at 503-373-1985, 711 TTY or c.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the event. Written comments are also welcome at C.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us.

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Oregon legislators tour Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program facility (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/13/18 2:17 PM
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180912-YP317-Z-0020 - Two cadets from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program provide a tour of their facility to Oregon legislators with the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success in Bend, Oregon, September 12, 2018. The tour was the first stop of many schools in Central Oregon that the committee was visiting. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180912-YP317-Z-0026 - Two cadets with the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program discuss their dining facility  with Oregon legislators with the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success in Bend, Oregon, September 12, 2018. The tour was the first stop of many schools in Central Oregon that the committee was visiting. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180912-YP317-Z-0033 - The third platoon guidon marks the entry of the female bay at the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program facility in Bend, Oregon, September 12, 2018. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180912-YP317-Z-0039 - Oregon legislators with the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success learn about the academic structure of the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in Bend, Oregon, September 12, 2018. The tour was the first stop of many schools in Central Oregon that the committee was visiting. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Clarke, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Members of the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success include:

Senate Members:
Sen. Arnie Roblan, Co-Chair
Sen. Tim Knopp, Co-Vice Chair
Sen. Alan DeBoer
Sen. Lew Frederick
Sen. Mark Hass
Sen. Kathleen Taylor
Sen. Kim Thatcher

House Members:
Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, Co-Chair
Rep. Greg Smith, Co-Vice Chair
Rep. Brian Clem

Staff:
Lisa Gezelter, LPRO Analyst
Lisa Rybloom, Committee Assistant




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New free resource launches for those caring for Alzheimer's disease
AARP Oregon - 09/13/18 12:44 PM

CLACKAMAS—Providing care for a loved one with Alzeimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association announce a enhanced tool to make it easier to find information and resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder (communityresourcefinder.org) is a database of dementia and aging-related resources powered by Carelike®. The online tool makes it easy for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregivers and those involved in making care-related decisions to find local programs and services.

"Out of the approximately 470,000 family caregivers in Oregon, about 40% of them are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease,” said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon Government Relations Director. “We hope this new resource will help reduce caregiver stress and help families deal with this devastating disease."

The updated database expands the previously available Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, which launched in 2011 and today receives 37,000 monthly visits. The new platform will extend the reach to even more people with care and support needs. It features additional resources from AARP, including webinars, programs and events. It also offers a new advanced search tool to help people find local resources based on specific needs, such as payment options and specialized services. In addition, users are now able to share search results with family and other care team members to help facilitate caregiving decisions, keeping everyone informed.    

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder allows caregivers to search available resources in their area by simply entering their zip code. The database includes listings for a wide range of services, including:

  • Housing options.
  • Care at home.
  • Medical services.
  • Legal services, including elder law attorneys.
  • Community services, such as adult day centers and transportation.
  • Alzheimer’s Association information, programs and services.
  • AARP information, programs and services.

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder offers additional features to assist family caregivers, including tip sheets to help guide decisions regarding various providers and services, links to online communities, a glossary of terms for caregivers and state-by-state licensing information for residential, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  

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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease®. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

About Carelike®

  • Carelike is an information and technology company specializing in the collection and distribution of high-quality and current data about licensed professionals and senior-serving organizations (those that serve older individuals and their caregivers and families) in the United States.
  • Carelike aggregates and maintains basic information about licensed senior-service providers from several hundred sources at the federal, state and local levels as well as through senior service membership organizations.
    • Basic information about non-licensed providers is collected from private sources.
    • Detailed information is collected when senior-service providers complete a free Provider Profile, outlining the care and services that they offer. To learn more, visit www.carelike.com/providers

 


Grants Allow Deputies to Focus on Marijuana (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/13/18 8:07 AM
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) will receive a grant award of more than $573,000 from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to help with enforcement of marijuana laws.  Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1544, creating the Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement grant program.  The grant is designed to help law enforcement agencies address the local impact of the illegal marijuana market.

The funds will allow the creation of a multi-agency team consisting of investigators from JCSO and the Medford Police Department, as well as a crime analyst and a prosecutor.  The state grant requires that the positions be dedicated specifically to the enforcement of marijuana laws. 

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the grant is a step in the right direction, and he looks forward to getting the team up and running.

“With the new grant, we will be able to begin recruiting for new deputies soon, but it will take time to get them hired and trained,” Sickler said.  The positions on the multi-agency team will be filled by current deputies as job openings are filled by new employees.

In the meantime, JCSO is taking advantage of a federal grant to focus on problems that affect livability for Jackson County residents. Among the greatest needs is addressing complaints involving marijuana, which have increased since recreational and commercial production was legalized. 

Two deputy positions are funded by a grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Deputies Michael Hermant and David Bartlett were selected to fill the two COPS grant-funded positions, which went into service on July 1, 2018.  Their ability to focus on ongoing problems frees patrol deputies to respond to everyday calls for service. 

“Our deputies get a lot of complaints related to marijuana grows such as extra traffic, odors, and neighbor disputes,” said Deputy Hermant.  “We are able to take the time to look into each case, and then work with other agencies to find the best solution.”

The deputies work to determine whether a marijuana grow is operating legally.  Rules vary depending on whether the grow is recreational, commercial, or medical.  The deputies contact authorities such as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to check the legal status of the grow. 

Ongoing problems with permitting and compliance are referred to agencies such as Jackson County Code Enforcement or the Watermaster’s Office.  Large overproduction cases may be forwarded to local drug enforcement units such as the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement unit, or to the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Marijuana Team for further investigation. 

So far, the majority of the growers the deputies have contacted based on complaints have initially been out of compliance in some aspect.  In minor cases, deputies provide education to growers and give them an opportunity to bring their grows into compliance prior to enforcement action being taken. 

Some growers are operating completely outside of legal parameters, however.  An example is a recent case at a rural property near Gold Hill.  After investigating the initial complaint, deputies found a large grow with no permits or OMMP association.  They served a search warrant on September 4 and removed nearly 90 plants, which were destroyed. 

Nobody was present at the property during the warrant service, so no arrests were made at that time. The case remains under investigation.

The COPS deputies expect to have more time to devote to other problems in the community once marijuana harvest season has completed.  They already have plans to attend neighborhood meetings this fall to help address citizen concerns.  They are also spending time in rural schools, assisting with the JCSO School Safety Deputy program. 

Anyone with a complaint regarding a marijuana-related issue, or any other problem, can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  After contact with a patrol deputy, applicable cases will be forwarded to the COPS deputies.

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Wed. 09/12/18
UPDATE - POSSIBLE SUSPECT VEHICLE - Pedestrian injured after being struck by vehicle that fled - Hwy 126E. (Lane County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/18 8:06 PM
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Through evidence collected the Oregon State Police believes that that suspect vehicle is a 2004 - 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan (pictures attached are file photos not actual suspect vehicle) light colored, with either a CE or LE trim package.  The suspect vehicle will have notable exterior damage to include damaged right headlight assembly and missing the right side mirror.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with any information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or OSP from your mobile phone and reference case # SP 18-331738

On Monday, September 3, 2018 at approximately 8:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a hit and run collision on Hwy 126E near milepost 47.5

Preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle, described as a silver or metallic gray Chevy Astro Van or similar looking vehicle,  was traveling westbound and struck a pedestrian, John S. Houdeshell (71) from Yreka, CA, who was crossing the highway.   Houdeshell sustained critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in Springfield.    Suspect vehicle fled the scene and remains unidentified.

Hwy 126E was partially closed for three hours following the collision.  OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Upper McKenzie Fire Department and ODOT.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. 

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with any information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or OSP from your mobile phone and reference case # SP 18-331738




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