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Heroin/Meth Arrest (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 05/21/18 10:55 AM

On Friday, May 18th, at approximately 11:35 AM, the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team, with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, arrested 42 year old Harold Lee Smith of Green during a traffic stop in the 500 block of Happy Valley Road in the Green area.

A search of Smith revealed 45 individually wrapped bindles of heroin, each weighing just over 1 gram.  Detectives also located almost 8 grams of methamphetamine.  

Smith resisted arrest once the illicit substances were located.  He was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of Heroin, and Resisting Arrest.


Attached Media Files: 2018-05/6255/114590/IMG_1517.JPG , 2018-05/6255/114590/Smith_Harold.jpg

FBI Response to the Portland Incident Today
FBI - Oregon - 05/25/18 3:12 PM

In critical incidents, the FBI regularly offers additional resources to our local partner agencies. During the SW 6th Avenue/SW Montgomery Street incident earlier today, the FBI offered and provided assistance to the Portland Police Bureau. That support included analytical resources and investigative assistance from agents and officers assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

Portland Police Bureau is the lead agency for this investigation, and any substantive information will be released by PPB.



FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with Credit Reports (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/22/18 10:00 AM
TT - Credit Report - May 22, 2018
TT - Credit Report - May 22, 2018

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, using your credit report to build a digital defense against ID theft.

Last week, we talked about the toll that ID theft can take on your personal finances. A criminal organization steals your info – whether by data breach or through something as simple as a bogus email phishing attack – and your credit history can take a devastating blow. The fraudsters can open bank accounts, take out loans, or rack up massive credit card debt – all in your good name.

Given the hacks we’ve seen in recent years, there are few people who haven’t had their identity stolen. While you, as an individual, can’t stop those breaches against some of the nation’s biggest retailers and financial institutions, there is something very simple that you CAN do: check your credit history.

There are three main credit reporting agencies in the U.S.: TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. Together, they have set up a system through which you can request one free credit report each year from each of their agencies. You have the choice of getting all three at once or spreading them out over the course of the year.

To request your free reports, go to www.annualcreditreport.com.

Your report will include any names you have used, your addresses, how much you owe your creditors, whether you pay on time, whether you’ve been sued and whether you’ve filed for bankruptcy. Each report collects slightly different information from different sources, so it is important to check all three – whether at the same time or spread out over time.

Why is it important to make sure each of these reports is accurate? This may be your first indicator that someone is committing fraud in your name. In addition, these credit agencies sell this information to creditors, employers, insurance companies and other businesses. The information in this record may make a difference in whether you get a mortgage, new car loan, new credit card, get a job or pass a rental screening.

If you find fraudulent information – or something you dispute as being inaccurate – you need to document your request for review in writing to the credit agency. You should also send a dispute letter to the creditor who reported the item in question.

Also, a warning about look-a-like websites. www.annualcreditreport.com is the ONLY official, free option to receive your report from the three main agencies. Some for-profit sites will offer you a free report or credit monitoring initially, but then they will automatically start charging you down the road. In other cases, fraudsters have set up websites to look legit – but their only purpose is to gather your personally identifiable information, or PII, when you go to request your report.

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


Attached Media Files: TT - Credit report audio file , TT - Credit Report - May 22, 2018

Investigators Seek Indecent Exposure Suspect (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/23/18 11:11 AM
Suspect - photo
Suspect - photo

PROSPECT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to identify the suspect in a case of indecent exposure at a Prospect convenience store.  The incident was caught on surveillance video.

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the man entered the Cascade Gorge Store.  While purchasing items, he repeatedly exposed his genitals to the female clerk. 

The suspect left the store as a passenger in an older red SUV.  He is described as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s with a beard.  He was last seen wearing a grey or brown t-shirt and some type of garment on his head.

The driver of the SUV was also captured on video inside the store.  He is considered a witness in the investigation, not a suspect.  He is described as a male in his 20’s.  He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt under a button-down shirt. 

Anyone with information that can help identify these subjects is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-10185. 

Attached Media Files: Suspect - photo , Witness - photo , Involved vehicle - photo

Memorial Day Weekend Brings DUII Patrols (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/23/18 8:09 AM
Rural DUII patrols - photo
Rural DUII patrols - photo

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. For many people it is a time for road trips and outdoor recreation.  To help keep roadways safe for everyone, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be adding patrols to find and stop impaired drivers.

From Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27, 2018, deputies will focus their attention on rural roadways, especially those near popular recreation areas.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add deputies to the road without taking away from regular calls for service.

Deputies offer the following tips to help prevent impaired driving:

  DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.

  GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

  HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you are always ready. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.

  CAMP OUT: Rural areas may not have cell phone service. Take an overnight bag with you so you can spend the night if you’re too intoxicated to drive.

  PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.

  HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

  SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

For more information and statistics regarding impaired driving, follow this link: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450.


Attached Media Files: Rural DUII patrols - photo

Senate Bill 144 Strengthens Oregon State Law Protecting Archaeological Objects
Oregon State Police - 05/24/18 2:52 PM

The Oregon State Police wants to alert the public to the passage of Senate Bill 144 from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, which took effect on January 1, 2018.  Senate Bill 144 makes it unlawful to remove an archaeological object from public land without a permit.

ORS 358.920 prohibits a person from excavating, injuring, destroying or altering an archaeological site or object or removing an archaeological object located on public or private lands in Oregon unless that activity is authorized by a permit.  Prior to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 144, pursuant to ORS 358.915, a person who unintentionally discovered an archaeological object that had been exposed by the forces of nature on public OR private lands could retain the object for personal use.  However, after the passage of SB 144, that exemption no longer applies to public lands.  As of January 1, 2018, a person is only exempt from the prohibitions found in ORS 358.920 if they unintentionally discover an archaeological object that has been exposed by the forces of nature on private property.  Individuals found to have excavated, injured, destroyed or altered an archaeological site or object or removed an archaeological object located on public lands could be subject to prosecution.

As the summer months approach and more people are out recreating on public lands, citizens are reminded to leave discovered archaeological objects in place and not to remove and/or retain them.  Removing an archaeological object from public land without a permit is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor Crime.  Citizens with questions about archaeological objects can email the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at egon.Heritage@oregon.gov">Oregon.Heritage@oregon.gov.  Reports of anyone observed illegally collecting artifacts or looting of archaeological sites/gravesites can be made to the Oregon State Police (24/7) at 1-800-452-7888 or by using your cell phone keypad to dial OSP (677) .


Oregon State Police Memorial Day Travel Message (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/24/18 2:37 PM

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial launch into summer.  Experts already predict that this will be the busiest traffic weekend of the year.  To help keep your spirits high during your vehicle travel, take a few pointers from us here at the Oregon State Police.  

Plan ahead, be prepared and above all else be patient.  

  • Timing your departure can make all the difference.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination without getting frustrated when heavy traffic puts a pause in your time frame. 
  • Know your routes and options if you come across detours or construction. OSP likes to encourage all drivers in Oregon to use the Oregon Department of Transportation’s www.tripcheck.com.
  • Ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and in good working order to avoid maintenance emergencies.
  • If you are traveling with children, have something to keep them occupied. Games, snacks and pillows for sleeping will not only keep them occupied, but it will keep your attention where it needs, on the road.

The Oregon State Police patrol will be out in force this weekend.  Oregon State Troopers will be focusing on maintaining the flow of traffic as well as enforcing all traffic laws but especially the Fatal 5.  These 5 major categories of driving behaviors contribute to most fatal or serious injury crashes.


The Oregon State Police hopes that we don’t have to see you this memorial day weekend. Have safe holiday.


Attached Media Files: 2018-05/1002/114704/Memorial_Day_2018.JPG

UPDATE - Quadruple Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Rice Hill -- Douglas County - Names Released
Oregon State Police - 05/22/18 1:24 PM

The Oregon State Police (OSP) with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Medical Examiner have tentatively identified the occupants of the quadruple fatal crash that occurred on May 19, 2018 on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill. 

The operator of the Acura Integra is Gayle WARD, age 65, from Vancouver, Washington. 

The operator of the Nissan Murano is Jennifer MONTANO, age 18, from White City, Oregon.

The passengers of the Nissan Murano are Luciana TELLEZ-CABEZAS, age 18, and Esmeralda NAVA, age 18, both from White City, Oregon.


Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s quadruple fatal crash on Interstate 5 north of the Rice Hill area. 

On May 19, 2018 at 9:33 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Acura Integra was southbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons turned around and went northbound in the southbound lanes.   The Acura Integra continued northbound in the southbound lanes and collided nearly head-on with a southbound Nissan Murano.  Both vehicles became engulfed in fire after the collision.  Bystanders were able to remove two passengers from the Nissan Murano.    Drivers of both vehicles were not able to be safely removed and died from injuries sustained in the crash.  The two passengers that were removed from the Nissan Murano also both died from injuries sustained in the crash. 

Names of all involved are not being released pending positive identifications and next of kin notifications being completed. 

Investigators are looking for any witnesses that may have seen the red Acura Integra on Interstate 5 southbound prior to the crash.  Those witnesses can call the Oregon State Police at 541-440-3333 and reference case number SP18-181178.

Interstate 5 southbound was closed for over five (5) hours.  Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) set up a detour. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, North Douglas Fire, South Lane Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Roseburg Towing.  OSP was also assisted with the investigation by Clark County, Washington Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.    



Oregon State Police is hosting the 2nd Annual Missing Children's Day Summit and Child Safety Fair (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/22/18 11:38 AM

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day every year. Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority.  It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. The theme of this year’s event is taken form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “Hope is why we’re here”.  Organizations on-hand include those that not only investigate missing children cases, but also those that strive to give kids and adults tools to keep themselves safe on a daily basis.

The Oregon State Police tracks all missing and unidentified person cases in Oregon. OSP works closely with all other Law Enforcement partners to get these cases entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs) www.namus.gov.   As of today, there are over 412 missing children in Oregon.  That number changes daily.  We need the public’s assistance to help bring closure to these families. 

We are proud and excited to announce this year we will have representatives from:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
  • FBI- Portland
  • Homeland Security
  • Clackamas County Forensic Imaging Specialist
  • Joyful Child Foundation
  • RAD Kids
  • SAFEOregon along with Madison Baker, Miss Oregon High School
  • OSP Forensic Services Division
  • OSP Criminal Services Division
  • OSP Patrol Division
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Salem Police Department
  • Vicki Kelly, Tommy Foundation
  • Portland Police Bureau

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UPDATE - Motorcyclist and Passenger killed when hit by impaired driver. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/21/18 7:50 AM

UPDATE -  The deceased operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Daniel Lawrence Foster age 60 of Trail, OR.  The deceased passenger on the motorcycle has been identified as Catherine Denise Hock age 54 of Trail, OR.

The names of the juveniles will not be released by the Oregon State Police at this time.


On Saturday, May 19, 2018, at approximately 8:30PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 234 near Eagle Point in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound with a passenger when a silver Ford Mustang collided nearly head-on with the motorcycle.  Both occupants of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no injuries sustained by the three juvenile occupants in the Mustang.  The operator of the Mustang was arrested at the scene for DUII.

Highway 234 at the scene was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, Fire District 3, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

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

Attached Media Files: 2018-05/1002/114574/SP18-181113.jpg

Passenger killed in crash on Hwy 101 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/21/18 7:16 AM

On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at about 3:45pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic crash on US Highway 101 near milepost 145, just south of South Beach.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Shane LARSON, age 44, of Tillamook, and also occupied by Tyann WALKER, age 32, from Beaver, was traveling northbound when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel on a relatively straight section of the highway.  The vehicle struck a southbound silver 2014 Buick Verano head on.  The Buick Verano was driven by Sean COMPTON, age 50, from Springfield.  Following the initial collision, the Toyota Corolla traveled over an embankment west of the roadway and rolled onto its top.  The Buick Verano spun across the northbound lane and came to rest with the rear of the vehicle against the guardrail facing west.  

LARSON and COMPTON were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.  LARSON was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis due to the extent of his injuries. 

WALKER suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.        

US Highway 101 was closed intermittently during the investigation for approximately six hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Newport Fire and Rescue, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. 

Speed and DUII are being investigated as possible contributing factors for the crash.  This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: 2018-05/1002/114579/20180520_180212.jpg , 2018-05/1002/114579/20180520_180147_resized.jpg

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Jackson County this summer
Pacific Power - 05/24/18 9:03 AM

Pacific Power media hotline:                                      May 24, 2018 

1-800-570-5838                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Jackson County this summer

The new meters, installed free of charge, help shorten outages, provide daily usage data, and keep Oregon a leader in using clean, renewable energy.


MEDFORD, Ore. — Pacific Power is bringing more efficient and effective smart meters to residents and businesses of Jackson County, replacing thousands of aging electric meters throughout the summer months.


About 88,000 new meters will be installed in Butte Falls, Central Point, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, Rogue River, Shady Cove, and Talent. The installations are set to begin the week of June 25 and will continue in the area through September. In all, Pacific Power will replace 590,000 meters in communities across the state from now through fall 2019. Installations in nearby Josephine County are scheduled to follow Jackson County this fall.


“We’re installing smart meters here in the Rogue Valley as part of a statewide upgrade for the homes and businesses we serve,” said Christina Kruger, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for Southern Oregon. “It’s a project that will enable the communities we serve to take advantage of faster, more efficient energy technology.”


The new smart meters will:


  • Instantly track outages, meaning faster service response and shorter outages overall.
  • Let customers view their power usage hour-by-hour, so they can adjust their activity to reduce both their carbon footprint and bill.
  • Provide businesses with detailed usage reporting which will help them cut costs and make investments in items that help their businesses grow.
  • Update the grid to work more efficiently and better integrate renewable power sources.

Nationwide, more than 70 million smart meters are installed at homes and businesses, which includes half of all households in the U.S. Smart meters are a key component to updating the energy grid originally built for technology from 100 years ago. They also help Pacific Power hold down operating costs, improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy.

“This free upgrade brings a future of reliable and efficient power to our region and to our state, “said Kruger. “We are connecting communities throughout Oregon, improving the way we power our customers’ lives both at home and at work.”


Access to daily energy usage information will be available to customers via a secure website. The near real-time energy usage information will let customers better understand what is driving their electric bills and help them make decisions that can save energy and money. This capability will come about six weeks after a new meter is installed.


Here’s what customers can expect during the installation process:


  • Customers will be notified before installation through the mail and will receive detailed information about the new smart meters. Reminder calls will be made to customers as their scheduled installation date approaches.


  • Pacific Power’s authorized installer, Aclara, will arrive between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to make installations. Installers will drive vehicles and carry badges that identify them as an authorized contractor of Pacific Power. Unless an electric meter is inside, they will not need to enter customer homes or businesses.


  • During the installation, Pacific Power technicians will remove the old meter, install the new meter, restore service and verify the new meter is working properly. This process will require a brief power outage (less than five minutes). The technicians will leave a door hanger to let customers know they were there, and successfully installed the new smart meter.
  • Pacific Power will manually read the newly installed smart meters for at least one month to confirm everything is working correctly. After confirmation activities are complete in the area, meter reading will happen remotely.
  • Approximately six weeks following the installation when all area installs are complete, customers can sign in to their Pacific Power account to access the newly available usage data. Customers can sign up for their web account here.


If customers have any concerns, have not received the proper series of notices or have any reason to think a notification is not legitimate, customers should hang up and call Pacific Power’s customer service at 1-800-221-7070 immediately to verify whether they are scheduled for an installation.


Additional information, including installation updates are available at www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter. Customers can also call 866-869-8520 for help with any questions.




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 producers in the United States, with 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.


 Lower water levels will impact recreation at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs
Pacific Power - 05/21/18 1:13 PM

Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                                                   May 21, 2018

503-813-7282                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 Lower water levels will impact recreation at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs

Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs to drop 10-15 feet below normal


Klamath Falls, Ore. —PacifiCorp is advising those who use Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs for recreation to expect impacts from lower reservoir levels, including the closure of boat ramps over the Memorial Day weekend.


PacifiCorp started adjusting project operations on May 21 to begin lowering the reservoirs after finalizing plans with the Bureau of Reclamation and others to make additional water from the reservoirs available to the Bureau of Reclamation in Upper Klamath Lake. Reclamation will use this water to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations and to support deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.


While lowering of the reservoirs in late April to make available an initial 10,500 acre-feet to support agricultural needs could be done with limited impacts to Copco reservoir, lowering the reservoirs by 20,000 acre-feet below normal levels will drop both Copco and Iron Gate by an estimated 10-15 feet.


As a result, the company began closing boat ramps on May 21. Ramps are expected to remain closed until mid-June in Iron Gate reservoir. Ramps in Copco reservoir are likely to remain closed longer as the reservoir refills over the summer.

“We regret the impacts, especially as a holiday weekend approaches, but hope the community understands that the water is being used to help their neighbors get through a difficult time,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power’s regional business manager in Klamath Falls.

During the reservoir drawdown PacifiCorp expects peaking flows below J.C. Boyle dam in Klamath County, Ore. will be sufficient to support whitewater rafting over the holiday weekend.




To reduce similar impacts at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in the future, PacifiCorp plans to extend existing boat ramps to make the water accessible at lower reservoir levels.

Lowering Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in Siskiyou County, Calif., allows the Bureau of Reclamation to retain water in Upper Klamath Lake and remain in compliance with Klamath River flow and Upper Klamath Lake level requirements in place to protect endangered and threatened fish. Any extra water not required to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations would be available to Project irrigators.





PHOTOS- Log truck loses load at Exit 124 Roseburg (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 05/24/18 7:24 AM

ROSEBURG - I-5 Exit 124 southbound on-ramp/Roseburg: the SB on-ramp at Harvard Ave. remains closed after after a log truck lost its load earlier this morning. Roseburg commuters should consider alternate routes. SB slow lane will close soon to allow enough space for a loader to remove the logs.

Attached Media Files: 2018-05/1202/114689/I_5_Exit124Logs_2.JPG , 2018-05/1202/114689/I_5_Exit124_logs_1.JPG

173rd FW to conduct night flying operations for two weeks (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/25/18 11:30 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 29 and continue through Thursday, May 31.  Night flying will continue the following week, Tuesday June 5 and continue through Thursday, June 7.  Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW.  “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.” 

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights.  However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.  Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.   “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”

Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time. 



Photo Caption:


A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle taxis to the runway during night flying operations at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Night flying is an essential skill for student pilots to exercise during their training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)


Attached Media Files: 2018-05/962/114730/171026-Z-NJ935-0047.jpg

173rd FW to conduct Memorial Day flyovers in Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/25/18 8:37 AM

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Monday, May 28. 

10:45 a.m. Independence State Airport, Independence, Ore.

11:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Beaverton, Ore.

11:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Klamath Falls, Ore.

11:10 a.m. Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Mt View Cemetery, Oregon City, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.

11:25 a.m. Roseburg National Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore.

11:30 a.m. City View Cemetery, Salem, Ore.

11:40 a.m. Brookings Harbor Port, Brookings, Ore.

12:00 p.m. Woodville Cemetery, Rogue River, Ore.

12:15 p.m. Boatnik at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.

12:20 p.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.

12:25 p.m. Memory Gardens, Medford, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941.  The 173rd FW is home to the premier F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force.


Photo Caption

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, takes off down the ramp at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15 Eagle training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik)

Attached Media Files: 2018-05/962/114719/180503-Z-PL933-0031_editSMALL.jpg

Launching Negotiations to Modernize the Columbia River Treaty Regime
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/22/18 3:25 PM



Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2018 

The United States is pleased to announce the start of negotiations with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime on May 29-30, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border.  The Treaty, a worldwide model for transboundary water cooperation, has also facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation.  Modernizing the Treaty regime will ensure these benefits continue for years to come. 

As the United States enters these bilateral negotiations with our Canadian counterparts, our key objectives include continued, careful management of flood risk; ensuring a reliable and economical power supply; and better addressing ecosystem concerns.  Our objectives are guided by the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024, a consensus document published in 2013 after years of consultations among the Northwest’s Tribes, states, stakeholders, public, and federal agencies.

The U.S. negotiating team will be led by the U.S. Department of State and will include the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division (which together comprise the “U.S. Entity” that implements the Treaty in the United States); the Department of the Interior; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As negotiations proceed, the U.S. government will continue to engage regional stakeholders, Tribes, state government officials, and other interested groups.  For more information regarding upcoming Town Halls open to the public, please contact iaRiverTreaty@state.gov">ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov.  For press inquiries, please contact ess@state.gov">WHAPress@state.gov.

Volunteers honored at BLM 'Making a Difference' awards ceremony
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 05/23/18 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management today recognized the winners of the 2018 “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Awards.  These awards acknowledge the winners’ exceptional volunteer service on BLM-managed public lands in 2017.  This year’s awardees were honored during a ceremony that connected winners across the country via video teleconferences at BLM offices in several states and in Washington, D.C.  

“Through the years, volunteers on our public lands have ensured that Teddy Roosevelt’s ideal – the American conservation ethic – would endure,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “The BLM volunteers being celebrated today are champions of this conservation ethic, and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary efforts.”

In 2017, more than 28,000 volunteers contributed nearly 1 million hours of service valued at close to $23 million. The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands.  These hard-working volunteers have helped the BLM monitor trails, manage wild horses, keep campers safe, and provide environmental education, interpretation, and other visitor services.

The 2018 awardees and their BLM nominating offices are:

·         Pat & Phyllis MalatoOutstanding Achievement, Upper Snake Field Office (Idaho)

·         Susan MurphyOutstanding Achievement, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation

Area (Nevada)

·         Miranda & Madison DickinsonOutstanding Youth, National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (Wyoming)

·         Great Escape Mustang SanctuaryGroup Excellence, Little Snake Field Office (Colorado)

·         David & Jane StyerLifetime Achievement, Fort Ord National Monument (California)

·         Sandra & Geoff FreetheyLifetime Achievement, Moab Field Office (Utah)

·         Laura OlaisEmployee Winner, Gila District Office (Arizona)


A national panel of BLM specialists and partner organization representatives selected the winners for their exceptional contributions to conservation and management of public lands. 

For more information, please contact Linda Schnee, BLM National Volunteer Program Lead, at 202-912-7453 or lschnee@blm.gov


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.


Portland Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Dealing Heroin
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/22/18 3:37 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. –Joshua Paul Ruggles, 34, of Portland, was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

According to court documents, on March 11, 2017, a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officer responded to a report of a car prowler at the Pine Point Apartments on Southeast Pine Street in Portland. The 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a man who was not a resident of the complex rummaging through a minivan with a flashlight. When the officer arrived on scene, he observed a minivan with two male suspects inside. As one of the suspects, later identified as Ruggles, began to walk away from the minivan, the officer instructed him to stop and talk. Ruggles replied that he hadn’t done anything and continued walking away. The officer observed Ruggles holding an unknown dark object and reaching for his waistband.

The officer detained Ruggles and asked if he had any weapons on him. Ruggles declined. After finding brass knuckles on his person, the officer arrested Ruggles for carrying a concealed weapon. During a subsequent search, officers found $856 in cash in Ruggle’s right front pocket and several baggies of methamphetamine and heroin labeled for sale, a digital scale with drug residue, and a small loaded handgun in his groin area.

Ruggles previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on December 14, 2017.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with assistance from PPB. It was prosecuted by Leah K. Bolstad, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-05/6325/114641/SENTENCING-Ruggles-Final.pdf

Portland Man Sentenced to 220 Months in Federal Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/22/18 10:26 AM
Backpack Contents
Backpack Contents

PORTLAND, Ore. – On May 21, 2018, Jeramy Theodore Carpenter, 35, of Portland, was sentenced to 220 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on September 15, 2016, Carpenter and a co-conspirator arranged to sell two ounces of methamphetamine for $800. With Carpenter hiding in the back seat of a sport-utility vehicle, the co-conspirator drove to an agreed upon location to meet their buyer. The buyer entered the vehicle and sat in the front passenger seat. Carpenter raised up from the back seat and struck the buyer multiple times in the back of the head with a firearm, asking “Where’s my money?” After further interrogation, the victim persuaded Carpenter and the co-conspirator to drop him off to retrieve the money from a safe deposit box. The victim escaped and called police.

Multnomah County Sheriff deputies applied for and obtained a search warrant to search Carpenter’s garage and the vehicles associated with him and his co-conspirator. While searching the garage, they discovered plastic wrap from a used or discarded kilogram of methamphetamine, drug records, a money counter, and a backpack containing Carpenter’s wallet, identification, and prescription medications. Carpenter’s backpack also contained over 1,100 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, two firearms, three pairs of brass knuckles, and $1,000 in cash. Deputies found a third firearm in Carpenter’s vehicle and fourth in his spouse’s vehicle.

Carpenter previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on January 22, 2018.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and prosecuted by Leah K. Bolstad, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-05/6325/114616/SENTENCING-Carpenter-Final-Updated.pdf , Backpack Contents , Backpack

DPSST Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/24/18 3:00 PM

For Immediate Release                                          

May 24, 2018

Contact:              Sara Stewart     

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:00 on June 27, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the conference room A234 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Agenda Items:

  • Instructional Materials Review
    • Collaborative Revision and Development
  • Program Schedule
    • Review and Finalize
  • Instructor/Facilitator Development

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by DPSST Telecommunications Curriculum Committee unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

BPSST Fire Policy Committee Holds Quarterly Meeting Recommends Actions Against Six Firefighters
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/23/18 3:17 PM

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) held its quarterly meeting this morning, May 23, 2018.  The meeting was held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

To increase the public's trust, the Oregon legislature mandates the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training establish minimum standards that are required to be met and maintained by Oregon's providers of public safety, including police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, public safety instructors, and OLCC regulatory specialists.   Fire service standards for training and certification are voluntary with more than 80% of the fire departments and fire protection districts in Oregon participating in the state system.  The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is responsible for certifying public safety professionals who meet all of the Board-established standards, and for denying, suspending or revoking the certification of those who do not meet or fall below these standards. The Fire Policy Committee provides input and guidance to the Board on certification and training standards for more than 13,000 men and women who serve as career and volunteer firefighters around the state.

Professional Standards Cases Note: The below actions are recommendations that are being made to the BPSST. The BPSST has final authority to affirm or overturn any recommendation. All individuals have the will be afforded due process before any BPSST/DPSST action is final, which includes the ability to request a contested case hearing.

Agenda Items Included

Proposed Rule change OAR 259-009-0090 - Approved

Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-007-0010 & 259-009-0070  - Approved

Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-009-0065 - Approved

Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-009-0005, 250-009-0062 & 259-009-0080 (Wildland Interface Firefighter Update) - Approved

Fincher, David DPSST #19135 Not currently affiliated with a fire agency  - This was an informatonal item for the Fire Policy Committee.  The Committee did not need to take action as the incident is Measure 11 crime which will trigger the mandatory revocation process.

McEwen, Cheyenne DPSST #36822  Jefferson County RFPD  - The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training deny the application for certification for two years.

Albright, Jeffrey DPSST #F33547 Hoodland RFPD – The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training deny the application for certification for three years.

Klope, Andrew DPSST #F36968 Tri city RFPD No. 4 – The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to revoke certification for 39 months.

Harrison, Aron DPSST #22033 Lewis & Clark RFPD – The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training deny the request for certification, and revoke current certifications, for 36 months.

Dodenhoff, Kyle A.  DPSST #26245 Rogue Valley International Airport Fire District – The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to deny the application request, and revoke current certifications, for 19 months.

Poore, James T. DPSST #16053 Klamath County Fire District # 1 – The Fire Policy Committee is recommending that the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training deny the application request, and revoke current certifications, for 24 months.

The next scheduled meeting of the Fire Policy Committee is August 22, 2018 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 42,000 public and private safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers, OLCC regulatory specialists, criminal justice instructors and private security providers, private investigators and polygraph examiners. The Board is supported by five policy committees and a number of advisory and sub-committees representing the public and private safety disciplines. These bodies provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public and private safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of public and private safety providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and certifies qualified professionals at various levels from basic through executive. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

378th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/22/18 11:50 AM

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 378th 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 378 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.  Chief Tighe O’Meara of the Ashland Police Department will be the 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 #BP378 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 BP378:

Police Officer Fabrizzio Avila          

OHSU University Police


Police Officer Nathan Banfi 

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Charlie Berry 

Port of Portland Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Chandler Bolton       

Linn County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Gregory Bunker         

Nyssa Police Department


Police Officer Aaron Carlton

OHSU University Police


Police Officer Nicholas Codiga        

Warm Springs Police Department


Police Officer John Collins   

Portland Police Bureau


Deputy Sheriff Marcus Dennard       

Curry County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Sean Doran    

West Linn Police Department


Deputy Sheriff George Economou    

Hood River County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Sara Ellebracht         

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Jay Fox          

Dallas Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Mark Fox      

Marion County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Justin Gagnon

Seaside Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Chad Golden 

Klamath County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Richard Gonzalez-Godinez   

Independence Police Department


Police Officer Sierra Hancock          

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Diego Herrejon          

Gresham Police Department


Police Officer Jeffrey Hodney          

Monmouth Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Justin Horton

Klamath County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Dina Kashuba

Portland Police Bureau


Deputy Sheriff Robert  Konieczny   

Josephine County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Keegan McQuillan   

Lane County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff James Monda

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Caleb Mott   

Marion County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Adam Oblack 

Gresham Police Department


Police Officer Haley Rayburn           

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Ty Ridout       

Ashland Police Department


Police Officer Christian Santos        

Portland Police Bureau


Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sherrow        

Josephine County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Cory Stevens 

Cottage Grove Police Department


Police Officer Kristopher Swalko     

Portland Police Bureau


Police Officer Sara Tolley    

Pendleton Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Vinyard     

Coos County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Nycolma White         

North Bend Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Matthew Whitmer    

Coos County Sheriff's Office


## 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 Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

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

Terri Warpinski's "From Here to There" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office June 4 -- July 31 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/24/18 10:40 AM
Ripple Effect, Columbia Slough, 2006, Silver gelatin photographic collage with graphite, 22 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Ripple Effect, Columbia Slough, 2006, Silver gelatin photographic collage with graphite, 22 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist

Salem, Oregon – Eugene artist Terri Warpinski will exhibit “From Here to There” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from June 4 to July 31.

Warpinski’s artistic work reflects her longstanding interest in the traces of human activity embedded in landscape. Oregon’s abundance of natural open spaces—whether oceans, rivers, plains (sage or grass), lakes or desert (dunes, scrub lands, or playas)—have been the source of contemplation and inspiration for her photography for more than 30 years.

After 32 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Oregon, Warpinski is now a Professor Emerita of Art and dedicating her full attention to her studio practice. Her creative and scholarly career is distinguished by a Fulbright Fellowship (Israel 2000-2001) and most recently with a DAAD Research Grant (2016) to work in Berlin with the Stiftung Berliner Mauer as host institution. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship (2014) and two Career Opportunity Grants (2015, 2013) from The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Art Commission. She has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including at Ucross (2000), Playa (2011, 2014) and Caldera (2016).

Recently completed projects include “Surface Tension: three landscapes of division and Liminal Matter: Fences,” in collaboration with Portland poet Laura Winter. Her work has been shown in more than 125 exhibitions including the Pingyao International Festival of Photography in China; the US Embassy in Jerusalem; Houston International Fotofest; Center for Photography at Woodstock; the University of the Arts Philadelphia; and San Francisco’s Camerawork.

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.


Attached Media Files: Ripple Effect, Columbia Slough, 2006, Silver gelatin photographic collage with graphite, 22 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist

Memorial Day message from ODVA Acting Director Mitch Sparks (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 05/22/18 9:05 AM
Mitch Sparks
Mitch Sparks

One hundred and fifty years ago, no family or community was untouched by the bloodiest conflict in American history — the Civil War. The four-year-long struggle claimed the lives of over 620,000 soldiers — which is more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined.   

It was on May 5, 1868 that the Grand Army of the Republic, an early veterans advocacy group comprised of Civil War veterans, first urged Americans to observe a “National Memorial Day” to honor the dead of the Civil War.

The tradition has grown in the 150 years that have followed. Today, Memorial Day is a cherished and protected national holiday — especially in Oregon. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians attend ceremonies, town parades and other solemn events to pause and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice — from the Civil War to the most current conflicts in the Middle East.

It is estimated that nearly 6,000 Oregon service members’ lives have been lost in the line of duty since our state’s inception.

However Memorial Day is celebrated in your community, and however different it may appear from the simple ceremonies of a grieving, post-Civil War America, the sentiment remains the same. It is that of a grateful nation to its fallen soldiers: “Thank you. We will never forget you.”

This Memorial Day, as we kick off the start of summer and turn to enjoy Oregon’s incredible parks, beaches, rivers and mountains, we invite all citizens to pause and truly honor our fallen and our Gold Star families. We stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us and will never forget the service and sacrifice of all those who gave all.

Thank you all for your support of Oregon veterans, and bless all those still serving, at home and overseas.

Mitch Sparks is a retired Navy veteran and acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Attached Media Files: Mitch Sparks

Online directory of statewide Memorial Day events now available to the public (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 05/21/18 4:45 PM
2017 Statewide Memorial Day Celebration at Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem
2017 Statewide Memorial Day Celebration at Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem

Want to know what Memorial Day events are being held in your area? You can start online with the directory of Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and other special events that the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs maintains at www.oregondva.com/2018memorialday.

The directory includes an interactive map as well as detailed information about each event. If you don’t see your event listed, it’s not too late to share! Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/eventsubmissions and complete the brief questionnaire. Contact the ODVA communications team with any questions at 503-373-2389.

ODVA’s annual Statewide Memorial Day Celebration will take place later in the day this year. The celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m., May 28, at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem. The memorial, which is dedicated to the men and women who died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is located just north of ODVA’s offices at 700 Summer St. N.E.

ODVA Acting Director Mitch Sparks will open the program and a keynote address will be given by Vietnam veteran Tom Owen.  The program will include a color guard presentation by Western Oregon University’s Army ROTC cadets, the playing of “Taps,” the pledge of allegiance and a reading of the 142 names of the Oregonians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are inscribed on a granite wall at the memorial.

Attached Media Files: 2017 Statewide Memorial Day Celebration at Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem

Does health care paperwork make your head spin? Cure the confusion in a workshop on health insurance basics
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/25/18 2:11 PM

(Salem) – Deductibles, networks, formularies, and more: They are important aspects of health insurance, but figuring out what they mean for your family’s coverage can be tricky. That’s why the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is coming to Medford with “Building Blocks of Health Insurance,” a free, 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, at the Jackson County Library, 205 S. Central Ave., in Medford.

We’ll take the mystery out of health-insurance lingo, and help you become a confident health care consumer. An expert from state government will cover these topics:
• Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
• Summary of Benefits documents
• Explanation of Benefits letters
• Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing ketplace@oregon.gov">info.marketplace@oregon.gov.


The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

IPO vs. ICO, can you tell the difference? Operation Cryptosweep helps identify crypto-investment schemes
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/23/18 8:58 AM

(Salem) – Crypto-investment products are growing in popularity. There are more than 30,000 crypto-related domain registrations. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of initial coin offerings (ICO) are scams to steal your money and identity.


Investors can be easily confused thinking an ICO is similar to an initial public offering (IPO). While they sound similar, they are very different. ICOs sell digital coins or tokens to fund a project. IPOs sell common stock and securities.


The most important difference is that IPOs are highly regulated, providing investor protections; many ICOs do not provide those protections. 


To help consumers make informed decisions about crypto-investments, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is encouraging investors to be on the lookout for these common ICO schemes:


Fake digital wallets – A digital wallet allows someone to store, send, and receive cryptocurrencies. Scammers design fake wallets to gain access to people’s private codes and steal their cryptocurrency.


Pump-and-dumps – Groups of individuals coordinate to buy and promote a cryptocurrency on social media. They push the demand and price up, and then quickly sell it, leaving buyers with a devalued cryptocurrency.


Multi-level marketing platforms – Companies lure investors with the promise of high-interest/low-risk returns, and provide incentives to recruit additional investors. Eventually, the company shuts down the program, keeps the investments, and leaves investors with worthless digital coins.


“Approximately $400 million has been stolen from investors through ICOs, and that will continue to rise as they grow in popularity,” said Andrew Stolfi, division administrator. “Fraud runs rampant in these offerings and consumers must be extremely cautious before investing.”


The division has joined the North American Securities Administrators Association and more than 40 state and provincial securities regulators across the United States and Canada in Operation Cryptosweep. Designed to raise public awareness about the fraudulent actions of crypto-related investments, Operation Cryptosweep offers the resources below to help investors.


Digital currency warnings and tips


Informed investor advisory: ICOs


Video: Get in the know about ICO


Review these resources before purchasing or investing in any type of cryptocurrency, especially those offered by an ICO. Consumers who have questions about these unregulated assets can call the division’s advocates at 866-814-9710 (toll-free).





About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 


About Oregon DFR:

The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.


Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Federal Forests meets June 5 in La Grande
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/25/18 3:50 PM

Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet in 
La Grande on June 5. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and to end at approximately 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Alumni Room, Ackerman Hall 208, 1 University Blvd., at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. The subcommittee is meeting to review recent developments regarding the management of federal lands to increase the pace, scale, and quality of restoration. Specific agenda items include:

  • Federal Forest Policy
    • March 2018 Omnibus Bill
    • Recommendations and survey from the Western Governors’ Association Report
    • Reflections from the recent meeting of the Western Council of State Foresters
  • Oregon State University’s Fire Summit Report

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

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

Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet May 30
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/25/18 8:34 AM

SALEM, Ore.—The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Wednesday, May 30, from 9 - 11 a.m. in the Sun Pass Room, Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The committee will discuss the following topics:

  • Updates from the Private Forests Division
  • Community Forests Program updates
  • Forest Legacy Program FY 2020 Project Letters of Intent
  • Forest Stewardship Program updates.

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.


Oregon Board of Forestry meets June 6 in La Grande
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/22/18 1:11 PM

News Release

Date:  May 21, 2018

Contact:  Megan Ehnle, Board of Forestry Executive Support, Cell: 503-302-5603


Salem, ORE – The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in La Grande on June 6. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., and go through approximately 2:45 p.m., with an Executive Session following and scheduled to end at approximately 3:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda. The meeting will be held at Eastern Oregon University, 1 University Blvd., in La Grande.

Agenda items include:

  • Carbon Sequestration in Oregon’s forests
    •  A review of the recent work concluded by the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s Forest Taskforce
    • The Department’s work with the USFS-PNW Research Station to quantify the amount of carbon sequestered in Oregon’s forests to support the DAS Carbon Policy Office following the 2018 Legislative Session.
  • Smoke Management Program Permission for Rulemaking - The Smoke Management Program has completed its five-year review and has coordinated all recommended changes jointly with the Department of Environmental Quality. The Smoke Management Program is seeking permission from the Board to initiate rulemaking on recommended changes to OAR 629-048.
  • Update on 2018 Fire Season Readiness and Forecast
  • Approval of the Forest Protection Districts 2018 Fiscal Budgets and Rates
  • Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee testimony – FTLAC comments and information on state forests.
  • 2019 – 21 Biennial Budget Development – Staff will present the agency’s proposed policy option packages for the 2019 – 21 biennium.
  • Agency Initiative: 2019 – 2021 Agency Biennial Budget Request – Staff will present the final proposal of the agency initiative for Board consideration. Final consideration of the agency initiative for inclusion in the Agency Request Budget will occur at the July Board meeting.
  • Eastern Oregon Wood Products Conference – Provide a preview of the next day’s conference and field tour. The goal of the conference and tour is to highlight the potential opportunities for rural investment and improved forest restoration economics resulting from the continued growth and development of mass timber markets.

Audio recordings of each Board of Forestry meeting with minutes are posted upon completion of each meeting. Beginning with the June 6 meeting, livestream options will be available for those who wish to view remotely. Along with this content, other agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

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

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



Committee for Family Forestlands meets May 29
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/22/18 8:55 AM

Correction: The day of the week for this meeting is Tuesday (not Friday as originally stated).


News Release

Date:     May 22, 2018


Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311

Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


SALEM, Ore. - The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Tuesday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting will be in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The committee will receive updates about and discuss these topics:

  • Private Forests Division
  • Fire Season outlook
  • Rulemaking related to food plots
  • Oregon Bee Project
  • Forestland certification

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The agenda includes time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.
The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.



Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/21/18 10:21 AM
Memorial Day weekend sees campgrounds full around Oregon, making it a good time to respect safe campfire tips.
Memorial Day weekend sees campgrounds full around Oregon, making it a good time to respect safe campfire tips.

SALEM, Ore. - Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:

  • Know before you go
    Before going camping, call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your destination.  You can also visit www.keeporegongreen.org for planning a fire-safe trip to the outdoors.
  • Kick the campfire habit this summer
    Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with established fire pits often allow camp stoves.
  • Select the right spot

            Where campfires are allowed, choose a site with an existing ring. Fire pits in established campgrounds are the best spots. If you choose to build a campfire, avoid building it near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs or trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle it with rocks. Store unused firewood a good distance from the fire.


  • Keep your campfire small

           A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed. Placing a log on the fire rather than dropping it from a height will prevent a big shower of sparks.


  • Attend your campfire at all times

           A campfire left unattended for even a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Stay with your campfire from start to finish until it is dead out, as required by state law. That ensures any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.


  • Never use gasoline or other accelerants

           Don’t use flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, propane or lighter fluid, to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire starts, discard the match in the fire.


  • Have water and fire tools on site
    Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers. When you are ready to leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.


  • Burn ONLY wood

            State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors. Burning paper and cardboard can also easily fly up to start new fires.

Escaped campfires can be costly. Oregon law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires at any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. But by far the biggest potential cost is liability for firefighting costs if your campfire spreads out of control. These can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars or more.

During Wildfire Awareness Month visit the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org for other wildfire prevention tips.

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Attached Media Files: Memorial Day weekend sees campgrounds full around Oregon, making it a good time to respect safe campfire tips.

OHA behavioral health leaders to hold advocate listening session June 8
Oregon Health Authority - 05/25/18 4:02 PM

May 25, 2018

OHA behavioral health leaders to hold advocate listening session June 8

What: A listening session with the Oregon Health Authority’s new behavioral health leadership

When: June 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, Salem Campus, Callan Conference Room, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

The public can also join through a listen-only conference line at 877-402-9753, access code 7902317. A webinar will also be available. To attend remotely by webinar contact Jacee Vangestel at 503-945-2852 or jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

Who: The Oregon Health Authority is hosting this listening session to give peers, advocates, consumers, survivors and the public the opportunity to meet and speak with the agency’s new behavioral health leaders:

  • Dolly Matteucci – Oregon State Hospital superintendent
  • Brandy Hemsley – Office of Consumer Activities director
  • Chelsea Holcomb – Child, Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services manager

Also present will be:

  • Patrick Allen – Oregon Health Authority director
  • Royce Bowlin – Behavioral Health director
  • Dana Hargunani, M.D. – Chief medical officer

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

•    Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•    Written materials in other languages

•    Braille

•    Large print

•    Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jacee Vangestel at 503-945-2852, 711 TTY, or jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.



Health advisory for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach lifted May 25
Oregon Health Authority - 05/25/18 2:08 PM

May 25, 2018

Health advisory for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach lifted May 25

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay State Park Beach in Coos County. The health authority issued the advisory May 25 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 lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. 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 971-673-0440, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup to meet May 25
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/18 3:51 PM

May 23, 2018

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-939-5267, .m.uhlman@state.or.us">jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information)

Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup to meet May 25

What: A public meeting of the Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup

When: May 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 111, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. The public can also join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7981516923666264067and by telephone conference line at 877-810-9415, participant code 1773452.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; refresher on conceptual framework; review and adopt criteria; practice applying the conceptual framework; reviewing potential measures for Phase 1; public comment (to be taken at 12.45 p.m.)

For more information, please visit the technical workgroup’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/KR-Health.aspx.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, ugman@state.or.us">melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Correction: Health advisory issued May 23 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/18 2:08 PM

Correcting for contact telephone number

May 23, 2018

Health advisory issued May 23 for Detroit Lake

High toxin levels found in Linn-Marion county lake

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem. The lake spans both Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in Detroit Lake. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets as a result of high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the affected area. Officials advise people to avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, or where small bright-green clumps are floating in the water.

Drinking water directly from Detroit Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Detroit Lake and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to Detroit Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit Detroit Lake and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn 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 877-290-6767.

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Health advisory issued May 23 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/18 11:07 AM

May 23, 2018

Health advisory issued May 23 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay State Park Beach in Coos County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to 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 Sunset Bay State Park 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 971-673-0440, 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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Young author writes about navigating fatherhood
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/18 10:32 AM

May 23, 2018

Young author writes about navigating fatherhood

Rational Enquirer is published during Youth Sexual Health Awareness Month

Not every teen father is a deadbeat dad. That is the message Uhusti Gause wants to convey in a piece he wrote for the Rational Enquirer. The article “For the Sake of my Son” details the Centennial High School graduate’s path to fatherhood.

He was a freshman in high school when he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. “I was in total denial," the teenager wrote. "We didn’t even tell our parents or anyone else until we couldn’t hide it anymore.”

Uhusti is one of many youth authors and artists featured in the Rational Enquirer. The magazine is published once a year in May during Youth Sexual Health Awareness Month in Oregon. OHA and the Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force use the publication as resource tool for youth, parents and educators.

Uhusti hopes other youth learn from his experience to never give up on anything, even though it seems impossible. In the article, he recalled that problems surfaced once the baby was born and the teen couple ended up breaking up, but he was determined to be there for his son.

“I wasn’t allowed to see my son unless I went to her house," Uhusti wrote. "I wasn’t allowed to go inside so I would sit outside on the curb at her house holding him. "Even though I hated it, I still went and sat on the curb for as long as I could, just to see my son. I only went so he would know I loved him.”

Things eventually worked out for the teen dad, who now has joint custody of his son and his relationship with his son’s mother has reached a point where they can communicate and be friends. Uhusti is now going to college to become a pharmacist.

Alongside the heartfelt stories, poems and artwork, the Rational Enquirer has dozens of resources for assistance, information and referral.

Web versions of current and past Rational Enquirer editions are available on the OHA Public Health website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/YOUTH/Pages/re.aspx. To request printed copies, call 971-673-0249.

Submit an article

To submit articles, essays, pictures, poetry or original art for the next edition, contact Lindsay Weaver at lindsay.weaver@state.or.us. Submissions from youth related to healthy sexuality are encouraged.

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Immunization law advisory committee meets May 30 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/18 8:43 AM

May 23, 2018

Immunization law advisory committee meets May 30 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Immunization School/Children’s Facility/College Law Advisory Committee


  • Introductions and declaration of conflict of interest.
  • Public comment.
  • Discussion of criteria used to review potential vaccine requirements.
  • Review of meningococcal vaccines against criteria for consideration of school/college vaccine requirements (vote).
  • Discussion of meningococcal vaccination and education best practices.
  • Potential administrative rule changes: electronic documents, new hepatitis B schedule.
  • 2017-2018 school and children’s facility immunization and exemption data.

When: May 30, 2-4 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period will be held at the beginning of the meeting; comments may be limited to three minutes or less, depending on the number of commenters. Those providing comments are encouraged to send written comments to egon.imm@state.or.us">oregon.imm@state.or.us by noon May 29 so they may be shared with committee members before the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 866-377-3315, access code 9971040.

The Immunization School/Children’s Facility/College Law Advisory Committee advises the Oregon Health Authority on implementing rules for school, child care and college immunizations requirements. http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/IMMUNIZATIONPARTNERSHIPS/Pages/ISLAC.aspx

Program contact: Aaron Dunn, 971-673-0300, on.dunn@state.or.us">aaron.dunn@state.or.us

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Aaron Dunn at 971-673-0300, 711 TTY or on.dunn@state.or.us">aaron.dunn@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet May 24 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 05/22/18 11:12 AM

May 22, 2018

Contact: Jon McElfresh, 503-385-3075, esh@dhsoha.state.or.us">jonathan.p.mcelfresh@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet May 24 in Portland and by webinar

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

When: May 24, 1-3 p.m.

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

Attendees can also join remotely by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3012336791554163970 and telephone conference line at 888-398-2342, participant code 5731389.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; eCQMs; review 2019 CCO incentive measure set recommendations; non-incentivized measure discussion; wrap up and adjourn.

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

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jon McElfresh at 503-385-3075, 711 TTY, esh@dhsoha.state.or.us">jonathan.p.mcelfresh@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting | June 1, 2018
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 05/25/18 2:48 PM

Meeting location: 725 Summer St NE, Salem OR | Conference room 124 A/B

Dial-in information: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330


Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call    
Public Comment
Meeting Minutes for Review - May 4, 2018 
Workforce Housing Pilot update 
Council Charter Recommendation 
Housing Finance - LIFT NOFA Recommendations
Housing Stabilization -    Elderly Rental Assistance update
2019 Legislative Agenda update 
Report of the Director 
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned

Attached Media Files: HSC Agenda - June 1,2018

Redmond man uses Lottery win for redwood trip (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/23/18 8:19 AM
Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it he purchased at Logan's Market.
Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it he purchased at Logan's Market.

May 23, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

The Redmond-based finishing carpenter said he went to Logan’s Market to get some dinner and also picked up Scratch-its. He purchased four Scratch-its and said three of them were winners. But one ticket especially caught his attention, the “$3 Sky High Crossword."

“I played the ticket and started counting words. At first I thought I had seven words for $50, then eight for $100,” he said. “That’s when I decided to scan it and the clerk couldn’t believe it. It was worth $25,000! I screamed and yelled and jumped around.”

With a top prize of $25,000, there are still two jackpot prize-winning tickets of the $3 Sky High Crossword available, after Houck’s win. Houck said he signed the ticket and took it to several other stores just to make sure it was a big winner. Then he made the trip to Salem to claim his prize. He said he plans to buy a new truck and take a trip to see the redwoods in California.

“I will probably stay down there five days,” he said. “Did you know one is the height of a 36-story building? That’s amazing.”

During the 2015-17 biennium in Deschutes County, where Houck lives, more than $28.9 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

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

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


Attached Media Files: Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it he purchased at Logan's Market.

Boating on Oregon's Waterways --Plan, Pay Attention, Share (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/23/18 8:49 AM
Share the waterways
Share the waterways

Salem, OR – There are dozens of boat types on the market and so many opportunities to explore Oregon’s waterways.  Regardless of what’s calling you to the water and the type of boat you’re in, be sure to plan ahead, pay attention and share the water so everyone can have a fun time. 
The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to explore the interactive Boating Oregon Map, where you can find a boat ramp near you, plan for a weekend escape to places less-frequented or find a waterway in the center of all the action

“This season is off to a great start,” says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board.  “Take time to plan ahead.  Check the weather forecast, water levels or tides, see if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for the activities you’re doing,” Massey adds.  Boaters can check the Marine Board’s website to find out what equipment is required based on the size of the boat and rules for operation which vary by waterbody. 

Massey also emphasizes paying attention to your surroundings, continually scanning port to starboard and keeping a close eye on what’s ahead. “Brush up on the rules-of-the-road, start out slow because of debris in the water from this past winter, and whatever you do –don’t text and drive.  In 2017, there were 17 collisions from distracted driving.  Social media, taking pictures and texting can be fun, but the operator needs to maintain focus and awareness to what’s going on around them,” says Massey.

“High water levels in the spring cover many wing dams (also known as pile dikes) on rivers and bays and are just below the surface.  Boaters need to keep their distance from the shoreline up to several hundred feet out from shore so they don’t inadvertently hit one of the piles.”  Boaters are encouraged to learn where the wing dams are located based on the waterbody where they’re boating from NOAA Charts.  The navigation charts can be downloaded for free.

With Oregon’s population increasing and many people wanting to boat in their own backyards, think about taking a “dispersion excursion” to lesser-known waterbodies, especially for people new to paddlesports or seeking more solitude.  There are 96 waterways where motors are prohibited and 50 designated as electric motor only.  Visit the Marine Board’s Experience Oregon Boating Handbook for more information about these regulated areas for paddlers and easy accessibility.     

The Marine Board also recommends boaters play it safe by:

  • Not using marijuana, drugs or alcohol.  Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water.  Impairment can lead to a BUII arrest.  Drugs and alcohol impair a boater’s judgement and coordination which every boat operator needs.  Swift currents, changing weather and debris require boat operators to be focused and skilled to avoid an accident. 
  • If you are feeling tired, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, dehydration and wave motion contribute to fatigue.  Continually monitor the weather because it changes quickly.
  • Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements.  Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway.  The water temperature for most waterways is below 50 degrees this time of year and wearing a life jacket is the most important piece of equipment for surviving the first few seconds of cold water immersion.  What’s the downside to wearing one? 
  • Never boat alone –especially when paddling.  Always let others know where you are going and when you’ll return.  Print out a downloadable float plan to leave with friends and family.
  • Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway.  Congestion is a given in many popular locations, especially with nice weather.  By staying in calmer water near the shore, paddlers can help ease conflict with motorized boats and sailboats that need deeper water to operate.  Non-motorized boats are encouraged to use the shoreline adjacent to the ramp to help ease congestion.  Regardless of your boat type, stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area prior to launching your boat.  This makes launching faster and everyone around you, happier.     
  • In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity.  

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit www.boatoregon.com.


Attached Media Files: Share the waterways , 2018-05/4139/114654/BoatSafeBoatSober.jpg , Wear It Oregon , Boat Safe Graphic

Western snowy plovers nesting on beach at Clatsop Spit (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/25/18 2:12 PM
Stock plover image 3 (NOT nest at Ft. Stevens)
Stock plover image 3 (NOT nest at Ft. Stevens)

Western snowy plover nests have been spotted at Clatsop Spit within Fort Stevens State Park. Nest sightings prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas. The Columbia River side of Clatsop Spit is one of several management areas on the coast.

Beachgoers will see signs on dry sand that identify designated plover nesting areas. This helps prevent the well-camouflaged eggs and chicks from being accidentally crushed by people or pets. Visitor foot traffic is limited to wet sand areas and along official trails.

Several activities are restricted in plover management areas, including dogs (even on a leash), vehicles, kites, drones, camping and fires. Visitors should follow instructions on posted signs or if needed, ask a park ranger for clarification.

Plovers nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but repeated disturbance by activities the bird considers a threat can cause the eggs to die.

Vanessa Blackstone, wildlife biologist with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), says the new plover nests are the first to be spotted on Fort Stevens' beaches in several decades.

“Oregonians have helped plovers return to the North Coast, and Clatsop Spit is an important link between our Lincoln County birds and those that live in Washington,” said Blackstone. “Plovers nesting at Fort Stevens is a huge step for species recovery and people who support a healthy environment. We can all be proud of this moment.”

OPRD is responsible for managing recreation on Oregon’s ocean shore, overseeing snowy plover management areas and the recreation restrictions that come with the legal agreement between OPRD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Western snowy plovers were listed as a threatened species in 1993.

More information, including maps of designated plover management areas, can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. 

Attached Media Files: Stock plover image 3 (NOT nest at Ft. Stevens) , Stock plover image 2 (NOT nest at Ft. Stevens) , Stock plover image 1 (NOT nest at Ft. Stevens)

Committee to review historic building grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/21/18 10:40 AM

Two separate committees will meet to score and rank applications for the Preserving Oregon and Diamonds in the Rough Grant programs. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation for final review and approval on June 16 in Redmond. Both meetings will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone.


The Diamonds in the Rough Grant committee will meet June 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1 (914) 614-3221, access code: 714-905-270.


The Preserving Oregon Grant committee will meet June 6, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in room 124B. Call in information is 1 (631) 992-3221, access code: 600-887-388.


For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov . The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

Historic cemeteries commission to meet June 8
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/21/18 10:39 AM

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet by conference call at 1 p.m. on June 8. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grants. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes an opportunity for public comment.


State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For more information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at i.gill@oregon.gov">kuri.gill@oregon.gov. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.


For more information about the commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org

PR Agencies
Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 05/22/18 9:48 AM
LFN Respond allows first responders to request a Life Flight Network transport with the touch of a button.
LFN Respond allows first responders to request a Life Flight Network transport with the touch of a button.

Aurora, Ore., May 22, 2018—Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States has released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. The tool, developed in partnership with dispatch software creator Flight Vector, saves valuable time when every second counts.

In emergency medicine, prompt medical attention can mean the difference between life and death.   The faster a patient gets to definitive care, the better their chance of survival. 

“With LFN Respond, approved hospital and emergency responders can instantly request a Life Flight Network aircraft by tapping the flight call button in the app, sending vital information and GPS location directly to dispatch personnel at our Communications Center,” said Life Flight Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “LFN Respond saves precious seconds and makes calling for air ambulance transport easier for hospitals and first responder teams working to save lives.”

The free app is designed for use by approved agencies to send activation requests to Life Flight Network. Those agencies include hospitals, first responders, fire departments, EMS, law enforcement, search and rescue, ski patrols, and other qualified agencies currently working with Life Flight Network. Life Flight Network’s service area covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

The LFN Respond app provides additional functions including a searchable hospital directory, a landing zone guide, access to Life Flight Network’s calendar of outreach education trainings, and push notifications from Life Flight Network on education and training events. Once a flight call has been made using the app, users can view a real-time progress tracker that shows the aircraft’s location while en route and when it’s expected to arrive. LFN Respond integrates seamlessly with Life Flight Network’s computer-aided dispatch and flight tracking software.

“Life Flight Network’s investment in this technology will help us work together better and more efficiently to get people the emergency care they need, as quickly as possible,” said South Lane County Fire & Rescue Fire Chief John Wooten. “Especially in rural parts of our state, air medical transport is critical to saving lives and being able to communicate with Life Flight Network through LFN Respond will improve the process.”

LFN Respond is available on the Apple app store or Google Play to approved hospital and emergency response personnel. The app is also web-based for utilization by computer. Life Flight Network is inviting hospitals and first responders in its service area to register and start using LFN Respond. Hospitals and emergency response agencies in Life Flight Network’s service area interested in LFN Respond should contact their Life Flight Network Customer Service Manager, or call (503) 678-4364.  

Life Flight Network offers memberships for a $65 annual fee. Members incur no out-of-pocket expense if flown for medically necessary emergent conditions by Life Flight Network or one of their reciprocal partners. To request more information about the membership program, or if organizations would like an in-person presentation, they should contact the Life Flight Network membership office at 800-982-9299.


Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon and is owned by a consortium of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health System. Aviation services provided by: Life Flight Network and Jackson Jet Center, Inc. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

Attached Media Files: LFN Respond allows first responders to request a Life Flight Network transport with the touch of a button.

Organizations & Associations
Survivor of Bloody Sunday to Speak at Oregon Historical Society Tuesday (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 05/21/18 11:57 AM
Dr. Geneva Craig at the Oregon Historical Society
Dr. Geneva Craig at the Oregon Historical Society

Clackamas, Ore. -- Geneva Craig, PhD, had just crossed the bridge in Selma, Ala., when police charged the largely African American crowd of civil rights marchers. They swung whips and billy clubs, some wrapped in barbed wire. Marchers were prepared for a strong police reaction - but they were standing up for their civil rights.

“I expected to die that day.”

Craig was among 600 marchers on March 7, 1965, a day called “Bloody Sunday” because so many people were beaten.

She was a teen then and active in the civil rights movement. Now a member of AARP Oregon’s Executive Council, Craig will share her experiences at a talk at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. Museum admission will be free for AARP members that day, encouraging them to see the society’s exhibit on Oregon’s civil rights movement.

The free day for AARP members is a way to learn about a part of Oregon’s past that’s not well known outside African American circles.

“It’s important to document and share these stories because they’re a vital part of the American experience,” said AARP Oregon spokeswoman Joyce DeMonnin.

Dr. Craig is now a nurse manager with Asante Health Care  in Medford Oregon. She’s a gifted and inspirational speaker. 


The photo was taken early this month

Attached Media Files: Dr. Geneva Craig at the Oregon Historical Society

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 05/22/18 8:49 AM

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

[McMinnville, OR – May 22, 2018] – Today, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“We are honored to participate in the Blue Star Museum program again this year,” said John Rasmussen, Museum Interim Executive Director. “This dovetails with our mission to honor the patriotic service of our active duty military members and their families.”

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing bluestarmuseums@arts.gov.

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

About Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum: 
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information. 

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room, and a new full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org. 

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Find farm stands & u-picks with Oregon's Bounty (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 05/25/18 9:06 AM

May 25, 2018

Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm events with Oregon’s Bounty at www.oregonfb.org

Strawberries, asparagus, squash, and salad greens — not to mention bedding plants, flowering baskets, and fresh-cut flowers — are just a few favorites of spring’s agricultural bounty in Oregon.

But if you want to venture out into the country, where can you buy directly from the source?

“Everyone knows where their local farmers market is. But what about roadside farm stands, u-pick fields, and on-farm events out in rural areas? That’s where Oregon’s Bounty comes in,” said Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director.

Oregon’s Bounty at www.oregonfb.org is a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public.

Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to do keyword searches for specific agriculture products — such as berries, cauliflower, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms within a specific region of the state. Visitors can also do a keyword search for “u-pick” or “events” to find farms that offer those activities.

“Oregonians love farm-fresh food. Thanks to the diversity of agriculture in this great state, we can buy an enormous variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, foliage, meat, and nuts directly from the families who grew it,” said Moss.

“Each of the farms listed in Oregon’s Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members who are proud to share what they’ve raised with the public,” said Moss. “Spring is a great time to take a trip into the beautiful countryside and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand.”


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

The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.

First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families professionally engaged in agriculture. OFB’s 15th President, Barry Bushue, is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables, berries, and pumpkins at a nearly century-old farm near Boring.


Attached Media Files: 2018-05/5507/114720/oregons_Bounty_(1).jpg

Memorial Day Marks the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport Flood; Commemorate this Historic Event at Local Programs and by Exploring Digital Content
Oregon Historical Society - 05/23/18 3:36 PM

PORTLAND, OR – May 23, 2018 – Once the second largest city in Oregon, Vanport was, during its short existence from 1942 to 1948, the nation’s largest wartime housing development, a site for social innovation, and a lightning rod for racial prejudice. On Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River, swirling fifteen feet above normal, punched a hole in a railroad embankment that served as a dike, starting a flood that would leave 18,000 people homeless and alter race relations in Portland forever.

On the 70th anniversary of this catastrophic flood, programs throughout Portland as well as a variety of rich digital content will give the community an opportunity to remember Vanport, once the second largest city in Oregon.


History Pub: “Memories of the Vanport Flood: A Panel Discussion”

May 28 at 7pm | McMenamins Kennedy School

Join the Oregon Historical Society, McMenamins, and Holy Names Heritage Center for a free panel discussion with former Vanport residents Luanne Barnes, Belva Jean Griffin, Carolyn Hinton, and Janice Okamoto. This event is free and open to the public and space is limited; doors open at 6pm.

Vanport Mosaic Festival

May 23 – May 28

Join the Vanport Mosaic for six days of memory activism opportunities commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport Flood including live performances, tours, exhibits, and community engagement initiatives. This multi-disciplinary event was awarded the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award 2017 and the Spirit of Portland Award by City Commissioner Nick Fish.


Just added to the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital Collections are two collections of photographs of Vanport. This first features photographs taken by Vanport resident Dale Skovgaard and his family before and after the flood of 1948. These images are also in an article written by Skovgaard for the Oregon Historical Quarterly in 2007 on his memories of the flood, which is currently available to read at ohs.org

The second features aerial shots of the flood, ten of which were included in a commemorative postcard book, "Vanport City, Ore. Destroyed by the Mighty Columbia River.” They sold for fifty cents in a small white pocket envelope, which is also included on OHS Digital Collections.

For more information on the history of Vanport and the Vanport Flood, visit the Oregon Historical Society’s digital history projects the Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project, or watch the OPB and OHS co-produced Oregon Experience documentary, “Vanport”, which is available to view online.


About the Oregon Historical Society

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

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Welcomes New Executive Director (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 05/21/18 12:49 PM

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) announced today that Emily McLain will serve as its new Executive Director. She will make her first appearance at the 2018 Courageous Voice Breakfast on May 30th in Portland, and will officially join the staff on June 13th.

McLain previously served as PPAO’s Government Relations Consultant from 2014 to 2016. During her tenure, PPAO passed landmark legislation to expand access to birth control and to protect patient privacy.

“We are thrilled that Emily will be leading our work to advance reproductive justice in Oregon — especially at this critical time for women’s health and rights,” says PPAO Board Chair Becca Uherbelau. “The Trump-Pence attacks have fueled an unprecedented mobilization of people, with women truly leading that charge. Emily has the grassroots organizing experience, the strategic expertise and a forward-thinking vision to guide PPAO as we continue to work in coalition to protect Oregon women’s health.”

McLain has extensive experience lobbying for multiple organizations in addition to PPAO, including Oregon Education Association, Basic Rights Oregon, the Oregon Bus Project and many other progressive causes. She previously served as Political Director for Basic Rights Oregon, helping to secure the freedom to marry in Oregon, and as Executive Director of the Oregon Student Association, where she led the largest nonpartisan voter registration drive in state history, registering 50,000 voters in 2012. She also serves as a Board Member for Emerge Oregon, which trains Democratic women to run for elected office.

A native of Forest Grove, Oregon, McLain has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Oregon. She lives in Portland with her husband, Tom Hojem.

PPAO boasts 233,241 activists and supporters across Oregon, which has been named the leading state for reproductive rights by The Population Institute. Last year, PPAO worked in coalition to pass the Reproductive Health Equity Act, the most comprehensive reproductive health policy in the nation. PPAO recently received national recognition from Planned Parenthood Federation of America with the 2015 Volunteer Excellence Award and the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Attached Media Files: 2018-05/3856/114596/Emily_McLain.jpg