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Tue. 03/26/19
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 16-17
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/26/19 10:02 AM

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 16-17 in Silverton, Oregon.

On April 16, Commissioners will tour Silver Falls State Park. An afternoon training and work session will follow at The Oregon Garden, 985 W. Main Street in Silverton.

On April 17, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the same location to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will follow at 10:15 a.m. The agenda includes requests to:

  • Approve $8.5 million in All-Terrain Vehicle grants recommended by the ATV Grant Subcommittee. Funds would be distributed to 36 projects related to maintaining facilities, trails and riding areas; delivering safety education programs; and providing law enforcement in riding areas.
  • Approve three new members to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee, which reviews safety information, accidents and fatalities from ATV recreation and recommends appropriate safety requirements for riders.
  • Adopt into rule two master plans that guide development and use of park facilities for the next 20 years. One covers Brian Booth State Park in Lincoln County on the coast; the other covers Wallowa County state park properties, including Wallowa Lake State Park.
  • Open administrative rulemaking related to the Oregon Natural Areas Program.

The draft agenda and meeting packet are listed at oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx. People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton burton@oregon.gov">denise.warburton@oregon.gov. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or call 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Tax Fraud (Part 2) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/26/19 10:00 AM
TT - Taxes - part 2 - March 26, 2019 - GRAPHIC
TT - Taxes - part 2 - March 26, 2019 - GRAPHIC

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment.This week: building a digital defense against tax fraud.

Last week we talked about how to spot fraudulent tax preparers. This week – some other scams where criminals are taking advantage of the confusion around the new tax law to dig into your pocketbook.

Fraudsters are always going to target those who are the most trusting or the most fearful. Seniors and vulnerable populations – particularly new immigrants – are especially at risk.

In one scam, victims get calls or emails from someone pretending to be from the IRS. For those with limited English proficiency, the fraudster may even approach the victim in her native language. The fraudsters are even good at spoofing the IRS’ phone number to make it look like a legitimate call.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay right away to avoid arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. The caller often suggests the victim pay the fake debt with gift cards or wire transfers. In some instances, they will demand the victim’s credit or debit card number over the phone to settle the debt immediately.

With regards to any concerns about your taxes, know that the IRS will never initiate contact with you by e-mail, text message, or social media. IRS officials will not call to demand immediate payment, nor will they demand that you pay without the opportunity to ask questions or file an appeal. If the IRS is trying to collect a debt or audit you, they will always attempt to contact you by mail first.

If you have any questions about a suspected fraud, contact the IRS.

Another scam to watch out for involves phishing attacks, and we mean phishing with a “ph”. This kind of fraud involves someone trying to get you to click on a link, photo or attachment in an email, text or post. If you do click on a bad link, you could end up downloading malware onto your computer which opens up all your info (or your clients’ info) to the fraudster. This can happen to both individuals and tax preparers who aren’t careful.

In another version of a phishing scam, the criminal pretends to be an executive at any given company. He sends an email to the HR department requesting employees’ personal information or their W-2’s, allegedly for tax or audit purposes. In some cases, the fraudsters have been able to cause a massive data dump affecting thousands of employees. Bottom line on phishing – don't click!

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Taxes - part 2 - March 26, 2019 - AUDIO , TT - Taxes - part 2 - March 26, 2019 - GRAPHIC

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee Meeting in Brookings Rescheduled for April 4
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 03/26/19 9:44 AM

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be held Thursday, April 4,  at Southwestern Oregon Community College, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, in Brookings. The previous meeting, which had been scheduled for earlier this month, was canceled due to extreme weather and road conditions. 

The committee is made up of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.

Mon. 03/25/19
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets April 1 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 03/25/19 4:20 PM

March 25, 2019

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets April 1 by webinar

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Approve March 4 meeting minutes; make recommendations for the oral health developmental metric; discuss process for updating the set of public health accountability metrics for 2019-21.

When: April 1, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. By conference call at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for the board's consideration.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766, a.beaudrault@dhsoha.state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@dhsoha.state.or.us

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or a.beaudrault@dhsoha.state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Detectives Seek Tips on Weekend Robbery
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/19 2:51 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating an early-morning robbery that occurred over the weekend.  Detectives say it happened at a property where cannabis production is taking place.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 2:12 a.m., JCSO deputies responded to a 911 report of a strong-arm robbery in the 3200-block of Dodge Road.  The occupants were restrained by at least two armed men.  The suspects reportedly stole property from the residence and fled in a vehicle before JCSO deputies arrived.  The suspects were described as white (possibly Hispanic) men, approximately six feet tall, wearing dark clothing and tactical gear.

Detectives say the location was specifically targeted for the robbery; there is no apparent threat to the general public.  No further information is currently available for release due to the ongoing investigation.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area before or after the incident, as well as anyone who may have information relevant to the case.  Tips can be directed to Sergeant Jesse Ainsworth at (541) 774-6816.  Refer to case # 19-5730.


Hospitals Exceed Pledge to Maintain Community Benefit Spending
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/25/19 11:02 AM




Lake Oswego, Ore. – March 25, 2019 – Oregon’s hospitals contributed $2.3 billion in community benefit to the communities they serve in 2017, a record amount. That comes at the same time Oregon has achieved one of the highest rates of healthcare coverage in the nation at close to 95 percent.

“Oregon’s hospitals made a commitment to community benefit in 2015, knowing that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would change the landscape and reduce the number of Oregonians without coverage with the expansion of the Medicaid program,” said Andy Van Pelt, OAHHS Executive Vice President. “We are proud they have maintained that commitment.”

While much of hospitals’ community benefit contribution comes as underpayment for delivered care (for example, Medicaid reimburses hospitals for 68 percent of their cost), that is just one component. Here are some others, many of which address the social determinants of health, and their 2017 total expenditure:

  • Charity Care: $196 million
  • Community Health Improvement Programs: $43 million
  • Community Health and Clinical Research: $63 million
  • Health Professions Education: $216 million.

Roberta Duenas of Rogue River is just one of the thousands of Oregonians who have been helped by an Oregon hospital’s commitment to community benefit. Duenas, 66, said that before she became an Oregon Health Plan member, she received assistance with her bill at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “Without that help and then the coverage from Medicaid, I don’t know where I’d be,” she said.

Hospitals are keenly aware of the increase in charity care spending in recent years. This follows an initial drop in charity care spending during the first few years of the ACA, as more Oregonians obtained coverage.

“We know that many Oregonians struggle with healthcare access,” said Van Pelt. “Hospitals have long been part of the conversation to make improvements to our community benefit system, including simplifying the process and greater transparency.”

Van Pelt said he hopes that any statewide changes to community benefit will reflect that collaborative spirit.

In the meantime, Van Pelt said hospitals will continue their commitment to the state’s needy and to their investment in the communities they serve.

Click here to read a comprehensive report on Oregon hospitals’ community benefit activity.




Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1635/123105/FINAL_Community_Benefit_Media_Advisory_032519.docx

Deputies Begin Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/19 10:50 AM
File - DUII crash 8/22/17
File - DUII crash 8/22/17

JACKSON COUNTY – While many families are heading out on road trips for Spring Break 2019, Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies are working to keep those roads safe.  From Monday, March 25, to Sunday, March 31, extra deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.

Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads leading to destinations such as lakes, campgrounds, and winter recreation areas.  Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to look for impaired drivers without taking away from normal calls for service.  It is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Deputies say prevention is the key – follow these tips to help ensure you have a safe spring break:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving – choose only one and stick to it.
  • WEED WARNING: Even though the recreational use of marijuana is legal for adults in Oregon, it is not legal (or safe) to drive while impaired by the drug.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you head out, know how you’re getting home. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired and your ride falls through, use a taxi or rideshare service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other transportation arrangements or offer them a place to stay.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.

Deputies also remind drivers to buckle up and put their cell phones away. Have a safe and fun spring break!


Attached Media Files: File - DUII crash 8/22/17

Fri. 03/22/19
Update Names Released - Armed Robbery suspects attempt to elude, crash vehicle, and one person dies - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/19 4:23 PM

The operator of the vehicle that sustained fatal injuries is being identified as Amber Mosey (30) of St. Helens, OR

Passengers are identified as Carmen Lewis (31) of Eugene and Christopher Arrington (35) of Portland.

No further information is available for release at this time.

On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:21 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers located a vehicle reported stolen from Eugene on Interstate 5 in the Albany area.  The vehicle and the occupants were also of interest in multiple armed robberies in the Eugene area. 

Troopers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle attempted to elude.  The vehicle lost control on Hochspeier Road near the intersection of Hwy 164 (Jefferson Highway) milepost 1 just north of the City of Jefferson and rolled several times. 

One occupant of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Two other occupants were transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. 

A criminal investigation continues into the occupants of the vehicle for multiple armed robberies by the Eugene Police Department. 

The single vehicle crash is being investigated by Marion County Sheriff's Office with a crash reconstruction team made up of OSP, Marion County S.O. and Keizer Police Department. 

Media inquiries regarding the Eugene Police criminal investigation contact the Eugene PD PIO at 541-682-5124 or 541-682-5197. 

Media inquires regarding the crash investigation in Marion County contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO at 503-584-6276.

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1002/123066/20190321_213423.jpg

Health officials report two new cases of measles from Marion County exposure
Oregon Health Authority - 03/22/19 3:10 PM

March 22, 2019

Media contacts

Delia Hernandez, Oregon Health Authority, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, Multnomah County, 503-709-9858, inghetti@multco.us">julie.sullivan-springhetti@multco.us

Tim Heider, Clackamas County, 503-742-5911, theider@clackamas.us

Katrina Rothenberger, Marion County, 503-588-5621, othenberger@co.marion.or.us">krothenberger@co.marion.or.us

Health officials report two new cases of measles from Marion County exposure

A Multnomah County and a Clackamas County resident have been diagnosed with the measles.

The two cases stem from an outbreak that began in Marion County, where two people have tested positive for measles. This outbreak is unrelated to a large outbreak that began in Clark County, Wash., in January.

The Clackamas County resident had previously visited a Salem missionary training school, Youth With a Mission, during the same time as an Illinois resident who was contagious with measles.

“The spread of this disease in Oregon is a sobering reminder of how this virus can travel,” said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at OHA. “So, if you haven’t already, make sure all adults and children in your household are up-to-date on vaccines.”


The Oregon residents visited the following locations while contagious with measles:

Find a complete list of all Oregon public exposures on the OHA website at healthoregon.org/measles.

Who to call

Public health officials urge people not to arrive unannounced at a medical office, if:

  1. They are not immune AND
  2. They have been exposed within the previous 21 days AND
  3. They have symptoms of measles (such as fever, cough, red eyes or rash).

First, call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

People with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their county health department.

About measles

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.

After someone contracts measles, illness develops in about two weeks, but people can be contagious up to four days before they get a rash.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles as soon as they feel sick until up to four days after the rash starts. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left the area.

You are considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:

  • You were born before 1957.
  • Your physician has diagnosed you with measles.
  • A blood test proves that you are immune.
  • You have had two doses of measles vaccine.

The measles vaccine, known as MMR, is safe and very effective. Almost everyone with two MMR vaccines has long-term protection against measles.

For more information on measles for the public, please visit the OHA measles webpage or see answers to common questions about measles in English and other languages here: Winter 2019 Measles Outbreak: Frequently Asked Questions.

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Visit the Ideas Booth for a Chance to Take the Stage at TEDxPortland on April 27 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/22/19 1:23 PM

Ideas Booth returns to the Oregon Historical Society March 22 – April 2, 2019

Portland, OR – March 22, 2019 – The Oregon Historical Society is excited to partner once again with TEDxPortland on the Ideas Booth to crowd-source an Idea Worth Spreading for TEDxPortland Year 9!

Created in 2018 and unique to TEDxPortland, community members can visit the Ideas Booth at the Oregon Historical Society for a chance to join the TEDxPortland stage – a platform that has hosted names including Ann Curry, Macklemore, and Colin O’Brady. The Ideas Booth will be accepting ideas from March 22 through April 2 and is open during regular Oregon Historical Society museum hours. All visitors to the Ideas Booth will also receive free admission to visit the Oregon Historical Society!

After overwhelming success last year — with over 250 submissions — not one, but two speakers were selected to take the TEDxPortland stage at the Keller Auditorium. Steve Eberlein and Kristine Napper were the two speakers selected from the Ideas Booth to share their Idea with over 3,000 people.

For Eberlein, whose Talk motivated him to launch a preparedness communications consultancy that specializes in earthquakes, the Ideas Booth truly changed his life:

“From the moment that I entered the TEDxPortland office, the team was there to support me, to challenge me, to cheer for me, and to guide me toward making the most of my nine minutes on stage,” said Eberlein. “I expected TEDxPortland to only be an event. As it turns out, I was indoctrinated into a family of like-minded individuals who share a high tolerance for risk, a low tolerance for egos, a generosity of spirit and, above all, a healthy dose of courage. In December, I doubled down on myself by resigning from my job of ten years to launch my own enterprise. The Ideas Booth was the first door of opportunity. Now I’m in the business of creating my own doors.”

This year, the TEDxPortland stage has room for one more person — and it could be you!

About the Ideas Booth:


Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97205

Days / Hours of Operation: 

Friday, March 22 through Tuesday, April 2

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Sunday, 12pm – 5pm


Share your Idea through the StoryTap platform in 90 seconds or less. If your Idea is chosen, you will be selected to present on stage at the Keller Auditorium on April 27 in front of 3,000+ attendees. The selected speaker will receive a speaker coach and a professional graphic designer to assist with visuals.

About the Oregon Historical Society

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

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/2861/123080/TEDxPortland_Booth_Interior.jpg , 2019-03/2861/123080/TEDxPortland_Booth_Exterior.jpg

Armed Robbery at US Bank in Cloverdale--Update #2 Suspects Photos (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/19 12:56 PM

Update #2

Photos have been added for Buswell and Maughan. The photos are courtesy of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and were taken March 21,2019 when they were lodged.



Update #1

The male suspect has been identified as Matthew G. Buswell, age 36, from the Keizer/Salem area. Buswell was lodged at the Tillamook County Jail on the following charges:

—Robbery 1(A-Felony)

—Felon In Possession of a Firearm (C-Felony)

—Unlawful Use of Firearm (C-Felony) 2 counts

—Theft I (C-Felony)

—Menacing (A-Misdemeanor) 3 counts 

—Tampering with Evidence (A-Misdemeanor)

The female suspect was identified as Cassandra Maughan, age 34, from Keizer. Maughan was lodged at the Tillamook County Jail on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (B-Felony).

Keizer Police Department also assisted the investigation.


On March 21, 2019 at approximately 11:30 AM, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police (Tillamook) responded to an armed robbery at the US Bank in Cloverdale.

When units arrived the suspects had fled the scene. The suspects were located after a short pursuit on a forest service road off Sandlake Road where they struck an Oregon State Police vehicle. Two suspects were taken into custody after a gun fire exchange. The suspects were transported to a local hospital for evaluation from the crash but there were no other injuries reported. Both male and female suspects were from the Salem/Keizer area.

We will not be releasing the names of the officers or the suspects at this time. Tillamook County Sheriff’s is the lead investigating agency and Oregon State Police will be releasing any additional news updates. Tillamook Police Department and FBI-Salem are also assisting in the case. No photos are available.


Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1002/123057/6D870540-E137-4C4A-AD37-EC14E75553F4.jpeg , 2019-03/1002/123057/80AFAC9C-55A2-4D63-9E6D-6FC4BD7481A7.jpeg

Name Correction - Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 97 near Redmond - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 03/22/19 11:02 AM

Michael Cucura IV (36) from Redmond

On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:46 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 125, just south of Redmond in Deschutes County.

Preliminary investigation determined that a silver Honda Pilot, operated by Sara Edwards (19) of Redmond, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97 when she attempted to avoid a vehicle that was entering Hwy 97 from the Desert Terrace Mobile Estates.  Edwards lost control of her vehicle and slid into the northbound lanes and collided with a Mack Concrete Pumping Truck, operated by Michael Cucura IV (36) from Redmond.

Edwards sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Cucura sustained minor injuries.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone that witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 1-800-442-0776 or OSP.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department, Redmond Fire Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

Oregon State Police looking for any information regarding Josephine County woman missing since March 2017
Oregon State Police - 03/22/19 11:00 AM

Oregon State Police is looking for anyone with any information with regards to the March 2, 2017 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Mericle.

Oregon State Police has been investigating this disappearance and is again reaching out to the public for assistance.

Kimberly Mericle was last seen in the Williams, OR area on or about March 2, 2017.  Her vehicle a red Isuzu Rodeo has been located.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Mericle please contact Detective Cory Sweet at 541-618-7982 or the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111 and refer case number SP17-153979

Picture and Oregon State Police Missing Person Bulletin attached.

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1002/123058/OSP_MissingPerson.Mericle.pdf

DPSST Private Investigator Subcommittee Meeting Canceled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/19 9:07 AM

DPSST Private Investigator Subcommittee


For Immediate Release                                        

March 22, 2019

Contact:                Mona Riesterer  

Notice of Meeting Cancelation

The Private Investigator Subcommittee has canceled their meeting scheduled on April 3, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

The next meeting TBA.


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 Private Investigator Subcommittee 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.

Coffee with a Cop at Rainey's Corner (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/19 8:34 AM
CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19
CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19

Corrected to clarify location at Rainey’s Corner.

WHITE CITY – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) invites local residents to chat over a cup of coffee this Saturday.  The “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 23, 2019, at Rainey’s Corner, 4865 Highway 234.

JCSO plans "Coffee with a Cop" events quarterly, hosted by local businesses around the county.  The informal, family-friendly setting allows locals to interact with deputies when they aren’t busy with emergencies, investigations, and other duties.  There is no charge to attend and partake in coffee; attendees have the option to purchase food or other items on their own.

“Coffee with a Cop” originated in 2011 in Hawthorne, Calif., as a way for local law enforcement officers to engage with community members.  Since then, the idea has spread across the United States and beyond.

Those who are interested can learn more about “Coffee with a Cop” at https://coffeewithacop.com .  For more information on local efforts, contact Sgt. Julie Denney at (541) 770-8927


Attached Media Files: CWC Flyer , CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19

Driver in Critical Condition after DUII Crash (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 03/22/19 8:05 AM
Crash Scene
Crash Scene

On 032119 at about 7:12 p.m., officers and medical personnel were dispatched to a two vehicle collision on East McAndrews Road, just east of Brookdale Avenue. Medford Fire-Rescue were first to arrive on scene and were tending to the driver, and sole occupant, of a white 2014 Audi R8. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and unconscious. Medford Fire-Rescue were able to extracate him and he was taken to the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 2005 Ford F350, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The investigation revealed both vehicles were traveling eastbound on McAndrews Road, and witnesses reported the Audi as traveling at a very high rate of speed prior to the crash. The Audi lost control and struck the rear end of the Ford F330.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the Audi, 45 year old James Burton, was under the influence of intoxicants. 

Burton remains in critical condition as of 7:00 a.m. on March 22nd, 2019. 

The driver of the Ford F350, a 29 year old male, was treated for his injuries. 

The road was opened back up at 10:30 p.m.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., while officers were still investigating the crash scene, a vehicle drove around barricades and ignored commands to stop, as the vehicle attempted to drive through the scene. The driver was eventually stopped and determined to be under the influence of intoxicants. Jeremy Lee Tyler-Acree, 36, was arrested for DUII, Driving while Suspended, and Reckless Driving. This is completely unrelated to the original DUII injury crash. 

Attached Media Files: Crash Scene

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for April 5 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/19 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 5 in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Classroom Conference Room, ODFW HQ Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will open with a 90 minute work session for the continued development of a long-range strategic plan.

The business meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Items to be discussed: an update about the potential development of a new non-profit dedicated to the development of the Salmonberry Trail, and updates about potential partners interested in trail development along the section of Salmonberry corridor in their communities.

The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor that follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks. The proposed route connects eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the Oregon Coast Range.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Dennis Wiley at least three days in advance.

Thu. 03/21/19
Santiam Park Fire 100% lined, 189 acres (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/19 5:29 PM

Lyons, Ore. – The Santiam Park Fire, reported Tuesday afternoon near the North Santiam State Recreational Area off Highway 22, is 100 percent lined and remains at 189 acres.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No structures have been lost and no injuries reported.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Command transitioned Incident Commanders today, with Allison Blair stepping in for Blake Ellis.  

“Taking over the fire as Incident Commander at this stage is very humbling,” Blair said, “seeing the dedication of our firefighters and staff reminds us why we’re here; to ensure we leave the land in the best, safest condition for the landowners. This isn’t the glamorous part of the job, but it is vital to the community we serve.”

Favorable weather conditions are aiding over 100 personnel in fire suppression efforts. Today, crews from Coffee Creek Female Correctional Facility and the Willamette National Forest joined ODF and private contract crews on the fire line. Focused on finding and extinguishing hot spots and strengthening containment lines, crews are steadily progressing toward the interior of the fire.

Given much of the fire is in a high public use area, rehabilitating the land for future public use is a priority and a practice in good stewardship.

Resources engaged on the fire include 4 engines, 2 tenders, a dozer and multiple hand crews. The Type 2 helicopter used during initial and extended attack was released late Wednesday afternoon to Washington Department of Natural Resources.  


Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1072/123059/Coffee_Creek_action_shot.jpg , 2019-03/1072/123059/ODF_rig_at_Santiam_Park_Fire_line.jpg , 2019-03/1072/123059/Coffee_Creek_crew_on_Santiam_Park_Fire_line.jpg

Acting Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order to Ensure Public Access is Considered in Land Transactions
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/21/19 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a secretarial order directing that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adequately weigh public access for outdoor recreation – including hunting and fishing – when determining the appropriateness of the disposal or exchange of public lands. Identifying lands as available for disposal or exchange is required under federal law.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) directs the BLM to identify lands for potential disposal or exchange, using a public process and with state and county involvement. BLM has carried out these provisions revising land use plans and disposal since 1976. However, the BLM’s criteria do not require the agency to weigh public access considerations for outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, hiking, etc.).

Secretarial Order 3373, Evaluating Public Access in BLM Land Disposals and Exchanges directs the BLM to – for the first time ever – formally consider what impact the disposal or exchange of any BLM land will have on the public’s ability to access federal lands for recreation.

“This order will help ensure that the Bureau of Land Management considers public access to public lands,” said Acting Secretary David Bernhardt. “It requires that before the BLM exchanges or disposes of any land, they must first consider what impact the disposal or exchange of land will have on public access. The Trump Administration will continue to prioritize access so that people can hunt, fish, camp, and recreate on our public lands.” 

“Sportsmen and women across the West will benefit from this Interior Department action to sustain and enhance recreational access to BLM public lands,” said Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “In some places, there are small parcels of BLM land that serve as the only means of nearby access to hunting and fishing or as the only access points to adjoining public lands managed by other agencies. The Secretarial Order will ensure that key parcels are valued for this recreational access and help keep these lands in the public’s hands.”

“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation commends Acting Secretary Bernhardt for prioritizing hunting and fishing access in BLM land tenure decisions,” said Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “As Chairman of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, I look forward to working closely with the Interior Department to implement this important Secretarial Order on behalf of America’s sportsmen and women.”

“The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies supports the latest Secretarial Order (SO) for recreation on BLM public lands,” said Ed Carter, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “Getting the American public outside to recreate, on federal public lands, is important to fostering a healthy public and one that supports conservation. This SO ensures due diligence unto that end."

“Access to our Nation’s vast public lands is of utmost importance, because where hunting and fishing happen, conservation happens,” said Timothy C. Brady, President of the Boone and Crockett Club. “While the founders of the Boone and Crockett Club pioneered the development of the public land system Americans enjoy today, we must constantly work to improve access to public lands for a multitude of shared uses. This order that Acting Secretary Bernhardt has signed will help do just that. We commend him on his efforts in making access a priority. Thanks to his leadership, this necessity is finally becoming a reality.”

“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was happy to provide input and enthusiastically supports the decision of Acting Secretary Bernhardt for the BLM to consider recreational public access for hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational shooting in its decision-making process for disposal or exchange of lands,” said Kyle Weaver, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

"We applaud this secretarial order by Acting Secretary Bernhardt that ensures access to our public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management,” said Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Recreational access to our public lands is of the utmost importance to sportsmen and women and the future of hunting."

“Access to quality hunting and fishing lands is always a challenge, particularly in the West where access to some of the best mule deer hunting is blocked due to checkerboard public/private lands,” said Miles Moretti, President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation. “By requiring the Bureau of Land Management to consider recreational access before making decisions about disposal or exchange, Secretarial Order 3373 will benefit hunters that depend on the agency’s lands for their recreational pursuits. The Mule Deer Foundation appreciates Acting Secretary Bernhardt and his team for their ongoing efforts on behalf of sportsmen and women conservationists.”

About Secretarial Order 3373

Secretarial Order 3373 directs the BLM to ensure that when identifying BLM-managed public lands as available for disposal the increase or decrease of public access for outdoor recreation – including hunting and fishing – will be one of the factors considered in determining the appropriateness of the disposal or exchange.

Secretarial Order 3373 directs the consideration of public access opportunities in all ongoing Resource Management Plan (RMP) revisions to ensure recreation access is evaluated using the following criteria:

  • If a tract of BLM land is contiguous to public lands managed by another Federal agency or state, BLM will consult with the respective management agency to coordinate how best to ensure continued or improved public access to the adjoining tracts;
  • The BLM will evaluate the benefits of public access when considering future disposal actions, making it a requirement to identify alternatives to the public access that would be lost as a result of the BLM’s final action;
  • When a tract of BLM-managed land being is considered for disposal and has been identified as providing public access, the public access will be characterized for evaluation purposes as one of the value criteria supporting retention; and
  • The BLM will ensure recreational public access to existing public lands is a factor when considering parcels resulting from an exchange.

Secretarial Order 3373 directs the BLM, when preparing documentation supporting the disposal or exchange of a tract of land, to include a discussion of the following in any decision document:

  • Existing recreational access that is utilized by the public or provided by road, trail, water, easement, or right-of-way, on the tract of BLM-managed public land being considered for disposal or exchange;
  • The impacts from the BLM-managed public land disposal or exchange decisions on recreational access to adjacent tracts of publicly accessible lands, including lands managed by other federal, state, and county agencies; and
  • Potential increased public recreational access to existing public lands resulting from an exchange.

UPDATE - Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 99 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/19 4:00 PM

The driver is identified as Kevin Majoros (24) of Central Point.

On Monday, March 18, 2019 at approximately 12:18 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99 near milepost 10.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1987 Toyota pickup truck failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, and came to rest in Birdseye Creek. 

The male driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Rogue River Fire District, Rogue River PD, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1002/122942/20190318_014641.jpg , 2019-03/1002/122942/20190318_014627.jpg

Correcting Location: I-5 NB Cantaloupe Fire Aftermath (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/21/19 3:04 PM

WOLF CREEK- NB slow lane at MP 76 still closed. Truck and fruit appear to be a total loss.

Correcting locatiob,

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1202/123048/cantaloupe_truck_fire_aftermath.jpg

Safety tips for your spring visit to the Oregon coast (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/21/19 12:36 PM
Oswald West State Park
Oswald West State Park

Longer days and warmer temperatures herald the return of spring to the Oregon coast, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reminds visitors to be safe while exploring the shoreline.

"People are so excited for the spring sunshine that sometimes safety takes a back seat," says Lisa Stevenson, OPRD beach ranger. "But preparation and common sense go a long way to keeping you safe on the coast."

Stevenson lists several tips for ensuring your trip to coast is a safe one:

  • Always keep one eye on the ocean so you won't be caught off guard if a bigger wave surges up the beach. These "sneaker waves" are unpredictable, powerful and especially dangerous for children.
  • Stay away from logs on the wet sand or in the surf. These logs can weigh several tons and can be moved by only a few inches of water. The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it over you.
  • Be careful on cliffs and rocks. They can be unstable due to erosion. Stay on marked trails and do not climb over fences. Both are there to keep you safe.
  • Know when the tide is coming in, especially when exploring tidepools. It's easy to become stranded by the incoming tide when your attention is elsewhere. You can keep track of tides with a tide table; pick one up for free at an Oregon State Park or at many coastal businesses.
  • Be wary of rip currents; the fast-moving water channels can quickly carry even the strongest swimmers away from shore. If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm! Rip currents are narrow channels of water; swim parallel to the shore to escape them, then swim back to land at an angle.
  • Ocean water temperatures can still be chilly, despite the higher temps on land. Don’t overextend your ocean swim, especially during evening hours. Periodically return to the beach to dry off and warm up.

For more Oregon coast safety information, watch the new Cape Kiwanda State Park safety video.

Attached Media Files: Oswald West State Park , Harris Beach State Park , Fort Stevens State Park , Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Oregon Department of Human Services Notifies Public of Data Breach
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/21/19 12:19 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services uncovered a phishing incident that affected e-mail records at the department. Unfortunately, Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was compromised and potentially exposed.

The agency has hired an outside entity, IDExperts, to perform a forensic review to clarify the number and identities of Oregonians whose information was exposed, and the specific kinds of information involved.

The Department of Human Services takes privacy and the confidentiality of client information seriously and has strong information technology security processes in place, which enabled the department to detect and contain the incident. The department cannot confirm that any clients’ personal information was acquired from its email system or used inappropriately. However, it is notifying the public because information was accessible to an unauthorized person or persons.

Although DHS has not confirmed that clients’ personal information was acquired during the incident, DHS considers the incident a breach under Oregon’s Identity Theft Protection Act (ORS 646A.600 to 646A.628). Therefore, this notification is provided in part as a substitute notice of a breach under Oregon’s Identity Theft Protection Act, because the class of affected consumers exceeds 350,000.

The facts are summarized below, along with protective measures the department has taken since discovering the incident and general guidance on protecting personal information.

What happened?

On January 28, 2019 DHS and Enterprise Security Office Cyber Security team confirmed that a breach of regulated information had occurred. Nine individual employees opened a phishing email and clicked on a link that compromised their email mailboxes and allowed access to these employees’ email information. Current information indicates on January 8th, a spear phishing email was sent to DHS employees. Through our process of discovery, we learned that there were nearly 2 million emails in those email mailboxes.

The unauthorized access to the affected email mailboxes was successfully stopped. DHS is in the process of thoroughly reviewing the incident and the information involved. This investigation includes clarifying the number of impacted records that might contain personal information of clients receiving services from DHS. 

What information was involved?

Clients’ Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was accessible to an unauthorized person. Client information may include first and last names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, case number and other information used to administer DHS programs.

What is the Department of Human Services doing?

The security and confidentiality of personal information is critical to the Department of Human Services. While there is no indication that any personal information was copied from its email system or used inappropriately, the department will be offering identity theft recovery services for impacted individuals.  DHS is in the process of determining whose information was affected by this breach. Once confirmed, IDExperts will send individual notices to identified individuals, including notices to clients whose HIPAA-protected information was involved, with instructions on how to register for the service, which includes free credit monitoring.

Need more information?

DHS will provide updates as more information is known.

IDExperts has established a toll-free information line which will be available Friday (March 22, 2019) at (800) 792-1750 to assist DHS clients with more information. There is also an established website with information. http://ide.myidcare.com/oregonDHS

Concerned DHS clients may contact all three national consumer reporting agencies, including for a copy of a current credit report, at:

Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian

Website: AnnualCreditReport.com

Phone 877-322-8228 (Option 1)

Mailing Address:


Annual Credit Report Request Service

P.O. Box 105281

Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Credit freeze: Consumers, including potentially affected DHS clients, have the option to freeze their credit reports for free. Parents may request a freeze of the credit report of a DHS client who is a child under the age of 16. The guardian, conservator, or person holding a valid power of attorney for a DHS client may also request a credit report freeze for that DHS client. Below is each company’s freeze contact information:

Equifax, (800) 349-9960 (Automated, Option 1) or (888) 298-0045 (Live)

TransUnion, (888) 909-8872 (Option 3)

Experian, (888) 397-3742 (Option 1 followed by Option 2)

As always, DHS clients are encouraged to report suspected identity theft to law enforcement, including the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

For information on how to report suspected identity theft and for information about protecting your identity, visit:

The Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, which can be found online at: https://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer-protection/id-theft-data-breaches/data-breaches/

Federal Trade Commission consumer information on Privacy, Identity & Online Security, which can be found online at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity-online-security

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Attached Media Files: 2019-03/973/123037/Final_News_Release_3_21_19.pdf

Photos- I-5 Exit 76 Sunny Valley truck fire (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/21/19 11:42 AM

Sunny Valley-  Crews  are still at the scene of a semi fire northbound at Sunny Valley.  It is carrying cantaloupe.

NB slow lane still blocked. 

Attached Media Files: 2019-03/1202/123034/959D264E-53A4-459C-9B89-222932B577C7.jpeg , 2019-03/1202/123034/A89C88C3-BE60-4B91-AC04-212DE7BD57EB.jpeg , 2019-03/1202/123034/129428ED-16FF-4FC3-88B7-B518233EA0F2.jpeg , 2019-03/1202/123034/DEB2DE22-9B9C-4567-8F72-D11329E53CB2.jpeg

Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community meets March 22
Oregon Health Authority - 03/21/19 11:26 AM

March 21, 2019

Media contact: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community meets March 22

What: A public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community.

Agenda: Learning session presented by OHSU’s IMPACT team to understand key elements necessary for successful integration of recovery peers within a medical setting.

When: March 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Details: The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges. Its focus is on peer-delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, see the RBHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/BHP/Pages/Regional-Collaboratives.aspx

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

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or email .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Information on Missing Myrtle Creek Man (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/19 11:08 AM
Justin Grant Bibow DMV photo
Justin Grant Bibow DMV photo

UPDATED RELEASE 03/21/2019 9:00 AM

RIDDLE, Ore. - On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 11:46 am, the Sheriff's Office was alerted by a citizen that a Dodge pickup had been found burned approximately 6 miles up West Fork Cow Creek Road outside of Riddle. 

Deputies and investigators from the Sheriff's Office arrived and determined the vehicle to be that of Justin Grant Bibow, who had previously been reported missing. After searching the area, Bibow was located deceased away from the vehicle. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is continuing its investigation into the death. Foul play does not appear to be a factor. 

Next of kin has been notified. 


MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public regarding a missing Myrtle Creek man. 

29 year-old Justin Grant Bibow last had contact with family and friends on Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was reported missing to the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, March 12th at 3:40 PM. 

Deputies have been investigating the report and have entered Bibow into a nationwide database as missing. Attempts to locate Bibow have been unsuccessful. Deputies have learned that prior to being reported as a missing person, a Salem Police Officer (Oregon) conducted a computerized records check on Bibow on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 2:27 AM. Bibow could possibly still be in the Salem, Oregon area. 

Bibow is described as 5'10'' 320 lbs with hazel eyes and brown hair. He is associated with a white 2016 Dodge Ram Cummins pickup with Oregon license plate 850JTM. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement and reference Douglas County Sheriff's Office Case #19-1136.

Attached Media Files: Justin Grant Bibow DMV photo , Bibow's pickup , DCSO Missing Person Flyer

Department of Revenue urges you to keep alert for tax scams
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/21/19 11:00 AM

It’s never safe to let down your guard, warns the Oregon Department of Revenue. Scam tactics are always evolving and becoming more effective. Scammers try many different methods to trick people into giving them personal information or money.

The best way for taxpayers to make payments directly to the Department of Revenue is through Revenue Online. It’s secure and includes all the information necessary to ensure the payment is properly applied to the correct account. Go directly to oregon.gov/dor to find Revenue Online. Payment providers may provide links that appear to take you to the government site, but just end up taking you to another area of the provider’s site.

Scams mainly come in the form of a phone call, email, or standard mail. Here are some tips to help you identify scam attempts.

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be representatives of the Oregon Department of Revenue or other tax officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill and may use threats or a sense of urgency to con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The Department of Revenue never uses methods like these when making calls. Hang up on suspicious phone calls. No matter how urgent a message makes a situation sound, you can always hang up, call the Department of Revenue at their published phone numbers [(503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free)], and know that you’re dealing with an actual government employee.


  • Scammers send letters. Letters often contain legitimate logos, addresses, and phone numbers to fool you. Sometimes, these letters expose themselves as scams through blurry logos, misspellings, and poor grammar. Letters are usually in the form of a fake tax bill or claiming an error with your account. Letters from the Department of Revenue will have information that is verifiable through our website and every letter is printed with an identification number in the upper right corner.
  • Scammers set up fake websites. Some scams that start as unsolicited calls or letters may also try to send you to fake websites. These websites are designed to look like and official federal or state agency site. Remember that the Oregon Department of Revenue’s web address will always begin with an “https://” designation and be from the “.gov” extension. Look for these in the web address when entering financial information to make sure you’re dealing with us directly.

For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you’re a victim of identity theft, visit:

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

April is STEM Month with Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington, Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 03/21/19 7:00 AM
GSOSW STEM Month Patch
GSOSW STEM Month Patch

April is STEM Month with Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington, Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Signature STEM Event Spotlight: OMSI Family Science Night, April 15, 2019

Portland, Ore. – March 21, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) kicks off science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Month in April. STEM Month is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Throughout the month of April, GSOSW will offer more than 25 STEM workshops, creating a capacity for over 600 Girl Scouts to participate in specialized STEM activities in the areas of:

  • Astronomy
  • Building Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Ecosystems
  • Chemistry
  • Habitat
  • Math
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Science
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Wildlife
  • Citizen Science
  • Women Engineers

“First Tech is an enthusiastic supporter of Girl Scouts’ efforts to empower and elevate young women everywhere,” says Nicole Frisch, Senior Director for Community Engagement at First Tech Federal Credit Union. “We’re delighted to support STEM Month and the development of our community’s next generation of thinkers, leaders, and innovators.”

STEM Month Challenge and STEM Month Patch

By participating in STEM Month activities, including OMSI Family Science Night and STEM Day, Girl Scouts will have completed part of the STEM Month Challenge and can earn a STEM Month fun patch. Girls can complete the STEM Month challenge by filling out a survey on the GSOSW website to tell us more about how they participated in Girl Scout STEM Month and how they will use what they’ve learned to make a difference in their community.

Featured Event: OMSI Family Science Night for Girl Scouts

On April 15, 2019, Girl Scouts—as well as their family members and friends—have the opportunity to enjoy a signature STEM event: OMSI Family Science Night. Attendees can explore popular exhibit halls, visit the physics and life science labs and see OMSI's featured exhibit, the Science Behind Pixar.

“OMSI Family Science Night is our largest Girl Scout STEM event of the year! It’s an opportunity for girls to immerse themselves in STEM with hundreds of other Girl Scouts and learn new skills,” says Shannon Joseph, STEM Specialist for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girl Scouts can complete steps toward earning badges based on the exhibits, ranging in topics from resource conservation, like saving water and energy, to bug diversity to digital movie making. While girls are having fun exploring new STEM interests in OMSI’s exhibits, this event also helps them develop confidence in their STEM skills and abilities which in turn helps them understand the importance and relevance of STEM to people and society.”

OMSI Family Science Night is generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and the Epping Family Foundation.

NEW This Year

New STEM opportunities this year include a way for Girl Scouts to participate in National Citizen Science Day with our new partners at NASA GLOBE Observer. Girl Scouts can explore STEM in the outdoors on one of GSOSW’s properties at the foothills of Mt. Hood, by learning how to collect and submit data about clouds, land cover and mosquito habitat mapping.

About OMSI Family Science Night for Girl Scouts

WHO: Up to 1,000 girls in kindergarten through grade 12 and their family members and friends; Troop Leaders | Volunteers | STEM Professionals

WHAT: Fourth Annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry-OMSI Family Science Night with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington; Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and the Epping Family Foundation

WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry–OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, Ore. 97214

REGISTRATION: Community event open to registered Girl Scouts, their family members and friends. All attendees must register for this event. Please visit http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/sf-events-repository/2019/oregon-museum-of-science-and-industry--omsi--family-science-nigh.html to register.

PARKING: There is limited parking at the facility and street parking nearby. Parking cost is included in admission. Carpooling is encouraged.

Interested Media—Please R.S.V.P.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s STEM Program Specialist, Shannon Joseph and Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe, as well as Girl Scouts, will be available on-site for media interviews at OMSI Family Science Night.

Interested media should R.S.V.P. to communications@girlscoutsosw.org.

Featured Event: Girl Scout STEM Day (Medford, Ore.)

On April 27, 2019, Girl Scout STEM Day will take place at GSOSW’s Medford Service Center. This expo-style event will highlight STEM opportunities and careers for local Girl Scouts throughout Southern Oregon by inviting community partners, including Wildlife Images and the Southern Oregon Skywatchers, to host a table with an interactive STEM activity. The event includes a show put on by Wildlife Safari, to showcase careers in wildlife and highlight the importance of wildlife conservation.

Full List of STEM Month Activities

LEGO EV3 Robotics: Mission to Mars, April 6
Race Car Challenge with Rebel Bricks, April 6
Super Sticky Stuff with Mad Science, April 6
Girls Engage Technology with Saturday Academy, April 6
Tech Expert with Microsoft, April 6
Zoo Evening Safari at the Oregon Zoo, April 6
Entertainment Technology with Saturday Academy, April 7
Super Sticky Stuff with Mad Science, April 10
Zoo Snooze at the Oregon Zoo, April 12-13
STREAM Girls Cadette Spring Day Trip, April 13
Digital Media Studio: Movie Maker, April 13
Raptors of the Gorge at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, April 13
Scent-sational Animals at Wildlife Safari, April 13
Minecraft Build Challenge with Microsoft, April 13
Girl Scout Citizen Science Day with NASA GLOBE Observer, April 13
Zoo Evening Safari at the Oregon Zoo, April 13
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Family Science Night, April 15
SPICE-ing It Up: External Combustion Engines with Spice Science, April 20
Harry Potter Kano Coding with Microsoft, April 20
Entertainment Technology with Saturday Academy, April 20
Zoo Snooze at the Oregon Zoo, April 26-27
STREAM Girls Junior Covered Wagon Campout, April 26-28
Girl Scout STEM Day, April 27
Science Saturday: STEM Family Fun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, April 27
Make your own Movies with 3D and Mixed Reality, April 27
iFLY STEM Experience, April 28
iFLY STEM Experience, April 28

Girl Scouts can register for STEM Month activities online at http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/activities/activities-list.html. QUESTIONS? Please email activities@girlscoutsosw.org.

Prospective community STEM partners can learn more at: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/activities/program-partners.html.

About Girl Scouts Committment to STEM Programming

To learn more about GSOSW’s STEM programming, please see: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/STEM.

Girl Scouts of the USA’s STEM Pledge is a multiyear initiative to put 2.5 million girls through progressive hands-on STEM programs by 2025. Donate at: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/donate/STEM-pledge.html.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.


Attached Media Files: GSOSW STEM Outcomes , GSOSW OMSI Spanish , GSOSW OMSI English , GSOSW STEM Month Press Release , GSOSW STEM Month Patch , GSOSW STEM Month Pic 5 , GSOSW STEM Month Pic 4 , GSOSW STEM Month Pic 3 , GSOSW STEM Month Pic 2 , GSOSW STEM Month Pic 1

Wed. 03/20/19
Oregon Lottery to Present Oregon Avenue Food Mart Customers With Free Prizes
Oregon Lottery - 03/20/19 9:30 PM

Oregon Avenue Food Mart sells $100,000 ticket

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, March 21, 2019

WHERE: Oregon Avenue Food Mart, 2075 Oregon Avenue, Klamath Falls, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will hold a retailer winner celebration at the Oregon Avenue Food Mart in Klamath Falls. The market sold a $100,000 Oregon Lottery Cash Attack Scratch-It ticket earlier this month.

BACKGROUND: William Blackwell Jr. won $100,000 after purchasing two “Cash Attack” Scratch-Its at the Oregon Avenue Food Mart. He was out for a walk when he stopped for something to drink and purchased the tickets on a whim. Blackwell, who is also from Klamath Falls, said he was going to put maroon carpet in his home with the money.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $15 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Klamath County, where Blackwell lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of Oregon Avenue Food Mart and will also distribute a limited amount of free promotional prizes to patrons of the store.

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


Update - Oregon State Police investigating shooting in Creswell Area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 03/20/19 7:59 PM

The individual shot in this incident is identified as Logan Linderman (23 ) of the Eugene / Springfield area.  The individual that was detained is identified as Kayln Simpson (29) of the Creswell area. 

Simpson is cooperating with the investigation. 

The investigation is continuing and additional details are not being disclosed at this time.


On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:32 AM, Lane County Sheriff’s Office received report of a gun shot victim at 82270 N. Pacific Highway, south of Creswell.  Arriving LCSO Deputies located two male subjects at the property. 

One subject was transported to River Bend Hospital with a non-life threatening injuries and the other male was detained. 

OSP and LCSO are investigating the incident and OSP is assuming the lead role of the investigation. 

There is no threat to community.

Investigation is ongoing and no further information is available for release at this time.

Santiam Park Fire Highlights Need to Keep Homes Protected
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/20/19 5:16 PM

The fire that was sparked on Tuesday near the North Santiam State Recreational Area is a reminder of threats posed by wildfires to homes and property.

The Oregon Department of Forestry reports that 42 homes and 30 outbuildings initially were threatened by the fire. The fire impacted 189 acres of brush and timber. As of 5 p.m. today, evacuation levels in Linn and Marion counties have been lifted.

The Office of State Fire Marshal wants to remind residents to make sure their homes are protected from wildfire. The start of spring is a good time to take these steps:

  • Keep roofs, gutters, and eaves clear of all leaves, pine needles, and other flammable debris.
  • Remove dead vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around your house.
  • Prune trees and have grass kept short and green to keep fire on the ground and more manageable by firecrews.

Remember, call before you burn yard debris. Residents should check with their local fire agency or air protection authority to learn if there are any burning restrictions and if a permit is required.

Homeowners have a responsibility to protect their homes by building defensible space.  For more information, visit the websites for the Office of State Fire Marshal, Keep Oregon Green, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, or call your nearest ODF or forest protective association office.


Corrected: Santiam Park Fire 80% lined, 189 acres, all evacuations lifted (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/19 4:54 PM

Corrected to clarify ALL evacuations have been lifted.

Lyons, Ore. – The Santiam Park Fire, reported Tuesday afternoon near the North Santiam State Recreational Area off Highway 22, is currently 80 percent lined, with all evacuation levels lifted.

Unified command, consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and Lyons Fire Department, made today’s objective clear for crews; fight fire aggressively and safely. With improved weather conditions, crews were able to meet that objective, building upon and strengthening containment lines. Crews continue to work on mop-up, locating and extinguishing hot spots, and falling snags. At the time of this release, no structures have been lost and no injuries reported.

“Some folks seem surprised to see this fire on the landscape in March,” said Incident Commander Blake Ellis, “but as firefighters, we are trained to consider the conditions, not the calendar. The dedication of the local fire departments and crews combined with the involvement and support of the local community continues to impress me.”  

After successful initial attack and reduced fire activity, ground crews were able to walk the line with GPS, obtaining a more accurate perimeter line, mapping the fire at 189 acres. With no significant fire growth since yesterday, the increased acres reported are a direct result of improved mapping in steep and rugged terrain.

As of 5:00 pm today, evacuation levels in both counties have been lifted.

Approximately 85 personnel are currently engaged on the fire, including crews from ODF, Lyons Fire Department, Mill City Fire Department, Sublimity Fire Department, and other local agencies. Resources involved include a Type 2 helicopter as well as multiple dozers and engines.


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Meth seizure and arrest (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 03/20/19 2:23 PM

On Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, DINT Detectives arrested 47 year old Joseph Paul Minnick, of Winston.  Minnick has been the subject of an ongoing investigation regarding drug activity.

At approximately 11:00 AM, DINT Detectives requested the help of the Roseburg Police Department to effect a traffic stop on a brown Toyota pickup operated by Minnick.  A traffic stop was made on Stewart Parkway near Airport Road in Roseburg.  DINT also requested the help of the Roseburg Police Department's drug detection K-9, "Trapper".  

Officer Derrick responded to the scene and deployed Trapper to the vehicle.  Trapper alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.  Detectives located over a half pound of methamphetamine, as well as other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  

Minnick was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine.  

Another great seizure of drugs taken off the streets with the help of Trapper.  

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ODOT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Single-lane traffic to remain at Hooskanaden slide until early April (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/20/19 1:13 PM

BROOKINGS – U.S. Highway 101 will remain limited to a single lane with flaggers near Hooskanaden Creek, about 12 miles north of Brookings, until early April.

A slide on February 25 destroyed a quarter mile of the highway and closed the road for nearly two weeks. ODOT and Tidewater Contractors opened the highway to a single lane on a gravel road surface March 9, and have been working to widen the road to two lanes since.

Ground movement at the slide location has slowed to a few inches a day, thanks in part to good weather the first two weeks of March. However, rain is forecast over the next week, which will give geologists a chance to observe whether additional water affects ground movement.

“We want to get through the next week or two and see how the hillside responds,” ODOT District Manager Darrin Neavoll said. “If all goes well, we plan to pave this section of highway in early April and open it to two lanes of traffic.”

The speed limit on the temporary alignment through the slide area will be reduced to 45 mph throughout the spring and summer.

Meanwhile, ODOT has started design work on a project that will rebuild the roadway to its original alignment, including three lanes and shoulders. Construction is planned for late summer.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Information Officer, at 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.


[NOTE: Drone photos provided by Tidewater Contractors. Photos were taken Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019.]

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FBI Launches Publicity Effort in 20-Year Cold Case Fugitive Hunt - corrected first name/age
FBI - Oregon - 03/20/19 12:41 PM

The FBI is renewing its efforts to find Jean Leonard Faure, age 52, who is wanted in connection with a rape, sodomy and burglary charges out of Douglas County. Originally arrested by local authorities in Roseburg, Oregon, in January 1998 after an attack on his ex-wife, Faure fled prior to trial. The FBI obtained an Unlawful Flight Against Prosecution (federal fugitive) warrant against Faure in April 1998.

Faure was born in the Seychelles Islands, off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. While in the United States, he lived in Oregon and Hawaii. He has family throughout the United States, Canada, and the Seychelles. He may also travel to Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. 

Faure's description:

  • White man
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight" 150 pounds
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Scars and Marks: Scar near his left eye.

Faure is known to enjoy soccer and gambling. In the past, he has worked as a waiter and in the food service industry.

The FBI has re-issued Faure's wanted poster, which can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional/jean-leonard-faure. It is available in both English and French, both of which are common languages in the Seychelles islands.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy. You may also submit information online at https://tips.fbi.gov.


Attached Media Files: FBI Most Wanted poster - Faure

Find Your Nature on the Rocks! (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/20/19 10:59 AM

Get in touch with the natural world and your inner nature on the Table Rocks! Every weekend in April and May, The Nature Conservancy and Medford District Bureau of Land Management are offering free, guided educational hikes on the Table Rocks. There’s no better place to learn about local wildflowers, birds, bugs or rocks or to find your inner nature through poetry, painting, stargazing or story-telling.

Hikes are led by specialists from around the region who will help you find, interpret and enjoy the parts of nature that are special to you. And do you want to share the nature you’ve found? This year there’s a new iNaturalist app hike for that too!

For 40 years The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management have protected and managed the Table Rocks to provide a spectacular outdoor classroom showcasing our valley’s natural and cultural history. Join us on these hikes and find your nature on the Rocks!

Hikers will meet at the designated trailhead for a 2.5–4.5 mile round trip hike up 800 feet along a moderate grade trail. Participants should dress for the weather and terrain and bring water and snacks since hikes to the top may last 3 to 4 hours. Restrooms are available only at each trailhead; there is no drinking water. Due to limited parking at the trailheads, carpooling is encouraged. To help protect this special place, dogs and vehicles are not allowed on the trail.

Guided hikes will be offered on weekends in April and May. All hikes are free to the public but reservations are required as space is limited. Information about the hikes and online reservations will be available at https://table-rock-hikes-2019.eventbrite.com Registration for April hikes begins Friday, March 22 and for May hikes on Friday, April 19. For information, contact the Medford District BLM at 541.618.2200, M-F, 7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK           

Wildflowers Abound: Barbara Mumblo, botanist emerita with the U.S. Forest Service Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a hike to discover the dazzling array of wildflowers found on the Table Rocks. (https://wildflower-hike-2019.eventbrite.com)

Sunday, April 7, 11:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK LOOP TRAIL

Tell Me a Story: A very special hike for kids and their favorite adult! Join members of the Storytelling Guild on a trek along the Lower Table Rock Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) and listen to legends and tales about nature and the peoples who once lived in this area. Stories are suitable for all ages. (https://story-hike-2019.eventbrite.com)

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK             

City Lights & Celestial Sights: Join Joe Stodola, astronomer and member of the Grants Pass Astronomers, on a night hike to share the wonders of the night sky at the top of the Rock. The Lyrid Meteor Shower should be at its peak and often produces bright trails. Bring flashlights, binoculars and a roll up pad to lie on if you have them; sturdy shoes, a warm jacket and long pants are recommended. (https://star-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, April 14, 9:00 a.m., UPPER TABLE ROCK

Grand Ronde Tribes, Past to Present: Join Michael Karnosh, Ceded Lands Program Manager at the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, to learn about traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. He will discuss modern day Tribal management of conservation properties and partnerships with government agencies, land trusts, and other groups. (https://grand-ronde-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )                                                               

Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK             

Legacy of a Landmark: Jeff LaLande, retired archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the “Indian Wars” of the 1850s. (https://legacy-of-a-landmark-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, April 21

NO HIKE - Easter

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK             

For the Early Birds: Join local bird experts Bob Quaccia, with Rogue Valley Audubon Society, and Frank Lospalluto, with Klamath Bird Observatory, to view the spring birds of the Table Rocks. Learn ID tips and conservation information. Bring binoculars and ID books if you desire. Limited to 20 individuals. (https://early-birds-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK                                       

Share Your Nature with iNaturalist - Learn to be a citizen scientist and share nature as we use the iNaturalist app to identify plants and wildlife. These photo observations help scientists document species around the world. Experienced naturalists will provide guidance in recording your observations on this hike. Learn about the diversity of life at the Lower Table Rock and be part of the scientific community! Bring your camera or cell phone. The iNaturalist app can be downloaded onto smartphone devices or photos can be uploaded at home. (https://www.inaturalist.org )            (https://inaturalist-hike-2019.evenbrite.com )

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., UPPER TABLE ROCK                             

Spring in Bloom Family Hike: Celebrate National Wildflower Week with Molly Allen, BLM Environmental Educator, and Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, on a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history. (https://family-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK OAK LOOP TRAIL         

Plein Air Paintout @ the Rocks:  Join Darlene Southworth, botanist and artist, for an outdoor painting session along the Lower Table Rock Oak Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) Bring your sketchpads, painting materials (any medium) and easel and chair, if you desire. Limited to 15 individuals. (https://paintout-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, May 5, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK                              

Walk with Words: Dave Harvey and members of the Oregon Poetry Association, Rogue Valley Unit, will share poems inspired by nature and the Table Rocks along a hike to the top of the Rock. Hikers are encouraged to bring a favorite or original poem inspired by nature to share. (https://poetry-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, May 5, 9:00 a.m., UPPER TABLE ROCK                               

Layers of Time: Jad D'Allura, Southern Oregon University professor emeritus of geology, and Joni Brazier, U.S. Forest Service soil specialist, will discuss the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features and soils along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow. (https://geology-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m., UPPER TABLE ROCK                

Camp White: “The Alcatraz of Boot Camps”: Travel back in time with BLM archaeologists Jennifer Sigler and Lisa Rice to the WWII era when Southern Oregon was a major training center for the U.S. military. Participants will be led on a guided exploration of the remains of the Camp White artillery range which includes pillboxes designed to practice infantry drills. Because there is no trail, wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Limited to 15 individuals. (https://camp-white-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK LOOP TRAIL                

Whooo Comes Out at Night? BLM wildlife biologists Steve Godwin and Kim Coyle will lead a night hike to look for and listen to the creatures of the night on the Lower Table Rock Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) They will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls–no guarantees! A short presentation about the unique characteristics and adaptations of the common bats, owls and other animals that are active at night in this area will precede the hike. Bring flashlights and wear good hiking shoes. (https://owl-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, May 12

NO HIKE - Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK                          

Bug Out on the Table Rocks:  Hike with Dr. Bill Schaupp, entomologist emeritus with the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection, to observe and discuss the incredible insects that live on or flutter by the Table Rocks. On this hike, you will gain a deeper appreciation for how insects live and their essential role in the environment. (https://bug-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )

Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m., UPPER TABLE ROCK

Lichen Hikin’ with a Fun-gi: Spring is a prime time to observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae with John Villella, a botanist with the Siskiyou Biosurvey and member of the American Bryological & Lichenological Society. Some lichen highlights include variant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon, and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula. (https://lichen-hike-2019.eventbrite.com )


Did you know? A few facts about the Table Rocks

  • The 4,864 acres of the Table Rocks are jointly owned, managed and protected by The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management.
  • The area around the Table Rocks was inhabited by Native Americans at least 15,000 years prior to any European-American settlement.
  • The Rocks are named for their location along the Rogue River – Upper Table Rock is upstream and Lower Table Rock is downstream.
  • There is an airstrip on Lower Table Rock that was built in 1948.
  • More than 50,000 visitors annually hike the Table Rocks making it one of the most popular hiking locations in Southern Oregon.
  • The Rocks are home to more than 70 species of animals and 340 species of plants including 200 species of wildflowers.
  • The vernal pools at the top of the Rocks are one of the few places that are home to a federally threatened species of fairy shrimp, Branchinecta lynchi.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

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Warner Creek Correctional Facility reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/19 10:21 AM
Roderick Carroll
Roderick Carroll

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Roderick Carroll, died the morning of March 19, 2019. Carroll was incarcerated at Warner Creek Correctional Facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Carroll entered DOC custody on August 15, 2013, out of Lane County, with an earliest release date of April 4, 2019. Carroll was 57 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

WCCF is a minimum-security prison in Lakeview that houses approximately 496 adults in custody who are within four years of release. WCCF provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, transitional programs, religious services, and work crews. WCCF has a contact center on site through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. WCCF opened in September 2005 and is Oregon’s newest operating prison. It received the State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) award in May 2008 for its progress in design efficiency. The most energy-efficient element at WCCF is the use of geothermal energy, providing 100 percent of the hot water to the facility.


Attached Media Files: Roderick Carroll

Red Cross Honors Local 'Heroes' at 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/19 9:47 AM

The Red Cross will honor the heroic, lifesaving and outstanding actions of local community members at the Hero Awards Breakfast on March 22, 2019.

PORTLAND, Ore. March 20, 2019– The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will honor ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions at its 22nd Annual Heroes Breakfast event on March 22, 2019.

The stories of the Hero Award winners who will be honored at the event include:

  • A man committed to making his workplace and community safer by sponsoring and facilitating free CPR classes,
  • Three sheriff’s deputies who responded to a call for an unresponsive infant and performed CPR on the baby, keeping her alive until emergency medical services could arrive,
  • A high school student who forewent her own Christmas celebration last year in favor of delivering toys to families in need in Butte County, California, the location of the devastating Camp Fire,
  • A five-person tugboat crew who spotted two people stranded near their capsized boat in the middle of the Columbia River and rescued them from the freezing water just before night fell, saving their lives.

Heroes Breakfast details:

  • 7:30 – 9 a.m. (doors open at 7 a.m.)
  • Hilton Vancouver, Washington 301 W. 6th St. in Vancouver, WA
  • For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.redcross.org/Heroes2019.

For 22 years, the local Red Cross has honored local people for risking their own lives to save another or for going beyond the call of duty to positively impact the community. To view the stories of last year’s Hero Award recipients, click here: https://rdcrss.org/2CsDgD3

Full List of 2019 Hero Award Winners and Incident Recaps

Community Hero: Jay Burcham of Albany, OR

For more than a decade, Jay has made workplace safety a top priority by requiring and providing for his employees to stay up to date on their CPR/First Aid certifications. His efforts have resulted in at least one life saved, in January 2018.

Military Hero: Tim Wilson of Bend, OR

Tim is a military veteran and is incredibly active with the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association in Bend. He has made it his personal mission to give back to veterans in his community through this organization, helping them raise funds to help veterans for the last two years, totaling more than $14,000 in 2017 and more than $16,000 in 2018.

Good Samaritan Heroes: Captain Joshua Burrows, Riley Wyatt, Billy Pike, Harry Pike & Ken Marvel of Tidewater Barge Lines in Vancouver, WA

The crew of Tidewater’s Ryan Point Tugboat sprang into action when they spotted two people stranded in the middle of the Columbia River. The couple were exhausted and hypothermic after treading water for three hours, and the Tidewater crew pulled them to safety and warmth aboard their tugboat, saving their lives.

Give Life Hero: Merrill Gonterman, Roseburg, OR

In February 2018, Merrill found out his daughter had leukemia and needed critical medical treatment to save her life, including 40 blood transfusions. Inspired by the lifesaving power of blood products, Merrill joined the Red Cross Southwest Oregon Chapter Board of Directors in June 2018 and made it his top priority to organize regular blood drives in his community. To date, Merrill has organized 6 blood drives, collecting 153 units of blood, and he plans to continue his efforts to save even more lives.

Voluntary Service Hero: Janah Moorer, Klamath Falls, OR

Through her passion for helping and bringing joy to others, Janah has become a coordinator for her local Toys for Tots program, helping to collect and distribute more than 10,000 toys for more than 3,000 families in her community. When the organization found themselves with extra toys this past holiday season, Janah and her mom traveled to Butte County, California, to personally deliver them to families who had been affected by the Camp Fire.

First Responder Heroes: Deputies Jonathan Zacharkiw, Dan Olson & Jonah Russell, Clackamas, OR

Baby Audrey and her parents, Jessie and Kaylob, were in a mall portrait studio when Audrey suddenly became unresponsive. She had gone pale and wasn’t breathing when her mother called 911, and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies Zacharkiw, Olson and Russell were nearby and responded to the call for help. They performed CPR on the infant, keeping her alive until emergency responders arrived on the scene.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


BLM and Forest Service Announce 2019 National Conservation Awards
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/20/19 9:26 AM

DENVER – Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and Agriculture’s Forest Service recognized the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto (NRMG) last week for their leadership and contributions to wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship. The awards were presented at the 84th North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Denver.

The RMEF, a 35-year veteran partner to both agencies and headquartered in Missoula, Montana, received the Forest Service-BLM 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award for sustained outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation and public access across the West. The NRMG was awarded the Forest Service-BLM 2019 Conservation Project Award for its dedication, leadership, and innovations to building collaborative partnerships that promote sound land management practices and conservation of public lands, wildlife, and cave resources in Montana, Idaho and North Dakota.

“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto embody what it means to be a true partner. The dedicated work, vital leadership, and significant financial contributions provided by these organizations and their volunteers each year make a real difference in our ability to manage our nation’s wildlife and public lands sustainably for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations of Americans,” said Kristin Bail, BLM Assistant Director for Resources and Planning. 

“Committed partners like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto are critical to sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands. We value their dedicated commitment, technical expertise, and leadership in working with federal and state agencies, communities, and other partners to leverage resources in the management and conservation of lands and wildlife,” said Rob Harper, Director of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants in the Forest Service.

RMEF has helped the BLM and Forest Service implement more than 4,300 wildlife habitat enhancement, land protection, and public access improvement projects. Such projects include aspen restoration, forest restoration thinning, prescribed fire, burned area restoration, planting, seeding, fence removal, and weed control to enhance more than firve million acres of wildlife habitat on federal public lands. 

RMEF also facilitated BLM and Forest Service land and easement acquisitions through the nation’s Land and Water Conservation Fund to conserve wildlife habitat and improve public recreational access on federal lands. RMEF has directly contributed more than $36.6 million to both agencies to help fund wildlife and conservation projects. The combined total conservation value of the two agencies’ partnership with RMEF is estimated at more than $411 million.

The NRMG assists the Forest Service, BLM, and the State of Montana in cave inventory, monitoring, and management, with a focus on cave restoration, bat habitat monitoring, and preventing the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a deadly and highly infectious disease affecting bat populations across the U.S.  NRMG is actively engaged in helping the agencies educate the public on bat conservation, including installing cave visitor register boxes, which provide information for cave visitors about clean caving practices, decontamination protocols, and reporting bat observations through the NRMG website. The organization also collaborates with Forest Service and BLM personnel and Bigfork High School Cave Club to establish cave climate monitoring, photo monitoring, and Visitor Impact Point monitoring across Montana.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for our conservation work that benefits elk and so many other wildlife species,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We appreciate our federal agency partners with whom we’ve worked shoulder-to-shoulder for years now and look forward to many more joint projects that permanently protect and enhance wildlife habitat, open or improve public access and benefit hunters, anglers and so many others who cherish our wild landscapes.”

“We've really enjoyed working with the FS and BLM since 2011. As many agencies are stretched thin with resources, it is imperative that we learn to work more effectively to help manage the outdoor resources we all care so much about,” said Ian Chechet, NRMG Chairman.

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Pinch me, I'm a millionaire! (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/20/19 9:00 AM
Oregon Lottery Logo
Oregon Lottery Logo

March 20, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – Steve Seaquist got pinched a lot on St. Patrick’s Day, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t wearing green.

“I checked my Raffle ticket Saturday night and realized I’d won,” Seaquist said. “I kept asking my wife to pinch me, because I thought I was dreaming.”

Seaquist and his wife Shirley were the top prize winners of the 2019 Oregon Lottery Raffle, winning the $1 million prize after purchasing four tickets. After taxes the couple took home $680,000.

“We spread the tickets out, so we buy them at the beginning, the middle and the end,” he said.

Seaquist purchased the winning ticket at the Newberg Safeway. Seaquist and his wife had talked with a financial planner and attorney before claiming the prize, following the advice the Lottery gives to all jackpot winners.

“We are going to put it into savings and see what happens,” Seaquist said. “We want to wait 12 months before doing anything. We are going to keep it for our retirement, we are going to help our kids and donate some to our church and the Portland Mission.”

The winning number was 098200. There are a total of 1801 winning tickets, with $1 million prize, 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Yamhill County, where Seaquist lives and purchased the ticket, more than $14.2 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. The Newberg School District received more than $3.8 million during that same time from Oregon Lottery funding.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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


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