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Fri. 06/23/17
Malheur County Farm Bureau, ScottsMiracle-Gro donate $10K to county fairgrounds (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 06/23/17 2:34 PM
On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that w
On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that w
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On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau presented $10,000 on behalf of ScottsMiracle-Gro to the Malheur County Fairgrounds for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the record-breaking severe winter weather, including iconic Girvin Hall.

The funds originated from ScottsMiracle-Gro, which entrusted Malheur County Farm Bureau to distribute monies in a way most beneficial to residents in this rural part of southeast Oregon.

"The Malheur County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to give the entire sum to the Malheur County Fairgrounds so the funds could benefit the community at large," said Jeana Hall, president of Malheur County Farm Bureau.

"So many of us in Malheur County have used the fairgrounds through 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, the county fair, and other events. It's part of our culture and our heritage. We felt it was important to help rebuild those facilities as soon as possible," said Hall.

Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani said, "The Malheur County Fair Board is so grateful to have received this donation from Malheur County Farm Bureau and ScottsMiracle-Gro in the amount of $10,000. The level of our appreciation may be beyond words. The Fair Board and I realize that the Malheur County Fairgrounds is not everyone's priority, and we are so touched when someone steps up and helps out. It gives us the boost we need to keep going on this uphill journey we're facing. This donation allows the Fair Board to breathe easier. It will allow us to fully focus on preparing for fair and not just the financial wreckage created by the winter storms."

The donation was presented to the Fair Board by Malheur County Farm Bureau on June 19. The funds will be dedicated solely to the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the winter.

"We thank ScottsMiracle-Gro for generously contributing the funds used to make this happen and for entrusting Malheur County Farm Bureau to decide where the money would be best spent," said Hall. "We look forward to the day when Malheur County Fairgrounds will be repaired and back to doing a great job of serving our community."

PHOTO: On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the severe winter storms.

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.


Attached Media Files: On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that w
Mcminnville Area Chamber Of Commerce In Partnership With Evergreen Museum And The Falls Event Center Brings Annual 4th Of July Festivities To Yamhill Valley
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 06/23/17 1:00 PM
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (June 23, 2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will be the host venue for the McMinnville July 4th Fireworks celebration this year. The Museum, the Chamber and The Falls Event Center want to engage and connect community around our national holiday. This event will provide a fun, safe and family friendly environment to hang out, have fun, and watch a top-notch fireworks display.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the parking lot between the Aviation and Space Museum buildings. Experience local food vendors, live music by Mitch and the Melody Makers, family and kid activities, free movies and the only fireworks display in McMinnville and East Yamhill County. The Museum facilities will also be open for a reduced admission price of $5 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

More details are available on the Museum website https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ and the Chamber's website http://mcminnville.org/july-4th/

About Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and educational partners with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ for more information.

About the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce
The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization currently listing 410 members and representing over 8,500 jobs in the McMinnville area. They are focused on four Core Functions: Building a Strong Local Economy, Promoting Community, Building Relationships and Networks, and Providing Education and Activation on Political Issues. The McMinnville Chamber is located at 417 NW Adams St McMinnville, OR 97128. Open weekdays from 8-5 p.m. For more information please call 503.472.6196 or email chamberinfo@mcminnville.org.

About The Falls Event Center
The Falls Event Center creates an event space for you to dream, inspire, and celebrate life's greatest moments. Our unique, neutral palette will allow you to use any décor your heart desires. You can bring any vendor you choose to help you plan and execute your event. Our professional staff will be there every step of the way with any assistance you may need. Our heart beats for more than just building event venues, it's about building dreams. For more information or to inquire about your future event please visit: https://thefallseventcenter.com/location/mcminnville-or/
Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/17 11:52 AM
The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2017 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Friday, June 23 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used.

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 192 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2016, resulting in more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2012 through 2016, there were 944 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death and more than $2.1 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.
Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.
New works by Lee Imonen and April Waters installed at Lebanon's Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/23/17 11:09 AM
Artist April Waters speaks at a recent event to mark the art’s installation.
Artist April Waters speaks at a recent event to mark the art’s installation.
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Salem, Oregon -- A new site-specific courtyard by Oregon artist Lee Imonen, as well as a portrait of namesake Edward C. Allworth and two additional works by Oregon artist April Waters, are now installed at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon, Oregon. The suite of public artworks is located in the main entrance, front lobby and the Canteen (or café) of the building, located at 600 North 5th Street, and may be viewed during regularly scheduled building hours: 8 to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The works were commissioned through Oregon's Percent for Art Program.

Recognizing the need to establish a model of veteran care for the 21st century, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) developed the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home, a facility where older veterans receive the skilled nursing attention they need in a supportive and comfortable community environment. With that in mind, CB Two Architects, in collaboration with NBBJ Architecture, designed a new type of veterans' home based on the "small-house" concept and the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers design guide.
The Allworth Veteran's Home Art Selection Committee sought to commission two distinct projects. The first, a site-specific work on the campus central courtyard that would inspire the community to remember the contributions of our veterans and inspire future generations while providing a site of respite and reflection for the Homes' more than 150 residents, their families and guests.

Imonen's work, "Reflection Plaza," is intended to help define a sense of place, complementing art that already exists within the home. By creating both individual and group seating opportunities in the "Reflection Plaza," Imonen created an environment that draws people in to sit quietly or to gather and visit with one another. Imonen explains, "My intent with 'Reflection' is to create a space that inspires while fostering a sense of shelter and belonging. The plaza environment should feel like an extension of the valley's natural surroundings, as if the landscape and the Home's architecture have become interconnected."
The "Reflection Plaza" is designed to create a place of respect for veterans of each of the five branches of military service. At the heart of the design is a basalt reflective pool from which water flows without end. This basin serves as the hub, the center-point of five radiating spokes. Each spoke spreads across the plaza, and together they fully define a circle of space. Separately, each section contains private seating spaces for individuals, families or small groups. Together, the five become one larger space, which can function as a gathering and meeting space for the Allworth and Lebanon communities.

Continuing ODVA's tradition of honoring facility namesakes, artist April Waters was commissioned to paint a portrait of Edward C. Allworth. Waters is known for her paintings of the creeks and rivers of Oregon. Her paintings are considered by many to be restorative and are currently in many of Oregon's hospitals, medical clinics and wellness centers.
Working from photographs and personal history from Allworth's family including portions of Allworth's original uniform, Waters' portrait commemorates Allworth and his company's attempted crossing of the Meuse River, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. "In this portrait, I sought to illustrate Major Allworth's bravery, steadfastness and optimism. It was in France, on the banks of the Meuse River, that he helped to bring an end to World War I," Waters explains.

Additional purchases include two original oil paintings including "Seal Cove, Salmon River Estuary" and "Wizard Island, Crater Lake," which was included in the 2012-2015 Art in Embassies exhibition, "Contemporary Artists of the Pacific Northwest." The work is viewable along the east and west walls of the OVHL Community Center.
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Oregon's Percent for Art Program
Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state. Since then, the Percent for Art Program has maintained a commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest quality in public places. Committees of local citizens across Oregon make selections. The overall collection enhances the state's public spaces and contributes to our well-recognized quality of life.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) serves and honors the state's veterans through leadership, advocacy and strong partnerships. ODVA is dedicated to its mission of over 70 years, to help veterans and their families thrive in Oregon. ODVA provides a wide variety of services to the Oregon veteran community, including the operation of its two Veterans' Homes, in Lebanon and The Dalles. Learn more about ODVA at: www.oregon.gov/odva and www.oregondva.com.

Oregon Arts Commission
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: www.oregonartscommission.org

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Attached Media Files: Artist April Waters speaks at a recent event to mark the art’s installation. , Waters’ painting of Edward C. Allworth , Lee Imonen's exterior plaza
Summer break doesn't have to result in a summer break
SAIF - 06/23/17 10:40 AM
Summary: Data shows young worker injuries more common during summer months
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School is out and its officially summer break. But, as many young workers head out the door for their first job, SAIF wants to make sure they don't get their first workplace injury.

Unfortunately, since 2010 there were nearly 12,000 young worker injury claims (between the ages of 16 and 24) reported to SAIF during the summer months of June, July, and August--more than 30 percent of all young worker injury claims. More than 500 of those injuries were within the first week on the job.

In fact, summer break injuries were 48 percent more likely for young workers than winter break injuries (in November, December, and January) during that timeframe.

"Our goal is to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work--starting with ensuring young workers know the importance of workplace safety, on the first day of their first job," said Kevin Pfau, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "For employers, this is a good reminder to teach all employees about safety, even if they aren't full time or long term."

While workplace safety is critical in any industry, young worker injuries are most common among jobs in restaurants, retirement centers, and auto service providers (including car washes). The three most common injuries were strains and sprains, lacerations, and contusions or bruises--making up more than 66 percent of claims.

Young workers and employers interested in more information can visit saif.com/youngworkers.

About SAIF:
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.
Man Wanted in Connection With Arson Investigation (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/17 9:46 AM
Joshua Michael Palmer
Joshua Michael Palmer
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UPDATE 06/23/2017

At approximately 1:20 am, Joshua Palmer was taken into custody by Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies when he returned to the scene of the Arson.

He was arrested for Arson I without incident. Additional charges are expected.

The structure was a residence and is considered a total loss.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, at approximately 12:00 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a structure fire involving suspicious circumstances in the 4000-block of Scholfield Road in Reedsport.

Deputies responded to the area and conducted an investigation. The investigation has determined the cause of the fire to be the result of Arson. Deputies consider 25 year-old Joshua Michael Palmer of Reedsport to be a suspect in the case and are currently seeking his whereabouts.

Anyone who believes they have information about the fire or Palmer's whereabouts is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon State Police.

No further information will be released tonight.


Attached Media Files: Joshua Michael Palmer
12th Annual Oregon State Chili Cook Off
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 06/23/17 9:25 AM
The 12th annual Oregon State chili cook off will be held in Bonanza Oregon on July 1st. 2017. We have new events this year such as the "Great Bowls of Fire" chili eating contest, robotics demonstration, Airlink helicopter landing, and much more. We also have our chili tasting from 10 to 4pm, miss chili pepper prize raffle as well as the kids and adults fire fighter challenge.
Oregon Tech Honors Non-Traditional Students at Annual Event
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 06/23/17 9:23 AM
June 22, 2017, Klamath Falls, OR -- On the eve of the official commencement ceremonies at Oregon Tech, students from the university's TRiO Student Support Services - Tech Opportunities Program (TOP) along with their families, friends, faculty members, staff members, and mentors gathered to honor the success of the 2017 TOP graduates. Their perseverance, dedication and often non-traditional paths that led them to graduation were celebrated during the event.

TRiO Student Support Services provides support for non-traditional students such as first generation students, students from low-income families or students with disabilities. The program receives funding through a competitive federal grant process, with funds awarded to colleges and universities to provide opportunities for academic development, to assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary degree.

After the celebratory dinner, TOP Coordinator Angela Archer, a former graduate from the program herself, invited the 2017 TOP graduates to share reflections on their personal journeys through college. One of the students, Amber Duguay, who finished her Bachelor of Science in Biology-Health Sciences shared her struggles. She related the challenges of juggling multiple roles of being a mother, a wife and a veteran. Amber thanked her advisors and faculty for encouraging her to stay focused on her goals and to finish her degree.

Another student, Tessaundra Sidden, worked multiple jobs on campus while completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology-Health Sciences. Tessaundra spoke about the emotional and academic support she received from her faculty mentors, advisors, and family members during difficult times while in school. A similar sentiment was shared by another student, Marc Heron, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management with emphasis on Marketing. Being first in his family to pursue a college degree, juggling sports, and 21 credits per term in his senior year, Marc appreciated the personalized and genuine emotional support he received from his TOP advisors. They helped him believe in himself and continue on his path to graduation.

Throughout the course of the evening, each TOP graduate was presented with a TOP university stole and a TOP challenge coin. While the stoles represent a student's personal and academic development, the coins symbolize all of the challenges that were faced and overcome by the graduates. This year, each TOP graduate received two TOP challenge coins: one to keep for themselves to help them remember their hard work and tenacity, and the other to give to a person whom they deem instrumental in helping them succeed.

During the closing remarks, Angela Archer encouraged the graduates by saying, "...take the best of Oregon Tech into your future, improve it, the way you improved this campus, and the way you improved TOP. Come back to report, come back to share, come back to inspire the next generation." Archer also thanked the campus community for its continued support for the TOP program and the TOP students.

The goal of TOP is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. TOP services include tutoring, mentoring, networking with other students, college success classes, academic advising, limited scholarship funding, workshops and cultural trips. For more information about TOP visit www.oit.edu/top.
Thu. 06/22/17
Media Reminder - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe Live safety demonstration -- safer use of legal fireworks in legal places
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/22/17 5:00 PM
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration -- Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The Office of State Fire Marshal has issued more than 709 retail fireworks permits, and 211 display permits. Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
***Update - Names Released*** Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/22/17 3:40 PM
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The deceased driver of the Chevy Suburban was identified as 68 year old Dallas Oregon resident Michael Dennis Roach. The female passenger was identified as Tara Rae Redfern. Redfern was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. There is no update to the condition of the involved children.

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Previous ReleaseJust prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.


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Planned Parenthood Opposes Senate Repeal Bill - Demands Senate Reject Worst Bill for Women's Health in a Generation
Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon - 06/22/17 2:58 PM
 
Cecile Richards: "If this is the Senate's idea of a bill with heart, then the women of America should have fear struck in theirs.  Slashing Medicaid and blocking millions of women from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood is beyond heartless. One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They will not stay silent as politicians vote to take away their care and their rights."  
 
Washington, DC -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America strongly opposes the just released Senate version of the American Health Care Act.
 
This bill is the worst bill for women in a generation. In addition to "defunding" Planned Parenthood and slashing Medicaid, it guts Essential Health Benefit protections, including maternity coverage and prescription drugs. Thirteen million women could lose coverage to maternity care under this bill. This bill would disproportionately impact women who already face unfair barriers to care, including low-income women and women of color.
 
Experts agree the "defund" Planned Parenthood provision is a violation of the Byrd Rule because it is politically motivated policy, similar to the tax credit provision related to abortion. It has no place on reconciliation because it violates these rules, and it has no place on any legislation because it is the epitome of a mean-spirited policy that hurts millions of women.
 
CNN reported: "Many aides believe the Senate Parliamentarian will strike this provision down on Byrd Rule grounds."
 
Now is the time for every person who cares about women's health and access to affordable quality care to speak out and join this fight. It's clear that the American people strongly oppose blocking women from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care. We must get louder than ever so our elected officials finally start listening to us.
 
Planned Parenthood grassroots organizing has been a driving force in opposing Trumpcare and efforts to "defund" Planned Parenthood. For months, an army of pink Planned Parenthood patients, supporters, and advocates have held protest rallies, spoken out at Congressional town halls, called their members of Congress, delivered petitions to Congressional offices, and hosted field hearings.
 
Over the last several months, Planned Parenthood supporters have:
 
made more than 157,429 phone calls to members of Congress
organized more than 2,200 events across the country, including rallies, petition drops, phone banks and marches
delivered close to 1 million petitions to members of Congress in opposition to  "defunding" Planned Parenthood.


Like the House bill, the Senate bill was largely negotiated by men behind closed doors, so it is not surprising that it closely mirrors the House version of the American Health Care Act, and would:

Take away health insurance from millions of people and make it less affordable for those who will still have insurance.
 
"Defund" Planned Parenthood by blocking people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers -- including birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment.

Cut Essential Health Benefits protections, including maternity coverage and prescription drugs, which disproportionately affect women. Thirteen million women could lose coverage to maternity care under this bill.

Gut the Medicaid program, which approximately 1 in 5 women of reproductive age rely on to access no-cost, critical reproductive health care such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and maternity care.  

Reduce access to no-cost preventive services, including birth control.
 
Impose a nationwide ban on private insurance coverage of abortion.
 
Blocking people's access to Planned Parenthood is deeply unpopular with both health care experts and Americans.   
 
The provision to prohibit people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood has drawn widespread opposition from health care experts, including the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; members of Congress from both parties; and a clear majority of American voters.
 
A Quinnipiac poll shows that 80% of voters support Planned Parenthood and oppose efforts to block people from getting care at Planned Parenthood.
 
Blocking people's access to Planned Parenthood would have a devastating impact on people's health.
 
If enacted, prohibiting individuals from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers would have a devastating impact on the 2.4 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for essential health services.
 
In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the "defund" Planned Parenthood provision would result in reduced access to care for patients who live in areas where Planned Parenthood is the only health care option and where Planned Parenthood serves low-income populations. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in health professional shortage areas, rural or medically underserved areas. Experts have repeatedly said that other providers cannot absorb Planned Parenthood's patients.
 
The term "defunding" Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. Planned Parenthood does not get a blank check from the federal government, and it's not a line item in the federal budget. Planned Parenthood receives reimbursements, just like hospitals and other health care organizations, for providing preventive care. Federal law already blocks federal funding from going to abortion services.
 
A number of Republican Senators have expressed their support for Planned Parenthood.
 
Three Republican Senators have publicly stated opposition to "defunding" Planned Parenthood. Senator Susan Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski have been clear in their opposition,  
 
In April, Senator Dean Heller, in a town hall with 600 of his constituents, said he would "protect Planned Parenthood." Nevadans expect him to keep his word.

Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

"If this is the Senate's idea of a bill with heart, then the women of America should have fear struck in theirs.  Slashing Medicaid and blocking millions of women from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood is beyond heartless. "The Senate bill closely mirrors the House bill, which has been widely criticized as 'mean' and the worst bill for women's health in a generation."
 
"Each and every senator should listen to the American people and vote against this legislation."
 
"If this bill passes the Senate, the consequences are dire:
"It would 'defund' Planned Parenthood; gut maternity coverage; strip millions of their health insurance; force new moms back to work shortly after giving birth; and reduce access to contraception."

"In short, this bill makes it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy, harder to have a healthy pregnancy, and harder to raise a family."

"One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They are demanding that the Senate reject this bill and keep Planned Parenthood's doors open."
 
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Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for over 50 years. PPSO provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year at six health centers. PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families. Education and training programs make over 8,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in southwestern Oregon. PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STD prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and HPV vaccinations. For more information, visit www.ppsworegon.org.
Oregon Hospitals Oppose Senate Health Care Reform Bill
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/22/17 1:42 PM
June 22, 2017 -- After Senate Republicans unveiled their Better Care Reconciliation Act this morning, Andy Davidson, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems issued the following statement:

"Oregon's community hospitals have evaluated federal health care reform efforts based on a set of patient- and community-centered principles that focus on preserving the gains in access and affordability that we've made over the past decade.

"Unfortunately, the draft Better Care Reconciliation Act released today by Senate Republicans does not meet our principles. In fact, it moves our health care system in the opposite direction. The proposed changes to Medicaid, both the end of the expansion funding as well as deep cuts to the non-expansion problem would pose severe problems for Oregon. The changes to the provider tax reimbursement rate in the early part of the next decade would add an additional layer of budgetary stress to our state, and by extension the patients we serve.

"We join with our counterparts in the national hospital community alongside patient advocates, doctors, politicians and others in urging the Senate to revise this legislation so that it focuses on improving access to affordable care and helps states achieve that goal on behalf of their citizens."
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Attached Media Files: 2017-06/1635/105509/OAHHS_BCRA_statement.pdf
Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets June 28 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/22/17 12:07 PM
June 22, 2017

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

Agenda: Outbreaks update 2017; infection control assessment and response (ICAR) update; annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report; annual Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program report; neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) collaborative update; multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) toolkit; discussion of themes and topics for future 2017 meetings.

When: Wednesday, June 28, 1-3 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:45 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

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

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

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

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Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet June 28 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 06/22/17 11:47 AM
June 22, 2017

Contact: Amanda Peden, 503-208-1010, amanda.m.peden@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular monthly public meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street NE, Room 102, Salem. The meeting will also be available via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1742663635510619908 or by conference call at 213-929-4212, access code 437-672-657. A recording of the meeting will be posted at the Medicaid Advisory Committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP-MAC/Pages/index.aspx.

Agenda: The committee will hear an Oregon Health Plan member's story about their Medicaid experience. OHA staff will update the committee on various federal health policy proposals including per-capita caps. Lori Coyner, Oregon Health Authority Medicaid director, will give an overview of health-related services and applications in coordinated care organizations (CCOs), to inform future social determinants of health policy work.

After its regular business the committee will host a special public forum on the Medicaid 1115 Waiver Award, including an opportunity for public questions and comment.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Fire Agencies Participate in National Safety Stand Down (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/22/17 9:23 AM
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The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) and many other national fire service organizations combine efforts to coordinate a national Safety Stand Down each year during the third week of June. The safety stand down for the fire service is based on a similar process used by the military to bring focus to a specific safety issue through training.

During the week of June 18-24, 2017, fire agencies around the nation, and Oregon, are focusing their training efforts on MAYDAY, Self-Rescue, and Rapid Intervention. These are critical skills required of individual firefighters to recognize when they are in a MAYDAY situation; the skills they need as an individual to remove themselves from the situation (Self-Rescue); and ultimately on the team skills needed to rescue a trapped firefighter (Rapid Intervention).

Regardless of agency size or composition, all firefighters who actively engage in structural firefighting will benefit from participating in the Safety Stand Down event where they can refresh or learn new skills and techniques based on today's research into firefighter MAYDAY events.

An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and personnel can participate. Topic information, training downloads, and videos will be available at www.safetystanddown.org, the official web site for the Safety Stand Down event.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section and the National Volunteer Firefighters Council. For additional information and resources please go to http://www.safetystanddown.org/

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), through its Fire Training and Certification Section, helps more than 300 fire agencies around the state and Oregon's 13,000 career and volunteer firefighters.

Please note the photos attached are from a joint training session held as part of the 2017 National Safety Stand Down last night in Polk County for more than 50 fire-rescue personnel from the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department, Falls City Fire Department, and the Southwestern Polk County Rural Fire Protection District. This hands-on scenario-based training focused on firefighter self-rescue, entanglement, May-Day, and rapid intervention.

Media outlets are encouraged to contact fire agencies in their community to find out how local career and volunteer fire agencies are participating in this national effort.


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Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is Going Digital
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/22/17 8:39 AM
Coming Fall 2017, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will offer a new digital review and compliance submittal service called Go Digital. Go Digital will streamline the submittal process and allow our office to assist a greater number of customers while maintaining response times. In response to requests from our customers, our Go Digital service will allow for an easier, quicker way to submit, receive, track, and consult on new and existing projects.

Go Digital Basics:

Go Digital submittals are heavily encouraged; however, hard-copy or paper submittals will still be accepted via standard mail.
If a project is submitted via hard-copy or paper, all future correspondence associated with the project must be submitted in the same format, including all updates and revisions.
Similarly, if a project is submitted via Go Digital, no hard-copy materials associated with the project will be accepted later in the consultation process.
Archaeological reports and site forms submitted via Go Digital will no longer require a hard-copy or CD.
Go Digital submittals will not be accepted unless they are sent to the ORSHPO.Clearance@oregon.gov email following the Go Digital Submittal Guidelines.
Go Digital Submittal Guidelines will be available prior to roll out.

For questions regarding Go Digital, contact Matt Diederich at (503) 986-0577 or matt.diederich@oregon.gov.

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Other Oregon Heritage programs include the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Main Street Program. Learn more about Oregon Heritage by visiting www.oregonheritage.org.
Press Conference Today: New Oregon Business Alliance for Climate to Launch (Photo)
Oregon Business Alliance for Climate - 06/22/17 6:30 AM
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LEADING ON CLIMATE: OREGON PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERS
LAUNCH NEW ALLIANCE TODAY

Portland, Oregon, June 22, 2017-- With climate change already impacting Oregon industry, private sector leaders from across the state are joining forces to ensure business has a strong role in solutions-based, economically viable climate policy. Led by Alliance chair Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Company, the new Oregon Business Alliance for Climate (the Alliance) will officially launch today.

Kelly, along with Jim Bernau and Steve Clem, representing founding members Willamette Valley Vineyards and Skanska USA, respectively, will present remarks at the event.

"The Business Alliance for Climate is specifically focused on Oregon's clean energy economy, including carbon pricing options, that will make the most sense for statewide business interests," Kelly said. "A well-planned carbon pricing system in Oregon will reduce the cost of doing business through fuel and energy savings while resulting in more good paying clean energy jobs, including much needed rural jobs, and cleaner air."

WHAT: Press conference to announce the launch of new Oregon Business Alliance for Climate
When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Where: Umpqua Bank, South Waterfront Location, 3606 SW Bond Ave., Portland.

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Our Mission: Oregon business and industry leaders supporting collaborative policy and business engagements aimed at promoting investment, job creation and competitiveness by leveraging carbon pricing to invest in the state's clean energy economy.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Alliance logo
Wed. 06/21/17
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Klamath Falls
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/21/17 7:52 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 21, 2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the 300 block of East Main Street in Klamath Falls, OR. The fire affected one person.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fatal head-on crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond takes the life of a Gaston resident. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 5:29 PM
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Just after 1:30 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Northwest Galloway Avenue. (North of Redmond) The preliminary investigation revealed that a light blue 2008 Honda Pilot SUV, operated by 26 year old Madras resident, Amber Paplia, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. A red 2015 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound at this location and had four occupants. The driver was identified as 78 year old Gaston resident, Dennis French. The other occupants in the Toyota were identified as 76 year old Gaston resident, Marjorie French, 49 year old Diane Acevedo and 11 year old minor child, both from San Bruno California.

The Honda SUV driven by Paplia crossed over into the oncoming southbound lanes and French, driving the Toyota, was unable to avoid impact resulting in a head-on crash. Marjorie French, the front passenger of the Toyota, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Dennis French and Paplia were both transported to the Redmond area hospital for serious injuries and both Acevedo and her minor child were transported to a Bend area hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries. Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.


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***Update* #2 Second Arrest** Arrest Made - Man Injured on Interstate 5 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 11:31 AM


On February 23rd, 2017 the members of the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section Central Point, were called out to investigate an assault of a victim identified as, Christopher Applegate (44). Applegate was located by local law enforcement and found to have been stabbed and shot somewhere along Interstate 5 in the Central Point, OR area. Applegate was transported and treated for his injuries sustained during the attack.



The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Aaron D Eaton (40) on 6/2/2017.



The follow up investigation has also led to the arrest of Steven A Martin, age 27, of Medford on 6/20/17.



Both Eaton and Martin were indicted by a Jackson County grand jury for; Attempted Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping II, Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of a firearm (felon), Unlawful use of a Weapon and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.



Both Eaton and Martin are lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


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Update:

On June 2, 2017, Aaron Dale EATON, age 40, of Phoenix, was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 2, Robbery I, Assault 1, Assault 2, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Felon in possession of a firearm, Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

End of Update

Previously Released:

The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.


End of Update

Previously Released:

In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017, the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Re-Scheduled June 23, 2017
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/21/17 11:01 AM
DPSST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Teleconference Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Conference: 888-273-3658
Access Code: 4711910

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda:

1. Minutes of June 9, 2016

2. OAR 259-060-0300 -- Denial/Suspension/Revocation; Request to File Temporary Rule
Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Providers

3. Next Meeting -- To Be Determined


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.
The beach is coming to Salem! Celebrate the Beach Bill's golden anniversary July 8 at the state Capitol
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/21/17 10:21 AM
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon State Parks and the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill -- the landmark legislation passed in 1967 that protects the public's right to access the coast -- with a Beach Bill Birthday Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at the state Capitol, 900 Court St. NE in Salem.

"We're bringing the beach to the Capitol, where the legacy of Oregon's open beaches began," said Laurel Hillmann, event coordinator and Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks.

The free event will feature a concert on the lawn in State Capitol State Park at 11:30 a.m. by Portland artist Slater Smith, who will debut his new coast-inspired album.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a professional kite flying demonstration. Guests can enjoy free birthday cupcakes and a free scoop of really creamy Tillamook ice cream from the traveling Yum Bus while supplies last. Mo's, a favorite coastal destination for many families, will bring its iconic chowder to the event for purchase.

Activities for kids include kite making, beach-themed crafts, face painting and digging for treasures in a giant sandbox. Kids can meet a giant inflatable Dungeness crab; Oregon State Parks' mascot JR Beaver; and Washed Ashore's famous 7-foot salmon Nora, sculpted from beach trash.

Attendees can also enter a raffle to win limited-edition glass floats created by Lincoln City glassblowers and engraved with a commemorative 50th anniversary stamp.

Booths and exhibits will feature beach trivia; information on beach recreation, including clamming, crabbing and whale watching; and ways all Oregonians can protect and preserve this treasure for future generations.

Inside the Capitol, a 30-minute Oregon Public Broadcasting Beach Bill documentary will air for the duration of the event, and a special Beach Bill exhibit will be on display in the Galleria.

Visitors can learn about Oregon's unique Beach history in a Beach Bill-themed Capitol tour at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the public can also take a tower tour to the Oregon Pioneer at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Oregonians have always enjoyed visiting the coast, but that tradition was first officially protected in 1913, when Governor Oswald West and the Oregon legislature established the state's 362 miles of shoreline as a public highway, a designation that only applied to the wet-sand portions of the beaches.

Then, in the summer of 1966, the owner of a Cannon Beach hotel put down large driftwood logs to block off a section of the beach to all but his guests. In response, the State Highway Commission, with Gov. Tom McCall's support, introduced two bills in the legislature. The bills mimicked a Texas law that recognized the public's continued use of private beach land as a permanent right.

At first, the bills had little public support and seemed destined to fail. But news stories and a well-publicized visit to Cannon Beach by Gov. McCall spread the word that Oregon's open beaches were at risk.

"Most people had assumed the beaches were already public and weren't aware of the efforts at the capital until it was almost too late," Hillmann said. "In the end, Oregonians' persistence saved the beach."

The legislature passed the Beach Bill on June 7, 1967, and the governor signed it into law on July 6.

The bill would "forever preserve and maintain the sovereignty of the state heretofore existing over the seashore and ocean beaches of the state...so that the public may have the free and uninterrupted use thereof."

But the process didn't end there. The legislation faced many legal challenges, and additional rules and statues followed defining the beach boundary.

Organizers encourage those planning to attend to RSVP on Facebook at bit.ly/beachbirthdaybash. Parking is free under the Capitol Mall, accessible from Chemeketa Street NE. Meters surrounding the Capitol are not enforced on weekends.

For event information, call the Capitol's Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page at oregoncapitol.com. For information on the history of the Beach Bill and other ways to celebrate this anniversary year, go to oregonbeachparty.org.
Legal Fireworks Sales (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 06/21/17 10:07 AM
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The season for fireworks sales in Oregon will open June 23rd. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. To date, the Roseburg Fire Department has approved nine fireworks booths in Roseburg stores and three fireworks sales tents throughout the city. In the upcoming days, Fire Department personnel will inspect the retailers to ensure they are only selling fireworks which comply with legal guidelines. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or twelve inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon, and can result in a criminal citation and fine.
Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks, carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
The Roseburg Fire Department wants EVERYONE to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day, so please remember to keep it legal when celebrating with friends and family.


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**Update - Suspect Charged in Douglas County Homicide Investigation** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 10:03 AM
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On Friday, June 2, Detectives from the Oregon State Police, acting as members of the Douglas County Major Crimes Team, added the following charges to Troy Russell PHELPS, 34 years old from Myrtle Creek, who was already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on unrelated probation violations. The additional charges include: Murder, Kidnapping 1st Degree, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Arson 2nd Degree.

These crimes were allegedly committed on May 30th and 31st in Douglas County at a location along the South Umpqua River resulting in the death of Brandon MICHAEL, 26 years old. Michael was shot several times with a small caliber handgun. The other victims have been identified as 23 year old, Kayla VIOL and her 10 month old baby, MICHAEL was the father. Early investigation revealed that VIOL contacted authorities after she and her baby had been abducted by PHELPS after MICHAEL was killed. PHELPS transported VIOL and her child to a residence in Myrtle Creek. VIOL was able to leave that residence and contacted the authorities from a neighboring residence. VIOL and her child suffered no physical injuries. MICHAEL's body was recovered and an autopsy performed on June 1st, confirms MICHAEL was killed by a small caliber handgun.

VIOL and MICHAEL had recently moved to Douglas County from the LaPine area.


Previous Release

On the morning on May 31, 2017 a frantic female reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that her boyfriend had been shot near the Lawson Bar area of southern Douglas County.

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the Lawson Bar area and completed an extensive search of the area. During the search an adult male was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and a person of interest was identified as, TROY PHELPS, age 34, from Myrtle Creek. Detectives located PHELPS and lodged him at the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation. Law Enforcement believes that there is no further threat to public safety regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police is the lead agency and is being assisted by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team. Member agencies involved with the Douglas County Major Crimes Team are: Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police.

This is still an active investigation and no further information is expected to be released tonight.

No further information for release.
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*** Update-Names Released *** Josephine County man dies in motorcycle crash on Hwy 140 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 7:38 AM
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The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as 69 year old Michael A. MILLETTE, from Grants Pass. The passenger on the motorcycle was Micheal's wife 66 year old, Virginia J. MILLETTE, who is in critical condition at a local hospital.

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Previous Release
On June 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 18, which is 18 miles east of White City, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 140 and the operator failed to recognize that traffic had slowed/stopped for a turning vehicle. The operator laid the motorcycle down and crossed the westbound lane, striking the guardrail. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female passenger was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Lake Creek Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information is available at this time.


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OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.


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Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet June 22 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/17 3:34 PM
June 20, 2017

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group

When: Thursday, June 22, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, 8th floor Mary Conference Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland

Attendees can also join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 or by conference line at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Updates on Metrics and Scoring Committee decisions about the 2018 measure set, and discussion of Technical Advisory Group recommendations for 2018 benchmarks

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Media Advisory - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe Live safety demonstration -- safer use of legal fireworks in legal places
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/20/17 3:01 PM
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration -- Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. To date the Office of State Fire Marshal has issued 722 retail fireworks permits, and 138 display permits. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Media Alert: June 22 Press Conference/LAUNCH OF NEW STATEWIDE BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE
Oregon Business Alliance for Climate - 06/20/17 2:28 PM
OREGON BUSINESS LEADERS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF NEW STATEWIDE BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE

A well-planned carbon pricing system in Oregon will reduce the cost of doing business through fuel and energy savings while resulting in more good paying clean energy jobs,
including much needed rural jobs, and cleaner air.

With climate change already impacting Oregon industry, the lack of federal leadership and action presents Oregon businesses across the state with an opportune and critical moment to lead and act with a united voice.

Led by chair Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly company, founding members of the newly formed Oregon Business Alliance for Climate (the Alliance), will host a press conference Thursday, June 22, 2017 to formally announce the Alliance Launch.

"The Business Alliance for Climate is specifically focused on Oregon's clean energy economy, including carbon pricing options, that will make the most sense for statewide business interests," Kelly said.

WHAT: Press conference to announce the launch of new Oregon Business Alliance for Climate
When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Where: Umpqua Bank, South Waterfront Location, 3606 SW Bond Ave., Portland.

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Our Mission: Oregon business and industry leaders supporting collaborative policy and business engagements aimed at promoting investment, job creation and competitiveness by leveraging carbon pricing to invest in the state's clean energy economy.

Our Focus: Supporting statewide climate policy and helping the state develop a carbon pricing policy that works for Oregon, provides critical investment into Oregon's clean energy in rural and urban parts of the state, and increases the resiliency of our local communities
Study shows Oregon's arts and culture industry generates $687 million in economic impact
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/20/17 2:10 PM
Salem, Oregon -- Oregon's arts and culture sector contributed $687 million and 22,299 jobs to Oregon's economy in fiscal year 2015, according to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity study from Americans for the Arts. Released June 17 at the group's national conference in San Francisco, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 includes first-time data from rural Oregon.

"Arts and culture play a key role in healthy, prosperous communities, particularly in rural Oregon," said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. "While this study highlights the significant impact of artists and cultural organizations on local economies, the resulting vibrant communities are places that are more attractive for overall business growth and investment."

The data reveals that arts and culture jobs across Oregon generated $469.5 million in household income to local residents and delivered $53 million in local and state government revenue. In addition, the 9,911,552 people who attended arts and culture events spent an average of $42.59 per event, excluding the cost of the admission ticket. Event spending, which totaled $322,956,808, includes meals, parking, souvenirs, babysitting and hotel stays.

"This is the most comprehensive data we've ever had on how vital arts and culture are to Oregon's statewide economic prosperity," said Brian Rogers, Oregon Arts Commission executive director. "Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the State of Oregon. It sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the State of Oregon's economic well-being."

While previous studies have focused only on Portland and Eugene, a statewide consortium led by the Arts Commission enabled Baker, Clatsop, Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Yamhill counties as well as Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene and the Portland Metro area (Northeastern and Central Oregon did combined county studies) to participate.

Spending by arts and cultural organizations and audience members in the Portland Metro area was $330.4 million, up 30 percent since the last Arts & Economic Prosperity study in 2010. The spending outside of the Portland Metro area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties) totaled $357 million.

"We are so grateful to the Arts Commission for making it possible for us to participate," said Sharon Morgan, who was "stunned" to learn that arts and culture spending in Yamhill County totaled $45 million. Morgan, a member of the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, organized the survey for her county.

Detailed reports for each of the Oregon regions and cities that participated are posted on the Arts Commission website.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of the Americans for the Arts. Local, regional and statewide partners, such as the Oregon Arts Commission and its 11 survey partners, contributed time and financial support to the study. Financial information from partner organizations was collected in partnership with DataArts. A full list of the 341 communities who participated in the study is posted on the Americans for the Arts website.
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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 the 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 grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Springfield Grandparents play Megabucks to support Oregon, win $7 million
Oregon Lottery - 06/20/17 1:21 PM
June 20, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A Saturday afternoon trip to the store to buy milk turned into a $7 million jackpot for a Springfield couple.

Michelle Sutherland, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, went to the store to get groceries and stopped at a Dari-Mart in Springfield, to pick up an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

"We play very casually, and usually I just buy the Megabucks tickets because it's Oregon's Game," Sutherland said. "Then, the next day, Sunday morning, we were reading the paper and checked the numbers and thought there was a mistake. All our numbers matched."

Sutherland checked the winning ticket on her phone, computer and even went and scanned the ticket at a local store. All indicators showed them winning the $7 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot. Every time they play Lottery draw games, Michelle always had a number or two on her ticket," her husband Robert said. Now he's glad he didn't buy the ticket.

"When we figured out we'd won, we stayed home and contacted our financial advisor," Michelle said. "We didn't tell anyone."

The couple plan on "spoiling their grandkids" over the summer with the winnings from their "quick pick" ticket, and might travel this fall. The couple opted to take the lump-sum payment and after taxes took home $2.3 million.

Michelle Sutherland joins Robert Frost, Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion as 2017 Oregon's Game Megabucks winners this year. Sutherland purchased her ticket at the Dari-Mart on Mohawk Blvd. in Springfield. Dari-Mart will receive a 1-percent selling bonus of $70,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. Lane County school districts received more than $24 million in Oregon Lottery dollars in the 2013-15 biennium.
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 $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Health advisory lifted June 20 for Upper Klamath Lake park
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/17 1:15 PM
June 20, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 7 for water around Eagle Point County Park on Upper Klamath Lake. The park is located off Oregon Route 140, 15 miles west of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins in some areas such as Keno State Park are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Corps seeks comments on Gold Beach, Curry County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/20/17 12:43 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct work impacting the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Curry County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2007-135-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Grants awarded for historic cemetery projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/20/17 10:12 AM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 21 grants totaling $70,265 for projects across the state that support preservation of historic cemeteries. Projects range from monument repair to information kiosks and awards range from $390-$8,000.

Funded projects include:
Monument repair.
Placing markers on unmarked graves.
Fence repair.
Install kiosks with maps and historical information.
Tree trimming and felling.
Road repair.

Projects were awarded to Butteville Pioneer Cemetery, City of Canby, Coquille Indian Tribe, Crooked Finger Cemetery, Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, Gillespie Cemetery, Inc., Greenwood Hills Cemetery Maintenance Association, Kings Valley Cemetery Association, City of Klamath Falls, Lacomb Cemetery Association, Maple Grove Cemetery, Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery Association, City of Salem, St. Johns Lodge #17 Masonic Cemetery Association, Kirsten Straus, City of Ukiah, Wagner Creek Cemetery Association, Weston Cemetery Maintenance District #2, Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society.
This competitive grant program is for projects that support the preservation of historic cemeteries. The state designation of a historic cemetery is one that includes the burial of at least one person who died before February 14, 1909. It is a project of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries which is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grant or the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Attached Media Files: List of Cemetery Grant Awards
Grants awarded for museums throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/20/17 10:10 AM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 8 grants totaling $55,140 to museums across the state for collections, tourism or education related. Projects range from exhibits to collections housing and awards range from $4,000-$10,000.

Funded projects include:
Baker Heritage Museum, in Baker City, for a Paint Your Wagon exhibit.
Deschutes County Historical Society for exhibit lighting and window treatments at the Deschutes County Historical Museum in Bend.
Douglas County Historical Society for a new HVAC system at the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg.
High Desert Museum, near Bend, for the "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" exhibit and programming.
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, in Joseph, for an interactive interpretive kiosk.
Oregon Historical Society to update the educational traveling trunks and develop new curriculum.
Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, for research into and care of 97 pieces of art, some produced by patients.
Sheridan Museum of History for the installation of exhibits in the new museum.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying museums, and is offered annually in the spring. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Attached Media Files: List of museum grant awards
FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against Social Engineering
FBI - Oregon - 06/20/17 10:00 AM
In this week's Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday segment: building a digital defense against social engineering.

So what is social engineering? Basically, it is a scammer who manipulates you into doing something you wouldn't ordinarily do. There is often a sense of urgency combined with fear.

Take this example: a scammer calls, texts or emails you pretending to be your bank. He tells you that your credit card is being used to purchase items overseas. If you can confirm your account number and password right away, he can get the card shut down, and you won't be liable for the losses. If you wait -- well, you will be on the hook for fraud.

Or -- on a happier note -- you receive a message that you have won a great prize. Maybe it is a car or a vacation. If you respond in the next 5 minutes, it is all yours as soon as you pay a small fee for taxes. If you don't respond right away, the scammer says, you will lose out.

Other than fear - social engineering masters have other tricks up their cyber sleeves, too. One such trick: cashing in on the trust you share with others. In some cases, they have gained access to a friend or relatives' email or social media accounts. The scammer -- pretending to be Grandma - just sent you link to a funny video, and she wants you to look at it right away! Click on it, though, and you have just downloaded malware onto your computer.

Fraudsters can also use your innate goodness against you. They take the disaster or tragedy of the day and guilt you into giving money to what you think is a legitimate charity. By spoofing the look of a real non-profit with a bogus link, your money never makes it to the true victims.

So, how do you build that digital defense against social engineering?

The number one thing you can do is to "think before you click." Don't let the fear get in the way of you making a rational decision.

Know that no bank, business or law enforcement agency is ever going to ask you for your account numbers, passwords or payments over the phone. If you get a message asking you for that information, end the conversation.

Use a publicly available resource to look up a legitimate phone number or email address for the business or agency that purportedly contacted you. You should call them to confirm what is or isn't going on.

Report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - SPANISH written - June 20, 2017 , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - SPANISH audio , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - ENGLISH audio , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - RUSSIAN written - June 20, 2017 , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - RUSSIAN audio - June 20, 2017
Experienced Hikers Rescued by SAR (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/20/17 9:28 AM
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On Sunday, June 18, 2017, at 10:00 pm, Douglas County Search and Rescue received a distress message from two lost hikers. The two hikers had planned on hiking the North Umpqua trail from Maidu lake to Swift Water trail head, which they had done several times before and were familiar with the area. The pair began their hike in favorable conditions. As they gained elevation, they began to confront problems. The snow was still several feet deep. The two were unable to locate the trail any longer and became lost. They had planned ahead and were prepared with enough food for seven days, sleeping gear, and shelter. However, they did not have a map and compass.

The pair stayed overnight until rescue crews could be deployed in the morning.

On Monday, June 19, 2017, SAR located the subjects. Due to snow and weather conditions, crews were unable to lead the pair out on the shortest route. Instead, SAR members lead the subjects to safety by going to Miller Lake in Klamath County for extraction. The total mission lasted about 6 hours.

Search and Rescue would like to remind everyone of the following tips:

Your safety is our concern, but it is your responsibility. You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared. Here are some ways that you can be better prepared in the event something goes awry on your next outdoor adventure.

Be prepared with knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you set out.

- Share your plans. Tell someone where you are going, where you plan to hike or recreate, when you will return and your plan for emergencies. Leave a map, if possible.

- Stay together. When you start as a group, stay as a group and end as a group. Pace your adventure to the slowest person.

- Know when to turn back. Weather changes come quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your adventure. Know your limitations and when to postpone the trip. The outdoors will be there another day.

- Plan for emergencies. Whether you are out for an hour or a multi-day trip, an injury, severe weather or wrong turn could become life threatening. Don't assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself. Always carry equipment in case you have to spend the night. Have food, water, shelter, weather appropriate clothing and carry a first aid kit.

- Communication devices. A cell phone alone does not suffice as an emergency plan. A large portion of our remote areas do not have cell phone coverage. Whichever communication device you decide to carry, make sure you have sufficient power. An alternate power supply is a good idea. If you choose to recreate alone, personal locator beacons are a valuable tool and provide rescuers a better opportunity to find you.


Attached Media Files: SAR
Mon. 06/19/17
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet June 26 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/19/17 5:36 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Serious injury crash results in suspect lodged in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/19/17 3:57 PM
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On June 17, 2017 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a three-vehicle serious injury crash on Highway (Hwy) 20 near milepost (MP) 76 (just east of the Hwy 20/126 junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed vehicle #1, 2016 Kia Optima, was travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The driver of vehicle #1 was unable to control the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane. Vehicle #2, 2016 Kia Sorento, was traveling westbound. The driver of vehicle #2 was able to avoid the collision by driving the vehicle into a ditch. Vehicle #1 then crashed, almost head-on, into westbound vehicle #3 (a 2014 Ford Focus).

Two passengers of vehicle #1 and the driver of vehicle #3 were air transported to St. Charles in Bend in serious condition. The driver and passenger of vehicle #2 were not injured.

On June 18, 2017, Salvador Marcelo Blas turned himself into the Bend Oregon State Police Office as the driver of vehicle #1. Salvador Marcelo Blas was lodged in Linn County. Charges have been filed accusing him of Assault III (x3), Reckless Driving and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver.

The highway was partially closed until approximately 4:00 a.m. All indications show seatbelts were in use by occupants.


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Natural Cover Fire - Reservoir Hill - 6-19-17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 06/19/17 2:47 PM
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Firefighters responded to a small natural cover fire on Reservoir Hill this afternoon. City of Roseburg Firefighters and DFPA promptly extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to approximately a quarter of an acre. The fire appeared to begin in a transient camp. Firefighters would like to remind everyone as the weather conditions become hotter and drier, the potential for fire increases.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.


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Medicaid Advisory Committee seeks oral health care provider member
Oregon Health Authority - 06/19/17 1:48 PM
June 19, 2017

Oregon's Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is looking for oral health care providers interested in helping improve the quality of care for Oregonians. The committee is seeking applicants for a two-year term beginning this fall.

Federal rules require the state to have a Medicaid Advisory Committee. The MAC advises the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program, from the perspective of members and communities. The committee also develops policy recommendations at the request of the Governor and OHA.

Members are appointed by the Governor and can serve two consecutive two-year terms.

The MAC is committed to ensuring that its members represent a diverse group of individuals and that its recommendations represent the populations they are intended to serve. People of color and individuals from all areas of the state are encouraged to apply.

The committee especially seeks individuals with the following qualifications or background:
-- Oral health care providers with current or recent clinical experience, including administrators (e.g., dental directors) with recent or current clinical experience;
-- Individuals who understand Oregon's Medicaid dental delivery system, including coordinated care organizations, dental managed care organizations, and the fee-for-service or open card system.

Members should be able to regularly attend committee meetings, contribute to policy-level discussions about the future of health care in Oregon, and spend one to two hours monthly preparing for meetings, which are held the fourth Wednesday of each month in Salem. Direct travel expenses are reimbursed. Members on occasion can attend via conference line and webinar.

Interested persons can request an application by contacting Amanda Peden at 503-208-1010 or amanda.m.peden@state.or.us. For more information, see the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/hp-mac/pages/index.aspx.

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Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled June 21, 2017
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/19/17 12:12 PM
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Teleconference Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Conference: 888-273-3658
Access Code: 4711910

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda:

1. Minutes of June 9, 2016

2. OAR 259-060-0300 -- Denial/Suspension/Revocation; Request to File Temporary Rule
Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Providers

3. Next Meeting -- To Be Determined


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.
Ross Island Bridge contractor cited for multiple safety violations
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/19/17 10:00 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Abhe & Svoboda Inc. $189,000 for nine safety violations -- two of them willful -- that exposed employees to death or serious injury as they worked on a project to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.

Oregon OSHA cited the violations as the result of an investigation of a Feb. 8, 2017, accident. Each violation, though different in detail, involved the same grave problem: a failure to protect workers from falls that would seriously hurt or kill them.

The accident happened underneath the bridge, where a suspended scaffolding system was installed. An employee was working on an upper deck, 37 feet above a lower platform. He fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who was working directly below on the lower platform. Both employees survived the accident, suffering multiple injuries.

The employee who fell was not protected by a fall protection system, per Oregon OSHA's rules. In fact, an estimated eight employees were exposed to this hazard when the accident occurred, according to the investigation.

The investigation also found:
The company failed to provide proper access to work areas, forcing employees to climb up or down the scaffolding and bridge structure, and to sidestep or step over holes ranging in size from three inches to 24 inches
The company failed to construct and install the scaffolding system according to the minimum bracing requirements, as outlined by professional specifications
Scaffolds and related components were not set up, dismantled, and moved under the direction of a competent person
Employees lacked rest platforms while climbing 37-foot ladders
The company failed to ensure that employees had a work platform that was at least 18 inches wide
Anchorages for fall protection equipment were not installed or used under the supervision of a competent person
Scaffolds were not inspected for visible defects before each work shift by a competent person
A makeshift device -- a wooden step stool -- was used on platforms to increase the working height of employees

During the investigation, the corporate safety manager for Minnesota-based Abhe & Svoboda spoke dismissively of Oregon's workplace safety rules, saying they change too much.

"Each and every year, falls are one of the major sources of serious injury and death in Oregon workplaces," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "There is never a good reason to ignore the need to protect workers from such hazards. Yet, this employer brushed off time-tested fall protection rules that are designed to prevent injuries or deaths."

Oregon OSHA cited two of the nine safety violations as willful: the failure to provide proper access to work areas, which forced employees to climb structures and step over holes, and the failure to follow bracing requirements for the scaffolding. Each willful violation carries the legal maximum penalty of $70,000. A willful violation occurs when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

Seven of the nine violations were cited as serious, each with the maximum penalty of $7,000.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


Attached Media Files: Citation document
Three Corrections Deputies Graduate Academy (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 8:57 AM
From L to R: Deputy DeVore, Deputy Barden, Deputy Ogbin
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On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies graduated from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Corrections academy. Their training included six weeks of classroom and skills training.

The graduates are:

Deputy Daniel Barden

Deputy Randy DeVore

Deputy Kacie Ogbin

Sheriff John Hanlin and members of his command staff attended the graduation ceremony on Friday.

"These deputies have demonstrated dedication to their new profession. They represented the Sheriff's Office and the community we serve well at the academy."

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

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


Attached Media Files: From L to R: Deputy DeVore, Deputy Barden, Deputy Ogbin
Sun. 06/18/17
Pictures - I-5 MP 10 truck crash/Clean up continues (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 06/18/17 1:47 PM
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One lane of northbound I-5 reopened after a semi truck rollover, roughly ten miles north of the California border (five miles south of Ashland, near milepost 10). Expect major delays. Traffic is backed up more than four miles due to the crash. Drive with caution and watch for workers and equipment in the roadway as clean-up efforts continue.


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Single vehicle fatal near Hood River - Wasco County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:22 AM
On June 18, 2018, at approximately 1:45 AM, Oregon State Police and additional emergency workers responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 84 near milepost 73 (Wasco County). The vehicle fire resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle.

Preliminary investigation indicates Jason M. Degeus (age 25 from The Dallas) was traveling eastbound on Highway 84. The vehicle veered off the right shoulder, struck a highway sign, and was shortly engulfed in fire. Emergency workers put out the fire and found Degeus, the only occupant of the vehicle, deceased as a result.

No photos are available at this time.
Bend Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Highway 78 near milepost 64 - Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:18 AM
On June 17, 2017 at 9:02 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle fatality crash, on highway 78 near milepost 64 (Malheur County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford F250 Pickup, operated by Braden Glen FILLMORE, age 20, of Bend, was eastbound when, for unknown reasons, drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the westbound lane of travel and rolled off the westbound shoulder. FILLMORE was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Malheur County Medical Examiner and Burns Ambulance. No photos are available at this time.
Double Fatal Crash on Highway 22 near milepost 41 - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:02 AM
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On June 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle double-fatal head-on crash, on Highway 22 near milepost 41 (Marion County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Toyota Rav 4, operated by William Harold BODDEN, age 84, of Redmond, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 Jeep Patriot, operated by Joyce A. MAST, age 51, of Hillsboro, head-on. BODDEN'S passenger, Diane Theresa BODDEN, age 77, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. William BODDEN was transported via air ambulance and died while in transport to an area hospital. MAST was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Detroit Fire and Rescue and Marion County Medical Examiner. The roadway was blocked for several hours for purposes of the investigation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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