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Thu. 02/22/18
OHA distributes public health modernization funds to regional partnerships
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/18 10:28 AM
February 22, 2018

$3.9 million going to projects focused on communicable disease prevention and health equity

The Oregon Health Authority's distribution of $3.9 million from the state Legislature's public health modernization investment is supporting communicable disease prevention and health equity projects in eight regions around the state.

The funds, from the Legislature's $5 million allocation for public health modernization in 2017, support the demonstration of new models of public health programs considered among the foundation of essential services for every community to protect and promote health.

The $3.9 million for the eight regional partnerships, which cover 34 of 36 Oregon counties, will help local public health authorities develop new systems for communicable disease control, emphasizing strategies to eliminate communicable disease-related health disparities. This investment will support progress toward reducing sexually transmitted infections, preventing the spread of tuberculosis, improving vaccination rates, and protecting vulnerable communities from diseases like norovirus.

Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division, said distribution of the public health modernization funds represents a major first step toward realizing the modernization initiative's goals of providing core public health functions and maintaining flexibility to meet new health challenges in every area of the state.

"These new projects will give us our first taste of a truly modernized public health system in Oregon with its focus on innovative approaches for controlling communicable diseases," Shirley said.

The regional projects being funded through June 2019 are:

-- Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties--Identify sexually transmitted disease risks in the region and develop plans to reduce transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

-- Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties; St. Charles Health System; Central Oregon Health Council--Prevent the spread of communicable diseases in long-term care facilities and improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Douglas, Coos and Curry counties; Coquille and Cow Creek tribes; Western Oregon Advanced Health Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)--Improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Jackson and Klamath counties; Southern Oregon Regional Health Equity Coalition; Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition--Reduce sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis C, and improve vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV).

-- Lane, Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties; Oregon State University--Improve hepatitis A, HPV, and pneumococcal vaccination rates.

-- Marion and Polk counties; Willamette Valley Community Health CCO--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea and chlamydia and increase HPV immunization rates.

-- North Central Public Health District; Baker, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties; Eastern Oregon CCO; Mid-Columbia Health Advocates--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea.

-- Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties; Oregon Health Equity Alliance--Create culturally appropriate communicable disease control strategies to control the spread of hepatitis and tuberculosis.

The full list of the partnerships and their projects can be found on the project's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/TASKFORCE/Documents/regionalpartnershipgranteeproject.pdf.

Cara Biddlecom, director of policy and partnerships at the OHA Public Health Division, said the remainder of the modernization funds will support state-level work with the regional partnerships. It also will enhance collection and reporting of population health data and enhance functionality of an important public health data system, the ALERT Immunization Information System.

For more information, visit the OHA Public Health Modernization website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/About/TaskForce/pages/index.aspx.

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Oregon Historical Society Announces 2018 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 7
Oregon Historical Society - 02/22/18 9:15 AM
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon's most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Stacy Allison: Adventurer, author, & businesswoman
On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit the 29,028-foot Mt. Everest. Stacy has also reached the top of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women's ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495-foot peak known as Nepal's Matterhorn. The author of Beyond the Limits: A Women's Triumph on Everest and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, Stacy is also a much sought-after motivational speaker. A dedicated volunteer to the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Medical Teams International, Stacy is also owner and operator of Stacy Allison General Contracting.

Edward "Ed" Ray: Transformational higher education leader
President of Oregon State University since 2003, Edward "Ed" Ray is widely regarded as the most transformational leader in the school's 150 year history. Under his guidance, OSU has received record levels of research awards and contracts; enrolled the highest number of students in the school's history; launched a successful $1.14 billion fundraising campaign, which included nearly $189 million for scholarships and fellowships, 79 newly endowed faculty positions, and funding for key scientific and learning facilities; expanded dual-enrollment agreements to all seventeen of Oregon's community colleges, and opened and grew the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Bill Stoller: Visionary business leader & philanthropist
Raised on a family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon, Bill Stoller is perhaps best known as the founder and owner of the winery that bears his name. He is the co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries, as well as the founder of Xenium, a human resources and employer services outsource company. As an ardent preservationist, Bill's drive for sustainability earned Stoller Winery the first-ever LEED Gold certification in the world.

Bob's Red Mill: Revolutionizing the food industry
Founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob's Red Mill is known worldwide as the producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products. Bob celebrated his 81st birthday in 2010 by transferring ownership of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan. Bob and Charlee's passion for healthy foods and clean living led them to donate tens of millions of dollars to Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the National University of Natural Medicine to fund projects and research promoting healthy diets.

"In this tenth anniversary year of the History Makers Dinner, we are pleased to honor three individuals and one iconic Oregon business that exemplify what it means to be an 'Oregon History Maker'," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or alexis.silva@ohs.org.

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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 artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), 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.

Wells Fargo offers free financial education webinars Feb. 26-28 during Military Saves Week (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/22/18 9:13 AM
A military father and his son.
A military father and his son.
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In honor of Military Saves Week, Wells Fargo will offer a series of free webinars to help service members, veterans and their families kick-start their financial goals. The webinar topics will include financing a home, budgeting and saving, and credit.

The webinars are designed for military and veterans, but are also open to the general public. The interactive online workshops take less than an hour and include the chance for participants to ask questions.

Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.wellsfargo.com/rsvp and enter the access code provided for the desired webinar:

Homebuying: Monday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Access Code: Mil1stHome
Buying a home may be one of the most important financial decisions you can make. During this session, participants will learn about the steps in the homebuying process, how to identify the costs associated with buying a home, and types of financing available, including the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

Budgeting & Saving: Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Access Code: MilBudget
Make the most of the money you have by saving more, creating a spending plan and being a smart shopper.

Get Smart About Credit: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Access Code: MilCredit
It's never too early or too late to learn the money skills you need for life, and one of the most important things everyone needs to know is how to better manage credit. Learn how to manage credit cards, the factors that go into your credit score, the benefits and risks of using credit, and more.

Consumers with questions about the webinars can contact MilitaryMortgage@wellsfargo.com. For immediate assistance with home financing needs, consumers can speak with a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage military lending specialist by calling toll-free at (877) 337-9405.

About Military Saves Week
Set for Feb. 26-March 3, Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status. Typically hundreds of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people. More information: http://bit.ly/2mwtvKl

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy its customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially.

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Attached Media Files: A military father and his son.

State Forests Advisory Committee seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/22/18 8:17 AM
Salem, Ore. -- A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations, projects and activities is currently seeking applications to fill two vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides input on the implementation of forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry interests and serves as a forum to discuss agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals in these areas.

The committee specifically covers issues related to ODF district Annual Operations Plans, best practices for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, and other technical forest management topics.

The two new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2018. There is one vacancy for a position representing the environmental community and a vacancy in a non-affiliated position.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to get involved in today's forestry conversation and provide insight and perspectives on how we are implementing the forest management plans. We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To apply, complete a questionnaire (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Documents/SFACApplicationQuestionnaire2018.pdf) by March 19 and submit to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry by email to april.r.davis@oregon.gov or mail to 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7496 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found here (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx).

Wed. 02/21/18
Results of the Region 19 Chess Tournament at Allen Dale Elementary (Photo)
Chess for Success - 02/21/18 6:59 PM
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Results of the Region 19 Chess Tournament at Allen Dale Elementary

The following students have qualified for the State Chess Tournament:

Allen Dale Elementary
o 2 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified
Butte Falls Charter School
o 2 students qualified as individuals
South Middle School
o 1 student qualified as an individual

These individual and team winners are invited to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament March 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Chess for Success (CFS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. CFS is a Portland based non-profit organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life through learning chess. The organization runs chess clubs in more than 78 schools throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington serving more than 2,000 students. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

Excellent photo opportunity!

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OSP-The Dalles is Seeking Public Assistance on a Motor Vehicle Collision - Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 5:55 PM
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On February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:30am, the Oregon State Police responded to a multiple motor vehicle collision on I-84 near milepost 88, just west of The Dalles Dam.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup truck lost control on the icy roadway, struck the guardrail and came to rest in the right lane of travel. As the operator of a red unknown make pickup truck with canopy approached the crash location, the operator of the red pickup truck applied their brakes, but they were unable to avoid the colliding with the Dodge Ram truck. After impacting the Dodge Ram truck, the operator of the red pickup pulled to the side of the highway briefly before fleeing the scene without exchanging information. The red pick should have damage to the passenger side taillight.

OSP-The Dalles Area Command is seeking assistance with identifying the red pickup and its occupants. If you witnessed the crash or have any information pertaining to this crash, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at (503)731-3020 or OSP and refer to case number SP18-066123.



Attached Media Files: Red Pickup , Red Pickup , Victim Vehicle

Daycare owner arrested for multiple sex abuse crimes (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 02/21/18 5:28 PM
Conaway Mug
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On 2/21/18 Detectives from the Medford Police Department arrested 32 year old Andrew Conaway for multiple sex abuse charges involving two minor children under the age of six. Conaway and his wife own and operate "Family Friendly Daycare," located in the 3000 Block of Tahitian Avenue. Detectives believe this is where the incidents of abuse took place. Detectives believe the abuse occurred while each of the victims were under the care and custody of Conaway.

This investigation will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office at this time. The Medford Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding Conaway or the "Family Friendly Daycare" facility to contact the Investigations Division at (541) 774-2250.

Suspect: Andrew Joseph Conaway 32yrs old, 3000 Block Tahitian Ave.

Charges: Sex Abuse First Degree x 3
Unlawful Sexual Penetration First Degree x 3
Sodomy First Degree x 2
Private Indecency

Bail: $2,005,000.00



Attached Media Files: Conaway Mug

Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0117 waiver renewal, 1915 (c) #0375 waiver amendment, 1915 (k) state plan amendment
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/21/18 2:29 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services' Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is seeking public comment regarding the 1915 (c) #0117 Child Home and Community Based Supports (HCBS) Waiver renewal, 1915 (c) Adult HCBS Waiver amendment, and the 1915 (k) state plan amendment.

For the past couple of years ODDS has been working to reorient the I/DD system to focus on person-centered planning. As part of this effort, and in response to steps required under the Legislatively Adopted Budget for 2017--2019, ODDS has been engaged in multiple efforts that are now called the "Compass Project". Collectively, these efforts include:

Validating and implementing the new functional needs assessment: Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA)
Reorienting its focus from the functional needs assessment and hours of service to person-centered planning and "whole life" in the community
Various rate setting efforts
Policy work needed to operationalize these changes
Updates to the eXPRS system

Many of these efforts require aligning existing Medicaid authorities to implement these initiatives.

This CMS submission includes reorganization of 1915 (c) Waiver authorities into Child and Adult Waivers. This new structure will simplify and streamline the federal authorities under which I/DD services are provided in Oregon and will allow ODDS to tailor services to children and adults in the future.

Additionally, the following changes are being made to the Adult and Child Waivers and the K-Plan.

#0117 Child HCBS Waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level of care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Direct Nursing as this waiver will only serve children and Private Duty Nursing is available under EPSDT.
Update Appendix D to reflect the current Individual Support Plan (ISP) process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

#0375 Adult HCBS waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Special Diets service due to lack of use;
Update Appendix D to reflect the current ISP process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

1915 (K) State Plan Amendment:
Add Assessment as a discrete service;
Include state-trained assessors as persons completing the functional needs assessment;
Expand case management contacts from just face-to-face or phone to face-to-face or other interactive methods to match the currently approved waiver language;
Update natural supports language to reflect CMS guidance; and
Technical updates.

ODDS will limit state-trained assessors who provide Assessments as a discrete service to the population it serves to employees of entities designated by ODDS under a 1915(b)(4) Waiver Fee-for-Service Selective Contracting Program.

The proposed 1915 (c) waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are online at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/compass-project.aspx
Print versions of the waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are posted in local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/county-programs.aspx) and Support Services Brokerages (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Support-Services-Brokerages.aspx). Print versions may also be obtained from Joli Schroader, Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 503-507-2083, joli.r.schroader@.state.or.us.

Interested parties are asked to submit comments via one of two methods: Send an email to odds.info@state.or.us or send written comments addressed to ODDS Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.
Deadline for comments is March 21, 2018. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Man Found in River Identified - Josephine County- Rogue River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 11:48 AM
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On January 12, 2018 the Josephine County Sheriff's office began the investigation into a missing Josephine County man, 27 year old, Ryne NACE. On January 23rd, 2018, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation division was asked to assume the investigation.

On February 16, 2018, investigators learned of a male that was found in the Rogue River near the Graves Creek area by a rafter. Josephine County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police detectives responded to the area and were able to retrieve the body from the river. The body was found approximately ?1/4 of a mile down river from the Graves Creek boat ramp. NACE was last known to be camping near the Argo boat ramp, which is about four miles upriver from where the man was located.

On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the male by the state medical examiner.

Per the medical examiner, the male was positively identified as 27 year old Ryne NACE, from Josephine County. The cause and manner of his death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.



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Nominations Accepted for 2018 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 02/21/18 10:15 AM
February 21, 2018 - Nominations for the 25th annual Klamath Country Volunteer of Year Awards are now available by contacting the United Way and are due no later than March 26 at 12 noon. "Every individual and every organization that is nominated receives an award and is publicly recognized for their service to our community," says United Way President Frank Hernandez. "Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the United Way at 882-5558. They can be sent to you by email, fax, regular mail, or picked up at the United Way office located at 136 N. Third St.

The categories of volunteer service include: Seniors (55 years and older); Adult (19 to 54); Youth (18 year and younger); Education (an individual or group); Public Safety (an individual or group) and Public Service (organization, media, school, church, club). Ten finalists will be selected from which one individual is chosen the 2018 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year.

This event is presented by the United Way of the Klamath Basin in partnership with The KMSB Foundation. Members of our local media will judge the nominations and score each one up to 50 points based on the nominees' leadership, commitment, achievement and community impact.

April 15 through April 22, 2018 is national volunteer week and this year's public luncheon celebration will be held on April 17 at 12 noon at the Senior Citizens' Center.

Retired local physician Dr. Glenn Gailis is he current holder of the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year honor for his service with the Blue Zones Project.

"It only takes 10 minutes to complete a nomination entry form, and this is a great way to say thanks to our local volunteers for all they do to help make our community a great place to live," said Hernandez.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 199 near Milepost 24.5 -- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 9:17 AM
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On Tuesday, February 20th, at approximately 6:59pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a head on fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 199 near milepost 24.5 in Selma, Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white GMC Safari, operated by Robert A. JAKOVIC, age 20 of Ridgeville, Ohio was traveling northbound on Highway 199 and a red Toyota Prius, operated by Deborah J. NEWELL, age 69 of Cave Junction was traveling southbound on Highway 199 just north of the intersection of Reeves Creek Road. While negotiating a curve, the vehicles collided head on near the center line.

NEWELL sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. JAKOVIC was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries. JAKOVIC and NEWELL were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision and it is not believed that intoxicants are a contributing factor.

Next of kin notification has been made.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire and ODOT.



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Lebanon Strawberry Festival Designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/21/18 8:33 AM
The Lebanon Strawberry Festival, a volunteer-powered community-wide event, marks its upcoming 109th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Todd Kepple, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates local heritage in Oregon."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival started in 1909 as a way to showcase Lebanon and promote the berry industry. Today, the county-wide celebration has grown from a parade and shows on the dirt streets of downtown Lebanon to a 4-day festival at Cheadle Lake Park that includes multiple parades, a royalty court, a carnival, a race, and the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

Jami Cate, Chair of the Strawberry Festival Board, acknowledges how the tradition has grown along with the town. "The City of Lebanon is growing and changing, and it's fun to see the contrast between the traditional ways of life for the area--the tractors and log trucks driving through the parade, the generations-old insurance companies and banks still sponsoring the Festival--and the new aspects of Lebanon--the medical college volunteering at the 5k Race, the new breweries and restaurants sponsoring our events, the new city park being named "Strawberry Plaza."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival wouldn't be possible without countless hours of volunteer work. A 30 member board plans and runs the festival each year along with over 100 additional volunteers. Over 10,000 participants attend from across the county and the state.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Strawberry Festival has earned this honor," Jami said. "We invite all Oregonians to share our tradition and a piece of shortcake by attending the festival." The festival will be held May 31- June 3, 2018.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

Tue. 02/20/18
Executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet February 21 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/20/18 1:25 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Room 160 of the Department of Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public comment, old business, new business, secretary position, executive committee composition, office tour, and future agenda items.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may access the meeting by calling (503) 934-1400 and using Conference ID # 23678239 to join in.

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: Chad A. Ludwig Chad.A.Ludwig@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.

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History Happy Hour: Triple Nickles and their Secret Mission in Pendleton
Oregon Travel Experience - 02/20/18 1:19 PM
On Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., Travel Information Council's Oregon Historical Marker Program, in partnership with Travel Pendleton and the Pendleton Air Museum will be hosting History Happy Hour at Oregon Grain Growers Distillery in Pendleton. The topic of discussion is the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. The Triple Nickles jumped their way into Oregon history in 1945 during a secret mission known as "Operation Firefly.' The guest speaker will be Robert Bartlett, a professor from Eastern Washington University and a member of the Triple Nickel's Association. At this Happy Hour we will learn more about the Triple Nickel's history and how Pendleton played a role. We will also be discussing a location for a historical marker located in Pendleton to commemorate the 555th. This event is open to the public. Check out Travel Pendleton's Event Page on Facebook for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/108255036660086/


The Oregon Historical Marker Program is administered by the Travel Information Council (TIC). For more information on the Triple Nickles and their historical marker, please contact Annie von Domitz, Heritage Program and Community Assets Manager at TIC. 1-800-574-9397.

Committee for Family Forestlands and State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meet Feb. 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/18 1:15 PM
News Release

Date: Feb. 20, 2018

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 and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27; the CFF from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the SFCC via conference call from 2 -- 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The Committee for Family Forestlands will discuss these topics:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, Legislative session, agency strategic initiatives, and landowner assistance
Land use planning
Food plot rulemaking
Good Neighbor Authority

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will receive updates about:
The department and the Private Forests Division
Federal funding
Forest Stewardship Program
Forest Legacy Program, including the 2020 call for applications and timelines.

These are public meetings, everyone is welcome. The meeting agendas include time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. 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 meetings. For more information about attending these meetings please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The CFF is a 13-member committee that 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.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/20/18 12:05 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL030 on Friday February 23, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL030 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Lt. Jamie Russell, Jail Commander of the Lincoln County Jail, will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Members of Graduating Class BCL030:

Deputy Sheriff Francis Adzima
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Audisio
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Beau Blackburn
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Briles
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chad Brown
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Byron Buckelew
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kirsten Cardwell
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Chavez
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Shaunna Clark
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Mariah Colmenero
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua DeLawyer
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ashlee Dietz
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff India Gant
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ross Good
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hampson
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karlie Hansen
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Hearn
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Aubri Hickey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Holguin
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jacqueline Jones
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Kissee
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Lafoca
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Lanning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Moore
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Papenfuhs
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff David Perlow
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Peterson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Quesada
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Krista Richey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zane Schnetzky
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jorge Serrano
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jason Shain
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sparks
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Jeremiah Steiner
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Aaron VanHoute
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Adam Whitehead
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Wolfe
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Colton Wright
Union County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the BPSST and 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.

Oregon Farm Bureau welcomes new staffer (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/20/18 12:00 PM
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February 20, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: Oregon Farm Bureau is proud to announce a new addition to the OFB Government Affairs team: Jonathan Sandau.

Sandau joins OFB after serving as a field representative for Congressman Kurt Schrader for the last three years, and experience in state-level politics before that.

Sandau is also the fifth generation of his family to farm in Marion County. Since graduating from the University of Portland, he has helped manage the family grass seed, blueberry, and field crop operation near Pratum.

"Jonathan's personal experience on the farm coupled with his extensive public policy experience make him a great advocate for our members. Jonathan brings knowledge, background, and a passion for agriculture that are hard to match. We are excited to have him working for farm and ranch families as part of the Farm Bureau team," said OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

"Being part of a fifth-generation farming family, I understand very well the hardships and the challenges of making a living in agriculture, and also the opportunities and successes," said Sandau.

"Working for the Farm Bureau is giving a voice to Oregonians who tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated in terms of the hard work they do and contributions they make to the state's economy and to both urban and rural communities," said Sandau.

Farm Bureau works alongside its grassroots membership, comprised of nearly 7,000 farm and ranch families, in the state capitol -- but oftentimes those members are too busy raising crops or tending to animals to make a trip to Salem during the legislative session. They rely on Farm Bureau to give them professional, informed representation with lawmakers and state agencies.

"We're happy Johnathon has joined OFB to help further our century-old mission of giving Oregon's farm and ranch families an effective, strong, and united voice in the legislature," said Dillon.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring. He is OFB's 15th president.



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Medford resident thanks first responders who help save her from carbon monoxide emergency
Medford Fire-Rescue - 02/20/18 10:26 AM
ADT Security will be awarding Medford Fire-Rescue a $5,000 Lifesaver award for their response to a life-long Medford resident who experienced a carbon monoxide emergency in December. The presentation will be at Ms. Lausman's residence at 727 Eastridge Dr. in Medford at 9:30 am Wednesday February 21st, 2018. The presentation will include a recording of the dramatic 911 call, a $5,000 contribution to the Fire Department from ADT, and Carbon Monoxide Prevention tips.

Sharon Lausman was baking a roast in the oven of her Medford home when a carbon monoxide detector activated. Sound asleep, Sharon did not hear the alarms. She was awakened by a phone call from an ADT emergency dispatcher in Irving, TX. The dispatcher advised Sharon to leave the home with her dog and cat while she contacted Medford Fire-Rescue. Upon arrival, firefighters used portable gas detectors to determine there were life-threatening levels of the "silent killer" in the home, coming from a malfunctioning gas oven. Sharon believes her life was saved and is anxious to meet her "heroes" during an emotional reunion at her home.

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide kills 500 Americans each year and poisons 50,000 more. A report from the Oregon Health Authority states 20 Oregon residents died from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in 2016. The latest carbon monoxide incident was Jan. 28 in Eugene.



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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with Robust Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/20/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense with strong passwords.

If you are like most of the rest of us -- remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password -- or a variation of one -- over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it -- it is still the same password over and over again.

The people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce -- say that's not good enough. According to NIST researchers, more than 80% of hacking-related breaches used stolen or weak passwords.

Using the same few passwords over multiple platforms, apps, websites and the like is dangerous. Even when you are required to change the password every 90 or 120 days, that's usually not much help because most people just change a single character or add a number at the end of the old password.

So -- what does NIST recommend now? According to those government researchers:

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters, but generally the longer the better. They suggest using passphrases, not single words. For instance -- think of a crazy picture in your head such as "purple cows swim with bananas". You now have a 25-character password that is much stronger than a 6-character password with special symbols, numbers and capitals. And, as a bonus, you are more likely to remember it. Easier for you -- harder for hackers.

Focus on your most important accounts -- such as your email and bank accounts. Give each of these a unique passphrase.

Don't rely on passwords alone. Two-factor authentication is your friend. This requires something you know -- like a password PLUS something you get -- like a randomly generated PIN or code sent to your phone or hard token. If you can set one up on any particular account -- do so.

Don't want to deal with any of this? Consider using a reputable password manager. That's software or an app that generates unique passwords for every one of your accounts.

In the end, remember that there is no perfect system, but there are simple things you can do to make it more difficult for hackers to enter your virtual home.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.



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Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/20/18 9:30 AM
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KINGSLEY FIELD, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- the longest lease in the U.S. Air Force.

In a ceremony at Kingsley Field, Jan. 19, 2018, city officials expressed their appreciation for the unique mission of the wing and expressed the desire for its continued success into the next century.

"The partnership is one that works well and we believe it will make our community one of the best places to live and work and be part of," said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden added that the lease benefits both the community and the Oregon Air National Guard.

"The signing of this lease extension exemplifies how our community in the basin has embraced the Guard's mission, supports our men and women in uniform, and benefits from the base's investment back into the community," Walden said.

This lease extension adds a capstone to recent improvements including a new airspace expansion which brings the total area to 11,300 square miles, making it among the largest test and training ranges in the U.S. Air Force.

This airspace expansion allows the opportunity for a fairly new concept in training -- use of a contracted adversary air (ADAIR) squadron which will serve to increase the number of sorties directly related to student training. This new ADAIR squadron of about six aircraft would simulate enemy aircraft during training sorties rather than requiring some of the F-15C's to fill the adversary role. This will free up more of the F-15C's for student training and allow the unit to graduate a larger number of new F-15C pilots for the Combat Air Forces.

The extended lease also helps solidify over $80M in planned construction projects in response to growth requirements such as the addition of nearly 100 active duty troops in an Active Association and the proposed addition of contract aircraft on the ramp. A new fire station is currently under construction and planned projects include a new fuel off-loading and on-loading station, a new corrosion control facility, ramp improvement construction, and many others.

During the ceremony speakers noted the litany of recent accomplishments have paved the way for both this unprecedented lease extension, and positioned Kingsley Field for the future.

"With its over 50,000 square-yards of ramp space, unrivaled support from the community, and four decades of fighter training culture, Kingsley Field is clearly a perfect home for the F-35, or any future training missions for that matter," added Walden.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C formal training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls City Councilmen, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Carol Westfall, Mayor of Klamath Falls, addresses community members and leaders during a celebratory gathering, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Westfall and leaders in the City of Klamath Falls secured an unprecedented 50-year lease extension with the 173rd Fighter Wing that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Smith, the 173rd Fighter Wing commander, visits with members of the community including Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber and Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, during a ceremony, Feb. 19, 2018, commemorating the extension of Kingsley Field's lease to the year 2095 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The extension makes this lease the longest in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny
Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)



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Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
Pacific Power - 02/20/18 9:04 AM
Contact: Media Hotline 800-570-5838


Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
1,300 MW of new wind part of Energy Vision 2020 plan

PORTLAND, Ore,--Feb. 20, 2018 -- Pacific Power has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to significantly expand the amount of wind energy serving customers by 2020.

The four projects will expand the company's owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent and add enough new wind energy to power approximately 450,000 average homes.

The new wind development is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative, which also will upgrade the company's existing owned wind fleet in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon with longer blades and newer technology, and build a new high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming to connect the new wind energy to PacifiCorp's grid.

"We are committed to expanding the amount of renewable energy serving our customers, and these new wind projects will help us cost-effectively further that goal," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California.

The bids were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) issued in September 2017. The RFP establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective new wind projects. The four selected projects are:

A 400 MW wind project in Converse County, Wyoming, which will be built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, with half of the project owned and operated by PacifiCorp, and half of the project owned and delivered by NextEra under a Power Purchase Agreement.
A 161 MW wind project in Uinta County, Wyoming, which will be built by Invenergy, LLC, and owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 500 MW wind project in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 250 MW wind project in Carbon County, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
The additional wind generation and associated transmission line were identified in the company's 2017 Integrated Resource Plan as part of a broader approach to most cost-effectively meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. Completing the wind projects by 2020 will allow the company to use federal production tax credits to provide net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.

The cost of the four new wind projects is estimated at approximately $1.5 billion, which is significantly less on a per-megawatt basis than when the new wind and transmission plan was first announced last April. The per-megawatt reduction in project costs helps make the Energy Vision 2020 initiative lower cost compared to other resource alternatives, such as market purchases, to meet forecasted customer energy needs.

Pending approval from state regulatory commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction of the new wind and transmission projects is expected to begin in 2019.

Visit the following link for a video and more information about EV 2020. http://www.pacificorp.com/ev2020

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Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Application Deadline Extended
Oregon Folklife Network - 02/20/18 9:00 AM
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) has adjusted the deadline applications for its Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2018. Applications are now due by 5:00 PM on April 1, 2018.

TAAP offers master traditional artists and culture keepers a $3,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on Oregon's traditions.
 
Examples of Oregon's many traditional folk arts include McKenzie River Drift Boat building, Southeast Asian dance, Norwegian cooking and baking, Northwest logger poetry, Native American basket weaving, Middle Eastern embroidery, Irish or old time fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, and more. Recent TAAP awardees have included an Iranian storyteller, a hip-hop artist, a western gear maker, and an Andean instrument maker.

OFN encourages applications from Oregonians engaged in these kinds of living cultural traditions emerging from their particular heritage or Tribe. This program does not fund historic re-enactments, DIY revival crafts, or those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage.
 
CONTACT US FIRST: Please contact us first if you want to apply. Visit our website, ofn.uoregon.edu, or contact Brad McMullen (ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820) for more information about your eligibility in the program.

APPLICATIONS: Application guidelines and questions can be downloaded at the OFN website: ofn.uoregon.edu/programs. Staff members are available to advise applicants and even help fill out applications.  

DEADLINE: Applications are due at the OFN office by 5 pm, APRIL 1, 2018. Send your complete application package to Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204.

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Oregon Arts Commission, and by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the NEA. The Oregon Folklife Network works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.
 
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.

Structure Fire on Crater Lake Ave. Displaces Family of 6
Medford Fire-Rescue - 02/20/18 8:11 AM
Medford Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 3700 Block of Crater Lake Ave early this morning. Crews arrived in 7 minutes to find a fully involved residence. Despite live power lines down in the yard, the fire was brought under control in 21 minutes.

A family of 6 escaped the residence, with one adult being transported to the hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation. They are being provided assistance by the American Red Cross and the Rogue Valley Chaplains Association. Unfortunately, except for the clothes they had on, they lost everything in the fire including their vehicle.

The cause remains under investigation. Fire investigators will return to the scene in the morning to continue the investigation.


Thank You,

Steve Parks
Deputy Fire Marshal
Medford Fire Rescue

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Six People in Medford
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/20/18 6:04 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in the 3000 block of Crater Lake Avenue in Medford, Jackson County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected three adults and three children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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.

Mon. 02/19/18
Consumer Groups issue warning - Don't Be Fooled by Fake Patient Groups
AARP Oregon - 02/19/18 4:16 PM
AARP Oregon and OSPIRG, the leading senior and consumer advocacy groups in Oregon, are warning voters to watch out for telemarketing scams designed to trick voters into supporting policies that could hurt them.

The Voter Alert comes a week after a Eugene Register-Guard investigation into the shady practices of a group called "Caregiver Voices United." The Register-Guard revealed that the group funded by drug manufacturers pretended to be a patient advocacy group and called Oregonians to convince them to join an effort to stop the prescription drug price transparency bill, HB 4005. One of the independent contractors hired by Caregiver Voices United blew the whistle after looking up the bill and realizing that it was one he and other people would support.

Calling it a "subversive campaign," the Eugene Register-Guard published the documents from the whistleblower. The documents showed:

1. Caregiver Voices United -- the front group -- is actually funded by the pharmaceutical industry, including Allergen, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline.
2. The script Caregiver Voices United gave its telemarketers is riddled with false information about HB 4005.
3. Telemarketers are paid on a bounty system, earning more money for each voter they convince to send a letter and participate in the campaign.

Oregon seniors have great concern over prescription drug prices and are likely to be targeted in scams like this says Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director of AARP Oregon.

"It's shameful that prescription drug companies would spend their money trying to trick seniors into opposing a bill that would finally shine the light on why drug prices keep going up year after year," says Bartholomew. "We are alerting our members: if you get a call from Caregiver Voices United, don't be fooled. This is not a real patient advocacy organization."

Jesse O'Brien, Policy Director at OSPIRG, said "It's clear from the Register-Guard investigation that the powerful pharmaceutical industry will do whatever it takes to keep us from knowing the truth behind their skyrocketing prices."

HB 4005 would require drug companies to report to the state the justification for any price increase 10% or higher. The report must include the company profits from the bill, the cost for research and development, the cost to market the drug, whether there are generic alternatives available and what the drug costs in other countries.

AARP Oregon and OSPIRG have joined with nurses, doctors, health plans, labor and other advocacy groups in support of drug price transparency. They see the actions by the pharmaceutical industry as a way to trick voters into opposing something that would help bring prescription prices down. They urge voters to be alert for the calls.

Top three things to do if you get a call:
1. Ask to speak to a manager. A true patient advocacy group will have one you can speak to. Groups like Caregiver Voices United pay individual contractors who work alone, usually from home.
2. Ask how the group is funded. A true patient advocacy group will be able to provide you with an answer.
3. Do not give the telemarketer your personal information or agree to have a letter sent to your representative on your behalf.

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AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members nationwide and 510,000 members in Oregon, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.



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Be Safe in the Snow (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/18 9:24 AM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- With kids out of school today for the holiday, many families may head for the hills to take advantage of the new snow. If you're one of them, be prepared! One family called for help Sunday afternoon when they got stuck in the snow on Forest Road 3740 (photo). A search and rescue deputy came to their aid.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe in the snow:

Start your trip with a full tank of gas.
Tell someone where you're going and stick to your planned route.
Go in a group; if one vehicle gets stuck, others are there to help.
Take enough food, water, and supplies to be on your own for at least 24 hours.
Make sure your vehicle is stocked with winter survival gear, just in case. Necessities include tire chains, flashlights, blankets, dry clothing, water, food, medications, waterproof boots and gloves, and a shovel.
Check the weather forecast. A good local resource is the National Weather Service in Medford: http://www.weather.gov/mfr/
Don't rely on your cell phone! Most of the problem areas have poor or no service. If you can't make a call, try sending a text -- they take less bandwidth and can sometimes get through.
If you know someone who is missing, call us as soon as possible. You don't have to wait a certain amount of time before calling.
If you aren't ready for the conditions, just stay home!

Search and rescue crews will always help in an emergency, but they shouldn't be part of your own safety plan. It can take hours for SAR to respond depending on location, conditions, and call volume. And remember that our amazing SAR teams are made up of volunteers. Every mission takes them away from their families and puts them into dangerous situations.

Thanks for your help. Be safe out there!



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Sat. 02/17/18
Armed suspect arrested on multiple charges (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 02/17/18 9:53 PM
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On Saturday February 17, 2018 just after 7:00 p.m. the Medford Police Department responded to the report of a gunshot heard in the 2700 Block of N. Pacific Hwy. Once officers arrived, they attempted to contact the male suspect, who reportedly had a handgun. The male tried to flee on foot but was quickly surrounded by officers. He then turned towards officers and grabbed onto a gun in his waistband. The male initially failed to comply with commands and challenged officers on scene, while his hand was still on the gun. He eventually complied with officers and was taken into custody without further incident. A handgun was removed from his person. Officers found evidence that a shot was indeed fired prior to law enforcement arrival; however, there were no injuries or structural damage. It was determined the suspect has made recent threats to kill law enforcement prior to this incident.

Suspect:
Pelletier, Kevin Charles Jr.
29 years old

He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges including Attempted Assault I, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct. Medford Police case number 18-3467.



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Oregon State Police -- Winter Travel Safety Tips
Oregon State Police - 02/17/18 6:29 PM
With the potential for poor weather and hazardous road conditions in the next several days the Oregon State Police (OSP) would like to remind motorists of winter travel safety tips.

OSP recommends the following travel safety tips to help get you safely to your destination:

Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.

When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.

Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.

If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don't hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.

Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.

Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.

Drive to the conditions. If it's icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.

In bad weather, don't use cruise control.

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More than 300 Career and Volunteer Firefighters Train in Salem (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/17/18 5:51 PM
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More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from throughout the state are at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem this weekend for the State's annual Winter Fire School. This is the 15th annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) at the Oregon Public Safety Academy 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

This two-day event is the largest two-day fire training experience in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge.

Eleven classes will be offered by DPSST, the National Fire Academy, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department.

Classes offered range from leadership topics such as Supervising Emergency Medical Services and New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues; to classes that focus on tactics; safety; to hands-on classes such as vehicle rescue, flammable liquids and gases, emergency vehicle operations and live fire training.

This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers.

While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to firefighters each year at the Academy and at regional locations statewide.

DPSST appreciates the red carpet hospitality local businesses, and the community as a whole, roll-out for the career and volunteer firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity.



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Fri. 02/16/18
East Medford Duplex Damaged by Electric Furnace Fire
Medford Fire-Rescue - 02/16/18 8:57 PM
Medford Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of Olympic Ave this afternoon. Crews arrived on scene in three minutes and found heavy smoke coming from the rear unit of a duplex. After ensuring all occupants were accounted for, crews determined there was active fire in the crawl space under the house.

They were able to access the fire by opening the floor in the affected unit with chainsaws, and simultaneously worked to minimize the smoke impact to the second unit.

DFM Parks with assistance from DFM Shay, conducted an investigation to determine origin and cause once the fire was extinguished and the structure safe to enter. The fire occurred in a closet containing an electric furnace and the crawlspace directly beneath. Indications are an electrical malfunction occurred in the furnace which resulted in the fire.

There were functioning smoke alarms present in both units of the duplex and no injuries were reported. Due to the smoke contamination both units were deemed temporarily unsafe to occupy. The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing and incidentals to the individuals displaced from the non-fire unit.

While the specific malfunction has not yet been determined, we would like to encourage people to have their heating and cooling systems maintained regularly. Not only will it help them function efficiently and minimize the chance of malfunctions, but it can help with keeping your energy costs down.

This incident occurred at 3 pm and was under control at 3:15 pm.

Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Walton -- Lane County (Photo) Update Time Correction
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 8:01 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126W near Walton.

On February 16, 2018 at approximately 2:26 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 33, near Walton. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2013 Dodge Van, operated by Sharon Lee MILLER, age 76, from Mt. Angel, was traveling eastbound on 126W navigating a small left hand corner when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Dodge hit a tree on the passenger side before coming to rest.

The passenger Charles Eugene MILLER, age 83, from Mt. Angel, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS.
Sharon was transported by ambulance to the Riverbend Hospital with non-life threating injuries.

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sherriff's Office, Lane County Fire Authority and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 35minutes.

This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire in Medford
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/16/18 7:12 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on February 16, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Olympic Ave, Medford, Oregon. This multi-family fire affected 4 adults, 2 children and 4 pets.

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.

Oregon Department of Forestry hosts national conference in central Oregon on aviation's role in fighting wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
News Release

Feb. 16, 2018

Contacts:
Neal Laugle, ODF Aviation Manager, 503-945-7508
Bobbi Doan, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7506


SALEM, Ore. -- Wildfires are increasingly fought in the skies as well as on the ground. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year's National States Fire and Aviation Conference hosted by the Oregon Department of Forestry in central Oregon Feb. 6-8.

The meeting's purpose was to bring aviation managers from across the nation to discuss important fire and aviation issues impacting aerial firefighting programs. Over the course of three days, dozens of fire managers, contractors, vendors and researchers engaged in learning about the latest advances in aerial firefighting technology. The conference highlighted multiple presentations about unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones), including lessons learned from their experimental use in last summer's wildfires, to the evolving regulations governing how they can be flown.

Additional topics included short-wave infrared technology and its ability to see through heavy smoke and provide sharp images and fire mapping in real time for on-the-ground fire managers. Attendees also heard about aircraft maintenance, new research on chemicals to make water more effective at suppressing wildfire, and Colorado's expanding use of its firefighting plane for other hazard-related missions.

Attendees came from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Pennsylvania to the site of the conference at the Sunriver Resort near Bend, not far from where a number of wildfires burned in the Cascades during 2017. Deputy State Forester Nancy Hirsch welcomed the conference attendees to Oregon, emphasizing the importance of cooperative relationships between states during increasingly challenging fire seasons.

ODF's Aviation Manager Neal Laugle said the event underscored the growing recognition of the vital importance of aircraft in the battle against catastrophic wildfire. "From detection to fire mapping and active suppression support, aircraft now play a critical role in the fight to save lives, property and natural resources," Laugle said. "Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the state of Oregon beginning to use aircraft to spot wildfire from the sky, so we were especially proud to host this year's conference. It looks like the next 100 years will see even greater reliance on airborne resources by state and federal agencies to help us carry out our firefighting mission."

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Oregon OSHA further extends comment period for pesticide rules
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has again extended the public comment period on proposed additional safeguards against pesticide drift. The decision moves the deadline from Feb. 28 to March 15 and allows more time to comment on the proposed rules while considering a revised statement of need and financial impact.

Oregon OSHA appointed a Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to provide additional analysis as part of the agency's updates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard. The committee included both grower and worker representatives. The committee finished its work in February with an Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact.

Oregon OSHA's rule proposals add protections to the EPA's Application Exclusion Zone. The zone surrounds and moves with pesticide-spray equipment during applications. It must be free of all people other than appropriately trained and equipped pesticide handlers.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA's rule proposals and review the Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact at http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/making/Pages/proposed.aspx

Learn more about the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee at
http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/advisory/ag-emp/Pages/wps-fiac.aspx

Extending the comment period through March 15 marks the third time Oregon OSHA has allowed more time to review and remark on the rule proposals. The comment period was originally scheduled to end Dec. 15. To comment:

Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov
Fax: 503-947-7461


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

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

Salem Couple and Others Arrested In Felony Wildlife Crimes -- Lake County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 2:37 PM
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On February 14, 2018, the LaPine Office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed a four month investigation into the unlawful killing of several Winter Range Trophy Class Mule Deer Bucks. They were assisted by Fish and Wildlife Troopers from both the Klamath Falls and Salem offices.

The investigation originated when a trooper located a trophy class buck deer shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County with the assistance from the OSP Fish and Wildlife Aircraft during winter range patrol. That incident led to a search warrant being executed at the residence of G.W. Todd FULFER, age 40, and his wife Samantha GERMAN-FULFER, age 27, in Salem, on January 31, 2018. Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife Troopers to the Albany home of Scott Allan HARRIS, age 55. Upon the service of a second search warrant, additional evidence was seized including several trophy class antlers.

A fourth suspect, Jacen Todd FULFER, age 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, as officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from Take/Possession-Buck Deer (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Waste of Game Mammal, and Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Method.

The investigation produced evidence indicating both Samantha GERMAN-FULFER and her husband, GW Todd FULFER, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion Counties. In addition to the multiple deer suspected to have been poached by the FULFERS in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects were also cited into the other counties for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and various Wildlife Crimes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, OSP (677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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Two Arrested for Burglary in Vacant Home (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/18 12:52 PM
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CENTRAL POINT -- A man and woman are in jail after deputies found them inside a vacant home in the 2600-block of Old Stage Road on Thursday. Deputies say the two suspects -- along with other squatters -- have ransacked the property over the last year.

On February 15, 2018, at 1:33 p.m., deputies responded to an alarm at the residence and found two people trespassing in the house. The suspects were identified as Alonso Miguel Ramirez, 37, and Kristine Lucille Stone, 39, both transient in the Medford area.

Ramirez and Stone were lodged in jail on burglary and trespass charges. Additionally, Ramirez had two warrants for his arrest for possession of meth and failure to appear on a theft charge; Stone was held for a probation violation. Jackson County Animal Control took custody of a dog found at the property.

Deputies have responded to the same residence numerous times in the past year due to problems with trespassers. They have also responded for two alarms at the residence since the first of the year; this is the first time trespassers were present when deputies arrived to investigate.

Deputies say owners of vacant homes must be vigilant. For those who live out of the area, it's a good idea to have a local caretaker or property management company to keep an eye on the property. Security systems and surveillance cameras are also valuable tools for prevention and investigation.

Case #18-03301



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*Update* Suspect Arrested - FBI and Curry County Sheriff's Office Ask Public's Help in Finding Attempted Aggravated Murder Fugitive (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/16/18 12:14 PM
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From the Curry County Sheriff's Office:


On 02-15-18 at about 9:38pm Pacific Time, Lucas DeYoung was taken into custody by the Nevada State Highway Patrol on the Curry County and FBI warrants for his arrest. DeYoung was lodged in the Humboldt County Jail in Winnemucca, Nevada.

On 02-15-18 at about 12:15pm, the Curry County Sheriff's Office received information from a concerned citizen that DeYoung was calling and harassing them, and, through some investigative leads, it was determined that DeYoung was either in Utah or Nevada. Dispatch started notifying all law enforcement agencies in those areas to attempt to locate DeYoung.

The Nevada Highway Patrol saw a vehicle with Virginia plates parked alongside the road on I-80 near milepost 164 in Nevada with a male sleeping in the driver's seat. The NHP contacted the person inside who fit the description provided by the FBI warrants as DeYoung. The driver initially gave a different name but it was determined that the driver was in fact Lucas DeYoung, and he was taken into custody without incident. The NHP also charged DeYoung with being a felon in possession of firearms.

The Curry County District Attorney's Office will work with the State of Nevada to return DeYoung to Oregon.



The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Lucas Randall DeYoung. Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.



The FBI and the Curry County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in locating Lucas Randall DeYoung of Brookings, Oregon. On February 1, 2018, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging DeYoung, age 36, with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The Curry County Sheriff's Office had previously charged DeYoung with attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of marijuana in relation to the shooting of a Curry County man on December 28, 2017.

The FBI has posted DeYoung's FBI Wanted flyer at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional/lucas-randall-deyoung. The FBI is also running Facebook ads featuring the fugitive hunt for DeYoung in Oregon, Washington, Virginia and Nevada. (Both the flyer and the Facebook ad are attached.)

DeYoung is described as:

White man
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 pounds
Other: Scar on his left finger and tattoos on his back and right shoulder

DeYoung is a known to use illegal drugs and carry firearms. He is also a known gambler. DeYoung may have travelled to the Mason County/Thurston County areas of Washington State, Virginia or Las Vegas, Nevada.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.

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Nurse Staffing Advisory Board meets in Portland February 28
Oregon Health Authority - 02/16/18 11:26 AM
February 16, 2018


What: The quarterly public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board

Agenda: Review of minutes from November 29, 2017, meeting; waiver update; Nurse Staffing Survey update; plans of correction; NSAB member memos; emerging issues in nurse staffing; and public comment. The agenda will be available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing on February 21.

When: February 28, 1 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Public Health Division director board room, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon's nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the basis of those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews enforcement powers and processes under Oregon's nurse staffing laws.

For more information, see the agency's nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

Program contact: Anna Davis, 971-673-2950, anna.l.davis@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:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Anna Davis at 971-673-2950, 711 TTY or anna.l.davis@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

***Update Additional Reward***Illegal killing of a Bull Elk -- Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 10:53 AM
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The Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association had added an additional $500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s)in the illegal killing of a bull elk. The total reward is now $1,000.
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On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam's Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.

When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1
Pacific Power - 02/16/18 9:25 AM
Media Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Feb. 16, 2018
503-813-7291

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1
Contribution envelopes coming with February billings or help neighbors by arranging monthly donations

YREKA, Calif. -- Helping your neighbors keep their heat and lights on is easy. Pacific Power will match every $1 you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

Last year, customer and Pacific Power's donations helped 92 households in need in northern California. The 2-for-1 match this year will continue until a cap of $14,000 of Pacific Power matching funds is reached.

"We know that the slowly recovering economy increases the need in many of the communities we serve. We are trying to help," said Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager for Pacific Power. "The 2-for-1 match will help our neighbors in a simple and direct way."

Project HELP is administered by The Salvation Army in Northern California.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find a Project HELP contribution envelope in their February bills. Those interested in assisting local households in need can donate by forwarding their contribution in this envelope. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program and to request a donation envelope, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

All donations are forwarded to The Salvation Army, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist Northern California families in need.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs and direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

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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. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Suspect Arrested in Overnight Burglaries (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 02/16/18 9:25 AM
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During the early morning hours of Friday, February 16th at about 2:00 am, the Medford Police Department responded to the report of a business alarm at the Minute Market located at E. Main Street/Hawthorn Street. Officers arrived and discovered no evidence of a crime at this business, but did observe damage to the nearby Dutch Bro's coffee stand and the Nu Way Cleaners across the street. As officers were starting to investigate these possible burglaries, they observed a male running from the area carrying a large amount of property in his arms. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit with the suspect and were able to apprehend him after a short chase. The suspect was in possession of property stolen from multiple nearby businesses. Entry was made in each of these instances by the suspect breaking glass to the door of the business.

Victim Businesses:
Nu-Way Cleaners -- 600 Block of East Main Street
Dutch Bro's Coffee- 600 Block of East Main Street
Nest Salon -- 10 Block of Hawthorn Street
Opal Tree Skin Care -- 800 Block of East Main Street

Suspect:
Collier, Matthew James
29 Years Old
Medford, Transient

The suspect was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Burglary in the 2nd Degree (x4), Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree (x4) and Theft in the 1st Degree. Medford Police Case #'s 18-3340 and 18-3346.



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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Update Name Added)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 6:44 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male, identified as Salvador RIOS-CERVANTES, age 18, from Salem, climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with RIOS-CERVANTES after he jumped from the overpass. RIOS-CERVANTES suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

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

Photograph provided by OSP

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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 9:19 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with the adult male after he jumped from the overpass. The adult male suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The name of the deceased adult male is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

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

Photograph provided by OSP

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