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Tue. 02/20/24
Trails advisory committee to meet Feb. 28-29 to evaluate grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/20/24 9:07 AM

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee will meet February 28-29 to evaluate grant applications from around the state for projects to develop, improve or expand recreational trails. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) administers this federally funded grant program. 

The meeting is open to the public but does not include time for public comments. The committee will meet 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9 a.m. to close of business Feb. 29. 

Members will evaluate 22 applications over two days. Agenda for meeting information and a list of project proposals: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/Documents/RTP-Agenda-Feb2024.pdf

Options for attending:

In Person: Best Western Mill Creek, 3125 Ryan Dr SE, Salem, OR 97301 

Online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85971565536

One tap mobile: (253)205-0468, 85971565536#

Phone: (253)205-0468, Webinar ID: 859 7156 5536

The RTP Advisory Committee will submit recommendations to the Oregon State Parks Commission for review and approval at their April meeting. OPRD will then forward approved project proposals to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval. 

The RTP Advisory Committee consists of 10 members who represent various trail user groups and land managers. Eligible RTP applicants include local governments, state agencies, federal land management agencies, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations.

RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The program provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized trail uses, including hiking, biking, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, paddling, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

For more information contact Jodi Bellefeuille, Program Coordinator at 503-856-6316 or ellefeuille@oprd.oregon.gov">Jodi.bellefeuille@oprd.oregon.gov or visit the RTP webpage.

If special accommodations are needed to attend the meeting, contact Jodi Bellefeuille at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.


Mon. 02/19/24
Western Oregon University Professor to present on recent expedition to Antarctica
Western Oregon University - 02/19/24 10:14 AM

University Marketing & Communications

Maureen Brakke 503-838-9329

Brittany Kima 503-838-8163

 

MONMOUTH, Ore. –  Western Oregon University Professor of Literature and Writing Henry Hughes, Ph.D., recently returned from an expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula to experience, study, and report on wildlife, ocean conditions, ice, climate change, travel culture, and ecotourism.

An Oregon Book Award-Winning published author and poet, Hughes travels the globe searching for inspiration for new literary projects, always with a connection to water and fishing. Growing up on Long Island, NY, Hughes shares that fishing and boating are big themes in his writing. He adds that being out on the water fishing offers a time to think about life and culture. He also lived in Japan for three years and in China for two which helped create a more informed global consciousness, helping to guide him in the way he thinks.

Hughes has written and published many poems and stories with seafaring/maritime themes and draws his influence from notable writers such as Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, and Annie Prolux. Hughes actively contributes articles to outdoor journals such as Anglers Journal and The Flyfish Journal, among many others. He has also published his autobiography Back Seat with Fish and edited three collections for the Penguin Rand House Everyman’s Library.

Hughes also actively writes for and manages The Write Place, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and supporting literary and artistic projects that examine human relationships with the natural environment. Hughes’ recent experience is logged on this website. One of his English students, Jasper Beck co-edits for The Write Place. Beck won the Peter Sears Poetry Prize last year at Western, which recognizes the best poem written by an undergraduate at Western.

On February 22 at 4 p.m., Hughes will share his experience on his recent Antarctic expedition and lead a discussion on ecotourism in the age of climate change. This event is free and open to the public at Western Oregon University in Room 101 in the Richard Woodcock Education Center (RWEC).

During the 18-day expedition, Hughes and The Write Place Board Member Eugene Jones conducted and participated in onboard seminars and workshops in history, literature, oceanography, glaciology, meteorology, and zoology. They reported on avian flu mortality in South Georgia, ice formations in the Southern Ocean, and humpback whale migration. They also took hundreds of photos and hours of video, filled notebooks, talked, listened, and conducted interviews with passengers and crew members. Read the complete travelogue on the Write Place website.

Hughes notes that one of their guides, Eloisa Berrier, an Argentine biologist had asked them how they felt about Antarctica, and how they felt about the world and themselves. He writes that the experience happened, but “responses to those questions are still evolving.”

Next to his passion for travel and writing, Hughes loves teaching writing and literature at Western and appreciates the small class sizes and the down-to-earth students. He shares that he enjoys watching his students find themselves and that he’s been part of their journeys. “I can see that writing and literature helped guide many students,” Hughes says.

Learn more about Henry Hughes and learn more about the English Studies Department at Western Oregon University.

 

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About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.


Sat. 02/17/24
Three Roseburg Men Arrested for Burglary and Kidnapping
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/24 2:30 PM

RIDDLE, Ore. - Three Roseburg men were arrested Friday afternoon for Burglary, Kidnapping and a number of other crimes. 

On Friday, February 16, 2024, around 10:00 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a disturbance in the 200-block of Maple Street in Riddle. Callers were reporting a physical disturbance where three men were assaulting another. One caller reported that the men were applying zip-ties to the male to restrain him. 

Deputies arrived on scene and were able to determine that 25-year-old Justin Daniel Devlaeminck, 53-year-old Daniel Terrance Devlaeminck, and 26-year-old Austin Lee Lyman broke into a residence in an effort to “evict” the 22-year-old victim. Justin Devlaeminck pointed a firearm at the victim and Daniel Devlaeminck broke a window to the residence. All three suspects entered the home and began to assault the male victim who tried to escape, but was pulled back. At one point, the victim was able to break away and flee outside where the three suspects captured him and continued their assault and eventually used zip ties to restrain him. 

The victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. 

All three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on the following charges: 

Daniel Devlaeminck: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II

Justin Devlaeminck: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV, Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at Another

Austin Lyman: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Myrtle Creek Police Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance and Riddle Fire Department. 


Scammers Posing as DCSO Employees
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/24 1:52 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Scammers are posing as officials from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) in an effort to scam community members out of money. Deputies have once again begun receiving reports from people contacted by phone by individuals posing as DCSO employees such as Lt. Brad O'Dell and Retired Lt. Mike Root. 

The scammer will tell the intended victim they have missed some court appearance, owe fines or have a warrant for their arrest and then demands payment. The victim is often directed to immediately make payment or they face consequences including arrest. These are tactics that are never utilized by legitimate law enforcement agencies. 

It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. However, we also wish to remind the community not to focus too much on specific scam tactics; scammers often change their methods over time:

  • Scammers can easily obtain new phone numbers and will change them often.
  • Scammers may use “spoof” programs to make the Caller ID show an agency’s actual phone number.  
  • Scammers may use the names of actual DCSO employees to make the call seem legitimate.  
  • Scammers may obtain personal information about a victim online including their name, address, phone number, and the names of others in the home. 
  • Scammers may initially contact victims by mail, email, or through social media.

Due to the technology used in the scam – and the fact that scammers can be located anywhere in the world – it is virtually impossible to track the scammers or to get money back.

“If anyone has any question about a possible scam call, they should call dispatch at (541) 440-4471 and ask to speak to a deputy,” said Lieutenant Brad O'Dell.  “The most important thing is to not send any money or agree to meet someone to make payment.”


Fri. 02/16/24
Correction: Date of incident corrected to 2/8/24 - OSP seeks public assistance- Marion County
Oregon State Police - 02/16/24 5:55 PM

Body of news release updated to reflect correct incident date of February 8, 2024.

 

Marion County, Ore. 8 Feb 24- Oregon State Police requesting public assistance locating a missing person.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, Oregon State Police responded to the St Paul bridge on Hwy 219, near milepost 24, in Marion County. Gurjinder Singh Grewal (48) was last observed walking on the bridge at approximately 11:00 a.m.. His vehicle, a black Honda Pilot, was located just south of the bridge. 

Any person with dash-cam footage or who may have witnessed him in the area on 2 Feb. between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677).

Reference case number SP24042821.


 


Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Infant and Toddler Abandoned in Woods by Suspect On-the-Run (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/24 5:31 PM
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JCSO Case 24-0935

 

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies rescued an infant and toddler after they were abandoned by a wanted suspect on-the-run this afternoon. The suspect, Justin Ryan Trompeter, 24, of Trail is wanted for fourth-degree domestic violence assault, third-degree robbery, first-degree theft, and reckless endangerment for an incident that occurred February 7 in Shady Cove. If you know of the suspect’s whereabouts, call ECSO Dispatch at (541) 776-7206. He is known to frequent the Shady Cove and Trail area. 

 

While searching for the suspect, JCSO deputies discovered Trompeter was hiding with the children, ages 6 months and 1.5 years, deep in the surrounding Jacksonville woods. Deputies quickly located a vehicle at the top of Wagon Trail Drive with the two young children abandoned and alone in the car around 1:30 this afternoon. Trompeter had fled the scene before deputies’ arrival. The children were checked by Mercy Flights medics then turned over to Department of Human Services (DHS) personnel for safe keeping. New charges of first and second-degree child neglect are being added by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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Update: Located -- Missing Person: Hailey Berger
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/24 12:03 PM

UPDATE: HAILEY HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS NO LONGER MISSING

 

Missing Person:  Hailey Berger

Case: 24-3390

Date of Report: 02/15/2024

Age: 29

Sex: Female

Race: Caucasian

Hair: Brown

Height: 5'3"

Weight: 125lbs

Information: Hailey Berger left her residence in O'Brien on February 13th to go to a friends house.  It is unknown who she was going to see, or where she was going. Family has not been able to get ahold of her since. Hailey is known to frequent the Illinois Valley and Williams areas. 

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with any information.

Office: 541-474-5123

 




Attached Media Files: Berger Missing Flier

Twelve Oregon high school students advance to March 9 Poetry Out Loud State Contest (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/16/24 12:03 PM
Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.
Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.
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Salem, Oregon – Virtual semifinals held this week identified the 12 Oregon high school students who will compete in Oregon’s 2024 Poetry Out Loud State Contest on Saturday, March 9. The State Contest, which will feature a presentation by former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at Salem Public Library. The state champion will compete at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, scheduled for April 30 to May 2 in Washington D.C.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public performance skills while exploring the complexity of poetry. 

The students advancing to Oregon’s 2024 State Contest are: Brooklyn Carr Heuer, West Linn High School; Cara Chen, Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego); Maria Daniels, St. Stephen's Academy (Beaverton); Tali Greenfield, Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego); Traiton Kramer, Oregon School for the Deaf (Salem); Katie Lineburg, St. Stephen's Academy (Beaverton); Arianna Morris, Redmond High School; Brayden Olsen, Oregon School for the Deaf (Salem); Kaydence Pope, South Medford High School; Misha Rana, West Linn High School; Mariah Reynolds, Redmond High School; and Bena Rodecap, Grant High School (Portland).

“All of the student performances were enthusiastic and heartfelt, which made selecting the finalists to move on to the state competition a challenge,” said Tiffany Harker, the Arts Commission’s arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator.

The State Contest will be held in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library (585 Liberty Street SE). It is free and open to the public.

Please note: Student photos and bio information available upon request.

                 

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 artscommission.oregon.gov




Attached Media Files: Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.

DPSST - Board & Policy Committee Recruitments (Application Deadline 3/15/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/16/24 11:43 AM

2024 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitments

 

The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and established Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:

 

BPSST: All Board applications must be submitted through Workday.com

  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the collective bargaining unit that represents the largest number of individual workers in the DOC

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by March 15, 2024.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • One person representing telecommunicators
  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the health care industry
  • One person representing the public who have never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Two people representing Non-Management Corrections Officers
  • One person representing the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Center
  • One Corrections officer who is employed by the Department of Corrections at a women's correctional facility and who is a member of a bargaining unit

Police Policy Committee:

  • One person representing Non-Management Law Enforcement

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Policy Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above.

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at Workday Board and Commission Opportunities. (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

For further information regarding the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training or its respective Policy Committees, please contact Samantha Kossa - samantha.kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


The Mount Emily Shay #1 Arrives at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (Photo)
Oregon Rail Heritage Center - 02/16/24 11:30 AM
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                           Revised News Release

 

For more information contact Renee Devereux, Executive Director, 503-233-1156

devereux@orhf.org">rdevereux@orhf.org

 

The historic steam logging locomotive Mount Emily Shay #1 traveled by BNSF Railroad on a flatcar to its new home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, arriving in the early hours of February 15, 2024.

The hundred-year-old locomotive had been in the care of the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) for more than six decades when, in 2022, OHS chose to transfer the Shay to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to be its permanent owner.

“We are grateful to OHS and thrilled to be the new operators of the Mount Emily Shay #1,” said Rick Franklin, president of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. “We look forward to entertaining and educating Oregonians of all ages on excursions powered by this grand old lady of Oregon railroading history.”

The Mount Emily Shay #1 was built 100 years ago by the Lima Locomotive Works in Ohio from a design by Ephraim Shay. Shays were geared workhorses of the timber and mining industries. After five years with the Independence Logging Company in Aberdeen, Washington, the Shay was sold to the new Mount Emily Lumber Company in LaGrande, Oregon. 

In 1955, the lumber company shut its rail operations and donated the Mount Emily Shay #1 to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, then located in Washington Park. OMSI concluded the locomotive was too big for the Vista Ridge tunnel and, in 1958, donated the engine to the Oregon Historical Society. 

The Mount Emily Shay went on long-term loan to the state of West Virginia beginning in the 1970s. The borrower restored the engine to working order (twice — it was damaged once due to fire), and the locomotive was operated on the Cass Scenic Railroad. In the mid-1990s, OHS, with the guidance, expertise, and help of train enthusiast Martin E. Hansen, recalled the locomotive from West Virginia to be of service educating and thrilling Oregon constituents. From several choices, the City of Prineville Railway was chosen as the new borrower/caretaker/operator of the Mount Emily Shay. 

Since its return from West Virginia in 1994, the City of Prineville has housed and operated the Mount Emily Shay. 

In 2021 Prineville Railway requested an end to the loan agreement, and since OHS is not equipped to house nor operate a locomotive, the organization sought a new steward. A request for proposals was released in April 2022, and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation was selected to be the new owner of the Mount Emily Shay on September 1, 2022.

OHS Deputy Museum Director Nicole Yasuhara says of the transfer, “The Oregon Historical Society sincerely appreciates the support of the City of Prineville in stewarding and operating the Mount Emily Shay for decades. We are thrilled that the Mount Emily Shay will have a new, permanent home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, where it will be on view and used for excursions, balancing preservation and access to this important piece of Oregon history.”

 "The City of Prineville Railway is pleased that the Mount Emily Shay #1 will have the best care and find new fans at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center," said Matt Wiederholt, Prineville Railway operations manager.

Before entering service in Portland, the locomotive will undergo a boiler inspection. When ready, the Mount Emily Shay #1 will pull excursions along the Willamette River. It will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit focused on railroading and the logging industry in Oregon and the Northwest.

About the Oregon Rail Heritage Center

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a working rail museum in Portland, Oregon, that opened to the public on September 22, 2012. The museum houses three steam locomotives owned by the City of Portland, among other rolling stock. Visitors are welcome to explore the Center and meet the volunteers who maintain these engines. General admission is free to the public during open hours, Thursday-Sunday 1-5 pm. Train excursions along the Willamette River in Portland are offered on many Saturdays year-round and more frequently during the year-end holidays. The Center is directed by the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. 

About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of objects, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 




Attached Media Files: Mount Emily Shay #1 , Loaded on Flatcar in Prineville, OR

OHA Director launches first round of regional visits with Southern Oregon as first stop
Oregon Health Authority - 02/16/24 11:25 AM

February 16, 2024

Media Contact: Erica Heartquist, ica.j.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov">erica.j.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov, 503.871.8843

OHA Director launches first round of regional visits with Southern Oregon as first stop

(Medford, OR) Doctor Sejal Hathi, MD, MBA, confirmed one week ago as the new Director of Oregon Health Authority (OHA), will spend the next several months visiting all major regions in Oregon – meeting with and talking to community leaders, health care providers, Tribal leaders, local public health officials, and non-profit partners about their biggest needs from the state and the state health agency.

“I’m here with questions and I’m here to learn,” said Dr. Hathi at a sit-down meeting with medical, oral and behavioral health providers Thursday at one of La Clinica’s 30 sites in Southern Oregon. La Clinica offers integrated healthcare services to about 30,000 people across Jackson County.

This week, Dr. Hathi plans to visit Grants Pass, Medford and Klamath Falls.

“I’m taking notes. I am hearing that rural Oregonians feel ignored by OHA, and I’d like to change that. I’m appreciating that this is a region facing extraordinary workforce shortages, that is grappling with the dual drivers of scarcity and geography. And I understand the people here need both more resources and more support to care well for their families,” she said.

“We're grateful for the work Dr. Hathi is doing to understand the communities we serve and for the opportunity to share our successes and challenges with her,” said La Clinica Chief Medical Officer Chris Alftine.

Doctor Hathi is in Klamath Falls today meeting with two coordinated care organizations and the Klamath Tribes.

Doctor Hathi discussed her three most urgent priorities as OHA Director: eliminating health inequity, transforming Oregon’s behavioral health system, and expanding access to affordable health care.  But she emphasized that local input will inform and shape OHA’s priorities, strategies and focus.

“My highest priority is to listen and to learn, because I want to make sure that my vision and OHA’s strategies are grounded in the lived experiences of the communities we intend to serve, and their challenges and priorities,” said Dr. Hathi. “I can’t do that if I don’t truly listen.”

[Here is a link to the video of what Dr. Hathi said she learned during her visit to Southern Oregon]

Doctor Hathi heads to Astoria and Seaside in two weeks to hear from residents in the coastal communities of the state. A full schedule of all of Dr. Hathi’s upcoming regional listening visits will be posted on her web page.

Here are links to B-roll footage and still pictures from Dr. Sejal Hathi's Southern Oregon regional trip.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #24-04 - Wanted for Murder - Analiesa Golde (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/16/24 10:03 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau in conjunction with Crime Stoppers of Oregon is asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted murder suspect.

55 year old, Analiesa Golde is wanted for the murder of Philip Pierce, after Pierce was found deceased on January 26, 2024 inside a residence in southeast Portland. Golde's whereabouts are currently unknown but it is believed she fled the Portland area. Golde was last seen driving a burnt orange, 2015 Toyota 4 Runner, with Oregon license plate 501HSB.

If anyone has information that could lead to the location and apprehension of Golde, they are requested to notify law enforcement immediately. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information reported to Crime Stoppers of Oregon that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, but tipsters must remain anonymous. Secure and anonymous tips can be left at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or you can visit the app store and download P3 tips for smartphones or tablets.



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Thu. 02/15/24
CORRECTION: Missing child alert -- Addison Hall is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 02/15/24 5:35 PM
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Correction note: This alert has been updated to clarify that Addison Hall has been missing since March 13, 2023

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Addison Hall (she/they), age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Salem on March 13, 2023. Addison is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Addison and to contact, 911, local law enforcement or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) if they believe they see them.

Addison is suspected to be in the Salem, Eugene, Portland or Southern Washington areas.

Name: Addison Hall
Pronouns: She/they
Date of birth: April 4, 2007
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 125
Hair: Brown or bleached blond
Eye color: Hazel
Other identifying information: Addison has a septum piercing, left eye brow piercing and an ankle tattoo of three dots in a triangle. Her hair is shoulder length.
Salem Police Department Case # 23-1745
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1475198

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

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

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DPSST Applicant Review Committee Meeting - Amended
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/24 3:34 PM

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Applicant Review Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 11:00 a.m. on February 28, 2024, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Samantha Kossa at (971) 209-8235.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Applicant Review Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Approve January 24, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Ty Howington, DPSST No. 64453; American Medical Response

    Presented by Cindy Park

4. Kipp Miller-Marhefka, DPSST No. 64384; Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution

    Presented by Cindy Park

5. Inquiry Closure Memos – Information Only

    Presented by Cindy Park

6. Next Applicant Review Committee Meeting – March 27, 2024, at 10:00 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 Applicant Review 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.


Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/15/24 1:18 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Dustin D. Patterson-Olah, died the evening of February 14, 2024. Patterson-Olah was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away at the institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Patterson-Olah entered DOC custody on March 12, 2019, from Linn County with an earliest release date of March 11, 2026. Patterson-Olah was 42 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, individuals with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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First ODVA Veterans Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting of 2024 to Be Held Virtually on March 6
Ore. Department of Veterans' Affairs - 02/15/24 12:27 PM

The first 2024 meeting of the Veterans Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) will be held virtually Wednesday, March 6. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a town hall meeting at 11 a.m., which is open to the public.

Established in 1945, the Veteran Advisory Committee holds a distinct and fundamental role in advising the director and staff of ODVA. The nine members of the Veteran Advisory Committee are military veterans from all corners of the state, appointed by the governor to serve and act as advocates for veteran issues and veteran concerns across Oregon. 

Following every quarterly business meeting, the committee holds a town hall inviting the public to raise questions or concerns about broad veteran issues or to share information with the committee and agency director. 

Members of the community are also invited to submit written public comments to the committee by emailing odva_vaac@odva.oregon.gov. The Advisory Committee meets quarterly on the first Wednesday of March, June, September and December.

REGISTER TO ATTEND
Please register at https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/d4f2272d-0623-44a0-92c3-adc68cb9d24e@aa3f6932-fa7c-47b4-a0ce-a598cad161cf to attend the business or town hall portion of this meeting. Attendees will be allowed to participate during the town hall portion only and will be invited to turn on their camera and unmute mics during a recorded meeting that will be posted online at a later date.

Information about the Veteran Advisory Committee and meeting materials can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

Established in 1945, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is dedicated to serving Oregon’s diverse veteran community that spans five eras of service members. ODVA administers programs and provides special advocacy and assistance in accessing earned veteran benefits across the state. Learn about veteran benefits and services, or locate a local county or tribal veteran service office online at oregon.gov/odva.

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OSP plans saturation patrols in Central Oregon
Oregon State Police - 02/15/24 11:38 AM

OSP plans saturation patrols in Central Oregon
High visibility patrols to focus on impaired drivers

DESCHUTES COUNTY, Ore. 15 Feb. 2024 – The Oregon State Police (OSP) is ramping up patrols in Central Oregon from Feb. 16-18, 2024. A high visibility saturation patrol is planned for the President’s Day long weekend and coincides with the annual Bend Winterfest which is expected to increase local traffic and bring a large number of visitors to the area. 

Troopers will be focused on impaired driving prevention, detection, and enforcement along with an emphasis on Fatal 5 violations which are statistically shown to contribute to serious injury and fatal crashes. 

Fatal 5 violations include: 

  • Speed 
  • Occupant Safety 
  • Lane Usage 
  • Impaired Driving 
  • Distracted Driving 

“Safety is always our primary goal. We want to intercept impaired drivers before they can hurt themselves or someone else,” said Capt. Kyle Kennedy. “We know that speed, distracted, impaired, and other unsafe driving behaviors are major contributors to serious injury and fatal crashes. We proactively enforce dangerous driving behaviors to help minimize the impacts to our communities.” 

OSP and City of Bend patrols will be focusing coverage along Hwy. 97, Hwy. 20W, and within the city of Bend. 

 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Southern California Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/15/24 11:35 AM

Please note the following updates to this release.

  • Defendant Verganza was a courier working with or on behalf of “Pelucha," the identified source of supply.
  • Defendant Verganza is not the source of supply as indicated in our initial release.

We regret the error. If you have any questions, please email USAOR.PublicAffairs@usdoj.gov.

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EUGENE, Ore.—A Southern California drug trafficker convicted at trial for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday, announced the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Pedro Keny Verganza, 39, of Los Angeles County, California, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in December 2019, investigators with the Albany Police Department obtained information that an individual known as “Pelucha” was a source of supply for illegal narcotics transported by a California-based drug trafficking organization from California to Oregon for redistribution and sale. Further investigation revealed that, in mid-February 2020, a courier working with or on behalf of Pelucha was expected to arrive at a fast-food restaurant in Albany, Oregon to complete a sale of methamphetamine and heroin.

On February 15, 2020, law enforcement officers observed the courier, later determined to be Verganza, arrive at the fast-food restaurant with another individual. Law enforcement searched the pair’s vehicle and located a cardboard box containing three large heat-sealed and shrink-wrapped packages containing approximately three and a quarter pounds of methamphetamine and two and a quarter pounds of heroin. Subsequent lab tests revealed Verganza’s fingerprints and palm prints inside the box and on the packages of narcotics.

On February 16, 2020, Verganza was charged by federal criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and, on August 19, 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene indicted Verganza on the same charge. Later, a charge of possessing with intent to distribute heroin was added by superseding indictment. On October 13, 2023, Verganza was found guilty at trial on both charges.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with assistance from the Albany Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Adam E. Delph and John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Fatal Crash - Hwy 101- Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 02/15/24 11:13 AM

Tillamook County, Ore. 12 Feb. 24- On Monday, February 12, 2024, at 2:42 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 101, near milepost 146, in Tillamook County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Mazda Speed, operated by Devin Jay Eberle (29) of Tumwater (WA), was northbound when it passed multiple vehicles in a no-passing zone while entering a corner. The Mazda entered the southbound lane and struck a southbound Toyota Sienna, operated by Kathryn Stolee Olson (74) of Tacoma (WA), head-on.

The operator of the Mazda (Eberle) and passenger, Berkley Marie Erosky (26) of Vancouver (WA), were declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Toyota (K. Olson) and passenger, David Paul Olson (78) of Tacoma (WA), were transported for serious injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours during the on-scene investigation.  Speed and unlawful passing are considered primary contributing factors in the crash.

OSP was assisted by Nehalem Fire, Rockaway Fire, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, and Manzanita Police Department.


About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Pacific Power files 2025 Oregon rate proposals  (Photo)
Pacific Power - 02/15/24 10:11 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Media Hotline: 503-813-6018  
 

General rate request supports new investments for transmission, renewable projects and wildfire risk management.

PORTLAND, Ore., (Feb. 14, 2024) — Pacific Power filed a general rate case and a Transition Adjustment Mechanism update with the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The combined rate actions would result in a 16.9% rate adjustment, or roughly $304 million, and would support continued investments in wildfire risk management strategies, transmission infrastructure and renewable generation projects. 

The average residential customer with typical energy usage would see an increase of about $29.47 per month.  

“Through careful stewardship on behalf of our customers, we have delivered safe, reliable and affordable service at prices that are well below the national average,” said Matt McVee, vice president of regulatory policy and operations. “While our essential operating costs remain low, extreme weather events and increased wildfire risks are impacting all households and businesses, raising the costs of providing our essential services. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our customers and our communities and will continue to seek new ways to reduce impacts to customer bills while making critical investments in the West’s energy grid.”   

Key factors driving the rate request include: 

  • Transmission infrastructure investments, which enable the integration of new renewable resources to serve growing customer needs.  
  • Continued investments in low-cost renewable energy resources. 
  • Cost of capital to finance utility operations and reflect current market conditions and risk. 
  • Wildfire risk management, including rapidly growing wildfire insurance premiums, wildfire mitigation and vegetation management and the creation of a catastrophic fire fund, which would create a mechanism to manage the risks associated with increased wildfire activity.  

Pacific Power remains committed to actively managing its system in the face of rising costs to limit price exposure and reduce cost volatility for our customers. This includes actively working with a diverse set of stakeholders across the region to develop and implement tools to address the growing risk of wildfires.  

In 2014, Pacific Power helped pioneer the Western Energy Imbalance Market in partnership with the California Independent System Operator, which provides access to the lowest-cost energy available. Through the participation of PacifiCorp, Pacific Power’s parent company, in the market, the company has saved customers throughout its six-state service area over $745 million through the end 2023. PacifiCorp has also announced that it will join the new Extended Day-Ahead Market, which will result in tremendous savings to customers through optimal power purchases a day ahead of time, when critical resource decisions are made.    

Pacific Power offers on-bill rate discounts ranging from 20% to 40% to support customers who are experiencing income restraints. Pacific Power’s most vulnerable customers can access a variety of bill support programs through local community action agencies, including the Oregon Energy Fund, Oregon Energy Assistance Program and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.       

In addition, Pacific Power offers a variety of ways to budget for energy expenses, including time of use and equal pay billing options. In partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power customers can  access information and rebates to help improve their energy efficiency and lower their bills. Customers can call 1-888-221-7070 to discuss options.  

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Fatal Crash - HWY 101 - Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 02/15/24 10:00 AM

Lincoln County, Ore. 7 Feb. 24- On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 5:50 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 101, near milepost 157, in Lincoln County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Toyota Prius, operated by Gordon Eugene Dale (77) of Waldport, attempted to turn left onto northbound Hwy 101. The Toyota entered the path of a southbound Subaru Outback, operated by Boone Vikin Ogden (46) of Seal Rock, and was struck in the driver's side door. 

The operator of the Toyota (Dale) was transported and declared deceased at the local hospital.

The operator of the Subaru (Ogden) and passengers- Michael Dennis Mitchell (75) of Westfir and Joshua Aaron Bonniwell (49) of Seal Rock- suffered reported minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours during the on-scene investigation.

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

This release was delayed while next of kin notification was attempted.


About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


New grant promotes home improvement options for low-income housing to qualifying organizations
Oregon Health Authority - 02/15/24 9:04 AM

February 15, 2024

Media Contact: Afiq Hisham, 971-273-3374, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

New grant promotes home improvement options for low-income housing to qualifying organizations

PORTLAND, Ore.— A new funding opportunity from Oregon Health Authority (OHA) promotes safe and long-lasting homes by offering qualifying groups support toward repairing and rehabilitating low-income housing.

The first round of this funding opportunity from OHA’s Healthy Homes Grant Program (HHGP) aims to improve health and safety, maximize energy efficiency and extend usable life of both rented and owned low-income residences across Oregon.

Possible repairs include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Structural renovations for improving home access, such as wheelchair ramps.
  • Upgrades to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Mold and mildew abatement.

Renovations can help protect people from extreme heat and cold, and keep indoor air clean from wildfire smoke, asthma triggers and allergens. Older and very young people and people with pre-existing health conditions are all at higher risk of health impacts from these hazards.

The new grant money can also help pay for mitigation efforts against radon, an invisible gas that builds up in homes and puts people’s health at risk through prolonged exposure. Because hiring qualified contractors for this work can be expensive, this grant offers additional support for these services.  

“With radon mitigation usually costing an average of $2,000 depending on the house, we recognize that hiring a contractor isn’t affordable for everyone,” said Brett Sherry, program manager for the Healthy Homes & Schools Unit at OHA’s Public Health Division. “Supporting eligible organizations through this grant – especially those serving underrepresented groups such as people of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities – creates more options for low-income residents looking to improve their home’s safety.”

This funding opportunity was designed in collaboration with the Interagency Taskforce on Healthy Homes, the Rules Advisory Committee and community partners statewide. 

Details on eligibility requirements are available on HHGP’s Request for Grant Application webpage. Qualifying groups are asked to submit their ‘Intent to Apply’ by Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., before sending a complete application April 9 at 3 p.m.

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Oregon Kids Credit offers big boost for lowest-income families
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/15/24 8:59 AM

Free filing assistance available to help taxpayers claim their credits

Salem, OR—A new state tax credit could provide up to $5,000 for Oregon’s lowest income families who file an Oregon state income tax return.

The Oregon Kids Credit, created by the Legislature last year, is a refundable credit for low-income people with young dependent children. For those with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $25,000 or less, the full credit is $1,000 per child for up to five dependent children under the age of six at the end of the tax year—a maximum benefit of $5,000. A partial credit is available for individuals and families with an MAGI up to $30,000.

When combined with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the Oregon Earned Income Credit, it could help boost the tax refund for the lowest income families to more than $13,000.

The EITC is for people with an adjusted gross income of up to $63,398 in 2023. Families may be eligible for a maximum refundable credit of $7,430 on their federal tax return, and a maximum Oregon EIC of $891 on their state tax return.

All three credits are fully refundable, meaning the portion of the credit that is larger than what a taxpayer owes can be refunded. Taxpayers may even be able to claim the credits and receive a tax refund if they don’t normally file a tax return.

To claim the credits, taxpayers must file a return. To assist taxpayers, Oregon offers several free filing options, including free fillable forms and the new Direct File Oregon. Taxpayers who need help filing their taxes can also find free assistance options on the agency website.

Families who are eligible for the Oregon Kids Credit are also likely eligible for the partially refundable Working Family Household and Dependent Care Credit (WFHDC), which helps low- to moderate-income families pay for the care of their dependents while they're working, looking for work, or attending school.

To encourage Oregonians to save for college and job training, the Education Savings Credit for Oregon 529 Plan contributions allows single filers to receive a refundable credit of as much as $170 ($340 for joint filers) if they contribute to an Oregon College Savings Plan account before tax day. The refundable tax credit is also available for contributions to an Oregon ABLE Savings Plan account, which empowers people experiencing disabilities to invest and build financial security without jeopardizing their eligibility for vital state and federal benefits.

For more information about the federal EITC, the Oregon EIC, the Oregon Kids Credit and other similar credits, go to the Tax benefits for families page.

Taxpayers can dial 2-1-1 or visit the Oregon Department of Revenue website to find free tax preparation sites by using our interactive map. For more information on the EITC, visit https://www.eitc.irs.gov/. For questions about Oregon taxes, call the Department of Revenue at 503-378-4988.

Refunds distribution has begun
The annual refund hold that is part of the agency’s fraud prevention efforts has been completed and the department began issuing the first refunds of the 2024 tax season Monday.

In 2024 Oregon is returning $5.61 billion in surplus revenue to taxpayers in the form of a “kicker” tax credit. Taxpayers will receive their kicker as part of their refund, or the kicker can reduce the tax they owe.

Most refunds are issued within two weeks, but returns that need more review may take up to 16 weeks before a refund is issued. Taxpayers can check the status of their refund by using the department’s Where’s My Refund? tool on Revenue Online. A video outlining the refund process and timelines is also available to help taxpayers understand the process.

 


Missing child alert -- Jerrica Landin is still missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 02/15/24 7:42 AM
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Update: This alert has been updated to report that Jerrica may possibly be in or traveling to Las Vegas.

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Jerrica Landin, age 17, a child in foster care who went missing from Portland, Oregon on Jan. 4. She is believed to be in danger. 

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

Jerrica may be in Portland and is known to frequent the areas around 148th and Stark St. and Dawson Park. She also may be in Vancouver, Eugene, Northern California or Las Vegas.  

Name: Jerrica Landin 
Pronouns: She/her 
Date of birth: Oct. 24, 2006 
Height: 5-foot-6 
Weight: 145 pounds 
Hair: Reddish brown, often dyed reddish/pink/purple colors  
Eye color: Brown 
Other identifying information: Jerrica has a tattoo of a heart on her neck below her right ear 
Portland Police Bureau Case #23-803125 
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1489518 

Sometimes when a child is missing, they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child. 

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

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Employment Department Shares What Claimants Can Expect Ahead of New System Rollout
Oregon Employment Department - 02/14/24 3:23 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: communications@employ.oregon.gov  

Contact: 

communications@employ.oregon.gov 

 

Ahead of New Unemployment Insurance System Rollout, Employment Department Shares What Claimants Can Expect  

Unemployment Insurance Benefits go live in Frances Online on March 4 

FEB. 14, 2024 (SALEM, ORE.) - The Oregon Employment Department (OED) announced more details of what Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants can expect when benefits go live through Frances Online on Mon., March 4. The new system, Frances Online, will provide better service for claimants and employers.  

“With any new technology, there is going to be a learning curve,” said Lindsi Leahy, director of the Oregon Employment Department’s Unemployment Insurance Division. “We are communicating early and often about what claimants can expect come March 4th to ensure minimal disruption to benefits. We’re excited to highlight some of the specific features that will be new for claimants, and will offer a better user experience online.” 

Frances Online offers features that will provide a better online customer service experience. It’s also mobile-friendly. UI customers will be able to do a lot more things online through self-serve features, instead of waiting for a letter in the mail or calling the UI Contact Center.  

Video of OED’s media briefing on Feb. 14, 2024 is available at: https://youtu.be/NwRjkOHMYjE. 

What’s Changing for UI Claimants 

Here are some of the highlights about what is going to change for UI claimants on March 4: 

  • New system and URL for filing UI benefits online, called Frances Online. The URL for the new UI online system will be live on March 4 at unemployment.oregon.gov.   
  • New or improved self-serve features such as checking the status of a claim, uploading supporting documents directly into the system, responding to questions about eligibility, sending and receiving secure messages, live chat, filing an appeal or completing a payment plan application.  
  • Claimants will need to create a Frances Online account before an initial or weekly claim can be filed (but they shouldn’t do this until March 4).  
  • Customers will see enhanced fraud protections. 
  • Some information will still have to come by mail, even if a customer selects to receive electronic communication.  

More details about these changes are available at unemployment.oregon.gov/frances 

What’s Staying the Same for UI Claimants 

While there are several changes coming, many of the services and contact pathways will remain the same: 

  • The UI Contact Center number is the same: 1-877-FILE-4-UI 
  • The automated Weekly Claim Line number is the same: 1-800-982-8920. 
  • Customer service information, including unemployment and Frances Online guides, videos, and frequently asked questions, will still be available at unemployment.oregon.gov. 
  • UI eligibility rules and program requirements (welcome process, job search, filing weekly claims, etc.) are the same. 
  • If a UI customer has a current claim, their preferred payment method (direct deposit or ReliaCard), will stay the same 
  • Frances Online is available only in English and Spanish right now. Call the UI Contact Center at 1-877-FILE-4-UI for help in other languages.  

Customer Service Tips 

Below are several customer service tips leading up to the migration through the first few weeks of the UI system launch. Visit unemployment.oregon.gov/frances for a full list of what customer service options will be available before, during and after the migraiton of UI benefits: 

  1. Check online before contacting us. Many questions will be resolved quickly through the new self-serve features in Frances Online when the system goes live. You can also find how-to guides, videos, and answers to frequently asked questions at unemployment.oregon.gov. We encourage UI claimants to try using those before calling the UI Contact Center or visiting a WorkSource Oregon center. Call wait times will likely be long in the first few weeks after Frances Online goes live.  
  2. Make sure to check the mail daily. Important letters with due dates may arrive in the mail. If a UI claimant misses these due dates, their benefits will be delayed or denied. 
  3. Know where to get help. Visit unemployment.oregon.gov/frances for more details to ensure the best possible customer service. 

Important Dates to Avoid Benefit Delays 

As a reminder, OED will migrate UI benefits to Frances Online beginning at 5 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 27, through 8 a.m. on Mon., March 4. This means that customer service options during this time will be very limited.  

  • The due date to file a weekly UI claim for Feb. 18-24 is 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 28.  
  • The due date to file a new initial UI claim is 5 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 27.  

All UI phone lines will be temporarily offline on Wed., Feb. 28 through Fri., March 1. If UI customers do not file their weekly claim by this due date, their benefits for that week will be delayed. They will need to wait until the new system launches at 8 a.m. Mon., March 4.  

OED encourages current UI claimants to check their mail daily, review all letters and messages, check unemployment.oregon.gov/frances, and follow OED on social media for important updates about the migration. Paid Leave Oregon claimants can visit paidleave.oregon.gov in the coming weeks to learn more about these impacts. 

 

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DPSST Applicant Review Committee Meeting 2-28-24
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/14/24 12:14 PM

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Applicant Review Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 28, 2024, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Samantha Kossa at (971) 209-8235.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Applicant Review Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Approve January 24, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Ty Howington, DPSST No. 64453; American Medical Response

    Presented by Cindy Park

4. Kipp Miller-Marhefka, DPSST No. 64384; Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution

    Presented by Cindy Park

5. Inquiry Closure Memos – Information Only

    Presented by Cindy Park

6. Next Applicant Review Committee Meeting – March 27, 2024, at 10:00 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 Applicant Review 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.


DPSST Applicant Review Committee Meeting 2-28-24
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/14/24 11:51 AM

APPLICANT REVIEW COMMITTEE

MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Applicant Review Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 28, 2024, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Samantha Kossa at (971) 209-8235.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Applicant Review Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Approve January 24, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Ty Howington, DPSST No. 64453; American Medical Response

    Presented by Cindy Park

4. Kipp Miller-Marhefka, DPSST No. 64384; Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution

    Presented by Cindy Park

5. Inquiry Closure Memos – Information Only

    Presented by Cindy Park

6. Next Applicant Review Committee Meeting – February 28, 2024, at 10:00 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 Applicant Review 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


Apply now for project funding in western Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/14/24 10:56 AM

Portland, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management has funding for projects that maintain and improve public lands across western Oregon. BLM leaders are encouraging individuals, organizations, and local governments to submit funding applications for consideration. 

“Title II funds are used to make investments in public lands and create employment opportunities,” said Heather Whitman, Roseburg District Manager. “These projects improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands.” 

The funds are available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Proposed projects must improve existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, or restore and improve land health and water quality. Projects must benefit Oregon and California Grant lands and resources. O&C lands are spread across 18 western Oregon counties. 

“We hope you’ll reach out to us to discuss your proposals before you submit the official application,” said Whitman. “Please contact the BLM district representative where the project would be implemented.”

The application forms, criteria, and instructions are available through grants.gov. The grant is under the heading Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement L24AS00113 BLM OR/WA Secure Rural Schools, Title II Grants. Applications are due by April 2, 2024

The Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee will review the applications at their fall 2024 meeting.

Information about the BLM’s Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee is available at: blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/western-oregon-rac

 

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


Federal Law Enforcement Seizes $70k Vehicle to be Applied to Former CEO's $74 Million Restitution Order
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/14/24 9:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced today that it has seized a vehicle purchased for Jon Harder, the former CEO of Sunwest Management and associated companies, who previously admitted to orchestrating a $120 million fraud scheme—one of the largest in Oregon history—and that the proceeds of the vehicle’s sale will be applied to the former defendant’s court-imposed restitution order.

According to court documents, in July 2023, the U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained information that Harder had purchased a 2023 Ford F-150 truck for a cash sale price of approximately $70,000 using funds provided by a non-familial person. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was registered solely to Harder and was being stored at his residence in Canyonville, Oregon. On January 19, 2024, acting on a U.S. District Court order, the U.S. Marshals Service entered Harder’s property and seized the vehicle. The court issued an order Tuesday authorizing the sale of the vehicle and the application of the proceeds to Harder’s outstanding restitution balance.

Harder formerly controlled a network of companies that bought, constructed, and managed assisted living facilities. At its height, the organization, Sunwest Management and its related companies, owned approximately 300 assisted living facilities that served more than 15,000 residents. As CEO of Sunwest, Harder knowingly and intentionally misled hundreds of investors about the nature and risks of their investment in Sunwest housing facilities and development projects. He further misled his investors about the financial health of Sunwest, failing to disclose that the company continuously operated at substantial monthly losses. In total, Harder misled more than 1,400 investors, causing losses exceeding $120 million.

Harder was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering, and ordered to pay more than $74 million in restitution to his victims.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FBI, and the Justice Department’s U.S. Trustee Program. The United States was represented in this matter by Julia Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, and the District of Oregon’s Financial Litigation Program staff.

The District of Oregon’s Financial Litigation Program (FLP) is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division. The mission and goal of FLP is to fairly achieve the maximum recovery of civil and criminal debts consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and Justice Department policies. FLP attorneys and support staff work with individuals subject to restitution orders to bring closure for crime victims and recoup losses incurred by United States taxpayers.

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