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Sat. 09/24/16
Red Cross responds to Harbor fire in Curry County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/24/16 10:03 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in the afternoon in the 98000 block of W Benham Lane in Harbor, Curry County, Oregon.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

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

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross responds to Cave Junction fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/24/16 8:26 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, Sept. 24, 2016 at approximately 5:00 a.m. in the 400 block of E River Street in Cave Junction, Joesphine County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

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

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fri. 09/23/16
Fatal Crash on Highway 20 at Milepost 259 between Ontario and Nyssa - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/23/16 12:05 PM
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On September 22, 2016 at about 7:50 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 259 (between Ontario and Nyssa).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Toyota pickup, operated by Billy Jo CARR Jr., age 50, of Nyssa, was travelling southbound when an unknown white SUV or hatchback passenger car was traveling northbound and attempting to pass in the lane of travel of the Toyota. The Toyota swerved to the right shoulder to avoid a head-on collision, resulting in the Toyota losing control and overturning onto its top.

CARR suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The white SUV did not stop and fled the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire Department, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. Anyone who knows the identity of the driver of the white SUV or hatchback passenger car or who has additional information of the crash, is asked to contact Sergeant Kurt Marvin at 541-889-6469 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 (reference OSP case # SP16322989).

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

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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 11:13 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: review and approval of minutes, public comment, updates on: DeafFest III, Text-to-911, deaf culture training, Rules Advisory Committee, and the ASL interpreter request for proposals.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us.
Injury Crash
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/23/16 10:32 AM
On September 22nd, 2016, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies investigated a single vehicle injury crash that occurred in the 13000 block of Nonpareil Road east of Sutherlin.

A 1999 Ford Explorer operated by Melissa Routenberg, age 31 of Sutherlin, was westbound on Nonpareil road and failed to negotiate a corner. The vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a tree and rolled several times. One of Routenberg's children, a 5 year old male, was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland after being treated at Mercy Medical Center. Routenberg and another child, a 9 year old female, were both taken to Mercy Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Case still under investigation.

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Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet September 26 in Salem -- agenda now available
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 8:08 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.


Attached Media Files: SACU Task Force Agenda 9-26-16
Thu. 09/22/16
BLM Announces Annual Adjustment to Its Mineral Fee Cost-Recovery Schedule
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/22/16 3:17 PM
Effective October 1, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an updated fee schedule to recover costs incurred in the processing of certain actions related to oil, gas, coal, and solid minerals activities on public lands. The updates to the existing fee schedule are based on inflation and follow the BLM cost recovery adjustment procedures established in 2005. The updated fee schedule appears in today's Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website: http://www.blm.gov.

The updated fees cover costs for processing actions such as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. The BLM updates the fee schedule each year based on changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since the IPD-GDP reflected only a small increase this year, 30 of the 48 fees subject to annual adjustment remain unchanged. Of the remaining 18 fees, 15 will increase by only $5, one will increase by $0.01 per acre, and two will increase by $20 and $35, respectively. Specifically, the fee for adjudicating 10 or fewer mineral patent claims will increase $20, from $1,535 to $1,555. The fee for adjudicating more than 10 claims will increase $35, from $3,075 to $3,110.

The BLM is authorized to charge cost recovery fees under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has also directed Federal agencies to recover costs for their services. The BLM first implemented a cost recovery fee schedule for certain oil and gas activities in November 2005. The 2005 Cost Recovery Rule expressly contemplated that the BLM would annually adjust the fee schedule to account for inflation.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/5514/97915/Mineral_Cost_RecoveryPressReleaseFINAL9222016.pdf
Fatal Crash on Highway 99W Claims Life of Newberg Man - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 2:52 PM
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On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at about 1:58 p.m., emergency responders were notified of a serious injury crash on Highway 99W near Stoller Rd. (Two miles north of Lafayette)

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford pickup, pulling a dual axle utility trailer loaded with gravel, was southbound on Highway 99W, when for unknown reasons, veered right onto the southbound shoulder and then veered left into the oncoming northbound lane of travel. A 2005 Toyota Prius was northbound and unable to maneuver around the Ford, resulting in the Prius striking the passenger side of the Ford while in the northbound lane of travel.

The operator of the Ford, Antonio SANCHEZ-GUILLEN, age 31, from McMinnville, was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The operator of the Prius, Velda MITCHELL, age 84, from Newberg, was transported by ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and then transferred to a Portland Area Hospital. The front passenger of the Prius, Richard MITCHELL, age 85, from Newberg, was transported by Lifeflight to a Portland Area Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated. Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.

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Jefferson Man Crashes Pickup into Home off of Highway 20 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 1:23 PM
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On September 22, 2016, at about 8:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a house off of Highway 20, near milepost 16 eastbound.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Chevy pickup, operated by Les Giles ENGSTROM, age 56, of Jefferson, was traveling eastbound, when for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway. The pickup traveled through a sign, telephone pole and into a house located at 4360 South Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

The house was unoccupied when the crash occurred and ENGSTROM only received minor injuries but refused to be transported by medics for further treatment.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Fire Department.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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BPA selects Janet Herrin as next chief operating officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/22/16 1:00 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Janet Herrin as its next chief operating officer. Herrin will bring over 30 years of energy industry experience and leadership to BPA. She will replace Claudia Andrews, who is retiring from BPA this month after 26 years of federal service.

"I am very pleased to welcome Janet Herrin to BPA's senior leadership team," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator. "I have worked closely with Janet over the past few years and have been very impressed with her character, industry knowledge and passion for operational excellence. With her deep understanding of public power, hydroelectricity and the competing demands of managing a public service organization, Janet is exceptionally well positioned to serve as BPA's next chief operating officer. I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our culture and execute on our most important strategic objectives."

Herrin, born in Seattle, will start after the beginning of the calendar year. As COO, Herrin will be responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services and Information Technology. She will also oversee the new Business Transformation Office and play a critical role in BPA's heightened focus on disciplined program management and cost containment.

Herrin currently serves as a senior advisor to the secretary for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In this role, Herrin provides strategic counsel on rapidly changing industry issues and has worked closely with BPA, including on its development of a best-in-class human resources organization.

"I am a public power person -- it's where I like to be and what excites me," said Herrin. "That passion for public power originally enticed me to join TVA, and then I ended up staying for a 35-year career because the work was so interesting. I am thrilled to be coming home to the Pacific Northwest and to work in public power once again."

Herrin served as the chief administrative officer at the Tennessee Valley Authority. She led efforts to strengthen the safety culture; improve employee engagement; recruit and maintain a talented and diverse workforce; and implement successful cost-management efforts. Herrin also comes to BPA with valuable knowledge of hydropower from over 32 years of work on the 650-mile Tennessee River system that serves 9 million people, culminating in an 11-year tenure as TVA's senior vice president of river operations and dam safety.

Herrin has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Science in civil engineering from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from Willamette University. She was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and plans to re-establish her engineering certification when she comes to BPA.


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Employees at Truck N Travel receive $500 bonus from Lottery win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/22/16 10:13 AM
Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
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Sept. 21, 2016 - Coburg, Ore. -- When Eric Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks, little did he know that the nearly 100 employees at the Truck N Travel in Coburg would also share in his win.

Wednesday afternoon, John Anderson, president of the Truck N Travel TA truck stop off Interstate 5, announced that each employee would receive a $500 bonus, thanks to the big win. For any prize more than $10,000, Oregon Lottery retailers, receive a 1-percent selling bonus, and in the case of Truck N Travel, the bonus was $94,000.

"Our employees work so hard, when we found out we were going to receive $94,000 it just made sense to share it with them," Anderson said, trying not to get emotional. "We appreciate our employees."

The truck stop, which is family owned, sold the winning ticket on Aug. 31 and Anderson said half of the selling bonus went to the employees, while the other half was going to be used for maintenance on the buildings.

"I just know that we are going to need new air conditioners soon," said Jim Anderson, John's brother, who also is involved with the truck stop.

The Oregon Lottery was on hand Wednesday to present the family with the $94,000 selling bonus check and also handed out approximately 150 free Lottery tickets to celebrate the win.

"I didn't find out I sold the ticket until the winners came back and gave me a tip," said Audree Taylor, one of the checkers at the store in the truck stop. "We all were so excited and celebrated. I am just so full of excitement that everyone got a bonus because I did my job."

Tackett, a truck driver from Sutherlin, became the 256th Oregon Megabucks Millionaire when he hit the jackpot on Aug. 31. He claimed his prize Sept. 6 after delivering a load of steel in Albany. He plans to continue driving his truck.

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had (my wife) Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

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. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 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 over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
2016 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; social media campaign offers Central Oregon prizes (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 09/22/16 10:09 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- "Active is an understatement. Oregonians are erupting with imagination..." The brand anthem for the Oregon Cultural Trust proclaims the unique connection Oregonians have with culture; a connection that is celebrated each October during Days of Culture.

Days of Culture 2016 will showcase the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting individuals to share snapshots and videos of their cultural experiences. All who post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture will be entered to win prizes that showcase Central Oregon culture.

The prizes include: three nights in a River Ridge one-bedroom suite (sleeps four) at Mount Bachelor Village Resort; Mount Bachelor lift tickets; a Wanderlust half-day excursion; passes to the High Desert Museum; a $100 gift certificate to Bend's Tower Theatre; passes to the Museum at Warm Springs including a Huckleberry gift basket; and 2017 "The Men Behind the Quilts" calendars from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon's 1,400+ cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2002. The decision to expand the celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

"Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history," said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. "Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life."

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo or video of a cultural moment or event (anything from a visit to a lighthouse, a poetry reading, a sporting event or a concert to a quinceanera or a book club) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. All posts will be entered to win the Central Oregon prizes.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust's fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2016 donation to one of Oregon's designated 1,400+ cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2016 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.
To learn more about the cultural and recreational paradise of Bend, Oregon check out www.visitbend.com.

Editor's note: Winners will be selected via random drawings. Oregon Cultural Trust staff and board members and their immediate families not eligible to win.
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New Help for Parents to Protect Kids on the Move: The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
AMR Portland - 09/22/16 9:14 AM
Every 33 Seconds, a Child is Involved in a Car Crash
New Help for Parents to Protect Kids on the Move: The Ultimate Car Seat Guide

[Portland, Ore.] -- With more than 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars. And while most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. To bring parents easy-to-access expert advice to protect their children in cars, Safe Kids Worldwide is launching a new resource - the Ultimate Car Seat Guide in honor of this year's national Child Passenger Week (Sept. 18 -- 24, 2016). Organizations across Oregon will host car seat checkup events throughout the month.

Visit www.UltimateCarSeatGuide.org.

The Guide, developed with support from General Motors, gives expert guidance to parents, particularly new parents, on the important decisions they face when choosing and using a car seat. It offers parent-friendly tips on how to fit a child into a car seat and how to know when it is time to move to a new type of seat.

Based on the wisdom gained from checking nearly two million car seats at Safe Kids Buckle Up events, the Guide provides parents the latest best practices to give kids the best protection. Advice covers all stages of a child's development, from the first car seat until the child is ready to ride with a seat belt.

"We are constantly asked by parents what kind of car seat to buy, how to install it properly, and when a child should move into a booster seat," said Lucie Drum, Coordinator for Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response (AMR). "Not every parent can make it to a car seat checkup event when they have questions about their car seat, but with the Ultimate Car Seat Guide, we can reach more parents with helpful tips to protect kids on the move."

"For nearly 20 years, we've been a partner with Safe Kids and have supported the Buckle Up program to raise awareness" said Jeff Boyer, Vice President of General Motors Global Vehicle Safety. "We are extremely proud that we can now offer parents a valuable tool that allows free access to vital safety information."

"Safe Kids provides accessible, easy-to-understand resources and education for parents and caregivers who want to make sure their littlest passengers are safe and secure in the correct car seat," said Dr. Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "It's our goal to make sure every child is buckled up, every time, and I applaud Safe Kids for their efforts in support of that mission."


About Child Passenger Safety Week - September 18-24
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24 and culminates with National Seat Check Saturday on September 24. In September, Safe Kids partners will host nearly 500 car seat events and inspection stations across the country, offering guidance from Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on proper car seat and booster seat installation and usage. Parents and caregivers can visit www.childsafetyseat.org, www.oregonimpact.org or www.safekids.org to see a calendar listing of checkup events in Oregon.






About Safe Kids Portland Metro
Safe Kids Portland Metro (SKPM) works to prevent unintentional childhood injury for kids from 0 to 18. Its more than 30 members in the Portland metro area include pediatric hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement, and community safety organizations. Safe Kids Portland Metro is one of 400 coalitions of Safe Kids Worldwide, a network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. SKPM was founded in 2004 and is proudly led by AMR.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/562/97898/Ultimate_Car_Seat_Guide_-_APP_POSTCARD_v6.pdf , 2016-09/562/97898/CPS_2015_INFOGRAPHIC_v7.pdf , 2016-09/562/97898/Car_Seat_Checklist_for_Parents_2016.pdf
Wed. 09/21/16
Secretary Jewell, Governor Hickenlooper Celebrate Unprecedented Collaborative Conservation Effort for Greater Sage-Grouse
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/21/16 3:03 PM
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today marked the one year anniversary of the historic decision not to list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by celebrating the ongoing unprecedented collaborative conservation effort to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem with stakeholders at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

The Administration, in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), today also released a report highlighting recent actions to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem, including efforts to minimize further habitat disturbance, restore the health of fire-impacted landscapes, reduce invasive grasses and provide opportunities for landowners and ranchers to invest in conservation actions that benefit the greater sage-grouse and the success of their own operations.

The roundtable provided representatives from the federal family, ranchers, industry, conservation community and the states an opportunity to discuss continued success of on-going efforts, challenges and next steps as they work together to implement the landscape-scale, science-based, collaborative habitat conservation plans.

"One year later, there's a lot to celebrate," said Secretary Jewell. "We knew that the work didn't stop with the listing determination, and I'm pleased that we collectively continue to make great progress on addressing threats to the bird, conserving the sagebrush habitat and providing a path forward for sustainable economic development."

"The diversity of people here today is evidence that there continues to be a broad commitment to conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse from more than just federal and state regulators," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "We'll need to maintain that broad level of support from landowners and others to ensure Bureau of Land Management's RMPs can be implemented as intended, which is to conserve the species as well as support economic sustainability."

"The Sage Grouse Initiative is an example of how when agriculture and conservation partner together, we can reach our common goals for the greater good," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "More than 1,300 ranchers have conserved over 5 million acres of land as a part of this effort and USDA has invested more than $400 million to reach $760 million with our partners through 2018. Through the commitment of America's ranchers to improving habitats for other wildlife, we have achieved a historic outcome for the sage grouse, and shown that conservation can also benefit ranching operations and our rural economies."

The meeting marks the one-year anniversary of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection of the Endangered Species Act because of historic conservation and partnership efforts. The long-term decline of the greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat sparked an unprecedented collaborative conservation effort across 11 western states that continues today.

The FWS reached the no-listing determination after evaluating the bird's population status, along with collective efforts by Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), state agencies, private landowners and ranchers and other partners to conserve its habitat.

Earlier this month, the BLM issued internal guidance that clarifies how aspects of the agency's land use plans will be implemented as it relates to oil and gas leasing and development, grazing and the collection and use of land management data. Those land use plans, developed in cooperation among local, state and federal agencies as well as private landowners, were cited by the FWS as a key reason it found that the greater sage-grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The greater sage-grouse is an umbrella species, emblematic of the health of sagebrush habitat it shares with more than 350 other kinds of wildlife, including world-class populations of mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Roughly half of the sage-grouse's habitat is on federal lands, most of it managed by the BLM and USFS. These tend to be drier uplands where the birds mate, nest and spend fall and winter. While the federal plans that were developed to save the greater sage-grouse may differ in specifics to reflect local landscapes, threats and conservation approaches, their overall goal is to prevent further degradation of the best remaining sage-grouse habitat, minimize disturbance where possible and mitigate unavoidable impacts by protecting and improving similar habitat.

For more information about the greater sage-grouse, please visit www.doi.gov/sagegrouse.


Attached Media Files: DOI Sage Grouse Release 9-16
Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 9/28/16
Oregon State Library - 09/21/16 2:31 PM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on September 28, 2016 from 1:30 -- 3:30 p.m. in Room 103 at the State Library.

The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council is established in the bylaws of the Oregon State Library Board to advise the staff of the Government Information and Library Services Program of the Oregon State Library. The Council will provide insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Information and Library Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

1) Welcome and introductions (5 mins) Jerry Curry
2) Round Robin (15 mins) All Attendees
a) Agency issues heading into the Legislative Season
3) Update on GS Program Manager Recruitment (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen
4) Update on GS Reference Position opening (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen/Jerry Curry
5) Recruitment of new Advisory Board members (5 mins) Jerry Curry
6) Subscriptions Database Status, 2015 HB 3523 (15 mins) Kate McGann
7) Summary of GS 2015-2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted June 2016 (15 mins) Jerry Curry
8) Discussion about eClips Product (10 mins) Sean Nickerson
9) Discussion/Selection of GS Advisory Council Vice-Chair (5 mins) Sean Nickerson
10) Adjournment
Workers' compensation costs to drop for fourth-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/21/16 9:10 AM
Salem -- Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers' compensation costs drop by an average 6.6 percent in 2017, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This marks the fourth year in a row -- and eighth year in the past decade -- that businesses will experience an average decrease in the "pure premium."

The average decrease in pure premium -- the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths -- is part of a mixture of rate changes designed to invest in workplace safety and health programs while preserving historically low costs.

The other rate changes include:

An increase in the premium assessment, which funds state costs of running workers' compensation and workplace safety and health programs, from 6.2 percent to 6.8 percent. The increase is needed to invest in worker protection and related programs to keep pace with an expanding economy.
A decrease in the payroll assessment, which supports the Workers' Benefit Fund, from 3.3 cents per hour worked to 2.8 cents per hour. The fund pays for highly successful return-to-work and other special injured-worker programs. It is financially stable to the point that a reduction in the assessment is warranted.

The combination of the changes in pure premium rates and assessment rates is a net reduction in costs for the average employer. The average employer would pay $1.02 per $100 of payroll for claims costs and assessments, down from $1.10 in 2016.

"These rate changes preserve the integrity of our workers' compensation system," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They do so by helping maintain a positive business climate for Oregon employers while also bolstering worker protections and benefits."

The decrease in pure premium is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states. Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs, but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium does not take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The decrease in the pure premium is effective Jan. 1, 2017, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2017. The changes to the premium and payroll assessments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. A steady decline in average medical care costs and stable wage replacement costs are the key factors continuing to drive down the pure premium.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only seven states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon in 2014, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. In contrast to changes made in some other states, Oregon has seen no meaningful reduction in worker benefits since at least the early 1990s.

The following chart summarizes all the changes: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/wc_cost_summary.pdf

Annual Oregon average pure premium rate changes and average changes by industry: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/pure_premium.pdf

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov/.
Tue. 09/20/16
***Update on HWY 22 MP 14 Crash*** Five People Killed In Four Separate Crashes - Western Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 9:12 PM
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Update on Highway 22, MP 14 - Polk County fatal crash - Driver's name released:

The deceased driver of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was identified as Elisa ALVAREZ-MARTINEZ, age 49, of Keizer. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previously Released:

In the time span of about twelve hours, the Oregon State Police investigated four separate crashes on Western Oregon highways that took the lives of five people. Below is a summary of each.

HIGHWAY 22, MP 75 - LINN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 75 (five miles west of the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. The Volkswagen lost control, slid off the south side of the highway and struck a tree. The Volkswagen continuing down the embankment, rolling over several times.

The driver, Alexander SHUMILOV, age 31, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway conditions at this time were wet. OSP was assisted by the Black Butte Police Department Black Butte Fire and Rescue, Idanha Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to release at this time. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 18, MP 1.5 -- LINCOLN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 1.5 (just east of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it failed to negotiate a corner on the wet roadway. The Honda slid into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound 2010 Kia Soul.

The driver of the Honda, Maricela R TRUJILLO, age 42, of Woodburn received life threatening injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Her two passengers, Sarah S TRUJILLO and Rebeca M AMADOR (both 20 years old and from Woodburn) were pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Kia, Douglas J BENDER, age 23, of Milwaukie, Oregon was not injured. Two passengers in the Kia were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Lincoln City Police, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District # 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available. (Photo attached.)


HIGHWAY 22, MP 14 -- POLK COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 14 (just west of Highway 99W interchange.)

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 near milepost 14 when it drifted into the center median, rolled over and came to rest on it's passenger side on the south side of the highway.

The driver, a 49 year old woman from Keizer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name will be released pending her family being notified.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 42/INTERSTATE 5 -- DOUGLAS COUNTY
On September 18, 2016 at about 4:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a collision involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle at the Highway 42 interchange with Interstate 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it took the 119 exit (Highway 42). As the Ford negotiated the sweeping right corner of the off-ramp, it drifted off the ramp and rolled over in the area between the ramp and Highway 42. The Ford then rolled onto both lanes of Highway 42 where it struck an eastbound 2010 Peterbilt while airborne.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony Q WEBBER, age 31, of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, Richard E ARCEO, age 33, of Pasco, Washington was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 42 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was being conducted. No further information at this time. (Photo attached.)

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Deer Poaching Case - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 5:21 PM
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a deer in Klamath County.

On September 11, 2016, OSP was notified of a doe deer that had been killed and dumped on a side road near Doak Mountain in Klamath County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead deer with it's back straps removed and left to waste. Investigation revealed the deer was most likely killed more than a week prior to September 11, 2016.

A reward of up to $250 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $250 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Ryan Niehus through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

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

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 4:00 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of September 17, 2016, OSP was notified of a dead bull elk in the area of 4000 block of Rueben Road, Glendale, Oregon. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead elk in an open field between two houses, determining it had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473. (Email - aaron.baimbridge@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

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

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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Remains of dead humpback whale return to shore at Oswald West State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/20/16 2:42 PM
Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County
Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 20, 2016

Media Contacts:
Ben Cox, Park Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-368-5943, ext. 222

Teri Wing, North Coast District Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-861-3170, ext. 23


Arch Cape OR -- The remains of a 38' dead humpback whale that came ashore near Arch Cape over the weekend washed back out with the high tide, only to return today two miles south at Short Sand Beach inside Oswald West State Park (http://bit.ly/oswaldwest). State park staff will be on the beach at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, to present interpretive talks.

The twice-daily high tides predicted over the next few weeks are not expected to be high enough to take it back out to sea, though it is still possible for it to wash out. The interpretive presentations will happen on the beach whether the whale washes out or not. Researchers will continue to have access if they need to collect more tissue.

The bodies of marine mammals and other animals are a natural part of the ocean shore. On busy beaches in the heat of summer, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff normally bury large mammals if they are on busy beaches and reachable with excavation equipment. In this case, where temperatures are cool and visitors are fewer, it will be left to decay naturally. Scavengers and microorganisms will consume and recycle the tissue over the course of several weeks.

Researchers have the required federal permits to collect tissue from dead whales. All other visitors are encouraged to come see the humpback, but are not allowed to take any pieces and are discouraged from touching it. When visiting, keep pets away from the corpse, and keep an eye on the ocean for safety's sake.

The interpretive presentation and parking at Oswald West are both free. Park at the North Short Sand Trailhead on US Highway 101, and follow the trail signs from the parking area to Short Sand Beach, then walk north.

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Attached Media Files: Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County , Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County , Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County
Oregon Lottery to Present Truck 'N Travel with $94,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 09/20/16 12:13 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Winning $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket sold at Coburg truck stop

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21

WHERE: Truck 'N Travel TA, 32910 E. Pearl St., Eugene

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $94,000 bonus check to officials at Truck 'N Travel TA for selling a $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket on Aug. 31.

BACKGROUND: Eric Tackett of Sutherlin, a truck driver, won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks on Aug. 31. On the way to claim his prize Sept. 6, he dropped off a load with his truck and brought his big rig to the Oregon Lottery offices. He plans to continue driving, despite winning the jackpot. Eric and his wife Beth have been invited to the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Truck 'N Travel TA employees and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to patrons of the store.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Mon. 09/19/16
Record number of Oregonians covered by health insurance, survey finds
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/16 7:00 AM
September 19, 2016

SALEM--Oregon's uninsured rate dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, placing Oregon among the top tier of states with the highest percentage of residents with health care coverage, according to new national data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2010, Oregon has improved its position from 37th in the nation to 19th in the ranking of states with the highest percentages of residents who have health insurance.

According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), the uninsurance rate for Oregon is 7.0 percent, down from 9.7 percent in 2014. The national uninsured average rate is 9.4 percent. Today, 3.71 million Oregonians have health insurance, a record number according to the ACS report.

The new federal survey is consistent with state data, which has also shown increasing rates of coverage. Under the Oregon Health Insurance Survey (OHIS), the percentage of Oregonians who are able to access care through health insurance jumped to 95 percent in 2015, an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from when the survey was last completed in 2013. (The ACS and OHIS report slightly different insurance coverage rates due to differences in methodology.)

"When people have health insurance they receive better and more comprehensive care, which helps hold down costs for everyone," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Oregon has made important gains in coverage that are improving the health and well-being of Oregonians and their families. When people have health insurance it increases their ability to have productive working lives and to complete their education."

Medicaid expansion and insurance market produce gains in health care coverage

Oregon's improvements follow the state's decision to expand coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) to individuals and families who earn 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), as permitted by the federal Affordable Care Act. Oregon is one of 32 states nationwide to expand Medicaid coverage.

The expansion of health care occurred in conjunction with the state's health transformation initiative. Over the past three years, more than 400,000 people were added to the Oregon Health Plan, which now covers one in four Oregonians. According to data collected by independent researchers, there is at least one full-time working person among most families with OHP coverage.

A recent report to the Oregon Legislature found the state's health reform efforts have increased health coverage, improved outcomes and contained health care costs in the state's Medicaid program. The new report was presented two weeks ago at a meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board. Research has shown that expansion of coverage reduces premiums in commercial coverage and lowers the cost of charity care for hospitals.

While expanded Medicaid coverage drove much of Oregon's gains, the added benefits of tax credits and subsidies through the insurance exchange market made coverage more affordable, helping more state residents obtain coverage. As of the first quarter of 2016, nearly 132,000 Oregonians were enrolled in individual coverage on the marketplace, with about 95,000 of those consumers receiving financial help.

"With financial help and other reforms, more and more Oregonians are able to access health insurance coverage for themselves and their families," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We are encouraged by this success, but we know work must continue to improve affordability and ensure a sustainable market."

Changes in insurance coverage

The Oregon Health Insurance Survey found some significant changes in patterns of coverage in Oregon. In 2015:

-- The uninsured rate for adults 18-34 was cut in half to less than 20 percent, from above 40 percent in 2011.
-- The uninsured rate for adults 35-64 dropped nearly 15 percentage points to just over 10 percent, from a high of 25 percent in 2011.
-- Approximately 3.64 million Oregonians had insurance, while 204,000 Oregonians continued to lack coverage.

Oregon uses the OHIS because it includes more detailed information on demographics, access, utilization, cost of care and health status, and better represents minority groups in the state. Oregon uses the ACS date to compare with other states and the national average.

"While Oregon has made important strides in expanding coverage we have more work to do to ensure we maintain our gains and continue to improve both quality and access to care in Oregon's health system," OHA Director Saxton said. "We need to create a path to financial sustainability for Medicaid."

Bill Wright, director of the Center for Research and Education, said, "Through the Oregon Health Study, we now have strong evidence that when uninsured persons gain Medicaid, they see significant improvements in their ability to access care. They are also far more likely to get important preventive screenings and services and experience dramatically less financial strain and debt due to medical issues. We've also seen evidence that acquiring insurance significantly reduces depression and improves subjective health and well-being."

Media availability

Reporters interested in learning more can join a conference call from 11:30 a.m. to noon today with Berri Leslie, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, and Jon Collins, director of Health Analytics at Oregon Health Authority. To participate, dial 1-877-873-8017, access code 8257371

Mobile friendly: Participant: 877-873-8017,8257371#

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97791/LegislativeReport_Q1_2016-1.pdf , 2016-09/3687/97791/ACS-Factsheet-2015-1.pdf , 2016-09/3687/97791/2015-OHIS-Trends-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Fri. 09/16/16
Air monitor near daycare in SE Portland shows elevated selenium
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 5:02 PM
September 16, 2016

State is directing nearby Bullseye Glass to reduce emissions of the metal

PORTLAND, Ore.--A jump in selenium concentrations in the air near Bullseye Glass Co. has prompted state agencies to immediately conduct an inspection and secure the company's agreement to restrict use of the metal in its manufacturing process.

Data from a monitoring device near the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC) daycare, one of multiple such devices the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has had deployed around Bullseye since March 1, 2016, shows that the concentration of selenium on Sept. 6 was 887 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) of air. Oregon's 24-hour screening level for selenium is 710 ng/m3.

The 24-hour screening level is the level above which immediate negative health effects could occur.

When 24-hour screening levels are exceeded, that triggers further scrutiny by DEQ and OHA. Today the agencies sent a joint letter to Bullseye confirming the company's commitment to limit use of selenium in its art glass manufacturing process to no more than five pounds per day and only use selenium in furnaces controlled by a baghouse. Scientists at the agencies believe that doing so will prevent spikes above the current 24-hour screening level.

The agencies also are requiring Bullseye to look into why a newly installed baghouse, which was expected to control emissions from 11 or more furnaces, apparently wasn't effective in preventing the Sept. 6 selenium spike.

"Bullseye's use of less than five pounds of selenium per day should be very effective in preventing the kinds of jumps in readings that we saw on Sept. 6, even if the metal is used in a furnace without a baghouse," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. "We also need to make sure Bullseye's new filtration system is working properly, which will further reduce the chances of spikes."

Breathing air with high levels of selenium over a short period of time can cause respiratory irritation with symptoms such as coughing, bronchitis and difficulty breathing. Workers who breathed air with selenium levels much higher than measured near Bullseye also experienced stomach pain. Scientific evidence indicates that short-term exposure at the detected level does not cause cancer and does not cause developmental problems in children or developing babies.

OHA tracks real-time emergency department data from hospitals through Oregon ESSENCE, or Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics. The agency found there was no increase in ED visits related to respiratory illness on Sept. 6 or 7 from people who live near Bullseye Glass.

Selenium also has health benefits. Selenium is an essential nutrient, and selenium deficiency can cause other health problems, but high levels of the metal, as with many substances, can be toxic.

Oregon based its 24-hour standard for selenium on the level set by New Hampshire, the most restrictive standard for the metal in the nation. Other states have set higher levels. Oregon's 24-hour thresholds are being reviewed by external health experts and will be open for public comment next month.

The current comparison values for metals in air can be viewed on the OHA website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/metals/comparison-values-metals-in-air.pdf. The proposed 24-hour screening levels will be posted, and public comment can be made, starting Oct. 6 at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97798/bullseye-letter-9-16-2016.pdf
Daniel Robinson's "Close to Home" exhibited in Governor's Office through Nov. 11 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/16/16 3:00 PM
Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
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Salem, OR --Painter Daniel Robinson of Fossil, Oregon, will exhibit "Close to Home" in the Governor's Office at the Salem Capitol Building from Sept. 16 to Nov. 11.

"Close to Home" presents large-scale oil paintings of rural Oregon landscapes--both natural and those affected by human presence. While depicting contemporary views of rural Oregon, Robinson's paintings harken to the social realism of the 1920s and 1930s when artists depicted the everyday life of the American working class. With a richness of color, strongly defined lighting and a subdued sense of presence, Robinson's paintings evoke a profound beauty and compel contemplation.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Robinson spent his childhood in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Idaho before settling in Oregon for his high school years. He attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received a Bachelor's of Fine Art degree from Portland State University. A monograph of Robinson's work, "In Oregon," was published in 2004 by Nazraeli Press. Robinson is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



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

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

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet September 26 in Corvallis
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/16/16 1:24 PM
CORVALLIS, Ore.- The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission to provide earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Health advisory lifted September 16 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 12:33 PM
September 16, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah County.

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

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

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets October 17 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/16/16 11:48 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature.
The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Health advisory lifted September 16 for Howard Bay in Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 9:34 AM
September 16, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 24 for Howard Bay located in the southwest corner of Upper Klamath Lake, northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

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

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

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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State Recognizes Nineteen Individuals & Projects for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 6:33 AM
SALEM -- Oregon Main Street announced its 2016 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners last night at the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria, Oregon.

The nineteen projects, businesses, & individuals honored are:

Outstanding Historic Renovation
- JS Cooper Block, Independence

Best Façade Improvement
- The Clothes Tree, Corvallis

Best Streetscape Project
- City of Roseburg Urban Renewal Agency

Outstanding New Building
- Francis Court, Dayton

Best Beautification Project
- Let It Glow, St. Helens Economic Development Council

Best Placemaking Project
- Hillsboro Rain Art, City of Hillsboro

Outstanding Special Project
- The Carlton Pool House, Carlton

Outstanding Partnership
- The Dalles Main Street and City of The Dalles

Main Street Manager of the Year
- Jonathan Stone, Downtown Oregon City Association

Main Street Volunteer of the Year
- Doug Hood, Newberg Downtown Coalition

Outstanding Fundraiser
- The Oregon Trail(R) Game 5 K, Downtown Oregon City Association

Best Image Activity
- Dayton Artscape, Dayton Community Development Association

Best Special Event
- Estacada Uncorked

Best New Business
- Running Princess Apparel, Corvallis

Business of the Year - tie
- Sweet Wife Baking, Baker City
- Fort George Brewery + Public House, Astoria

Best Economic Vitality Activity
- ShoreStyle Wedding Faire, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Volunteer Development
- Astoria Volunteer Appreciation Night, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Community Education
- The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding individuals, businesses, and projects in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network," said Sheri Stuart, state coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "They represent some of the hard work, creativity, and investment happening across the state to strengthen and revitalize our historic downtowns."

The wide range of awards is reflective of the comprehensive Four-Point Approach(R) to downtown revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center. This model is used by the communities participating in the three-tier Main Street Track of Oregon Main Street Network. From 2010 to 2015, communities participating in the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels of the Network have seen $62,943,871 in private building improvement projects, $75,088,333 in public projects, 863 private rehab projects, 468 net new businesses, and 2,244 net new jobs.

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information, visit www.oregonheritage.org.
Thu. 09/15/16
Single vehicle injury crash in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 4:42 PM
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On September 15, 2016 at about 10:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle injury crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 1.5, which is about 13 miles south of the town of Ashland in Jackson County.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford F150 pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway on the left side and drove on the shoulder for several hundred yards, then drove back onto the interstate. Once on the interstate the vehicle rolled, ejecting the two male passengers. The vehicle then rolled several more times as it struck the guard rail and came to rest about 100 yards down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, Matt Tudor, age 40, of Yreka, CA, was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right front passenger, Chris Stevens, age 30 of Yreka, CA was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right rear passenger, Tim Hendricks, age 24 of Yreka, CA was transported by Life Flight to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which are not serious at this time. The left rear passenger, Mahaliah Gulbranson, age 21 of Yreka, was transported to Providence Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. It appears only the driver was wearing his seat belt.

There were two dogs in the truck and they ran away after the crash. Jackson County Animal Control responded to locate the dogs but was unable to do so. We have no information on the description of the dogs.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation, but the driver may have fallen asleep. OSP was assisted by Fire District 5, Ashland Fire and Rescue, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/16 1:47 PM
September 15, 2016

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

Agenda: Subcommittee staffing update; work plan review; review communicable disease control measures

When: Thursday, September 22, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. Comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8160646047412113665; or by conference call at 888-251-2909, access code 8975738#.

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 advisory board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Rebecca Pawlak, 971-673-1034, rebecca.l.pawlak@state.or.us

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OSP Concludes Firearms Investigation Involving Portland Man - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 11:23 AM
On August 4, 2016 the Oregon State Police Patrol Division received a complaint of an alleged crime of Firearm Transfer by an Unlicensed Person (ORS 166.435). The complaint was based on media reports that, Jeremy P LUCAS, age 45, of Portland, had unlawfully transferred a firearm to a private party.

The investigation was challenging due to the lack of any evidence supporting the allegations. Further the fact that OSP did not secure a voluntary statement from LUCAS and no persons came forward with the name of who the firearm was transferred to made it difficult to prove or disprove this crime had occurred.

On September 9, 2016, the case was considered closed pending the development of new leads or information. The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that they would not pursue criminal charges (see their decline letter which is attached).

No further information at this time.


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2016 Oregon Arts Summit to showcase "Arts in Action" (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/15/16 10:59 AM
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Salem, OR--"Arts in Action," art as a medium for addressing problems and strengthening communities, is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.

Hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Arts Summit is a forum of learning and shared resources for arts organizations, arts associations, elected officials, individual artists and arts professionals from around the state.

Through "Arts in Action," artists, arts organizations and artistic communities help solve some of Oregon's most difficult and pressing problems and create social calls-to-action for the state. The day's programming will explore how the arts are strengthening the regions' social, physical and economic fabric.

Agenda highlights:
The Arts Summit's keynote speaker will be Tim Carpenter of EngAGE, an organization transforming aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. Carpenter will speak about how artistic pursuits are making people's later lives more powerful and fulfilling.
Educator and artist Walidah Imarisha will lead a discussion about how arts are changing conversations about inclusion. She will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon documenting the story of race, identity and power in the state and how art and culture have played a role in both activism and oppression.
Insight Talks will feature six Oregon arts leaders sharing their organizational solutions: Julie Manning of Samaritan Health Services; Bruce Burris of OUTPOST1000/
ArtWorks; Liora Sponko from Lane Arts Council; Cheryl Snow of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Chrystal Figueroa and Stephen Marc Beaudoin from PHAME; and Seth Truby of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.

The Arts Summit also will feature dance, poetry and musical performances. Oct. 6 pre-conference activities include a tour of art and healing solutions at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; a self-guided Corvallis Arts Walk featuring 13 different galleries and studios; and themed dinners with Oregon Arts Commissioners and staff.

Registration for the Oregon Arts Summit is $95. Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for Arts Summit scholarships is Friday, Sept. 23. To apply, register or learn more visit www.regonline.com/oregonartssummit2016.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.

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


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State Forest Stewardship Committee to meet Sept. 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/15/16 10:33 AM
The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Sept. 22 in Salem to discuss the Forest Legacy Program and the Oregon Forest Management Planning System. Other items on the agenda include updates on the Community Forest Program and an overview of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policies and procedures for U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Programs such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about the committee here
Oregon Civil Air Patrol Conducts Change Of Command Ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 09/15/16 8:17 AM
Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
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Colonel William Ray, CAP, assumed command September 10th of the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing in a ceremony held at the Boulder Rock Inn in Lebanon, Oregon during the CAP's conference observing the CAP's 75th anniversary since it's founding just prior to WWII in December of 1941. Colonel Ray first joined the CAP as a 14 year old teenaged cadet in 1970 and served on active duty in the USAF from 1975-1977. He became a senior member in 1982 and most recently served as the Oregon Wing Chief of Staff. Colonel Ray replaces Colonel John Longely, CAP who has served as the Oregon Wing commander for the past four years since he was appointed wing commander in 2012.
Since it's founding and service during WW II, CAP has continued to save lives and provide relief through its emergency services program. CAP participants possess Federal Emergency Management Agency certifications and are qualified nationwide, making them the go-to organization for law enforcement entities such as State Police, the Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Operating over 600 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force-directed search and rescue missions utilizing aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network. The Oregon wing of the CAP has seen extensive service this past year with USAF recognition for 4 lives saved. Most recently, the Oregon CAP participated in a search for a missing hiker around Mt. Jefferson and the search for a missing aircraft on the Oregon coast

Members of CAP also play important roles in disaster relief and humanitarian services and train regularly for those roles such as the recent state wide, multi-agency Cascade Rising Exercise earlier this year. In addition to providing air and ground transportation and a vast communication network, CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies, facilitating effective operations.

In addition to performing missions in direct support of the Air Force by conducting light transport, communication support and low-altitude route surveys, CAP joined the war on drugs in 1986, offering their resources to halt the trafficking of drugs into, and within the United States.

The CAP also offers a Cadet Program for teenagers between the ages of 12-18 which includes multiple orientation flights as well as a community oriented aerospace education program.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Attached Media Files: Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
Wed. 09/14/16
Corps' fall operations: encouraging water safety and shoreline habitat stewardship
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/14/16 5:26 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

For Immediate Release:
Sep. 14, 2016

LOWER COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, Wash. and Ore. -- The shift in reservoir operations during the fall means changes for shoreline visitors and water-sports enthusiasts.

The Corps advises boaters and other people using regulated waterways to always be alert to changes in water elevation. Current reservoir conditions can be viewed online at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/Columbia, where you can find information on a regional basis, or view Walla Walla and Portland District water management pages.

"Typically the low flow part of the water year is between September and October, when boats can get grounded due to natural low flows and reservoir fluctuations," said Karlis Kanbergs, Northwestern Division Reservoir Regulation team lead. "Being aware of changing water conditions is vital to ensuring you have a safe boating experience."

Corps park rangers encourage visitors to safely enjoy the rivers by taking the following precautions:

When boating on managed reservoirs, please use caution because water levels can change quickly within the pool's operating range. Anchor your boat in water deep enough to avoid beaching, yet leave enough slack in your anchorline to avoid sinking your vessel, should reservoir levels fluctuate up or down.
Ensure properly fitting, accessible and serviceable life vests are available for each occupant on your boat. Better yet, wear them.
Keep life jackets on children while on or around the water. Don't let small children out of your sight.
Autumn often brings changing weather conditions which can create unsafe situations on open water. Know the weather forecast and have a float plan.

Changing water levels also changes how much land is exposed along the shoreline. Many beach-like areas frequently become submerged with just a one-foot increase in operating level. Nearby habitat areas can become vulnerable to damage by increased visitor traffic. Park rangers encourage visitors to avoid damaging the vegetation, and help keep shoreline habitat areas clean by using provided trash receptacles or, where no developed services are available, by taking their trash with them when they leave.

For more information about Corps-operated riverside parks, campgrounds and habitat management areas in the Walla Walla District, visit our website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation, or in the Portland District at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Columbia/.

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State to Honor and Remember Fallen Fire Fighters on Thurs., Sept. 15
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/14/16 2:51 PM
The name of Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark James Burns will be added to the state Memorial Wall during the 2016 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony on September 15, 2016. The ceremony begins at 1 pm at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The public is invited to attend.

Many may not be aware of the death of Battalion Chief Burns or the events leading up to this loss. At approximately 1649 hours on August 24, 2010, resources from Medford Fire-Rescue were requested to assist the City of Ashland at a fire at 825 Oak Knoll Drive. Medford Fire-Rescue responded under a mutual aid agreement to a wildfire that began on the west side of Interstate 5 and was driven by strong winds and warm temperatures to the east side of the freeway. Upon their arrival, Medford Fire-Rescue units encountered multiple residential structures on fire in the Oak Knoll subdivision. Battalion Chief Burns was one of the responders to this event and played a direct role in commanding firefighting efforts. Ultimately 11 homes were destroyed and two others were damaged but the firefighters efforts kept the fire from spreading to more homes across the street. After this incident, Battalion Chief Burns reported he was injured from heavy smoke and intense radiant heat while conducting reconnaissance of the area and evacuating residents. This injury led to Battalion Chief Burns' medical retirement from Medford Fire-Rescue and sadly his death on March 6, 2016.

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Fire Policy Committee determined that Battalion Chief Burns' death met the criteria for the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and was unanimously approved.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state. The State memorial, which was established eleven years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 168 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. The memorial serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women who have served as fire fighters in our state and have died while protecting our communities, natural resources and airports. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget."


More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at
http://www.firehero.org
Safety pays dividends
SAIF - 09/14/16 2:43 PM
SUMMARY: SAIF's Board of Directors today announced that employers who insure with SAIF may be eligible for two dividends this year: one based on premium, and another tied to safety performance. The dividends total $140 million.



When it comes to workers' compensation, safety pays the best dividends. The reason is simple--costs remain low because accidents and injuries are avoided in the first place.

To underscore this point, the SAIF Board of Directors today declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to all eligible policyholders based on their premium, and a new, $20 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

"The safety performance dividend creates an important incentive for policyholders to maintain and improve safety," said President and CEO Kerry Barnett. "It advances our mission to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work."

This is the seventh year in a row SAIF has returned a substantial dividend to its customers, but it's the first time since 2000 SAIF has rewarded safety performance through a dividend. The safety component will be distributed on a graduated scale based on the policyholder's losses and premiums, with the greatest amount paid to those with the best safety results as measured by paid losses to standard premium.

Together, the dividends represent a return of approximately 22 to 26 percent of premium that eligible customers paid in 2015. They are possible because of SAIF's overall financial results, including investment returns and favorable trends in claim costs.

"We're able to pay dividends because of strong financial results, and the best driver of those results are the injuries that don't happen as Oregon workplaces become safer and healthier," Barnett said. "More importantly, safety and health programs have helped thousands of workers avoid the pain and anguish of a workplace injury. That's the best dividend of all."

More than 46,000 customers are eligible for SAIF's primary dividend. Of those, about 95 percent are also eligible to receive all or part of the additional safety performance dividend.

Checks will be mailed in October to those who are eligible for the dividends.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit www.saif.com/about.
Lakeview Man dies in a fatal commerical motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:59 PM
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On September 14, 2016 at about 5:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140 E at milepost 2.5 (2 miles east of Lakeview).

According to Sergeant First Class Proulx, Preliminary investigation revealed a 1956 Peterbilt log truck was traveling westbound on Highway 140 E behind a 1979 Kenworth log truck. The Peterbilt truck caught on fire when coming down the hill and ran into the back of the Kenworth causing both vehicles to drive off the roadway, losing their load of logs onto the roadway.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Douglas McClain, age 60, of Lakeview, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Kenworth, Brenton Cannon, age 66, of Lakeview, was not injured and remained on scene to assist.

The highway was closed for about 2 hours and is currently open to one lane with a pilot car until the logs can be removed. The driver of the Kenworth was wearing his seatbelt and it is unknown if the driver of the Peterbilt was at this time.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation. OSP was assisted by Lakeview Fire Department, Lakeview Sheriff's Office, Thomas Creek Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Lakeview Disaster Unit and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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National Preparedness Month Activities Help Families Plan for Disaster (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/14/16 1:51 PM
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SALEM, Ore. - National Preparedness Month is well underway and Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reminds the public to be active in three important ways: Be informed about disaster threats in our state; make a family emergency communication plan; and build a kit with food, water and supplies to be self-sufficient for up to two weeks.

"We encourage all Oregonians to take steps to be ready for any emergency," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "Individual and family preparedness, as well as preparedness in the workplace, will help to save lives and property on our worst day,"

Several public preparedness activities are planned in September:
NW Natural and the American Red Cross team up to host a series of Get Ready events.
o September 17 | Get Ready Gresham
o September 17 | Get Ready Lincoln County
o September 24 | Get Ready The Dalles
Prepare Out Loud, presented by the American Red Cross Cascades Region, covers the science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, human behavior during disasters, how to prepare to quickly locate loved ones after a disaster and the central role our actions and voices play in building community resilience.
o September 22 - Salem: Presented by NW Natural, in partnership with PGE
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem
o September 30 - Tillamook and Manzanita
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. The OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport" (http://bit.ly/2c9koc7)is a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and room to include critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown when the "Go Kit Passport" has been completed. Send an email to public.info@state.or.us.

National Preparedness Month ends on September 30 but the public is invited to continue personal preparedness efforts by participating in the Great ShakeOut on October 20, an annual earthquake exercise that takes place around the world. At 10:20 a.m., people are encouraged to "drop, cover and hold on." In Oregon last year, an estimated 600,000 people participated. For more information or to register for the Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org/Oregon.

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Fatal Crash near Hubbard (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:08 PM
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On September 13, 2016 at approximately 7:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 99E near milepost 26 (north of Hubbard).

According to Trooper Freitag, the investigation revealed a white 2008 Ford Ranger operated by Andrew Pine, age 20, of Hubbard, was travelling southbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Ranger collided with a northbound Freightliner pulling double trailers loaded with lumber, operated by Patrick Bryant, age 58, of Battle Ground, Washington.

PINE was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he later died from his injuries. BRYANT was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Highway 99E was closed for approximately an hour and a half following the collision. One lane was opened for approximately 1 hour until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Ambulance, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).



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Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet September 21
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/16 11:22 AM
September 14, 2016

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

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center Training Room, Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 775, Portland

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: The agenda will focus on a discussion of Year 4, including the new opioid metric, benchmarks, and challenge pool criteria.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Man Arrested For Multiple Sex Crimes Involving A Juvenile - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 7:05 AM
On September 13th, OSP Detectives, along with agents from the US Marshal's Service, arrested Seth Ray Milton, age 28, at his residence in Wilderville, Oregon.

Milton was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant resulting from an August 2016, secret indictment in Josephine County for; three counts of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The arrest culminated a ten month long investigation by OSP Detectives who initially received information from the alleged victim who is no longer living in the area. The investigation determined Milton began abusing a female relative when she was about six years old until she was fourteen years old.

Milton was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

Additionally, investigators recently received information that Milton has been observed associating with underage females who are similar in age to the alleged victim at the time she was last abused. No additional victims have yet been identified. Anyone with information regarding Milton is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.
Tue. 09/13/16
Road Rage on I- 205 Southbound near Oregon City- UPDATE Suspect Arrested
Oregon State Police - 09/13/16 9:36 PM
UPDATE

On September 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM Mr. Bradlee J. France, age 38, from Oregon city was taken into custody for menacing, disorderly conduct, and pointing a firearm at another. Mr. France was lodged at the Clackamas Count Jail for the above charges as a result of the investigation of road rage on September 9, 2016.

Thanks to the tips from the public, Mr. France's vehicle was identified and an off duty Clackamas County Firefighter observed the vehicle near Stafford Road. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office located Mr. France driving the vehicle near the location. A traffic stop was conducted on Willamette Drive in West Linn. Mr. France was taken into custody without further incident.

Oregon State Troopers responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. France. Troopers retrieved the Glock 19, owed by Mr. France, used in the September 9th incident at his residence.

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On September 9th, 2016 at 7:30 AM a road rage incident occurred on I-205, southbound, near milepost 10 and 9 (vicinity of Oregon City). Several parties have reported the situation and provided a video showing a firearm being used in the incident. The vehicles involved are being described as Black Mercedez SUV and a Grey Dodge 3500 pick-up with a lift kit. The incident in question occurred on the southbound shoulder of I-205.

The Oregon State Police is investigating the case and are requesting any witnesses to please call our Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888 with any information. Please refer to case number SP16-305875. We are not releasing the names of the parties involved at ths time.

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Report on mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties now available
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/13/16 4:41 PM
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today published a report on the mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties.

In House Bill 3089, the 2015 Oregon Legislature directed DOGAMI to prepare a report that included:
- A review of the mineral resource potential of eastern and southern Oregon counties
- An evaluation of which metallic and industrial mineral commodities are most likely to be economically developable
- Recommendations for future mineral resource potential assessment activities
- A list of all relevant mineral inventories and studies previously completed by DOGAMI, and a cost estimate for making that information available online

Open File Report O-16-06, Metallic and Industrial Mineral Resource Potential of Southern and Eastern Oregon: Report to the Oregon Legislature by Ian P. Madin, Robert A. Houston, Clark A. Niewendorp, Jason D. McClaughry, Thomas J. Wiley, and Carlie J.M. Duda is available for download at: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-16-06.htm
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, September 23, 2016 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 4:37 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, Sept. 23 from 10 to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 252, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public announcements; updates on the Western Oregon University contract, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter requests for proposal process, the Department of Administrative Services ASL video project, and deaf cultural training; new executive leadership; and subcommittee reports.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, theresa.a.powell@state.or.us.
Evergreen Museum launching new innovation alliances and educational programs in Fall 2016
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 09/13/16 4:34 PM
McMinnville, Ore. (Sept. 13, 2016) -- With the mission to "inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and to honor the patriotic service of our Veterans", the Evergreen Museum campus is pleased to announce two new regional strategic alliances with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon, and new educational offerings and speaker series on campus.

Starting September 2016, as part of a new strategic alliance between two museums - the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (EASM) and the Fort Vancouver Pearson Air Museum - the Evergreen educational staff, based in McMinnville, OR, will be providing educational programming at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington. This partnership will increase the availability of aerospace focused Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs to Portland and Vancouver schools at Pearson Air Museum. Visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for details on class offerings.

Through the partnership with Innovate Oregon, the Museum is launching programs that help youth and adults re-imagine the possible. Like Innovate Oregon, EASM is aligning with leaders, entrepreneurs and youth in the community by providing a forum in which to learn, explore and ignite real career-development possibilities for the next generation in aviation-related innovations. This year's innovation program focus on drone-technology and how it may be used to address identified community issues. Students from regional schools convene every 6-8 weeks on the EASM campus to learn design-thinking skills, develop drone prototypes and share application innovations addressing community challenges. In between these focused "sprints" student groups return to their schools to develop their individual community team "solution". The year climaxes in the spring when each community team led by students presents and pitches their drone-solutions to interested investors in a "shark tank setting" at the EASM campus.

"We are excited about both of these collaborative regional partnerships - with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon. We look forward to growing and sharing our exceptional programming and leadership in aviation and space innovations as we expand the museum's impact throughout the region. When it comes to STEM programming our educators are second to none. We are eager to share their knowledge and passion with the students all around Oregon," said Ann Witsil, Interim Executive Director for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Campus.

In addition to these new partnerships the Museum has created two new speaker series -- "Evergreen Ideas" which focuses on the community and current topics in a TED Talk format, and "History Continued" with a focus on air and spacecraft specimens and history in general. These two speaker series will increase community engagement and provide learning opportunities for all ages while increasing our offerings for Home school days, outreach programming and new museum educational programs. EASM staff, volunteers and new community partners will continue to make EASM a center for collecting and sharing stories and innovations across generations of learners and leaders in aviation, space and military developments. Evergreen Museum completes 2016 and launches into 2017 with a focus on igniting imagination, providing bold new speaking engagements and educational opportunities as a true regional inter-generational innovation center.

The educators and docents of Evergreen Museum believe that everyone can benefit from the lessons learned by those who innovated and explored before us. Innovation flows from refining the work of others and providing the right tools and encouragement to enable students to exceed expectations when tackling real-world challenges. Join EASM on our journey to become the Inter-generational Innovation Center of Oregon. Come! Be Inspired!

Next Inter-Generational Innovation Event:

Designing the Approach for 2016-17 Academic Year "Drone Innovation Challenge"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:am-11:00 am, All Welcome
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Complex 3rd floor

"Evergreen Ideas" -- Education: "One Size Does not Fit All"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 4 pm -- 5 pm TED Talk
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Auditorium
For more information, visit www.evergreenmuseum.org
Partnership with Peace Valley School

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Museum Campus:
Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ("EASM") is the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Located on over 200 acres and encompassing four massive and magnificent buildings, the EASM exhibits more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, accessible to visitors of all ages and enhanced with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational mission "to inspire and educate" and it's partnerships with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Grant Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and scores of regional educational institutions.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of the charming town of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Innovate Oregon is a bold initiative to ignite and amplify a culture of creative problem solving and empower the next generation of innovators to meet some of the biggest challenges facing our state.
Oregon Disabilities Commission -- Executive Committee to meet September 26 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 2:56 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Monday, September 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, subcommittee discussion, review of the Liaison Report List, service equity discussion, upcoming commissioner vacancies and outreach.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
Rules hearing set Sept. 19 for the newly designated Chetco River State Scenic Waterway
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/13/16 2:43 PM
The draft rules for a portion of the Chetco River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a Sept. 19 hearing hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Brookings Public Library, 405 Alder St. The proposed rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections.


A rules advisory committee reviewed the draft management plan and draft rules developed in 2015 for the section of the Chetco between the Steel Bridge and Alfred A. Loeb State Park and provided comments on the effects of those rules on both land managers and the public earlier this summer. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing to provide feedback on the draft rules. Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov . Scenic waterways staff will incorporate comments into the draft rules for OPRD Commissioners to review later this year.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights. The draft plan, rules and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon August 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/13/16 10:00 AM
August Marks 50 Consecutive Months of Job Growth in Oregon


Oregon's payroll employment grew for the 50th consecutive month as employers added 4,600 jobs in August, after a revised gain of 5,000 in July. Since June 2012, Oregon's economy expanded rapidly, adding 208,200 jobs--an average gain of 4,200 jobs per month. Oregon hasn't seen such a long string of monthly job gains since comparable records began in 1990. Nationally, August was the 71st straight month of job growth.

Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August, an increase from July's rate of 5.2 percent. The rate has risen from a record low of 4.5 percent in the three months of March, April and May. Oregon's labor force, which reached a record high of 2,065,000 in August, has grown rapidly in recent months as the number of people employed increased along with growth in the number of unemployed. Oregon's unemployment rate remained close to the U.S. unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 4.9 percent in August.

In August, several service-providing industries expanded rapidly, while the two major goods-producing industries expanded moderately. August gains were largest in health care and social assistance (+2,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+1,300); financial activities (+1,000); manufacturing (+700); and construction (+600). August job losses were largest in transportation, warehousing and utilities (-700 jobs) and government (-600).

Over the past 12 months, Oregon added 59,500 jobs, for a growth rate of 3.3 percent--nearly double the national growth rate of 1.7 percent. During that time, none of Oregon's major industries declined. Construction expanded at the fastest rate, growing by 9.1 percent, or 7,500 jobs. Two other industries grew very rapidly during that time: professional and business services (+14,800 jobs, or 6.5%) and other services (+3,500 jobs, or 5.7%). Industries with less than 1 percent growth were mining and logging (no change, or 0.0%); manufacturing (+500 jobs, or 0.3%); and information (+300 jobs, or 0.9%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, September 20th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 18th.??NLG


Notes:

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon August 2016 News Release
Recreational target shooting cleanup on Tillamook State Forest raises awareness about fire safety
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/16 9:57 AM
Of the 807 human caused fires in 2015 on ODF protected lands, it is estimated that discharging firearms caused 25 of them, usually because a hot bullet fragment comes into contact with flammable materials, such as dry vegetation. A group of recreational target shooters is working to reduce those numbers. On August 27 members of Northwest Firearms teamed up with the Oregon Department of Forestry to cleanup target shooting areas on the Tillamook State Forest in an effort to promote responsible target shooting and fire safety.

Unlike target ranges designed for shooting, most areas on public lands are not developed specifically for shooting. "Target shooting on state lands has been steadily growing in terms of use levels -- resources and management strategies have not kept pace with the activity," said Wayne Auble, Forest Grove Assistant District Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry. "It is taking place across the forest in ways that create unsafe situations for people, increased fire risk, damage to trees and other resources, and litter. The partnership developed with Northwest Firearms will be valuable as management strategies are developed for this popular recreational activity on the forest."

Northwest Firearms members are working with ODF's Forest Grove District to reduce the risks associated with target shooting, including modifying a few sites to make them more fire resistant, safer to use and to better direct activity away from trees and other natural resources that can be damaged by shooting. "The sites are safer and more fire resistant" said Bryan Olson, a Northwest Firearms member who participated in the cleanup. "Signage around the area demonstrates how to use the area responsibly."

Debris burning has been and continues to be the leader among all human caused wildfires. In 2015, 183 fires resulting from debris burning charred 335 acres on ODF protected lands.

Find more information here or contact the Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District at 503-357-2191.
New 'Promise' video debuts on Glencoe HS robotics team
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/13/16 9:41 AM
A new video highlighting Glencoe High School's (Hillsboro School District) robotics team debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Team Shockwave from Glencoe High has ranked among the top teams in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. The video, which shows how students' interest in robotics is leading them on career paths, can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZf9F-3QKMw

The Glencoe video is the last of four videos for 2016 showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), CTE, the arts and more. The videos encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Mon. 09/12/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Klamath County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/12/16 5:17 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster today, September 12, 2016, at approximately 4 p.m., near mile marker 3 on Bly Mountain Road in Bonanza, OR. The fire affected two adults and three children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/12/16 3:15 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS September 19, 2016 @ 6pm.
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/26/16
Oregon State Library - 09/12/16 3:05 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Monday, September, 26, 2016. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.m

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 26, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

10:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 28, 2016 Bonebrake

10:45 Other business Bonebrake

11:00 a.m. Adjournment Bonebrake

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Pendleton September 27
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/12/16 2:35 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Vert Auditorium, Vert Club Room, S.W. Dorion Avenue.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Pacific Power - 09/12/16 1:12 PM
Contact:
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power
503-813-7281

Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Signs agreements with 7 projects, 4 to be built in Oregon by end of 2016

Portland, Ore. -- Sept. 12, 2016-- Pacific Power has contracted with the owners of seven renewable energy projects to acquire the renewable attributes of those projects to help meet the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) of Oregon, Washington and California. Four of these projects are new solar projects scheduled to begin operation in Oregon in the fourth quarter of 2016 to deliver power to the PacifiCorp energy grid. Two other new solar projects in Utah achieved commercial operation in the past year. The single wind project in the group is located in Colorado.

"These agreements extend our investment in renewable energy on our customers' behalf," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power. "As the result of our recent request for proposals for renewable resources, we have found these acquisitions to be cost-effective steps we can take to provide customers the cleaner energy they want. In the case of Oregon and the recently passed Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which increases the Oregon RPS to 50 percent by 2040, these contracts combined with our existing renewable resource portfolio will keep the company in compliance through 2028."

The seven projects will provide an aggregate capacity of 168.5 megawatts, enough energy to power over 25,000 average homes. Pacific Power will be acquiring the renewable attributes of these projects called "Renewable Energy Certificates" or RECs. Each REC represents a megawatt hour of renewable energy. RECs are "retired" with an independent agency to show compliance with the RPS. The agreements involve the purchase of future-generated RECs from all six solar projects and previously generated RECs from the wind project.

With the solar projects, both the existing ones in Utah and the planned ones in Oregon, PacifiCorp had already agreed to buy the power output of the plants. Now buying the RECs allows the company to apply the contracts toward the RPS goals set by the states Pacific Power serves.

The projects are:

Bend, Oregon
Bear Creek Solar Center -- 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Bly, Oregon
Bly Solar Center 8.5 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Madras, Oregon
Adams Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016
Elbe Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Logan, Colorado
Logan Wind Energy 201 MW, not connected to PacifiCorp system

Milford County, Utah
Pavant Solar 50 MW

Iron County, Utah
Enterprise Solar 80 MW

The company expects the one-time rate impact of these agreements to be around 1/20th of one percent, or about a nickel on a hundred dollar electric bill for Oregon customers.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Fatal Crash on Highway 20 near Tumalo - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/16 11:43 AM
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On September 11, 2016 at about 9:30 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 12.5 (west of Tumalo).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Toyota Tacoma, operated by David FINCHER, age 45, of Sherwood, was travelling eastbound when he lost control negotiating a corner and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Tacoma collided with two separate westbound vehicles, a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sarah PETERSON, age 37, of Bend, and passengers, female child, age 2, and male child, age 7; and a gray 2016 Dodge Charger, operated by Alexander PERKINS, age 28, of Bend and passenger Ashley PERKINS, age 27, of Bend.

The two year old female child passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

FINCHER was arrested and lodged into Deschutes County Jail for Manslaughter 2nd Degree. Additional charges are pending. FINCHER is scheduled to be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. (Today)

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Rural Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed a bicyclist just west of the crash location, was nearly struck by FINCHER in the moments leading up to the crash. Anyone who knows the identity of the bicyclist or who has additional information of the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Jason Hanson at 541-388-6213 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 (reference OSP case # SP16308856).

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

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Transmission structure replacement requires daytime outage Sept. 15 for Pacific Power customers near Provolt
Pacific Power - 09/12/16 10:26 AM
Sept. 12, 2016
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Transmission structure replacement requires daytime outage Sept. 15 for Pacific Power customers near Provolt

PROVOLT, Ore. -- Approximately 1,400 Pacific Power customers in the Provolt area will be without electricity during the day Thursday, Sept. 15 because crews need to replace a transmission pole near a river crossing.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sept. 15 and could last until 5 p.m., although power will be restored at the first opportunity.

The outage will affect from the 10000 block of Hwy 238 (West corner) to the 16000 block (East corner) as well as all customers south of Hwy 238 from Water Gap Road to Williams.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"The temporary power interruption is necessary in order for us to safely replace this vital transmission structure. The work will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in the area," said Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager for Pacific Power.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Sat. 09/10/16
***Update- Victim Dies*** OSP Conducting Shooting Investigation Near Grants Pass - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/10/16 10:24 AM
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On Septemeber 10th around 7am, Michael S HOCKERSMITH died at the hospital while being treated for his injuries. This investigation is ongoing, any requests or inquiries should be directed towards the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
On September 8, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to 4444 Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) where they located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound. The male victim, identified as Michael S HOCKERSMITH, age 24, of Grants Pass, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed HOCKERSMITH went to the mentioned address and a got into a disturbance with the residents, Richard C WEISS (age 64) and Ronnette D GIDEON (age 46). During the encounter, GIDEON shot HOCKERSMITH with a firearm. WEISS called 911 to report the incident.

GIDEON and WEISS cooperated with the investigation conducted by the OSP Criminal Division. Detectives later served a search warrant at the residence and conducted their investigation into the afternoon. OSP Detectives subsequently arrested GIDEON on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault in the 1st Degree. She was booked into the Josephine County Jail.

At approximately 2PM, as OSP Detectives were preparing to leave the residence, they heard the breaking of glass near the back of the residence. Upon checking the area, detectives observed large flames coming from a broken window. OSP Detectives along with responding patrol troopers, set up a search perimeter around the area. A Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 unit responded to assist with searching the area without success.

Fire units from Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire, Illinois Valley Fire, as well as the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the scene to assist with fire suppression. The house was extensively damaged from the fire.

OSP is now conducting an arson investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. All media inquiries shall be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No further information to be released at this time.


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Fri. 09/09/16
Health advisory for water contact at Nye Beach lifted September 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 4:07 PM
September 9, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory August 31 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Four horses and two mules died when struck by a commerical motor vehicle in Sherman County
Oregon State Police - 09/09/16 3:00 PM
On Friday, September 09, 2016, at approximately 4:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash (CMV) on US-97 near milepost 25. (four miles north of Grass Valley in Sherman County). The CMV tractor/trailer combination collided with four horses and two mules which were killed as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Peterbelt was loaded with potatoes and traveling southbound when it collided with six animals which were in the middle of the highway. The driver of the CMV, Mr. Kory Kock, age 33, from Grass Valley, Oregon, was not injured. The tractor sustained extensive front end damage. The trailer was not damaged.

The owners were notified. The highway was temporarily blocked while the horses were recovered. At 7:24 AM, ODOT reported all animals were removed and all lanes were opened. The animals were pastured east of the highway. They had to walk several miles to get to the highway. It is unknown how they got out of the pasture. This portion of the highway is not considered open range. There was no enforcement action taken on the CMV driver or the owners of the animals.

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BLM Announces Recipients of 2016 Rangeland Stewardship Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/09/16 2:24 PM
Boise, Idaho -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced its Rangeland Stewardship Awards for 2016, given in recognition of the recipients' dedication to the health and productivity of public rangelands under BLM management.
"These awards honor excellence in management practices that benefit America's public rangelands," said BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis in a statement issued from Washington, D.C. "Today the BLM proudly commends these public land stewards for their commitment to protecting rangeland resources for current and future generations."
The presentation of the four awards took place at the annual fall meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council. The awards were presented by Joe Tague, Chief of the BLM's Division for Forest, Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Mori Ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada, a family-owned operation with a BLM grazing permit that has demonstrated excellence in promoting native plant communities on the Mori allotment. The ranch's management, using a deferred rotation grazing system, has maintained perennial grass and shrub vegetation communities, minimizing cheatgrass invasion and production throughout the allotment, even in areas that have experienced recent fires.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Collaborative Planning Team Award went to the Shoesole Resource Management Group in Elko, Nevada, consisting of Federal and state agencies, organizations, and individuals, that has advised three Elko County family ranching operations on successful resource management practices for the past 20 years. The family operations are the Smith family's Cottonwood Ranch, the Boies family's ranch on the nearby Hubbard Vineyard allotment, and the Uhart family, which owns a ranching operation between the Cottonwood and Hubbard Vineyard allotments.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Collaborative Group Award went to the West Box Elder County (Utah) Coordinated Resource Management Group, which the BLM commended as an ideal example of a community-based land stewardship organization that is committed, engaged, and active across land ownership boundaries.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Drewsey Ranch in Burns, Oregon, which the BLM honored for the operation's commitment to reducing invasive, wildfire-feeding annual grasses and improving sage-grouse habitat.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: Rangeland Stewardship Awards Release
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet September 16 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 1:10 PM
September 9, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267, jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, September 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; updates; select 2017 Challenge Pool; public testimony; introduction to kindergarten readiness; introduction to medication therapy management measures; effective contraceptive use.

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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20 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/09/16 12:42 PM
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A total of 20 Oregon arts organizations have received $192,938 in FY 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects across the state. The grants range from $4,357 to $14,918.

"We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year's applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower, who chaired the review panel. "The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn."

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts by filling a critical gap or expanding opportunities for learners; encourage teachers and administrators to build knowledge about the arts through relationships with teaching artists and arts organizations; and include a plan for measuring new achievements, skills or attitudes of participants.

Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.

Editor's note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations' base location, the population they reach is often outside of their immediate community -- often in rural and underserved parts of the state.

Organizations receiving 2017 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland: $7,870
Architects in Schools: To support a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd through 5th grade Oregon classrooms.

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $7,001
Story Baskets: To support an integrated arts residency using basket weaving and storytelling to improve student skills in art, math and literacy.

Caldera, Portland: $14,918
The Geography of We - How Fire Sparks, Ignites and Transforms: To support a year-long arts mentoring project serving 430 underserved youth.

Fishtrap, Inc, Enterprise: $4,880
Various Writing Programs: To support Fishtrap's continuum of writing instruction for youth in Wallowa County.

Know Your City, Portland: $6,146
Youth Print PDX: To support the expansion of the 13-week arts and civics curriculum into two schools to serve 240 diverse youth in Multnomah County.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $11,360
Arts Apprenticeships: To support intensive, hands-on apprenticeships for low-income middle and high school students in Springfield.

Literary Arts, Portland: $14,282
Writers in the Schools: To support up to 45 semester-long creative writing workshops at 11 Multnomah County high schools.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $4,357
Healthy Relationships Workshops: To support three days of workshops for students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy with a performance of "Broken Promises."

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $13,478
Oregon Ballet Theatre L.A.B.: To support expanded dance residencies at three outlying, Title 1 schools in the Centennial, Reynolds and Beaverton school districts.

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $14,773
BRAVO Youth Programs: To support intensive daily orchestral music education in rigorous after-school programs for more than 100 students at three schools with high poverty rates in Portland.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland: $6,639
Loud & Clear and Read, Write, Act: To support K-8th grade in-school residencies that use the power of theater to advance arts education and support classroom learning.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $12,009
School Visit Partnerships: To support Oregon Shakespeare Festival's School Visit Partnerships with Oregon schools, an expansion and enhancement of the company's School Visit Program.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland: $12,427
Link Up National Concerts: To support two interactive, educational Link Up National Concerts in 2017, serving 5,400 3rd-5th graders from nearly 20 Oregon elementary schools.

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $9,688
Student Programs Expansion: To support the expansion of K-12 student programs, focused outreach and school tours for 16,000 students in the greater Portland region.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $6,369
Portland Opera to Go: To support an educational tour bringing live opera performances to up to 15,000 students in K-12 schools around the state.

Portland Playhouse, Portland: $9,688
Fall Festival of Shakespeare: To expand the 10-week after-school theater education program to serve 10 Portland-area schools in the fall of 2016.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $14,396
Right Brain Initiative: To support arts integrated educational experiences for nearly 27,500 K-8 students and 1,300 educators in the Portland-metro tri-county area.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,146
Youth StARTS: To support more than 3,000 hours of performing arts in-classroom instruction in Klamath County elementary schools.

Stories Alive, Ashland: $10,116
The Story Machine Program: To support 200 hours of literacy instruction and professional performances of original student work in nine Southern Oregon elementary schools.

The Arts Center, Corvallis: $4,395
Microbiomes - To See the Unseen: To support 220 students from five elementary schools in the creation and exhibition of collaborative artwork examining microbes and microbiomes.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Corps seeks comments on Bandon, Coos County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/09/16 8:58 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Ms. Gina Dearth to conduct work in Coos County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-112 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Thu. 09/08/16
Serious Injury Crash Involving Several Motorcycles on Highway 20 Milepost 136 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/16 4:01 PM
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On September 7, 2016 at about 9:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 136 (four miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed that seven motorcycles were travelling westbound when they encountered lumber debris in the roadway, just over the crest of a hill. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Larry LAHR, age 59, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William HUNT, age 58, and passenger Rose HUNT, age 56, of Earlville, Iowa, swerved to avoid the debris and collided. This caused both motorcycles to go down on the roadway resulting in minor injuries to the riders.

A 2016 Can Am Spyder motorcycle swerved to the left to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the south shoulder of the roadway. A 2011 Harley Davidson was able to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the north shoulder of the roadway. A 2001 Harley Davidson, operated by David MARR, age 64, of Floyd, Iowa, braked to avoid the collision and debris, causing the motorcycle to overturn. Two additional Harley Davidson motorcycles were able to avoid the debris and collisions and came to a controlled stop.

David MARR sustained critical injuries and was flown from Harney District Hospital by Airlink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Larry LAHR, William HUNT and Rose HUNT sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.

OSP was assisted by Harney County EMS, Burns Fire Department, Harney County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

For information on motorcycle safety, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's motorcycle safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspxFor information on


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Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday, September 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/08/16 3:49 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business; a period for public comment; the transition of new executive committee; discussion of the next full commission meeting on Dec. 8, 2016; an update on the Oregon Conference on Aging; an update on the joint legislative subcommittee with the Oregon Disabilities Commission; and new business.

People can also call into the meeting using the conference line: 888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst: Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
BPA wins awards for recycling, reducing and repurposing (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/08/16 2:28 PM
BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon.
BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration continues to be recognized for its sustainability efforts. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded BPA a 2016 Federal Green Challenge Award for recycling and reducing its paper use. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers recently named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles.

"Finding more sustainable and cost-effective ways to operate is just another way we're being a responsible agency and a good neighbor in the Northwest communities we serve," said John Hairston, BPA's chief administrative officer.

EPA's Federal Green Challenge is a national effort that encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing their environmental impact in the areas of waste, energy, water, electronics, transportation and purchasing. In fiscal year 2015, BPA increased its recycling efforts by 71 percent through the recycling of 2,397 tons of metal, 312 tons of glass and ceramics, 167 tons of wood and 97 tons of e-waste. BPA also cut its paper purchases by 61 percent through a reduction of the number networked printers and the continued adoption of electronic documents and presentations. And it reduced the need for new purchases by returning $4.3 million worth of usable materials back into its inventory.

Notably, BPA diverted 80 tons of obsolete ceramic and glass insulators from the landfill to certified recycling centers in Portland, Oregon. Through its supply chain, it shipped the insulators from areas that didn't offer glass and ceramic recycling to its Investment Recovery Center facility in Vancouver, Washington, which oversees the auction, transfer or recycling of surplus or obsolete equipment. BPA was also able to recycle copper wire from the insulators, which more than covered the glass and ceramic recycling fees.

"It was a win-win," said Kevin Kertzman, property disposal officer. "Not only did we reduce our waste, but we were also able to reimburse BPA's general fund, in turn crediting our electric ratepayers."

In June, the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles. After a remodel of BPA's headquarters in Portland, Kertzman faced the task of disposing of the surplus workstations. Early on, due to the age and condition of the furniture there weren't any takers. But after about a year of looking, and with storage costs piling up at about a thousand dollars a month, Kertzman learned that Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit health and medical care organization, had offices throughout Washington and Oregon that needed that exact type of desks, panels and filing cabinets.

"It was a great outcome," Kertzman said. "We were able to support an important local not-for-profit agency, while eliminating waste and protecting the environment."

BPA has also partnered with the Oregon Department of Corrections to refurbish old, unwanted office furniture on more of a long-term basis. To date, BPA's partnership with ODOC's Reuse Center has saved thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill and scraps yards, and provided inmates meaningful work.

"This collaboration is a win all around," said Chad Naugle, ODOC's sustainability program manager. "It benefits the environment, uses intergovernmental resources, and provides vocational skills for adults in custody in recycling, repurposing and upcycling."

Through its regional partnerships for placing and refurbishing outdated office furniture, BPA estimates it has diverted 40 to 50 tons of material from the landfill and scrap yard, and saved an estimated $35,000 in storage fees.

In the past five years, BPA has reduced its total energy use by 6.6 percent; saved nearly 30 million gallons of water; cut its fossil fuel use by 285,127 gallons; and diverted 12,498 tons of waste from landfills.

Last year, BPA received a Federal Green Challenge Regional Award for waste reduction. In 2014, BPA was recognized by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for outstanding efforts to improve air quality. In 2013, BPA was the first federal agency to be certified by the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program. And in 2012, BPA received the top award in the EPA's Federal Electronics Challenge. For more about BPA's accomplishments in protecting the environment, read its fifth annual sustainability report (www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/GeneralPublications/gi-Sustainability-at-BPA-2015.pdf).


Attached Media Files: BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon. , BPA won the EPA's Federal Green Challenge Award for purchasing and waste. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its recycler of the year for repurposing 30-year-old office cubicles.
Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will signal end of game
Oregon Lottery - 09/08/16 2:19 PM
Sept. 8, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Lottery wants players to know that beginning Nov. 15, 2016, the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it game will no longer be available. This is due to the game's second chance drawing that will take place Nov. 16, 2016.

"The Lottery normally waits until all top prizes for a Scratch-it game have been claimed before ending a game," said Interim Traditional Product Manager Tina Erickson. "With the ticket clearly touting the second chance prize on the face of the ticket, we determined it would be best to end the game just prior to the second chance drawing on Nov. 15."

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it is the latest entry into the Lottery's "family of games" Scratch-it offerings. In addition to the three second-chance prize packages, the game features four different tickets at different prices, with different top prizes. The $1 Wheel of Fortune game has a $5,000 top prize, the $2 game has a $10,000, the $5 ticket carries a $50,000 top prize, and the $10 ticket has a top prize of $100,000.

By entering non-winning Wheel of Fortune Scratch-its at www.oregonlottery.org, three players will be drawn to win a prize package that includes:
- Round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles
- Five days and four nights deluxe accommodations
- $1,000 in spending money
- Two tickets to a non-broadcast, lottery players-only taping of the Wheel of Fortune with Pat and Vanna and a chance to win $1 million
- And more

Each prize level of the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it offers players a varying number of entries based on the ticket's price. The $1 ticket offers one entry, the $2 ticket gets two entries, the $5 ticket gets five entries, and the $10 ticket gets 10 entries into the second chance drawing.

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Health advisory for water contact at Neskowin Beach lifted September 8
Oregon Health Authority - 09/08/16 11:48 AM
September 8, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Neskowin Beach, located in Tillamook County. OHA issued the advisory September 2 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Western Oregon University waives application fees for members of the Armed Forces (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 09/08/16 9:37 AM
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University has continued its expansion of services for members of the military and their families. Effective August 1, 2016, WOU will waive the $60 undergraduate and graduate application fees for current members of the armed services and former members who were honorably discharged.

"Western Oregon University appreciates the service and sacrifices that members of the armed services have made for our country and the world. We are pleased to be able to waive the application fee for them," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "The university offers many services including a Veterans Success Center for veterans and their families and we look forward to supporting their college success."

WOU's focus on providing students with a personalized and highly supportive learning experience has resulted in the university receiving numerous national awards for student success. The university is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and has been repeatedly recognized by GI Jobs Magazine as a GI Friendly campus.

"As a veteran, and the coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center, I am pleased that the university has continued to expand its services and support for America's veterans and current members of the armed services," said Andrew Holbert, coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center. "This is a great school that provides all students, including veterans, a high quality education with tremendous personalized support services."

More information on the Veterans Success Center can be found at wou.edu/veterans.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Attached Media Files: Western Oregon University Veterans Success Center logo
Oregon's drought taking heavy toll on conifer trees
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/16 8:50 AM
Oregon experienced record drought in 2013 through 2015, followed by another year of dry conditions in 2016, and those severe conditions are taking a toll on conifer trees. It's important to remember "a few drops of rain doesn't end the stress of drought on trees," said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief of the Private Forests Division for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Symptoms of drought include foliage loss, dead branches, dead trees and tops. Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible to further damage by insects and other pathogens, and damage typically is most severe on the fringe of forested areas and on shallow or rocky soil types. Trees growing near roads, ditches, pastures, disturbed soil, or where there is competing vegetation are frequently affected.

Symptoms are most visible during the spring following a drought event, although recent droughts have been severe enough for symptoms to appear in late summer or fall.

People can take preventative care to help trees survive drought by doing the following:
-Plant native and local drought-tolerant species
-Don't thin stands during droughts
-Control vegetation (especially grasses) that compete for soil moisture
-Remove and destroy dead and dying trees, blowdown and slash to reduce insect infestations
-Avoid damage from machines and soil compaction
-Irrigate landscape trees during dry weather, applying water slowly or use drip irrigation lines
-Apply mulch to landscape trees to retain moisture
-Don't alter drainage patterns (ditches, ponds, etc.) near established trees
-Don't fertilize during drought conditions. Fertilization stimulates dehydrates trees

To learn more about drought and tree care, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry's webpage here
Wed. 09/07/16
Health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/07/16 5:08 PM
September 7, 2016

A health advisory is being issued today for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah County.

The advisory is being issued due to visual confirmation of a blue-green algae bloom in the lake. Water monitoring has been completed to confirm the type of blue-green algae present and the level of any potential toxins that may be produced.

However, shipping and analysis of the sample will take time. It is expected that data from the analysis of the bloom sample will be available by the middle of next week. At that time, depending upon the level of toxins found in the sample, Oregon Public Health officials will determine if the advisory can be lifted, or if it will continue in place until the bloom is gone.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people that swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating, should be avoided in areas where blooms are identified. Oregon Metro, the agency that manages Blue Lake, has closed the lake to swimming, wading, and fishing for as long as the advisory is in place (http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/blue-lake-regional-park).

Drinking water directly from a lake where a bloom is identified is especially dangerous since any toxins produced cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. People who may draw water directly out of this area for drinking or cooking are advised to use an alternative water source. No public drinking or potable water systems are affected.

Exposure to toxins in some cases can produce symptoms very similar to food poisoning such as weakness, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If these symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. Other toxins can produce numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention for you or your pet. There is no antidote for these toxins but supportive care can treat symptoms and other concerns.

Contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a red, puffy rash in individuals with skin sensitivities or those who develop rashes easily.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

People may still visit Blue Lake Park and enjoy activities allowed in the area such as bird watching and boating at low speeds; however, any activities that might cause ingestion of water from the lake should be avoided.

For more information, or to report a human or pet illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767. For specific questions about Blue Lake Park and the lake closure, please call 503-665-4995, extension 0.

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Following National Search, New Child Welfare Director will Join Oregon DHS
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/07/16 1:00 PM
After a national search, Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Lena Alhusseini has accepted the Child Welfare Director position, effective November 7, 2016.

She joins DHS from Brooklyn, New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. Alhusseini brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in areas of international development, child protection services, social services and behavioral health, human rights, and community development.

She previously served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Alhusseini also established the first child protection center in the Middle East to address the issue of child abuse.

In 2011, President Obama honored Alhusseini as a White House Champion of Change for her work with child protection, domestic violence and sex trafficking. She has a Master's in Public Administration (NYU) and an MSc degree in Information Technology Engineering.

"Lena's experience in strategic planning, policy and advocacy with a focus on building support and consensus to achieve successful outcomes made her a clear standout," said DHS Director Clyde Saiki. "Her passion for protecting and serving vulnerable populations gives us the confidence that she is the right fit for this position."

As part of the interview process, Alhusseini visited several rural and urban child welfare branch offices in Oregon, meeting with staff, community partners, legislators and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She will be in Salem during September legislative days to begin meetings on issues of child safety, foster care placement capacity and comprehensive program improvement planning.

Lena's full bio, photo: http://www.aafscny.org/staffpages/lena-alhusseini
Board of Forestry announces new Oregon State Forester (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/07/16 12:08 PM
New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
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SALEM -- The Oregon Board of Forestry today unanimously selected Peter Daugherty as the next State Forester, concluding a process that began in early May when current State Forester Doug Decker announced plans to retire in October at the end of the current fire season. The Board announced the selection following an executive session to discuss the final two candidates, which also included ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata.

"The Board is excited to announce Peter Daugherty as the Oregon's new State Forester," said Board Chair Tom Imeson. "Peter brings a wealth of experience, energy and credibility to this critical position."

Daugherty currently serves as ODF's Chief of the Private Forests Division. He takes over as the 13th State Forester since the agency's creation in 1911.

"I'm looking forward to the privilege of working with the outstanding personnel of this agency, as well as with the dedicated stakeholders and all Oregonians who care about our forest resources," said Daugherty. "There are many opportunities, as well as challenges facing us as we hold ourselves to a high standard of forest stewardship, and I am committed to our continuous improvement."

The selection process included interviews with the Board, a public stakeholders group and an internal employee group, as well as meetings with the Governor. The Board sought public input on the recruitment plan and desired attributes in late June.

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


Attached Media Files: New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
Landslide mapping methods defined in new paper
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/07/16 11:45 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new paper shows how Oregon geologists map the state's susceptibility to deep landslides.

The paper, published today by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), provides a consistent method for mapping susceptibility to deep landslides -- typically very large landslides that extend deep into bedrock.

The methods have already been put into practice in landslide mapping projects across the state, says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist and the paper's lead author. Recent landslide maps, such as those for northwest Clackamas County, Clatskanie, Astoria and Silverton, were created using the method, which helps compare hazards in areas across the state, and defines common terms for discussing landslide risks.

"Our focus in developing this method was using the best science to create the most useful maps, so that Oregon cities and counties have the information they most need to reduce landslide risks," Burns says.

Little information had been published on mapping deep landslide susceptibility. Deep landslides tend to cover larger areas and move more slowly than shallow landslides -- but can do great damage. Knowing how susceptible an area is to multiple types of landslides is critical for planning, because strategies for reducing risks are different.

The paper is part of a series that captures landslide mapping methods, and builds on previous papers -- a protocol for landslide inventories, which show where landslides have occurred in the past, and a protocol for shallow landslide susceptibility. The papers describe methods for producing detailed, accurate and consistent maps, and detail what the maps show, and what their limitations are.

DOGAMI Special Paper 48, Protocol for Deep Landslide Susceptibility Mapping, by William J. Burns and Katherine A. Mickelson is available for free download at: www.oregongeology.org/pubs/sp/p-SP-48.htm

Other papers in the series include Special Paper 42, Protocol for inventory mapping of landslide deposits from light detection and ranging (lidar) imagery, 2009; and Special Paper 45, Protocol for shallow-landslide susceptibility mapping, 2012. The papers are available for free download in the DOGAMI Publications Center at www.oregongeology.org/pubs
Workplace safety, health event coming to southern Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/07/16 11:18 AM
(Salem) -- A three-day event in southern Oregon will offer employers and workers a variety of in-depth workshops and presentations on how to deepen their commitment to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces. Attendees will learn everything from building safety into every project and controlling welding hazards to achieving successful hearing conservation and fall protection programs.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to mark their calendars for the Oct. 11-13 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, David Rabiner, a partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources -- a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm -- will deliver the keynote presentation. Titled "Influence Without Authority: The Key to Safety Leadership," his presentation will explore important strategies for building a culture of safety.

"Safety shouldn't be about just following the rules," said Rabiner, who has spoken to national and international audiences for more than 22 years. "I'll be helping the group with the tools they need to go beyond compliance and achieve commitment."

Rabiner said the conference "is important because sometimes being a safety professional can be a lonely job." He added, "It gives safety professionals an opportunity to network with others who share the highs and lows. It's about learning with others who have something very important in common."

Other conference topics include:
Safety committee operations
Workplace violence: Who is vulnerable and what can we do about it?
Hazard identification
Truck fleet safety: What all employers with trucks should know
Hand tool safety
Recreational marijuana and employer drug screening: What can we do?

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday is $160, with optional pre-conference workshops ranging from $75 to $120. For more information or to register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern16.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentations Across Oregon this Fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/07/16 10:20 AM
The Red Cross is helping the region get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and other disasters by holding Prepare Out Loud presentations in Salem, Tillamook, Manzanita, Corvallis, Medford, Eugene, Portland and Bend, Oregon starting in September.

PORTLAND, Ore., September 7, 2016 -- September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging preparedness by kicking off a series of Prepare Out Loud presentations to help communities be prepared for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Following the presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"We can rise to the challenge of a Cascadia earthquake," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "First, we must understand the risks we face, the steps we can take now to prepare and why it's so important to share our preparedness actions with others. Prepare Out Loud gives attendees the tools they need to get ready for disasters big and small."

The presentations, which start on September 22 in Salem will be held in the following cities on the following dates:

Upcoming Prepare Out Loud Events:
Salem on September 22: Presented by NW Natural in partnership with PGE
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem

Tillamook and Manzanita on September 30
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

Corvallis on October 4: in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis

Medford on October 6: in partnership with Asante
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including a:
Disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Info Flyer , News Release - Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Prep Presentations this Fall
Sutherlin truck driver hauls in $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/07/16 8:08 AM
Eric and Beth Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks and claimed their prize Tuesday.
Eric and Beth Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks and claimed their prize Tuesday.
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Sept. 7, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Winning $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks didn't stop truck driver Eric Tackett of Sutherlin from delivering a load of drywall on his way to claim his winnings.

"It was on the way," Tackett said as he claimed his winning ticket.

Tackett, who works for Smalley Trucking Company in Sutherlin, drove his truck to the Lottery offices in Salem to claim the prize. He has been driving trucks for 17 years and said he is going to continue to drive after his big Oregon's Game Megabucks win. In fact, after claiming his win, he was going to pick up the trailer he left at his delivery.

Tackett and his wife Beth have been together three years and she regularly rides with him while he hauls loads of steel up and down the Interstate 5 corridor and across the Western states. "I normally play Megabucks because you get two sets of numbers for $1," he said. "We bought the ticket at the Coburg TA Truck Stop where we normally stop. We know the lady who sold us the ticket. When she finds out she is going to freak out."

By winning the $9.4 million jackpot, Tackett became Oregon's 256th Megabucks millionaire. Tackett opted to take the one-time lump sum cash payment option, and took home approximately $3 million after taxes.

The winning numbers were 4-6-15-21-38-40 for the Wednesday, Aug. 31, drawing. One set of numbers on Tackett's $5 ticket matched all six numbers, while another set of numbers on the ticket matched three of the numbers, good for a free Megabucks ticket

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The TA Truck Stop in Coburg will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $94,000 to the store located off Interstate 5.
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. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 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 over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Eric and Beth Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks and claimed their prize Tuesday. , Eric and Beth Tackett drove their work truck to claim their $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks prize Tuesday.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Jackson County, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/06/16 9:51 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2016 at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sterling Creek Road in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Theft of a Large Amount of Silver Coins in Josephine County - Persons of Interest Sought
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 5:19 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing an ongoing investigation into the theft of a large amount of silver coins. On or about August 13, 2016, a large amount of silver coins were stolen from a residence in Grants Pass. These coins are 2015 Royal Canadian Mint, 1/2 oz. Silver Eagles similar to the attached pdf. Also stolen were silver mercury dimes and silver Kennedy half dollars.

According to OSP Detective Annie Harris, OSP detectives identified two persons of interest:

Person of Interest #1:
James David Lee Hergett
Approx. 26 years old
Height: 5-10, Weight: 210
Hair: Auburn, Eyes: Green

Person of Interest #2:
Todd Murray Beveridge
Approx. 56 years old
Height: 5-07, Weight 145
Hair: Brown, Eyes: Blue

If you come in contact with coins matching this description or the two individuals in the attached pdf, please contact OSP Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-664-4600. Reference OSP Case #SP16-290159.

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Cape Kiwanda vandalism update 1: Oregon State Police taking lead on investigation (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/06/16 5:18 PM
The duckbill sanstone feature before being pushed over. Image courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 6, 2016

Contact: Chris Havel, OPRD, 503-931-2590 (cell)

Cape Kiwanda vandalism update 1: Oregon State Police taking lead on investigation

Pacific City OR -- The Oregon State Police will lead an investigation into vandalism of a natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda Stats Natural Area (http://bit.ly/capekiwandavandalism). The investigation will determine how to pursue possible violations of state park rules and Oregon laws in response to video showing visitors to the park pushing the landmark sandstone feature, known as the duckbill, to the ground in late August.

The investigation will be based out of the Oregon State Police Tillamook Worksite. The State Police will be working in close concert with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Tillamook District Attorney's office.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon State Police extend their thanks and gratitude to people who have already come forward with information. People with information about the incident can email tips to osppio@state.or.us, or call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 1-800-452-7888. All calls are kept confidential.

There is no new information about the people pictured in the video at this time.


Attached Media Files: The duckbill sanstone feature before being pushed over. Image courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. , The duckbill sandstone feature after being pushed over. Photo courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
City of Roseburg Fire Department Trains on New Holmatro Extrication Tools (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 09/06/16 4:58 PM
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The City of Roseburg Fire Department took delivery of new Holmatro extrication tools recently purchased in conjunction with the new 2016 Pierce Impel Fire Engine. Firefighters will be training with the new tools over the next three days at Walt's Towing on Diamond Lake Boulevard. The training provides firefighters an opportunity to train on today's high-tech vehicle safety systems and construction materials. Training will include vehicle extrication procedures and techniques to extricate passengers during an entrapment caused from a motor vehicle accident. The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank Walt's Towing for providing the vehicles and training grounds.


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Free town hall events in central, southern Oregon to discuss health insurance
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/06/16 3:27 PM
(Salem) -- The State of Oregon is hosting free town hall events this month to answer questions about health insurance available in central and southern Oregon.

Officials from the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, along with members of the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program will host the town halls. The Marketplace and SHIBA are part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The events, called Health Insurance 101, will discuss the basics of health insurance, as well as the many options that exist for all Oregonians.

Other topics covered include the myths of health insurance and the Affordable Care Act and the rules of health insurance. There will also be time for audience questions.

The town halls are scheduled for Lakeview and Klamath Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 27; Madras and Bend on Wednesday, Sept. 28; and Prineville on Thursday, Sept. 29.

"People often find enrolling in health insurance to be confusing and cumbersome," said Amy Coven, outreach and education coordinator with the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "However, it doesn't need to be. We want people to come get their questions answered so health insurance won't seem so scary."

Pre-registration is recommended to make sure there are enough seats and handouts. Email info.marketplace@oregon.gov or call 855-268-3767 (toll-free).

The schedule is as follows:

Lakeview
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lakeview Main Library
26 South G St.

Klamath Falls
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Klamath Falls Public Library
126 S. 3rd St.

Madras
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jefferson County Library District, Rodriguez Annex
241 SE 7th St.

Bend
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library -- Brooks Meeting Room
601 NW Wall St.

Prineville
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Crook County Library -- Broughton Room
175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr.

A list of all events is available at http://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/events-meetings.aspx.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at info.marketplace@oregon.gov.
Amity Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash On Amity Road - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 12:56 PM
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On September 5, 2016 at about 7PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle rollover on Highway 153 near milepost 8 (east of Amity).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Lexus sport utility was traveling eastbound on Highway 153 (Amity Road) when it drifted across the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder. The Lexus then crossed all lanes of travel, exited the south side of the highway, entered a field and rolled multiple times.

The driver, Todd A HAYES, age 51, of Amity, was pronounced deceased on scene. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factions. The highway was partially blocked for four hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by Amity Fire, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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**UPDATE** Fatal ATV Crash, Hit and Run (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/06/16 12:06 PM
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UPDATE
Deputies have made an arrest in connection with the fatal hit and run accident that killed Benjamin Wohl and seriously injured Breauna Ellison. On September 5th, at about 9:10 p.m., deputies arrested Walker Thomas Kellog, age 25 of Winchester Bay. Kellogg was arrested at the Shilo Inn in Newport with the assistance of the Newport Police Department.

Danielle Elizabeth Gockel-Figge, age 24, was also present at the Shilo Inn was cited for Hindering Prosecution. Gockel-Figge was a passenger in the Polaris at the time of the crash.

Kellogg was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on Second Degree Manslaughter, Second Degree Assault and Felony Hit and Run charges.

Case still under investigation, more information will be provided when available.
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On Friday, September 2nd, 2016, at about 11:00 p.m., deputies responded to an ATV crash on the dunes north of Banshee Hill in Winchester Bay. Witnesses report that 27 year old Benjamin Wohl (driver) of Poulsbo, Washington, and 30 year old Breauna Ellison (passenger) of Clackamas, Oregon, were riding double on a Honda ATV when they were struck by a red and black Polaris side by side ATV.

The suspect vehicle was occupied by 3 subjects, 2 males and 1 female, who stopped briefly after the incident. The suspects left the scene and ultimately abandoned the suspect vehicle and fled into the trees on foot, near the county ATV shed on Salmon Harbor Drive. Deputies with the assistance of a K9 unit were not able to locate the suspects.

Wohl was declared deceased at the scene and Ellison was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital with serious injuries.

If anyone has information on this incident they are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Case still under investigation, no further information available at this time.

Next of kin has been notified.

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Attached Media Files: Walker Thomas Kellogg
Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets September 13 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 09/06/16 11:33 AM
September 6, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discuss how the funding formula can be used to create incentive for change; discuss updated funding formula models; subcommittee business.

When: Tuesday, September 13, 1-2 p.m. A five-minute public comment period is scheduled at 1:55 p.m.; comments will be limited to two minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The public can also listen on a conference call line at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

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 Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

For more information, see the board's meeting page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432, sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Cannon Beach Man Killed In Crash on Highway 26. OSP Seeking Witnesses - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 9:43 AM
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On September 5, 2016, at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 19 (23 miles east of Seaside).

While emergency personnel were responding, the driver left the scene by private vehicle. That vehicle was later located by Cannon Beach Police where the driver (now a passenger) of the original crash was found to be in critical condition. That driver, Charles M KAKUSKA, age 22, of Cannon Beach, was taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed KAKUSKA had been driving a 1990 Honda Accord westbound on Highway 26 when it drifted off the highway and crashed into a ditch. Witnesses had reported seeing KAKUSKA traveling with another vehicle on Highway 26 at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.

After the crash and when KAKUSKA learned law enforcement was enroute, he was given a ride from the scene by the driver of the vehicle that also been reported traveling at a high rate of speed. This vehicle was later stopped by Cannon Beach Police.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Vine Maple Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed motorists may have witnessed KAKUSKA's driving behavior or stopped at the scene of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Greg Schuerger at 503-861-0781. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available at this time.


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**UPDATE** Murder Investigation and Arrest (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/06/16 9:13 AM
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UPDATE
Next of kin has been notified. The deceased male is identified as Larry Hugh Porter, age 55 of Azalea and the female is Deborah Sue Perry, age 51 of Azalea.

The case remains under investigation.
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On September 3rd, 2016, at about 8:36 p.m., a female who lives on Quines Creek Road in Azalea called 911 to report a disturbance and shooting. Deputies responded to the location and located Travis Leroy Bean, age 42 of Azalea, leaving the area in a vehicle. Bean was detained by responding deputies.

Inside the residence, deputies found an adult male and female who were both deceased. Both appear to have been shot.

The Douglas County Major Crimes team was activated and have been investigating through the night and today. Travis Bean was arrested and lodged in the county jail on two counts of Murder.

The investigation is ongoing. The names of the victims is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

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Attached Media Files: Travis Leroy Bean
Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Portland on September 19
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/06/16 9:01 AM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Monday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Multnomah Educational Service District, Auditorium, 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.
This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
OHA releases first quarterly legislative report on health system transformation in Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 09/06/16 8:32 AM
September 6, 2016

SALEM -- While Oregon's health system has undergone major changes, a broad array of measures show the state's health reform strategy has increased health coverage, improved health outcomes and contained health care costs in the state's Medicaid program, according to a new report. The Oregon Health Authority's "Oregon's Health System Transformation Quarterly Legislative Report" also shows that coordinated care organizations (CCOs) -- health plans that serve most Oregon Health Plan members and key parts of Oregon's health reform strategy -- are financially stable, with operating margins remaining healthy even as the state has adjusted rates.

OHA will present the report today at a meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

"Across the nation, Oregon's innovative approach to health reform is being watched closely as a model for providing better care, achieving better outcomes and holding down costs," Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said. "We encourage Oregon to review its effort and investment to date as we consider how to proceed on health system transformation into the future."

Oregon Health Plan grows to more than 1 million members

In 2012, Oregon launched major changes to its health care system. It established 16 CCOs across the state to deliver more-coordinated and flexible care to improve the quality of care, achieve better outcomes and hold down costs for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members. In addition, Oregon expanded OHP coverage through its implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.

The report found that OHP's enrollment has changed dramatically in the past three years:

-- Enrollment: Oregon Health Plan supports more than 1 million Oregonians -- more than one in four people.
-- Increase in adult enrollment: OHP now covers more adults (60 percent) than children (40 percent). Prior to the ACA, OHP covered more children.
-- Most OHP members are served through CCOs: Nearly nine out of 10 OHP members are enrolled in a CCO.

Oregon health reform controls costs while maintaining CCO financial health

Through Oregon's dramatic changes in health reform, the state has held Medicaid costs to a promised 3.4 percent per-capita annual growth rate -- saving $1.3 billion in state and federal dollars from 2013 to 2016. Oregon's growth is below the 4.4 to 5.4 percent Medicaid increase other states are experiencing.

Over the past three years, on average CCOs remained financially healthy. In 2013, the aggregate operating margin for Oregon's 16 CCOs was 3 percent with a system-wide consolidated margin of $44.6 million. Total margin increased in 2014 to $234.8 million with a consolidated operating margin of over 7 percent, as CCOs experienced a surge in enrollment due to the ACA expansion population. The state based 2014 rates on projected utilization. However, the population turned out to be younger and healthier than expected. In 2015, OHA adjusted the rates paid to CCOs, based on actual OHP member experience data -- total consolidated margin for 2015 was $215.3 million with a consolidated operating margin of 5 percent across the 16 CCOs.

Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) currently have contracts that expire at the end of 2018. The Oregon Health Policy Board is in the process of holding listening sessions across the state to discuss the future of Oregon's CCOs and to gather public input about how they deliver services to Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

OHA's "Oregon's Health System Transformation Quarterly Legislative Report" also covers: Oregon Health Plan demographics, CCO performance on quality metrics, member satisfaction, health disparities, finance, patient-centered primary care homes, evaluations, local governance, and eligibility and enrollment. You can read the quarterly report on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Documents/LegislativeReport_Q1_2016.pdf.

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Mon. 09/05/16
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department statement on possible vandalism at Cape Kiwanda (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/05/16 10:07 AM
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 5, 2016

Pacific City OR -- A natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area was found in pieces last week. The park is on the Oregon coast in southern Tillamook County. The sandstone pedestal, known locally as the duckbill and roughly 7-10' across, was located in an area of the park fenced off for safety.

At the time it was discovered, there was no sign the formation had been vandalized. Since then, media in Oregon have obtained a video apparently showing a group of visitors pushing the formation to the ground.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond. The department takes vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 13-14 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/05/16 9:12 AM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // September 5, 2016

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 13-14 in Bend

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year Sept. 13-14 in Bend, Oregon.

On Sept. 13, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. tour of state parks in the area, followed by a work session and training at 1:30 p.m. with the director of Washington State Parks.

On Sept. 14, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverbed Community Room, 799 Southwest Columbia Street, to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

Approve a master plan for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, a not-yet-open 357-acre park in southern Tillamook County. The plan helps guide future recreation use and resource management on this ecologically diverse property that encompasses beaches, dunes, woodlands and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. Commission approval will allow the department to move forward on opening the park in 2017. OPRD purchased the property in September 2014 with Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. More information is online https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/Beltz-Property.aspx

Adopt minor changes to make the reservation process more efficient for customers and the agency.

Award more than $850,000 in parks grants to local governments through the Local Government Grants Program, funded by Oregon Lottery dollars.

Following the business meeting, commissioners will attend a 4:30 p.m. reception at Hollinshead Park, 1235 NE Jones Road.

The draft agenda and meeting are online at http://bit.ly/september2016agenda. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.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.
Sun. 09/04/16
Man Killed In Early Morning Crash Near North Powder - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/16 3:58 PM
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On September 4, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 237 near milepost 29 (near North Powder).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on Highway 237 when it drifted across the southbound lane and off the road. The Ford struck several fog markers and then a tree.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony A GEORGE, age 27, of Union, was pronounced deceased on scene.

OSP was assisted by North Powder Fire and La Grande Fire. This is an ongoing investigation and contributing factors are unknown. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Sat. 09/03/16
***Update - Name Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Interstate 5 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 09/03/16 5:50 PM
The deceased driver was identified as Brandon S PAGE, age 25, of Medford. The three passengers were his children. There are no photos available at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On September 3, 2016 at about 1:40AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 30 (Medford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it exited at the Crater Lake Highway off-ramp. The Chevrolet drifted off the roadway and rolled coming to rest upside down in a grassy area.

The driver, a 25 year old male, was pronounced deceased on scene. Three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

This is a preliminary release; more information will be released when it becomes available.
Fri. 09/02/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Seven People in Jackson County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/02/16 4:28 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster today, September 2, 2016, at approximately 3 p.m., in the 100 block of Ponderosa Way in Eagle Point, Oregon. The fire affected seven people, including two adults, five children and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Crash Sends Vehicle Into Irrigation Canal, Troopers Rescue Driver - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/02/16 1:08 PM
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On September 1, 2016 at about 3:00PM, an OSP Sergeant was on a traffic stop on Highway 97 near milepost 265 (north of Klamath Falls) when he requested a tow to impound the vehicle as the driver was suspended.

A tow truck arrived on scene, activated its amber warning lights and was getting into position when a northbound 2012 Toyota RAV4 struck the rear of the tow truck. The Toyota lost control, drove off the roadway and into an irrigation canal (about five feet deep).

The sergeant radioed for help and began efforts to save the driver, George M BEAUBIEN, age 79, of Chiloquin from the canal. Several troopers and OSP Detectives arrived on scene and rescued BEAUBIEN and his dog from the submerged vehicle. BEAUBIEN was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center for minor injuries.

The driver of the tow truck, Jeremy D TUTTLE, age 41, of Klamath Falls, was not injured. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.


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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Medford on September 15
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/02/16 12:45 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Inn at the Common, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
BLM Announces Public Input Opportunities for the first of "Section 368" Energy Corridor Regional Reviews
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management today announced public input opportunities for six regional reviews that will analyze the existing energy corridors designated for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Western Federal lands under BLM or U.S. Forest Service management.

The BLM, Forest Service, and Department of Energy recently released a study of the effectiveness of these corridors (accessible at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/) that identified questions to be considered during subsequent regional reviews.

These reviews will analyze whether any additions, deletions, or changes are needed to the 6,000 miles of corridor that were designated by the BLM and Forest Service under Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The corridors were designated after the agencies completed a broad-scale Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in 2008 (accessible at the Website listed above), titled "Designation of Energy Corridors on Federal land in the 11 contiguous Western states" (see Website above). The first of the regional reviews contemplated by the corridor study start this September. It will focus on corridors in southern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona.

To facilitate participation, the three agencies have jointly developed abstracts for each energy corridor and will be seeking input from the public and stakeholders -- including Federal, Tribal, state, and local governments -- to ensure as complete and current a record of facts related to the corridors as possible, before the development of recommendations.

Webinar-based orientations to the Region 1 corridor abstracts will be offered on Sept. 7 and Sept. 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/. Completion of the last review for the corridors is set for late 2019, depending on available funding.

Public meetings for Region 1 abstracts will be held on the following dates at the following sites:

September 20, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the BLM National Training Center (9828 N 31st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arizona local time.

September 22, 2016, in Palm Springs, California, at the University of California Riverside - Palm Desert Center, Room B200 (75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT

September 27, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Hampton Inn Tropicana (4975 S. Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT.

The public and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the Region 1 corridor recommendations before they are finalized and those Webinar and meeting dates will be publicized at least two weeks prior to the meetings.

The table below shows the full regional review sequence. Information on opportunities for engagement in Regions 2 through 6 will be provided as those reviews are initiated:

REGIONAL REVIEW SEQUENCE

ENERGY CORRIDOR REGION START PUBLIC INPUT ISSUE THE RECOMMENDATIONS
Region 1(CA, NV, AZ) September 2016 February 2017
Region 2(AZ, NM, CO) March 2017 September 2017
Region 3(CO, UT, NV) October 2017 March 2018
Region 4 (WY, MT) April 2018 October 2018
Region 5 (CA, NV) November 2018 April 2019
Region 6(MT, ID, OR, WA) May 2019 November 2019

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet September 6 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 11:27 AM
September 2, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting September 6 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear regular updates as well as potentially take action regarding HB 3396 and SB 440.

When: Tuesday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live web stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; director's report; HB 3396 final report and recommendations; CCO Quarterly Report discussion; SB 440 data report; public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 8 in Junction City
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 11:10 AM
September 2, 2016

Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City. The public also can attend via toll-free conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 297588.

Agenda: Public comments, OSH Advisory Board member onboarding, OSH patients' report, superintendent's report, data report, membership, retreat plans, next steps and board comments

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority Director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Health advisory issued September 2 for water contact at Neskowin Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 10:46 AM
September 2, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Neskowin Beach in Tillamook County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Until the advisory is lifted, direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Neskowin Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S.Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bicyclist Killed In Highway 199 Crash In Selma - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/02/16 9:19 AM
On September 1, 2016 at about 12:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 199 near milepost 20 (in Selma).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Ford pickup towing a 25 foot RV was traveling southbound on Highway 199 when a bicyclist attempted to cross all lanes of traffic, colliding with the side of the Ford. The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and struck the RV. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, later being identified as Robert L GREEN, age 45, address unknown. The driver of the Ford, Michael S MANN, age 58, of Redmond, was not injured.

Highway 199 was reduced to one lane of alternating travel for two hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor as witnesses believed GREEN was impaired.

No further information to be released at this time.
Thu. 09/01/16
State Memorial Ceremony to Honor and Remember 169 Fallen Firefighters
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/01/16 3:39 PM
Please join the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as they host the eleventh annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem. We are honored to have Oregon Fire Chiefs Association President Les Hallman as this year's guest speaker.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals, both career and volunteer, and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The name of Battalion Chief Mark James Burns, age 62, of Medford Fire & Rescue who died on March 6, 2016 from injuries sustained during am emergency incident in Ashland on August 24, 2010, will be added to the state memorial during this year's ceremony.

Following the featured speaker, honor guard members will call out the names of Oregon's fallen, toll the fire bell in their honor and place two wreaths next to the memorial wall recognizing deceased career, volunteer and wildland fire fighters. The U.S. flag will be ceremonially folded and placed at the memorial wall as well. The event will end with a bagpipe tribute of "Amazing Grace," and a bugler playing the solemn notes of "Taps."

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen-Fink, DPSST Fire Certification Supervisor, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

For additional information on the memorial, and for additional information on the men and women it honors, http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/pages/fallenfirefightermemorial.aspx
Mother and Daughter Lose Their Lives In Highway 30 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/01/16 3:32 PM
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On September 1, 2016 at about 8:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94 (just east of Astoria).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Suzuki sedan was traveling eastbound when it lost control negotiating a corner. The Suzuki crossed the centerline and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound 1999 Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Suzuki, Sabrina J RAINEY, age 38, of Astoria was pronounced deceased on scene. Her passenger, her 14 year old daughter, was also pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Dodge, Jordan L WALIEZER, age 31, of Kelso, Washington, received minor injuries and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for treatment.

Highway 30 was completely closed for 30 minutes before one alternating lane was opened. The highway was opened around 1PM. OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department, Napa Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Firefighters to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/01/16 3:24 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is pleased to announce the graduation of its first residential Firefighter Academy. This class began its six-week training program at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on August 1st, 2016 and will complete its training on September 9, 2016. The academy covered all required elements of the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualification Standard 1001 for Firefighter I and Firefighter II. More that three dozen topics were covered including search and rescue, flammable liquids, physical fitness, hazardous materials, ropes and knots, fire behavior, forcible entry, vehicle rescue, and many others.

This is the first firefighter training program ever offered in Oregon, and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, where the students completed their training while staying in residence.

The graduation is scheduled for 2:00 on September 9, 2016 in the Hall of Heroes at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem. Harry Ward, Oregon's Representative of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Courage to Be Safe Program, will be the keynote speaker.

Members of Graduating Class

Philip Amaya
Marion County Fire District No.1

Rachelle Beiler
Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District

Anthony Culver
City of Bend Fire Department

Richard Daniel
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Isiah Dolan
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Noah Elsner
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Kevin Ferns
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Michael Garey
Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District

Allison Green
Sutherlin Fire Department

Jett Hamik
Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District

Joseph Hammer
Tangent Rural Fire Protection District

Jamin Hooley
Lebanon Fire District

Riley Jones
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Kyler Karpstein
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Trinton Koch
Crescent Rural Fire Protection District

Travis Martin
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Westin Martin
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Ethan Ouellette
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Wyatt Perdomo
Sutherlin Fire Department

Christopher Petetit
Jackson County Rural Fire Protection District No.5

Nick Sheridan
Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District

Patrick Summerfield
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Ryan Thomas
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Labor Day Weekend -Sun, Fun, and Safe Boating (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/01/16 2:41 PM
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Labor Day Weekend is one of the top three boating weekends of the year on many Oregon lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season. To keep things fun and safe, the Oregon State Marine Board suggests taking the time to plan your water getaway and take home the following pointers:

Don't drink and boat. Boating is a great social activity, but the Marine Board encourages boaters and persons floating on the waterways, to leave the alcohol on shore. It's safer for everyone. If arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII), violators can be fined up to $6,250; can lose boating privileges for up to three years and even serve jail time. Consumption of intoxicants on many Oregon waterways is up, and so are accidents involving alcohol. So far this year, 10 people have lost their lives in recreational boating incidents, and many of which involve drugs and alcohol.

Know your waterway. "Be familiar with your surroundings and always watch where you are going," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Stumps, deadheads and sand and gravel bars can appear out of nowhere with water depth changes. Start out slow and get your bearings. Water levels around the state are very low which means sand and gravel bars may feel like they appear out of nowhere."

Know what rules apply. "There are all types of watercraft on the market; some are considered boats and others are pool toys. Boats are designed differently, and by state law, have specific equipment requirements such as having enough properly fitted life jackets and a sound producing device, like a whistle. Attach the whistle to your life jacket and you're set." Massey adds. "If you plan to float the river, keep in mind that pool toys are designed for use in a swimming pool -- have no directional control, and puncture easily in rivers.
If you are planning a relaxing float, do so in a watercraft designed for the river; one which won't easily puncture and comes properly equipped with a paddle so you can maneuver away from obstructions."

Wear your life jacket. Each boat (including kayaks, inflatable boats and canoes) must have a properly fitting life jacket for each person on board and at least one sound producing device, like a whistle. Life jackets need to be in good shape and readily accessible -- not under a hatch or in its packaging. All youth younger than 13 must wear a life jacket when in a boat that's underway. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that over half of all boating fatalities occur with small boats on calm waterways, in shallow water and sunny conditions. Ninety percent of boating fatality victims this year were not wearing a life jacket, on par with Oregon's average of 85-90% over the last 30 years.

Sit on the seat. The growth of wake surfing is luring many people to ride on the swim platform, stern, sides and the bow of unenclosed boats. The stern can be a dangerous place for exposure to carbon monoxide and a prop-strike safety hazard. It is illegal to ride on the bow, decks, gunwales or transoms of a motor boat when the boat is underway. Sitting on designated seat cushions is the safest place to be --especially when the boat is towing someone.

Slow down and keep a sharp lookout. Know the boating regulations for your area of operation. Always obey the "slow no-wake" buoys or signs. Boaters are responsible for their wake. Remember to slow down within 200 feet of a dock, launch ramp, marina, moorage, floating home or boathouse, pier or swim float. Be courteous with paddlers who are also sharing the waterway. Wakes can easily swamp low-freeboard paddle craft. Don't allow your wakes to generate negative attention from other boaters, property owners, and possibly, result in a citation.

Carry your boater education card. All boaters operating boats over 10 hp need to have a boater education card. Youth 12-15 who operate a powerboat 0-10 hp alone must carry a boater education card. When operating a powerboat greater than 10 hp, youth must be supervised by a card-holding adult age 16 or older. When operating a personal watercraft, the supervising adult must be 18 or older. Educated boaters are much less likely to be involved in boating accidents because they know the "rules of the road."

Carry your aquatic invasive species prevention permit. For registered motorized craft, your boat registration and current decals act as proof of payment into the program. For non-motorized watercraft 10 feet long and longer, such as canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboards and inflatable rafts, the operator needs to physically carry a permit when out on the water.
The cost is $7 for non-motorized craft and can be purchased through any ODFW field office or licensing agent. Permits are valid until December 31 of the year issued. Tyvek tags (waterproof permits) are sold through the Marine Board's online storefront and various Marine Board permit dealers. Tyvek tags are $5 for the annual permit and $10 for a two-year permit. This program is self-funded and permit fees support aquatic invasive species detection, decontamination, signage, and education materials for boaters.

Marine officers will be on the water to assist boaters and help keep the waterways safe. The top violations so far this summer involve collisions, not having life jackets, failure to carry a boater education card and aquatic invasive species permit. Other violations involve reckless operation and drugs and alcohol impairment. "Boating is the best escape, and a long weekend before heading back to school and other responsibilities makes it even better," Massey adds. "Just remember to prepare, and plan so you can have the best time out on the water, playing."

For more information about equipment requirements, regulations and ideas on where to boat, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/01/16 2:36 PM
Superintendent Kimberly Hendricks
Superintendent Kimberly Hendricks
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced four changes to the Operations Division management team, effective September 15.

Named were Brad Cain as Superintendent of Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, Brandon Kelly as Superintendent of Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) and Mill Creek Correctional Institution (MCCF) in Salem, Brigitte Amsberry as Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI), and Kimberly Hendricks as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem.

Cain has been the Superintendent at Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) in Baker City since 2013. He began his DOC career in 1990 as a Correctional Officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). He promoted through the security series, eventually serving more than five years as the Institution Security Manager at SRCI before becoming its Minimum Facility Manager. Cain served as Operations Manager at PRCF before being named Superintendent. He received an associate's degree in criminal justice in 1990 from Treasure Valley Community College.

Kelly has served as SCI Superintendent since 2015 and has 18 years of experience in corrections. He started his career in 1998 as a Correctional Officer at OSP after serving six years with the United States Marine Corps. Kelly promoted through the ranks: Sergeant in 2002, Lieutenant in 2003, Captain in 2004, Institution Security Manager at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in 2009, Assistant Superintendent at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in 2011, and Assistant Superintendent of Security at OSP in 2013 prior to being named Superintendent of SCI.

Amsberry, EOCI Assistant Superintendent of Security, has accepted a one-year job rotation as TRCI Superintendent. She started as a Registered Nurse in 2000 at EOCI, promoting to Nurse Manager in 2005, Correctional Rehabilitation Manager in 2006, and Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation in 2007. Amsberry served as interim Superintendent at EOCI in 2013, returning to Assistant Superintendent in 2014, and stepping into her current role of Assistant Superintendent of Security at EOCI in July of this year.

Hendricks has been Superintendent of Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend since 2014. She joined the department in 2001 as part of the start-up team at CCCF in the role of Safety Manager. In 2005, she transferred to Central Office to assist in the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) draft standards. In 2009, she became the Hearings Administrator for the Office of the Inspector General, and was named SCCI Superintendent in 2014. Hendricks received her Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from Willamette University in 2008.

Director Peters stated, "These individuals' pride, strength, respect, and commitment to protect and serve - as well as their combined 75 years of experience - will help carry our agency into the future."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Attached Media Files: Superintendent Kimberly Hendricks , Superintendent Brigitte Amsberry , Superintendent Brandon Kelly , Superintendent Brad Cain
Monthly Meeting: Oregon Housing Stability Council
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 09/01/16 2:23 PM
September 9, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing & Community Services, Room 124 A&B | 725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
Meeting Called to Order
Public Comment
Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
Consent Calendar
For Approval: Residential Loans
Multifamily Bond Approval:
Big Valley
Manufacture Home Park Preservation NOFA Updates for Approval
Statewide Housing Plan Update
Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Update
Housing and Urban Development Briefing with Margaret Salazar
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Briefing with Allan Lazo
Report of the Interim Director
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned
Oregon Food Bank unveils new logo, branding in time for Hunger Action Month (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 09/01/16 12:54 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- September 1, 2016 -- Every September food banks around the country use the month to raise awareness of hunger and motivate people to take action. This year Oregon Food Bank is also launching a revitalized brand, including a refresh of our more than 20-year-old logo.

"The way we appear in the community -- our visuals, our language -- needs to better reflect and communicate our commitment to end hunger," says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. "We are going to make Oregon the first state to eliminate hunger."

Creating a logo that represents all facets of Oregon Food Bank was a deliberate and thoughtful process. The simple, modern design communicates our mission and work. The new visual look is fresh, bold and warm, honoring our rich partnerships with Oregon's agriculture community and reflecting our root cause work, including shaping public policy, building community and amplifying the voices of people facing hunger.

New imagery and colors are reflected on a new website as well as our fleet of trucks and digital and print materials, with a deliberate visual focus on fresh produce. "Oregon Food Bank received almost 13 million pounds of produce for distribution last year," Morgan added. "Food banking has evolved far beyond the emergency food box approach. Our brand needs to help us tell that full story."

Pro-bono expertise and creative talent from award-winning design firm Industry and Nike shaped the rebrand, designed to engage younger donors, volunteers and advocates and deepen connections with our current supporters.

Hunger Action Month is a combined effort by Feeding America member food banks. This year's campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and promising future at risk.

Please note: New video for Oregon Food Bank https://youtu.be/UjRGVuFyFQU

About Oregon Food Bank
With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. Visit https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ for more information.


Attached Media Files: new truck , New logo
Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Salem on September 13
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/01/16 12:02 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College, Winema Building, Room 210, 4000 Lancaster Dr., NE.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

For a map of Chemeketa Community College: http://www.chemeketa.edu/locations/salem/documents/chemeketa_campus_map.pdf. The Wimena Building is number 48 on the map.
This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
BLM Issues Guidance for Implementing Greater Sage-Grouse Plans
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/01/16 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today moved forward on its collaborative effort to conserve Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat by issuing Instruction Memorandums (IMs) that clarify how aspects of the BLM's land use plans will be implemented. These seven IMs relate to oil and gas leasing and development, grazing, and the collection and use of land management data.

"Consistent with our unprecedented cooperation in developing the Greater Sage-Grouse plans, the implementation policies we are releasing today were developed in coordination with our partners in the states and interested stakeholders," BLM Director Neil Kornze said. "These Instruction Memorandums respond to state and stakeholder desires to see clear and consistent application of our management activities across the western Greater Sage-Grouse states while providing the flexibility needed to respond to local situations and concerns. Although each policy guides the specifics of a single issue in great detail, they all share the same goal of effectively conserving the West's sagebrush sea for the benefit of the people and animals who depend on it."

The seven IMs cover:

Oil and gas leasing and development: This IM provides guidance on how the BLM will prioritize oil and gas leasing and development in relation to habitat management areas, consistent with its sage-grouse conservation strategy and Greater Sage-Grouse land use plans.

Grazing permit review priorities: The BLM's land use plans commit the BLM to prioritize the review of grazing permits that are located within areas that were identified by a team of state and federal wildlife biologists as the highest quality habitat for breeding populations of sage-grouse. This policy provides further guidance on the considerations and process that should inform that prioritization.

Grazing management thresholds and responses: Under the Greater Sage-Grouse land use plans, the NEPA analysis for renewals or modification of grazing permits in priority habitat management areas must consider and may incorporate specific indicators of land health, as well as grazing management responses. This policy provides further guidance as to how and when thresholds and responses should be considered and implemented.

Adaptive management triggers: Most plans contain triggers developed with state wildlife agency experts that require the agency to take pre-defined management actions in response to changes in habitat or populations. This policy details how the BLM will proceed with notification and implementation of identified management actions if triggers have been exceeded.

Disturbance tracking: The land use plans commit the BLM to tracking disturbance and reclamation of sagebrush habitat. This policy guides the use of tracking tools to help ensure the consistent reporting of habitat disturbances and reclamation success across the Greater Sage-Grouse range.

Effectiveness monitoring: This policy explains how data gathered using the BLM's Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy will be pooled to assess how well the BLM is achieving its goals in the land use plans. These reports will use the data gathered under the AIM strategy and disturbance tracking policies and associated monitoring efforts.

Habitat assessment framework: Under this policy, the BLM will use Habitat Assessment Reports to gather information about the Greater Sage-Grouse and the health of its habitat into a single report that allows managers to make accurate assessments of habitat conditions at local, regional and range-wide scales.

The full text of each IM is available at www.blm.gov/sagegrouse in the Documents and Resources section. Detailed questions and answers on the IMs are available here.

On September 22, 2015, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture finalized the Greater Sage-Grouse plans, which included amendments and revisions to 98 BLM and U.S. Forest Service land use plans across the West. The plans, which were developed in cooperation among local, state and federal agencies as well as private landowners, were cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a key reason it found that the Greater Sage-Grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Information on the plans can be found here.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/5514/97384/GrSG.PressRelease.9.1.2016.FINAL.pdf
Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council meets September 17 in Baker City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/01/16 11:01 AM
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its fall meeting at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center five miles east of Baker City at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, September 17.

This meeting is free and open to the public. OHTAC will be discussing old business including the Barlow Trail Multimedia grant project, wind farm activity, council membership and terms, and more.

In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails. For information visit the OTHAC webpage or contact Loren Irving, 541-480-4167.
National Preparedness Month Encourages Oregonians with Slogan "Don't Wait. Communicate." (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/01/16 10:55 AM
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September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to think about things you can do to make sure you and your family are prepared for emergencies. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state proclamation in support of National Preparedness Month, highlighting the efforts of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to work with communities across the state to train, educate, prepare and equip Oregonians for emergencies.

"Oregonians are known for our grit and resilience," Governor Kate Brown said. "National Preparedness Month is a great reminder that we each must do our part to be personally prepared and develop family plans so we are ready for and able to quickly recover from major disasters, emergencies, and ultimately, the 'Big One.'"

This year OEM is participating in FEMA's Ready.Gov campaign to inform and empower people to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The campaign theme "Don't Wait. Communicate." provides a call to action for families, neighborhoods and individuals to make an emergency plan and communicate the plan before, during and after emergencies. OEM is encouraging Oregonians to set a goal of being prepared for at least two-weeks.

"What we do today to prepare will saves lives and property tomorrow, or whenever a disaster strikes," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "As we build a culture of preparedness in Oregon we are empowering Oregonians to be disaster survivors not victims. We want Oregonians to be prepared not scared."

Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves and
earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media -- newspapers,
websites, radio, TV, mobile and land phones, and amateur radio are all good
sources of information about disasters. Check out www.ready.gov for the latest
preparedness information.

Build an Emergency Kit. A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Once
it happens it may take days for responders to reach you and you may have to go
without food, water, or electricity. Build an emergency kit with two weeks supply
of food, water and other necessary supplies. The American Red Cross has a
recommended list of emergency kit items:
http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-html/kit-contents.asp

Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do
and if you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each
other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations. Read how to
develop a family disaster plan at http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-
html/make-a-plan.asp.

OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help plan for disasters available through local county emergency management offices. One of those publications is the OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport," a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, a home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, as well as insurance carriers and critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources.

Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown for completing a "Go Kit Passport" for their emergency kit. Contact public.info@state.or.us for more information.


PHOTO CAPTIONS:

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Governor Kate Brown and First Gentleman Dan Little begin the process of putting an emergency kit together with Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps at Mahonia Hall in Salem, April 12, to show how to build a kit with at least two-weeks emergency supplies. Phelps said purchasing a few items each pay check - and using other items you already have - is a good way to build a kit affordably over time. (OEM Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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The State of Oregon Proclamation from the Office of the Governor designates National Preparedness Month as an annual opportunity for Oregonians to learn about how to prepare for emergencies. (OEM Photo by Cory E. Grogan)


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Health advisory lifted September 1 for Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 09/01/16 10:54 AM
September 1, 2016

Reduced blue-green algae cell counts and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued Aug. 19 for the Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon. Ross Island Lagoon is located about one mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the number of blue-green algae cells as well as levels of associated toxins are below guideline values for human exposure.

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

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Deadlines approach for four Oregon Arts Commission grant programs
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/01/16 10:48 AM
Salem, Oregon. -- Four Oregon Arts Commission grant programs have deadlines in September and October: Small Operating Grants; Arts Build Communities; Art Acquisition Funding; and Individual Artist Fellowships. Here is grant information, listed in deadline order:

Small Operating Grants provide operating support for 501(c) (3) arts organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $150,000. The organizations must have arts at the core of its mission and provide public access to ongoing arts programs (at least four annually) for their local community. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2b21cAp. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Arts Build Communities grants provide $3,000 to $7,000 matching support funds to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1FJt69k. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, for projects taking place in 2017.

The Ford Family Foundation's Art Acquisition Funding Program, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bFtDFI.Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

Individual Artist Fellowships honor Oregon's professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their career. FY2017 awards are open to artists in the performing arts. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1OmCokh. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission is part of Business Oregon in recognition of the role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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OSP Urging Motorists To Prepare And Travel Safely This Labor Day Weekend
Oregon State Police - 09/01/16 10:40 AM
During the holiday weekend, September 2-5, 2016, the Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols on state highways to ensure travelers in Oregon have safer travels. Despite those efforts, the public is asked to prepare for their travels and to help enforcement efforts if they spot dangerous driving (any hazardous driving that puts others at risk: excessive speeding, impaired driving, etc). According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, "Too many lives are lost on our highways and we want to ensure all Oregonians and visitors safely reach their destinations this weekend."

According to AAA Oregon there will be a large percentage of travelers on the roadways, "Labor Day is seen as the final chance for a long weekend getaway before the summer comes to an end and generally sees the lowest travel volume of the three major summer holiday weekends. Over the last decade, travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend has remained relatively stable, with approximately 35 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home each year."

To add further traffic on the highways, the Oregon Ducks are playing in Eugene on Saturday which will lead to additional traffic congestion.

In 2015 and 2016, Oregon has seen a rise in fatal traffic crashes. OSP will continue its pledge in transportation safety by focusing on five major categories of driving behaviors that contribute to fatal or serious injury crashes. These categories are speed, occupant safety, lane usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will host the 2016 Oregon Conference on Aging Wednesday, October 12 in Corvallis
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/01/16 9:12 AM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will host the Oregon Conference on Aging Wednesday October 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. The conference is open to the public and free to attend.

Registration opens Thursday, September 1, 2016.

The agenda includes: a keynote address from State Representative Joe Gallegos; four panel sessions discussing the issues of Elder Justice; Long-Term Services and Supports; Healthy Aging; and Retirement Security. Please join this important conversation on issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities that will be discussed in the 2017 Oregon Legislative session.

People can also view the meeting via webstream. Please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/ADVISORY/GCSS/Pages/index.aspx to learn more and to register.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
Veteran Benefit Expo will connect vets with valuable resources and services (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 09/01/16 8:00 AM
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One of the largest veteran-oriented events in the state will be held in Portland next week, as the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs' (ODVA) second annual Veteran Benefit Expo kicks off at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

As ODVA's signature event, the Expo brings together almost 100 federal, state and local providers of programs and services that benefit veterans and their families, and is completely free to the public (including parking). One of its goal is to improve on the estimated seven out of every 10 Oregon veterans who have never accessed a single federal VA benefit.

The Expo will give attendees the chance to connect with a wide variety of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, trained and experienced in the unique needs of veterans, active service members and military families. The event roster features over 90 community organizations, nonprofits and state and federal agencies, including a strong contingent from the VA Portland Health Care System.

"We at the VA are thankful to our partners at ODVA for hosting this annual event," said Daniel Herrigstad, the chief of public and congressional affairs at VA Portland Health Care System. "It is a great opportunity allowing us to share information on services and resources with our veterans. This year, we have more than a half-dozen different VA departments scheduled to attend."

The VA's team will include Suicide Prevention Coordinator Aimee Johnson, who also participated in last year's Expo at the Salem Convention Center.

"Like many community events our team members attend throughout the year, we will be there to educate veterans, family members, friends and anyone who will listen about resources for veterans in crisis," Johnson said. "Suicide prevention is everyone's business."

Other participants include financial and veterans claims experts, Oregon colleges and universities, more than 15 employers and employment resources actively seeking to help veterans find rewarding jobs, and business gurus like Ruth Miles, small business advocate for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office of Small Business Assistance.

"Veterans are uniquely qualified to succeed in business, but there's no need to go it alone," she said. "The Office of Small Business Assistance can help vets get connected to resources that can make their business dreams a reality."

The Veteran Benefit Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free parking for this event will be available in the Rose Quarter's Garden Garage, directly north of the Moda Center. For maps and more information, visit www.expo.oregondva.com, or call 971-239-6640.

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Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 9/12/16
Oregon State Library - 08/31/16 4:53 PM
Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council will meet at the Oregon State Library on Monday, September 12, 2016. Serenity Ibsen will chair the meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Council will review the 2015 final grant activity reports and make recommendations to the Oregon State Library Board concerning the state's LSTA program's application materials. The Council will hear updates from the Library Support & Development Services Manager.

An open forum will be held on Monday, September 12th at 12:30 p.m. Any member of the public may address the Council on any topic during the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Ferol Weyand at 503-378-2525.


LSTA Advisory Council Meeting
Oregon State Library - Conference room 103
September 12, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:30 Welcome and housekeeping
9:35 Review agenda and approve minutes from May 16-17, 2016 meeting
9:45 Review action items from May 16-17, 2016 meeting
10:00 Report of Susan Westin, Program Manager
2015 budget wrap-up
Answerland
Edge
SDLAC
11:00 Review the 2013-2017 Five-Year Plan
12:00 pm Working Lunch
12:30 Open forum
12:45 Review 2015 final activity reports
2:30 Review 2017 grant guidelines
3:00 Elect new Chair, Vice-Chair, SDLAC, and Answerland representative
3:15 Presentation to departing members
3:30 Suggestions for new LSTA Council Members
2016 open seats will be: academic libraries, information technology, library users, underrepresented/ underserved persons, public libraries representatives
3:40 Recommendations to State Library Board (meeting will be held
on Oct 28, 2016)
3:45 Meeting review
3:55 Adjourn
Task Force on School Nursing meets September 9 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/31/16 4:37 PM
August 31, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Review and approve task force report

When: Friday, September 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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

The Task Force on School Nursing is a Governor-appointed task force legislatively mandated by SB 698 (2015). The task force is charged with:
-- Examining health care funding sources to support school health services

-- Recommending sustainable funding sources for school health services

-- Recommending standards of school nursing practices
-- Recommending ways to create a coordinated school health services model that directs an appropriate

-- Level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers

Program contact: Jamie Smith, 971-673-0724, jamie.leon.smith@state.or.us, for any questions related to the Task Force on School Nursing.

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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to meet next week
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 08/31/16 4:00 PM
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The committee is comprised 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.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you plan on attending, please RSVP online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQ2XGYN.

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.
360th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/31/16 2:46 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 360th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 360 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Police Chief Pete Kerns, of the Eugene Police Department, will be the guest speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP360 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Graduating members of BP360:

Police Officer Zachary Akin
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff John Alekseyenko
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Bielenberg
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Maria Campos-Lares
Canby Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Cardenas
Eagle Point Police Department

Police Officer Nigel DeLuna
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Roland Farrens
Keizer Police Department

Police Officer Adam Fischer
Eugene Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Friese
Crook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Greene
Gilliam County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Travis Gregston
Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Dana Gunnarson
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Haugen
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Eugene Henderson
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Dennis Hohstadt
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jake Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Kirksey
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Lee
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Michael Maierhofer
McMinnville Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Beckie McBride
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Tyler Milton
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Mock
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Troy Nicholson
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Matthew Nunnally
Cannon Beach Police Department

Police Officer Shane Orsborn
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Marinna Orta
Gladstone Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Parsons
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Bryce Sanman
Sutherlin Police Department

Police Officer Peter Seaberg
West Linn Police Department

Police Officer Jonathan Slack
Gresham Police Department

Police Officer Naivasha Smith
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Spencer
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Jonathan Stanley
Baker City Police Department

Police Officer Juliana Steinbach
Tillamook Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Surmi
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Hayden Tolzman
Lincoln City Police Department

Police Officer Samuel Tykol
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Tristan Walker
Stanfield Police Department

Police Officer August Watkins
Molalla Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Yanes
Warm Springs Police Department


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Health advisory issued August 31 for water contact at Nye Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/31/16 11:19 AM
August 31, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S.Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Tue. 08/30/16
Red Cross is Assisting Wildfire Evacuees in Josephine County; Temporary Shelter Established
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/30/16 7:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting individuals and families evacuated by a wildfire near Selma, Oregon.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees, located at:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy.
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

About the 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, like us on Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCasc.
Public Health Advisory Board meets September 12 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/30/16 2:01 PM
August 30, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Reports from the board's Accountability Metrics subcommittee and Incentives and Funding subcommittee; public health modernization and Oregon tribes; health equity resources; and the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Health Authority partnership.

When: Monday, September 12, 1-4 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 3:45 p.m.; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St. Interested persons also may attend by telephone conference line at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068. The meeting will also be live-streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

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.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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BLM Takes Important Step Toward Online Oil & Gas Lease Sales
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/30/16 12:17 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is implementing authority provided by Congress giving the agency the flexibility to conduct online lease sales. The move is a continuation of the BLM's ongoing efforts to modernize the oil and gas program by increasing program efficiency and generating savings for taxpayers.

The BLM is acting in response to authority provided by Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, which amended the Mineral Leasing Act to allow the BLM to conduct online lease sales. Prior to that amendment, the Mineral Leasing Act authorized Federal onshore oil and gas lease sales only by oral auctions. As result, the BLM's existing regulations referred only to oral auctions. Today's rule modifies those regulations to make clear that, as provided by the NDAA, either internet-based or oral auction procedures are permissible.

This final procedural rule and the legislative changes that preceded it are based on the results of a successful online auction pilot conducted by the BLM in Colorado in 2009. Based on the results of that pilot, the BLM estimates that internet-based auctions could increase aggregate lease sale revenues by about $2 million a year. The BLM believes that online sales have the potential to generate greater competition by making participation easier, which has the potential to increase bonus bids.

The BLM's Eastern States Office will hold the first auction under this new authority on Sept. 20, 2016, when it offers 14 parcels encompassing 4,398 acres of Federal mineral estate in Kentucky and Mississippi. The BLM is evaluating other opportunities to hold additional online sales.

Because today's rule relates solely to agency procedures (i.e., which auction process can be used) and simply restates the relevant statutory authority, it takes effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register and is not subject to notice and comment requirements. The rule does not change the eligibility requirements to participate in a lease sale or the competitive auction style employed by the BLM. Leases will still be awarded to the highest bidder based on a sequential and ascending bid auction system.

--BLM--

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands
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Attached Media Files: BLM Takes Important Step Toward Online Oil & Gas Lease Sales
Mon. 08/29/16
Correction: Celebrate the history of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at the Tillamook Forest Center (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/16 2:53 PM
Quenelle Children on Log Circa 1915
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Correction: [Falls hours for the Tillamook Forest Center begin Sept. 14]

Throughout September the Tillamook Forest Center will host a unique exhibit highlighting the history, culture, and artistry of the 27 Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. This exhibit will focus on Grand Ronde logging history, tribal plant uses and cultural history.

Sunday, Sept. 25 | Performances, Crafts and a Closing Ceremony
On Sept. 25, the exhibit will culminate with weaving demonstrations, tribal crafts vendors, a generous performance of traditional blessings, song and dance, and a film of a spiritual canoe journey. The Stankiya 40-foot canoe utilized during the traditional journey will be on exhibit. This special event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with a closing ceremony.

The Forest Center welcomes the members of the tribes and bands, their esteemed elders, and members of the general public to share in celebrating the blossoming connection with the Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center.

Location, Days, and Hours
The Tillamook Forest Center is located on Highway 6 at milepost 22, approximately one hour from Portland and 20 minutes from Tillamook. Summer hours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. continue through Sept. 11. The Center will be closed Sept. 12 and 13. Fall hours, Wednesdays -- Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. begin on Sept. 14. For more information about the TFC visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org or call 866-930-4646.


Attached Media Files: Quenelle Children on Log Circa 1915 , Inavette Cook was a Whistle Punk Circa 1930s , Grand Ronde Blacksmith Shop , 2009 Canoe Journey
ODF reminds operators log brand renewal starts Oct. 3
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/16 1:55 PM
The Oregon Department of Forestry reminds timber operators with current state-registered log brands that log brands must be renewed between Oct. 3 and Dec. 31, 2016.

Log brands discourage log theft
When transported on public highways, waterways, or railroads west of the crest of Oregon's Cascade mountain range, forest products and booming equipment must be impressed with a log brand, registered strictly through the Log Brand office in Salem. Log brands - the identifying symbols welded onto the face of a hammer and struck into the ends of logs for identification - discourage log theft and aid in the return of lost logs.

Under Oregon law, a log brand must be renewed every five years. To ensure receipt of a renewal certificate, timber operators whose addresses have changed since their last registration/renewal need to submit current address information before the Oct. 1 deadline. New mailing address information can be sent to the ODF's Log Brands Unit by mail, phone, fax or email:

Mail: 2600 State St., Building E, Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-945-7305 Fax: 503-945-7314 Email: Tina.L.Young@oregon.gov

"Timber operators whose addresses have not changed since the last renewal period in 2011, or have changed their address but contacted ODF to make the change do not have to take any corrective action," said ODF Log Brands Manager Tina Young. Renewal forms will automatically be mailed to registered log brand owners on Oct. 3, 2016. Timber operators need to turn these in to ODF by Dec. 31.

Operators who registered in 2016 must still renew their brands for the new five-year (Jan. 1, 2017 -- Dec. 31, 2021) period. The new log brands will be good through Dec. 31, 2021. Any log brands not renewed will be considered abandoned, and the registration number will expire.
Join us for the September DHS stakeholder/partner meeting re: legislative/budget issues
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/29/16 1:50 PM
Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion, including program updates, legislative concepts, policy option packages and other budget news. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Make plans to join us in person or by phone on Thursday, September 15th
Salem -- Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs auditorium (700 Summer Street NE -- just across the street from the main DHS offices)
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Conference call option: Call in for the meeting at 1-888-636-3807 (Participant code: 229664)

>> Please RSVP to DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us and let us know if you can attend in person or by phone. Thank you!

Please note: You asked, and we listened -- for the September meeting, we're trying something new. The Oregon Health Authority will be holding their stakeholder meeting on the same day as ours (but in the morning). For people interested in both discussions, this will simplify travel and other logistics. Information on the OHA meeting will be coming from them in the coming days. If you have questions about the OHA stakeholder meeting contact Claire Tollefsen CLAIRELLYN.R.TOLLEFSEN@dhsoha.state.or.us.
CORRECTION: Cooler conditions aid firefighters on High Pass 12.5 Fire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/16 10:10 AM
"Don't plan on the forecasted rain to put out this fire out. It's you guys that will put this fire out," said Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock to the day shift firefighters at the 5:30 a.m. briefing today.

The crews have made tremendous progress in mopping up this fire burning west of Junction City. They spent the last several days working to extinguish all smokes around the rim of the fire. In most places crews have created a 200-foot zone and are working towards 400 feet.

Bureau of Land Management resources advisors are finalizing plans to repair the federal lands affected by this fire. This includes pull-back of any bulldozer berms and installation of water bars to direct water off skid trails to prevent sediment delivery into streams.

All aircraft have been released except for one light helicopter left for reconnaissance flights, bucket drops and transport, should an emergency arise.

It takes a large number of personnel and water to cover the fire area and mop up the heavy fuels. Resources on the fire today include: 13 (20-person) hand crews, one light helicopter, 14 fire engines, one bulldozer and 13 water tenders. There are a total of 417 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres. It is 60 percent contained.

There are no evacuation orders in effect.

To date, no injuries and only one heat related incident has occurred.

For updates follow us on Facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry and Twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Multi-generational Workforce Workshop Included in Rural Business & Innovation Summit 2016 (Photo)
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 08/29/16 10:08 AM
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The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inclusion of the workshop entitled "Cohesiveness in a Multi-generational Workforce", led by speaker Judy Cordeniz, CEO of Lifeways, Inc. This workshop will focus on the changing demographics in today's workforce and how to build a cohesive team environment with differing generational viewpoints.

Judy Cordeniz has 30 years of experience facilitating day-to-day operational issues and development of long term strategic planning within healthcare systems. Her workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 14th 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rural Business & Innovation Summit location (Klamath Community College).

Tickets are on sale now ($99 for members of any Chamber, $149 for non-Chamber members). To learn more and to register for the Rural Business & Innovation Summit 2016, please visit our website.


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Cooler Conditions Aid Firefighters
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/16 9:33 AM
"Don't plan on the forecasted rain to put out this fire out. It's you guys that will put this fire out" said Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock to the day shift fire fighters at the 5:30 am morning briefing today. The crews have made tremendous progress in mopping up this fire. They have spent the last several days working to extinguish all smokes around the rim of the fire. In most places crews have a 200 feet zone and are working towards 400 feet.

BLM Resources Advisors are finalizing plans to repair the federal lands affected by this fire. This includes pull back of any dozers berms and installing water bars to direct water off skid trails to prevent sediment delivery into streams.

All air craft have been released except for one Type 3 (light) helicopter left for reconnaissance flights, bucket drops and transport should an emergency arise.

It takes a tremendous amount of personnel and water to cover the fire area and mop-up the heavy fuels. Resources on the fire today are: 13 (20 person) crews, 1 light helicopter, 14 engines, 1 dozer, 13 water tenders. There are a total of 417 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and is 60% contained.

There are no evacuation orders in effect.

To date, no injuries and only one heat related incident has occurred.

For updates follow us on Facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry and Twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Sutherlin Schools Have First Day of School Today for specific grades
Sutherlin Sch. Dist. - 08/29/16 7:21 AM
Today is the first day of school in Sutherlin for grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9.

Tomorrow, August 30th all grades except Kindergarten will attend.
Sat. 08/27/16
***Update - Names and Photos Released*** Man Loses Life In Interstate 5 Crash Near Hugo - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/27/16 9:36 AM
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The driver of the Ford was Robert W CHAVERS, age 86, of Grants Pass. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Yessica MACLOVIO RODRIGUEZ, age 23, of Ferndale, Washington. The driver of the commercial vehicle was Neil K PERKINS, age 55, of Roseburg.

No further information to be released at this time.
End Release


Previous Release:
On August 26, 2016 at about 10:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 66 (near Hugo).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the fast lane when it drifted into the slow lane where it struck a 2002 Ford Explorer. The Ford lost control, struck a guardrail on the outside shoulder, and flipped over it. The Ford rolled down an approximate 60 foot embankment before striking a tree. The male driver was pronounced deceased on scene.

After the collision, the Toyota was struck by a southbound 2007 International truck pulling double trailers. No occupants of the Toyota or International truck were injured.

Fatigued driving is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. Names are being withheld pending notification of families. The slow lane of Interstate 5 was closed for several hours while the investigation was being conducted. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation and Rural Fire Metro.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 99E - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 08/27/16 9:23 AM
On August 27, 2016 at abut 3:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 99E near MP 17 (just north of Halsey).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling northbound on Highway 99E when it drifted off the roadway and rolled. The driver was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene.

It is unknown when the crash occurred as the vehicle came to rest in a field and was not easily visible to passing traffic. A passing motorcyclist spotted debris in the roadway and stopped to investigate, locating the crash.

The operator was not wearing a safety belt and the investigation is ongoing including contributing factors. The driver's name is being withheld pending next of kin notification. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.