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Sat. 02/22/20
Westview High School Team 1 wins 29th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/22/20 5:58 PM
Westview High School Team 1 wins 29th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl. From left Ivan Philip, Matthew Westley, John Wang, Justin Yang, Coby Tran, and coach Fabian Mak.
Westview High School Team 1 wins 29th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl. From left Ivan Philip, Matthew Westley, John Wang, Justin Yang, Coby Tran, and coach Fabian Mak.

PR 01-20                                                                          BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, February 22, 2020
                                                                   CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390
                                                                                                                                                or 503-230-5131

Westview wins 29th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl
The Beaverton high school emerged from a field of 51 teams in a Jeopardy-style competition to secure a berth in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.


Portland, Ore. – In a showdown across the Columbia River, Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Oregon, took on Mountain View High School of Vancouver, Washington, for the title of champion in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl on Saturday at the University of Portland.

Westview High School Team 1 emerged victorious over Mountain View and now advances to the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. Jesuit High School of Beaverton battled their way to third place, while Westview High School Team 2 of Beaverton rounded out the competition in fourth.

Those Beaverton and Vancouver teams were part of roughly 250 students from public and private high school teams across western Washington and Oregon, who competed in the nation’s largest regional science bowl.

On Feb. 8, Stoller Middle School from Portland outcompeted a field of 62 teams to win the middle school competition for the regional science bowl and will also advance to the National Science Bowl. In second place, Timberline Middle School of Redmond, Washington, made a strong showing. Shahalah Middle School of Vancouver, Washington, finished in third.

Following the morning rounds of competition, the students who’ve answered the most toss-up questions correctly are recognized as All Stars. This year’s All Stars for the high school competition are:

  • Dominic DeBettencourt, Jesuit High School
  • Wenjun Hou, Jesuit High School
  • Shannon Raloff, Mountainside High School
  • Philip Xue, Westview High School
  • Justin Yang, Westview High School
  • Zachary Zhnug, Westview High School

This year’s All Stars for the middle school competition are:

  • Chegu Vijay Aashray, International  Community School
  • Vishnu Mangipudi, Odle Middle School
  • Krishna Panchapagesan, Odle Middle School
  • Annabella Li, Redmond Middle School
  • Pavan Chaganti, Shahala Middle School
  • Eric Zhan, Shahala Middle School
  • Pratyush Kore, Timberline Middle School
  • Darien Liang, Tyee Middle School

The event, sponsored by BPA and the University of Portland, is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The intense academic event uses a Jeopardy-style round robin competition that showcases students’ talents in science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond the prestige of winning and entry into the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with 16 universities and colleges in the Northwest to offer members of the top three competing high school teams more than $150,000 in potential scholarships.

The event is fueled by more than 180 volunteers, made up largely of BPA employees and previous competitors returning to the event to pay it forward to other young people. Among those competitors returning as volunteers are a cardiologist from Seattle, an MIT student and the architect for the Seattle Opera at the Center. BPA views this event as an opportunity to encourage students to consider STEM-based careers and build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

More info on BPA Regional Science Bowl: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

More info on DOE’s National Science Bowl: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/nsb


About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 546 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity generated in the Northwest. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov



Attached Media Files: Westview High School Team 1 wins 29th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl. From left Ivan Philip, Matthew Westley, John Wang, Justin Yang, Coby Tran, and coach Fabian Mak.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/20 5:00 PM

On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at approximately 6:30 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 82.  

Preliminary investigation reveals that a gold Buick Regal, operated by Myranda Schultz (20) of Astoria, had stopped at the Knappa intersection to proceed across Hwy 30 onto Hillcrest Loop.  Schultz pulled into the path of an eastbound black Ford Mustang, operated by Cameron Rowles (72) of Warrenton, and was struck on the passenger side.

Enrique Sutphin (24) of Astoria was a passenger in the Regal and sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Schultz and Rowles sustained minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted Knappa Fire Department, Medix, and ODOT

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1002/131731/Hwy_30_MP_82_fatal.jpg

Fri. 02/21/20
PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans Commit $400k to Catholic Community Services
PacificSource Health Plans - 02/21/20 1:16 PM

(Springfield, Ore.) Feb. 21, 2020 The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans recently committed $400k in joint funding to support the Fostering Hope Initiative (FHI), from Catholic Community Services (CCS) of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast. The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement provided $325k in grant funding with PacificSource Health Plans providing the remaining $75k.


FHI is a neighborhood-based, collective impact initiative bringing together partners to ensure every child and youth in every neighborhood lives in a safe, stable, nurturing home, is healthy, succeeds at school, and goes on to financial self-sufficiency. FHI works within high-poverty, high-need neighborhoods to connect families with wraparound supports and community partner networks.


“This grant helps ensure that community health workers who are bilingual, bicultural, and who really know the neighbors they’re serving will be able to continue their work on this important effort,” said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource’s Foundation for Health Improvement.


“We are proud to partner with the PacificSource Foundation to support the important work being done by CCS in the local community where our members live, work, and raise their families,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource.


“The support from PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans is a game-changer.  It allows us to expand crucial services aimed at strengthening families and communities with a prevention approach, ultimately reducing the need for high-cost health and human services for families in neighborhoods where help is needed most,” said Josh Graves, executive director of Catholic Community Services. “It will impact thousands of lives while also setting the stage for ongoing investment in cost-effective, place-based preventive services.”


Catholic Community Services has 80 years of experience providing social services to the most vulnerable residents in communities throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast. Their mission is realized through 12 programs, reaching more than 5,000 individuals each year.



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement 

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


About PacificSource Health Plans 

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1,400 people, serves more than 500,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.



FBI Seeking Information in Klamath Co. Electrical Substation Shooting (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/21/20 10:20 AM

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a Mid-State Electric Cooperative Substation.

On June 1, 2019, unknown suspects using high-caliber firearms shot at a transformer and power regulators located at the “Mowich” substation. Approximately 1,000 customers lost power due to the severe damage, which is estimated at more than $400,000.

To date, no group or person has claimed responsibility.

The seeking information poster can be found on the FBI’s website at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/shooting-of-electrical-substation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the FBI at (541) 773-2942 in Medford or at (503) 224-4181 in Portland.

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Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3585/131704/5.jpg

$250,000 is the best anniversary gift (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/21/20 9:00 AM

A Harrisburg couple, on the drive home from the Oregon Coast after celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary, thought the day couldn’t get much better. That all changed when they realized they’d won $250,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

“We stopped to get gas and noticed on a billboard that the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots all had a 4 in them,” Riley Ross said. “Then we looked on the mobile app and saw that Megabucks was at $4.4 million and decided we needed to get four of each.”

When they purchased their tickets, Ross said he spotted the $20 VIP Black Scratch-its and decided to get two.

“Normally we play twice a month and break even,” said Jerrica Ross. “We also take them home to play, but for some reason we decided to scratch them in the car. We couldn’t believe it when I scanned it with the app and it said that we’d won $250,000!”

Jerrica said after her tears stopped, the Harrisburg couple decided what they were going to do with the money.

“We are paying off all of our bills and our house,” Riley said. “It’s basically a reset for our finances. It’s a great anniversary present!”

The couple bought their winning ticket at the Shell Station in Monmouth.

During the 2018 fiscal year, more than $25 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, Outdoor School, Veterans services and watershed enhancement in Linn County, where the Ross family lives. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/4939/131700/OL_LOGO_VERT.jpg , 2020-02/4939/131700/OL_LOGO_HORZ.jpg , Jerrica and Riley Ross Lottery Winners

MADGE Arrests Net Over 5 Pounds of Meth (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 02/21/20 8:58 AM
Martines mugshot
Martines mugshot

Over the last several months, MADGE has been investigating possible drug trafficking involving two residents of San Diego, California, who were suspected of bringing methamphetamine into Southern Oregon.

On February 6th, 2020, MADGE investigators determined they were once again driving to our area. MADGE spotted them on I-5 and stopped their 2020 Toyota Sienna rental van near milepost 13. Investigators obtained a search warrant and discovered 5.6 pounds of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

Both the driver and passenger were arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Both remain in custody on a $500,000 bail.


 - Velasco, Martin Jesus, 37

 - Martines, Jhony Afredo, 25 

MADGE would like to thank the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Oregon State Police for their assistance in this long term investigation.

So far this year, MADGE has seized just over 68 pounds of methamphetamine. MADGE siezed 68 pounds of methamphetamine for the entire year of 2019. 

Attached Media Files: Martines mugshot , Velasco mugshot

Portland Man Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Federal Income Tax Return
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/21/20 8:56 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Mark Edward Staggs, 64, a resident of Portland, has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release for filing a false federal income tax return in 2011. Staggs was also ordered to pay more than $142,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to court documents, from 2009 through 2019, Staggs owned a used office furniture business in the Portland area. During this time, he received all of his gross income from several large clients in Oregon and California, who paid him with checks. Staggs would travel from Oregon to California to cash the checks at a check cashing service in San Jose, California. His use of a false social security number prompted the check cashing service to file Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). 

Staggs kept the cash he received and never deposited it into his business bank account or recorded it in his business records. When the check cashing service began refusing Staggs’ checks, he enlisted two acquaintances to cash the checks on his behalf. Staggs encouraged these acquaintances to lie if anyone questioned them about his scheme. In total, between 2010 and 2013, Staggs failed to report nearly $500,000 of income, resulting in tax loss of $142,583.

On April 9, 2019, Staggs pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and prosecuted by Claire M. Fay, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and IRS-CI remind Oregonians that tax day is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. For tips to assist taxpayers in choosing a reputable tax professional or preparing their own taxes, visit: https://www.irs.gov/help-resources.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Saturday: BPA hosts 29th annual regional science bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/21/20 7:31 AM

PR 01-20                                                                                                             BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                       MEDIA ADVISORY:
Friday, February 20, 2020
                                                                                                         CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390
                                                                                                                                                                        or 503-230-5131

Saturday: BPA hosts 29th annual regional science bowl
Dynamic, Jeopardy-style competition features 52 teams from high schools vying for berth in National Science Bowl and nearly $160k in college scholarships


Portland, Ore. – Students from Catlin Gabel High School look to repeat their 2019 championship performance at the Bonneville Power Administration’s 29th annual Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Standing in their way will be five-time champion Westview High School and roughly 260 students from public and private high school teams across western Washington and Oregon, all vying for a chance to compete in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The event, sponsored by BPA and the University of Portland, is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The intense academic event uses a Jeopardy-style round robin competition that showcases students’ talents in science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond the prestige of winning and entry into the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with 16 universities and colleges in the Northwest to offer members of the top three competing teams more than $150,000 in potential scholarships.

The event is fueled by volunteers, made up largely of BPA employees and previous competitors returning to the event to pay it forward to other young people. Among those volunteers are a cardiologist from Seattle, an MIT student and the architect for the Seattle Opera at the Center. BPA views this event as an opportunity to encourage students to consider STEM-based careers and build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

Interested media are encouraged to attend and cover the event. BPA will help to facilitate interviews and collection of b-roll video footage and still imagery.



Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

When: Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl


About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 546 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity generated in the Northwest. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov



Thu. 02/20/20
Josephine County Man Pleads Guilty for Threatening Mass Shooting at YouTube Headquarters
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/20/20 4:26 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—William Gregory Douglas, 37, of Cave Junction, Oregon, pleaded guilty today for threatening to shoot YouTube employees at the company’s San Bruno, California headquarters after his account was removed for violating the video-sharing platform’s terms of service.

“Threatening a mass shooting is a serious crime whether or not an individual plans to act. This is a crime that undermines Americans’ fundamental right to live and work without fear,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “We will continue to diligently respond to and prosecute criminal threats of violence to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Using social media outlets to threaten violence of any kind victimizes individuals and undermines the safety of our communities,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The FBI remains committed to working with our state and local partners to respond quickly to threats and keep our communities free from violence and intimidation.”

According to court documents, sometime on or before August 22, 2018, YouTube removed Douglas’ video channel for violating the platform’s terms of service. In response, on August 23, 2018, Douglas posted five tweets threatening violence against YouTube employees. In one of the tweets, Douglas threatened a “bigger mass casualty” event, appearing to reference a prior shooting incident at YouTube’s headquarters in April 2018 that injured three employees.

Later, on September 8, 2018, Douglas posted a tweet stating “Hey why do you guys keep ignoring me would it be better if I leave you with no other options like your [sic] leaving me…I’m beyond pissed…I wonder how I should deal with this frustration.” Finally, on September 17, 2018, Douglas tweeted a direct threat at one of YouTube’s senior leaders saying “…I’m coming for you today #pray.”

On October 4, 2018, a federal grand jury in Medford, Oregon returned a one-count indictment charging Douglas with cyberstalking. Later, on January 14, 2020, he was charged by criminal information with one count of making interstate communications with the intent to extort. Douglas pleaded guilty today to the latter charge.

As part of the plea agreement, Douglas has agreed to pay restitution in full to his victims as determined and ordered by the court at sentencing.

Douglas faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. He will be sentenced on May 14, 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann L. Aiken.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Judi R. Harper, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone with information about real or perceived threats of violence should call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov. For immediate threats to life and safety, please call 9-1-1.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our department at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Oregon Board of Forestry meets March 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/20 3:39 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in Salem on Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. The meeting agenda includes:

  • A review and finalization of the 2020-2021 Board Work Plans.
  • An approval of the legislative concepts for the 2021 Legislative Session.
  • A presentation of the 2019 Forest Practices Operator of the Year Awards.
  • An update on the smoke management rule implementation.
  • A collaborative effort underway with the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • A presentation from the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry (COF).
  • An update on the work of the fire finance oversight team.
  • A discussion on good governance.

The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem.

Public comment will be accepted on agenda topics, as well as during the start of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. A sign-up sheet will be available for public comment on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure the Board has the opportunity to conduct all business on the agenda, public testimony will be limited to 30 minutes per agenda item. Written comments may be submitted to oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov in advance of the meeting.

Meeting materials and a livestream option will be available for those who wish to view the meeting remotely. For more details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

UPDATE #2 - Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 02/20/20 12:50 PM

Correction - Years of service were switched and are now correct.

The names of the Silverton Police Department officers are being released:

  • Officer Jonathan Lamoreaux (38) - 6 years with Silverton Police Department.
  • Officer Tim Hein (31) - 9 years with Silverton Police Department. 

No more information is available to be released at this time.

The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the OIS in Silverton.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that William Bluestone was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting.

The Silverton Officer was wearing a body worn camera and the incident was recorded.  It is unable to be released at this time as this is an open/active investigation.

The Oregon State Police and Marion County DA’s office understands the public’s desire to know immediate information when an officer is involved in a deadly use of force.  However in an effort to complete a fair and thorough investigation information needs to be withheld until after a Grand Jury can be convened to hear the facts of the case, as is Marion County District Attorneys standard practice.

No more information is available to be released at this time.

On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend/Silverton, concealed in the bedroom of the apartment. Bluestone told officers he was armed with a handgun and barricaded himself.

Officers attempted to negotiate his surrender for more than an hour when shots were fired. Bluestone was pronounced deceased by medical personnel who arrived shortly thereafter.

This investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police with the assistance of the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office is overseeing the investigation and will release additional details when appropriate.

The involved officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as per protocol.

DEA announces launch of methamphetamine initiative - Efforts will assist in combating record amounts flooding the Pacific Northwest
DEA Seattle - 02/20/20 11:02 AM

 SEATTLE – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement to block their further distribution into America’s neighborhoods.

DEA has identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where these efforts will be concentrated: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis. Together, these DEA Field Divisions accounted for more than 75 percent of methamphetamine seized in the U.S. in 2019.

Methamphetamine seizures in the Pacific Northwest are continuing to rise. In 2019, DEA seizures throughout the region were an all-time high of more than 3,200 pounds. Recent seizure amounts for the region are on pace to surpass last year. “The increased volume of high grade methamphetamine flooding our Pacific Northwest neighborhoods coupled with increased overdose rates is alarming,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.  He further added, “Operation Crystal Shield will further enhance law enforcement efforts in key distribution points throughout the Pacific Northwest linked to the identified transportation hubs in the southwest.”

Operation Crystal Shield builds on existing DEA initiatives that target major drug trafficking networks, including the Mexican cartels that are responsible for the overwhelming majority of methamphetamine trafficked into and within the United States. From FY 2017 to FY 2019, DEA domestic seizures of methamphetamine increased 127 percent from 49,507 pounds to 112,146 pounds. During the same time frame, the number of DEA arrests related to methamphetamine rose nearly twenty percent.  

“For decades, methamphetamine has been a leading cause of violence and addiction – a drug threat that has never gone away,” said Acting Administrator Dhillon. “With a 22 percent increase in methamphetamine-related overdose deaths, now is the time to act, and DEA is leading the way with a surge of interdiction efforts and resources, targeting regional transportation hubs throughout the United States. By reducing the supply of meth, we reduce the violence, addiction, and death it spreads.”

Virtually all methamphetamine in the United States comes through major ports of entry along the Southwest Border and is transported by tractor trailers and personal vehicles along the nation’s highways to major transfer centers around the country. It is often found in poly-drug loads, alongside cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.

Information regarding illicit drug trafficking activities can be anonymously submitted at www.dea.gov

Visuals are available (local and national) – please contact Special Agent Jodie Underwood 

Oregon Historical Society Announces 2020 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 4 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/20/20 10:46 AM
2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady
2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady

Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors, and the Society presents the award annually to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2020 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Lillian Pitt: Acclaimed artist

Lillian Pitt has created a lifetime of works in a variety of media, including clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, glass, and jewelry. Born and raised on the Warm Springs reservation, with ancestors who have lived in and near the Columbia Gorge for over 10,000 years, Lillian’s emphasis is on creating contemporary fine art pieces that honor the history and legends of her people. Her works are regularly exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally.

Punit Renjen: Visionary business leader

Born and raised in India, Punit Renjen came to Oregon in 1984 on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to Willamette University. After receiving a master’s degree in management, he began his career at Deloitte. In 2015, he became the company’s global CEO, and the first Asian born person to head one of the world’s largest professional services firms. In 2018, Punit launched WorldClass, Deloitte’s global initiative to advance education and skills for communities at risk, beginning with girls and women in India.

Dr. Geraldine Richmond: Renowned scientist and educator

Dr. Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and a chemistry professor at the University of Oregon. She has served on the National Science Board since 2012, and was awarded a National Medal of Science for her fundamental research on the chemistry and physics of complex surfaces and interfaces, which is relevant to energy production and environmental remediation. Throughout her career, Dr. Richmond has worked to promote women in science around the globe.

The Greenbrier Companies: International leader in the transportation industry

What began in 1919 as a wire wheel manufacturer, founded by brothers Chester and Alvin Gunderson, has since grown into a group of companies that is one of the leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of railroad car equipment in North America and Europe, and one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of ocean-going barges. As the fourth largest publicly traded company based in Oregon, Greenbrier also boasts over 1,100 employees in Oregon and more than 16,000 worldwide.

“For over a decade, the Oregon Historical Society has had the pleasure of highlighting the accomplishments of the business leaders, philanthropists, artists, and cutting-edge thinkers that have shaped our communities,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Oregon would not be where it is today without the individuals and organizations that continue to innovate and push boundaries across every industry.”

The Oregon Historical Society will present the Oregon History Makers Medals at a gala celebration at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Ally Huffman at 503.306.5226 or ally.huffman@ohs.org.

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.

Attached Media Files: 2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady , Rep. Bonamici at 2019 History Makers Dinner , 2019 Oregon History Makers Dinner

Update - Suspicious Vehicle (Photo)
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 9:50 AM
Vehicle Photo
Vehicle Photo

Update - February 20, 2020 at 9:50 AM

The Sheriff’s Office has been able to confirm that the person who offered a student a ride to school was in fact a family friend.  The student who was offered the ride did not recognize the person who offered a ride and did the right thing by not getting in a vehicle with someone they did not know or recognize.  The Sheriff’s Office is no longer seeking a blue Nissan Pathfinder or SUV in regards to this incident.


Original News Release: February 18, 2020 at 10:18 AM

REPORTING: Undersheriff Travis Snyder

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  02-18-2020/0715

INCIDENT LOCATION:  2200 Block Hamilton Lane, Grants Pass, OR


On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at approximately 7:15 AM, a stranger in a blue SUV offered a ride to a student waiting for the school bus.  The student did not know the male driver of the blue SUV and declined the offer for a ride to school.  The male driver was described as a white male in his 40’s, no facial hair and medium length brown hair. 

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which is described as a dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with large chrome wheels (photo below).  The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to stay vigilant for suspicious activity such as this and report strange vehicles matching the description of this vehicle.  The Sheriff’s Office non-emergent number is 541-474-5123 or call 911 for emergencies. 

Attached Media Files: Vehicle Photo

Revenue reminds businesses of requirement to register for Corporate Activity Tax
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/20/20 9:03 AM

As Department of Revenue representatives prepare for Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) update meetings in 13 cities across Oregon in March, the agency reminds businesses that that they have 30 days after eclipsing $750,000 in commercial activity for the year to register for the CAT.

Businesses that passed the $750,000 threshold in late January will need to register with the department by the end of February.

“Our CAT team will personally engage our taxpaying communities in March to provide important compliance information. Before those meetings, however, we want to remind businesses who have reached the threshold that the first step of compliance is registration,” said Nia Ray, director of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Meetings on the March tour are planned in Bend, Ontario, La Grande, The Dalles, Klamath Falls, Ashland, Eugene, Gresham, Coos Bay, Lincoln City, Seaside, Keizer and the west side of the Portland metro area. The full schedule is available on the CAT page of the agency’s website.

More than 6,100 businesses have already registered for the CAT. During the 2019 session the Legislative Revenue Office predicted approximately 40,000 businesses would have to pay taxes under the CAT, which went into effect Jan. 1.

To register, individuals doing business in Oregon will need their name, and their social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Businesses will need their entity’s legal name and federal employer identification number.
Businesses and individuals will need:
• Their mailing address;
• The date they exceeded or expect to exceed $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity;
• A valid email address or current Revenue Online login, and;
• Their Business Activity Code (Refer to the current list of North American Industry Classification System codes found with their federal income tax return instructions.)
Taxpayers don’t need a Revenue Online account to register for the CAT. Those who have Revenue Online accounts can’t be logged in to register for the CAT. Instead, they should go directly to the CAT webpage and click on the “Register for the CAT” link on the right-hand side of the page.

The ability to make online payments and apply for ACH credit are now also available through Revenue Online.

CAT registrants who want to make ACH payments must submit an ACH credit application for the Corporate Activity Tax (CAT). The application is available on the department’s website through Revenue Online by scrolling down to “Tools” and clicking “apply for ACH credit.”

Once their application is completed, taxpayers will receive a confirmation providing the routing and account number. Taxpayers should not use account numbers from other tax programs. First quarter estimated payments for the CAT are due April 30.

More information about the Corporate Activity Tax is available on the Department of Revenue’s website at www.oregon.gov/dor. It includes a list of frequently asked questions and a form to sign-up for email updates on the CAT. Stakeholders can direct questions or comments about the CAT via email to cat.help.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-945-8005.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

Wed. 02/19/20
36 projects addressing community needs through the arts receive $205,386 in Arts Build Communities grants awards (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/19/20 2:22 PM
The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April.
The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April.

Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means of addressing community need is at the heart of 36 projects awarded $205,386 by the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities grant program for FY2020. The Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon.

Projects funded include “Anna & Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove,” an accessible playground with a culturally responsive design that supports inclusion for children with disabilities by Harper’s Playground; Cameras for Change, an Outside the Frame project offering film training and equipment access for youth experiencing homelessness in Portland; and “What I Know for Sure,” a writing/performance project featuring seniors from both the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center and EagleRidge High School in Klamath Falls.

“This program provides financial support to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution," said Arts Commission Vice Chair Jenny Green, who led the review panel. “Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution.”

The grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic and civic impact, said Green.

In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $600,000 in additional investment, much of it representing salaries paid to artists and others as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The FY2020 recipients are:

Applegate Regional Theatre Inc, Veneta: $3,276

To support a local history writing competition for youth in two local school districts resulting in a show celebrating seven winners. The award will fund printing flyers, performance advertising and a videographer as well as props, sets and costumes for the production.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland: $5,832           

To create a cultural event series at the Orchards of 82nd (O82), a multi-use development comprising 48 units of affordable housing and APANO’s new community space. The series will include four to six events and be grounded in the recently-completed Orchards of 82nd Art Plan. Funds will be used for programmatic expenses such as artist fees and supplies. The primary audience will be O82 residents and neighbors in East Portland.

Bay City Arts Center, Bay City: $5,158   

To support the 2019-20 Youth Art Education Integration Project. Arts instructors provide art education at K-8 Central Tillamook schools with emphasis on math, science, social studies and humanities themed art projects. The grant award will support art instructor labor, art supplies and tools.

Boom Arts, Portland : $4,973         

To support the Acting Out Festival, a three-day festival with a mix of contemporary outdoor theatre, promenade and circus performances plus try-it-yourself workshops in partnership with The Circus Project and Portland Parks and Recreation. Funds will support artist fees and travel.

Cascade School of Music, Bend: $6,079

To support the continuation and expansion of the CSM Outreach Program. Funds will support the Awesome After School Orchestra program at three elementary schools, a Youth Enrichment class at Boys & Girls Club Bend, an intergenerational Kindermusik (ages 1-5) class at Mt. Bachelor Assisted Living & Memory Care and a bi-lingual Kindermusik class for the Latino Community.

Central Oregon LandWatch, Bend: $6,450

To support the second phase of #ProjectUnderpass to co-design and install a mural with Latinx students for the south pedestrian railroad tunnel of the Franklin underpass in Bend. Funds will support artist fees, paint and supplies, safety equipment, interpretation and/or translation services, facilitation and participant incentives.

Chinese Friendship Association of Portland, Tigard: $5,195

To support the 2020 Lunar New Year celebration Gala in Portland 5 (Keller Auditorium). The celebration included traditional Chinese arts and crafts typical of Chinese New Year, performances that demonstrate Chinese dance, song, martial arts and traditional Chinese instruments, Chinese fashion show, Chinese Opera singing and a magic show. The funds support artist fees, facility and equipment rental.

Delgani String Quartet, Eugene: $7,000

To support "Body of Sound," a statewide tour and collaboration with DanceAbility International, the world’s leading organization for mixed ability dance. “Body of Sound” will feature both classical and contemporary works for string quartet all choreographed for mixed ability dance; performances will take place April 3-7 in Portland, Bend, Ashland and Eugene. Grant award funds will support artist fees.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend: $4,293  

To support the Library’s community read program, “A Novel Idea.” Residents are encouraged to read, discuss, create and explore the selected book together. “A Novel Idea” broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant award funds will be used to purchase books and to assist in paying the author’s honorarium.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene: $6,003

To support the Orchestras’ String Academy project, which brings free and low-cost beginning strings classes (violin, viola, cello and string bass) to nine low-income schools in the Eugene 4J School district, giving children of all backgrounds the benefits of learning an instrument. Grant award funds will support project management and artistic staff, scholarships, instrument purchases and repairs.

Eugene Symphony Association, Inc., Eugene: $6,741

To launch “Vets Connect.” Through an enhanced partnership with the national nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), the Symphony will double its current offering of free tickets to 40 for every subscription concert for veterans and their family members, supplemented by opportunities for participation, music enrichment and social bonding. Grant award funds will help defray costs of free concert tickets, the Symphony Connect ensemble and a contracted music therapist.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise: $7,000

To support The Big Read, an annual event designed to bring communities together to celebrate one work of literature. This year's selection is "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka, which tells the story of a Japanese-American family separated and incarcerated after the outbreak of World War II. Grant award funds will support free books for schools, libraries and community members in addition to guest lecturer fees, supplies, promotion and personnel.

Harper's Playground, Portland: $5,977

To support “Anna & Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove,” an accessible playground in Rogers Park, Forest Grove, with a culturally responsive design that supports inclusion for children with disabilities and benefits all children through access to outdoor activities, nature, and open-ended play. Grant award funds will support artist fees, signage and installation.

Hollywood Senior Center, Portland: $6,541

To support one year of Poetry Power, a therapeutic poetry writing program for older adult survivors of elder abuse. Poetry Power supports healing and growth through compassionate listening and facilitating creative expression in a safe and supportive environment. Grant award funds will support wages for key personnel, recruiting/training volunteer writing mentors, outreach to participants and materials for Poetry Power sessions.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $5,868

To support “Women Celebrate 100 Years of Voting & Art,” a multi-disciplinary six-week celebration of women through art, theatrical performances, music, history, current affairs and more. Grant award funds will support musical and theatrical performances; an historical exhibit that will be printed on special panels and an open call for the women’s art exhibit.

Klamath Basin Senior Citizens' Center, Inc., Klamath Falls: $3,000

To support “What I Know For Sure,” a writing/performance series featuring seniors from both the Senior Citizens’ Center and EagleRidge High School aimed at demonstrating the value of intergenerational relationships. Grant award funds will support fees for a project facilitator, a director and a videographer, as well as a facility rental fee and stipends for four senior citizen participants and seven high school seniors.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $7,000

To support “Celebrating Latinx arts and culture in Springfield and rural Lane County.” Grant award funds will support artist fees for community cultural events; promoting cultural events and expanding our community outreach; and connecting Latinx artists and organizations to much-needed resources, such as professional development opportunities, potential event venues and more.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland: $5,459

To support the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, which will connect Oregon authors with small communities across the state. Grant award funds will support author travel and expenses.

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, Eugene: $4,382

To support the Object Afterlife Art Challenge, which uses the arts to solve an environmental problem. Artists receive a mystery material and two months to create fine art out of scraps; the event culminates in a public exhibition at Oregon Supported Living Center’s Lincoln Gallery in conjunction with Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk. Grant award funds will provide scholarships and a venue rental while offsetting marketing, supply and reception expenses.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $6,922           

To support a UNIDAD environmental arts residency for the Nixya’awii School and community in Pendleton. Grant award funds will support artist fees, transportation and curriculum development.

My Voice Music, Portland: $6,568

To support a 2020 Transition Age Artist Mentorship Program. The program will provide 25 young musicians (ages 18-24) with musical mentorship, teaching-artist training, paid internships and career counseling to help them realize their musical visions and successfully navigate independence. Grant award funds will support staff and artist fees, youth participant teaching wages and performance stipends.

Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Portland: $7,000

To support the tour and West Coast premiere of Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson’s modern language translation of “Antigone,” accompanied by live cello music, to culturally under-served populations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Umatilla, Marion, Coos, Washington, Wallowa, Yamhill and Lake counties. Grant award funds will support artist fees, transportation and lodging.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland: $5,083

To support “Theatre at Coffee Creek” at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Two theater professionals will meet twice weekly with approximately 18 women inmates for dialogue groups and creative exercises. The women will adapt a play and write an original play to be performed in front of live audiences.

Oregon Children's Theatre Company, Portland: $6,827

To support production of “The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559,” which tells the story of the imprisonment of Japanese American citizens during World War II. The show will run at Portland’s Winningstad Theater from Feb. 29 to March 20. Grant award funds will support wrap-around community engagement activities (including panel discussions, performances and historical/artistic displays).

Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport: $4,973

To support artist commission fees for scientific illustration and graphic production of murals for three indoor galleries. The murals will provide a visual narrative connecting Oregon’s coastal shores to ocean depths and will depict marine life for interpretation.

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival Association, Newport: $4,268

To support Festival activities and expand the size and scope of its statewide music community. Grant award funds will support expenses (food, housing, etc.) for visiting high school students and teachers to ensure access for participants.

Outside the Frame, Portland: $7,000

To support Cameras for Change, an expansion of film training and equipment access for youth experiencing homelessness. Grant award funds will support film instructor fees, film supplies, youth meals, youth transportation and post-production expenses.

PlayWrite, Portland: $6,541

To support PlayWrite Youth Workshops. Grant award funds will support fees for coaches, actors and staff for four playwriting workshops as well as supplies, facility rental.

Portland Community College Foundation, Portland: $4,729

To support the 30th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films, the longest continuously running annual African film festival in the U.S. The Festival runs for five weeks around Black History Month, brining films from every region of the African continent to approximately 5,000 attendees free of charge. Grant award funds will support community outreach, community master classes with visiting filmmakers, speaker fees, and film screening fees.

Portland Lesbian Choir, Portland: $5,535

To support an open rehearsal for the Choir’s June concert: “A Roof and a Bed.” The June 7 concert will features two new commissions and three new arrangements and will be presented with video footage and narration relating the experience of being homeless with hope for change. Community partners will invite 200 homeless clients and 200 friends and donors to the event. The open rehearsal will take place on June 5.

Portland Taiko, Portland: $3,623

To support the "People of the Drum" concert featuring four percussion-based music and dance groups representing different ethnic and cultural traditions. Grant award funds will support artist fees, venue costs, project management and promotional materials.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford: $4,019

To support “Spring Sing,” three concerts performed by students for their peers to motivate them to seek out musical opportunities. Grant award funds will be support transportation, stipends for conductors and accompanists, and promotional materials.

The Circus Project, Portland: $6,670

To support the second year of the Voice Project, a recurring year-long program for youth from marginalized identities who create and perform an original ensemble circus performance focused on a social justice theme of their choosing. Grant award funds support classes and private lessons, production opportunities, participant stipends, athletic wear, food, bus tickets and access to showers and hygiene items.

The High Desert Museum, Bend: $7,000           

To support the “Natural Wanderment: Stewardship. Sovereignty. Sacredness” exhibition and an accompanying Native youth workshop series. Grant award funds will support the exhibition, which will explore Native identity through contemporary art, as well as artist fees and supplies for the workshop series, which will connect Native youth to professional Native artists and enable them to apply Indigenous methodology to contemporary art forms to construct positive self-identities.

University of Oregon Foundation, Eugene: $5,497

To support a Community Music Institute pilot outreach program in partnership with Chamber Music Amici. "Violin Instruction for Pre-K Students at Whiteaker Head Start" will provide chamber music performances and developmentally appropriate instruction to students and their families. Grant award funds will support the purchase of string instruments for in-class instruction.

Write Around Portland, Portland: $6,904

To support “Respect, Writing and Community: Empowering Youth Voices,” eight free 10-week writing workshops for 70 to 100 underserved youth in partnership with social service agencies. Following the workshops the youths' writing will be published in two anthologies and showcased during free public readings. Grant award funds will help expand the workshops’ reach, build new partnerships, train volunteers, provide materials and support the publications and readings.


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

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


Attached Media Files: The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April. , Outside the Frame Youth during 2019 Pride Week in Portland , An example of the art that will be featured in Harper’s Playground’s Anna and Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove.

Rule advisory committee concludes meeting series on changes to Oregon's National Register of Historic Places program March 10 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/19/20 2:04 PM

The Rule Advisory Committee—formed earlier this year by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to review the agency’s proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rules governing Oregon’s administration of the federal National Register of Historic Places

Program—will hold their final meeting 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 10 in the Dye House of the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: reviewing and commenting on staff edits; fiscal impact of proposed changes; discuss outreach plan should the OPRD Commission open rulemaking.


The March meeting will be the third and final in a series of meetings held by the Committee. There were originally four public meetings planned—Jan. 28, Feb. 10, Feb. 25 and March 10—however the Feb. 25 meeting has been canceled.

Ian Johnson, associate deputy state historic preservation officer, says the Committee’s strong progress prompted the Feb. 25 cancellation.

“The Committee has been immensely helpful with their recommendations to refine our proposed rule changes,” said Johnson. “We need more time to consider their input, so we’ve decided to cancel the second February meeting and will present our updated changes March 10.”

Audio of the Jan. 28 and Feb. 10 meetings is on the ORPD administrative rules webpage: oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx.

The Committee has considered several topics when reviewing OPRD’s proposed rule changes, including counting property owners and objections; how Tribal governments, state agencies and local jurisdictions participate in the nomination process; administrative functions like staff duties, public notices and hearing procedures; and determining circumstances that would exempt nominations from public disclosure, e.g., protecting culturally-sensitive information.

Committee members were appointed by OPRD and drawn from Tribal, state, county and local governments, preservation and natural resource organizations, and citizens with an interest in the National Register program.

After the March 10 meeting, OPRD will consider the committee’s final recommendations and present the proposed rule changes to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. If the Commission approves the proposal, OPRD will begin the public rulemaking process later this year.

More information about rulemaking is available on the OPRD administrative rules webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx

The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is maintained by the National Parks Service.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Tracy Collis, OPRD executive support specialist, at least three days in advance by calling (503) 986-0690.

Oregon OSHA cites Albany foundry for safety violations in 2019 explosion (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/19/20 1:49 PM
Site after explosion
Site after explosion

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA has fined an Albany foundry $27,500 for violating job safety rules designed to protect workers from serious harm or death. The citation against Selmet Inc. follows an investigation of a furnace explosion that injured two workers, one of whom suffered second- and third-degree burns to his body.

The division’s investigation of the Aug. 15, 2019, accident identified three serious violations by Selmet. Those violations included failing to account for employee safety in the layout and design of the foundry, and overlooking proper work clothing and equipment.

“There are concrete steps employers can take to make safety a meaningful part of the operation of a work site,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “Neglecting such steps, as this case demonstrates, serves only to invite more risk and the severe consequences that frequently come with it.”

The worker who suffered severe burns was operating a furnace – powered by high-voltage electricity – to melt titanium. He was doing so in a part of the foundry that contains older furnaces and where employees use control panels that are near each furnace. The furnace experienced a system failure that leaked water used for cooling into a vacuum chamber. The reaction of molten titanium with water triggered the explosion. 

The blast, which blew the roof off part of the building, left the worker with multiple burns to his head, neck, arms, and chest. The force of the blast threw another worker, stationed at the operating panel of another furnace, into a parts table.

Oregon OSHA cited Selmet for failing to account for safety measures in the design, layout, and operation of the older furnaces. Such measures could include blast walls to protect against explosions, isolated control rooms, or removal of employees from the risk zone during operations. The company had installed such measures for newer furnaces, according to Oregon OSHA’s investigation.

That serious violation carries a $13,750 penalty. Oregon OSHA also fined Selmet $13,750 for two related serious violations involving a lack of appropriate work clothing and personal protective equipment for furnace operators.

The total proposed fine of $27,500 reflects a 10 percent increase in the base penalties assigned to the violations. The increase reflects Selmet’s negative history of nine reportable accidents in the last three years.

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers resources to help improve workplace safety and health.

Contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Field office locations and phone numbers: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/maps.aspx

Email: consult.web@oregon.gov

The agency’s technical staff members can answer questions about rules and how to apply them:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Email: tech.web@oregon.gov

Online contact form: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/Contact-Technical.aspx

Visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic page for more information about on-the-job safety and health: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/az-index.aspx


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.


Attached Media Files: Site after explosion

BLM's sage-grouse plans put Western communities first
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/19/20 11:34 AM

Additional documentation highlights robust analysis

The Bureau of Land Management will publish six draft supplemental environmental impact statements (SEISs) on Friday for management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands in seven Western states, highlighting the collaborative process undergone in 2019 to develop plans that reflected the needs of Western communities and Greater Sage Grouse habitat.  

The draft SEISs address issues identified in an October 16, 2019, order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, which placed a preliminary injunction on the implementation of 2019 BLM sage-grouse plans in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada/northeastern California and Oregon.

"In March of last year, the Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans were adopted with strong bipartisan support by the Western states, as the plans made important modifications that matched the input provided by the states and Western communities," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. "The draft SEISs illustrate the hard look and robust analysis we performed in this collaborative process to balance our habitat conservation and enhancement goals in response to recent litigation."

The draft SEISs explain how the range of alternatives analyzed in the 2019 EISs was developed, the incorporation by reference of the effects analysis from the 2015 EISs, and how best available science was used. Reports by the National Technical Team and Conservation Objective Team were critical in developing the plans. The current draft SEISs also clarify the BLM’s approach to compensatory mitigation in authorizing various uses of lands that also provide habitat for the sage-grouse.

Suspending implementation of the 2019 plans has affected programs and projects across the BLM and in Western states from authorizations of renewable energy projects and oil and gas leases to grazing permit renewals and wildfire management. For example, in northeastern California, adaptive management measures to respond to changes in sage-grouse populations cannot currently be used because the data-model used in the 2015 plan is no longer the best available information.

In Wyoming, a land exchange that would increase public access and improve resource management cannot proceed and in Utah, court-ordered travel management planning has been slowed while routes are re-evaluated for conformance with the earlier sage-grouse plans. The impact to the states goes on, but the BLM is complying with the court’s order by conforming its actions to the 2015 plans while the draft SEISs undergo public review and comment.  

States primarily manage wildlife species, and federal agencies like the BLM manage wildlife habitat. The 2019 plans were adopted after months of close coordination and cooperation with state governments in the affected states. The goal was to better align BLM plans for managing habitat with state plans for conserving the species, including state plans for compensatory mitigation, while addressing the circumstances and needs of each individual state. 

The 2019 plans received bipartisan support from the governors who sought changes to the 2015 plans for their respective states.

The draft SEISs are now available online. The BLM will accept comments on the documents starting Friday, February 21, 2020, through April 6, 2020.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals. 

Oregon Lottery Awarded Responsible Gaming National Certification (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/19/20 10:13 AM
Oregon Lottery logo
Oregon Lottery logo

The Oregon Lottery is one of three United States lotteries to receive the “Sustaining Level,” the highest responsible gaming verification standard in the U.S. Presented by the National Council on Problem Gambling and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, the Oregon Lottery earned that level of certification for its responsible gaming program.

To accomplish this designation, the Oregon Lottery’s responsible gaming program was reviewed by a panel of independent assessors with expertise in the field of responsible gaming.  As part of the review process, the Oregon Lottery was found to have demonstrated strong programs are in place that focus on employee training, retailer training, public education and awareness, product oversight, research and marketing and advertising programs.

“The Oregon Lottery was selected as a pilot lottery for the NASPL verification program in 2016 and achieved the highest level available at that time,” said Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “Achieving the ‘Sustaining Level’ demonstrates the Oregon Lottery’s deep commitment to continuous improvement of responsible gaming programming.”

The new certification comes after the Oregon Lottery achieved a Level 4 certification distinction from the World Lottery Association in 2018.  This also is the highest level of certification achievable through WLA.

Additional information about the Oregon Lottery’s responsible gaming program can be found at https://oregonlottery.org/play-responsibly/


Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery logo

MADGE Arrests Net 30 Pounds of Meth in Separate Cases (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 02/19/20 9:55 AM
Castillo mugshot
Castillo mugshot

On Sunday, February 16th, MADGE Detectives were conducting follow-up on a large scale drug trafficking organization, believed to be bringing methamphetamine into the Rogue Valley. Detectives identified as possible vehicle involved, which was a 2015 Nissan Rogue, registered out of California.

The vehicle pulled into the Chevron gas station, 2500 Hwy 66, in Ashland. Detectives made contact with the occupants, Christian Olivarria-Aguirre, 36, and Jacqueline Castillo, 35. A consent search of the vehicle yielded 20 pounds of methamphetamine. Both were arrested and remain lodged on $500,000 bail.

In another investigation on February 18th, 2020, involving a different drug trafficking organization out of California, MADGE detectives observed a 2020 GMC SUV driving northbound on I-5, which committed traffic violations. A traffic stop was conducted at mile post 12. The driver, Ernesto Vela, 59, out of California, provided consent to search his vehicle for drugs. Detectives located 10 pounds of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

In both cases, detectives believed the drugs were destined for the Rogue Valley. MADGE remains committed to dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking organizations that bring drugs into our area. 

Attached Media Files: Castillo mugshot , Olivarria mugshot , Vela mugshot

SAIF hosting free community class on emergency preparedness March 5
SAIF - 02/19/20 9:24 AM

Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? Do you have a plan for work and home? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in Medford to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The Medford event will be on Thursday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Inn at the Commons, located at 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at saif.com/quake. For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at saif.com/prepare.

About SAIF

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

DOI Hosts Media Teleconference Call February19 at 3 p.m. EST to Greater Sage-Grouse Planning
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/19/20 8:59 AM

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Casey Hammond will hold a media teleconference to discuss the availability of supplemental environmental impact statements to the 2019 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans.  The SEISs respond to a 2019 preliminary injunction suspending implementation of the plans.

Who:  Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Casey Hammond
What:  Media teleconference to discuss the Greater Sage-Grouse plans
When:  3:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Call details:  All credentialed news media are invited to participate. You must RSVP at BLM_press@blm.gov prior to the call to receive the call-in number and passcode for today’s teleconference.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

Tue. 02/18/20
Health Evidence Review Commission and Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meet March 12
Oregon Health Authority - 02/18/20 4:03 PM

February 18, 2020

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Daphne Peck, 503-373-1985, c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Evidence Review Commission and Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meet March 12

What: Public meetings of the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) and its Value-based Benefits Subcommittee.

When: Thursday, March 12. Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meets 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the HERC meeting 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Rooms 111-112, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. The public also may attend via a listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 801373; or by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3701763579796023053.

Value-based Benefits Subcommittee agenda: Items scheduled for discussion could include, but may not be limited to: biennial review 2022: reprioritization of foreign body in the ear and nose, reprioritization of surgical treatment of chronic pancreatitis, reprioritization of Meniere’s disease; external cardiac monitoring; bone marrow transplant for sickle cell disease; compression garments; peripheral nerve ablation; bone grafts; cranial electrical stimulation guideline entry update; acupuncture for cancer related pain; peer support for physical health conditions; guideline revision for telehealth, telemedicine, teleconsultation and online services; MRI of the knee; MRI of the shoulder; female genital mutilation repair; modify psoriasis guideline; various straightforward coding and guideline changes and corrections.

Topics that remain unresolved at the conclusion of the morning's VbBS meeting will not be heard by HERC until a later date. Public notice of tabled topics will be announced 28 days before the next scheduled discussion.

HERC agenda: The full committee will consider the following topics: Value-based Benefits Subcommittee Report from this day's meeting; subcommittee appointment to VBBS; conflict of interest requirements, forms and discussion: updates and Q&A. For more information about the meetings, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx.

The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Daphne Peck at 503-373-1985, 711 TTY or c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the event. Written comments are also welcome at c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us.

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets February 21
Oregon Health Authority - 02/18/20 3:52 PM

February 18, 2020

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets February 21

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: February 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building, Suite 775, Transformation Training Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. The public also may join remotely through a webinar at ttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6785343942173754125 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, and general updates; chair and vice-chair vote; public testimony (9:20-9:35); follow-up from January meeting: current and developmental measures against framework for health equity, quality improvement summary, review current measure selection criteria; finalize recommendations to HPQMC regarding 2021 aligned measures menu: program and measure history, discuss equity and obesity measures presented last month; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

PacificSource Community Solutions Announces New CCO Directors
PacificSource Health Plans - 02/18/20 1:50 PM


(Springfield, Oregon) Feb. 18, 2020—PacificSource Community Solutions, the Medicaid division of PacificSource Health Plans, has announced the directors who will lead the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that provide Medicaid services in Lane County, Marion and Polk Counties, the Columbia Gorge, and Central Oregon. Additionally, PacificSource and its partner Legacy Health will provide support as an Integrated Delivery System within Health Share of Oregon, which manages the Portland CCO.

“The directors serve as a critical link between the health plan, the community, and the CCO governing boards,” said Lindsey Hopper, vice president of Medicaid for PacificSource. “Their commitment to supporting the communities where they live and work will serve our members well.”

Elke Towey will serve as the director of the Columbia Gorge CCO, serving Hood River and Wasco Counties. She most recently served as PacificSource’s Columbia Gorge CCO program manager.


Alexa Galluzzo will serve as the director for Legacy Medicaid Portland, serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Galluzzo most recently served as a managing consultant for The Partners Group, and prior to that as the director for PacificSource’s Healthy Life program.


Brian Laing will serve as the director for the Lane County CCO. He most recently served as health plan planning and execution manager for Cambia Health Solutions.


Josie Silverman-Méndez will serve as director for the Marion County and Polk County CCO. She most recently served as the implementation lead for the Cover All Kids program for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).


Leslie Neugebauer will remain in her current role as director for Central Oregon’s CCO, serving Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Northern Klamath Counties.


PacificSource Community Solutions has served as the Columbia Gorge’s and Central Oregon’s CCO since 2012. In 2019, the OHA renewed those contracts and awarded PacificSource Community Solutions additional contracts to provide CCO services in Lane, Marion, and Polk Counties, beginning in January 2020. Trillium Community Health Plan also provides CCO services for members in Lane County.

About PacificSource Community Solutions:

PacificSource Community Solutions is part of the PacificSource family of companies serving Oregon’s Medicaid population. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1200 people, serves more than 490,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

Medford Police Conduct Targeted Seat Belt Operation
Medford Police Dept. - 02/18/20 9:31 AM

February 18th, 2020

Between February 3rd and February 16th, the Medford Police Department participated in a high-visibility traffic enforcement operation focusing on safety belt and child restraint use. On these dates, law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon used federally funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws including a 2017 law increasing safety for children under age two.

During this two week operation, the Medford Police Department stopped 74 vehicles and issued 71 citations. 34 of those citations were for failing to use a seatbelt.

                Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2017, 1,906 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 9 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

                The most recent complete report by ODOT in 2017 shows that there were 11 fatalities in Jackson County during that year and that in 4 of those fatal accidents, seatbelts were not used (36.36%). Studies have shown that safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty- five percent. The Medford Police Department would like to remind the public to drive safely and always use their seatbelt in a proper manner while operating their vehicle.

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense With Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/18/20 9:00 AM

The FBI has launched the “Protected Voices” initiative to help 2020 political campaigns and American voters protect against online foreign influence operations and cyber security threats. The Protected Voices campaign includes information and guidance from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This FBI Portland Tech Tuesday report is adapted from the Protected Voices initiative with a focus on providing cyber security information to political campaigns as well as businesses and individuals in Oregon. More information on all aspects of the initiative, including video downloads, can be found at www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices.


Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense with passwords… or rather passphrases.

We all use passwords. We use them for our phones, our computers, our email, and just about every other kind of personal account.

Unfortunately, many of us use simple passwords, such as Password1 or 1234, because they’re easier to remember. Some of us even reuse the same simple password for multiple accounts. 

If you use a simple password or pattern of characters, it’s considerably easier for an adversary to crack. Many businesses and sites require that passwords include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. However, recent guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, advises that password length is much more important than password complexity. 

Instead of using a short, complex password that is hard to remember… consider using a longer passphrase. This involves combining multiple words into a long string of at least 15 characters. The extra length of a passphrase makes it harder to crack while also making it easier for you to remember.

For example, a phrase such as VoicesProtected2020WeAre is a strong passphrase. Even better – a passphrase that combines multiple unrelated words such as “director month learn truck.”

Here are the recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for your organization:

  • Require everyone to use longer passwords or passphrases of 15 or more characters without requiring uppercase, lowercase, or special characters.
  • Only require password changes when there’s a reason to believe your network has been compromised.
  • Have your network administrators screen everyone’s passwords against lists of dictionary words and passwords known to have been compromised.
  • To help prevent a denial of service attack against your email service, don’t lock a user’s account after a certain number of incorrect login attempts. That way, even if an adversary floods your network with purposefully incorrect login information, your users won’t be locked out of their accounts.
  • Don’t allow password “hints.”

Finally, some people use password keeper programs. These programs store all of your passwords in one place, sometimes called a vault. Some programs can even make strong passwords for you and keep track of them all in one location, so then the only password or passphrase you have to remember is the one for your vault.

The downside of using a password keeper program is that if an attacker cracks your vault password, then he or she knows all of your passwords for all of your accounts. But many IT professionals agree, the benefit of a password keeper program far outweighs this risk. A little research should help you get started. 

Remember your voice matters, so protect it. Go to www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices for more information.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3585/131601/PVPasswords-TT-FBI.mp3 , 2020-02/3585/131601/TT_-_PV_passwords.jpg

Mon. 02/17/20
Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/17/20 6:34 PM

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at approximately 3:00 P.M., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 323.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Jerry Vanhoosen (70) of Kerman, CA. had been northbound on Hwy 101 when it left the roadway, impacted a tree, and came to rest in a ravine.  

Vanhoosen was pronounced deceased. 

Vanhoosen had been reported missing to the Brookings Police Department on February 11 and it is believed the last known contact with Vanhoosen was on February 8.

Brookings Police Department had been actively looking for Vanhoosen with assistance from the Curry County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.


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Arrest Made In White City Shooting Case (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/20 5:40 PM

UPDATE 021720 at 1730 hours Case #20-3046

White City Shooting Investigation

CENTRAL POINT, Or-  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has announced charges have been filed regarding the shooting investigation on 021620 on Lakeview Dr. at Merry Ln in White City, Oregon.

On the night of the incident two subjects were detained after leaving the scene of the shooting in the victim’s car.

Devon James Wright, dob 110494, last known address 3200 block of Britt Ave, Medford, Or. was originally lodged on a Parole Violation charge.

Tylar Jordan Rossiter, dob 031391, last known address 8200 block of 24th St. White City, Or. was lodged on a charge of Probation Violation.

After further investigation of the incident, on 021720 JCSO detectives charged Wright with additional charges of Assault First Degree, Assault Second Degree, Robbery First Degree and Attempted Murder Second Degree. He is being held on a total of $400,000 bail at Jackson County Jail.

No additional charges have been filed at this time against Rossiter.

The victim has been identified as Juan Robert Leach, 27 years old. He remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

Investigation into the case is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have more information about this case  to contact Detective Steve Bohn at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 541-774-6168


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6186/131600/Mug_Devn_Wright.jpg

White City Shooting Investigation
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/20 11:49 AM

JCSO Case 20-3046

WHITE CITY, Or.  On 021620 at 1719 hours Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a report of an adult male who was bleeding from his arm, requesting an ambulance in the area of Lakeview Dr. and Merry Lane in White City, Oregon. Deputies arriving at the scene found the injuries were bullet wounds. Shortly after the initial report, deputies were advised that a suspicious vehicle had left the scene at a high speed driving recklessly. The two events were believed to be related.

The investigation revealed that the victim of the shooting and two subjects were inside the victim’s vehicle when he was shot. The vehicle was parked at the intersection of Lakeview and Merry. After the victim was shot, the victim fled from the car on foot and the two subjects fled in the victim's vehicle.

At about 1740 hours, the suspicious vehicle was located off of Gramercy Rd. Subsequently, two persons of interest were detained. There is no on-going threat to the community.

The victim was transported by Mercy to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds.

At this time the case remains under investigation. Additional details are expected to be available later today.


Oregon Lions Foundation helps kids get the vision treatment they need (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 02/17/20 11:32 AM
Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.
Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.

By Ian Rollins
Contributing writer

It takes 15 seconds to check a child’s vision, to determine if the child needs glasses or further eye care.

That 15 seconds can change a child’s life. Without the screening, a child with vision problems will likely struggle in school, possibly becoming one of the nearly 20 percent of high school students across Oregon who don’t graduate. In fact, a student who can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school.

With the screening, the child has a much greater chance to get the vision help that he or she needs, which can lead to success in school. That can lead the child beyond high school graduation to advanced degrees and successful careers, and it can set the child up to become one of your community’s future leaders.

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation can do this screening in 15 seconds with vision-testing equipment. In fact, the foundation and its partners can screen an elementary school with 450 students in two hours. But the foundation needs help to screen every student across the state.

The Oregon Legislature has mandated that every elementary school student through age 7 across the state have a documented vision screening. The Legislature has incorporated funds within the Oregon Department of Education budget to cover screening for students up to their senior year in high school, with funding priority given to students pre-kindergarten through third grade.

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has $2 million per year for the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 fiscal years for the screenings. The funds cover almost half of Oregon’s students through 12th grade, which means the Foundation needs further support from the communities it serves across Oregon.

Colt Gill, ODE Director, participated in a recent vision screening in Salem and noted, “Based on the results, some of the students will be heading to the eye doctor. That will set them on a path to learning and being successful in school so I really appreciate the work.”

"Support for vision screening of Oregon students is basically joining the alliance of those working to improve our high school graduation rate here in Oregon,” said Doug Thompson, executive director of the foundation. “This is our future workforce so let's equip them now with the tools needed to be successful in life."

The recent Foundation screening at Liberty Elementary School in Salem showcased what the Foundation can do for elementary school students. Each class took their turns getting screened, with five Health Career students from Sprague High School using the hand-held screening machines to check the kids’ vision. Members of the South Salem Lions Club directed traffic, which moved quickly between the 15-second screenings.

The Foundation will report the results back to the Salem-Keizer school district which will work with the parents to get eye care to the students who need it.

Lynn Oehler, lead nurse for the district, said the machines can detect with 13 measures up to 8 conditions in each eye.

“We have a pretty high rate of referrals for further care, but it’s mainly for conditions like astigmatism and other conditions that can be easily corrected,” Oehler said. “When we catch these conditions at a younger age, it absolutely helps the student’s learning process.”

“And it’s so much more efficient with the new technology,” said Eric Richards, director of student services for the Salem-Keizer School District. Prior to the handheld machines, the foundation used eye charts, which don’t allow for testing of nearly as many conditions.

“This is a wonderful service and an important partnership with the Foundation,” Richards said.

Brad King, one of the Foundation’s screening coordinators, said the Foundation is planning to screen an entire Portland-area high school with more than 2,800 students. He anticipated it will take an entire day but will be worth it to make sure any students with vision problems are identified.

With local financial support and partnership, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation can reach every student in the state. The Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, with a four-star ranking from Charity Navigator, and due to all administrative expenses being covered by its own long term investment fund every dollar raised by the organization directly supports its sight and hearing services.

OLSHF maintains a yearly review with the Better Business Bureau. The organization meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity. 

The Foundation can screen a child for $3.20, which is about 10 percent of the cost in an optometric office. The Department of Education’s budget for screenings is enough to cover more than 281,000 students per year, kindergarten through 12th grade, not enough to cover all of Oregon’s 582,000 students.

“Your support of the screenings would be used to offset any costs not covered by the state for screenings in your community,” Thompson said. “It would also assist with the costs associated with helping the students referred as needing a follow-up exam and new eyeglasses, to receive them.”

For more information, please contact Doug Thompson at DougT@olshf.org or call the Foundation at (503) 413-7399.

Attached Media Files: Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.