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Mon. 10/16/17
Division of Financial Regulation seeking comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases ¬-- deadline is Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 3:19 PM
Salem - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is seeking public comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases for silver metal tier individual health insurance premiums for 2018 plans.

The comment period starts Monday, Oct. 16. Due to the limited time frame to file revised rates, the deadline for comment is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To comment in writing, email Ethan Baldwin via email at Ethan.C.Baldwin@oregon.gov.

The reason for the public comment period is on Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about immediately stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Division of Financial Regulation is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage.

The division has determined that in order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, it must offer health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov the opportunity to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent. The deadline for insurance companies and the state to file new rates on HealthCare.gov is 12 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

Visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/Pages/20171013-trump-payment-reduction.aspx for more details about the decision to increase rates and a sample rate table of the revised rates.

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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 www.dfr.oregon.gov.
OPRD seeks to fill position on grant committee that advises on statewide trails
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 2:09 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a representative of the hiking community for a vacant volunteer position on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee that evaluates grants for statewide trails projects.

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and installing trail signs.

"Reviewing these grant applications is an important step in the process of improving and expanding Oregon's trail system," said OPRD grant coordinator Jodi Bellefeuille. "Grant committee members get to have a direct say in what trail projects are funded and provide feedback to land managers about their proposals."

The ten member committee evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates can live anywhere in Oregon and will be avid hikers with experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management and budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. In 2017, meetings were held in Salem in May and September. Dates for 2018 have not been finalized. Time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 40-80 grant applications each annual funding cycle.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 17. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.
Committee to review Oregon Heritage Grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 1:19 PM
A committee will meet to score and rank applications for the Oregon Heritage Grant program. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on November 6 via conference call. The grant committee meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone. The committee will meet October 30, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1?888?
278?0296, access Code: 4653554.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One in Brookings
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/16/17 12:16 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October, 15, 2017, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 97,000 block of Hamilton Lane in Brookings, Oregon. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Community Bank Week honored in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 11:30 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs.

In some communities, the banks are the largest employer or the only provider of banking services.

"Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Not only do these local bankers lend to Oregon families and farms to help communities flourish, but they also provide critical information and education to their customers about a variety of financial matters."

Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Members of Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/Pages/index.aspx and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
Hit and Run leads to DUII Arrest of Springfield Man (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 10/16/17 8:51 AM
Jonathan Hodgin
Jonathan Hodgin
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On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 12:40 am, the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a residence in the 1400 block of Mustang Drive in Oakland.

Deputies arrived on scene and determined no one was injured. Through their investigation, Deputies learned the driver of the 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV had been 36 year-old Jonathan Joe Hodgin of Springfield. He had fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

His 62 year-old father/passenger, Clayton R. Hodgin also of Springfield, was still on scene.

Both Hodgins were found to be intoxicated.

Jonathan Hodgin was eventually located by deputies and taken into custody on the following charges:

DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Trespass and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Jonathan Hodgin was lodged in the Douglas County Jail.


Attached Media Files: Jonathan Hodgin
Services for seniors will continue
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/16/17 8:46 AM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts." "Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

In late October and early November Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties share information on the process and seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.
Sheriff K9 Tracks Two Stolen Vehicle Suspects (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 10/16/17 8:05 AM
K9 Grim
K9 Grim
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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted the Sutherlin Police Department with a stolen vehicle investigation at 2:30 am on October 16, 2017.

Sutherlin Police Department received a call from a resident who reported his vehicle had just been stolen from his residence in the 900 block of Second Avenue in Sutherlin.

A short time later, the Sutherlin Officer located the stolen vehicle abandoned on the rail road tracks in the 800 block of N. State Street in Sutherlin. The officer requested the Sheriff's Office respond along with a K9.

Sheriff K9 Grim arrived and conducted a track, eventually locating 37 year-old Jeffrey Alan Haines of Sutherlin. Haines did not comply with commands from law enforcement, at which point the K9 apprehended him. Haines was taken into custody and received treatment for a minor injury as a result of the K9 capture.

K9 Grim continued searching the area and located an additional suspect, 33 year-old Tasha Nicole Thompson also of Sutherlin. She was taken into custody without incident.

K9 Grim has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 2013. He is a 6 year old German Shepherd.


Attached Media Files: K9 Grim , Thompson, T , Haines, J
Sat. 10/14/17
Douglas County Task Force Team Deployed Last Night to Southern California Wildfires (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 10/14/17 2:09 PM
Southern California Deployment - Image 2
Southern California Deployment - Image 2
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In coordination with the OSFM Agency Operations Center and as requested by California fire officials, Douglas County in conjunction with Klamath County deployed a Task Force Team last night to fires burning near Chino in southern California. Douglas County sent eight firefighters with two engines, as well as one Task Force Leader with a command vehicle, from the City of Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District #2. Both departments will be assisting with efforts to save lives and property from the devastating and horrific wildfires throughout California. Our thoughts are with both the residents of California and emergency responders who continue to work hard protecting lives and property. For more information regarding the State of Oregon response to the California wildland fires, please visit the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal


Attached Media Files: Southern California Deployment - Image 2 , Southern California Deployment - Image 1
***Name Released*** Bend Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/17 10:35 AM
The name of the deceased driver is Kim Douglas HOUSTON, age 58 (not 59 as previously stated). A dog that had been with HOUSTON also died as a result of the crash. Impaired driving and failure to use safety belts are being investigated as contributing factors. No further information at this time.

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Previous Release:
On October 13, 2017 at about 5:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 97 near milepost 119 (Canal Avenue Overpass). Upon emergency crews arriving they discovered nobody in or around the 1997 Dodge Pickup which had apparently rolled over. Crews quickly found an adult male who was critically injured on the Canal Avenue overpass above 97.

Preliminary information revealed the Dodge had been traveling southbound on Highway 97 and drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail and rolled. The driver, a 59 year old Bend man, was ejected and landed on the bridge that spanned over Highway 97. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by first responders.

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an initial release. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.
Oregon sends five more task forces to Ca (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/14/17 10:18 AM
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
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California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon's fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.


Attached Media Files: Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews preparing to leave for California
Fri. 10/13/17
State announcement regarding Trump administration discontinuation of cost-sharing reduction payments
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/13/17 2:22 PM
Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/13/17 1:16 PM
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
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All 10 strike teams the OSFM has sent south to assist with the wildfires in California are actively engaged on a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.

Five strike teams from Lane County (2), Linn/Benton counties, Clatsop/Columbia counties, and Yamhill County have been assigned to the Central LNU Complex covering Sonoma, Lake, and Napa counties.

Five strike teams from Washington County, Multnomah County, Marion County, Jackson/Josephine counties, and Klamath/Deschutes counties are assigned to the Southern LNU complex covering Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties.

Oregon fire agency reps: OSFM State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (Central LNU Complex) and OSFM Red Team Incident Commander Ian Yocum (Southern LNU Complex) report that Oregon resources are preforming well and morale is high.

California is continuing to reach out to states to bring in additional resources. In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

California Fire Chief Kim Zagaris had high complements for Oregon resources stating that, "The ability of Oregon to mobilize and deploy their strike teams so quickly and efficiently has allowed our firefighters to get much needed rest," said Zagaris. "I'm impressed by the high caliber of the Oregon teams on the front lines doing tremendous structural protection work to protect the people and property of California. Everyone affected is extremely grateful for the help from Oregon."

California fire officials continue to expect dry windy conditions throughout the weekend which will continue to challenge firefighters and residents.

California made the request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management which then contacts and coordinates with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests; in this case the OSFM.

Follow the OSFM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/ and Twitter: @OSFM


Attached Media Files: Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires , Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Kicker details confirmed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 10/13/17 12:02 PM
SALEM, Oregon--A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year.

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2016 tax liability before any credits--line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40--by 6.3 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2016 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2017, you still have to file a 2017 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2017 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What's My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue's website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you'll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2016 and 2017.

You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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Scam Alert!
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 10/13/17 8:13 AM
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff's Office demanding money from you, HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM!

This scam plays on your fears. These con artists tell potential victims that there is an outstanding warrant for an unpaid debt, missed jury duty or some minor infraction and that a fine is due. The caller will then demand payment via debit/credit card, Western Union, or instructs victims to obtain a prepaid card to cover the payment.

To sound credible, these scammers are providing legitimate names and information of law enforcement employees and may even reference a local area judge by name. They also use Caller ID "spoofing," which makes it appear as though the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency or court offices.

If you truly have a warrant for your arrest you are not going to be notified through a phone call. If you have a warrant for your arrest, a law enforcement officer will make efforts to contact you in person. Legitimate warrants can only be cleared through the court system.
No employee of the Sheriff's Office will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get this type of call, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY.
If you are worried you owe money on a fine, call the number of the court offices that you believe the warrant was issued from. Find the number in the local directory do not assume any number that the caller gave you is valid.

If you do give the caller any personal information or money, call to report it to law enforcement immediately.
Thu. 10/12/17
Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference Award Recipients
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 7:02 PM
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference was pleased to present annual recognition nominations and awards at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes Conference Center, in Bend, OR. This was the first time this conference was held in Oregon and attendees included public safety professionals, clinical providers, and allied professionals involved in assisting individuals in crisis from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The awards banquet was held in partnership with the conference held at the same location. The conference and awards banquet were hosted by the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission CIT Statewide and CIT-King CO Programs, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, CIT-King CO Coordinators Committee, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), FBI--Seattle CAAA, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit, Marion County Crisis Outreach Response Team, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), and the Oregon CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE). CIT International board members were also present to recognize the nominees and award recipients.

The awards banquet recognized nominees in the following categories:

2017 CIT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Officer Anthony Powers, Roseburg PD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Terry Amos, Klamath Falls PD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Deputy Todd Siex, Morrow CO SD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Stephen Anderson, Spokane PD, Washington

?,?2017 CIT Corrections Officer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Deputy Alva Songer, Clark CO SO Corrections, Washington
o Award Recipient -- Deputy Barbara Schubach, Clark CO SO Corrections, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Brandon Johnson, King CO DAJD, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Yuliya Hall, King CO DAJD, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Roy Sprague, King CO DAJD, Washington

2017 CIT Non-Commissioned Staff of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Kelly Washington, King CO DAJD, Washington

?,? 2017 CIT Mental Health Practitioner of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Corporal Danielle Jenkins, Longview PD, Washington
o Nominee -- Megan Ridle, Coos County, Oregon
o Nominee -- Ross Acker, Coos County, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Agency Executive of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Sheriff Tim Svenson, Yamhill CO SO, Oregon
o Award Recipient -- Mr. Walt Beglau, Marion County District Attorney, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Supervisor of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Lieutenant Tad Larson, Marion County SO, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Coordinator of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Retired Sergeant Don Gulla, King CSO

?,? 2017 CIT Instructor/Trainer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Dr. Michael Leeds, Oregon
o Nominee -- Ms. Renee Balodis-Cox, Behavioral Health & Crisis Consulting, Washington
o Nominee -- Ross Acker, Coos County Health & Wellness, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Justin Poe, King CO DAJD, Washington

?,? 2017 CIT Community Resource of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Ms. Linda Maddy, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)

The awards banquet also included a silent auction that raised over $2,000 for the NAMI Multnomah and NAMI Central Oregon programs. If you have any further questions or need further information email me at rwright@cjtc.state.wa.us.


Attached Media Files: NW CIT Awards Group Photo
Services for seniors
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/12/17 4:39 PM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) cease providing services under all programs and contracts. Further, MCCOG shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."
The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.
In late October and early November, Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties to share information on the process and to seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.

Contact information: Jane-ellen Weidanz, Long Term Services and Supports Policy Administrator, Jane-Ellen.WEIDANZ@state.or.us; 503-602-8399 or
Deb McCuin, APD, State Unit on Aging, Program Analyst; Debbie.MCCUIN@state.or.us;
541-618-7854
Wanted Roseburg Man Arrested Following Standoff - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/17 3:41 PM
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Troopers arrested a Roseburg man on several warrants after a long standoff in the Green District of Roseburg.

On October 12, 2017 at about 8:45AM, an OSP trooper observed a 2000 Suzuki Utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg. The trooper checked the speed of the vehicle at 89 miles per hour in a posted 65 mile per hour zone.

The Suzuki Utility vehicle, operated by RUSSELL SCOTT, age 60, from Roseburg, stopped in a business parking lot near "M" Street and Old Highway 99 South in the Green District of Roseburg. The trooper realized that SCOTT had multiple warrants for his arrest and he knew that SCOTT was recently in a standoff with Sutherlin Police Department. The trooper attempted to have SCOTT exit the vehicle but SCOTT would not comply. Additional OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Winston Police Department units arrived on scene. OSP troopers communicated with SCOTT for nearly 4 hours in the hopes of him voluntarily exiting is vehicle and surrendering without success.

Due to previous threats towards law enforcement the OSP Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) was dispatched to the incident. Once on scene, negations failed and SWAT introduced OC (pepper spray) projectiles into the vehicle. SCOTT finally complied and was taken into custody without further incident. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following arrested on the following warrants: Failure to Appear (Burglary I, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief), Failure to Appear for Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear for a Failure to Appear.

Old Highway 99 was closed from Highway 42 to Ervin Ave for about four (4) hours during the incident. Local businesses in the immediate area were closed during this period of time for safety reasons.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Douglas County Fire District 2 and the Oregon Department of Transportation


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DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:39 PM
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in 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: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910
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:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting
Approve Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting

3. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

4. Administrative Closures -- Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Wright, Brandon DPSST #57481, Bay Cities Ambulance -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Knight, Matthew DPSST #55443, Milton-Freewater Police Dept.- Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Department Update

8. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 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 Telecommunications 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.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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.
DPSST Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup Meeting Scheduled - Amended
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:27 PM
For Immediate Release AMENDED
October 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
503-378-2427


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on October 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Corrections - Professional Development Unit 5485 Turner Rd. SE Salem, Oregon 97302. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Teleconference:
Dial in: 888-273-3658
Participant Code: 4711910

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:

1. The 9-month Experience Requirement for Basic Certification
2. DPSST Retirement Cards
3. Signature Authorities on F-Forms
4. The Issuance, Management and Maintenance of Multi-Discipline Certification
5. Agency Rank Structure
6. Minimum Standards for Management/Executive Levels of Public Safety Certification


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 Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup 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.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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.
PacificSource Foundation Awards $218k in Grant Support to Regional Nonprofits
PacificSource Health Plans - 10/12/17 1:16 PM
(Springfield, Ore.) Oct. 12, 2017-- The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $218,000 in grant support to eight nonprofit organizations based in Oregon, Idaho, Southwest Washington, and Montana. The grant funding will span from one to three years. The Foundation, founded in 1992, has awarded a total of $ 376,000 to 14 nonprofits in 2017 thus far, with additional grants to be announced in November.

"Working in partnership to improve community health is a shared mission of both PacificSource and of our foundation," said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource's Foundation for Health Improvement. "We know that we can do so much more when we partner toward building vibrant and healthy communities. We are pleased to announce this latest round of funding to these deserving nonprofits."

The following organizations will receive grant funding:

Oregon:
Old Mill Center for Children and Families -- Trauma Informed Care Training and Support for Community Organizations. Three-year grant funding consisting of $25,000 in year one, $22,000 in year two and $20,000 in year three.
Gorge Grown Food Network --Veggie Rx for Pregnant Mothers and Their Families. One year grant of $35,000.
Cornerstone Community Housing -- Healthy Homes Program. Three-year grant of $25,000 per year.

Idaho:
Boise Rescue Mission -- Mental Health Program. Three-year grant of $20,000 per year.

Montana:
Missoula Aging Services --Care Transitions Program. One-year grant for $25,000.
Billings Clinic Foundation -- Project Echo Montana. Two-year grant of $10,000 per year.
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition -- Double SNAP Dollars for Healthy Communities. Two-year grant of $15,000 per year.

Southwest Washington:
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington -- Diabetes Program, Partnering to Address Root Causes of Poor Health. One-year grant of $11,000.

The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement's mission is to provide resources and funds for the health and welfare of underserved and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on children and youth. For information on how to apply for a PacificSource Foundation grant, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
Founded in 1992, the PacficSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an
expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation's grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power - 10/12/17 10:39 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News media hotline: 800-570-5838 Oct. 12, 2017

Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don't put safety first.

"Now is a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in," said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power safety director. "Winter storms bringing down branches is a big cause of power outages. Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches and power outages later."

Use caution when pruning trees. Don't use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Always keep yourself and anything you're handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. Instead, call us at 1-888-221-7070 -- we'll be happy to remove it for you.

Treat all electric lines with caution.
Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you're working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Stand-off in Green Area
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 10/12/17 10:11 AM
We are asking the public to please avoid the area near the Fast Stop Market (M Street) in Green. Oregon State Police currently is involved in a high-risk traffic stop in that area.
Medford Fire-Rescue Open House
Medford Fire-Rescue - 10/12/17 9:06 AM
In support of National Fire Prevention Week, Medford Fire-Rescue is hosting an Open House at Fire Station #2 located at 1107 Stewart Ave this evening, October 12th, 2017, from 4 pm-7 pm. All are welcome to tour the new fire station, check out a fire engine, meet several of our firefighters and learn about home fire safety.
This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" stresses the importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. Medford Fire-Rescue encourages all City of Medford households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that's a safe distance from the home.
For more information visit www.medfordfirerescue.org, www.facebook.com/MedfordFireDepartment# , www.firepreventionweek.org.
Roseburg Man Arrested on Meth Charges (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 10/12/17 8:56 AM
Brett Cashman
Brett Cashman
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On Thursday, October 12, 2017, 54 year-old Brett William Cashman of Roseburg was arrested on drug charges.

At 1:13 am, a deputy observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Interstate 5. The deputy observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop.

Cashman, the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, did not have a valid driver's license. His driving privileges were suspended at a misdemeanor level. Cashman was taken into custody without incident.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy located approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine and additional evidence indicating Cashman was involved in the delivery of Methamphetamine.

Cashman was taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor.


Attached Media Files: Brett Cashman
Wed. 10/11/17
Explosion During Traffic Stop - No Known Further Threat to Public Safety
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 4:55 PM
Starting this morning, the FBI and other partner agencies served a sealed federal search warrant related to possible explosives at an apartment located at 18840 NW Rock Creek Circle in Washington County. That search is on-going.

At approximately 3:56 pm, FBI task force officers with Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted a traffic stop near NW 185th Avenue and NW Rock Creek Boulevard. The driver, believed to be the resident of the apartment being searched, did not stop. A brief pursuit began, but ended quickly. There appeared to be a small explosion inside the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle, and officers took him into custody for a probation violation. Investigators and prosecutors will determine any other possible charges in the future.

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy who was approaching the vehicle as the explosion occurred has been transferred to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect was also transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.

At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.

Partner agencies involved in today's search included Portland Police Bureau, Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU), Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington County Animal Control.


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The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/11/17 4:41 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, any announcements, ODC Business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.
People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-808-6929; access code: 4517555.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
Tallmadge Doyle's "Refuge" exhibited in the Governor's Office through Nov. 29 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/11/17 3:33 PM
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
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Salem, Oregon -- Eugene artist Tallmadge Doyle exhibits "Refuge" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Employing botanical imagery as a jumping-off point, the works in "Refuge" reflect upon natural patterns of weather, star charts, leaf circulatory systems and bird feathers. The artist's interest in the historic and contemporary scientific realm, whether astronomy, physics or botany, runs as a common theme throughout her work. On a personal level, Doyle's artwork "serves as a refuge from the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world." The artist's mixed media prints communicate her meditative art practice to viewers and provide a way to reconnect to the natural world.

Doyle is a printmaker, painter and public artist based in Eugene. Born in New York City, she received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and a master of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Oregon (UO). Doyle taught printmaking as an adjunct professor at UO from 1997 to2015. She has participated in more than 120 juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work is included in over 30 public collections in the U.S. and abroad. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Davidson Gallery (Seattle), Augen Gallery (Portland) and the Karin Clarke Gallery (Eugene).

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



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


Attached Media Files: Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Seeks Wolf Creek Inn Operator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/11/17 12:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is extending the deadline to accept proposals to operate Wolf Creek Inn, an historic bed-and-breakfast property near Grants Pass, in southern Oregon. The request for proposals (RFP) opened August 15, 2017 and closes October 19, 2017. More info is here: http://bit.ly/WolfCreekInnRFP

The Inn has been operated in many different ways in its long history. Since 1975, when OPRD took ownership of the 4 1/2 acre property, the facility has functioned as a restaurant, an overnight hotel, or both together. OPRD has run the operation with its own staff, or as an adjunct to a concessionaire. Right now, OPRD is operating the property as a museum and as an overnight hotel. The agency hopes to have a contract awarded later this fall for 2018 operation.

"It is a unique opportunity," said Nathan Seable, who manages state parks in the area, including Wolf Creek Inn State Historic Site. "For the right individuals, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run a business in a great community." Seable will conduct site visits for any interested parties.

Wolf Creek Inn was built sometime around 1883, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has been remodeled, and today boasts upgraded HVAC systems and electrical service, an efficient commercial kitchen and modern fire suppression. Its nine guest rooms, appointed in period décor, have seen the likes of Clark Gable and Jack London walk through their doors. The Inn has always been a strong venue for special events, and its restaurant and hospitality services have been regionally famous for decades.

Wolf Creek Inn is located just off the I-5, about 20 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Inn is an easy drive to the many tourism destinations of southern Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Oregon Caves, the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets October 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/11/17 11:09 AM
Corrected news release:
NOTE: A correction to the meeting day/date has been posted to this news release. The correct day and date for the meeting is Friday, October 20. Sorry for the confusion.



Date: October 11, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Friday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Trillium Room at the Oregon Garden Resort, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR 97381. The committee will receive and discuss information about:

General updates from the Private Forests Division Deputy Chief
What help the agency can provide to forest landowners after a wildfire
The Forest Stewardship National Meeting
Forest taxes
Forestry business and succession management
Planning for the December committee meeting

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 10:12 AM
Jane Doe 39 photo b
Jane Doe 39 photo b
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The information below is part of a national awareness campaign launched today by FBI Headquarters as investigators attempt to identify Jane Doe 39. The FBI is launching this campaign as a national effort because this woman could be anywhere in the U.S.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 39, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified female, Jane Doe 39, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2016; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.

Jane Doe 39 is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair. At the time the video was produced, Jane Doe 39 was wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress. In addition, Jane Doe 39 could be heard speaking Vietnamese. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being investigated as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

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Attached Media Files: Rescue Me Summary , FBI Endangered Child Alert background , Jane Doe 39 flyer , Jane Doe 39 photo b , Jane Doe 39 photo a
Oregon Emergency Management and the Oregon State Fire Marshal send equipment and personnel to assist with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/11/17 9:57 AM
Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
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The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal in coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the raging wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon and Arizona. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state to state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams from the following counties:
Two from Lane County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.


Attached Media Files: Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
Be "2 Weeks Ready" and be Earthquake Prepared (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/11/17 9:33 AM
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
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OEM launches series of 2 Weeks Ready videos to provide fun, friendly information and a memorable jingle

SALEM, OR -- October 11, 2017 -- The shaking starts. It's an earthquake! What do you do? Many people sit there wondering, "Is this 'The Big One'?" On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., join millions who will practice what you should REALLY do during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Find out how and register to participate at www.ShakeOut.org/Oregon.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges everyone to be 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. To that end, the agency has developed a series of lively one-minute videos, viewable on the OEM YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2wxyE9C), to inform and educate the public.

Andrew Phelps, OEM director, suggests that in addition to having two weeks' of food, water and other supplies, take time to talk with your family and friends about what you will do when disaster strikes and if you're not together during an emergency. Do family members know what to do and where to go? Is heavy furniture at home or equipment at work braced for safety? Do you know how to turn off your gas line? Is your preparedness kit accessible? How will you communicate with your loved ones after a major disaster?

These are critical questions when planning for disasters such as earthquakes and go beyond having emergency items. Develop a family disaster plan, assign roles or duties for each family member, and do the same for people in your neighborhood.

"During an emergency, we will need to count on each other," says Phelps. "Be aware of what hazards or disasters can impact you and your family, have emergency supplies and know what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster."

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady , Be part of the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at 10:19 a.m. on October 19. Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon/register.
Forestry professionals in southwest Oregon nominated for ODF award for responsible forestry operations
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/11/17 9:11 AM
Date: Oct. 11, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Greg Wagenblast, ODF Policy Analyst/Civil Penalties Administrator, Salem, 503-945-7382


Salem, ORE -- The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee, an advisory group made up of forest landowners and other citizens, plans an Oct. 18 tour in southwest Oregon of two forest operations nominated for the Oregon Board of Forestry's Operator of the Year awards. The awards recognize excellence and exceptional performance in meeting or exceeding the natural resource protection requirements of Oregon's Forest Practices Act. Requirements include post-harvest re-planting, sound construction and maintenance of forest roads, and protection of stream buffers and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Southwest Oregon nominees are:
Denali Logging Company LLC, Coos Bay
Zuber & Sons Logging LLC, Wedderburn

Regional committees in northwest and eastern Oregon plan similar tours in October and November. Based on recommendations from its Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees, the Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 2017 meeting.

Anyone may attend the tour. The agenda and additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees are available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations, please call 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practices Committees advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. The committees were created by 1971 amendments to the Forest Practices Act.

Forests are among Oregon's most valued resources, providing a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Flu season has begun, and it's a good time to get vaccinated
Oregon Health Authority - 10/11/17 8:25 AM
October 11, 2017

Flu activity is as expected for this time of year, and vaccine is effective

The start of fall means the start of influenza season, and public health officials say now is the best time--when the number of flu cases in Oregon is still low--to get vaccinated.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) begins tracking flu the first week of October each year. The agency publishes data each week of the season on reports of influenza-like illness from hospital emergency departments and sentinel health care providers around the state; positive flu tests reported by 22 hospital laboratories in Oregon; and hospitalizations reported in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

While it's difficult to forecast exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, health officials say getting a flu shot is the best way to prepare for however it shapes up.

"Every flu season is a bad flu season, but we can all do our part in keeping flu numbers down by getting a flu shot before the season really hits hard," said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the OHA Public Health Division.

Flu is a virus that causes mild to severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization. The virus kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year. People at higher risk of severe illness or death include children, adults older than 65, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. It can take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal. Vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Oregon Public Health Division officials also are encouraging health care workers to get vaccinated for the flu. Immunized health care workers help prevent the spread of influenza in health care settings, particular among hospitalized patients at high risk for complications from the flu, such as the elderly, very young or those with some chronic illnesses.

Since 2009 OHA has required Oregon hospitals to report their health care workers' flu vaccination rates. OHA added this requirement for long-term care facilities in 2010 and then for ambulatory surgery centers in 2011. Last year was the first year dialysis facilities have been required to report their health care worker flu vaccination rates. Oregon hospitals and dialysis facilities met the 2015 Healthy People target rate of 75 percent for the 2015-2016 influenza season, while ambulatory surgery centers and skilled nursing facilities fell short.

Data on 2015-2016 Oregon health care worker influenza vaccination rates are available on the OHA Public Health website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/Documents/Reports/FluVacc_Report_2015.pdf.

Thomas said strategies for increasing flu vaccination rates among health care workers include facilities encouraging employees to get vaccinated at the beginning of every flu season; encouraging coworkers, including those not employed by the facility--contractors, volunteers--to get vaccinated, and participating in and encouraging promotional strategies, such as mass vaccination fairs, providing vaccines at no cost and creating incentive programs.

Other ways people can help prevent flu:

-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.

-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.

-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find flu vaccine clinic, visit the OHA flu prevention website at http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA's flu vaccine locator tool.

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SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
SAIF - 10/11/17 7:02 AM
Summary: Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.
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While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with an additional Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.
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Oregon Department of Forestry sends fire engine crews to help with Northern California wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/17 5:25 PM
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Four Oregon Department of Forestry fire engines and their two-person crews arrived in Northern California yesterday to help with wildfires that have been ravaging parts of that state. ODF's Southwest and Klamath-Lake districts bordering California sent the crews as part of a long-standing mutual fire aid agreement between U.S. states. Two of the engines came from Grants Pass, one from Klamath Falls and one from Medford. A ninth ODF employee also went from Medford in a support role. Because of more than a dozen wind-driven wildfires, California's governor has declared a fire emergency in three counties - Napa, Sonoma and Yuba. These fast-moving fires have caused fatalities, burned down homes and businesses, caused hurried evacuations and fully engaged local and state firefighting resources. The ODF teams will be put to use where the Northern California incident command deems they are needed most.

This reciprocal aid is an important way the nation is able to ensure individual states or regions are not overwhelmed during peak fire events. For example, earlier this summer California sent teams north into ODF's Southwest Oregon District during an especially active run of wildfires. Over eight weeks in August and September, district firefighters battled some 317 wildfires. At the peak, during a single week in August, ODF responded to 154 wildfires in Josephine and Jackson counties - an average of 22 a day. Cal-Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires on state-protected lands, sent crews that helped with initial attack.
One result of this mutual aid was ODF's Southwest Oregon District was able to contain 97 percent of all wildfires on ODF-protected land to less than 10 acres, and total acres burned to under a thousand.
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Conference of Local Health Officials meets October 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/10/17 1:59 PM
October 10, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: CLHO officer elections; CLHO committee annual reports; Tobacco Prevention and Education Program funding update; Public Health Modernization process measures; program element template changes timeline; Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan training

When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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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:
· Sing 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 Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Interactive lidar map reveals Oregon's dramatic landscapes
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 10/10/17 1:10 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - From mountain peaks to city skylines, Oregon's dramatic landscapes are revealed with the state's new interactive lidar map.

Lidar technology offers precise, high-resolution images of the surface of the earth, vegetation, and the built environment. The Lidar Data Viewer interactive map features layers for bare earth, which shows everything above the surface of the earth stripped away; highest hit, which shows a birds-eye view of trees and buildings; and bare earth slope, which shows steepness of slopes.

"With the lidar viewer, you can explore Oregon in an entirely new way," says Jacob Edwards, who coordinates the Oregon Lidar Consortium for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Whether it's the bare surface of Mount Hood or an overhead look at the buildings of downtown Bend, you'll see landmarks much differently."

Lidar has not only revolutionized geologic and natural hazard mapping, says State Geologist Brad Avy, but has become an essential tool for communities.

"By making lidar easy and free to download with the new viewer, the data is more widely accessible for many practical uses, from prioritizing road repairs to identifying dangers like mine shafts when fighting fires," Avy says.

The viewer also expands the lidar data available for download. Since the Oregon Lidar Consortium (OLC) was formed in 2007, DOGAMI has partnered on collection of lidar data with more than 80 state and federal agencies, Tribes, city and county governments, watershed councils, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The viewer includes lidar data from 18 recent OLC projects covering 15,087 square miles of Oregon, including areas in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties.

"Ninety-five percent of the newly released lidar coverage is for areas where there was no previous lidar data," Edwards says. "As more uses for lidar emerge, we're working with partners to identify areas where having lidar data could meet a critical need."

The viewer's launch is happening during Earth Science Week, proclaimed as October 8-14 by Governor Kate Brown. The week's theme of "Earth and Human Activity" promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.

Find the Lidar Data Viewer interactive map at: www.oregongeology.org/lidar
David Sanders, Albert DiPiero, and Zoom fined $285,000 for violating Oregon insurance law
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/17 12:06 PM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Division of Financial Regulation has fined David Sanders, Albert DiPiero, and Zoom Management Inc. ("ZMI") $285,000 in civil penalties.

The civil penalties are part of a settlement agreement and consent order reached by DCBS, Zoom Health Plan, and ZMI. The settlement agreement also obtains funds that will be used to pay Zoom Health Plan's member claims and liabilities.

"The size of these fines show that DCBS will not tolerate repeated violations of the insurance code," said Jean Straight, acting director of DCBS.

The settlement agreement achieves the following:
Establishes that Zoom Health Plan and ZMI violated the insurance code by filing financial statements that included a $3 million surplus note, for which it had never received the funds.
Fines ZMI $150,000 for several violation of the Insurance Code.
Fines Sanders $100,000 and DiPiero $35,000 for filing late CPA reviewed statements.
Requires ZMI to pay Zoom Health Plan $2.1 million in cash that will be used to pay member claims and company liabilities.
Allows members to keep their current coverage through the end of the year.
Resolves the pending lawsuit against ZMI and regulatory issues without further investigation or litigation.

"The settlement allows Zoom Health Plan to meet its financial obligations to policyholders, without spending additional dollars and resources on costly investigations and lawsuits," Straight said.

DCBS is the court-appointed receiver for Zoom Health Plan and is paying the claims and liabilities from its insurance business. The settlement agreement will become effective after it is approved by the court that oversees the receivership. DCBS will continue to act as receiver of Zoom Health Plan until all its claims and liabilities are discharged.

On April 25, 2017, the state filed a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court to recover $3 million in cash for the insurance company Zoom Health Plan. ZMI, an affiliated company, was supposed to pay the money in late 2016 in exchange for a surplus note, but never did. In its annual financial statement submitted to DCBS, Zoom Health Plan reported capital and surplus of $2,873,168 as of Dec. 31, 2016. But without the cash from the $3 million surplus note, its actual capital and surplus was negative $126,832 at the end of 2016, making it insolvent.

Sanders and DiPiero maintain that they thought that including the loan in Zoom Health Plan financial statements was appropriate. As part of the settlement agreement, DCBS agreed to not investigate whether or not the misstatement on the filing was intentional.

The settlement agreement cancels the $3 million surplus note, but requires ZMI to pay Zoom Health Plan $2,178,538 in cash. The receiver will use this, together with the company's existing resources, to pay remaining Zoom Health Plan member claims and liabilities.

Zoom Health Plan currently serves approximately 338 members, and has offered plans in Oregon since 2015. Zoom+ Care, another affiliated company, operates clinics in Oregon and Washington. ZMI acted as a business manager for the health plan and continues to do so for the clinics.

All current Zoom Health Plan individual policies will be canceled effective Dec. 31, 2017. Group policies will expire at different times, depending on their renewal dates. No policies will remain beyond Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information about Zoom Health Plan, visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/business/resources/Pages/zoom-faqs.aspx. Consumers with questions can call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email cp.ins@oregon.gov.

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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 www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee meets Friday, October 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/10/17 11:35 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 352, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem.
The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Public comment, old and new business, retreat planning, subcommittee reports and agenda items for the next meeting.

For those who can't attend in person, there is a toll-free phone number: 1-888-808-6929, Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against "Business Email Compromise" Scams
FBI - Oregon - 10/10/17 10:00 AM
October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week, the FBI is focusing attention on the "Business Email Compromise" scam.

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The Business Email Compromise scam has been around for a few years, but as a new analysis from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center shows -- it is a scam that has grown so large that it costs American companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Worldwide -- this scam racked up more than $5 billion in losses or attempted losses between October 2013 and December 2016.

There are a number of variations on how this scam works, but here are the basics:

The fraudster either spoofs an email account or is able to hack an account at a victim company. The fraudster then sends an invoice to a second company demanding payment. Both companies typically have a long-standing relationship, and that invoice doesn't look out-of-the ordinary. The fraudster arranges for the funds to be wired to an account he controls.

In a variation of this scam, the fraudster gets control of an email account belonging to an executive at the victim company -- a CEO, CFO or the like. Using that executive's persona, he sends a request to the finance department asking for a payment to be wired to another vendor immediately. The unsuspecting employee makes the transaction happen quickly to keep the boss happy. Regardless of how the scam plays out, the victim company suffers the loss.

Of particular concern in Oregon are the small and medium-sized businesses that are getting hit by this scam. Due to their size, they are often less likely to prepare for or recover from such a scam.

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

Require digitally-encrypted signatures by businesses on both ends of a transaction.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers either within your company or between your company and a vendor. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.

When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

For emails, make sure you "forward" your response as opposed to hitting "reply". That way, you are using a real -- not spoofed - email address by manually typing it in or accessing it from your existing contact list.

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

If you suspect that a fraudster has victimized your company, it is important to act quickly. Contact your bank right away, and call your closest FBI office. Also, make sure you report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

You can also find more information and tips on how to protect yourself at www.ic3.gov or www.fbi.gov.


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Land Board to consider adoption of ocean energy siting rules, land transaction reviews at October 17 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/10/17 8:35 AM
Informational updates include Ocean Science Trust, Common School Fund real property and Elliott State Forest

Salem -- The State Land Board will be asked to adopt proposed amendments to the administrative rules governing the placement of ocean renewable energy facilities on, in or over state-owned land within the territorial sea (three miles westward from the low-tide mark).

The amendments are the result of recommendations from an advisory committee that met eight times between 2016 and 2017, and a 45-day public comment period. The proposed amendments also take into consideration several legislative actions in the 2013 and 2015 sessions affecting ocean energy facilities.

In addition, the Board will be asked to approve the consent agenda which includes requests to initiate the review of three potential sales, and one request for a perpetual easement for two bridge crossings.

The informational agenda includes the annual update from the Oregon Ocean Science Trust, the annual report on management of Common School Fund real property, and a status report on the Elliott State Forest.

The meeting will be held:

Oct. 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQA7FHTWwl-gjJkQeYPJ1IA

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Documents/slb_oct2017_packet.pdf

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

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Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/17 8:30 AM
Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and Oregon's Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program is available to help.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 years or older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes treatment, and blood pressure screenings.

Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2018. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties.

"It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans every year," SHIBA Program Manager Lisa Emerson said. "Plans change year to year, as do people's individual health care needs. People could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan."

SHIBA provides free health insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, additional insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with over 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon's more than 780,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free information and help is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting OregonSHIBA.gov.

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available online in early October and in print in mid-November.

Tips from SHIBA to prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment:

Review your plan notice. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially your Annual Notice of Change letter.

Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Is your new medication covered by your current plan? Does another plan offer the same value at a lower cost? Take stock of your health status and determine if you need to make a change.

Find out if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare. SHIBA can help you learn about a state program that helps with the costs of Medicare premiums, your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments, and Medicare prescription drug coverage costs.

Apply for help with drug costs. If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

Tips from SHIBA when comparing health insurance plans:

Find your insurance cards. You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

Update your list of prescription drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan?

Use the Medicare.gov plan finder. The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it's important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes. Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.


More information
SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit http://www.OregonSHIBA.gov to find local help in your county, obtain a copy of the 2018 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans and find Medicare education and enrollment events in your area.

Follow SHIBA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonSHIBA.
Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet October 17th in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/10/17 8:07 AM
The Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet at 9:00 am on October 17 at the North Mall Office Building located at 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A, Salem. Agenda items will include overview and highlights of the 2017 Special Assessment Property Tax benefit period, passing of bylaws, election of co-chair, and discussion on the future of the program which sunsets in 2020. The committee will invite public comments.

State law established the five-member Historic Assessment Review Committee to be the review body for appeals from property owners participating in the Special Assessment Property Tax Program for Historic Properties.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Joy Sears at 503-986-0688 or by e-mail: Joy.Sears@oregon.gov.


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Public Assistance Request for Person of interest in Death Investigation in Josephine County (Photo) *Update - Victim Identified*
Oregon State Police - 10/10/17 12:31 AM
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The victim has been identified as Michael Eugene Benedict Sr., age 70 from Murphy, Oregon. The victim was known to the suspect and they both resided at the address on Board Shanty Creek Road.

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Update #2
Dawson has been lodged at the Josephine County Jail on alledged crimes of Murder in the first degree and Arson in the first degree. The identification of the victim is still pending next of kin notification and medical examiner confirmation.

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On October 7, 2017 at approximately 11:00 AM, The Oregon State Police received several calls reporting a person matching the description of Dawson walking in the area of Red Spur and Summit Loop. OSP responded at detained Dawson. OSP would like to thank everyone for their tips response to this request.

OSP and partner agencies are continuing the investigation and are working on next of kin notification.
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The Oregon State Police and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are conducting a death and fire investigation at the 1500 block of Board Shanty Creek Road in Murphy, Oregon. A person of interest has been identified in the case and we are asking the public to call 911 or the Oregon State Police at (541) 664-4600.

The person of interest is Troy M. Dawson (age 24 from Murphy, Oregon). Dawson was last seen, on foot, in the area of the investigation. He is described as 5'10" 170 pounds with a slight build. DAWSON is balding and was last seen wearing a Dark Blue Dodge Ram T-shirt, Grey sweatpants, Grey wool socks, and no shoes. DAWSON may be armed with a firearm. Do not approach.


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